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Chelsea Defeats Arsenal In EPL Clash

Aubameyang handed the Gunners the lead just 13 minutes into the action

But two late goals from Jorginho and Abraham turned the game around for the Blues

Two late goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham inspired Chelsea to a dramatic comeback in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues ran off with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal having trailed for the most part of the match before the Brazilian-Italian midfielder leveled up for the visitors.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had earlier opened the scoring for Arsenal with his 13th of the season but it was not enough to save the Gunners from an embarrassing defeat.
It was Mikel Arteta’s first match at home since taking over from Unai Emery as Gunners’ boss on permanent capacity.

Jorginho celebrates scoring Chelsea’s men were the dominant side through the opening exchanges of the tie and deservedly took the lead in the 13th minute through Aubameyang who nodded home from Calum Chambers’ flick.

3 Reasons Why Chelsea Lost To Bournemouth 0-1

Apart from an early chance for Mason Mount and a couple of glancing headers from Tammy Abraham, the hosts barely mustered any openings. Eddie Howe, who deserves to bide his time in a potential turnaround process, stacked his midfield with Jefferson Lerma mainly deployed as a ball-winner.

His side relied on their pace in counters and applied a more pragmatic approach to the game. While it eventually resulted in a tactical masterclass, most of the match transpired as a cagey, dodgy affair. On that note, we analyse what went wrong for Chelsea as they fell to another defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Here are the three main reasons Chelsea lost to Bournemouth on Sunday according to Sport keeda:

3. Kepa’s miscalculation and shoddy run of form

Kepa has been a bit of a letdown for Chelsea this season
Kepa has been a bit of a letdown for Chelsea this season

It’s hard to imagine such a drastic drop in the performance levels of a goalkeeper who adapted to life in England like a fish to water. He was up there, making last-ditch saves, winning points for his team and saving penalties with remarkable forecasting skill.

But Kepa Arrizabalaga this season, has looked a completely different, under-confident proposition between the sticks. It’s been too soft from the Spaniard, who has made some shabby errors at the back, allowed goals in way too easily and been rather substandard with his passing.

It all came to fore when Bournemouth, on the back of serious penetration into the Chelsea box, fired in a tame effort towards the Chelsea shot-stopper. The young goalie dove to his right, but couldn’t even manage to collect the ball as ultimately, Cesar Azpilicueta had to clear.

The goal, with due respect to Gosling, was a moment of scintillating geometrical awareness, but Kepa could have done much better as his positioning was not up to standard. Often hesitant to spring off his line, Arrizabalaga was neither behind Gosling nor on his goal line. Indeed, he was left in no man’s land, giving himself absolutely no chance of smothering the looping effort.

2. Significant lapses in concentration at the back

With just two clean sheets all season in the league, one of the many obstacles faced by the young Chelsea side is quite obvious. The Blues struggle to defend set pieces, in particular. It’d be immensely essential to highlight the same later on, but a few errors the Chelsea back line commits is the space left behind the full backs, major lapses in concentration or simply schoolboy mistakes.

In corners and free-kicks, the team’s semblance looks rather static, owing to the strict zonal marking. There’s little tracking, even lesser attention paid to the minor details and a certain lack of distinct communication. Sometimes they fail to clear their lines or track the opposition bodies at the near post. Today, it was a matter of not winning the second balls.

Initially having shut out the danger, Chelsea, as soon as the headed clearance, should have stepped out of their lines as a team to catch the opposition team offside, something that backfired spectacularly. Bournemouth scored the only goal of the game courtesy of that momentary lapse in concentration, which doomed the Blues to their 4th loss in 5 Premier League games.

1. Lack of invention in the Bournemouth half

Willian of Chelsea FC battles for possession with Dan Gosling of Bournemouth (Photo by Ivan Yordanov/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Chelsea’s Willian put forth another lacklustre staging at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s Willian put forth another lacklustre staging at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea picked more passes, got more involved as the game went on, but were largely flat-footed in terms of their penetration and transition. They lacked the burst of acceleration to go out and hurt Bournemouth on the break, for starters. It looked very rusty whenever the Blues tried to play out and leave the opponents behind.

They played a lot of balls from one end of the pitch to the other in the form of diagonals, but the visitors were well-equipped to handle that one-dimensional attacking framework. The likes of N’Golo Kante were sparingly used, apart from a couple of breaks. Fraser’s defensive work aided Gosling and Lerma in intercepting and reading more passes.

Willian and Pulisic remained absent from the game’s proceedings, failing to engineer a pin-point cross or any effort on goal. The latter was significantly out of the game as he rued for space and a possible interplay with Emerson.

Willian meanwhile, was simply horrendous with his corners and crossing. His decision-making was a major letdown, with the failure to deliver first-time crosses tantamount to the absence of a creative outlet.

Chelsea should have probed further and played with a bit more patience. Way too often, they tried to cut open the Bournemouth defence with a 15-20 yard passes, or with a diagonal. The momentum, as a result, continued to move in a stop-start fashion as Bournemouth had the last laugh.

Source : Sport keeda

Eden Hazard Says He Will Return To Chelsea Once He Is Done In Real Madrid

Eden Hazard left Stamford Bridge in the summer but has not taken his eye off the Blues since his Los Blancos switch.
Eden Hazard has vowed to return to Chelsea when he is finished at Real Madrid according to The Sun.

The 28-year-old Stamford Bridge favourite also heaped praise on new manager Frank Lampard.


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Hazard is recovering from a fractured ankle sustained against Paris Saint Germain at the end of last month.
And well known Chelsea fan Frank Khalid spoke to him during his rehabilitation and posted footage of their conversation on Twitter.

Told that the West Londoners miss him, Hazard replied: “When I finish here I’ll come back.”
And Hazard also revealed he is keeping tabs on his old club whenever he can.
He said: “When I can I watch. Not all the time.

“But they are doing well, they’re young. Now they can pay for players, they can buy players now.”
Khalid suggested the Blues could use their new transfer freedom to re-sign the Belgian superstar.
And with a comment that will be music to the ears of Blues fans everywhere, Hazard quipped: “I do my job here and then I come back.”

Dan Gosling Late Goal Gives Bornemouth A Win Over Chelsea 1-0

Chelsea VS Bornemouth 0-1.

Chelsea got defeated after a struggle with Bornemouth in Stamford Bridge due to the late goal in the 84th minute by Dan Gosling

Dan Gosling scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute after the VAR confirmed he was not in an offside position.


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Chelsea went well in the match with lots chances, shots on target and possession but couldn’t grab the win.

Both teams went into the break with a 0-0 scoreline as Frank Lampard’s side are still looking for their first win in their last three Premier League matches.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale of Bornemouth made a double save that kept out Abraham as both sides remained scoreless for most part of the game.

With six minutes left to play, Gosling pounced on a not properly cleared corner to head past Kepa Arizzabalaga to make it 1-0 after a long look at the VAR, and that proved to be the match-winner as Bournemouth held on to seal the win after losing five straight Premier League matches.

Chelsea are to meet with Tottenham in their next match on the 22nd of December, 2019.

Chelsea set to bid £100m For Borussia Dortmund Star “Jadon Sancho”

Chelsea set to bid club-record £100m for Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund star expected to leave Bundesliga side next summer.

Jadon Sancho will be Chelsea’s principal target now their transfer ban has been lifted, with expectation increasing that the England winger will chose Stamford Bridge next summer, when he is expected to move from Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea will have to pay a club record for the 19-year-old, likely to be around £100million, but will also try to sign a new centre forward, despite the rise of Tammy Abraham, with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner in their sights.

But it is Sancho who is likely to be the most exciting signing and, despite interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, the south Londoner raised in Kennington as a Chelsea fan looks highly likely to move to Stamford Bridge if Dortmund agree to sell.

Sancho is a close friend of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Chelsea want the pair to spearhead them for the next decade, with Christian Pulisic supplementing them.
Chelsea will also move for a left back and though Ben Chilwell would be the ideal candidate, he will be hard to prise from Leicester and they are likely to face competition from Manchester City.

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Everton Defeats Chelsea in EPL Clash

Toffees record 3-1 win over Blues in Premier League tie
Everton vs Chelsea’s Premier League encounter ended 3-1 in favor of the hosts

Toffees came up with a surprise 3-1 win over fourth placed Chelsea in an exciting encounter

Dominic Calvert Lewin scored a brace while Richarlison also netted with Chelsea’s Kovacic scoring the Blues only goal

Chelsea have now lost three of their last four Premier League matches

Meanwhile, this was Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson’s first win and it came in emphatic fashion

Everton looked a rejuvenated side as they put their past woes aside to beat fourth place Chelsea 3-1 in their first match since the sacking of Marco Silva.
Overseen by caretaker manager and former Tofee Duncan Ferguson, Everton were off to a flyer right from the start and it only took them five minutes to break the deadlock.
Brazilian Richarlison rose highest to meet a Theo Walcott cross to send the Everton faithful into delirium.

