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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed his side “have two problems” as both Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi are still a doubt ahead of Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Italian boss, on the other hand, says his decision to not play Alvaro Morata in Blues’ last game at Vicarage Road was “a tactical choice”.

 

“We have two problems, the first is more serious with Pedro” said Sarri.

“He has an injury in his hamstring and I think that he will have to rest for about 10 days. The second problem is Odoi, it’s not very serious but I don’t know if he will be able to play in the next match”.

On Morata: “Alvaro now is going very well, he is fit to play. It was only a tactical choice [to not play him against Watford]”.

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Chelsea stiker Willian recognises the Blues gained three massive points last night vs Watford: 

It was very difficult,” Willian told Chelsea official website,  “In the Premier League there are no easy games, every match is tough to play, but we got the three points and we played very well. We had a lot of possession and we created a lot of chances but the Premier League is like this, until the end you have to fight, and now we have to continue.”

The Brazilian was very unlucky at Vicarage Road as he hit the post twice, but he knows the most important thing is to keep winning games:  “I think I was unlucky in the first half when I went one against one with the keeper and hit the post,” Willian went on. “We had control of the game, we scored to make it 1-0 but then we conceded a goal. We went out for the second half with the same mentality, scored a goal and tried to create some chances. We were unlucky again, I hit the post twice, but like I said we have to continue in the same way now, we cannot go up and down anymore.”

Willian hit the posts, Eden Hazard scored twice and he became the 10th Chelsea’s player to score 100 goals for the club. “I’m happy for him,” Willian  concluded. “I’m happy because he helped us to win and happy he has scored 101 goals for Chelsea, so I hope there’s more to come from him. Now we have to think about Crystal Palace.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard can be compared to Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona’s Leo Messi as the Belgian star ‘is a very great plater”.

Hazard, who scored a brace in the Blues’ away victory against Watford tonight, also marked his 100th goal (the opener in Chelsea’s 1-2 win) in all competitions with the Premier League giants.

And Sarri was pleased to remark this record: “Of course he is very important for us, but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo is very important for Juventus. He is a very great player”.

“He is able to play in every position. He is playing like a false number nine. He is very able to play in that position, today he scored two goals and I think he made two or three very good assists.

He is very able to come to play with the team-mates, he is able to make space for team-mates, he is very able in that position, but I think that he can play very well in every position.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he was pleased after his side came back to winning ways against Watford at Vicarage Road tonight.

The Blues were able to beat the Hornets away from home after suffering a disappointing defeat to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Sarri, speaking at a press conference, told journalists: “I think against Leicester the mentality was good and I think against Leicester we played the best performance of the season in the first half.

Wrong was the reaction, the reaction to the negative situation, but it can happen. Today it was very well in approach, the determination and application was very good for 90 minutes in continuity.

“So maybe we played in quality against Leicester better but we played today better in application so the result is only the consequence.”

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Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi was brought off with 5 minutes left to go despite he came off the bench himself in the first half, due to Pedro Rodriguez‘s injury.

When asked to explain the reason behind his decision to substitute the 18-year-old, Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri told journalists: “He played for the first time this season in the Premier League, he played for 55 minutes very well.

He had a little injury with his hamstring one week ago and ten minutes to go he had pain in the same point. So we preferred to change.

“I can understand [the fans were not happy], but there wasn’t another solution, it was too dangerous.”

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With tonight’s brace Eden Hazard reached the 100th and 101st goal for Chelsea.

The Belgian, who often claimed that his dream is to play in Real Madrid and never guaranteed a Chelsea stay for the future, celebrated this accomplishment

“Scoring 101 goals with this amazing club is something I will never forget, but now I think the fans, the staff, myself, the players, we want more.

 “I want to score more for this club and then try to be a legend like Lampard, Terry, Drogba, I try to do my best. But when we are winning we can enjoy a lot.”

Hazard also said the result was a good response from Chelsea after losing at home to Leicester at the weekend.

