Maurizio Sarri

Gianfranco Zola: ‘Chelsea to complain about offensive Burnley comment to Sarri’

Gianfranco Zola expects Chelsea to lodge a formal complaint with the Football Association after Burnley‘s backroom staff “offended” boss Maurizio Sarri in the teams’ 2-2 Premier League draw. Head coach Sarri refused to talk to the media after Chelsea’s lacklustre home draw with the Clarets, incensed at being sent off and claiming he was abused by the visiting coaching team. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer had to be separated by the officials at the final whistle, as a gripping encounter ended in ugly touchline scenes at Stamford Bridge. Tempers flare on the touchline after the match (Adam Davy/PA) David Luiz and Ashley Westwood then clashed as the teams left the field, and that after Gonzalo Higuain had thrown a bott...

Chelsea ‘want Philippe Coutinho to replace Eden Hazard’

A report claims that Chelsea want Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho to replace Eden Hazard, who is expected to join Real Madrid in the coming months. Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho has reportedly been targeted by Chelsea to become the heir to Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard. The Blues allegedly accept that their star player Hazard will quit this summer after years of flirting with the Spanish giants. Finding a replacement will not be easy, but Telefoot claims that the West London outfit have one target in particular lined up. Chelsea believe that Coutinho can do a job for them should he replicate the form shown at Premier League rivals Liverpool, which earned him a nine-figure move to Barcelona in January 2018. Should they miss out on the Brazil international, the report indicates that Ma...

Maurizio Sarri: Champions League given “too much importance”

Maurizio Sarri believes the Champions League is overhyped. The Chelsea boss concedes Europe’s top-tier competition remains the world’s premier club tournament, but insists its importance is overstated. Chelsea must win the Europa League or secure a top-four Premier League finish to qualify for next term’s Champions League. Sarri’s Chelsea will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four of the Europa League (Steven Paston/PA) Exclusion from the continent’s top table hampers recruitment and hits revenue, leaving Sarri’s employers possibly unimpressed with his Champions League views. “I think the media give the Champions League too much importance,” said Sarri, whose future at Chelsea remains far from stable. “Of course it’s the most ...

Real Madrid ‘refuse to sell Mateo Kovacic to Atletico Madrid’

Atletico Madrid fail with an approach for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to a report. Atletico Madrid have reportedly failed with an approach for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic. Kovacic joined Real Madrid from Inter Milan in 2015 and has made 110 appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions, scoring three times in the process. The midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, though, and joined Chelsea on loan. As it stands, the 24-year-old will return to the Bernabeu this summer, but it has been suggested that the Croatia international wants to move on. According to Carrusel Deportivo, Atletico are keen on signing Kovacic at the end of the current season, but Real Madrid are not prepared to sell to their bitter rivals. Earlier this ...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Burnley – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Monday’s Premier League meeting between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea‘s quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League continues on Monday evening with the visit of Burnley to Stamford Bridge. The Blues booked a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League in midweek and attention now turns back to the top flight, with four teams battling for third and fourth place. Chelsea © Reuters Into the last four of the Europa League and still on course for a Champions League spot for next season, Maurizio Sarri‘s debut campaign in West London could still end on a real high. Midfield star N’Golo Kante believes that going all the way on the continent, by first overcoming Eintracht Fran...

Chelsea team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Burnley

Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of the Premier League encounter with Burnley on Easter Monday. Chelsea play host to Burnley on Easter Monday looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League. Maurizio Sarri‘s side have progressed through to the Europa League semi-finals, but the Blues remain outsiders to earn a spot in the top four of the league standings. Chelsea suffered a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool in their last top-flight outing, a result which has left the club sitting in fifth position and having played a game more than fourth-placed Arsenal. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Sarri’s team ahead of the match against the Clarets. CHELSEA’S INJURY LIST © Reuters Status: OutType of inju...