Chelsea lacked their cutting edge and this was largely because of Everton’s high press game which forced mistakes on the London side.
The game was fairly open but the next goal belonged to Everton once again as striker Dominic Calvert Lewin struck a second right after half time.
Lampard’s boys’ character would be tested at 2-0 down though they responded swiftly as Matteo Kovacic hit a superb volley past Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.
Chelsea pressed for an equalizer as Mason Mount skewed a shot wide while fullback Ceasar Azpilicueta saw his effort saved.

Against the run of play, Calvert Lewin found his second goal and Everton’s third after a mix up in the Chelsea defence to put the game beyond doubt.
The win takes Everton away from the bottom three while for Chelsea, it will be back to the drawing board as they have now lost three of their past four Premier League games.

Chelsea’s transfer ban has been halved by Court and will be eligible to buy players from January

Chelsea’s transfer ban has been halved by Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning the London side will be free to add more talents to their array of young-studded squad in the January transfer.

Chelsea were handed a two-transfer ban by the football regulating body in the world following alleged breaches of rules involving the signing of young players. Chelsea filed an appeal against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and a verdict on Friday December 6, has seen the ban reduced by half.

Chelsea served the first half of the ban in the summer transfer with new boss Frank Lampard left with limited options of stars for the new season.

Lampard enjoyed a successful start as his young-studded squad led by Tammy Abraham, Mount and Tomori continue to display their talent. Chelsea, who already signed Christian Pulisic from Borrusia Dortmund before the ban, will have the chance of adding array of stars to the squad as the January window opens.

Jadon Sancho is reportedly being eyed by Chelsea as the Premier League giants are said to have thrown in an option of luring the England star to Stamford Bridge in the next summer.

EPL- Chelsea vs Aston Villa Lines up and Score Updates

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Tammy Abraham is back and this match can be called a Lampard Vs Terry as two Chelsea legends meet at Stamford Bridg .

This is the lineups for Chelsea and Aston Villa.

Chelsea FC VS Aston Villa | Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)|

Chelsea (4-2-3-1):
Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Christensen, James | Kovacic, Kante | Pulisic, Mount, Willian | Abraham

Substitutes from: Caballero, Tomori, Emerson, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Giroud

Aston Villa (4-3-3):
Heaton | Targett, Mings, Konsa, El Mohamedy | Hourihane, Nakamba, McGinn | Grealish, Wesley, Trezeguet

Substitutes from: Nyland, Engels, Lansbury, Jota, Kodjia, Douglas Luiz, Taylor

Date / Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 19:30 GMT; 2:30pm; 1am IST (next day)

Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

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Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Aston Villa

Real Madrid sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea on five-year deal

Real Madrid have signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea on a five-year contract
Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Eden Hazard from Chelsea on a five-year contract.

The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled as a Real player on Thursday, June 13 – subject to a medical – after striking a deal that could reportedly rise to a club-record transfer of £130m once all bonus payments come into play.

Hazard released a statement on social media after the announcement, which read: “You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid. It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal.

“Now the clubs have reached an agreement I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams.

“Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other club.”

Hazard becomes Madrid’s second major signing after Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic, in a summer of rebuilding in Zinedine Zidane’s second stint as manager at the Bernabeu.

‘Hazard can make the difference’
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Hazard is a fantastic signing for the club and he can be the player to make a difference for Zinedine Zidane’s side next season.

Chelsea defeat Arsenal 4-1 in Europa League Final

Chelsea Vs Arsenal: Blues win the Europa League glory

– Two goals from Eden Hazard, one from Olivier Giroid and the other from Pedro handed the Blues their second UEL title

– Alex Iwobi came up for Unai Emery’s side and scored s superb volley but wasn’t enough to save the Gunners from losing

Barely four minutes into the second half, Olivier Giroud headed Chelsea in front through an Emerson superb and precise cross from the left hand side of the pitch.

This came few moments after N’golo Kante tried penetrating the Gunners defence from the right flank but his move was blocked as the north London side won a goal kick for themselves.

Pedro made it two for the Blues on the hour mark after beautifully converting Eden Hazard’s assist to beat Petr Cech in the right side of the goal post.

Eden Hazard made it three goals up for the Blues through a penalty kick after Ainsley Maitland-Niles fouled the Belgian in his side’s danger zone.
But it only took Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi three minutes to reduce the deficit for the Gunners in the 69th minute.

However, Real Madrid bound Hazard further increased his side’s lead through a close range low shot in the 72nd minute as they edge close to glory in Azerbaijan.

Supercomputer predicts who will win the Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal

Yeah again , Supercomputer predicts who will win the Europa League between Chelsea and Arsenal

-Chelsea and Arsenal will meet in an all-English Europa League final at 29 may, 2019.

– A supercomputer has however tipped the Blues to beat the Gunners to the trophy

A supercomputer has predicted a Europa League triumph for Chelsea when they come up against London rivals, Arsenal, during the finals of the competition at the end of May in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Unai Emery-tutored side are in dire need for victory in the finals, as they understand lifting the title would seal them a place in the Champions League next season.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, is keen to claim his first title of his managerial career during the continental competition.

However, even with the the high stakes that have characterised the tie, FiveThirtyEight’s supercomputer has given the Blues a 60% chance of winning the final, compared to Arsenal’s 40% chance of coming out on top in their first European final in 13 years.

But the prediction notwithstanding, it is important to note that Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, is widely known to be a Europa League specialist, having won it three times in a row when in charge of Sevilla.

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Chelsea Star, David Luiz Signs New Two-Year Deal Contract Extension With Chelsea

David Luiz will now remain at Chelsea FC till 2021.

David Luiz has made 48 appearances in all competitions and scored 3 goals
Defender David Luiz has signed a two-year contract extension with Chelsea, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

The 32-year-old’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season but the Brazil international will now remain at Stamford Bridge until June 2021. Centre-back Luiz has been a mainstay in Maurizio Sarri’s side this season, making 48 appearances in all competitions and scoring three goals, helping Chelsea secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and book a place in the Europa League final against Arsenal.

Speaking to the club’s website, Luiz said: “I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunity to stay. I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player.

“It means a lot to reach another European final, and we still have the opportunity to finish in the top three of the Premier League this season and I will continue to try to do my best to help the team.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said Luiz has “set the perfect example to those around him throughout the campaign and been a huge influence on and off the pitch”.

Chelsea 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt: Blues win 4-3 on penalties to reach Europa League Final with Arsenal

Chelsea 1 -1 Frankfurt Penalty shoot out 4-3

Europa League Semi-finals 2nd leg

Aggregate: 2-2

28, R. Loftus-Cheek ⚽1-0

(assist)E. Hazard

1-1⚽L. Jovic ,49

(assist)M. Gacinovic

Chelsea wins in penalty shoot-out

Hazard scores winning penalty as Chelsea beat Frankfurt to reach Europa final

Premier League giants Chelsea have qualified for the final of the 2018/19 Europa League after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties on Thursday night, May 9, after full time score ended 1-1.

Chelsea went into this game with confidence after getting a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Germany before making return to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues scored the first goal in the 28th minute through Ruben Loftus Check who was assisted by Belgian football star Eden Hazard.

Eintracht Frankfurt then restored parity in the 49th minute through Luka Jovic who was assisted by Mijat Gacinovic as the second half went on to end 1-1.

These two teams failed to also score during the extra time before they eventually settled for penalties.

Chelsea fans were first sent into panic mood when Cesar Azpilicueta missed his penalty, but Martin and Goncalo also missed for the Germany club.

Eden Hazard then stepped forward to score the winning goal for Chelsea to win where they will face Arsenal in the final of the Europa League.

Transfer ban will stop Chelsea competing for title, says Maurizio Sarri

Transfer ban will stop Chelsea competing for title, says Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea will attempt to reach the Europa League final on Thursday, with the tie 1-1 after the first leg in Frankfurt last week.

Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea’s ability to bridge the chasm to Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League will hinge upon having a two-window transfer ban frozen or overturned after Fifa rejected their appeal against the sanction.

The club will take their case to the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) in the hope of having the sanction reduced or overturned and will seek an interim ruling at Cas to have the ban frozen while the final appeal is heard. If that is granted – as is anticipated – they would be allowed to sign players this summer and Sarri is hopeful they would make the additions he considers crucial to reduce the gap, currently 24 points, to the summit.

It would be very difficult to cover the gap at the moment,” said the head coach, whose team go into Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with a slight advantage after last week’s 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. “We need to work. Probably we’d need something from the market. So it’s not easy because the level of the top two is very, very high. I don’t believe in buying 10 players. I think we’d have to buy only one or two players. Otherwise it’s very difficult to improve immediately. I think we are a very good team, and so we need only one or two players.”

