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Why Maurizio Sarri must forget Premier League title and target top-four finish



Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri’s side was tipped as one of the season’s title contenders after 12-match unbeaten record.

The Blues were rampant and awesome during the period of their unbeaten run. They were cruising from one victory to another, defeating many Premier League clubs.

Surprisingly, the Stamford Bridge outfits began to perform below par and were suddenly the shadow of themselves.

Their unimpressive display started the moment Eden Hazard found it hard to score goals but none– not even Maurizio Sarri — detected there was fire on the mountain.

The crises in the team further deepened as Alvaro Morata, who looked reborn and rejuvenated, surprisingly turned to the player he was during Conte’s last season at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard didn’t just miss clear-cut chances, he has become more selfish and self-centred that he didn’t bother passing to other strikers who were in better position to score.

Having seen these signs, Sarri ought to have known there is a need to tweak his starting lineup, formations and, if possible, style of play.

Instead the Italian continue with his less productive formation until he recorded his first defeat to Tottenham two weeks back.

The Lilywhites comfortably beat the Blues at Wembley and the lost opened Sarri’s eyes to the truth that he’s not a title contender yet, the manager knows that anyway.

Responding to the defeat to Tottenham, Sarri made some alterations to his starting lineup against Fulham, during week 14th fixture, as you would expect.

He gave young but talented youngster Reuben Loftus-Cheek his first start of the season as he benched misfiring Alvaro Morata.

He also gave a surprise start to Olivier Giroud who has been phenomenal for the Blues in European competition.

The change in personnel did work effectively as the young England international scored one of the goals as the Blues ended up being 2-1 winners over the Cottagers.

Another win against a small League, you would say, right? Irrespective of the team they played, three points are guaranteed and they equally returned back to winning ways – that’s the most important thing.

However, the win turned out to be a fluke as Sarri’s men were humiliated by  ‘another small team’ three days later.

Wolverhampton Wanderers surprised everyone when they defeated the Blues 2-1 on Wednesday.

The Nuno Santo’s men narrowly pipped the former Premier League champions, thanks to Jota’s 62nd-minute winner.

The win didn’t just push the Blues to the fourth position on the log, but ultimately ruled them out of the race for the title.

They are now 13 points off Manchester City in the race for the title and as it stands, Sarri should bid goodbye to the ultimate prize.

He should focus on beating Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton and Leicester City to a top-four finish.

The listed clubs are on great form at the moment, hence, Sarri should shape up the mentality of his players and make them realize there is little gap between them and the Foxes who are 7th on the log.

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Why Ramsey Rejected Chelsea For Juventus Revealed

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Welsh football legend Ian Rush has revealed the reason behind the decision taken by Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey who will join Italian Serie A Champions Juventus in the summer.

Ex-Liverpool striker Ian Rush said that he spoke with Ramsey about the Juventus transfer some weeks ago.

In his latest interview monitored by the Birmingham Mail, Ian Rush confirmed that winning trophies played a major role in the Welsh international midfielder’s decision to leave Arsenal for Juventus this summer.

Earlier this week, Italian champions Juventus announced that Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with them ahead of a free transfer move in the summer.

The 28-year-old rejected several offers from a lot of major European clubs to sign a mega-deal with Juventus.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Manchester United were all interested in him before he opted for Juventus.

Aaron Ramsey will leave Arsenal this summer after spending 11 years in North London following his £5m transfer from Welsh side Cardiff City in 2008.

He’s the highest scoring central midfielder in the Gunners’ history with 61 goals.

Aaron Ramsey has won three FA Cup titles at Arsenal and was the player responsible for two match-winning goals against Hull City in 2014 and Chelsea in 2017.

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€100m Chelsea Target In Showdown Talks Over Inter Future

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West London giants Chelsea have been boosted by the news that one of their transfer targets held talks with Inter Milan officials over his future at the club.

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has been at the centre of several transfer rumours after he was dropped as the Nerazzuri captain.

Italian media outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed that Mauro Icardi held showdown talks with Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti for 15 minutes as his long-term future continues to be the subject of severe transfer speculation.

Argentine international Icardi has previously been linked with Chelsea and the Blues could capitalise on his situation at Inter Milan with a summer bid.

Chelsea are not the only club interested in a move for the 25-year-old with the Spanish duo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid also keen on a transfer for him.

