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Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game vs BrightonChelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri admitted Callum Hudson-Odoi could make his debut in the Blues’ starting XI in a Premier League game.

I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”. Sarri explained. Now he’s ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match Firstly I want to see the condition of all the players. The condition of Willy, Pedro, Eden, all the wingers. But of course, he is in my mind.”.

The Italian also said he has always thought about Callum Hudson-Odoi as an important player for Chelsea: “First of all, in pre-season after four or five training sessions, I realised that Callum was really a player with a very great potential.  In my opinion, in that moment, he wasn’t ready to play at this level. But during the season, he has improved. And now he’s ready to play.” Sarri went on. “But I decided at the beginning of the season that he had to stay with us, and I put him in the squad. So I know very well Callum, and I want him to improve more because the potential is higher. And Callum is always in my mind. In my opinion, he is our future”.  

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EVERTON –  Pickford; Coleman (c), Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Schneiderlin, Davies, Walcott, Tosun, Lookman.

Manager: Marco Silva

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizo Sarri

 

Referee- Anthony Taylor

Venue – Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off – 4.30 pm GMT

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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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Ahead of Sunday’s game vs FulhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted he will make some rotations in his Starting XI:  “I need to value the recovery of every player and then decide”. Sarri explained during his pre-game press conference. “We need to change three or four players”.

One of these changes can involve the goalkeeper with Kepa who will maybe re-gain his place on the pitch: “The Kepa situation is closed. Kepa is our first goalkeeper, but we are very happy for Willy that he can play in a very difficult match”. the Italian manager claimed. “Kepa will be on the pitch for one of the next two matches. I have not decided yet, I want to see the last two trainings of course, for every player. On Sunday we played 120 minutes and 95 on Wednesday. We ran for 15km on Sunday on average and Wednesday was 12km, so we have to consider it”.

Whoever will play, however, Maurizio Sarri wants from his team the same attitude of the last few matches: “In the last three matches we were consistent. Europa League, drew against City and beat Tottenham. We need to continue with the performance. The result was good”. Sarri said. “We were right against City to wait in our half, we started differently against Spurs. It depends on the situation”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made four changes from the starting XI which suffered a defeat on penalties in the Carabao Cup‘s final against Man City on Sunday.

Marcos Alonso replaces Emerson Palmieri, with Mateo Kovacic in midfield and Gonzalo Higuain chosen as a lone striker alongside Pedro and Eden Hazard.

Willy Caballero will start as Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped to the bench after the Spaniard refused to be substitute in the extra-time against the Citizens.

Here’s the team to face Tottenham Hotspur in full: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Pedro, Hazard, Higuain

 

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Maurizio Sarri has decided to drop Kepa as Chelsea tonight face Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea starting XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Chelsea substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud.

Tottenham Hotspur starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lamela; Son, Kane.

Tottenham Hotspur substitutes: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Rose, Foyth, Wanyama, Lucas, Llorente.

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Obviously, during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Tottenham, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has to answer many questions about Kepa and the refusal by the goalkeeper to be replaced by Caballero during the Carabao Cup final vs Manchester City.

So, the Italian explained he has still to decide if Kepa himself will be included in the Starting XI: “I need to send a message to my group, whether Kepa is on the pitch or off it. I have to decide what is better for my group” Sarri told reporters. “He has to be mentally ready. He made a mistake, there are some consequences. If it is to play he has to be ready, if it is on the bench then he has to be ready”.

Despite what happened on Sunday, Maurizio Sarri believes all the players still respect him and he doesn’t feel undermined: “No I don’t feel undermined: after Sunday for me it is over”. the Italian claimed, then adding, when asked if the players still respect him, “Did you see the match on Sunday? So you know the answer. I think better, yes”.

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Chelsea are back to Premier League action tonight, as they face Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

BOURNEMOUTH: Boruc, Clyne, Cook, Ake, Smith, Surman, Gosling, Stanislas, Fraser, Brooks, King.

Subs: Begovic, Daniels, Rico, Mepham, Ibe, Mousset, Solanke.

CHELSEA: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Higuain.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Willian, Giroud.

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CHELSEA –  Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

NEWCASTLE – Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Ayoze Perez, Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu; Rondon.

Subs: Schar, Murphy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman.

 Manager: Rafa Benitez

 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)

Kick  Off: 5.30 pm GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

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In his press conference before tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Newcastle, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri explained his team are performing very well, but his players are lacking when it comes to score goals.

We need to score,” Sarri stressed. “We need to solve this problem. In the last match we played very well, with continuity and with a very good offensive and defensive phase, and with a great performance from a physical point of view – the best of the season – but we didn’t score. We have to work and try to solve it as soon as possible”.

And, according to the Italian manager, it will be important to score very soon as he expects a game very similar to the ones vs Leicester and Southampton: “I think the match will be the same, but I hope to score in the first 30 minutes,’” Sarri went on. “If the match is the same we have to be patient and improve, not in the offensive phase, but in the box and attacking the box from lateral balls, and improve attacking spaces from uncovered balls. We need to improve in the last 20, 25 metres.”

Also, Sarri revealed that both Andreas Christensen and Callum Hudson-Odoi can feature in the team vs Newcastle even if they played both Chelsea’s cup ties in the last few days. “He [Christensen] has improved in defending by looking at the ball. Now he is ready to play. We have a very good option for David, for Rudiger. I don’t know about tomorrow because he played 2 matches in three days for the first time this season, as Callum did”. Sarri explained. “Callum recovered very well from the first match, yesterday he was a little bit tired but I think that’s normal for the first time in the season when you play two matches in three days. I want to see today the level of recovery.”

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