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Chelsea secured third place on the Premier League table as Maurizio Sarri’s men end up the season with a goalless draw at King Power Stadium against Leicester City. Only Liverpool and Man City earned more points and the Citizens were crowned league champions today.

The Blues, who are expected to fly to Boston tomorrow to take part of a charity match, will face Arsenal in the Europa League‘s final on 29th May.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Caballero; Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Kovacic 76′), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 84′), Willian (Hazard 69′)

LEICESTER CITY (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudry, Ndidi (Okazaki 66′), Albrighton (Simpson 77′), Tielemans; Maddison (Barnes 83′); Vardy

Bookings: Jorginho

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In his press conference before tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Newcastle, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri explained his team are performing very well, but his players are lacking when it comes to score goals.

We need to score,” Sarri stressed. “We need to solve this problem. In the last match we played very well, with continuity and with a very good offensive and defensive phase, and with a great performance from a physical point of view – the best of the season – but we didn’t score. We have to work and try to solve it as soon as possible”.

And, according to the Italian manager, it will be important to score very soon as he expects a game very similar to the ones vs Leicester and Southampton: “I think the match will be the same, but I hope to score in the first 30 minutes,’” Sarri went on. “If the match is the same we have to be patient and improve, not in the offensive phase, but in the box and attacking the box from lateral balls, and improve attacking spaces from uncovered balls. We need to improve in the last 20, 25 metres.”

Also, Sarri revealed that both Andreas Christensen and Callum Hudson-Odoi can feature in the team vs Newcastle even if they played both Chelsea’s cup ties in the last few days. “He [Christensen] has improved in defending by looking at the ball. Now he is ready to play. We have a very good option for David, for Rudiger. I don’t know about tomorrow because he played 2 matches in three days for the first time this season, as Callum did”. Sarri explained. “Callum recovered very well from the first match, yesterday he was a little bit tired but I think that’s normal for the first time in the season when you play two matches in three days. I want to see today the level of recovery.”

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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 defender Antonio Rudiger believes the squad do not deserve to be included in the title race along with Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham after losing against Wolves at the Molineux and Leicester City at home.

“For us in this situation, in the table, it is a disaster” Rudiger told BBC Sport.

“With respect to them, if we cannot win these type of games, we cannot compete. It is simple, these teams know how to fight, they are killers.

“One chance, one goal today. Against Wolves, two chances, two goals. Simple. It’s a lack of mentality, I don’t know. […] Not clinical enough and just stupid.”

Chelsea face Watford in their next Premier League game on Wednesday night. Crystal Palace (at Selhurst Park) and Southampton (at Stamford Bridge) are Maurizio Sarri‘s next opponents.

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After losing 1-0 to Leicester City today – the third defeat in the past month- Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri claimed to be concerned:

“The match changed after the goal. We played well for 55 minutes,” the Italian manager told BBC Sport after the game.

“After the goal the reaction was not the right reaction.

“We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion.

“We had to only keep playing like we did before the goal, there was time to recover.

“I think that of course in some situations we were unlucky but I think that we could have done something better.”

Asked whether losing to ‘smaller’ teams was a source of concern, Sarri added:

“Yes it concerns me, we have to understand the reason for it.”


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Chelsea lose 1-0 against Leicester City at home and ruin his fans Christmas.

The Blues didn’t impress but seemed in control in the first part of the match but Jamie Vardy’s goal at 55′ changed everything and, once again, Maurizio Sarri’s lads weren’t able to react.

The Blues are still fourth in table with 37 points levelled with Arsenal that won 3-1 against Burnley today thanks to a better goal difference ( 20-16).

Next game is on Boxing day at Watford.


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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on May 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Speaking during his pre-game press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game vs Leicester City at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri commented on José Mourinho leaving Manchester United when asked if the Premier League will miss him.

I think so. Mourinho won everything, won everywhere so I like him very much as a coach and as a man. I think he is right when he said that Manchester has a future without Mourinho, but he has a great future without United”. the Italian explained. “I would like to see him on the bench as soon as possible. Maybe in England…. not here!”

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Tomorrow Chelsea will play their first game during the Christmas period, hosting Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

We have to just think about this match. They are a technical team but have players very fast, so a dangerous mix”. Maurizio Sarri explained during his pre-game press conference. “We need a good performance to gain three points”.

The Italian manager also underlined the Blues are not a contender for the Premier League title:  “I have never seen Chelsea as title contenders for the PL. There are two teams ahead of us”. Sarri admitted. “80 points is a high average and it is not easy in the Premier League”.

For tomorrow’s game vs Leicester City only Christensen is injured: “We have a little injury with Christensen, with his hamstring”. Sarri claimed. “The doctor said it is not serious but needs to rest for one week”.

Finally, Sarri himself spoke about the chance to use Eden Hazard as a “false nine”:  “We started two matches with Hazard as a striker. Then I wanted to see the solution to work in other situations, so I need two or three matches to see it. I explained the point of view to Giroud, then we will see. The solution is good I think. We played a good match against City and against Brighton we were dangerous for 60 minutes”. the Italian manager undelined. “Then it was a different match, more physical. We needed to kill the match before, the players thought it was under control. We lowered the level of application. We need to avoid this as we have to think to kill the match. I don’t know yet. Giroud played 90 minutes on Wednesday, Morata has just started training after ten days out. There isn’t a best position for Hazard. He is a wonderful player, you have to let him be free on the pitch”.  

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Former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as new Fulham coach earlier this morning.

The Italian coach replaces outgoing Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage, with the West London side currently struggling at the bottom of Premier League table with just a win from 12 games so far.

Ranieri, 67, had been linked also with a move to several Serie A outfits before joining Fulham, as chairman Shahid Khan announced via the club’s official website.

Ranieri told Fulham’s official website: “It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history”,

“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed. This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table”.

“I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.”

Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri will take on Fulham on December 2nd at Stamford Bridge.


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Leicester City have confirmed earlier tonight club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among the five people killed in Saturday’s helicopter crash.

An official statement from Chelsea read: “Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of five people at Leicester City’s King Power stadium on Saturday evening, including the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Also on board were Nursara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Khun Vichai was a passionate owner and supporter of Leicester, overseeing their incredible, unforgettable 2015/16 Premier League success with N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater both a part of that team managed by Claudio Ranieri. He was a regular attendee of matches and a popular figure with fans and colleagues alike.

Our thoughts at this sad time are with the family and friends of all those who lost their lives, as well as the players, staff and supporters at Leicester City”.

Also Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri offered words of sympathy towards Leicester City and Srivaddhanaprabha‘s family before speaking about his side’s 0-4 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

He said: “Before speaking about football, I want to say that I am really sorry about what happened in Leicester. For the family, for the club, for the players.”



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