Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has taken positives from the club’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool. The Blues had the opportunity to throw a spanner into the Reds’ title hopes on Sunday, but that was not the case as Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to outclass them with the better creativity in the second period.
Speaking after the game, Sarri indicated that he was pleased with the performance from the Blues despite being on the losing end, he said: “I think it was a great game of football even though we lost. Liverpool are one of the great teams in Europe at this moment, but we stayed in the match until the end. Three months ago we wouldn’t have been able to do that. So we are improving, but it’s very difficult because here in England, the standard is really high. To close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool it will be very, very difficult. But now we are really very close to the other teams.”
On previous Sunday at Ethiad, Roman Abramovich looked at the dismantling of Sarri ball publicly. Nowadays the so-called owner of Chelsea doesn’t attend any of the matches of the club. He was not even seen at the training base of Chlesa, Cobham. He stopped turned up at the matches of the club and Cobham after the British Government put stringent restrictions on the vias of the investors. This tightening by the British government was due to the incident of last year, the Salisbury poisoning.
No more the club owner sends text messages on the defeats to the managerial team of the club. The text contained a single question mark, as reported by Fabio Caressa, an Italian journalist. This was revealed in the case of Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti was the manager of Chelsea in the time period of 2009 to 2011. During his managerial time period, the club won a FA Cup and Premier League title. Meanwhile the club title is Manchester United. This made the club owner agitated.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has sent an order to Chelsea midfielder N’GoloKante to stick to his role in midfield after having individual post-mortems with his Chelsea players following their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Spurs won the game 3-1 at Wembley on a cold Saturday evening to end Sarri’s perfect start to life in Chelsea, an 18-game unbeaten run and the Italian manager wants to see a reaction from his boys.
Premier League side Chelsea are already thinking of replacement for Eden Hazard, according to reports. It is becoming clearer that the Belgian wants to exit the club at the end of the current season. With Real Madrid reportedly on his radar, it is hard to say no especially when he is dreaming of European titles, Ballon d’Or wins and an improved profile as his career peaks.
There are increasing rumours that Chelsea would fight to the end to land Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic. The United States national team star has made a good name for himself in Germany. The 20-year old is willing to move to the Premier League, and could be just right for the Blues. At the end of the season, there would be just a year left on his contract, making him a prime target.
Frank Lampard has thanked Chelsea for giving Derby County special permission to choose lanes Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori in next week’s Carabao Cup. Parent clubs generally do not allow their lenders to compete against them, but Chelsea has given Derby the green light after Lampard contacted the club. And Blues Hero, who won both the Champions League and Premier League while in Stamford Bridge, says it’s a “classic move” from its former club.
“It is very pleasing,” said Lampard at his press conference prior to Saturday’s Championship meeting against Middlesbrough. “I’m glad for the young ones because young Chelsea was laughing; their dream is to play at Stamford Bridge.” He said. Probably not to Derby, but they have provided us with great service. We respect everyone as being the Chelsea lads, and their final play is to play for the club. “I totally thank Chelsea, because it was their call, their decision.” I think they have seen the big picture. I’m very grateful they did not have to do it and I think it’s a smart move from them.
It is both the qualifier, the tournament! So, no matter what this League of Nations could be called as, but it is just not a friendly one. And for this reason, UEFA would be very upset. The squad has gone to a good level of lengths to build a claimant that would incentivize the players and the national teams to take the first batch of international play seriously. They want players to take this seriously after the World Cup. Though, we couldn’t speak for any players as well as the Chelsea players, but as of now we think that the gravity of the event is not there in teams yet. So, that will give American soccer Twitter enough to banter about.
On the opening day of the event Germany host France, which brought Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud together in Munich. Talk about the Rudiger, and then he began his international career around four years ago. It was the early qualifying rounds of Euro 2016. That time he had small appearances on the both sides of the World Cup 2014, however, he wasn’t able to make his competitive debut for Germany until the loss of 2-0 Poland that October.
Chelsea are reportedly looking to drop last season addition Danny Drinkwater this summer. The 28-year old has struggled to make his impact at the club since joining. It is believed that Chelsea want to sell him off to help raise cash to acquire Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
Drinkwater was part of the Leicester team that shocked the world when they lifted the Premier League in 2016. Coach Antonio Conte signed him to boost the depth of the squad but the club is looking at cutting him loose after being deemed surplus to requirements. The player has barely made him mark since moving to the club.
