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Chelsea are currently fighting for the top spot in the Premier League table, but Blues’ midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes Maurizio Sarri‘s team could still improve, especially in their “killer instinct” when it comes to score goals.

I believe a lot in this team. As long as we are winning, the confidence of the team will be higher and higher. It’s impossible to be perfect but be as close to perfection as possible” Fabregas said. “Sometimes one nil, two nil, it’s not enough. If we want to be a top team, sometimes we need to go for the kill.”

The Spanish midfielder also said once more what it is his favourite way of playing: “Sometimes you need to take risks. You have to fight for your team-mates and for the club”. Fabregas went on. “My type of football has always been to play with the ball, to have the ball, to create chances, have a forward mentality. Having movement with or without the ball”.

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley stated the Blues are serious contenders for Premier League title this season:

“We’re serious. A lot of the team have already achieved the success of winning the league and that’s a goal of mine,” the former Everton player claimed after today’s win against Southampton.

“Our end goal is to win the league but we’re taking each month as it comes to reach our goals and at the moment we’re achieving them.”

Barkley then added:

“I’ve had to bide my time: I had a difficult time when I first came here with a few little niggles but that was expected after a long-term injury. I’ve stuck at it, worked hard, believed in myself and I’m showing what I’m capable of. I want to keep improving and scoring goals.

“I’ve got to back myself and show what I’m capable of and not go into my shell, which I know I do sometimes. I’ve got to show confidence in my ability which I’m showing right now.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta, who already won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, reckons the Blues they must try to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City to win the league this season.

“We are the team that have won more titles in recent years in England,” the defender told reporters in the mixed zone postmatch.

“It is true that in the last four years, we haven’t done it well in the season after winning the title.

“But after we didn’t qualify for the Champions League [last season], it is clear that now the target is to be competitive again in the Premier League, to be as close as possible to the title and try to fight for it.”

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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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Former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez believes the Blues, as well as Premier League champions Man City and Champions League finalists Liverpool will remain in the race for the title until the last match-day of 2018/19 campaign.

The Spaniard, speaking at a press conference, said: “At the moment maybe there are three teams that you could say that they are a little bit ahead of the others. Fore me are Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City because of the level, the performances last year and the money they spent. If you have to pick three, I will pick these. They have enough quality to do well.”

Chelsea will take on Newcastle United at St.James’ Park on Sunday (kick-off 4PM BST ) in their third game of Premier League campaign. The Blues have been enjoying a great start to the season so far after 0-3 win over Huddersfield Town and 3-2 derby victory against Arsenal.

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Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole believes the Blues could have their say in this season’s Premier League title race.

Chelsea have gone about their business a little bit quiet in terms of having a new manager”. Cole told ESPN. “They should be fighting for the title, but I don’t think people are [thinking that way] at the minute”.

Ashley Cole has been encouraged by the way Chelsea have started their domestic campaign. “To get six points from two games, it’s a fantastic start. They’ve just got to keep going.” the former defender added.

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Chelsea players celebrating a goal this season

The Premier League is back and so are football punditry programs.

Speaking about which top teams could miss next Champions League qualification English football legends Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher agreed both Arsenal and Chelsea will miss the top four at the end of this campaign.

The pair was asked to make some predictions about the current season and they both believe Manchester City will lift the Champions trophy again.

Despite Manchester United‘s struggles in this start of the season the former Red Devils and Liverpool defenders are sure Jose Mourinho’s side will find his form again so to qualify for next Champions League.

However, they disagree on who will end the year as top scorer: Neville expects Sergio Aguero, who bagged a hat-trick against Huddersfield at the weekend, to end the year at the top of the pile, while Carragher sees Harry Kane banging in the most goals.

The duo made predictions for a young player to keep an eye on, with Neville expecting a big season from City midfielder Phil Foden and Carragher hoping to see a lot from Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon.

And finally, they each predicted a player to watch: both went for a Liverpool star, with Neville viewing Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker as a great signing from Jurgen Klopp and Carragher thinking the same of Naby Keita.

As you can see, Chelsea and his players were heavily snubbed by both of them.



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Maurizio Sarri reckons Chelsea are not ready to be title contenders yet.

“No, not in this moment,” he said when asked if his side were among the favourites to win the Premier League after the 3-2 win against Arsenal.

“We did very well in the last 25 minutes, but I think we have to work.

“We have to improve in the defensive phase and I’m not talking about only the defenders. The defensive phase of all the team, all the players.

“If we press very high, we are able to do well. But, at the other moments, when we are not able to press in the other half, we are in trouble. So I think we have to work and we need to improve.”


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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented the Boxing Day win over Brighton with these words:

“In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,” the Italian coach said.

For this reason it becomes difficult because your opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.

“In the second half we settled very well and created many chances. It was a good performance with good intensity.

“It’s the same performance against Everton, against them we showed 25 times we had shots on goal but today we scored twice. We are in a good moment of form and just continue this way.”

Speaking about title race he claimed:

“This season is different to last season. Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky, like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.

“We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte analysed the win against Bournemouth after the final whistle:

“I think at the end we deserved, it wasn’t easy because we fought with a good team, I made many rotations and I had a good response from my players,” the Italian tactician told after the game.

“We played a great first half, we conceded too much in the second part but we were able to score the second goal and it was a great feeling.

“It’s good to reach the semifinals, last season we were knocked out by West Ham in the second round.

“We have to fight for all competitions in this season, every competition has only one winner and we have to fight to win.

“Last season we lost the FA Cup in the final, we have to try to win something this season, we will try to win a domestic cup.”

Asked about the chances to challenge Manchester City in the title race, he said:

“I think we have to work on ourselves, we have to think game by game, Man City are doing something fantastic, they always win, they deserve a lot of respect because they are doing something incredible.

On Ethan Ampadu, who started again in the Carabao Cup tonight:

“Ampadu played a great game, I am happy for him because he’s young, I guess players like Cahill helped him, but I also believe Christensen and Ampadu can do something special in this season.”


Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side's 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: "I only saw the match...