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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger revealead how the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri inspired him and his team-mates before the Premier League game vs Manchester City.

[Sarri] was very calm and clear-minded. He spoke with us and made it clear that we have to believe in ourselves. He wanted us to go into the City game looking for the win”. Rudiger explained.  “We spoke together. We all knew what was going on, we didn’t have to lie to ourselves: the mentality was the problem”.

On the other hand, Sarri’s reaction was very different after Wednesday’s loss vs Wolverhampton: “After the Wolves game, he [Sarri] was terrifying,” the Blues defender said. “He was going crazy. But that was okay because we shouldn’t have lost this match”.

Also Antonio Rudiger admitted that vs Manchester City, Chelsea was able to find again a very important “feature” from last season:  “One of the things that made us strong in difficult moments last season was that we knew how to suffer. This season, because things were going so good, we were thinking, ‘We don’t need to suffer’”. Rudiger claimed. “Two teams, Tottenham and Wolves, proved us wrong. That’s why, against Manchester City, everyone saw a team that was ready to fight. We wanted to take the supporters with us and we did that. By ‘suffering’, what I mean is when we are having a tough time, we need to man up, keep our chins up and work. We were playing beautiful football at the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean you forget the ugly side of it: winning tackles, tracking back, doing everything defensively. Against Manchester City, we were very clinical, which was also important. That has been missing over the last month, but against City, we did something out of nothing.”

 

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After the defeat vs Wolverhampton on Wednesday night, Chelsea have fallen 10 points behind Manchester City and the Blues will face Pep Guardiola‘s team on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

For Maurizio Sarri‘s side another defeat can mean the end of their Premier League title’s hopes, even if Marcos Alonso believes, whatever Saturday’s result will be, it’s too early to write Chelsea’s title hopes off.

It’s too early to talk about it, obviously. If we lose we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well, and not pay attention to the table at the moment”. Alonso told Sky Sports. It is the perfect opportunity to come back. It will be a great game for sure, everyone will be very motivated to play”.

Also, Marcos Alonso explained where Chelsea have to be better if they want to get a good result vs the current Premier League champions: “We have to play more as a team. It’s something we have to analyse, we will try our best to improve as soon as possible,” Alonso added. “We’re not doing very well at the moment. More individually (than) as a team, we have to get better as a collective. We had the chances to win, we were controlling the game and started the second half having a couple of chances. The last few games we were not loyal to our style of play and, even if we did not deserve it, we lose”.

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Tonight, at Molineux Stadium, Chelsea will face Wolverhampton.

These are the confirmed lineups for both Maurizio Sarri and Nuno Espirito Santo. Andreas Christensen will start for the Blues.

Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady , Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre; Gibbs-White, Jiminez, Jota.

Subtitutes: Ruddy, Hause, Dendoncker, Traore, Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Costa.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hazard, Morata.

Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud.

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Sarri conference

During his pre-game press conference, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri said Wolverhampton will be a tough opponent tomorrow night for the Blues Premier League match.

I expect a very difficult match. They have technical players, they were unlucky in the last two matches, but it is not easy to play there”. the Italian explained.

Sarri also confirmed every Chelsea player is fit for tomorrow’s game: “I spoke with the doctor ten minutes ago, but we have no injuries at the moment”. Sarri said. “We have a little problem with Kovacic and Alonso in he last match, but they are ready to play. We have one more training session”.

The Blues manager also admitted Ruben Loftus-Cheek is becoming a very important player for Chelsea: “He has played in the Europa League and League Cup, some in the Premier League but not starting”. Sarri explained. “At the moment he is very important for us. He had some problems to understand what I wanted, but he is improving and in the last two matches I have been very happy with him. I want him to stay with me, with us”.

Finally, Maurizio Sarri commented on Azpilicueta‘s new contract and reflected also on Fabregas and David Luiz‘s situations: “He is important for the club, staff and team-mates. I am very happy with the contract” the Italian said about Azpilicueta, while on David Luiz and Fabregas he went on: “I spoke with the club about this one month ago. I know very well it is not easy, but I think we can do a new deal for both. They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a centre-back for this level and it is difficult to find a centre-midfielder technical like Fabregas, so I think they have to stay with us. The deal is very difficult for this reason (over 30), the club want a short contract and the players want a long contract, it is difficult for this reason but we can find a solution”.

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Aleksandr Golovin is back from holiday and has joined CSKA Moscow training centre yesterday, as the club confirmed on their official website.

The Russian star, who’s said to be closing in on a move to Chelsea, has been also linked with a move to AS Monaco as the Ligue 1 giants will need a replacement in midfield if Joao Moutinho joins Wolverhampton this summer on a £5m move.