Recently Liverpool had lost a match to Real Madrid in a home game. There has been a lot of disappointment after the match and so has it come from the star Jamie Carragher. He expressed it as it is very difficult to accept that you got beaten up by a better side and that in a home match. You just cannot admit that you were not the best but rather the second best. However, the vice-captain for Liverpool has been clearing all doubts and has said that they were focusing on something totally different. He said that they needed to concentrate on getting a clean sheet in all the upcoming matches. They are focusing in going in the right direction irrespective of the match points. They do not even mind losing or dropping points if circumstances demand so.
Jamie Carragher wants to show his disappointment regarding the same and wants to point this to the team. He is judging the moment and thinks that it is the best time to talk it out. And he thinks that it might be like first stepping stone for the team towards recovery.
The defence of Liverpool had always been a plus point and an advantage for them and scoring goals was not the thing they had to keep in mind. But now that players like Suarez are not in the team you cannot neglect the importance of goals. The defence strategy of Liverpool has also been exposed and everyone knows about it. Most of us would agree with Jamie having said that the team was making simple errors but a lot of them. He believes the team should get back to the basic and simple training and for the season get clean sheets which would benefit them. So, it is time for Liverpool to go back and learn and regain their strengths before time runs out.
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock said that he is extremely unhappy with the refereeing decisions in the recent 2-2 draw with West Brom. Crystal Palace looked set to take three points and return to winning ways after they were leading 2-0 against the club from Midlands. West Brom, however, came back into the match in spectacular fashion after managing their first goal in the 51st minute through former Everton striker Victor Anichebe. Berahino, who has been a sensational hit so far in the Premier League, managed to convert an injury time penalty to give his team a brilliant point.
This was the second consecutive 2-2 draw for Alan Irvine’s team after they managed a similar score against Manchester United last week. However, he will have no reasons to complain after his team produced a stunning response to the opposition. The fact that this match was at home also helped West Brom to some extent. For Crystal Palace, this was yet another disappointing result after they had lost to Chelsea last week. They were hoping to comeback to form with three points, which looked almost certain going into the half-time break. Former Fulham defender Hangeland and Jedinak scored the goals for the Londoners the first half.
“I’m the only guy that can protect him, not the physios. He got smashed, absolutely smashed. I don’t even think he knew he wanted to stay on. If officials can’t see a smash like that then I’ve got to protect my goalkeeper. [West Brom will] think ‘we’ve got away with it once, we’ll do it again’. I’m not prepared to let Julian take two smashes like that. It’s almost an assault. He comes from two or three yards away and smashes him in the face. I don’t understand why at least one of the officials can’t see that,” said Warnock.
Jose Mourinho’s mentor Louis van Gaal has had a tough start to life at Manchester United, as he still searching for his first victory despite having played four matches. The Dutchman is still regarded with a lot of respect by Mourinho, who worked with him at several clubs previously before becoming a manager. The two famously came up against each other in the 2010 Champions League final in which the student managed to put one over his teacher. Mourinho is yet to face Van Gaal since the Dutchman came to United.
The Portuguese, though, that he is confident that Van Gaal will be able to turn things around at Old Trafford. Manchester United ended up being as one of the highest spenders of all-time in a transfer window after managing to splash more than £ 150 million on players like Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao. As a result, the squad has been substantially strengthened in several areas of the pitch, although some pundits say that United have brought in more attacking players than defensive minded individuals.
The defence has been a major issue for Van Gaal in the opening two matches, as he has seen his team keep only one clean sheet during this period. Mourinho, who often enjoys good starts, says that Van Gaal is more than experienced to deal with the situation.
“He is one of the best managers in the world so I think he is a man with great experience for the job. Manchester United is a big team [and] he is a big manager so I think they will do well together. It’s a direction we tried to establish since the beginning of last season, but our squad now is different. We have different qualities now in our players. Are we going to lose matches? Obviously, yes, but in this moment we are getting results and we are enjoying our style of play,” said Mourinho.