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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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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes the 3-0 against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in the first-leg of Europa League last-16 ‘is a good result’ as the Blues have a comfortable lead ahead of their trip to Ukraine next week.

Speaking at a press conference after the game, the Italian added: “We were able to not concede, and to not concede a goal at home is very important in this competition. We could have scored more, especially in the first half”.

“Now we have to be careful. We have to go there with a very good level of application and determination if we want to qualify”.

Sarri said: “If you concede a goal you can go mentally in trouble. We have to go there with the right level of attention”.

“He played very well, also in the defensive phase. He missed two or three goals but he played a very good match”.

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Chelsea duo Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri have been included in the shortlist to face both Ukraine (friendly match) last night and Poland (UEFA Nations League) on Sunday.

The midfielder was selected in the starting XI, playing alongside with Cagliari star Nicolò Barella and PSG maestro Marco Verratti.

Roberto Mancini‘s men managed to break the deadlock with Federico Bernardeschi from a long distance before Ruslan Malinovskiy leveled up the score later in the second half. Emerson Palmieri was an unused substitute at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, where the game was stopped into the 43rd minute to commemorate those who died in the motorway bridge collapse on 14th August.


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José Mourinho travelled to Croatia to scout two Chelsea targets yesterday: the Manchester United boss was in Zagreb to watch Inter players Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic.

The winger was suspended for the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, but the Special One met ex Real Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic, that became his agent some months ago to understand if a move to Old Trafford is possible.

The Red Devils are ready to place a € 40m offer to Inter but Suning, new Nerazzurri owners since last year, are not keen in selling the Croatian international and will consider only offers from € 60m on: also Chelsea were interested in him and will find the same situation in case they would like to bring Perisic to Stamford Bridge.

Marcelo Brozovic, instead, can leave Inter next summer and Inter can listen offers for him as, after the signing of Roberto Gagliardini and the growth of Geoffrey Kondongbia, the midfielder is a not a regular starter anymore.

It’s rumoured that Monaco would like to offer € 50m for him, but Manchester United and Chelsea are in the race for the 24-year-old as well since they have been tracking him for at least one year.


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Ex Chelsea flop Andriy Shevchenko was named as new coach of Ukraine today.

The former AC Milan striker, 39,  who was also an assistant for ex Ukrainian boss Mykhaylo Fomenko, who was sacked after EURO 2016 ended at group stage.

Shevchenko joined Chelsea from Milan in summer 2006 for a £ 30.8m fee strongly wanted by Roman Abramovich ( it was the beginning of the first misunderstandings with José Mourinho in the Portuguese first spell at Stamford Bridge) but he struggled to settle in England.


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The results of the draw for the group stage of the 2016 European Championship finals in France are already known. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four from four pots of seeds.

Group A:

France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland

Group B:

England, Wales, Slovakia,Russia

Group C:

Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine

Group D:

Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia

Group E:

Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Italy

Group F:

Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko says Chelsea should and will stick by Jose Mourinho, and that the Portuguese retains the full support of owner Roman Abramovich. 

Shevchenko was one of Europe’s greatest strikers but suffered a dip in form and fitness following a £30 million move to Stamford Bridge from AC Milan in 2006.

Speaking to Spanish paper Marca, the former Ukraine international pointed to the support of both fans and owner that are critical in saving Mourinho’s job.

“I think Roman, first of all, has been working already with José. He still believes in him and still believes in his quality, and José has won the Premier League the last year, and he is a great manager,” he told Marca.

He continued:

“Also, the Chelsea fans support him a lot and it means a lot for everyone when you have the support from the club and support from the fans, it’s everything for the players and for the manager.

“[Mourinho] is very professional in every details and he knows very well how to reach its goals like the Champions League final. It’s what he does and it’s very important to make sure the small details are working very well. 

“I think that José is one of the best managers to keep your attention, keep you focused on the small details. In the end, he makes you a winner.

“Honestly, I think the football is part of the game but when you are losing or you’re winning, it’s all the part of the game. The situation is unusual for Chelsea, of course, but I’m sure that José is a great manager. 

“The club is a great club and the players playing for Chelsea are very professional and great athletes. I’m sure they will find a way to go through this difficult moment, and finally, get some results.”

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Eden Hazard will start against Dynamo Kyiv in the Matchday 3 game in Ukraine.
The official line-ups in full:
DYNAMO KYIV – Shovkovskiy (c), Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, González, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko
Subs:  Rybka(GK), Antunes, Miguel Veloso, Petrović, Garmash, Gusev, Júnior Moraes

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov


CHELSEA – Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa

Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao

Manager: José Mourinho


Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

Kick off: 7.45 pm GMT

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Konoplyanka has also made nearly 50 appearances for Ukraine

Chelsea are interested in bringing Seville winger Yevhan Konoplyanka to Stamford Bridge, according to the coach of Shakhtar Donestk. 

Mircea Lucescu says he has spoken to Jose Mourinho who confirmed to him that 26-year-old Konolyanka is a player of considerable interest at Chelsea, along with Andriy Yarmolenko, which ChelseaNews24 reported last week.

Mourinho was spotted in the crowd during Ukranie’s 1-0 loss to Spain in their final Euro 2016 qualifier. Lucescu was also there, and claims it was then that the Portuguese hinted his interest in the Ukraine internationals.

“Mourinho is interested in Yevhen Konoplyanka. I was at Ukraine versus Spain with Mourinho and he is interested in some players.

“Perhaps it is Yarmolenko or Teixeira, if not, then it is Konoplyanka.”

Konoplyanka moved from Ukraine side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to Seville last summer.

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Cesc Fabregas celebrated 100 caps with his national team, Spain, last night against Ukraine.

The match was valid for EURO 2016 qualifiers but even if Spain was already qualified they managed to win 1-0:

“Our goal is always to win,”said Fabregas after the final whistle.

“Even though we had already qualified, we didn’t go just to play a friendly game, we wanted to win.

“Especially for me it was a very special day, I played my 100th game for the national team so obviously I wanted to win the game more than anything.”

Looking to France Euro 2016 tournament the Chelsea midfielder said:

“It’s going to be tough because nobody has ever won the Euros’ three times in a row. We will try to do our best but it will be a difficult task.”


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