€100m-rated Mauro Icardi came through the Barcelona ranks before he joined Italian Serie A side Sampdoria.

The Argentine attacker has impressed a great deal since his move to Inter Milan in the summer of 2013.

Mauro Icardi has been able to establish himself as one of the most potent strikers on the European football scene after netting 109 goals in 179 Italian Serie A appearances

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Why £100m-rated Chelsea Talent Turned Down PSG Transfer

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ngolo kante

French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) were keen on a summer transfer for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante at the start of this season but the player turned down the big-money move in favour of staying at Stamford Bridge.

French media outlet Le 10 Sport have revealed the reason behind his decision.

It was said that Kante rejected the PSG transfer because he will only consider a transfer away from Chelsea for major European sides like Barcelona, Real Madrid and German champions Bayern Munich.

He was linked with PSG shortly after he helped France win the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia via a 4-2 win over fellow Europeans Croatia.

N’Golo Kante is happy to stay at Chelsea after putting pen to paper on a new contract until 2023.

The 27-year-old signed a contract extension at Stamford Bridge in December to make him the Blues’ highest paid player at £290,000 on a weekly basis.

£100m-rated Kante joined Chelsea in a £32m deal in 2016 shortly after he played a big role in the unlikely Premier League title triumph for Leicester City.

The French midfielder won a second successive Premier League title in his first season as a Chelsea player under the guidance of former Blues boss Antonio Conte.

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£85m Chelsea Target Provides Update On Napoli Future

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has given an update on his future amidst transfer rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League with clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Senegalese international star spoke to Rai Sport about those transfer reports as he said that he’s flattered with the interest from many clubs.

Koulibaly further said that his focus is to continue to do well for his Italian Serie A side.

The 27-year-old has grown to be a key player for Napoli since he joined the club from Belgian top flight club Genk.

Kalidou Koulibaly is widely regarded as one of the best centre backs in world football and he has been the subject of interest from English top flight sides like Chelsea and Manchester United.

Recent reports claim that Manchester United had two bids rejected for him towards the end of last year.

The player was linked with Chelsea last summer when Maurizio Sarri replaced compatriot Antonio Conte as the Blues manager.

Several Chelsea fans had thought that Kalidou Koulibaly will follow Italian tactician Sarri to London just like Jorginho who signed for the Blues in a £57m deal at the start of the season but he eventually stayed with Napoli for this campaign.

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€36m Star Will Leave Chelsea This Summer For ONE Reason

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Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain might leave the club in the summer despite making a relatively good start to his career at the club.

The Metro claim that the Argentine international will leave Chelsea at the end of this season if Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is sacked.

Italian tactician Sarri is under severe pressure at Chelsea after his team suffered a drubbing at Manchester City.

The Blues suffered their worst defeat in the Premier League era after they were beaten 6-0 by the Citizens with Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain netting a treble.

Three Lions of England star Raheem Sterling also scored twice while Ilkay Gundogan completed those who found the back of the net for the Premier League champions.

The result ensured that Chelsea drop from two places to the sixth spot in the race for Champions League football next season.

Gonzalo Higuain played 90 minutes for Chelsea in that Manchester City game but he was unable to find the back of the net.

The former Napoli and Real Madrid hitman has scored two goals in four appearances since he became a Chelsea player.

Sarri played a major role in his decision to join Chelsea on loan till the summer in January having played under him during the 2015/16 season at Napoli.

Chelsea can sign him permanently for €36m this summer according to his parent club Juventus.

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What United’s FA Cup visit means to Chelsea

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Gianfranco Zola

Manchester United will visit the Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the FA Cup tie, an attempt to return to winning ways on Monday next week after their defeat to French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain within the week.

However, the visit is of big concern for to the West London side with assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claiming that the game will mark the beginning of a crucial run for his side.

Noting that United will be a big challenge for the Blues, Gianfranco Zola stated that his side will be focused on winning the game.

Also, the West London outfit recently saw a 6-0 humiliation Manchester City but they have bounced back with a win against Malmo in the Europe League.

United have seen their unbeaten run across all competitions under new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended by the French Ligue 1 outfit but they hope it would continue in the Premier League.

The Red Devils have had their season turned around by the new manager after having a very slow start of the season under former manager Jose Mourinho.

Meanwhile, a win for United will hand them hope to win a title this season after supposedly losing out of the Premier League.

