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Chelsea face Liverpool at Anfield in a crucial game for the Blues’ hopes to remain at least 4th in the league table with 33 games played so far.

Maurizio Sarri‘s men are still in the race to win the Europa League title as they take on Slavia Prague on Thursday with a narrow advantage taken in the first-tie (0-1) in Czech Republic.

Eden Hazard was impressive in Chelsea’s last Premier League clash as the Belgian star netted two goals reducing the gap with Sergio Aguero on top of top scorers’ standings.

Hazard, speaking about Liverpool, told Chelsea TV: “I think they have been on fire for two years, not just this season, but City, they are there as well.”

“hey are a fantastic team to watch, I think the manager is great, they have players who are some of the best in the world, so it’s going to be a good game, a hard one, but it’s always hard at Anfield. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone, so we will see”.

“We want to win because we want to finish in the top four. We don’t care about who can win the title between City and Liverpool, we want to go there and try to win the game for ourselves”.

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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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CHELSEA (4 3 3) – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Luiz, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Higuain.

SLAVIA PRAGUE – Kolar, Coufal, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril, Traore, Kral, Masopust, Sevcik, Stoch, Olayinka

Subs: Zmrhal, Husbauer, Van Buren, Kudela, Skoda, Frydrych, Kovar

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Chelsea‘s youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, speaking with Chelsea Tv admitted he watched his team-mate Eden Hazard in awe as he scored his first goal vs West Ham on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.

All I can say is that I watched the whole thing with my mouth wide open,” the England international said. “He’s an exceptional player, though, and I do expect things like that from him. I just watch and learn from him in training, and then in games. Watching someone like that, he is a superb role model to look up to.”

Hazard goal, and his second in the second-half were not only beautiful, but also very important in the Blues’ race for a top-four spot in the Premier League table. “The three points were absolutely crucial,” Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea TV. “A couple of other teams dropped points so we needed to get the result, and we did and we did it in the right manner as well. Our mentality was strong, we worked hard throughout the game, and we had to stay patient because they stayed very compact. So we just had to keep working, and getting our way through and trying to keep moving the ball, and I felt we did that well.”

 

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Speaking with French radio station RTLChelsea‘s striker Olivier Giroud admitted he is not happy about how things are going for him at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud started just one of the Blues’ last 16 Premier League games: “Of course it is frustrating. Today, I feel like there is no competition since January”. Giroud said. “It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.”

Then, at the end of the season, Chelsea’s striker can decide to leave both the club and England: “The future could be hectic this summer,” Giroud went on. “I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time. It could be that I end my career in France.”

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Chelsea‘s loanee Tammy Abraham has scored 21 goals for Aston Villa so far this season.

Now the youngster says his target is to play at Stamford Bridge next season as he believes he has the ability to do so.

As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that”. Abraham told Sky Sports News. That’s the aim going into next season.  I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”

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Chelsea will face Slavia Praha in the Europa League’s quarter-final. The Blues’ will play the first-leg on Thursday 11th April away before hosting the Czech side on 18th April at Stamford Bridge.

Should Maurizio Sarri‘s men go through the next-stage, they will play against Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Here’s the draw in full:

ARSENAL v NAPOLI 

VILLARREAL v VALENCIA 

BENFICA v EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 

SLAVIA PRAHA V CHELSEA

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Chelsea are through the next stage of Europa League after beating Dynamo Kiev also in the second-tie of last-16 round. The Blues eased into the quarter-finals of competition with a comfortable 0-5 away win in Kiev on Thursday night

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as well as Marcos Alonso’s deflection from a close range and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth goal were enough as Maurizio Sarri‘s men secured the biggest away victory in the history of Chelsea in the tournament. 

DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (Tche Tche 65′), Shepeliev (Andriyevskiy 88′) ; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley (Smyrnyi 80′); Garmash

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 70′), Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante (Jorginho 66′), Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Giroud 5′ 33′ 59′ Alonso 45′, Hudson-Odoi 78′
Bookings: Azpilicueta

 

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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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