Chelsea were found to have broken rules regarding their dealings with under-18 players from foreign countries over a number of years. They were charged with 92 breaches of article 19 alone – the most serious offence – and found guilty of 29 of those cases. Fifa’s disciplinary committee handed down the two-window ban in February and Chelsea immediately appealed to the governing body. It always felt that would be doomed to failure and there would be a better chance of winning concessions at Cas.

Fifa did announce a small adjustment to the punishment. Chelsea’s ban will now not cover the registration of minors under the age of 16 who do not fall under the scope of article 19 – in other words, players from the United Kingdom. Fifa’s basic rule is that clubs cannot bring in players under 18 from other countries unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football, or if the player and club are based within 50km of a national border. Under article 19, the only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area where the player is aged between 16 and 18. A fine of 600,000 Swiss francs (£453,000) stands.

Chelsea have always said that the majority of the cases involved short-term trialists at their academy, who did not go on to sign. They argued there is no law against trying out under-18 international players, that it is common practice across Europe and, as such, they believed these cases ought not to have been included in the final judgment. “The club is very disappointed that the transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods was not overturned,” Chelsea said in a statement. “Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the Fifa appeal committee. It acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will appeal the decision to the court of arbitration for sport.”

The midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, developed at the club’s academy, has suggested a transfer ban might offer opportunities to Chelsea’s young, homegrown talent and the large contingent of senior players currently on loan. “If the club is banned from making any transfers then we’d have to keep the squad we have and bring some of the loan players back in, and that would give them an opportunity to play more,” he said. “But, for me, that’s not something that should be used to get an opportunity to play. It should be down to hard work and playing well.”

Loftus-Cheek is set to start against Eintracht, with N’Golo Kanté out for at least a fortnight with a hamstring injury. The visitors conceded six times before half-time at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, but welcome back their influential forward Ante Rebic from suspension.

Chelsea defeats Watford 3-0 as they claim the 3rd place on the table.

Chelsea 3-0 Watford: Blues leap up to third with convincing win over Hornets

Chelsea climbed above Tottenham to take control of the race with Spurs, Arsenal and Man Utd for a Champions League spot

Chelsea took a huge step towards confirming a Champions League place next season with a 3-0 victory over Watford.

The Blues took control against Watford with two goals in three second-half minutes.

First goal came when Hazard made a cross to Loftus-Cheek to head in the opener in the 48th minute.

David Luiz quickly nodded in a second goal from a Hazard corner.

Higuain added a third for Chelsea with 15 minutes left to put the Blues third in the Premier League.

‘I want to stay in England; give me two years to catch the leaders’ says Chelsea Manager Sarri

Chelsea, Sarri: ‘I want to stay in England; give me two years to catch the leaders’

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has spoken in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, in which the former Napoli boss opened up about his former club in Naples, as well as revealing his thoughts for the future.

“Will I stay here next season? As far as I’m concerned, yes. I want to stay, English football has unique rhythms and atmospheres. We deserved to beat Eintracht; they are a good team to face at a difficult time of the season. In England the game is played at very high levels, perhaps the highest there are today, all in a wonderful atmosphere and with the stadiums always full. I am sure that in two years of work we will be closer to the leaders.

The Napoli before me ended at -24 points from Juventus. With me first at -9, then at -5 and finally at -4. I only had three weeks to work in the summer. And 11-12 sessions for the defensive phase.”

Frankfurt draws with Chelsea in Europa League Semifinals 1-1

Frankfurt v Chelsea EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

1-1

1 – 0⚽L. Jovic 23

(assist)F. Kostic

1-1⚽Pedro 44

(assist) cheek

Eintracht Frankfurt battled Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in Europa League semi-final first leg clash on Thursday, May 2, at Commerzbank-Arena

Jovic scores for Frankfurt scores with a smooth pass from Kostic at the 23 minute of the game.

Chelsea dominate the first 10 minutes and the home team dominate the other 10.

Pedro equalises with a pass from cheek at a minute before the second half.

After the second half there was a goal drought for both sides but both sides had a lot of chance to take a win.

Photos of match:

Chelsea line-up

Ex-Chelsea boss Glenn Hoodle tells Eden Hazard to leave Blues for Real Madrid

Ex-Chelsea boss gives crucial advice to Eden Hazard on dumping Blues for Real Madrid

– Eden Hazard’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain after being linked with a move to Real Madrid

– Zinedine Zidane is understood to be an admirer of the Belgian playmaker and is keen to have him in his squad next summer

– Glenn Hoddle has now advised Hazard to dump the Blues as it is the right time

Former Chelsea boss, Glenn Hoddle, believes Eden Hazard deserves to play for Real Madrid, arguing it is the right time for the playmaker to make the move.

Hazard has been a longtime target for the La Liga giants, and Zinedine Zidane is said to be pursuing his signature as he seeks to enhance his squad in the summer.

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The Blues have previously rejected bids for the star player from Madrid, as they push to keep hold of him.

However, Hoddle contends time could be ripe for the Blues to cash in on the former Lille winger, but was quick to warn it would be almost impossible to have the 28-year old replaced.

“I feel it might be the right time for him personally, not for Chelsea or the Premier League, but for him to go to Real Madrid if that offer is there on the table for him,” SunSport quoted the 61-year old.

Chelsea, at the moment, there’s something missing but without Hazard in the team and all the hope [goes]. You take him away from that team… and you’ve got a massive hole to fill,” he submitted.

Be that as it may, it remains unclear if Chelsea would be ready to offload one of their best players, with a two-window transfer ban still hanging on their necks.

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Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League semi-final predictions for Arsenal v Valencia and Frankfurt v Chelsea Clash

Former Arsenal Star, Charlie Nicholas has predicted mixed fortunes for Arsenal and Chelsea ahead of the first legs of their respective Europa League semi-finals. Struggling Arsenal welcome Spanish outfit Valencia to the Emirates on Thursday evening, while Chelsea visit Eintracht Frankfurt on the same night.

Unai Emery’s Gunners appeared in pole position to finish in the top four of the Premier League before three successive defeats has seen the team drop below Chelsea into fifth. Chelsea are also enduring a difficult run, failing to win any of their last three league fixtures, but are two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal with two matches remaining.

Despite Chelsea holding the upper hand over Arsenal in the Premier League,Nicholas believes it will be the Blues who suffer defeat on Thursday while Arsenal clinch a vital win.

What’s happened at Arsenal of late is really troubling,’ the Gunners legend told Sky Sports. ‘They got beat at home to Crystal Palace but what is Unai Emery’s best scenario? ‘Valencia sometimes play one up front and Goncalo Guedes is the main threat, while against Celtic, Dani Parejo was the danger man – he can pick a pass and open Arsenal up.

‘Emery knows Valencia aren’t going to be overly physical so Arsenal need to play with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette closer together with Mesut Ozil back in. ‘These are the types of games which Ozil can really do something in. Thursday may, finally, just be Ozil’s night. Arsenal 3-1 Valencia.’

On Chelsea’s trip to Frankfurt, Nicholas added: ‘This is a tough game to predict. ‘Frankfurt are doing well, they had a big comeback in the quarter-finals and will be looking at the key to Chelsea, which is Eden Hazard of course.

‘They will sit back – German teams have a good structure – but Hazard can blow that structure away and is key to what Chelsea do.

‘Chelsea will try and play on the counter-attack – I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn’t play Hazard as a number nine. He is easier to mark and harder to get the ball to. ‘Marcos Alonso is definitely vulnerable when he plays left-back, so I am looking at a slight defeat for Chelsea that will leave them with work to do before next week’s return at Stamford Bridge. Frankfurt 2-1 Chelsea.’

RUDIGER UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY ON HIS LEFT KNEE

Chelsea Football Club has this evening released the following statement:

Toni Rudiger successfully underwent surgery on his left knee meniscus today. He will miss the rest of this campaign and will rehab over the summer to be back early next season.

The injury suffered by Rudiger during the weekend game against Manchester United will prevent the player taking part in any of Chelsea’s remaining fixtures this season.

The German international centre-back was forced off after 65 minutes of Sunday’s Premier League encounter at Old Trafford due to a knee injury.

He had just returned following an injury which meant a similar withdrawal during the previous away league game against Liverpool at Anfield. That had led to the 26-year-old missing the home matches against Slavia Prague and Burnley.

Now Rudiger is ruled out of the final two Premier League games, at home to Watford on Sunday and away against Leicester a week later, as the Blues attempt to secure the top-four position which is currently ours. He will also be absent for the Europa League visit to his homeland this week and the return leg against Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger has been a regular in the side this season, having started 33 of the 36 league games and 44 in all competitions, but his absence in the past month has meant an opportunity for Andreas Christensen who is another player with plenty of experience of taking on Bundesliga sides. The young Dane spent two successful seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach between 2015 and 2017.

