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Wake up Sarri, Conte did it in one season




Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has replied to his critics who are beginning to doubt his ability to lead the Blues to the Premier League title.

The former Napoli manager asked for more time, making Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as a case study.
“I don’t know what to answer. I don’t know. What happens if Guardiola had no time in City? He asked rhetorically.

According to him, the former Barcelona manager struggled in his first season at the Etihad Stadium. The 59-year-old further revealed that it isn’t easy to win a League title that is as competitive as the English League.

“You have to play every three days. You have no time to work or improve the team, so it’s really a very difficult situation. You need a season just to understand the real situation here.” he said

Truly Pep Guardiola failed to win any trophy in his maiden season as the Citizens manager, that shouldn’t be an excuse for Sarri’s failure.

Maurizio Sarri shouldn’t look elsewhere for inspiration, Antonio Conte — his compatriot and predecessor — is the perfect person to look up to.

Conte joined the Blues from Juventus during the 2016-17 season as he replaced interim manager Guus Hinddink who couldn’t take the team above 10th position.

The Italian manager, just like Sarri, brought new tactical approach into the system. He got some players whom he believed would get the job done for him.

His stay at Stamford Bridge in his first season was hugely successful as he led the team to another Premier League glory.

Indeed Sarri didn’t make excuses for himself, instead, he followed the footsteps of his compatriots including Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri, who lifted the League trophy at some point in their coaching careers.

Sarri should learn from his compatriot and charge up his players in their desire to win the Premier League glory.

Asking for more time simply means Sarri is already writing himself out of title race, hence, he’s equally killing the little zeal left in the players.

In all fairness to Sarri, winning the League in the first season at any Premier League club is very difficult and unlikely but he shouldn’t quit so soon.

The season is just 15 weeks old, there are still 23 matches to play and everything is still at stake.

Manchester City VS Chelsea

However, Sarri’s claim about Guardiola’s debut season in England could be one of his mind games as he prepares to face the Citizens.

Chelsea were surprisingly defeated by Wolves on Wednesday but the Blues will be looking to return back to winning ways against an in-form and free-scoring Manchester City.

The Etihad outfits are on 41 points from 15 matches and they are yet to taste defeat. It is yet to be seen if the Blues are capable of making them suffer their first defeat of the campaign.

On present form, the Blues are far from being the team who will make Guardiola’s men lost maximum points for the first time as they are looking like a team short of confidence and winning mentality.

However, there’s no impossibility in football especially when two big teams are locking horns with themselves.

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Ex-Chelsea Player Makes England Debut In Group A clash

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Declan Rice

England manager Gareth Southgate handed West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice his first cap for the Three Lions during the comprehensive victory over Montenegro in their Group A clash.

Rice marshalled the midfield as England ran riot against Montenegro in Podgorica.

England secured their second victory from two games with a 5-1 away win over Montenegro.

Declan Rice was an unused substitute for England in Friday night’s 5-0 win over Czech Republic in the first game of the Three Lions’ qualifiers for Euro 2020.

The former Chelsea player received his first call-up earlier this month after switching his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.

He had played three games for the Republic of Ireland whom he qualified for through his grandparents.

Declan Rice was able to switch international allegiance since he had not played competitive football for the Republic of Ireland.

The players from his former club dominated the game against Montenegro especially Ross Barkley.

The former Everton player scored twice either side of the halftime interval to give England a comeback win over their Euro 2020 opponents.

Michael Keane, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling got the other goals for England against a Montenegro side that took the lead when Marko Vesovic scored in the 17th minute but the hosts were unable to hold on to that advantage.

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Chelsea Winger Impresses On Full England Debut

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Callum Hudson Odoi

Young Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed a great deal on the occasion of his first start for the England national team.

The 18-year-old was a constant thorn in the flesh of Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro on Monday night.

He had earlier made his England debut in the first Euro 2020 qualifier for the Three Lions.

Callum Hudson-Odoi came on as a second-half substitute for hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling as England thrashed Czech Republic 5-0 in their first game of the qualifiers.

The Chelsea winger was given a start and he repaid the faith from England manager Gareth Southgate by providing the second goal for Chelsea teammate on 39 minutes.

Marko Vesovic had earlier given the hosts the lead in Podgorica before Michael Keane equalised for England on the half-hour mark.

