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Chelsea will face Dinamo Kiev tonight in Ukraine.

The Blues won 3-0 the Europa League Last 16’s first leg at Stamford Bridge last Thursday.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Dinamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Ferreira Pereira, Harmash

Subs: Bushchan, das Neves Pinheiro, Andrievsky, Frezarin Bueno, Shabanov, Smyrnyi, Alibekov

Chelsea: Kepa, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Pedro, Hazard.

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Even if Chelsea defeated Dinamo Kiev 3-0 one week ago at Stamford Bridge, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri doesn’t want to underestimate tonight’s opponent in Europa League last 16’s second leg.

I want to send to my team the message that the match is very important. I don’t want to make a mistake in this”. the Italian explained in his pre-game press conference.

Then, Sarri himself gave an irritated response when asked if Callum Hudson-Odoi will be in the Starting XI: Why not (Ethan) Ampadu? Tell me the difference,” Sarri said. “I have a lot of players of course. I know very well that for you (the media) Odoi is the best, but for me I want to see them all at the same level. Odoi is doing very well in the last period. He will be for sure in the 18 – maybe on the pitch, I don’t know. As you know, in the last match Odoi was the first change. So you know very well that Odoi is on my mind for every match.”

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semifinal’s second leg vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues.

Higuain is a few hours away from signing his contract at Chelsea,” Sarri said. ‘We are hoping he will start scoring straightaway for us but there is more to his game than goals. He is a very strong striker and was especially strong during my first season in Naples, he did very well and scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A, and 39 in total. For sure he is one of the best strikers in my career, he has the right experience to play here”.

Not only Higuain, according to Sarri, will help Chelsea with his goals, but also thanks to his winning mentality, the aspect about which the Italian manager has strongly criticised his players in the last few days.

He wants to win all the time, in any situation”. Sarri went on. “As far as failure is concerned, I wouldn’t call it that, he still scored nine goals (at AC Milan) and he found himself in a team which is not at the same level at Juventus.”

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Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri can’t be happy with the result of the Carabao Cup‘s semifinal first leg vs Tottenham as the Spurs defeated the Blues 1-0.

On the other hand, however, the Italian praises his team for their performance: “We deserved more because in this match we played better than the opponents,” Sarri assessed. “We were in control of the match and defended well against a team dangerous in the offensive phase, so we deserved more. We played about 70 balls in the opposition box against 11 balls of Tottenham in our box, 18 shots against seven I think, five goal opportunities against two, so we deserve more. So I am really disappointed with the result but very happy with the performance, one of the most important of the season from my team.”

The performance was good because Chelsea had a different approach from the Premier League‘s game in November: “Because we played with a very good level of application and determination, with the head and with the soul, and we played this way with continuity for 95 minutes”. Sarri went on. “Usually we have defended very well for 60 minutes and then we have had problems with the last 15, 20, 30 minutes. This time the level of application was the same for 95 minutes so I am very happy with this.”

So, even if Chelsea lost the first leg, the team can win the second leg at Stamford Bridge and move on to the Carabao Cup final: “Chelsea v Tottenham is a very difficult match and also for them, so it will not be easy to win at Stamford Bridge but after this performance, if we are able to play on the same level I think that we can do it.” Sarri explained.

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London derby for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup‘s semifinals: Maurizio Sarri‘s side will face Tottenham.

The first leg will be played at Wembley in the week commencing January 7, while the second leg is scheduled at Stamford Bridge two weeks later.

Tottenham booked their place in the semifinals defeating Arsenal tonight at Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea defeated Bornemouth thanks to an Eden Hazard‘s goal.

The other Carabao Cup‘s semifinal will be Manchester City-Burton Albion.

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Chelsea are leading 3-0 at half time in the FA Youth Cup semifinal second leg against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge.

The U18 won 1-0 in the first leg away and now are leading 4-0 on aggregate.

Dujon Sterling scored the first goal at minute 13: a beautiful finish after a stunning pass by Mukhtar Ali.

Then followed the goal by Jacob Maddox at minute 30′ and Tammy Abraham at minute 35′.

A couple of minutes before half time another goal by Abraham was disallowed for offside.

