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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke ahead of today’s clash between the Blues and Manchester City, who bounced back from their unexpected defeat at Newcastle with two comfortable wins against Arsenal and Everton last time out.

The Italian boss, speaking at a press conference, said: “You know very well that the midfield of Manchester City is one of the best in the world, with Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, David Silva”

“Technically I think they have the best midfield in Europe at the moment so it will be very difficult to be in control of the match, but I think the match is more than just the strikers”.

Sarri added: “They are able to play if you can stop Fernandinho and I think we are able to play also if you stop Jorginho. We have options. Maybe they have more options than us because they have worked on this for three seasons, but I remember in Naples it wasn’t a big problem if there was a man on Jorginho, so I hope it will be the same here in the future”.

“Of course, we have another striker, but we can make other decisions and maybe we will play with a false nine. I have to decide, the situation is not unlike in the other matches”.

On his rival Pep Guardiola: “I expect his team to always want to be in control of the match and always be in possession of the ball, and they are able to do it so it is a very difficult match”.

“We are used to having the ball possession and today it will be very difficult, so maybe we will have to defend lower. We will try to play our football, but if they are able to play their football, of course you have to stay lower. In the first match, they were able to press us in our half, it wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity and I think this match will be the same.

“We were lucky to score and then in the second half, especially in the first 20 or 25 minutes of the half, they gave us spaces, so it was a little bit easier”.

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Michy Batshuayi’s loan deal at Valencia will come to an end as the Belgian international is set for a return to Chelsea in the January transfer window, sporting director Mateu Alemany has confirmed earlier this week.

“The player knows this and we hope that soon it can be solved for the good of all the parties,” he said.

The former OM striker struggled to make an impact with the La Liga side as he scored just three goals in 23 appearances.

Batshuayi, who has scored 19 goals in 53 matches with Chelsea since joining in July 2016 under Antonio Conte‘s management at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

 

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Alvaro Morata was officially ruled out for tonight game against Spurs “for a minor hamstring problem in training this morning” as Chelsea media reported.

But there are reason to believe this might not be the truth.

In fact the Spaniard has been recently linked to Seville and it’s possible he is travelling to Andalucia in these hours to have a medical and seal the transfer.

Morata had gone through some tough times at Stamford Bridge in the past months: it seems he fell out with manager Maurizio Sarri and with most past of Chelsea fans, that are disappointed with some of his recent bad performances.

Within hours we will know what happens in the former Real Madrid striker’s future.

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Chelsea are considering to end Tammy Abraham loan at Aston Villa and bring him back to Stamford Bridge during this winter transfer window.

The England Under-21s international has 11 goals in 14 appearances since dropping down for a second stint in the second tier.

The Mirror reports that Chelsea can bring Abraham back to Stamford Bridge in January should they wish and integrate him into their first-team squad for the second part of the season.

However, a separate report carried by the Birmingham Mail suggests that Villa are confident the Blues will respect the season-long loan agreement.

Villa coach assistant John Terry maintains a strong working relationship with Chelsea, which the West Midlands outfit hope will help them in their quest to keep Abraham in place until next summer.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has claimed he’s willing to fight for his place after struggling in this start of the season.

The World Champion has played down talk of a January exit, and made it clear he’s set to fight for his place.

“I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup,” claimed the French forward, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal last January.

“I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that.

“Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time.”

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After a difficult start of the season, Alvaro Morata has scored four times in the last five Premier League games and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri now praises his Spanish striker, not only as a player, but also as a man.

Morata is a quality player, fast and technically gifted”. Sarri said. “He’s a sensible person and the difficulties had hurt him. The results and the quality of our football are positive”.

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has now scored 5 goals in 6 matches and was decisive in the Blues’ victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge last time out.

Maurizio Sarri believes the Spaniard could even score more in a near future: “I think so, Alvaro has improved in the last month in confidence and personality.

He has also improved from the technical point of view, now he’s able to play more with the team. He has great physical and technical potential and I think he can improve more”.

“For Alvaro, goals have to be a consequence, he has to play for the team and his team-mates without thinking about goals. That is a consequence of the team and the individual performance. He’s a little bit fragile from the mental point of view but he’s very young and he can improve very fast”.

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Eden Hazard praised his team-mate Olivier Giroud after last Saturday’s brilliant game, where the Frenchman served up his first two goals on a plate:

“Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world; I think so,” said the Belgian.

“When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it’s a pleasure to play with him.

“When Alvaro (Morata) was playing it’s completely different, but they both have great qualities, so I’m happy to have good strikers in the team.

“The game [against Cardiff] was very tough. We knew, especially after the (international) break, it’s always very hard to play a good game because you are all a bit tired, but at the end we got three points. That’s what is important.

“I think, okay, we can play better, we should play better, but we scored four goals and it’s a good game for us.”

In the last Premier League clash Cardiff took a shock lead through defender Sol Bamba‘s tidy finish, as the visitors pulled off a smart training-ground move.

Hazard praised Chelsea for refusing to panic however, with the Blues hitting back quickly to carry a 2-1 lead into half-time.

“After 20 minutes the score was 1-0 for Cardiff, but we just kept playing our football and then, when we have the chance, we need to score, and that’s what we did.

“The manager just wants Chelsea to keep the ball, and then when we can find a solution, we need to find good passes between the lines, like Jorginho, (Mateo) Kovacic and (Cesc) Fabregas can do.

“So, we have a lot of good players, and at the moment we are in confidence, so we shoot, we score. We need to keep this momentum.

“We have a lot of freedom on the pitch, so when we are in this condition we just need to take the ball and try something, and at the moment something happens, so that is very good.

“When I’m on the pitch I’m just trying to create chances, score goals. A hat-trick comes with confidence, so I will try to do more of this.”

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has cited again Antonio Conte’s style of play as one of the reasons of his fickle first season at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Spanish radio Cadena Ser he was asked about whether he enjoys life under Maurizio Sarri more, he was pretty emphatic in his answer.

“Yes, yes, yes. For me, yes,” he replied.

Morata also went into his injury problems which seemed to go under the radar.

He explained that he should have taken time off instead of forcing himself to play through it:

“A player they pay for can’t finish the season with 15 goals. People think we’re machines.

“If I had stopped for three months, I would have come back with a clear head, but I was professional and I wanted to give everything.

“If I could go back, I would stop for two months.

“I was in pain, I went to Germany to see the doctor, paying for private planes.

“People believe the false life of Instagram, what it shows you; they thought I was at home with my wife.

“Someday, I’ll write a book about what I’ve been through.”

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