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Zola likens Sarri to top Premier League manager

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Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola believes that Maurizio Sarri’s struggles to Chelsea is similar to Pep Guardiola’s struggles during his first spell at Manchester City.

Chelsea have suffered a massive dip in form recently and have fallen to 6th in the Premier League table.  The Blues are on the brink of missing out on a Champions League spot for the second season in a row.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended, saying that the Italian needs time to settle down. During his first season at Manchester City, Guardiola did not win any trophies although he took City to the Champions League.

Gianfranco Zola believes that Sarri is facing the same thing Guardiola faced during his first season as Manchester City manager. Zola said, “How do you know that we are not making changes? We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same. Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’

And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.

Maybe he has adapted. He has improved a lot, Pep, because he’s got his team defending better, he’s got his team pressing better and attacking better. So he has adapted something but he hasn’t changed his way to see football.

I think we are pretty much in a similar moment, where there are a lot of questions and doubts about what we do, but again we are trying to adapt to the league and make some changes. But we don’t change the way we see football and what is good for this club, because otherwise we are nothing.”

Chelsea play Manchester United today at Stamford Bridge. The reigning FA Cup will hope to beat Manchester United and keep their title defense hopes alive.

 

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Christensen admits he considered leaving Chelsea

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Christensen admits he considered leaving Chelsea
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Chelsea’s bright young defender Andreas Christensen has admitted that he did consider leaving the club in the month of January but things are clear now for him.

“It’s difficult,” Christensen has now Danish newspaper Bold, per Football.London.

“At the moment there’s two clear first choices ( referring to David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger ), and then there’s me. I just have to show that I’m ready and take the chance when I get it.”

“A lot of talk [over a January move] but it was quickly made clear that the club still saw me as someone who would play,” the defender said.

“Of course thats really nice to hear so I just have to keep proving my self. I think I’ve been good the last few times I’ve got the chance and then I can only hope that I’ll be selected more often.

“Obviously I had a lot of doubts.

“But once the club assured me I am needed, it really wasn’t that hard for me to accept.

“I’ve been in the club for many years and I still love being here. It’s solely because of the playing time that the transfer consideration started.”

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Do not appoint Lampard as Chelsea boss: Merson

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Do not appoint Lampard as Chelsea boss: Merson

With Maurizio Sarri’s job at Chelsea under threat, many managers have been drawn to speculation to take over the hot seat at Chelsea.

As is the norm with the Chelsea board, they do not give the manager the time nor the money but when things go south, they quickly axe him to take the blame away from their own in-competencies.

Sarri is just another number in that victim list of Marina and her board, who despite having terrific business skills, just do not know how to function a football club. This has also obviously seen one new and upcoming name pop up; that of Lampard, who has done well with Derby County.

However, Merson believes the size of the job is too big for Frank.

“Not yet,” he said. “Not yet. It’s a big job. They’re not Norwich, they’re not 10 points clear at the top. It’s early. I think they’re doing great, don’t get me wrong. But there’s a long way to go. You’re talking one of the top four, five clubs in England. One of the top 20 in the world of football. It’s a bit early for me.”

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Zinedine Zidane wants to be Chelsea boss, but on two conditions

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Footballing legend Zinedine Zidane wants to be Chelsea’s manager. However, he does have a couple of demands from the club. Firstly, the club should keep Eden Hazard and secondly, Chelsea should give him a £200 million transfer budget.

Chelsea’s performances have suffered a serious dip lately. They were whipped in their last two away games in the Premier League. Chelsea lost 4-0 to Bournemouth before losing 6-0 to Manchester City. As a result, the Blues are now 6th in the Premier League table.

Current manager Maurizio Sarri’s job is in jeopardy and Chelsea are already looking for replacements. There were reports that Zidane was a favorite to become Chelsea’s manager. Zidane had enormous success during his three-year spell at Real Madrid. Hence, he might be the ideal replacement for Sarri and the kind of manager Chelsea needs at this very moment.

Zizou’s demands are pretty reasonable as Chelsea do need Hazard and some new reinforcements to become a serious contender for Premier League and European competition.

By bringing in Zidane, Chelsea may convince Hazard to stay and sign a new contract at the club. During May, Hazard said that he wanted to play under Zidane at Real Madrid. However, he also said last month that his career is not dependent on Zidane.

However, there’s still no telling whether Chelsea will sack Sarri or not because if somehow Sarri manages to seal a Champions League berth next season, he won’t lose his job. Recent reports stated that Chelsea won’t fire Sarri as long as he manages to seal a Champions League berth next season.