 

CHELSEA – Baxter; Grant, Tomori, Clarke-Salter (c), Chalobah; Sammut, Ali; Sterling, Mount, Maddox; Abraham.

Subs: Colley, Wakefield, Cumming, Christie-Davies, Ugbo.

Coach: Joe Edwards

BLACKBURN – Fisher: Travis, Askew, Hardcastle, Platt, Wharton (c), Pemberton, Rankin-Cabtello, Mansell, Tomlinson, Howarth.

Subs: Grayson, Ascroft, Fawns, Magloire, Steer.

Coach: Billy Barr

 

Scorers: Sterling 13′, Maddox 30′,  Abraham 35′

Referee: Gavin Ward

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

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Chelsea are up 1-0 at minute 25 in the FA Youth Cup semifinal second leg against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge.

The U18 won 1-0 in the first leg away and now are leading 1-0 after Dujon Sterling scored at minute 13: a beautiful finish after a stunning pass by Mukhtar Ali.

The official line-ups for this game:

CHELSEA – Baxter; Grant, Tomori, Clarke-Salter (c), Chalobah; Sammut, Ali; Sterling, Mount, Maddox; Abraham.

Subs: Colley, Wakefield, Cumming, Christie-Davies, Ugbo.

Coach: Joe Edwards

BLACKBURN – Fisher: Travis, Askew, Hardcastle, Platt, Wharton (c), Pemberton, Rankin-Cabtello, Mansell, Tomlinson, Howarth.

Subs: Grayson, Ascroft, Fawns, Magloire, Steer.

Coach: Billy Barr

 

Referee: Gavin Ward

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

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THE GAME: “We played a stable game, with good possession and a lot of chance to strike. We scored two goals, but those has been enough to win the match. We did the game we should do, I am really happy”.

CHELSEA: “It was not easy, you have to watch out. Chelsea’s front four are able to do anything.”

PSG: “We are doing good things, where we end up we don’t know. We are not satisfied yet.”

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Ahead of tonight’s clash between 2 titans of the football world, Chelsea star Nemanja Matic says that it won’t be easy. They haven’t forgotten about the first leg and their sole aim is to win tonight. He believes that preparation is key but quality still decides the outcome.

“The Champions League is a chance to save the season, everyone is aware of that.  We know it’s not going to be easy, it will be very hard. We’ve played PSG in the last two seasons and both times it’s been decided on away goals.

“It’s difficult because they have the best players in the French league. You can be prepared but when you get onto the pitch it’s quality which decides the outcome.

“Obviously there is a tactical element, which the coach prepares, but when you play against these teams you never know what’s going to happen.

‘We haven’t forgotten losing to them and we will try to win.”

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Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink spoke in the press conference ahead of PSG game in the Champions League:

GOLDEN RULES FOR KNOCK-OUT GAMES“If I got golden rules for these games? Those are big words: it’s always good to have an away goal in a European game, big teams, big names in European football, it’s difficult to say what the rules are, but it will be a good clash.

EXPERIENCE“Chelsea won important European trophies and PSG is going in the same kind of project, they are a very good team, they are starting to build up a team, not just individual stars players, so they are on their way, and hopefully we can stop them in their project.

“They have international players, they are experienced players, not just a block of young kids coming up.

DIEGO COSTA – “He had a little problem in the weekend, but today he was in training so we’ll see if he will be fit for tomorrow’s game.

“He scored recently in the PL very frequently, before he had some problems at scoring, and also the team, let’s see if he can make it at the European level as well.

When I see him playing i all the games he played us, under me I think he behaved very well, I love the way he plays, he likes to fight but in the way of the game. I loved how he played in my time at Chelsea.”

PEDRO – “Pedro had a setback recently but he did well and he worked well with the physios, he made a good impression today, so he will be selected for tomorrow.

PENALTIES’ PRACTICE – “We always practice penalties, almost every training, not just before this game.

MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE SEASON“The team responded after my arrival and we climbed up the table in the Premier League, we did in relatively short time, our targets must be the FA CUP and the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, of course.

EDEN HAZARD“In Paris he was coming back from his injury time, so we couldn’t expect him to be top fit in that moment, of course now he had some playing time in the league and he improved, so I hope tomorrow he will show what he is capable of, we think he can deliver now that he is on good fitness.

 

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