Ross Barkley added a third goal in the second half before Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling scored in the final 20 minutes of the game to give England a convincing win over Montenegro.

England were able to maintain their perfect start to the qualifiers with two wins from two games.

They have opened a four-point gap at the top of the table with the thumping win over Montenegro.

England have six points from two games ahead of Bulgaria (2 points) in second place.

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Sterling Over Hazard For Real Madrid – Ex-Chelsea Striker

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Raheem Sterling

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has advised Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid to opt for Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling over Blues talisman Eden Hazard.

In a chat with the Daily Mail, former Celtic and Chelsea player Sutton praised Raheem Sterling as he revealed that the England international is now a world class player.

He further revealed that outgoing European champions Real Madrid should be trying to sign former Liverpool star Sterling ahead of Hazard.

Real Madrid are expected to rebuild their team this summer and several players including Sterling and Hazard have been linked with a move to the club.

Chris Sutton was speaking after Raheem Sterling added another goal for England against Montenegro.

Sterling scored the fifth and final goal for the Three Lions of England who had to come from a goal down to beat hosts Montenegro 5-1 in their second game of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The 24-year-old has now scored four goals in his last two games for his country after his treble in the first qualifying match.

Raheem Sterling scored a hattrick as England pummelled Czech Republic 5-0 at home to open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a win.

Apart from Sterling, the trio of Harry Kane, Ross Barkley and Michael Keane were all on target for the 1966 world champions after Montenegro had taken a 17th-minute lead through Marko Vesovic.

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Chelsea Striker Secures 3rd Spot On France Topscorer List

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olivier giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has secured the third spot on the list of all-time topscorer for the French national team after his latest goal in the colours of Les Blues.

The former Arsenal player was on target for the world champions during their thumping victory over Iceland at home.

It was the second game of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

France thrashed Iceland 4-0 in front of their fans to maintain top spot in Group H.

The world champions took the lead in the 12th minute through Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti and France thereafter took the advantage into the halftime interval.

Olivier Giroud added a second goal for France midway into the second half for his 35th international goal thus moving to third on the list of all-time French senior national team topscorers ahead of David Trezeguet (34 goals).

He had moved joint third with the aforementioned Trezeguet after the 32-year-old scored one of the goals in their Euro 2020 qualifying opening win over Moldova on Friday night.

France thrashed Moldova 4-1 away from home and Giroud got one of those goals.

France were leading 2-0 against Iceland into the final twelve minutes of the game before Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann made it a comprehensive 4-0 victory for the world champions.

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Chelsea Midfielder Scores Twice In England Win

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Ross Barkley

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley was in superb form for the Three Lions of England following their win over Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifiers on Monday night.

The former Everton player scored twice to give England a thumping 5-1 win over their hosts in Podgorica.

It was a five-star showing from England manager Gareth Southgate and his players especially Ross Barkley.

The home side took a shock lead in the 17th minute but England responded to adversity with two goals in the last third of the first half through Michael Keane and the aforementioned Barkley.

England went into the halftime interval with the 2-1 advantage with the goals from Keane and Barkley.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has struggled to start games for the Blues under Maurizio Sarri with Croatian international Mateo Kovacic preferred to him in the Chelsea starting XI for the majority of the games in the Premier League.

Barkley added the third goal for England on the cusp of the hour mark before Harry Kane and the in-form Raheem Sterling added further goals to give the Three Lions of England a comprehensive win in their Euro qualifier away from home.

The win maintained their perfect start to the Euro 2020 qualifiers in Group A.

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England Manager Demands Improvement From Chelsea Star

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Callum Hudson Odoi

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has had a fantastic start to his England career but manager Gareth Southgate wants more from him.

Gareth Southgate has demanded an improvement from him despite his good start as he urged him to continue to work hard on his game.

The England national team manager spoke about his players including Callum Hudson-Odoi in a chat with ITV after the Montenegro game.

Hudson-Odoi was handed his first start against Montenegro and the young Chelsea winger didn’t disappoint as he was the tormentor-in-chief for the hosts who succumbed to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Three Lions.

He provided the assist for one of the goals scored by Chelsea teammate Ross Barkley.

England suffered a little setback at the start of the game against Montenegro after Marko Vesovic gave the home team the lead in the 17th minute but England bounced back with a five-star performance.