Maurizio Sarri is likely to be asked about losing Rudiger for the rest of the season when he speaks to the media tomorrow evening in Frankfurt, shortly after arriving there for the first leg of our Europa League semi-final.

Chelsea join Arsenal in race to sign Bournemouth star

Chelsea join Arsenal in race to sign Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser Chelsea are Arsenal are keen on Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser

Chelsea have reportedly stepped up their interest in Ryan Fraser with the winger ready to quit Bournemouth this summer. Fraser has been one of the standout attacking players in the Premier League this season, notching up seven goals and 13 assists for the Cherries, and the 25-year-old’s performances have caught the attention of England’s top clubs.

Arsenal are seriously considering a move for Fraser this summer with Unai Emery looking to replace Denis Suarez following the Spaniard’s disappointing loan from Barcelona.

According to The Daily Mirror, both Chelsea and Tottenham are also keeping close tabs on the Scotland international ahead of the summer transfer window.

The report claims that Fraser is prepared to leave Bournemouth this summer as he heads into the final 12 months of his contract at Dean Court. Bournemouth have tried and failed with talks to extend Fraser’s deal and are increasingly resigned to losing the former Aberdeen man.

The club are likely to demand a fee of around £20million for Fraser from potential suitors.

Chelsea are tracking Fraser after the Scot’s impressive season on the south coast Fraser admitted he was flattered by the rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal earlier this month. ‘I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice,’ Fraser told Sky Sports. ‘It means you are are doing something right. They are a huge club, a massive club.

When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.’

Source: Metro

Eden Hazard says what Chelsea must do to have any chance of keeping him this summer

Eden Hazard reveals what Chelsea must do to have any chance of keeping him this summer

Chelsea transfer news includes a look at the Belgian’s comments after drawing with Manchester United

Eden Hazard has reiterated his desire to play in the Champions League next season but has expressed his confidence both he and Chelsea will be in the competition next season.

A 1-1 draw with Manchester United keeps the Blues in the driving seat for a top four place with the side now sitting two points ahead of Arsenal and three ahead of United with just two games left in the season.

They also have another route in Europe’s elite competition next season in the form of the Europa League, with victory in the final in Baku in May also one way of securing a place in the competition.

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At the moment it looks likely, but what will concern Chelsea fans more is where their superstar will be playing next season.

He’s been endlessly linked with Real Madrid for the latter half of the campaign and looks set to leave for the Bernabeu next season to play under Zinedine Zidane – Hazard’s childhood hero.

Should Chelsea not secure Champions League football that move looks done and dusted, with the Belgian making sure it’s no secret that he wants to be back in Europe’s elite next year.

But for the moment his focus is solely on Chelsea and making sure they get a place in the Champions League – something that will give the side some small glimmer of hope of holding onto him.

He said: “Chelsea has to play in the Champions League every year.

“It’s one of biggest clubs in the world, and for myself also I want to play in the Champions League – and we will.”

Source: football.london

Chelsea, Man Utd and Napoli on alert as PSG star Cavani looks for Premier League destination

Napoli, Man Utd and Chelsea on alert as Cavani looks for Premier League destination

Serie A giants Napoli could have been dealt a blow to their hopes of bringing Edinson Cavani back to the club as the Paris Saint-Germain man is intent on playing in the Premier League, Calciomercato exclusively understand.

Cavani has been linked with a move back to the partenopei recently, but club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis has played down the reports saying that Cavani would have to reduce his wage demands to come back to the Stadio San Paolo.

A source close to Calciomercato has revealed that Cavani has been trying to get himself a move to the Premier League and he is still very much interested in playing in England.

We understand that Chelsea were in talks with Cavani around three transfer windows back, but a move never materialised. Manchester United have also held a keen interest in the Uruguayan for a while now.

We’ve been told that Cavani would jump onto a chance to play in the Premier League for the first time in his career, as his Paris Saint-Germain side suffered another failure in the French Cup on penalties at the hands of Rennes recently.

Eden Hazard caught yawning in the tunnel ahead of Chelsea clash with Man Utd

Eden Hazard looked very relaxed or fatigue before Chelsea’s draw against Manchester United.

Man Utd player asks Paul Pogba to take him with him to Real Madrid

Eden Hazard didn’t show a single sign of nerves before Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday and was even caught yawning in the tunnel at Old Trafford.

Both sides are battling for a top-four spot but United now have a mountain to climb as they could only register a 1-1 draw against Maurizio Sarri’s side on Sunday.

United opened the scoring as Juan Mata found the net against his former club but another David De Gea mistake allowed Marcos Alonso to score an equaliser before half-time.

Hazard, meanwhile was Chelsea’s brightest attacking threat once again, although he struggled to link up with Gonzalo Higuain who was caught offside five times during the game.

But before the match, Hazard looked completely unfazed by the magnitude of the game as he was yawning while both teams were preparing to walk through the tunnel and on to the pitch.

Speaking after the game, Hazard told Sky Sports: ‘A good day but could be better.

We came here thinking about winning the game, a draw is not a bad result for us but I think if we believe a bit more in our chances we can score another goal.

We now have two games and we will try and be in the top four

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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea(Full Time)

Manchester United Vs Chelsea

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The Race for top 4 continues as Manchester United ,Chelsea draws.

Juan Mata put United into an early lead but Alonso took advantage of David de Gea’s error, Juan Mata open scoring at 11 minutes giving Old Trafford the lead at home.

Marcos Alonso brings an equaliser to this game at 43 minutes.

However, Ex Liverpool and Manchester United player Michael Owen predicted the match 1-1 and that was absolutely correct.

Manchester United see no hope for the top 4 and therefore going to the Europa League.

The Blues got themselves leveled in the match in the 43rd minute after David de Gea spilled an Antonio Rudiger’s 25-yard shot as Marcos Alonso cleverly reacted to the rebound to make it 1-1.

Both sides went into the break with the top four place finish up for grabs and Chelsea having the upper hand if the match ended in a draw.

Chelsea star Jorginho reveals tactical plan to beat Man United in race for top four

CHELSEA star Jorginho has been told by manager Maurizio Sarri that he needs stay in position ahead of his side’s huge top four clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

Jorginho was signed by Chelsea and Sarri last summer for £57million after the Italian manager campaigned to bring his ex-Napoli midfielder to Stamford Bridge with him.

After tarting the season in dominant fashion, Jorginho’s progress in England has slowed down a bit.

This is something that the Italian-Brazilian has put down to the differences in style between Italy and England.

The game in Italy is more tactical, here [in England it] is more physical,” he told Sky Italia.

Jorginho has scored two goals this season for Chelsea, a penalty against Huddersfield on the first day before notching a brilliant finish against Fulham a few weeks ago.

Chelsea have been in topsy-turvy form this season, having originally started their campaign unbeaten until the end of November.

Since then, however, Sarri’s tactics have unravelled and the club find themselves fighting to finish in the top four.

Their game with Manchester United, who are also battling for a Champions League place, could decide both teams’ seasons.

Jorginho was signed by Maurizio Sarri from both their old club’s Napoli
Jorginho has been told what he needs to do in order to ensure victory for his side at Old Trafford on Sunday.

I need to help the team to overcome the pressing of the opponents,” he added.

“I am not urged to dribble [past] two or three men and score, I need to manage the different dynamics of the game.

“We need to create as many goalscoring chances as possible.

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The last time the two sides played Man Utd came out on top in the FA Cup 2-0
That’s the only way we can score. We’ll need our strikers for the next three finals that we are due to play.

“It’s going to be a tough game at the Old Trafford, but we will be ready, we need a win to end up fourth [in the table].”

Sarri is under pressure at the helm in west London and will have to ensure a top four finish one way or another.

If Chelsea can’t secure Champions League qualification through their league position, they have the option of trying to win the Europa League, where they next come up against German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final.

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Michael Owen predicts EPL clash

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has said that United and Chelsea will play out a 1-1 draw this Sunday.
Both Premier League giants clash at Old Trafford, still fighting to finish in the top four.

Chelsea currently occupy the fourth spot, three points ahead of the Red Devils who lost 2-0 to Manchester City on Wednesday.

Owen told Betfair: “After a mini revival under new management United are struggling and have conceded 9 times without reply in their last three games in all competitions.
“They are three points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth position and realistically will need to win to have any hopes of catching them.
“The Pensioners missed a chance on Monday when held 2-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge and may well take the view avoiding defeat is their best option.
“With both low on confidence a point each looks quite likely and keeps both managers reasonably happy. Michael’s prediction: 1-1.”

