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The top 10 captains in Premier League history

Following Vincent Kompany’s decision to leave Manchester City, Sports Mole looks at where he ranks among the greatest captains in Premier League history. If Vincent Kompany‘s place in Premier League history was not secure before this season, it certainly is now. The Belgian played a bit-part role for the majority of the 2018-19 campaign, but came in when it mattered and was integral to getting Manchester City over the line as they became the first team to retain the title in a decade. FA Cup glory a week later secured an unprecedented domestic treble for Pep Guardiola‘s side, and that proved to be Kompany’s final game for the club as he announced his departure on Sunday. Reactions quickly changed from initial surprise to adulation for the man who had overseen Man Ci...

Report: Maurizio Sarri to push for Chelsea decision

A report claims that Maurizio Sarri wants to know whether he will stay on as Chelsea manager for another year in order to give his coaching staff some clarity. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will reportedly push for a prompt decision from the club regarding his future beyond this season. The 60-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer on a three-year deal and has guided the Blues to a third-placed finish in the Premier League in his first full campaign. Sarri could also lift the Europa League later this month, with domestic rivals Arsenal providing the competition in Baku on May 29, but that has not stopped speculation mounting that he may be on his way out after less than 12 months at the helm. According to The Times, the ex-Napoli boss wants to know whether he will be staying on f...

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...

Roma to offer Maurizio Sarri route out of Chelsea?

Maurizio Sarri will reportedly be offered a route out of Chelsea by Roma after the Italian side missed out on top choice Antonio Conte. Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri will reportedly be offered the chance to return to Serie A with Roma next season. The 60-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge is rumoured to be under consideration, despite guiding the club back into the Champions League and taking them to the brink of the Europa League final. Sarri remains unpopular with a large section of fans and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may look for a change of direction in the summer. According to The Telegraph, Roma are waiting to make an approach for the Italian after missing out on Antonio Conte, who turned down their job offer. The report claims that Sarri is the Giallorossi’s se...

Maurizio Sarri: ‘Roman Abramovich still committed to Chelsea’

Maurizio Sarri believes Roman Abramovich is still committed to Chelsea. Chelsea’s billionaire owner has opted not to pay up front for a corporate hospitality box at Stamford Bridge, as revealed in accounts lodged with Companies House. Abramovich has taken Israeli citizenship which means he can visit the UK visa-free for up to six months at a time, but cannot work in the country. Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea in 2003 (Jed Leicester/PA) The 52-year-old has owned Chelsea since 2003 but recent issues with his UK visa had led to speculation he would seek to sell the club – though head coach Sarri insists Abramovich retains a hands-on role at Stamford Bridge. “He has some problems now, but he is involved with the club, with the team,” said Sarri. “He is the owner, a...

Chelsea ‘withholding Antonio Conte compensation due to Diego Costa treatment’

A report claims that Chelsea will look to avoid paying a severance package of £9m to former boss Antonio Conte as his conduct led to Diego Costa leaving on the cheap. Chelsea are reportedly withholding the full £9m compensation payment owed to Antonio Conte due to their former manager’s treatment of Diego Costa. The 49-year-old was sacked by Roman Abramovich last July following a two-year spell in charge. Conte, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge, still had one year to run on his contract when Chelsea relieved him of his duties. Despite having a clause in his contract that guaranteed him a large payoff, The Times reports that Chelsea will look to avoid paying the severance package on the grounds that Conte’s conduct in his second year in ch...

Chelsea considering Nuno, Frank Lampard as Maurizio Sarri replacement?

Chelsea reportedly identify Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and Derby County boss Frank Lampard as potential replacements for Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea have reportedly identified Nuno Espirito Santo and Frank Lampard as potential replacements for head coach Maurizio Sarri. The Blues’ form under Sarri improved for a number of games, but failure to beat either Wolverhampton Wanderers or Everton has left the club in sixth place in the Premier League standings. Sarri now finds himself under pressure again and according to The Sun, Chelsea have started to put together a shortlist of possible replacements for the Italian. The report suggests that Wolves boss Nuno has gained admirers behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge with Wolves having taken four points off Chelsea t...

Chelsea to sack Maurizio Sarri during international break?

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could reportedly sack manager Maurizio Sarri during the international break following the team’s 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich is reportedly considering sacking manager Maurizio Sarri during the upcoming international break following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton. Chelsea dominated the first half at Goodison Park without finding a breakthrough, and they were made to pay after the break as goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson put another major dent in their top-four hopes. Sarri’s future came under intense scrutiny last month following a string of poor results and an extraordinary incident in the EFL Cup final when goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga openly defied the Italian’s a...

Chelsea ‘face fight with Real Madrid for Zinedine Zidane’

Real Madrid’s European exit, and their subsequent interest in reappointing Zinedine Zidane, may reportedly force Chelsea to speed up talks with the Frenchman. Chelsea are locked in a battle with Real Madrid to make Zinedine Zidane their next manager, according to a report. The Blues are allegedly weighing up potential managerial options for next season, despite Maurizio Sarri turning things around with three wins in a row. Zidane is the man Roman Abramovich wants to guide Chelsea forward following the Frenchman’s incredible success at Real, where he won the Champions League in each of his three seasons in charge. According to The Sun, Chelsea were happy to wait until the summer before opening discussions with Zidane, which would at the same time give Sarri a chance to prove tha...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie between holders Chelsea and Manchester United. Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night in the pick of the FA Cup fifth-round ties, aiming to emulate their victory from last season’s final. The Blues beat United 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in May’s showpiece to lift the famous trophy for an eighth time, but both sides are now under new management and it is the Red Devils who are in the better overall form. Chelsea © Reuters Chelsea may be on the brink of sealing a place in the last 16 of the Europa League, into the last eight of the FA Cup and a week away from facing Manchester City in the final of the EFL Cup, but Maurizio Sarri remains under int...

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...

Report: Chelsea to battle Manchester United, Real Madrid for Mauricio Pochettino

A report claims that Mauricio Pochettino is a managerial target for Chelsea, who will sack Maurizio Sarri if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. Chelsea may reportedly join Real Madrid and Premier League rivals Manchester United in the race for Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino. The 46-year-old is believed to be the top managerial target for Madrid and United ahead of next season following his impressive work in North London. Tottenham’s city rivals Chelsea could also be on the lookout for a new manager, meanwhile, as The Express suggests that Maurizio Sarri has been warned by owner Roman Abramovich that he will be sacked if the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League. Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League, three points ahead of Arsenal who hav...

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