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Another defeat for Chelsea. After 2-0 lost against Liverpool, Sarri came at the press conference and spoke about the match, about championship and also about Rudiger’ injury.

Italian’ coach said Blues were a little bit unlucky,  expecially about second score and about two-three opportunities wasted. He praised Salah and Liverpool’ team and Reds’ game. He also said himself proud of guys and happy about Chelsea’ improving.

“Of course Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at this moment, they play very well for 90 minutes but I think we stayed in the match really well.”

We were a bit unlucky on the second goal. Salah is a talent, the second goal was a little bit unlucky for the timing and then a bit unlucky because in three minutes we have three opportunities, two with Hazard and one with Higuain and we hit the post, number 35 of our season”

“I am happy with the performance, we stayed in the match, probably two or three months ago we weren’t able to stay in this game”.

“We were defending low at the start of the first half, but we did that at the start of the first. Liverpool is able to approach the first and second half in the ten minutes, so it isn’t easy to play against them in that moment“.

“I think we were able to pass the first ten minutes with the same result in the last 20/25 we could find a lot of spaces because they needed to win and so the target was to arrive in the last 20 minutes at 0-0”.

We are improving, its hard to cover the gap because the level is high and to cover it against Liverpool and City for us will be difficult. Now we are close to the other teams”.

He also spoke about which team will win he said it’s difficult to make predictions “It’s difficult to say, because probably it will depend on post in, post out, Point point by point but the difference will be one or two points”

And about Rudiger’ injury said:“I hope nothing serious but at the moment I am not able to say anything. We need another visit with the doctor and something else to be sure it’s not serious”.

 

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Chelsea struggled to impose their game in their narrow win against Slavia Prague at Eden Arena as Blues faced the first-leg of Europa League’s quarter-final in Czech Republic. Maurizio Sarri made seven changes from the starting line-up which managed to beat West Ham in the previous Premier League clash, with Olivier Giroud confirmed in the attacking third.

The hosts went close to scoring in the second half but were denied by a strong save from Kepa, a few minutes before Marcos Alonso put Chelsea ahead with less than five minutes left to go. The Blues also hit a post in the first half (Willian).

Chelsea face again Slavia Prague on Thursday 18th April at Stamford Bridge. An home win would ensure the qualification to the semi-final of Europa League 2018/2019.

More to follow…

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Unlucky Cardiff City suffered a controversial defeat against Chelsea as Blues completed a massive comeback in stoppage time. Victor Camarasa’s opener was canceled out by goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Spaniard looked to be offside, while the second-half substitute put the ball past Etheridge with a fine header from Willian’s cross in the 1st minute of extra-time.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still alive in the race for a top-four finish, despite struggling to get a win in South Wales today. Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said after the game: “I thought we could have had two penalties today. I look at the possible red card – I thought Ken [Zohore] would have got to the ball before the ‘keeper. You could go on and on, but decisions have just not gone our way”.

 

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Chelsea face their fourth loss in the last five away Premier League games as Everton earn a crucial win thanks to goals from Sigurdsson and Richarlison in the second period at Goodison Park.

The Blues miss the chance to go level on points with Arsenal, who currently sit 4th on the Premier League table, and remiain 6th after wasting several chances. Eden Hazard hit the post in a vivid first half, Gonzalo Higuain was denied a certain goal a few minutes before Everton doubled their lead.

More to follow…

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho (Hudson-Odoi 75′), Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 66′), Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 66′), Hazard

EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina Digne; Gueye, Andre Gomes (Schneiderlin 68′), Richarlison, Sigurdsson (Davies 86′), Bernard (Walcott 78′); Calvert-Lewin

Bookings: Marcos Alonso, Rudiger, Andre Gomes

Scorers Richarlison 49′, Sigurdsson 72′

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after his side’s 0-5 away win against Dynamo Kiev which ensured the Blues are onto Europa League’s quarter-final,  was also asked if he would like to play Napoli in the next round.

The Italian said: “I prefer to find them in the final! First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy. And second because it means Napoli are in the final and I’m happy”.

“Because of my relationship with the city and the people, for me it would be very difficult to play against them in Naples”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes the 3-0 against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in the first-leg of Europa League last-16 ‘is a good result’ as the Blues have a comfortable lead ahead of their trip to Ukraine next week.