Supercomputer predicts final Premier League table and it is bad news for Chelsea and Liverpool

There are just three games left for teams in the Premier League season, with Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs all batting to finish in the top four

Time is running out in the Premier League season, with just two weekends of action remaining after a batch of crucial games over the course of the coming days.

The fight for the title continues for Manchester City and Liverpool, with just one point separating the two sides going into this weekend’s fixtures.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United continue to fight to finish in the top four and secure one of the two remaining Champions League spots.

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There is also a stern battle to avoid the final relegation spot at the foot of the table, while a number of sides are chasing a seventh-placed finish that may result in a European campaign in the Europa League next term.

While it remains up in the air, a supercomputer developed by the University of Reading has predicted the final outcome of the Premier League – and it is bad news for both Liverpool and Chelsea .

The Reds are expected to miss out on an inaugural Premier League crown as Man City are 74 per cent likely to finish top of the pile, with the Reds having just a 26 per cent chance of beating Pep Guardiola’s side to the post.

Tottenham are seen as 77 per cent likely to finish third and 95 per cent likely to qualify for the Champions League, while Arsenal are second-favourites at 55 per cent likely to achieve a top-four finish and 42 per cent likely to finish fourth.

Chelsea, therefore, would miss out and it will also be a season to forget for Manchester United, who are given just a seven per cent chance of returning to the Champions League next season, while at the bottom Cardiff are 88 per cent likely to be relegated.

You can see the full predictions below.

Premier League title

Manchester City – 74%

Liverpool – 26%

Top-four

Tottenham Hotspur – 95%

Arsenal – 55%

Chelsea – 43%

Manchester United – 7%

Seventh-place

Watford – 37%

Wolves – 27%

Relegation

Cardiff City – 88%

Brighton – 9%

Southampton – 3%

Chelsea new home shirt leaked online(Photos)

Chelsea’s new 2019/20 home kit has been leaked online by the reliable kit news source FootyHeadlines.

The Blues new kit, again made by Nike, uses a brave new pattern supposedly inspired by Stamford Bridge.

It features an all-over print and is based yet again on the Nike template for next season.

The kit is slightly darker than the one used by the Blues this season, reverting to the colour used in Nike’s first offering for Chelsea two years ago.

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n the back, the new Chelsea strip features a red panel on the back, with the words CFC printed on it.

The shirt is complemented with blue shorts and blue socks, with a red stripe featuring on the socks.

The Blues are set to wear the new kit next season, with Nike yet again continuing as Chelsea’s kit manufacturer.

Details on the other strips worn by the Blues next season are yet to appear.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri charged with misconduct

Chelsea manager Sarri charged with misconduct

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his late dismissal in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley.

The 60-year-old Italian has until Friday to answer to the charge.

Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola claimed after the match that the decision to send his compatriot to the stands was unfair as he “was just trying to tell our players to get in position”.

“Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour in the 94th minute of Monday’s Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Burnley,” read an FA statement.

“The Chelsea manager has until 18:00 SA time on Friday to provide a response.”

Sarri’s expulsion comes as pressure mounts on him to deliver Champions League football for next season. His compatriot Antonio Conte was sacked after failing to do so last season.

Chelsea occupy the fourth and final qualifying place but the two dropped points at home against lowly Burnley could prove costly.

Sarri’s last resort may come in winning the Europa League – Chelsea play German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals – with Arsenal as potential opponents in the final should the Gunners beat Valencia.

Chelsea held by Burnley 2-2

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Chelsea vs Burnley played out a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League fixture

The contest produced four goals in the first half as both sides came from behind to level

Chelsea have now missed the opportunity to go into third position on the league table Chelsea vs Burnley ended in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues stay in top four on the Premier League table.

Chelsea started the strongest with Gonzalo Higuain’s chip cleared off the line by a defender in the sixth minute.

But the Sean Dyche’s men got their noses in front from their first real attack in the game via a corner kick. Jeff Hendrick volleyed home a lose ball that fell kindly into his range to put Burnley 1-0 ahead.

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But in the 12th minute, Chelsea equalized through N’Golo Kante after Eden Hazard mesmerized a defender before laying a pass to the Frenchman who slammed the ball home to make it 1-1.

Striker Higuain then made it 2-1 with a superb strike that went into the roof of the net after a one-two with Ceasar Azpilicueta.

Ashley Barnes leveled the scores at 2-2 for Burnley after sliding in at the near corner from a headed set piece.

Chelsea had the better openings in the second half but chances were missed by Higuain, Pedro Rodriguez, but Tom Heaton brilliantly stood his ground.

A wonderful match for Burnley and a disappointing match to Chelsea.

Chelsea striker, Higuain reveals the greatest regret of his life

EPL: Chelsea striker, Gonzalo Higuain reveals greatest regret of his life

Chelsea striker, Gonzalo Higuain has revealed the greatest ‘regret’ of his life ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Burnley on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.
Higuain, who joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, disclosed that struggle with self-confidence on and off the pitch earlier in his career was the greatest regret of his life, adding that he has ‘suffered’.
The Argentine, however, said he is now at a stage in his life where he does not get hurt by anything.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Burnley, Higuain told ESPN: “I’m at a stage in my life where I do not get hurt by anything.

I’ve suffered. If you do not take part in social media, you get beaten up.
“I played in the best leagues, the top teams, three World Cups and Copa America. At 5 years of age, I could not imagine having 10% of this and I did it, why should I worry about what they say?”
Higuain added: “I’ve always regretted taking refuge and not going out for fear of what they could say to me, that was a regret of my life.

Five players who could replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea

Five players who could replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea

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It is fair to say that Eden Hazard is one of the best players we have seen at Chelsea in the Premier League era. He made the move to the Premier League from Lille in 2012, and in the six years since has become one of the best players in the world.

After Belgium’s 2-0 win over England in the third place play-off, during which Hazard scored, the 27 year-old said:

“After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”

Hazard has come on leaps and bounds in his time at Chelsea. He was still a raw talent when he made the £32 million move to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012, and he has now put himself right up among the best players in the world.

He has appeared 300 times in all competitions for Chelsea, scoring 89 goals, and winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and the 2012/13 Europa League.

He has a lot to thank Chelsea for. He had a shocking 2015/16 season, during which, despite winning the PFA Player of the Year award the previous campaign, he took until April to score his first league goal of the season, and struggled to hold down a place in the team. It would have been easy for Chelsea to sell him in the summer and look to move on, but they gave him another chance, and he has made the most of it.

Given that Real Madrid have just sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, it is likely that they will be looking for someone in Hazard’s mould to come in, and it is no secret that Real is the Belgian’s dream move.

If he goes, Chelsea will have to replace Hazard, and here are five men they could look to sign to do just that.

1 Dries Mertens (Napoli)

We’ve already seen Jorginho follow Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea, so it isn’t out of the question that Mertens could do it as well. He has thrived in his last two seasons in Serie A under Sarri, scoring 46 leagues goals in the league, 24 more than in his previous three seasons combined. Mertens plays a similar role to Hazard in Naples, and has played alongside him on the international stage with Belgium.

At 31, Mertens would only be a short-term replacement for Hazard, but has defied stereotypes by producing his best form after the age of 30. It can only last so long however, so he could only have one or two years left at the top of his game. If Chelsea were to make the move, it would be low risk, because Mertens’ release clause is just £24.7 million. In this day and age, that isn’t too much, so don’t be too surprised if he turns up at Stamford Bridge this summer.

2 Hirving Lozano (PSV)

Very little was known of Lozano a couple of months ago, but after an impressive showing at the World Cup in Russia, he is one of football’s hottest properties. He had a good season in the Eredivisie last year, scoring 17 goals in 29 games for PSV, but the fact he has shown what he can do on the biggest stage, means he has started to attract interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

He is another man who is similar to Hazard in his style. He is most comfortable on the left wing, but is right footed, so is able to cut inside, which was how he scored a number of his goals last season. He is one of the quickest players we have seen at this World Cup, and that is always something clubs will be looking to add to their sides. His temperament has been bought into question in the past, as despite only being 22, he has already received eight red cards in his career. That would make it a risk for Chelsea to make a move, as would his lack of experience, as last year was his first in European football.

3 Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen)

Bailey is one of the most talked about footballers in Europe at the moment, partly due to questions of who he would declare his international allegiance for heading into the World Cup. Bailey is available to play for Jamaica, the country of his birth, and it is also believed that he is able to play for Belgium and England. It is no surprise that both countries wanted him to play for them. He is still only 20, but has already shown how good a player he could be in a couple of years.

Any Chelsea interest in Bailey wouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the Blues, along with Manchester United, were both interested in bringing him to England before he joined Bayer Leverkusen in January 2017. He has all the attributes needed to be a top player. He is a fast, tricky winger, but will feel that his final product does need some improvement. He isn’t the finished product just yet, and Chelsea may have to wait a couple of years to get the best out of him, but it could be worth it.

