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Chelsea vs Man City: Tuchel Names Squad for FA Cup semi-final
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Chelsea vs Man City: Tuchel Names Squad for FA Cup semi-final

  Chelsea will take on Manchester City for a place in this year’s FA Cup final on Saturday. This is the second semi-final the Blues will be featuring in. Earlier this week, they saw off FC Porto and will face Real Madrid in the Champions League last four. Mateo Kovacic missed that game, after picking up an injury in training and will miss the City encounter at Wembley. Defender Andreas Christensen is also out with hamstring injury. N’Golo Kante has been given the ‘green light’ though to play 90 minutes. Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Emerson Palmieri Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz,...
Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]

  Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website on Thursday following the conclusion of the week’s quarter-final first-leg games on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are César Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Chelsea players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos. Recall that Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Mount and Chilwell. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s last-8 matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Marquinhos (PSG) Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Midfielders: ...
Porto vs Chelsea: Reece James clashes with Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Champions League tie
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Porto vs Chelsea: Reece James clashes with Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Champions League tie

  Chelsea right-back, Reece James, clashed with captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the club’s dressing room at Stamford Bridge following the Blues’ Premier League 5-2 shock defeat to West Brom over the weekend. According to the Telegraph, Azpilicueta was quick to give James a piece of his mind after Chelsea’s backline began their inquest into how they conceived five goals at home to a West Brom side that have scored just 25 all season. James was partly at fault for the visitors’ second goal and struggled to shake off the after-effects of that mistake. The 21-year-old England international was also guilty of a number of stray passes for the remainder of the encounter as Sam Allardyce’s men ended Thomas Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten run, thanks to goals from Matheus Pereira (2), ...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed [Full list]
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed [Full list]

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, will be without midfielder, N’Golo Kante, when they host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday. Kante picked up a hamstring injury while on international break with France. However, Thiago Silva will be available for selection. The Blues occupy fourth spot in the table and are facing pressure from a host of teams, including Everton, West Ham United and Liverpool, to keep hold of that final Champions League place. The kick-off time for the Chelsea vs West Brom match is 12.30 pm. Full Chelsea squad available to face West Brom: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga & Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso & ...
Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]

Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website on Thursday afternoon following the conclusion of the week’s round of 16, second-leg fixtures on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are Edouard Mendy, César Azpilicueta, Emerson and Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea players made the list alongside Manchester City stars, João Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan. Recall that Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0, thanks to goals from Ziyech and Emerson. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s round of 16 second-leg matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – 7 points Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – 8 points César Azpi...
‘Azpilicueta was Frightened’ – Tuchel Opens up as Chelsea Escape Red Card
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‘Azpilicueta was Frightened’ – Tuchel Opens up as Chelsea Escape Red Card

Thomas Tuchel has opened up on penalty call against Cesar Azpilicueta in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech’s first-half opener and Emerson Palmieri’s late effort secured a 3-0 aggregate win for Thomas Tuchel’s side But Chelsea were lucky not to finish the game with 10 men. Azpilicueta under hit a backpass towards his goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and then tugged Atletico’s Yannick Carassco’s waist to stop him from chasing the ball but the officials overlooked and no penalty was awarded. Pundits blamed the match officials for not recommending VAR check on the incident and believe the Spain defender should have sent and penalty awarded Atletico. Asked about the incident after the match, Tuchel said “Is it a penalty? (Azpilicueta foul) Azpi got a ...
Chelsea vs Atletico: ‘100 percent red card, penalty’ – Ferdinand blames officials for not sending off Azpilicueta
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Chelsea vs Atletico: ‘100 percent red card, penalty’ – Ferdinand blames officials for not sending off Azpilicueta

  England legend, Rio Ferdinand has blamed the referee and VAR officials for not showing a red card to Chelsea captain, César Azpilicueta during their 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 second leg in London on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech’s first-half opener and Emerson Palmieri’s late effort secured a 3-0 aggregate win for Thomas Tuchel’s side Chelsea had won the first leg 1-0 in Madrid thanks to Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick. However, Ferdinand, a former Manchester United defender felt Chelsea were lucky not to finish the game with 10 men. Azpilicueta under hit a backpass towards his goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and then tugged Atletico’s Yannick Carassco’s waist to stop him from chasing the ball but the officials overlooked and no penalty was aw...
Chelsea Shortlist Three Centre-backs to Sign for Tuchel
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Chelsea Shortlist Three Centre-backs to Sign for Tuchel