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Chelsea Given Blow As Juventus Insist £105m Talent Is Not For Sale

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Paulo Dybala

Premier League giants Chelsea have received unpalatable news in their pursuit of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala after Juventus disclosed that the Argentine international player is not for sale.

The petite attacker has been linked with clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks after his struggles at Italian Serie A giants Juventus with the arrival of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in a club-record deal last summer.

In a chat with Italian media outlet Gazetta dello Sport, Juventus sporting director Fabio Patarici said that the club is not looking to sell Dybala since they can replace him with either Messi or Neymar.

Paulo Dybala has not performed to his full potentials at Juventus this season and that could be traced to Ronaldo who has now assumed the main man role at the club at the expense of Dybala.

The former Palermo player has scored 10 goals in all competitions with only two of those coming in the Italian Serie A.

Recent reports claim that Real Madrid want to spend as much £105m to secure his transfer from the Italian champions, while Liverpool have also been linked with him in an unlikely swap deal involving Mohamed Salah with reports claiming that Juventus want to offer £50m plus Dybala for Salah.

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€100m Chelsea Target Is NOT For Sale

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Inter Milan chief Piero Ausilio has revealed that the club wants to keep contract rebel Mauro Icardi at the club amidst the transfer rumours fuelled by the decision to drop him as the Nerazzurri captain.

Ausilio occupies the sporting director role at Inter Milan and in his latest interview monitored by FourFourTwo, he revealed that the Argentine international player is not for sale.

The new development is a big transfer blow to Premier League giants Chelsea who are long-term admirers of the former Sampdoria hitman.

The 25-year-old has also been linked with a transfer to European champions Real Madrid who are keen on a summer move for a long-term replacement for the ageing Karim Benzema.

€100m-rated Icardi came through the ranks at Catalan giants Barcelona before joining Sampdoria where he started his professional career.

He has scored 109 goals in 179 Italian Serie A games since Icardi joined Inter Milan in 2013.

Inter Milan had announced on Wednesday that Samir Handanovic will be the new skipper after Icardi was relieved of his captaincy duties though the club maintains that the decision is in isolation with the current contract standoff between the player and the Italians.

Mauro Icardi still has over two years left on his contract scheduled to run down in 2021.

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Chelsea Eyeing Discount In €36m Higuain Transfer

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Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea are reportedly holding out for a significant discount in their bid to make the loan transfer of striker Gonzalo Higuain a permanent one in the summer.

This is according to the report from Italian media platform Correire di Torino which claimed that Chelsea are not willing to pay more than €30m for a permanent transfer for Argentine international player Higuain.

Italian giants Juventus had earlier revealed that Chelsea can sign Higuain for €36m at the end of his short-term loan contract at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus confirmed the required transfer fee for a permanent Higuain deal during the official confirmation of his loan transfer to Chelsea during the January transfer window.

Eddie Howe Reiterates Desire To Keep Chelsea Target At Bournemouth

Since his move to Chelsea last month, Gonzalo Higuain has scored two goals in four appearances including two in three Premier League games.

He was part of the Chelsea squad that recorded their worst Premier League defeat via a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of English champions Manchester City.

Higuain’s compatriot Sergio Aguero was the tormentor-in-chief as he netted a treble to compound the woes of under-pressure Sarri.

Raheem Sterling found the back of the net twice, while German international player Ilkay Gundogan was also on target for the Citizens.

Chelsea dropped two places to sixth spot on the table as a result of the heavy beating.

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£18m Striker Wants Chelsea Stay Despite Foreign Offers

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Olivier Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is desperate to stay at the club for at least one season despite offers from clubs outside England.

This is according to the report from the popular English media platform The Sun.

It was revealed that the French World Cup winner is hopeful that West London giants Chelsea will offer him a one-year contract extension.

Giroud was part of the French team that won a second FIFA World Cup title at the 2018 edition in Russia.

The ex-Montpellier player was the star striker for France who won the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over fellow Europeans Croatia in their final clash last summer.

The 32-year-old swapped Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018 in a deal worth £18m and he went on to sign an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge.

He has played second fiddle to both Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea this season though he has still managed 12 starts this season.

The Frenchman has also netted five goals in six Europa League games this term with his latest strike coming in the Europa League last 32 first leg win over Swedish side Malmo on Thursday night.

Giroud scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 away win over Malmo.

He has foreign offers from China and home country France.

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