“We showed great character against Manchester City after losing to Wolves and today we did the same. We lost three days ago against Leicester and we needed to respond on the pitch and we did well.”

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Eden Hazard’s brace gives Chelsea the 3 points at Watford on 2018 Boxing Day.

The first goal of the Belgian in the end of the first half was the 100th he scored for the Blues. Maurizio Sarri lost Pedro Rodriguez due to an injury picked-up just before Hazard’s opener.

Roberto Pereyra responded a couple of minutes later, so the score was levelled at half-time.

Anyway, Hazard’s 58th-minute penalty ensured that Chelsea got back to winning ways, and moved back above Arsenal into 4th spot in the Premier League standings.

Bad news for the visitors as Sarri has revealed that Pedro’s substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced off with a hamstring injury with 5 minutes left to go.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 78′); Willian, Hazard, Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 43′) (Emerson 85′)

WATFORD (4-2-3-1): Foster, Femenia, Kabasele (Mariappa 15′), Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Sema (Quina 66′), Deulofeu, Pereyra, Deeney

Scorers:  Hazard 45′ 58′ (PEN) Pereyra 45’+3′

 

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Watford are climbing up the table as Manchester United are just 2 points above Javi Garcia‘s men, who currently sit 7th on Premier League table.

The Hornets trashed Chelsea in their last game at Vicarage Road, back in February 2018, when three goals in the last six minuted secured a 4-1 win, the first home game for Garcia since his appointment as Watford manager. The Blues will travel to North West London on Wednesday (kick-off 7.30PM BST) after losing a disappointing home game against Leicester City earlier on Saturday.

 

“It was my first home game and my first victory as well,” the former Rubin Kazan boss told the club’s official website, when asked about last season’s win.

“We try to repeat. It was a good game, last season. It was special. But it’s the past, it’s another game.”

“I don’t know what will change for them after they lost, but what I know is that playing against Chelsea we have to do our best and try to compete to our best level,”

“If you don’t do it, you don’t have any chance. We know it will be demanding because Chelsea are one of the best teams in the league but, playing at home with the backing of our supporters, we can do it.”

Garcia added: “They have very good mechanisms to attack, different options and good players, but to get a clean sheet against West Ham is something good for us,”

“It shows us working together with solidarity. We showed we can defend well against City at home. We lost 2-1 but, at the end, we had chances to get some points. We know it’s difficult, but, in this moment, I think we are able to compete and get options to win. We are in a good moment and we can compete with all of them.”

With three games in seven days to be played, the Watford head-coach could consider to rotate some players: “We’ll see,” he said.

“At this moment I think all the players have finished the [West Ham] game well. We have to recover well and to prepare in a short time for the next game. With a win it is always better.”

 

 

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Chelsea are struggling to cope with Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham as the last disappointing defeat at Stamford Bridge against Leicester City sees Blues five points behind 3rd place.

However, manager Maurizio Sarri believes his side has been ‘very good for 55 minutes, and then after the goal was in trouble’.

The Italian, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Watford at Vicarage Road, told Chelsea’s official website: “I started to think to the next match within an hour,

I am not able to do anything else when we have lost a match like this”.

When asked if a sport psychologists could be appointed at Chelsea to help the squad in their development, Sarri added: “I had one 15 years ago. In Italy it was really very difficult because the clubs were not ready in that moment. I don’t know here. We can talk about this, why not”?

Sarri believes a 25-man-squad is ‘the best number’ to face the four competitions in which Blues are involved at this stage (Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Europa League).

“I think at the moment we have too many players” he said.

“We have 28 players and it is impossible to use all of them. I think 25 is the right number. We have a lot of offensive midfielders and we have only Kante as a defensive midfielder. It is not easy to have the right balance in our midfield”.

Chelsea will take on Crystal Palace on Sunday following the game against Watford, then a home game against Southampton on January 2nd.

 

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