  Chelsea have shortlisted a three-man centre-backs to sign for their manager, Thomas Tuchel, this summer, according to The Athletic. Tuchel is keen to bolster his backline despite an excellent defensive record since he replaced Frank Lampard last January. Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule is one of the names Chelsea is looking at. Another option being looked at is Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, who has been impressive for Diego Simeone’s men so far this season. Chelsea is also keen on RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, with the French star also on the radar of Premier League rivals Manchester United. However, If Chelsea manages to sign one of the top-class centre-back, then they would at least offload one of their existing defenders, and Kurt Zouma is likely to be the pla...
Chelsea vs Liverpool: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for Premier League Clash Confirmed
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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for Premier League Clash Confirmed

Chelsea’s squad to face Liverpool in tonight’s Premier League tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 25-man squad to tackle Liverpool at Anfield. Tuchel’s side head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw against Manchester United last Sunday in the Premier League, while Liverpool defeated Sheffield United 2-0. Chelsea’s full squad against Liverpool include Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso. Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri, Ben Chilwell Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Billy Gilmour, Kai Havertz, Faustino Anjorin, Lewis Bate Forwar...
Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Liverpool clash
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Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Liverpool clash

  Chelsea has been handed a significant injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday. Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, was substituted just at 30 minutes during Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. The England international was replaced by Reece James, and he was later seen with an ice pack and strapping around his left thigh. And after the match, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, confirmed at his post-match press conference that Hudson-Odoi had picked up a minor injury, adding that the decision to take him off was also a ‘tactical choice’. “[He was] a little bit injured,” Tuchel said. “The reason [he was replaced] was a tactical reason and a little injury, a combination, because we swi...
Thomas Tuchel Names Chelsea Captains
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Thomas Tuchel Names Chelsea Captains

  Thomas Tuchel has named his captains at Chelsea. The German says he is pleased to have Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Jorginho, and Ngolo Kante as Chelsea captains. He also compared Azpilicueta with former Blues captains John Terry and Frank Lampard. Azpilicueta who fell in the pecking order during Lampard’s reign as manager, has seen himself back playing regularly under the new manager. The 31-year-old Spaniard is one of several Chelsea players who have featured in each of the five Premier League games under Tuchel so far. “I strongly believe in the power of captains in football teams,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV. “I had the pleasure to have Thiago Silva as my captain in Paris, together with Marquinhos, and now I have Azpi, Thiago, Jorginho and [N’Golo] Kante...
Chelsea vs Newcastle: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed
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Chelsea vs Newcastle: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed

  Chelsea’s squad to face Newcastle United in tonight’s Premier League tie has been made public. According to Football London, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 24-man squad to tackle Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s men head to the match after beating Barnsley 1-0 in the FA Cup in their previous fixture last Thursday. Chelsea are currently in the 5th position on the Premier League table with 39 points from 23 matches. Chelsea’s full squad against Newcastle: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri. Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kova...
Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]
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Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has released a 25-man list for the Champions League knockout stages. The west London Blues face LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the competition after finishing top of their group. The first leg takes place on February 23, in Madrid while the second leg comes up in Stamford Bridge on March 17 Two names have been removed from the first being Fikayo Tomori who joined AC Milan on loan and Ian Maatsen after his loan move to Charlton Athletic. Young duo, Nigerian-born Tino Anjorin, and Henry Lawrence have made the knockout squad. The list also has Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount all included on List B. Here is the confirmed squad list in full: List A: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,...
We Feel Like We Have To Score Three Or Four Each Game – Cesar Azpilicueta
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We Feel Like We Have To Score Three Or Four Each Game – Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea's defensive issues are so bad that they need to score several goals each game to stand a chance of winning, says captain Cesar Azpilicueta. They have conceded nine times in five Premier League games this season and were 2-0 and 3-2 up against Southampton on Saturday before drawing 3-3. Last month Chelsea came from 3-0 down to draw against West Brom. "When you're weak defensively sometimes we feel like we have to score three or four each game," Azpilicueta said. "I see football as a collective. When we don't score, as a defender I think how can we put our attacking players in better situations. "Through a season you are not going to be winning 3-0 or 4-0 every week. You have to work to get results and at the moment we have to improve that."
Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta
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Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced a moment of magic to give Arsenal their 14th FA Cup triumph in a dramatic 2-1 Wembley win over 10-man Chelsea.  The striker, whose future with the Gunners remains uncertain, slotted in a first-half penalty to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s opener, before firing home a classy match-winning strike in the 67th minute.It meant the battle of the rookie bosses was won by Mikel Arteta, with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea ending the game a man down following a red card for Mateo Kovacic.Arsenal’s success means they earn a place in next season’s Europa League, having finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League.  An early breakthrough came after five minutes for Chelsea when Pulisic clipped in a neat close-range finish after former...
Arsenal 2-1 Better Than Chelsea in FA Cup Final
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Arsenal 2-1 Better Than Chelsea in FA Cup Final