 

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Chelsea keen on signing Icardi

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According to reports, Chelsea are very keen on signing Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. The Blues have been keeping close tabs on the striker and have been linked with him for a long time now.

Mauro Icardi has established himself as one of the best strikers in the world through his performances for Inter Milan. However, the Argentine’s performances haven’t been good for the Nerazzurri as he has gone without a goal in Inter’s last seven league games.

As a result, Inter Milan removed Icardi from the club’s captaincy and made Samir Handanovic the captain. The club also dropped Icardi from the team’s squad for their Europa League match against Rapid Wien.

Chelsea fans celebrated Icardi’s removal as Inter skipper, thinking it as a sign of Icardi joining Chelsea.

Chelsea are now more keen than ever to sign Icardi. The club is in dire need of a striker as Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud won’t be enough for them.

Inter Milan will surely demand a high fee for Icardi provided they plan on selling the Argentine striker.

 

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Chelsea vs Manchester United Live stream, betting, TV, preview & news

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Despite winning 2-1 in midweek against Malmo FF in the Europa League, the Blues will be looking to bounce back from the 6-0 domestic hammering against Manchester City in their last Premier League game and will be looking to extend their cup run and defend the FA Cup. 

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Chelsea vs Manchester United bettingChelsea – Manchester United will be played Stamford Bridge on Monday, 18th February, 2019 at 20:30 CET +2

This is one of the most exciting ties thrown up by the FA Cup round V fixtures. The two teams met last time in the final of this tournament where a Hazard penalty was enough to decide the winner on that night. But with both teams under different and more attacking managers now, who will score more goals? Will it be Manchester United or Chelsea?

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Chelsea – Manchester United latest team news

The Blues have a solid team in terms of injuries ahead of their match against FA Cup. Loftus-Cheek is expected to return to the squad for the tie. Alonso was rested for the tie in the midweek but the player could still lose out on a start due to his bad form. Higuain was also on the bench alongside Hazard and they are both likely to return to the starting line up. Christensen will likely go back to the bench with Rudiger returning. Kepa, Jorginho and Azpilicueta are expected to continue for the match.

Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were both taken off in the midweek tie against PSG. Moreover, Sanchez has also been suffering from an injury but has a better chance to make the game than the duo. This would make Rashford the main man in attack alongside Lukaku and Solskjaer could give chance to some other youngsters. In defence, Smalling will be ready to start, having recovered from his injury.

Chelsea – Manchester United possible lineups

Chelsea FC Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Higuain, Hazard.
Manchester United De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Rashford, Mata, Lukaku

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Chelsea and Manchester United league table – Premier League standings 2019 updated!

Here you see the standings in the Premier League. It’s updated after every game. Mondays game is a part of the FA cup.

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This is the H2H – head-to-head stats between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Monday showdown between Manchester United and Chelsea will be the 182nd match between the two sides; Chelsea have won 54 with Manchester United winning 77 of the matches and 50 other matches being draws.

Here are the last five fixtures for both teams.

Manchester United ​Chelsea
Manchester United 0-2 PSG (12/02) ​Chelsea 2-1 Malmo FF (14/02)
Fulham 0-3 Manchester United (09/02) ​Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea (10/02)
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United (03/02) Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield Town ( 02/02)
Manchester United 2-2 Burnley (29/01) ​AFC Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea (30/01)
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (25/01) Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday (27/01)

Chelsea – Manchester United Key stats

  • Chelsea and Manchester United faced off in the final of the FA Cup last year with the Blues winning 1-0 courtesy of an Eden Hazard goal.
  • The two teams faced off also in the 2016-17 season with Chelsea winning 1-0 once again.
  • Chelsea have lost twice in the last 7 matches against Manchester United, winning on 4 occasions.
  • Chelsea are in a horrible run of form having lost 4 of their 5 away matches this year including a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.
  • Chelsea have been the most successful team in the FA Cup in the last decade.
  • Manchester United have been in a brilliant run of form under Ole and were unbeaten until the mid-week’s match against PSG.
  • Solskjaer has had the best start to the career for anyone in the Manchester United dugout as manager.
  • Hazard has been the most influential player in the Chelsea vs Manchester United ties ever since his arrival to England.

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Where will Chelsea – Manchester United be played? Chelsea – Manchester United will be played at Stamford Bridge in London.

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When is the game? When will Chelsea – Manchester United be played in Premier League? Chelsea – Manchester United will be played Wednesday the 18th February, 2019

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Zola says his team would have had players sent off had they been humiliated 6-0

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Zola says his team would have had players sent off had they been humiliated 6-0

Gianfranco Zola has said that this team has a different set of characters amid claims that his team back in the 90s in Chelsea would have had players sent off had they been thrashed 6-0.

