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Man City manager Pep Guardiola believes also Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal are currently involved in the race to lift the Premier League title in May. Liverpool are currently leading the table with 42 points, one above the Citizens.

The Spaniard, speaking after his side’s away defeat against Maurizio Sarri‘s men at Stamford Bridge, told journalists: “We are in December, also Tottenham or Chelsea or Arsenal can win the Premier League: everybody can win the Premier League.”

 “Last season it happened the same in that period. I said that isn’t going to happen. Yesterday they asked me in the press conference and I said again that isn’t going to happen. We are not here to be invincible, we are here to try and be champion, to try and make one point more than our opponents”.

Guardiola added: “We monopolise the ball like Chelsea, we create the chances, we have two thousand million passes”.

“They beat us in one counter-attack and one set piece. We played the way we want to play. After that, when the opponent is good it’s always to congratulate them, shake hands and improve for the next game.”

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Speaking to BT Sport after the win against Manchester City, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said:

“” because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola.

“I am happy with the mentality of the team in this match.

“It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are, we are a very strong team.

“Today we played with a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggressiveness.

“My players have to continue like this. We had some problems in the first 30 minutes because Eden Hazard played like a striker for the first time and in the defensive movement we weren’t perfect.

“We started well in the second half and in the end we deserved to win. I think he [Hazard] had some problems only for the last 20 minutes.

“He played very well and deserved to score. I am really happy with his first match in this position.

“It is difficult to play in the defensive line when it is not working. It was working well today so it is easier for the centre-backs to play a good match.”

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Alvaro Morata was named the man of the match in Chelsea‘s home win against Crystal Palace, however the Spaniard admitted he was disappointed he didn’t grab a hat-trick today.

He told SkySports: “It’s not the perfect day, but we take the three points and we are in the top three and that’s the important thing for us. We want to fight for the Premier League title and we played well today.

“Today I thought a lot about the hat-trick. I am improving and want to keep working and help the team.”

Morata has now scored five Premier League goals, enjoying a fresh new start under Maurizio Sarri‘s management at Chelsea in Chelsea’s attacking third. The former Juventus and Real Madrid striker went close to scoring also the 4-1 but Hennessey blocked his effort from a close range.

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Willian scored his third goal of the season in Chelsea‘s win at Turf Moor vs Burnley.

The Brazilian winger believes he and his teammates played one of their best games so far in their Premier League campaign.

I think we enjoyed the game and we played very well,” Willian told Chelsea’s official website. “From the beginning they started very well. In the first 10 minutes we coped with the pressure and we were in control. Then we had the ball, we tried to just play, move the ball and have possession. I think we played a great game.”

Willian also claims that the fact a lot of players are performing well and can compete for a place in the Starting XI is one of Chelsea’s secrets: “For sure it’s good for us,” he added, “We have players who are all playing very well and it’s good to have players performing like that.”

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Jose Mourinho when he was Chelsea manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Manchester United manager Josè Mourinho claims Stamford Bridge clash against former club Chelsea would be a game like others but admitted he would be difficult for me to celebrate like a crazy for a winner:

“For me it’s another game,” he commented during his pre-match press conference.

Would I celebrate like crazy my team’s goal or victory at Stamford Bridge? I don’t think so.”

“I think I will try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and supporters that were my supporters and my stadium for many years. To do that I would have to lose my emotional control, which is not easy,” insisted Mourinho, who spent five years at Chelsea and is still respected by the majority of their supporters.

“I think I would always think where I am, which stadium I’m in and which public is in the stands. Apart from that, it’s just another match for me. A match I want to do well in for my players, my team and my supporters; that’s what I want.

But he concluded that, of course:

“I”I want to do well for my team, players, support, I am 100% Manchester United tomorrow, no more space than respect for the stadium and the fans.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes his side’s last goal at Southampton today, scored by Alvaro Morata following 31 passes completed from his teammates on the pitch, is “sure the favorite goal” so far as he can see the “way of football” he wants to bring in this season.

Speaking at a press conference, he told journalists: “We moved the ball very quickly. I think one touch, sometimes two. We arrived at the goal so easy. It’s my football. My favorite goal? Sure, because here I can see my way of football.”

When asked if Chelsea showed “Sarri-ball” football for the whole clash at St. Mary’s Stadium this afternoon, he added: “I think sometimes, not always. I think we can do better because they had two or three opportunities. We need to be in control of the match. We can do better in the defensive, sometimes also in the offensive phase. Today we did wrong in two or three counter attacks”.

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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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Belgian star Eden Hazard helped Chelsea mantain their perfect start in the Premier League, scoring the second goal in today’s win vs Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The game was a tough one for the Blues, but Hazard claimed the team were always confident they could break the lock and gain the three points. “We were always confident we would score. When you’re playing like that you have to be patient”. Hazard explained. “We have a lot of players that can score any minute. We did well to keep the ball and move it quickly, because we were too slow in the first half”.

Eden Hazard also admitted he knows he has a key role for Maurizio Sarri‘s side. “I know when I play good the team play good, so I need to be ready for everything. The season is long, but we will fight to the end, and we will keep improving”. the Belgian said. “I’m feeling confident, I’m enjoying my football, we have a new manager and lots of good players”.

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Under Maurizio Sarri, Brazilian defender David Luiz has re-gained a spot in Chelsea‘s starting XI and he is enjoying his “new life” at Stamford Bridge.

Yesterday, David Luiz played in the Blues’ win over Newcastle: “It’s always difficult to play against a line of five, and then a line of four, playing a low block”. David Luiz told Chelsea official website“We were trying to move the ball as quickly as possible and trying to find some gaps to score but we dominated the game and we deserved to win.”

The Brazilian defender also praised Maurizio Sarri and the way the team are playing: “I’m enjoying it a lot, we have a great philosophy, a great manager and an amazing spirit in the team so it’s great to be playing. We are trying to get points at the beginning because as everybody knows it’s a new system and a new philosophy so we are trying to do our best”. the defender went on.“It’s not easy to win points in the Premier League so if we can get them now, at the beginning of the season, when we are adapted to the style it’s going to be even better for us.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas played today in the Blues’ win over Perth Glory in their first pre-season friendly which marked also Maurizio Sarri‘s debut on the London club’s bench.

Fabregas himself recognised that many things have changed for the last two seasons under Antonio Conte:  “You have to be ready for everything, it’s all about getting the rhythm. This was our first game after the FA Cup final, so nearly 9 weeks ago. We are getting there slowly, slowly. Of course it was a different style with Antonio”. Fabregas said. “For example we played with five at the back, now we have four defenders. It will be tight to adapt to what Maurizio wants from us. We’ve been practicing for two years with another system, but I think with intelligent players we will learn fast”.

Things are new also for Fabregas who will play in a different position: “My new position? the Spanish midfielder went on. “Not more far than usual. Yes, in the last two years I’ve been playing as a defensive midfielder, very deep in midfield. Of course this new position [attacking midfielder] is better for me, this is the position where I have played in all my career but I am ready to play in every position, wherever Sarri will put me. We have three places in midfield”.

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