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup final on Saturday and making it a record 14th FA Cup win for the club.  Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the dream start, but the Blues unravelled after Aubameyang was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta inside the area and converted the resulting penalty.  A brilliant finish from Aubameyang 23 minutes from time earned Mikel Arteta silverware in his first season as Arsenal boss before Chelsea were controversially reduced to 10 men when Mateo Kovacic was shown an extremely soft second yellow card.  Arteta said ahead of the final he hoped a taste of success would encourage Aubameyang, who only has a year left on his contract at the Emirates, to ...
Cesar Azpilicueta Predicts what will Happen to Timo Werner at Chelsea
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Cesar Azpilicueta Predicts what will Happen to Timo Werner at Chelsea

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, has predicted that the club’s new signing, Timo Werner, can raise Frank Lampard’s to the next level. Werner officially completed a £53 million move to Chelsea from Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig, on Thursday. The 24-year-old will link up with the rest of Chelsea’s teammates at Stamford Bridge in July. But Azpilicueta the Germany international is a big addition for the Blues. “He is an amazing attacking player with great experience in the Bundesliga where he has scored a lot of goals,” Azpilicueta told Sky Sport...
VAR Official Punished for Failing to Send Lo Celso Off Against Chelsea
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VAR Official Punished for Failing to Send Lo Celso Off Against Chelsea

Referee David Coote has been dropped from this weekend’s Premier League games, after failing to send Giovani Lo Celso off, for a rash tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta. Lo Celso appeared to stamp on Azpilicueta’s leg in the second half, but was not even booked. Michael Oliver who was the centre referee for the match missed the incident and VAR waved it aside after a review. Coote has now not been named to officiate a game, appear as an assistant nor take part in Video Assistant Referee (VAR) duties. Oliver will, however, be in charge when champions-elect Liverpool travel to Watford in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Lampard Blasts VAR After Chelsea Defeated Tottenham 2-1
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Lampard Blasts VAR After Chelsea Defeated Tottenham 2-1

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has again lashed out at VAR officials, following their 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Spurs playmaker, Lo Celso, escaped a red card for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta in the second half. VAR official, David Coote, decided that the player had accidentally stepped on Azpilicueta. Lampard, who also saw Harry Maguire escape a sending off for a stamp on Michy Batshuayi, earlier this week, told BBC: “It is not good enough, that is two VARs in two games. “It is hard to shout about it when you have lost but today everybody saw that. It is a red. “I hate to call for red cards but that is a leg breaker. I am not saying about referees on the spot, VAR is here to clear things up and it is not good enough.”
Controversy as VAR Chief Claims Lo Celso Should Have Seen Red Card Against Chelsea
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Controversy as VAR Chief Claims Lo Celso Should Have Seen Red Card Against Chelsea

There was more Video Assistant Referee (VAR) controversy on Saturday, as Tottenham Hotspur’s Lo Celso escaped a red card for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta. VAR official, David Coote, decided that the playmaker had accidentally stepped on Azpilicueta. It led to an angry reaction from Blues boss, Frank Lampard and the crowd inside Stamford Bridge. However, VAR chiefs have now admitted Coote got the big call wrong. “We have been speaking to Stockley Park who have admitted they got the decision wrong and Lo Celso should have been sent off,” BT Sport pundit, Jake Humphrey, tweeted. Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso scored for Chelsea before Spurs halved the deficit. Thanks to an Antonio Rudiger own goal.
Abraham Praises Rudiger’s Reaction To Racist Abuse Following Win Over Spurs
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Abraham Praises Rudiger’s Reaction To Racist Abuse Following Win Over Spurs