“Every group has its own characters in it. There would have been some of the players in that group who wouldn’t have finished the game, for sure, against Manchester City,” said Zola.

“Every group has its own personalities, good and bad ones. I don’t think anyone in the group, in this group, has enjoyed that day. But everyone reacts differently. I don’t want to get into it very much, but we all felt that defeat is burning.”

Asked if the current team contains strong characters similar to Marcel Desailly and ex-England captain Terry, Zola replied: “Yes, I believe so. They are different personalities, but characters… this group, like the one I had in my times, doesn’t like losing.”

See Also: Zola talks about Higuain, FA Cup and Ole Gunnar Solskajer ahead of Manchester United tie in the FA Cup

“Maybe they show it in another way. But it’s wrong to make comparisons like that. They reacted (against Malmo) and continue to react. It will be good if we can react more as a team rather than individuals.”

“What we are building here is a philosophy of playing. It’s not enough for one person to get the ball and try and beat two or three players. That’s not the way we want to play.”

“But if you ask me if this group doesn’t care, I don’t believe that. They care. But they need to understand about how to work together, react together, pressing together. That’s the way we win games.”

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Palmieri wants Chelsea fans to be patient with Sarri

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Palmieri wants Chelsea fans to be patient with Sarri

In light of the recent criticism faced by Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri has asked the Chelsea fans to back their Italian boss and be patient with the team.

Chelsea have been a defensive, counter attacking team for the better part of the century, a style of play which has seen them become the most successful club in England since the takeover of Roman Abramovich.

However, the Russian oligarch’s desire to play beautiful football was not realised by any manager until Sarri took over last summer. Sarri-ball as it is refered to, it involves possession and attacking with a high-defensive line.

However, results have not been good with defeats to Arsenal, Spurs and Bournemouth this year preceding the hammering at the hands of City. Hence with fans turning against Sarri, Palmieri has asked Chelsea suporters to show patience with the Italian coach.

“We have a lot of important games during this month still,” said Emerson, who has made 22 appearances in all competitions for the Blues. We need to be focused on responding in the best possible way to each game. I’m sure we’re going in the right direction, and even though we have a final to play, we need to think game-by-game.”

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Zola demands unity from Chelsea players and coaching staff

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Gianfranco Zola demands unity from everyone around Chelsea Football club

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has admitted that the mood around the camp hasn’t been the best after recent results. He demands unity from everyone as they seek to right the wrongs.

After a no-show at Arsenal, the Blues were hapless in a huge defeat at Bournemouth. Those things went next level when they got smashed by Manchester City 6-0 last Sunday.

They will be hoping for a better display when they face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Zola said:

“Nobody is pleased when you lose games the way we did recently.

“Not only the players, but the coaches and everyone.”

Chelsea did respond with a 2-1 win away at Malmo in the Europa League. Now the Italian feels they must back that performance up.

“It’s a moment when we’ve been alternating the results, going from one good performance to a bad one. We don’t like,” Zola said.

“We have to be consistent. We all know this, and it’s important everyone understands the situation and is working on it: coaches, players and club.

“This is important. The unity facing the challenge will make the difference.”

After taking on United, Chelsea will contest the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City next Sunday.

Also Read: Drop Jorginho for the rest of the season: Thompson

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Chelsea staff shocked by Sarri’s treatment of the centre-back

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Chelsea’s backroom staff shocked by Maurizio Sarri’s treatment of Gary Cahill

Maurizio Sarri’s treatment of Gary Cahill has many long-serving staffs of Chelsea in shock, reports Metro.

The Italian has used the Englishman in very few games. His only Premier League appearance came against West Ham back in October.

As a matter of fact, Cahill was a regular under the previous regime of Antonio Conte and even won the league in 2016/17.

The centre-back expected to get a recall after Chelsea were smashed 6-0 by Manchester City last Sunday. But he was stunned once he gets to know that the manager has left him out the team that faced Malmo on Thursday.

The Englishman did play in the group stages of the Europa League and was left bemused to see his name not in the teamsheet.

Sarri did not even explained the omission and did not inform the player.

Cahill is still the club captain but the manager has barely spoken to him since his arrival, leaving the player with a feeling of ghost in training sessions.

The centre-back is out of contract at the end of this season and was told to leave in the January window, but he rejected to move away from Stamford Bridge in favour of neighbours Fulham.

Chelsea now have a FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester United tomorrow night, before a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City next Sunday. As per the evidence, we don’t expect Cahill to play in either of these games.

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