4 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Bale is an interesting one, because there is a chance he could leave Real Madrid after struggling to hold down a first team spot in the last couple of years, but with Cristiano Ronaldo now gone, and Julen Lopetegui taking over, he may be prepared to give it another season. He is 29 now, so should be at the peak of his career, and will really want to be somewhere he is guaranteed football week-in, week-out.

There is no doubting Bale’s ability. He scored 16 goals in La Liga last season despite being limited to just 26 appearances because of injuries. His crowning glory though came in the Champions League final, where he scored a magnificent overhead kick to help take his side to victory over Liverpool. There aren’t many better players that Chelsea could sign this summer. On his day, Bale is right up there with the best in the world, but the issue with the Welshman has always been injures, and Chelsea will worry how much he would be available this season if he does make the move to Stamford Bridge.

5 Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Zaha is probably the wildcard on this list. He doesn’t have the numbers of the other players on the list, but his importance to Crystal Palace is something worth looking at. Palace didn’t win any of the nine Premier League games that he missed last season, and he played a crucial role in helping them avoid relegation.

He does have a lot of qualities that will be attractive to Chelsea. He is fast, direct, and despite what his numbers suggest, does have a good finishing product. Often, we see players raise their games when surrounded by better players, and that’s the sort of thing we could see from Zaha if he moves to Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues may be slightly put off by the fact he seemed out of his depth when he joined Manchester United in 2013, but you’d expect that he has matured since then.

Source:www.sportkeeda.com

3 reasons why Chelsea have lost so many matches this season

See the three(3) reasons why Chelsea have lost so many matches this season

Chelsea lost 0-2 against Everton last Sunday in a Premier League match, and now are at the 6th position in the league table. They have collected 57 points from 30 matches, and are one short of 5th placed Manchester United.

Moreover, it was Chelsea’s 7th defeat in the Premier League this season, which means that they have lost more than 25% of their matches in the league. They have also lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Should they finish outside the top 4 in the league, and thereby fail to qualify for the Champions League for the second successive season, Maurizio Sarri’s position at the club would become very awkward.

Sarri was appointed as the Chelsea manager at the beginning of the season, but has not been fully successful in meeting the expectations of the club’s supporters so far.

We would now take a look at the 3 reasons why Chelsea have lost so many matches this season:

1. Inept defending inside own penalty box

Chelsea have largely suffered because of the poor defending of their defenders inside their own penalty box. Antonio Rudiger has been the pick of their defenders so far, but even he has failed to make clean tackles in and around the box. David Luiz, on the other hand, always looks a bit shaky while defending deep, and has committed some costly errors in the defensive third.

Moreover, Chelsea’s full-backs Marcos Alonso and Cezar Azpilicueta have also not performed very well this season. Alonso’s needless foul against Everton won the latter a penalty, which they duly converted. Azpilicueta also seems more comfortable while going forward.

Because of all the above reasons, Chelsea have conceded many goals in some of the matches. They conceded six against City and four against Bournemouth. Each of Arsenal and United have scored two goals against them. Chelsea have not played in the Champions League this season, and therefore, did not have to play against the continental giants. Otherwise, they might have conceded even more goals.

It remains to be seen whether Sarri has got any remedy for the defensive frailties of his team.

2. Their midfield lacks creativity and genuine ball-players

There has been a serious lack of creativity in Chelsea’s midfield, as they have played 2 defensive midfielders in a 4-3-3 formation. N’Golo Kante has played as a central midfielder in order to accommodate Jorginho as a defensive one.

Both Jorginho and Kante have actually chipped in with a few goals, but that has not been enough for Chelsea. Matteo Kovacic and Ross Barkley have played as the other central midfielder, but they are comfortable playing box-to-box and thereby put their strength and speed to good use. But they are not genuine ball-players and cannot win a game on their own.

Barkley has scored 8 goals this season so far, and Kovacic is yet to score any for Chelsea. This is in stark contrast with former Chelsea midfielders like Frank Lampard, who used to average around 20 goals per season.

Chelsea could think of giving more playing minutes to the likes of Hudson-Odoi and Willian, who seem to possess more creativity and better skillsets.

3. Forwards not contributing enough defensively

The Chelsea forwards have not contributed enough defensively. They usually do not press the opposition defenders much, and are not used to falling back to the middle third either.

As a result, Chelsea have often lacked in numbers in the middle third, and their opponents have taken advantage of that. Both Higuain and Pedro are on the wrong side of 30, and not very comfortable dropping down very frequently.

Moreover, Eden Hazard prefers to stay in the wing and cut in from there, but avoids his defensive duties sometimes. Also, Chelsea’s front line concedes possession too easily at times, and do not press immediately after that. That is in stark contrast with a team like Barcelona, whose forwards press very high to win the ball back.

Barcelona have also been playing a 4-3-3 for more than a decade now, but their high-press allows them to retain the ball more frequently in the final third.

Source: sportskeeda.com

Supercomputer predicts who will win Europa League title between Chelsea and Arsenal

Europa League: Chelsea tipped to win the 2018/19 championship by supercomputer

– Europa League: Chelsea have been tipped to win the 2018/19 championship

– The prediction was made by supercomputer who gave the Blues 35 percent out of 100

– Supercomputer gave Arsenal 26 percent which means the Gunners will finish second Premier League giants Chelsea have been tipped by the supercomputer to win the 2018/19 Europa League title after landing in the semifinal of the competition.

En route to the last four of this season’s Europa League, Maurizio Sarri’s men defeated Slavia Prague 4-3 on Thursday night, April 18, and qualified on 5-3 aggregate. Chelsea will now face Frankfurt who scaled through on away goals as the German side lost 4-2 at Benfica, but claimed a 2-0 win on their turf.

The supercomputer has now given Chelsea 35 percent out of 100 to win the Europa League title with their Premier League rivals Arsenal tipped to be runners-up.

Going by this prediction by the supercomputer, it means Chelsea and Arsenal will play the final of the Europa League with 26 percent chances of winning given to the Gunners. Spanish club Valencia are third on the list with 25 percent chances of winning the Europa League, while Frankfurt have 15 percent.

And whether the supercomputer is to be trusted or not, football fans will have to wait until May 2nd and 9th for these four teams to engage in serious battles in the semifinals. Chelsea and Arsenal’s only hope of winning a title this season is in the Europa League competition.

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Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United found how much it will cost to sign Jan Oblak

The goalkeeper has signed a new deal at Atletico Madrid

The big news coming out of Atletico Madrid today is that of a contract extension for goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

An announcement of the Slovenia international committing his future to the club came on Wednesday afternoon and he’s set to remain at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023.

An arrival from Benfica in the summer of 2014, the 26-year-old quickly established himself as one of the best stoppers in European football with a number of impressive performances in between the sticks.

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He conceded 18 La Liga goals in the 2015-2016 season – an all-time record – and holds an impressive stat of having kept 115 clean sheets in 203 appearances across all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side.

It’s safe to say that this news will be welcomed by all Atletico supporters.

And Oblak had a message for the fans after signing his contract extension.

I’m very happy to have signed a contract extension and to be here,” he told the club’s official website .

“I’m going to defend these colours to the best of my abilities and continue working hard.”

In committing his future to the club, Oblak’s release clause has risen from €100m to €120m which translates to roughly about £103m and that doesn’t quite put him out of reach for potential suitors.

Jan Oblak (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

For a player of his quality, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a team opted trigger that fee in the near future as they would be guaranteed a world class goalkeeper and there’s not many of them floating around.

Oblak has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool and Chelsea were said to be in the running before breaking the transfer record for goalkeepers on Allisson Becker and Kepa respectively last summer.

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Manchester United could do with a keeper as David De Gea is being linked to Real Madrid, Spurs could be on the lookout for Hugo Lloris’ heir and Arsenal have too been linked with Oblak in the past.

If any of the aforementioned clubs do need a goalkeeping upgrade in the near future then £103m for Oblak would do the trick.

Source: football.london

Maurizio Sarri comments after Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool

Maurizio Sarri praised Chelsea for staying in contention against a rampant Liverpool team – an achievement he believes would have been beyond his improving side a few months ago.

Chelsea frustrated Liverpool in the first half on Sunday’s match at Anfield before Sadio Mane’s header and Mohamed Salah’s sensational strike secured a 2-0 victory for the title chasers.

Things could have been different had Chelsea converted three chances which came in close succession after Liverpool’s quick-fire double, but Sarri was pleased at his side’s resilience against superior opposition.

We played a good match against wonderful opponents,” he told Sky Sports. “We stayed in the match for 50 minutes.

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Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike clinched a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had surrendered pole position a few hours earlier when Manchester City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace, piling pressure on the Reds to respond as the title race heats up.

Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane’s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City on a raucous afternoon at Anfield.

City have five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, leaving the destiny of the title in the hands of the champions.

But there is a growing feeling at Anfield that this will be the season Liverpool finally end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.

With City having difficult league fixtures looming against Tottenham and Manchester United, Klopp’s men are convinced they can hold onto pole position.

Their run-in is undoubtedly less daunting than City’s, with Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle on the schedule before a potential title party against Wolves at Anfield.

For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.

to Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea creaked at the back and Liverpool took full advantage to break the deadlock in the 51st minute.

When Salah scampered onto Roberto Firmino’s flick in the Chelsea area, Blues defender Emerson could only prod the ball to the influential Jordan Henderson and his deft cross reached the unmarked Mane, who headed home at the far post.

Any Liverpool nerves had been wiped away by jubilant celebrations and soon after Salah blew the roof off Anfield with a moment of pure genius.

Taking possession wide on the right flank, Salah cut inside and glided away from Emerson before unleashing a sumptuous 25-yard drive that arrowed past Kepa into the far corner.

It was a sweet moment of vindication for the Egypt forward after a group of Chelsea fans were filmed chanting “Salah is a bomber” before their team’s Europa League tie at Slavia Prague on Thursday.

And Salah, a practising Muslim, celebrated his 22nd goal of the season by adopting a prayer position in front of the Kop.

Hazard should have reduced the deficit, but twice the Belgian couldn’t find the net from close-range as Liverpool moved a step closer to their holy grail

Tottenham star wanted by Chelsea emerges as main summer target for Arsenal

Tottenham star emerges as summer target for Arsenal

– Toby Alderweireld has emerged as a summer transfer target for Arsenal – The Gunners want the 30-year-old Belgian to be part of their squad next season

– He is also wanted by many Premier League clubs this summer Arsenal have reportedly joined other Premier League sides in the race to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld when the ongoing season comes to an end.

The North London club are keeping tabs on the Belgian center-half as they look to the summer transfer window. According to the report on UK Sun, Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes the Tottenham superstar will be a good target to help his squad next season.

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But the Gunners will have to make an impressive offer for the possibility of them to land the 30-year-old at the end of the season.

The report added that there have been no official approaches, but terms of his release clause can be met up to July 26 which is two weeks before the transfer deadline.

Also the Gunners will have to finish among the top four at the end of the season for them to brighten their chances of signing Toby. Arsenal are currently occupying sixth position on the Premier League standings with 63 points after 32 games played this season and are struggling for the top 4 with other two rivals.

Legit

Chelsea FC

Full name
Chelsea Football Club

Nickname(s)
The Blues, The Pensioners

Short name
CFC, CHE

Founded
10 March 1905; 114 years

Ground
Stamford Bridge

Capacity
40,853

Owner
Roman Abramovich

Chairman
Bruce Buck

Manager
Maurizio Sarri

League
Premier League

Chelsea Football Club is a professional football club in Chelsea, London, England, that competes in the Premier League, the highest tier of English football. The club has won six top division titles, eight FA Cups, five League Cups, four FA Community Shields, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, and one UEFA Super Cup.

Founded in 1905, the club’s home ground since then has been Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won its only First Division title in 1955, but saw limited success in various cup competitions until 2003, when the club was purchased by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea then saw heavy investment, and have since won 18 honours under Abramovich, second in that time only to Manchester United.

José Mourinho is the club’s most successful manager in terms of the number of major honours won, and his title-winning team set an English record for points between 2004 and 2005.

Chelsea have traditionally wore a royal blue kit with white socks, and the club’s crest features a ceremonial lion rampant regardant holding a staff. The club have rivalries with neighbouring clubs Fulham, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur.

In terms of club value, Chelsea are the seventh most valuable football club in the world, worth £1.54 billion ($2.06 billion), and are the eighth highest-earning football club in the world, with earnings of over €428 million in the 2017–18 season. Based on attendance figures, the club have the sixth-largest fanbase in England.

History Of Chelsea FC

In 1904, Gus Mears acquired the Stamford Bridge athletics stadium with the aim of turning it into a football ground. An offer to lease it to nearby Fulham was turned down, so Mears opted to found his own club to use the stadium.

As there was already a team named Fulham in the borough, the name of the adjacent borough of Chelsea was chosen for the new club; names like Kensington FC, Stamford Bridge FC and London FC were also considered. Chelsea were founded on 10 March 1905 at The Rising Sun pub (now The Butcher’s Hook), opposite the present-day main entrance to the ground on Fulham Road, and were elected to the Football League shortly afterwards.

The club won promotion to the First Division in their second season, and yo-yoed between the First and Second Divisions in their early years. They reached the 1915 FA Cup Final, where they lost to Sheffield United at Old Trafford, and finished third in the First Division in 1920, the club’s best league campaign to that point.

Chelsea attracted large crowds and had a reputation for signing big-name players, but success continued to elude the club in the inter-war years.

Former Arsenal and England centre-forward Ted Drake became manager in 1952 and proceeded to modernise the club. He removed the club’s Chelsea pensioner crest, improved the youth set-up and training regime, rebuilt the side with shrewd signings from the lower divisions and amateur leagues, and led Chelsea to their first major trophy success the League championship in 1954–55. The following season saw UEFA create the European Champions’ Cup, but after objections from The Football League and the FA, Chelsea were persuaded to withdraw from the competition before it started.

Chelsea failed to build on this success, and spent the remainder of the 1950s in mid-table. Drake was dismissed in 1961 and replaced by player-coach Tommy Docherty.

Docherty built a new team around the group of talented young players emerging from the club’s youth set-up and Chelsea challenged for honours throughout the 1960s, enduring several near-misses. They were on course for a treble of League, FA Cup and League Cup going into the final stages of the 1964–65 season, winning the League Cup but faltering late on in the other two.

In three seasons the side were beaten in three major semi-finals and were FA Cup runners-up. Under Docherty’s successor, Dave Sexton, Chelsea won the FA Cup in 1970, beating Leeds United 2–1 in a final replay. Chelsea took their first European honour, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup triumph, the following year, with another replayed win, this time over Real Madrid in Athens.

The late 1970s through to the ’80s was a turbulent period for Chelsea. An ambitious redevelopment of Stamford Bridge threatened the financial stability of the club, star players were sold and the team were relegated.

Further problems were caused by a notorious hooligan element among the support, which was to plague the club throughout the decade. In 1982, Chelsea were, at the nadir of their fortunes, acquired by Ken Bates for the nominal sum of £1, although by now the Stamford Bridge freehold had been sold to property developers, meaning the club faced losing their home.

On the pitch, the team had fared little better, coming close to relegation to the Third Division for the first time, but in 1983 manager John Neal put together an impressive new team for minimal outlay.

Chelsea won the Second Division title in 1983–84 and established themselves in the top division, before being relegated again in 1988. The club bounced back immediately by winning the Second Division championship in 1988–89.

After a long-running legal battle, Bates reunited the stadium freehold with the club in 1992 by doing a deal with the banks of the property developers, who had been bankrupted by a market crash.

Chelsea’s form in the new Premier League was unconvincing, although they did reach the 1994 FA Cup Final with Glenn Hoddle. It was not until the appointment of Ruud Gullit as player-manager in 1996 that their fortunes changed.

He added several top international players to the side, as the club won the FA Cup in 1997 and established themselves as one of England’s top sides again. Gullit was replaced by Gianluca Vialli, who led the team to victory in the League Cup Final, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final and the UEFA Super Cup in 1998, the FA Cup in 2000 and their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League. Vialli was sacked in favour of Claudio Ranieri, who guided Chelsea to the 2002 FA Cup Final and Champions League qualification in 2002–03.

In July 2003, Bates sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £140 million. Over £100 million was spent on new players, but Ranieri was unable to deliver any trophies, and was replaced by José Mourinho.

Under Mourinho, Chelsea became the fifth English team to win back-to-back league championships since the Second World War (2004–05 and 2005–06), in addition to winning an FA Cup (2007) and two League Cups (2005 and 2007). After a poor start to the 2007–2008 season, Mourinho was replaced by Avram Grant,[29] who led the club to their first UEFA Champions League final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester United.

Luiz Felipe Scolari took over from Grant, but was sacked after 7 months following poor results. Guus Hiddink then took over the club on an interim basis while continuing to manage the Russian national football team. Hiddink guided Chelsea to another FA Cup success, after which he left the club to return full-time to the Russian managerial position. In 2009–10, his successor Carlo Ancelotti led them to their first Premier League and FA Cup Double”, the team becoming the first English top-flight club to score 100 league goals in a season since 1963.