The Blues defender helped earn the Blues first clean sheet away from home in the league this season in difficult personal circumstances. Tammy Abraham has praised his team-mate Antonio Rudiger for getting on with his match after he was allegedly racially abused by a Tottenham supporter in Chelsea's 2-0 away win. Rudiger was caught on the television cameras gesturing to suggest that he had heard monkey chants from a fan in the home end shortly after Son Hueng-min was sent off for a foul on the Blues defender in the second half. The Germany international then spoke to Chelsea captain Azpilicueta who informed referee Anthony Taylor of the incident. FIFA's protocol against racism was then implemented which led to several announcements over the club's speakers warning against in...
‘It’s a big loss’ – Azpilicueta sad to see Hazard play final Chelsea match
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‘It’s a big loss’ – Azpilicueta sad to see Hazard play final Chelsea match

The defender wished his departing team-mate the best for his expected move to Real Madrid and conceded the Blues will find it tough without him Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta admitted Eden Hazard will "be a big loss" as the Europa League winners prepare to say farewell to their two-goal Baku hero. Star attacker Hazard revealed the 4-1 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday is almost certain to mean "goodbye" with an expected switch to Real Madrid seemingly moving closer. Olivier Giroud and winger Pedro also got on the scoresheet to help make the Belgium international's potential goodbye appearance a memorable occasion.
Cesar Azpilicueta Speaks on Hazard Leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid
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Cesar Azpilicueta Speaks on Hazard Leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has spoken on the future of forward, Eden Hazard, at the club. Hazard is being expected to join Real Madrid in a big-money move this summer. The 28-year-old has drawn interest from Real Madrid for a number of years and returning manager, Zinedine Zidane, is a huge admirer. The Belgium international on Monday said he has told Chelsea of his decision about his future at the club, adding that he would not make it public until after the Blues’ UEFA Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29 in Baku. But Azpilicueta wants Chelsea squad and fans to ‘respect’ Hazard’s decision to join Real Madrid. Speaking on Hazard’s future at Chelsea, Azpilicueta told Sky Sports: “He is a very important player for us. “We arrived at Chelsea at the sam...
Azpilicueta Speaks on Clash with Lukaku, Crashing into Photographer
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Azpilicueta Speaks on Clash with Lukaku, Crashing into Photographer

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that he bears no hard feelings towards Manchester United’s striker, Romelu Lukaku, after the Belgian sent him crashing into a photographer during their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. Azpilicueta went shoulder to shoulder with Lukaku near the corner flag and the Manchester United’s frontman sent the Spaniard off the pitch towards United’s supporters who were sitting in the front row. Azpilicueta crashed into United’s official photographer who was sitting just yards from the edge of the pitch before colliding with a metal gate in front of the fans. After the match, the Spanish defender was asked if he was okay, and Azpilicueta told Sky Sports, “I was okay, maybe I was lucky I had the photographer just in front of me. I was goi...
Chelsea Squad Against Brighton
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Chelsea Squad Against Brighton

Chelsea have released their squad that will tackle Brighton in today’s Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge. According to Tribuna, the Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri has released a list of 21 players. Chelsea head to the game following a 2-1 victory over Cardiff City last weekend in their last Premier League encounter. Below is the Chelsea squad against Brighton: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green. Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson. Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Forwards: Eden Hazard, Willian, Callum Hudson-O...
Sarri Dares Chelsea Fans After Cardiff Win, Insists He Won’t Resign
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Sarri Dares Chelsea Fans After Cardiff Win, Insists He Won’t Resign

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has insisted he would never resign, despite enduring open hostility from many fans throughout their controversial 2-1 comeback win over Cardiff City on Sunday. Ruben Loftus-Cheek nodded in Chelsea’s winner in the first minute of injury time, after Cesar Azpilicueta had cancelled out Victor Camarasa’s second-half strike. The travelling Blues supporters chanted “F— Sarriball”, “We want Sarri out” and “You don’t know what you’re doing” afterwards. After the match, Sarri told reporters: “I can understand it very well. I have been on the pitch for the last 45 years, so I know the reaction of the fans. I was really disappointed for my players, because they were fighting. Probably it was better to wait until the end of the match. “But, for me, it’s...
Chelsea’s Squad Against Cardiff City Revealed
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Chelsea’s Squad Against Cardiff City Revealed

Chelsea have released their line-up that will tackle Cardiff City in today’s Premier League fixture. According to Tribuna, the Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri has released a list of 21 players. Chelsea head to the game following a 2-0 defeat to Everton in their last Premier League encounter. Below is the Chelsea squad against Cardiff City: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green. Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson. Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Forwards: Eden Hazard, Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud, Pedro. The kick-off time for the match is 2:05pm.
Europa League: Chelsea’s Squad Against Dynamo Kyiv
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Europa League: Chelsea’s Squad Against Dynamo Kyiv

