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Willian‘s goal in the first half is enough for Chelsea to gain their first three points in Europa League group stage.

The Brazilian scored thanks to an assist provided by Ross Barkley. Both in first and second half the Blues dominated the game and had a lot of chances to score the second goal, but they always missed them.

Maurizio Sarri‘s side is now top of the table in Group L together with Bate Borisov who defeated 2-0 Hungarian side Vidi Fc.

Chelsea will play their second game on Thursday October 4th when the Blues will face Vidi Fc at Stamford Bridge.

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After a difficult season because of many injuries and a difficult relationship with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, now Brazilian defender David Luiz is enjoying his life at Stamford Bridge and he has regained a place in the Blues’ starting XI.

David Luiz himself believes his new happiness in London is linked with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the new Chelsea boss: “First of all he’s a great person, great as a human. I think his philosophy to live life is already great because he wants to enjoy every day, David Luiz told Chelsea’s official magazine. “He wants to be happy and he wanted to take this opportunity to start one more chapter in his life. I think that is one of the most important things in life: when you love to do something, when you’re happy.”

The Brazilian defender also claimed Sarri’s work and philosophy is useful for all the team: “So, I believe in this philosophy, and then after that he is a great coach. He wants to play with the ball, he wants to play with intensity, to work on the details and to give us all the information he can about the next game and the opponent”. the defender explained. “Every week he tries to make the best plan possible for the exact game and this is great because he is working in the best way for the team, for the collective.”

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Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda has returned to the club from Vitesse Arnhem after suffering an injury with the Eredivisie side in a friendly clash against Royal Antwerp on Saturday, according to Dutch newspapers.

The 21-year-old joined Vitesse on a season-long loan from Chelsea last month on Deadline Day.


Everyone at Chelsea and Vitesse is hoping the injury won’t rule Musonda out for a lengthy period.

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Just few hours after Thibaut Courtois’ words on the differences between Chelsea and Real Madrid, the Belgian’s replacement at Stamford Bridge Kepa Arrizabalaga explained why this summer he chose to sign for the London club.

It’s a great club, that in the last few years has won the Champions League, the Europa League, the Premier League”, Kepa told Spanish sports paper As. “It’s a team with great players.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made his debut with Real Madrid on Saturday, then he said the European Champions are better than the London club under many aspects.

“I get on with everyone very well, the communication with the defence is going well, even during the competition,” Courtois told Het NieuwsbladIn training, you see that the level is high. I am now experiencing on a daily basis that Sergio Ramos is the best centre-back in the world. The level [at Real Madrid] is higher than at Chelsea.”

Also, the Belgian goalkeeper went on admitting the atmosphere at Santiago Bernabeu is more fascinating then the one at Stamford Bridge: “It’s twice as big, of course, it’s a very different feeling. If you look forward, you only see a wall of people while at Stamford Bridge you can still see the sky or the hotel behind the grandstand,” he said. “Of course, this was not the first time I’ve played here. I know the language and I know the stadium. The first few minutes [against Leganes], I was stunned, but then I felt right.”

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Mentality, concentration and hard work: these are the ingredients of Chelsea‘s perfect start of their Premier League campaign according to Marcos Alonso who spoke with Match of the Day after today’s win vs Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

We are working very well, but there is still room for improvement. We’re feeling good – we like what we’re doing and we are 100% focused on what we’re doing”. the Spanish explained.  “The mentality and the fresh stuff we are doing – we’re working hard on the training ground too – when we give everything we know we have the quality to win”.

Then Marcos Alonso commented also on today’s game: “It was difficult with them playing 4-5-1 but we were patient and we always know we have attacking players who can break teams down”. Marcos Alonso went on. “Our focus now goes to the national teams but when we come back it will still be only the fifth game so there is a long way to go”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was very satisfied as he spoke during his post-game press conference at Stamford Bridge after the Blues win over Bournemouth. “I am very happy with my players. They are doing well in the week and the matches”. the Italian manager said. “I am happy with 12 points but I always think we can do more and improve”.

Four win in four games has been a perfect Premier League start so far, but Maurizio Sarri is aware the gap with Manchester City is still huge and he doesn’t want to speak about the title race: “I think it is better now to think about the next match. The gap at the beginning was 30 points, so I think it is very difficult to cover this gap in one season”. Sarri admitted. “I am very happy with the four matches, but only starting from now to the next match”.    

The Blues manager commented also on today’s match: “I am happy with the result and the performance. It was a very difficult game, they are very organised and defended very well”. Sarri explained. “The first half was difficult and maybe we needed to move the ball with another speed and without the ball. In this match you can win in the last 20 minutes”.

Then, on Olivier Giroud replacing Alvaro Morata: “It depends the moment of the pitch. We crossed lots so I thought Giroud in that moment was better, it depends on the situation. Alvaro is improving, maybe he needs more space. However, I am lucky because Giroud is very useful”.

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Belgian star Eden Hazard helped Chelsea mantain their perfect start in the Premier League, scoring the second goal in today’s win vs Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The game was a tough one for the Blues, but Hazard claimed the team were always confident they could break the lock and gain the three points. “We were always confident we would score. When you’re playing like that you have to be patient”. Hazard explained. “We have a lot of players that can score any minute. We did well to keep the ball and move it quickly, because we were too slow in the first half”.

Eden Hazard also admitted he knows he has a key role for Maurizio Sarri‘s side. “I know when I play good the team play good, so I need to be ready for everything. The season is long, but we will fight to the end, and we will keep improving”. the Belgian said. “I’m feeling confident, I’m enjoying my football, we have a new manager and lots of good players”.

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Bournemouth are still unbeaten this season in their Premier League campaign and the Cherries manager Eddie Howe hopes to continue in this streak also tomorrow when his team will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Now the challenge gets harder. We go to Chelsea, we know how difficult the game’s going to be”. Howe said. “But we’re very keen to keep the momentum from what has been a really positive beginning”.

Also, Eddie Howe believes his players could be inspired by Bournemouth good results vs Chelsea in the last few seasons: “We’ve had good games against Chelsea and we’ve really enjoyed them. They’ve always been close and that should inspire the players.” Howe added. “Chelsea have been very fluid, they’re well coached and managed and we’re expecting a tough game”.

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Under Maurizio Sarri, Brazilian defender David Luiz has re-gained a spot in Chelsea‘s starting XI and he is enjoying his “new life” at Stamford Bridge.

Yesterday, David Luiz played in the Blues’ win over Newcastle: “It’s always difficult to play against a line of five, and then a line of four, playing a low block”. David Luiz told Chelsea official website“We were trying to move the ball as quickly as possible and trying to find some gaps to score but we dominated the game and we deserved to win.”

The Brazilian defender also praised Maurizio Sarri and the way the team are playing: “I’m enjoying it a lot, we have a great philosophy, a great manager and an amazing spirit in the team so it’s great to be playing. We are trying to get points at the beginning because as everybody knows it’s a new system and a new philosophy so we are trying to do our best”. the defender went on.“It’s not easy to win points in the Premier League so if we can get them now, at the beginning of the season, when we are adapted to the style it’s going to be even better for us.”


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