Speaking at a press conference after the game, the Italian added: “We were able to not concede, and to not concede a goal at home is very important in this competition. We could have scored more, especially in the first half”.

“Now we have to be careful. We have to go there with a very good level of application and determination if we want to qualify”.

Sarri said: “If you concede a goal you can go mentally in trouble. We have to go there with the right level of attention”.

“He played very well, also in the defensive phase. He missed two or three goals but he played a very good match”.

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Maurizio Sarri made seven changes to the team which got a win against Fulham at Craven Cottage last time out. Chelsea face Dinamo Kyiv in the first leg of Europa League’s last-16 with the following line-up:

CHELSEA – Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Willian

Substitutes: Caballero, Rudiger, Kante, Hazard, Higuain, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is confident his squad have bounced back from the recent disappointing results and remain in the battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League table.

Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho secured a vital away win against Fulham earlier in the afternoon.

The Blues are currently 6th with a game in hand, which means they could climb up the table up to the 3rd place should they beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

Speaking after the game, Sarri said: “We had a great opportunity because we were five points from the top four but with two matches in hand. And now it’s two points. We are trying to involve Tottenham in the fight, and now I think they are involved. Better for four teams for two places than three for one”.

“We will have to fight until the last minute in the last match. But we are fighting and in the last four matches we did well. A minimum of consistency has arrived, but we have to continue”.

He added: “We played very well for 60 minutes. We could have killed the match with a third goal. We didn’t kill the match and then in the last 20, 25 minutes we were very tired, physically but also mentally”.

“In seven days we played 120 minutes in a difficult match against City, we played 90 very expensive minutes against Tottenham, and today a very important derby against a team with a new coach. It was a very difficult match”.

“So very good for 60 minutes, then very tired, but it was a normal reaction to our seven days”.

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Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho both scored as Chelsea beat Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier this afternoon.

The Argentine striker opened the scoring in the 20th minute, before Cottagers‘ defender Callum Chambers leveled up the score just 8 minutes later. Jorginho put Chelsea in front again with less than 15 minutes left to go in the first half with a curled shot into the top corner. Gonzalo Higuain also had a clear chance to extend the lead before the halftime whistle.

Restored goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga denied a certain goal close to the end of the game and Maurizio Sarri enjoys the first Premier League away win in 2019.

The first game of Scott Parker in charge at Fulham ended up in defeat after the former Chelsea midfielder replaced Claudio Raneri as caretaker manager.

The Blues remain sixth on the league table, with still one game in hand (against Brighton) getting closer to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur following their 1-1 draw in the North London Derby earlier on Saturday.

FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Rico; Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan; Chambers, McDonald (Anguissa 62′); Babel (Ayite 71′), Cairney (Vietto 80′), Sessegnon; Mitrovic

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho (Kovacic 69′), Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 78′) Willian, Higuain, Hazard (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Higuain 20′ Chambers 29′ Jorginho 31′
Bookings: Jorginho McDonald Chambers

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Fulham FC at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Claudio Ranieri has been fired from Fulham manager following seven defeats in the Cottager’s last eight Premier League games.

Chairman Shahid Khan has named Scott Parker as caretaker manager to replace the 67-year-old.

An official statement read: Fulham Football Club Chairman Shahid Khan today named Scott Parker as Caretaker Manager, replacing Claudio Ranieri.

Khan released this statement following his conversation with Ranieri: “Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone. No surprise to me, Claudio was a perfect gentleman, as always. Claudio’s tenure at Fulham didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him as Manager in November, but be assured he is not solely to blame for the position we are in today. 

“Claudio walked into a difficult situation, inheriting a side that gained only one point in its prior eight matches, and he provided an immediate boost by leading our Club to nine points in his first eight matches as Manager. Though we were unable to maintain that pace thereafter, I am grateful for his effort. Claudio leaves Fulham as our friend and he will undoubtedly experience success again soon.

“I am asking Scott Parker to serve as our Caretaker Manager. Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilize, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club. If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.

“What’s most important at this moment, however, is to regroup in a smart and deliberate manner that will serve our long-term vision for sustainable success. If we’re able to do that and win some matches to make a stand late in the season, all the better.”

Claudio Ranieri added: “I am obviously disappointed with the recent results and that we could not build on the good start we made following my appointment. Finally, I would like to thank the Club, the players and the fans for the support they have given me during my time at the Club.”

Chelsea will face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon (kick-off time 2.05).

 

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