Maurizio Sarri worried about Chelsea’s second-half behaviour

Maurizio Sarri admitted Chelsea made life difficult for themselves after they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League following a see-saw 4-3 win over Slavia Prague. With Chelsea leading 1-0 from the first leg, the tie should have been over as a contest after only 15 minutes as they sliced Slavia apart three times. But Chelsea have developed a nasty habit of conceding early in the second half and once again there were some hairy moments as the visitors hit back twice to trail by just one on the night. “We played very well in the first half,” said Blues boss Sarri. “But as usual in the last two months we started very badly in the second half. “We need a solution. In the last 10 matches we started like in this match, it’s a big problem. “Probably at the end of the first half we thought ...

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: ‘Olivier Giroud going nowhere’

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says that Olivier Giroud will be staying at Stamford Bridge for at least another season. Head coach Maurizio Sarri has claimed that Chelsea have already exercised an option to keep Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge. Giroud officially has less than three months remaining on his contract, and there have been suggestions that the Frenchman would prefer to find first-team football elsewhere. However, Sarri has said that the Blues have made the decision to extend the World Cup winner’s contract by a further 12 months. The Italian told Sky Sports News: “He is sure, because the club has an option for another year, another season. “I spoke to the club two days ago and we agreed to exercise the option, So he will remain.” Giroud has contribu...

Gonzalo Higuain’s Chelsea loan ‘almost certain to be cancelled’

Maurizio Sarri reportedly does not intend to extend Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s loan stay at Chelsea beyond the summer. Chelsea are ‘almost certain’ to cancel Gonzalo Higuain‘s loan contract at the end of the season, according to a report. The Blues snapped up the 31-year-old from Juventus in January after allowing Alvaro Morata to return to Spain with Atletico Madrid. Higuain has not had the impact Maurizio Sarri expected, though, managing just three goals in 13 matches and none in his last five. Sarri has overlooked the ex-Argentina international for selection, leaving him out for both legs of the Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague and bringing him off the bench against Liverpool. Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Higuain’s time in West Lon...

Result: Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finals after thriller with Slavia Prague

Chelsea survive a comeback from Slavia Prague to progress through to the Europa League semi-finals courtesy of a 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. Chelsea have earned a place in the Europa League semi-finals courtesy of a dramatic 4-3 victory over Slavia Prague on Thursday night. The Blues held a 4-1 lead after just 27 minutes before being pegged back by Slavia in the second half, but Maurizio Sarri‘s side survived the closing half-hour of the contest to prevail 5-3 on aggregate. Chelsea will now take on Eintracht Frankfurt after the Bundesliga outfit recorded a 2-0 win over Benfica, a result which saw the Portuguese side bow out on away goals with the teams locked at 4-4 over the two legs. The Premier League team went into the game knowing that avoiding defeat would ...

Report: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri frontrunner for Roma job

Roma will make an approach for Maurizio Sarri if he is sacked by Chelsea over the next few months, according to a report. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly the frontrunner to take over as the next manager of Italian club Roma. The 60-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge has been called into question following an up-and-down first campaign at the club. Sarri has failed to win over supporters with his style of play, but Chelsea still remain on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League and are on the brink of a Europa League semi-final spot. Corriere dello Sport claims that Roma intend to make a move for the Italian, who came close to winning the Scudetto with Napoli last season, but only if he is sacked by his current club. Roma apparently wanted Antonio Conte, anot...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Slavia Prague – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the second leg of the Europa League last-eight clash between Chelsea and Slavia Prague. Chelsea head into the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague on Thursday night looking to build on their narrow success last week. Slavia matched their more illustrious opponents for much of the game in the Czech Republic, but a late header from Marcos Alonso gave the Blues a 1-0 victory. Chelsea © Reuters Maurizio Sarri has targets to meet in two competitions, but the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon may just lead to the Italian showing more priority to success on the European scene. Chelsea are again outsiders to claim a top-four place in the league standings, but the Bl...

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