Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea ‘confident of lowering Gonzalo Higuain fee’

Chelsea are confident of signing Gonzalo Higuain for less than Juventus’s £32m asking price as the Italian giants need to free up some wages, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly confident that Juventus will sell on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain on the cheap at the end of the season. The 31-year-old joined the Blues on an initial six-month deal in January with the option to make that permanent in the summer. Higuain has impressed during his first four games for the West London outfit, even if results have been poor during that spell, scoring twice in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town to earn the acclaim of his teammates. Chelsea were asked by Juventus to pay around £32m to land the Argentina international on a full-time basis, but ESPN reports that the Blues believe they can...

Chelsea want Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri?

Chelsea consider an approach for Zinedine Zidane as the speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly considering an approach for Zinedine Zidane as speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues to gather pace. Sarri only took charge of Chelsea last summer following a successful period with Napoli. The Blues made a strong start to the campaign, but their Premier League form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, which has seen them drop out of the Champions League positions. Chelsea were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and the odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea assistant Gianfran...

Maurizio Sarri looking for Chelsea to bounce back against Malmo

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea face the first of a series of short-term tests at Malmo on Thursday night as the Italian faces a crucial period which could determine his future as head coach. The 60-year-old has not heard directly from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since Sunday’s humiliating 6-0 loss at Manchester City, the Blues’ opponents in the Carabao Cup final on February 24. Sarri maintains lifting the League Cup is a realistic target, but the first goals are the Europa League last-32 tie with Malmo, the first leg of which takes place in Sweden. Sarri says at the moment the team has short-term targets, with each next game the most important, starting with tomorrow’s. #MALCHE — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 13, 2019 In between comes Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Manchest...

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s fate rests on Europa League success?

Chelsea may reportedly have to deliver success in the Europa League in order to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has reportedly been tasked with winning the Europa League in order to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. Sarri has started to come under fierce pressure after the club’s recent poor form in the Premier League, and it has left the Blues in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League. Chelsea only sit one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United in the top-flight standings, but United are currently one of the form teams in the division. The West Londoners can also qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League in May and according to The Telegraph, Sarri may have to be successful in Europe in order to remain i...

Maurizio Sarri hasn’t spoken to Roman Abramovich since Manchester City mauling

Maurizio Sarri says last Sunday’s humiliating loss at Manchester City did not prompt direct contact from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The Blues’ 4-0 loss at Bournemouth last month was Chelsea’s worst since September 1996, until City inflicted further embarrassment on Sarri’s side, who suffered their biggest defeat in 28 years. Following the Etihad Stadium setback, Sarri said in an interview with an Italian broadcaster that he “never” speaks to Abramovich, an owner not renowned for his patience. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not renowned for his patience (Jed Leicester/PA) Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg with Malmo in Sweden, Sarri insisted his comments had been mistranslated when if he had spoken to Abramovich. “No, not this week – not in the last three ...

Chelsea ‘could keep Eden Hazard with Zinedine Zidane appointment’

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard would be prepared to sign a new contract with the club if Zinedine Zidane was appointed head coach, according to a report. Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard would reportedly be prepared to sign a new contract with the club if Zinedine Zidane was appointed as Maurizio Sarri‘s replacement. Sarri’s position as head coach of the Blues is currently the subject of intense speculation, with Sunday’s 6-0 defeat at Manchester City leaving them down in sixth position in the Premier League table. The odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. The former Napoli boss reportedly has two weeks to save his job, with the Blues facing Malmo twice, Manchester United and Manchester City in three separate comp...

Chelsea to get cut-price deal for Gonzalo Higuain?

Juventus are reportedly happy to sell Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea in a cut-price summer deal as they want to get the striker’s £270,000-a-week wages off their books. Chelsea may be handed a cut-price deal to land on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain on a permanent basis, according to a report. The Blues brought in the Argentina international on a six-month contract in January as a replacement for Atletico Madrid-bound Alvaro Morata. Higuain has showed the odd moment of quality in his first four matches for Chelsea, getting off the mark with a couple of goals in the 5-0 destruction of Huddersfield Town a week-and-a-half ago. Chelsea are said to be keen on bringing in the 31-year-old full-time from the summer, should Maurizio Sarri still remain in charge, and The Mirror claims that Juve will...

Chelsea players ‘deeply embarrassed by Manchester City loss’

Maurizio Sarri still retains the faith of the majority of his senior players despite the embarrassment of losing 6-0 to Manchester City, a report claims. Chelsea‘s players are reportedly deeply embarrassed by their 6-0 loss to Manchester City but still retain faith in manager Maurizio Sarri. The Blues suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 7-0 at Nottingham Forest in April 1991, finding themselves four goals down inside 25 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Sarri admitted after the match that his job is at risk, having also seen his side crash 4-0 at Bournemouth in their previous away outing. Sky Sports News suggests that, while several players have issues with Sarri’s tactical approach, the majority still believe in the ex-Napoli boss. The report indicates...

Report: Real Madrid confident of signing Eden Hazard

A report claims that Real Madrid target Eden Hazard could force his way out of Chelsea in the summer as he is losing faith in manager Maurizio Sarri. Real Madrid are reportedly confident of signing Eden Hazard at the end of the season due to Chelsea‘s recent struggles under Maurizio Sarri. The Belgium international is a long-term target for Madrid and he has admitted that he ‘dreams’ of joining the reigning European champions. Hazard is due to enter the final year of his contract in the summer, though Chelsea remain reluctant to sell their star player. However, a report carried by The Mirror suggests that Hazard, along with a number of his teammates, is losing faith in under-fire manager Sarri’s methods. A number of big names are said to be looking to quit Stamford ...

Maurizio Sarri ‘faces huge fortnight’

Maurizio Sarri’s fate as head coach of Chelsea will be decided in the next two weeks, according to a report. Maurizio Sarri‘s fate as head coach of Chelsea will reportedly be decided in the next two weeks. Sarri only took charge of Chelsea last summer following a successful period with Napoli. The Blues made a strong start to the campaign, but their Premier League form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, which has seen them drop out of the Champions League positions. Chelsea were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and the odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has been strongly linked with the managerial position at Stamford Bridge, with the club said to be prepa...

Chelsea unhappy with Maurizio Sarri’s treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi?

The Chelsea board are reportedly unhappy with how academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi has been used by head coach Maurizio Sarri. The Chelsea board have reportedly been left unhappy with Callum Hudson-Odoi‘s lack of game time since the turn of the year. The Blues have been forced to reject a number of offers for the academy graduate from Bayern Munich, and it has been suggested that the 18-year-old is keen to secure a move to the German giants. Chelsea have kept Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge in the hope that the youngster will change his stance on an exit, but the player remains on the fringes of Maurizio Sarri‘s first-team squad. According to The Mirror, that has resulted in the club’s hierarchy being left unhappy with officials behind the scenes keen to see the winger ...

What is going on at Stamford Bridge?

Chelsea were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City on Sunday to leave question marks over the future of Maurizio Sarri as head coach. Here, Press Association Sport assesses the state of play at Stamford Bridge. History repeating Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has regularly axed bosses (Jed Leicester/PA) The uncertainty surrounding Sarri’s position is based on past events. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has proven in his 15-year tenure his willingness to wield the axe and he is not renowned for his patience. When Sarri was appointed last July, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the club’s hierarchy were “looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea”. Yet whether they are prepared to wait and endure humiliations like Sunday’s at the Etihad ...

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