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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola believes “all the players believed in what we were doing” despite Maurizio Sarri had some issues during his first season abroad as manager.

Zola told journalists after the victory of Europa League trophy: ‘It’s football, no? During a season you can have good moments or bad moments,

What is important is always believing in your work and always giving your best. That’s what we did”.

He added: “Fortunately the players believed in what we were doing, they helped us a lot, and we went through all the problems and difficulties that we had. We are all here celebrating and I think we deserved something”.

 

 

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Chelsea secured third place on the Premier League table as Maurizio Sarri’s men end up the season with a goalless draw at King Power Stadium against Leicester City. Only Liverpool and Man City earned more points and the Citizens were crowned league champions today.

The Blues, who are expected to fly to Boston tomorrow to take part of a charity match, will face Arsenal in the Europa League‘s final on 29th May.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Caballero; Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Kovacic 76′), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 84′), Willian (Hazard 69′)

LEICESTER CITY (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudry, Ndidi (Okazaki 66′), Albrighton (Simpson 77′), Tielemans; Maddison (Barnes 83′); Vardy

Bookings: Jorginho

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Chelsea were forced into extra-time after producing another 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, which meant 2-2 on aggregate in the Europa League’s semi-final.

The Blues opened the scoring thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whose goal was equalized through Luka Jovic (10 goals in the competition) a few minutes before the beginning of second half.

Eintracht Frankfurt went close to scoring the second even in the extra-time, but David Luiz and Davide Zappacosta were both crucial to deny with goal-line clearances.

A missed penalty from Azpilicueta was canceled out after both Hinteregger and Paciencia’s shots were denied by Kepa. Eden Hazard kept his cool from the spot to send Chelsea to Europa League final.

Maurizio Sarri’s men will face Arsenal in Baku on May 27th.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to be starting in Chelsea‘s XI which will take on Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The England international midfielder could replace N’Golo Kante after the Frenchman picked up an injury against Watford last time out.

The Blues have a chance to book a place into the Europa League‘s final after getting a vital away draw in Germany earlier on Thursday.

Loftus-Cheek, speaking ahead of the clash, told journalists: “As Chelsea, we want to win trophies so this is a massive opportunity for us. We won’t relax,” 

“It will feel different for me to win a trophy this season because I have helped the team so much in the Europa League campaign.

“This is the best spell of my Chelsea career in terms of games and goals.”

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Chelsea defender and captain Gary Cahill has played his last game with Blues at Stamford Bridge in the 3-0 win against Watford on Sunday afternoon.

The England international defender came off the pitch in the 89th minute to get a deserved farewell by Chelsea fans and several players.

Cahill, who has barely featured under Maurizio Sarri‘s management this season, eventually labelled his last campaign with Blues as “terrible” after the Italian boss reportedly refused to explain reasons behind his decision to left the 33-year-old defender out of starting XI on a regular basis.

He added: “It will just be erased out of my head when I leave Chelsea. My last memory will be last season’s FA Cup final.

“It’s been very difficult. I have played on a regular basis over the previous six seasons and I’ve won everything with Chelsea, so to be watching from the stands is something I didn’t expect”.

“I know how the whole club works, I’ve got a big relationship with all the players and staff, and yet none of that has been utilised. If you are not playing a player, any player, for two, three, four games, then you don’t have to give a reason for that. But if it gets to eight or nine games, then you have to explain the situation. What’s going on? But the manager hasn’t done that.”

Sarri was coy on Cahill’s words and refused to make further comments on it: “I don’t know the situation, I’m sorry” he said.

“It’s not important for me. Cahill, during the season, was really very professional. He played only five, six or seven matches, but he was really very important in the training ground, in the dressing room.

Today was his last match for Chelsea, so it was important for him to be on the pitch, only for a few minutes but I still think it was really very important for the fans and for him.

Here, Gary won everything. And so I think he had to say goodbye to the stadium, to the fans, to the club.”

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Further good news for Chelsea as Blues will play in the Champions League next season after both Arsenal and Manchester United were held to draws against Brighton and Huddersfield earlier on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri completes a massive turnaround, having been 6th on the league table at some point before climbing up the table, despite some huge defeats.

Chelsea have still to face the second-tie of Europa League semi-finals against Eintracht (at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night) after getting a vital away 1-1 draw in Frankfurt last time out. More positive news to come?

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain score as Chelsea earn a vital win to move up above Tottenham Hotspur and go third on the Premier League table.

The Blues produced a brilliant second-half getting an early lead and doubling the score with the Brazilian defender in the 51st minute.

Maurizio Sarri suffered an injury blow earlier in the first period, when N’Golo Kante was limped off the pitch and was replaced by Loftus-Cheek, who headed home securing the lead.

Chelsea take control of the top four race moving one point ahead of Spurs and five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri watched his side sealing a crucial 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany tonight in the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-finals. The Blues will host their opponents at Stamford Bridge next Thursday.

The italian manager, speaking after the game, told journalists: “We made a mistake in the first 20 minutes. My feeling from the bench was that we were playing only to manage the result, for the 0-0. We are not able to do that with our characteristics. The difficulty was a mental difficulty I think. We did not approach the match with the right mentality.

Fortunately after the goal we started to play. We started to play after 25 minutes and we played very well until the 85th minute. We deserved to win for the number of goal opportunities. We were for 60 minutes in control of the match”.

Reflecting on the result, Sarri said: “1-1 away is not so bad. They are very dangerous at home, but unfortunately they are also very dangerous away. It depends on the second leg. We have to play at Stamford Bridge. We want the final, but we know we have to play a very good match next week.”

On Ruben Loftus-Cheek: “He is a very important player. He has improved a lot during the season. When he is at the top physically he is a very important player for us. It’s not easy for him to train with consistency because of his back, but in this match he was really fit. Unfortunately with 10 minutes to go he had cramp and asked for a substitution”.

On his choice to rule Eden Hazard out of Chelsea’s starting XI in Frankfurt: “This match was number 59 I think and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team. For a player it’s impossible to play 70, 75 matches in a season. Sometimes Hazard, like all the other players, needs to not play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason. The second is that Eden is usually able to change the match from the bench. For me it was better to start with Willian and try in the last 30 minutes with Eden”.

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Antonio Rudiger has suffered a serious injury on his left knee meniscus and has underwent surgery in Rome earlier this morning. A further major blow for Chelsea after also Callum Hudson-Odoi underwent surgery on his ruptured achilles tendon last week.

However, as the club’s official website confirmed, “the German star will miss the rest of this campaign and will rehab over the summer to be back early next season”. 

Rudiger wrote on his Instagram page: “What a pity I won’t be able to help my team during the last games of the season. But my knee surgery went well and I’m already positive again. Thanks for all your messages and comments. And special thanks to the efforts of Professor Mariani and his team!”

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MAN UNITED – De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku

Subs: Romero, Sanchez, Martial, Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, McTominay

CHELSEA – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Hazard, Higuain, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Zappacosta, Christensen

Kick-Off: 4:30PM BST

Venue: Old Trafford

 

 

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