In 2012, caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo led Chelsea to their seventh FA Cup, and their first UEFA Champions League title, beating Bayern Munich 4–3 on penalties, the first London club to win the trophy. In 2013, interim manager Rafael Benítez guided Chelsea to win the UEFA Europa League against Benfica, helping them become the first club to hold two major European titles simultaneously and one of five clubs, and the first British club followed by Manchester United, to have won all three of UEFA’s major club competitions.

In the summer of 2013, Mourinho returned as manager, leading Chelsea to League Cup success in March 2015, and their fifth league title two months later.

Mourinho was removed after four months of the following season, with the club having lost 9 of their first 16 games and sitting only one point above the relegation zone. Two years later, under new coach Antonio Conte, Chelsea won its sixth English title.

David Luiz praises Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of Chelsea clash

Klopp improves every player’ – David Luiz heaps praise on Liverpool’s boss ahead of Chelsea clash

The Brazil international believes the Reds’ biggest asset is their manager and his ability to improve all of his players on the pitch

David Luiz has heaped praise on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for his influence on the squad and how he helps to improve players.

Chelsea take on the Reds on Sunday in the Premier League, and the Brazil international suggested the biggest asset the Anfield club possess is their manager

When discussing Klopp’s managerial qualities, the former Paris Saint-Germain defender told Sky Sports: “He improves every single player.

“He has done it with everybody, with the full-backs, with the defenders, the goalkeeper, the midfield, and especially the strikers because they play in the same way, with the same passion and the same spirit.

“That is why they are doing amazing, but football can sometimes be a bit cruel because they are doing amazing but at the moment City are winning the title. It is a pressure for everybody.

I want to speak about them because they deserve what they are doing but football is strange. It’s going to be a tough game. We will do everything to win.”

David Luiz also credited Liverpool’s front three to powering them to the Champions League quarter-final stages while also ensuring they remain in the hunt for this year’s Premier League title.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have 56 goals between them this season, and David Luiz believes this is partly down to their attitude when on the pitch.

“They play together, they have speed, intelligence and quality but also they are humble,” David Luiz added.

It’s a game against one of the best teams this season, they have great players, a great coach, great philosophy, they are doing amazing, but it is up to us to do our job.”

Liverpool host Chelsea on Sunday with kick-off scheduled for 4.30pm BST at Anfield.

The Reds will be desperate for three points to keep their title hopes alive, while the Blues need maximum points to ensure they remain the hunt for the top four.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are currently in fourth position on 66 points, but with Manchester United and Arsenal closing in, nothing is certain yet with just five games left to play in the league this season.

Liverpool’s Senegalese star Sadio Mane receives shocking news ahead of clash with Chelsea.

Liverpool’s African star gets shocking news from his country ahead of crucial Chelsea clash

Liverpool’s Senegalese star Sadio Mane has received some distressing news ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The Liverpool talisman would have been hoping that the Teranga Lions of Senegal would have received an easier draw when the 2019 Total African draws were made earlier tonight.

Senegal was drawn with North-African super weights The Desert Warriors of Algeria who boast of huge names like former PFA player of the year Riyadh Mahrez. Other teams in the group are The Harambe Stars of Kenya and and the Tafia stars of Tanzania,

Algeria draws Senegal for the 3rd time in the last 4 African Cups (2013, 2015 and now 2019)

Some of the stars that Senegal and Sadio Mane would face off in yje group stage include, Sofiane Feghouli; the experienced midfielder who made his name at top European sides like Valencia and West Ham United, Real Betis star -Aissa Mandi, and Napoli’s Adam Ounas, Premier League star Victor Wanyama would be leading the Harambe Stars of Kenya into the battle.

Senegal are still clear favourites in the group as they boast of big names themselves, Sadio Mane would line up with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, German Bundesliga star Salif Sane, and Inter Milan striker Keita Balde.

The Liverpool star who was recently of the month of March has not responded to the draws as he prepares for his crucial clash with Chelsea. Liverpool are in the hunt for their first Premier League title in almost 30 years and Mane would be hoping to win that before the AFCON tournament.

Eden Hazard believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is the future of Chelsea

Eden Hazard believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is “the future of Chelsea” and that he is already playing like an experienced winger.

Having impressed off the bench this season, Hudson-Odoi made just his second Premier League start in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over West Ham on Monday Night Football.

Hazard

And Hazard, who could be on the move to Real Madrid as Sky Sports News understands the Spanish giants are increasingly confident of signing the forward this summer, believes the 18-year-old has a bright long-term future in west London.

He’s the future of Chelsea,” Hazard exclusively told Sky Sports.

I’ve told him already. He’s still young but when you see him he looks like he’s played 10 years.

“He’s a great guy to work with, he’s been fantastic. He wants to learn and he’s young so I hope Chelsea can keep him for a long time.

He’s got quality, sometimes I understand it’s hard to get young players in the team because we have people like me, Willian, Pedro.

But when he has the chance to play they have to show they’re ready and Callum is showing that right now.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Eden Hazard ranks first for goal involvement in the Premier League
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he is powerless to keep the Belgium international at the club if he wishes to leave, but the 28-year-old forward says the Chelsea squad are now adapting to the Italian’s management style.

Like I said before, he’s a fantastic manager,” he said.

“After [Antonio] Conte it wasn’t easy, he came here with his own ideas. It’s not easy to play the way he wants but now we are starting to understand.

“We have to adapt a little bit, but for a first season we got to the Carabao Cup final, the league is going okay and we can win Europa League. We just need to see how we finish.

“We are working a lot because this manager is different to Conte, who is different to [Jose] Mourinho.

“When you get a new manager it’s not easy to change everything but we’ve seen the last two to three weeks we can play well under this manager.”

Chelsea travel to Liverpool on Super Sunday pursuing a top-four finish with five league matches to go.

And although Hazard respects Liverpool’s efforts this season, he hopes Chelsea can derail their title challenge by leaving Anfield with all three points.

He added: “.They’ve been on fire for two years, not just this season.

“It’s a fantastic team to watch, the manager is great – some of the best players in the world. It’s going to be a good game, a hard one but it’s always hard at Anfield.

“We want to win to get into the top four, we don’t care about the title race.

“I want to say [Manchester] City [will win the title] because we have Liverpool still to play.

Europa League: Marcos Alonso’s late header helps Chelsea defeat Slavia Prague 0-1

Slavia Prague vs Chelsea: Marcos Alonso’s late header seals important win for Blues in Prague

Slavia Prague suffered a 0-1 defeat to Chelsea in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash on Thursday, April 11, at Sinobo Stadium.

The encounter saw Marcos Alonso net a late header in the 86th minute to seal the important win for Chelsea against Slavia Prague in quarter-final clash. Willian, who came closest to scoring for Chelsea in the first-half, delivered a perfect cross for Alonso to head home.

In the early stage of the match, Chelsea had a larger percentage of ball possession against their host, but could not make it count. Slavia Prague played a more compact game to stall any match plan the Maurizio Sarri’s men tried to execute, but Willian watched in disbelief as his strike bounced off the woodwork in the 25th minute of the encounter. And at the end of the first half the scores remained 0-0 as the home side held Chelsea from causing any damage.

In the second half , Chelsea upped their game as they went in search of an away goal, with Maurizio Sarri’ Maurizio made his first substitution as Eden Hazard replaced Pedro in the 59th minute.

Willian had another effort to break the deadlock for Chelsea but his strike failed to connect. At the other end, Peter Olayinka tried to bridge Chelsea defence after a beautiful combination with teammate at the edge of the box, but could apply the final finish.

Moments later, Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga was spot on to deny Slavia Prague a decent chance from netting the opening goal of the match, ager the Spaniard saved Ibrahim Traore shot after dribbling his way through the Blues defence. With 15 minutes left on the clock, Ross Barkley was subbed off for Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Chelsea continued the search of a goal.

Finally, Alonso netted with four minutes to go and at the blast of the final whistle, the scoreboard read Slavia Prague 0-1 Chelsea. The result sees Chelsea go into the return fixture on April 18, at Stamford Bridge in a commanding position.

Why ChelseaFC have an advantage over top 4 rivals this week

Why Chelsea have an advantage over top 4 rivals this week

Chelsea travel to Prague knowing that a good result can almost see them through to the next round.

All we have to do is deal with another weak team as effectively as we’ve deal with all the other minnows so far in this competition and we’ll be walking into the semis.

We finally got lucky in this draw, and this week is when we’re taking advantage of that. While other sides fighting for the top four have to play their first XIs in massive Champions League clashes, we can afford to rotate tonight, and hopefully still come away with a win.

That will allow us to relax again in the second leg at home, focusing entirely on the Liverpool game sandwiched by the two European matches. Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United face much tougher challenges.

Our run in has a mix of harder and easier games, but going into each of them relatively fresh will be vital. Liverpool are going to be even more knackered than us when we play them this week, and we can hopefully take advantage.