Everton defender Michael Keane equalised for the visitors in the 30th minute before the aforementioned Barkley added one of his two goals from an assist from Hudson-Odoi nine minutes later.

Ross Barkley added a third goal for the Three Lions in the 59th minute before further goals from Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling made the win more convincing.

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Chelsea Starlet Debunks ‘Impatient’ Tag Amidst Bayern Transfer Rumours

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Callum Hudson Odoi

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has dismissed the notion that he’s impatient at the club.

The young Blues player has been heavily linked with a move away from the club especially German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

In his recent interview monitored by popular news portal Goal, Callum Hudson-Odoi revealed that he’s willing to be patient on matters about his future.

The 18-year-old submitted a transfer request in January after growing frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities at Chelsea but senior club officials turned down his request to leave Stamford Bridge during the winter transfer window.

German champions Bayern Munich made several bids for him during the January transfer window but Chelsea were able to hang on to him.

He’s yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea but the young winger has already been capped by England at international level.

Hudson-Odoi made his England debut on Friday night when he came on as a second-half substitute for Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic.

England thrashed the Czech Republic 5-0 at the Wembley Stadium with Sterling getting a hattrick for the Three Lions.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was involved in the fifth and final goal scored by Tomas Kalas (own goal).

Apart from Bayern Munich, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United.

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Chelsea Star Plays Down Real Madrid Transfer Rumours

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ngolo kante

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has dismissed transfer rumours linking him with a move to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.

The French international star was asked about the widespread reports on a possible move to Spain during his interview with a France-based media outlet RTL.

According to him, those transfer rumours are not important as he revealed that his focus is on West London giants Chelsea.

N’Golo Kante was quick to point out that he has unfinished business at Chelsea.

The former Caen and Leicester City player is the highest earner at Chelsea after his latest contract at the club.

Kante signed a new deal towards the end of last year with weekly wages of £290,000 which is more than any other player in the Blues’ squad.

The Frenchman joined Chelsea from Leicester City in the summer of 2016 shortly after he played a big part in the Foxes’ title-winning campaign.

Kante and Leicester City stunned the sporting world after they surprisingly won the Premier League title during the 2015/16 season.

The French World Cup winner then helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first campaign at the club.

He also won the FA Cup title with Chelsea at the end of last season.

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Chelsea Defender Hints At Hazard Stay

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Andreas Christensen

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has hinted that star player Eden Hazard could stay at the club beyond this summer despite the intense transfer rumours linking him with a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

In an interview with media outlet Ekstra Bladet, the Danish international centre back revealed that they have been told that Chelsea won’t be able to sign any players before adding that the West London giants want to keep the players at their disposal.

This is as a result of the two-window transfer ban handed out to Chelsea for their part in the signing of underage players.

Chelsea was banned by world football’s governing body FIFA.

The Blues won’t be able to sign players until the summer of 2020 which is when the current contract of the aforementioned Hazard expires.

The Belgian international has been a long-term transfer target for Spanish giants Real Madrid with recent reports claiming that the 28-year-old could move to the club this summer.

The reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as the Real Madrid manager has also fuelled the possible transfer to Spain for Eden Hazard.

Andreas Christensen has confirmed his frustration and disgust at the transfer ban situation at Chelsea in the aforementioned interview.

The Danish defender wants to leave Chelsea but the transfer ban means he has to stay at the club.

He has made 19 appearances for Chelsea this term with just three coming in the Premier League.

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Why United is a better team for Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Callum Hudson Odoi

English Premier League outfit Man United have been linked with a move for Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked away from the Stamford Bridge over his lack of playing time at the club but there have been strong resistance by the club to grant him his wish.

German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich have been linked with Callum Hudson-Odoi and they are reported to have submitted a number of offers but they have been rejected by the Blues management as they insist that he is a major part of the club’s future.

However, Man United and Liverpool are latest to be linked with a move for Callum Hudson-Odoi but the Red Devils have been tipped to be a better side to accommodate the England international because of their ability to grant him first team appearances and regular playing time.

This is the major reason why Callum Hudson-Odoi seeks to leave the West London outfit and the solution could be available at the Old Trafford as there are no chances he would be handed a first team shirt in Liverpool as well.

More so, the Red Devils have got the ability to hand Callum Hudson-Odoi a good weekly pay that will make him more comfortable than he is at Chelsea.

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