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Maurizio Sarri: ‘Sack me now if Europa League final determines Chelsea fate’

Maurizio Sarri‘s future at Chelsea may be up in the air, but the Italian insists it does not hinge on winning next week’s Europa League final. Sarri’s position as Blues boss is still under scrutiny despite what he maintains has been a “very good season”, which could become “a wonderful season” if they beat Arsenal in Baku. The 60-year-old will discuss his future with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy following Wednesday’s final, but only to find out “if they are happy with me or not”. Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side take on Arsenal in Baku in a week’s time (Tim Goode/PA). As for whether next week’s all-English showdown will determine whether he stays or goes, Sarri insisted: “No. If the situation is like this I w...

Maurizio Sarri to discuss Chelsea future after Europa League final

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will discuss his future with the club following the Europa League final against Arsenal as he wants “to know if they are happy” with him. Italian Sarri, who has two years remaining on his contract but who has been linked with a move to Juventus, insists he is content to remain at Stamford Bridge. The boss said: “I have two years of my contract here. I have no contract with other clubs. I have to speak with my club after the final. I want to know if they are happy with me.” Sarri says that at the moment he is only thinking as far as next week regarding his future. After that he wants to discuss his future with the club, which is normal at the end of a season, and he would be happy to stay in the Premier League. #UELfinal — Chelsea FC (@...

Petr Cech ignoring reports of Chelsea return ahead of Europa League final

Petr Cech maintains his “sole focus” is to help Arsenal win the Europa League following a report the goalkeeper was set to return to his former club Chelsea in a sporting director role. Cech, who turned 37 on Monday, confirmed he will retire following the showpiece game between the Gunners and the Blues in Azerbaijan next week. A report on Tuesday evening suggested Cech – who joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 and went on to win a string of trophies, including four Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League – was set to take up an off-field role at Stamford Bridge. Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before , I’ll make decision about my future after the last game . Now my sole focus is to win the EL with @Arsenal . — Petr Cech (@PetrCech) Ma...

Henrikh Mkhitaryan ruled out of Europa League final amid safety concerns

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be involved in the Europa League final after Arsenal confirmed he would not travel with the squad. The Armenia international’s safety was a concern due to the dispute between his country and host nation Azerbaijan. Therefore the Gunners have decided against him travelling to Baku for next Wednesday’s game with Chelsea. Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the #UEL Final against #Chelsea […] pic.twitter.com/3CPrTvLquy — Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) May 21, 2019 A statement read: “We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea. “We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki t...

Arsenal “really disappointed” by Europa League final venue

Arsenal fans have been left “heartbroken” at not being able to travel to Baku to watch their team play Chelsea in the Europa League final, according to managing director Vinai Venkatesham. Since the two London clubs qualified, concerns have been raised over the showpiece event being hosted in Azerbaijan’s capital on May 29. Both Arsenal and Chelsea expressed disappointment at an allocation of around 6,000 tickets each for the Olympic Stadium, which can hold a capacity of some 69,870. The Baku Olympic Stadium has a capacicty of some 69,870. (Matt McGeehan/PA) Travel has also proved an issue for those planning to make the round trip of 5,000 miles from London to see their team bid to lift the trophy. UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti has written a letter to Arsen...

Result: Aberdeen beat Hibernian but miss out on Europa League

Aberdeen missed out on an automatic Europa League berth despite a 2-1 win at Hibernian on the final day of the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign. The Dons came from behind to secure victory as Sam Cosgrove and James Wilson both scored after Marc McNulty had given Paul Heckingbottom’s side the lead. However, Kilmarnock clinched third place on goal difference after beating Rangers at Rugby Park, meaning Aberdeen now need Celtic to beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final if they are to claim the last European spot. Hibs spent much of the opening stages on the front foot and registered their first attempt at goal after 20 minutes when Lewis Stevenson, who had done well to make up ground on the left-flank, delivered a cross for McNulty but the Scotland international’s glancing header dri...