Chelsea have released their line-up that will tackle Dynamo Kyiv in today’s Europa League fixture at the Stamford Bridge. According to Tribuna, the Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri has released a list of 22 players. Chelsea head to the game following a 2-1 victory over Fulham last weekend in the Premier League encounter. Below is the Chelsea squad against Dynamo Kyiv: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Rob Green. Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ethan Ampadu, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson. Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Forwards: Eden Hazard, Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Gonzalo Higuain, Olivier Giroud, Pedro. The kick-off ti...
Tottenham Striker, Harry Kane Headbutts Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta
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Tottenham Striker, Harry Kane Headbutts Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta

Tottenham Striker Harry Kane attempted to headbutt chelsea defender Cesar Azpiculeta on Wednesday night. The England star deliberately moved his head towards the Chelsea captain. There looked to be minimal contact with Azpilicueta but it does not matter how severe it was. MySportDab reports even though it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment — a red card. Fortunately for Kane, Azpilicueta did not make a meal of it. The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane. Watch Video Here
Victor Moses Returns To Chelsea Training
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Victor Moses Returns To Chelsea Training

Nigeria star Victor Moses has resumed full training with the Chelsea first team ahead of the 2018-2019 season. Chelsea have uploaded photos via social media confirming that their number fifteen has joined the rest of the group at Cobham, along with fellow World Cup participants César Azpilicueta, Willy Caballero and Antonio Rüdiger. Moses was not in Chelsea’s 25-man traveling squad for the tour of Australia last Wednesday as he had not returned to work before Maurizio Sarri named the roster. The Italian manager will certainly make an adjustment to Moses’s position in the new season as he is expected to lineup in a 4-3-3 system, meaning the Nigeria will play either as a right winger or right fullback, the latter looking unlikely as he has more offensive qualities. Wi...
Chelsea Are Ready To Strike If Either Manchester City Or Manchester United Slip Up – Cesar Azpilicueta
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Chelsea Are Ready To Strike If Either Manchester City Or Manchester United Slip Up – Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta says Chelsea are ready to seize upon dropped points this weekend by the two Manchester clubs. The current Premier League champions find themselves 11 points off the pace in the title race with Manchester City setting a ferocious early gallop. Chelsea play West Ham United in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and could go level on points with second-placed Manchester United with a win. The two Manchester rivals are set to meet in a mouthwatering clash on Sunday and Azpilicueta feels Chelsea have to take the opportunity to close the gap on at least one of the teams. “The two teams can’t both take three points, so every time you get an opportunity to get close, you have to take it,” he told Sky Sports. “We have to be intelligent to look at ourselves and then we’l...
Courtois: ‘We Lost Our Fighting Spirit And We Must Fight Back Against Man Utd’
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Courtois: ‘We Lost Our Fighting Spirit And We Must Fight Back Against Man Utd’

'We lost our fighting spirit' Thibaut Courtois speaking to BT Sport: "I'm not sure how he scores that screamer but after 50 seconds you are a goal down. "I shouted 'away' for the second goal but there was a lot of noise in the stadium and Cesar Azpilicueta let the ball go. "I thought we played well in the first half but in the second half we seemed to drop our fighting spirit and I don't know what happened. "It is hard to say what the problem is. This season every game is a hard game. We have to find that balance again. "And keeping that mentality of not conceding goals and keeping clean sheets." 'We have to fight back against United' Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois to BT Sport: "We have to fight back on Sunday against Manchester United. "Sometimes last season I had nothing to do i...
Relieved Antonio Conte Doesn’t Fear Chelsea Axe
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Relieved Antonio Conte Doesn’t Fear Chelsea Axe

Antonio Conte insists he does not fear the sack after Chelsea eased the mounting pressure on their manager with a gutsy 4-2 win over Watford. Conte’s position has been under growing scrutiny following a dip in the champions’ form in recent week. Back-to-back Premier League defeats against Manchester City and Crystal Palace were followed by a 3-3 home draw with Roma in the Champions League in midweek. Reports had emerged of Conte’s players becoming unhappy with a demanding training regime and the Italian admitted his squad was struggling to cope with the demands of defending the Premier League title and competing in Europe. A spirited fightback against Watford after Conte’s side had trailed 2-1 has gone some way to restoring belief at the club. But the Blues boss insists the ...
Conte: Azpilicueta One Of World’s Best Centre-Backs
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Conte: Azpilicueta One Of World’s Best Centre-Backs

Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the best central defenders in the world, according to Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte. The Spain international has become a crucial part of Conte's back three, and even got on the scoresheet in a 6-0 Champions League thrashing of Qarabag on Tuesday. Azpilicueta, 28, played every minute of his side's successful Premier League campaign last season and has been a regular since joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2012. Conte was full of praise for the defender after his side's latest win, saying Azpilicueta deserved to be considered among the world's best. "Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us," the Italian said. "In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world. He is very good with and without the ball. "He's ...
Still-Improving Kante Is The Best Player In The Premier League Insists Conte
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Still-Improving Kante Is The Best Player In The Premier League Insists Conte

Kante’s heroics were a crucial factor in bringing the title to ­Stamford Bridge last season after ­leaving Leicester, with whom he won the title too. It saw the ­diminutive ­midfielder, 26, earn the acclaim of his peers as PFA Player of the Year. But, judging by his start to this campaign, there is no evidence of the plaudits going to Kante’s head. The Frenchman’s ­legendary energy and ­ball-winning prowess is well-known – ­especially at old club Leicester. But he is now carrying a bigger threat in the ­opponents’ final third too. Leicester players stood off Kante, when he got the ball 35 yards out, in the 50th ­minute at the King Power. He confidently took a touch to stride forward, ­before firing a low, right-foot shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. The goal means Kante has a...
Fabregas, Morata Put Chelsea On Cruise Control
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Fabregas, Morata Put Chelsea On Cruise Control

Chelsea lifted Antonio Conte’s spirits ahead of the crucial final days of the transfer window as goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over woeful Everton on Sunday. Conte has spent the last few weeks grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, and with the window closing next week, the Blues boss is hoping to bolster his depleted squad with several signings. Against that troubled backdrop, it was essential Chelsea signed off before the international break with three points to keep in touch with Premier League pace setters Manchester United. The champions achieved that aim with ease as Fabregas opened the scoring in the first half at Stamford Bridge before Morata bagged his second goal since his club record £58 million ...
Chelsea Must ‘Learn From’ Last Title Defence – Azpilicueta
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Chelsea Must ‘Learn From’ Last Title Defence – Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta has told ESPN that Chelsea must learn from the mistakes of their last title defence if they are to retain the Premier League crown they won so emphatically last season. Chelsea romped to the 2014-15 title, finishing eight points clear of Manchester City, but the following season they managed only a 10th-place finish and were just a point above the relegation zone in December, a set of circumstances that new Chelsea vice-captain Azpilicueta wants to avoid a repeat of. “We have to learn from the experience when we won the league three years ago and then had a terrible season, so we know that’s what we have to work at,” the defender said. “We know that being champions, every team will want to beat us even more, so we have to be strong enough to try to maintain our posi...
Moses Celebrates Return To Action With Chelsea
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Moses Celebrates Return To Action With Chelsea

Super Eagles star Victor Moses is delighted to return action with Chelsea for pre-season having spent his summer break recovering from a toe injury and missing Nigeria matches. Moses featured for the first half for Chelsea who spanked London rivals Fulham 8-2 in a pre-season friendly at Cobham on Saturday. An hat-trick from Willian and a brace each from Michy Batshuayi and Loic Remy coupled with a goal from Cesar Azpilicueta from the spot sealed an emphatic win for the Blues. Moses, who was impressive for the Blues playing as a wing-back last season, tweeted after Saturday’s game: “Good to get back on the pitch today with the lads. Pre-season well under way #CFC.” The Nigeria international is expected to be included in the Blues squad to depart London on Tuesday for their pre-s...
Ibrahimovic Is PFA Fans’ Player Of The Month
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Ibrahimovic Is PFA Fans’ Player Of The Month

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month award for December. Ibrahimovic, 35, enjoyed an impressive month for United, scoring five goals in six league appearances for the club, including a brace against West Bromwich Albion. The former Sweden international also helped the Red Devils remain unbeaten throughout December, winning five consecutive Premier League games. United are currently enjoying their longest unbeaten run since Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, having gone 13 games since their last defeat. Ibrahimovic has silenced critics who thought he would be too old to play in the Premier League following his arrival at United last summer and he currently sits joint-second in the Premier League’s top scorer chart with 13 goals for...

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