The 22-year-old has received CSKA Fans’ Player of the Year award this evening amid transfer market rumors.

Sergej Chepchugov, Golovin’s former teammate at CSKA and new Enisej goalkeeper, posted a picture on Instagram revealing the Russian midfielder is heading to Stamford Bridge. This is the message, which was liked by Golovin himself:

“When you came to the main team, CSKA, I told you right away: “You’ll train as well in two years you’ll hit the top European team”. Today a lot of tips and attention! I wish you to feel my heart at Chelsea. Good luck to you, big career!”

 

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Chelsea defender Nathan Ake spoke after his side’s away win against Wolverhampton at the Molineux yesterday.

The Dutchman, who has been recalled from Bournemouth, made his second start for Chelsea in this season’s FA Cup

“I’m really happy to get another start, playing with great players, – Ake told the club’s official website – I can only learn from that and hopefully I can push on and get better every time. We’re really pleased with the win, a bit less so with the performance, but we knew it was going to be a difficult place to come”.

“The first 30 minutes, for sure, they were on top. They pressed us high, we couldn’t play out and it was really difficult. The crowd was behind them, so we just needed to get through that”.

“I think in the second half we came out much better, we kept the ball and created more chances and I don’t think they created anything”.

About Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, he added: “The manager told us to push more and give more energy because it looked like they gave more in the first half. They won second balls and things like this”.

“We needed to match that, and get better than them, and I think in the second half we did – we won first and second balls and we were more confident on the ball as well. Places like this are difficult. It’s always going to be physical and hard, and you need to match that”.

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Chelsea defender John Terry captained the squad in the F.A. Cup clash against Wolverhampton last time out.

The England star told the club’s official website after the game: Wolves started very well and made it difficult for us, especially in the first 20 minutes which we expected before the game,”

“It was pretty much a wake-up call seeing the other results on the day and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy coming here, it is a tough place, but I thought we did well in the end”.

About former Chelsea youngster George Saville, who missed a clear chance to score in the first half: “It would have been nice for him but it wasn’t to be, – Terry added – But the main thing for our team, especially for the likes of me and Cesc Fabregas who haven’t been playing regularly, is when we get the opportunity to play, we come in and keep winning and we keep that momentum”.

“We have to give the manager food for thought as well because the other boys have been superb. As a group we have been training well and they have been flying in the league. All we can do as a group is keep winning football matches and make it difficult for everyone else”.

Then Terry added: “As you see when we went away to Burnley last week, everyone expected us to pick up three points. This year, especially in the Premier League, everyone is beating everyone. It is not like five or 10 years ago when you could look at a fixture and think we can go there and pick up three points and move on to the next match”.

“Everyone is set up really well and the quality of players has increased over the years as well. It is a long, long way to go but the most important thing this weekend is we are in the hat for the FA Cup draw”.

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Cesc Fabregas © Francesca Ceciarini

Former England boss Glen Hoddle was particularly impressed with Cesc Fabregas‘ performance at Wolves today.

The Spaniard’s brilliant lofted pass was a key part in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal, that was scored by Pedro:

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Hoddle claimed:

“What a ball from Fabregas [for Pedro’s goal].

“You’ve got to say he was marvellous today with some of his passing.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will play John Terry in central defense against Wolverhampton, according to reports in England.

The Blues’ captain is fit despite missing last Premier League match at Burnley on Sunday due to an ankle injury and could replace David Luiz.

It is understood the Brazilian star is still recovering from a knee problem since December.

Terry featured against West Ham in the EFL Cup and in the FA Cup wins over Peterborough and Brentford in January.

 

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Wolves’ Aaron McCarey has retired from football after failing a drugs test.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been suspended by the Football Association after failing the test for a non-performance enhancing substance.

He is the third football player revealed to have tested positive for these illegal substances, after Jake Livermore and Jose Baxter.

A Wolves statement said: “Aaron McCarey has failed an out of competition Football Association (FA) drug test for a non-performance enhancing substance. As a result, the Wolves goalkeeper is now subject to an immediate FA suspension from all competitive forms of football.

“The immediate suspension is a standard procedure whilst the FA’s investigation is concluded.

“Aaron McCarey strenuously denies deliberately taking any banned substance.

“The club is extremely disappointed and concerned that one of its players has failed a drugs test. Neither the player nor the club will be making any further comment whilst the FA investigation is underway and not until the matter has been fully concluded.”

He has missed the last two games for the Championship side, officially for family reasons. McCarey joined Wolves from Irish League side Monaghan United in January 2010, having agreed to sign in September 2009.

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