Arsenal attempting to resolve visa issue ahead of Europa League final

Arsenal are liaising with the Foreign Office after it emerged season-ticket holders with dual British and Armenian citizenship have been denied visas to travel to Baku for the Europa League final. The Gunners face Premier League rivals Chelsea in the Azerbaijani capital on May 29 – but the decision to host the fixture in Baku’s Olympic Stadium has thrown up plenty of issues since the two London clubs qualified last week. Hostility remains between neighbouring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region, where a ceasefire was declared in 1994 after fighting erupted several years earlier. The issue affects Gunners player Henrikh Mkhitaryan as well as numerous fans (Nick Potts/PA) Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, captain of the Armenia national team, mi...

Chelsea to sack Maurizio Sarri regardless of Europa League result?

Chelsea are reportedly still planning to sack head coach Maurizio Sarri, regardless of the result of the Europa League final with Arsenal. Chelsea will reportedly still sack Maurizio Sarri even if the club defeat Arsenal in the Europa League final. Sarri was appointed as Antonio Conte‘s replacement in July, and the Italian has earned the Blues a return to the Champions League through a third-placed finish in the Premier League standings. Chelsea also remain in contention to win a trophy this season, but Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the club’s hierarchy want to appoint an alternative to Sarri. The report suggests that owner Roman Abramovich has concerns over the relationship between the club’s head coach and the fans, with large sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd no...

Azpilicueta “pleased” to have friendly in US despite upcoming Europa League final

The Blues take on the MLS outfit in Boston on Wednesday night in a friendly for the club’s ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign. Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says his side have to make proper use of their friendly with the New England Revolution. The Blues take on the MLS outfit in Boston on Wednesday night in a friendly for the club’s ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign. A strong squad, including Eden Hazard, has travelled to America to play in their last game before the Europa League final on May 29. We really enjoyed the meeting with our USA fans! 🇺🇸 #CFC #FinalWhistleOnHate 🔵🔵 #CFCinBoston https://t.co/j8Q617j114 pic.twitter.com/zbuUjbDwGY — César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) May 14, 2019 Azpilicueta said at a press conference: “It’s been a ...

Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid day after Europa League final?

A report claims that an £86m agreement is already in place between Chelsea and Real Madrid for Eden Hazard, with the move set to become official by the end of the month. Real Madrid will reportedly formally announce the signing of Eden Hazard the day after Chelsea‘s final game of the season. The Belgian forward offered another hint at the weekend that this will be his final campaign at Stamford Bridge. Following much speculation regarding the 28-year-old’s future, French outlet L’Equipe suggests that the long-running transfer saga is close to ending as an £86m agreement is already in place. Hazard’s “dream” transfer will be made public on May 30, it is claimed, the day after Chelsea take on Arsenal in the Europa League final. During his seven-season spel...

Result: Kilmarnock close in on Europa League

Eamonn Brophy’s first-half penalty was enough to send Kilmarnock back into third place in the Ladbrokes Premiership as Hibernian suffered a second consecutive defeat. Brophy converted in the 32nd minute after David Gray was adjudged to have fouled Alex Bruce at a corner and the striker missed a glorious chance to double the lead as Killie dominated after the break. There were some nervous moments towards the end, but the Ayrshire side held on in front of 7,484 fans at Rugby Park to claim pole position in the race for third and a guaranteed Europa League place. Aberdeen’s victory over Hearts on Friday night had put the Dons three points ahead of Killie, but Steve Clarke’s men responded to take a six-goal advantage into the final day of the season. Victory over Rangers will...

Arsenal “hugely concerned” Henrikh Mkhitaryan may miss Europa League final

There are continuing tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Arsenal admit they are “hugely concerned” about playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan potentially missing the Europa League final against Chelsea because of the continuing tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Armenia captain skipped the Gunners’ earlier fixture in the competition against Qarabag in Baku because of the issue, which has flared once again with the Azerbaijani capital city set to host the final. Hostility remains between the neighbouring countries over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region, where a ceasefire was declared in 1994 after fighting erupted several years earlier. Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Qarabag in Baku earlier this season (Mike Egerton/PA) Thos...

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