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.
Hazard Is An Important Player – Chelsea Legend
Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola has urged star player Eden Hazard to stay at the club despite the transfer rumours linking him with a transfer away from the club this summer.
The Chelsea legend talked about Belgian international Hazard during his latest interview as monitored by popular media outlet Goal.
Gianfranco Zola is back at Chelsea as the assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri who was appointed the Blues manager last summer.
The former Chelsea player was speaking ahead of the Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with Slavia Prague FC of Czech Republic.
The Blues are in a fantastic position to secure a semifinal position after they won the first leg away from home via a 1-0 win.
Chelsea scored the only goal of the game through Marcos Alonso.
Eden Hazard came on as a second-half substitute in the first leg and he’s expected to play a big part in the second leg scheduled for Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea talisman has scored 85 goals and also provided 81 assists in 241 Premier League appearances.
Eden Hazard has the most goal contributions in the Premier League this term with 16 goals and 12 assists.
The 28-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid who are eyeing a major rebuilding job at the club this summer.
French World Cup winner To Reject New Chelsea Contract
Chelsea have been rocked by the news that striker Olivier Giroud will reject a new deal to stay at the club beyond this summer when his deal is expected to run out.
According to the publication from the Daily Mirror, the French World Cup winner is not ready to commit his immediate future to Chelsea having struggled for regular playing time this season.
In a recent interview, Olivier Giroud narrated how he has been frustrated at his lack of playing time at Chelsea this season.
Giroud signed for West London giants Chelsea in January 2018 in a deal reported to be around £18m.
The 32-year-old joined the club from Premier League top-four rivals Arsenal and he has performed well for his team.
Giroud is the leading topscorer in the Europa League this season following his treble against Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16.
He started the season as the second choice striker behind Chelsea loanee Alvaro Morata who has since joined Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid.
Morata has signed a loan contract that runs out till the end of next season at Atletico Madrid with the option to sign a permanent deal at the club.
Olivier Giroud has continued his role as the second choice striker since Gonzalo Higuain was signed to replace the aforementioned Morata.
United now told to come for this Napoli star but on one condition
English Premier League outfit Man United have been hinted that Italian Serie A outfit Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly will now be available for sale in the coming summer transfer window.
The Red Devils have long been in the pursuit of the Senegal international defender with former manager Jose Mourinho insisting on his signature. The interest from the Portuguese boss was confirmed by Napoli president but it did not work through.
Man United have now been told that Kalidou Koulibaly will now be available for sale but they will have to meet with the asking price of £130 million for his signature or forget about landing him this summer window.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s contract with Napoli will expire in 2023 but there are suggestions that he would not see out his contract should the Red Devils meet with his asking price.
However, Man United are keen on the signature of a new centre back as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told that he needs to have a total overhaul of his squad to be able to compete ahead of the coming season.
Meanwhile, it has been hinted that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer will have a budget of £200 million for the coming summer window.
Chelsea Star Frustrated With Lack Of Playing Time
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has tried out over his lack of playing time at the club since the start of the current season.
Giroud talked about the lack of first-team opportunities that he had to endure at Chelsea in his latest interview ahead of the Blues’ Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with Slavia Prague FC of Czech Republic.
According to the French World Cup winner, he’s frustrated with his situation at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud started this season as the second choice striker behind Alvaro Morata and he has maintained that role since the loan transfer of Gonzalo Higuain during the January transfer window.
Higuain was signed as a direct replacement for Morata who left the club for Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid earlier this year.
Both Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata were benched at the weekend as Chelsea fell to a 2-0 defeat to Premier League chasers Liverpool in their second league duel of the season.
The defeat ensured that Chelsea lose their top-four spot to London rivals Arsenal.
Giroud would be hoping to get a start when Chelsea play host to Slavia Prague in the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal tie.
The Czech side lost the first leg 1-0 courtesy, an 86th-minute strike from Marcos Alonso.
Barcelona, Dortmund In Race To Sign Ex-Chelsea Player
Spanish champions Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are in a race to sign Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis according to reports coming out of the media in Germany.
Filipe Luis is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer and he has been touted as a possible transfer addition to the playing squad at Barcelona and German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
The 33-year-old has been a wonderful player for Atletico Madrid since he signed for the club in 2010.
The Brazilian international player joined Atletico Madrid from fellow Spanish La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna.
Filipe Luis briefly left the club for Premier League giants Chelsea between 2014 and 2015.
He made just 15 league appearances for Chelsea during that season before returning to Atletico Madrid in 2015.
Filipe Luis has been the first choice left-back at Atletico Madrid since the start of his second spell at the club.
The Brazilian defender is said to favour a move to five-time European champions Barcelona this summer ahead of other interested clubs.
Barcelona want to sign Felipe Luis as a backup for first choice left-back Jordi Alba ahead of next season.
Jordi Alba is the undisputed first choice at Barcelona and he recently impressed as the Blaugrana sealed a semifinal berth in the Champions League via a 4-0 aggregate win.
Arsenal Backed For Europa League Title Ahead Of Chelsea
Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has backed the Gunners for the Europa League title ahead of other contenders like Napoli and West London giants Chelsea.
Ex-German international centre back Mertesacker talked up North London giants Arsenal for the Europa League title during an exclusive interview with popular media portal Goal.
Per Mertesacker retired from football at Arsenal at the end of last season and he’s currently the Academy manager at the North London outfit.
Arsenal are the third favourites for the Europa League title behind Napoli and London rivals Chelsea and they will have to overcome Italian team Napoli if they are to continue their bid to win the Europa League.
An Aaron Ramsey strike and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead at home to Napoli in their first leg meeting last week and both teams will meet again on Thursday night in what’s the second leg of their last eight tie in the Europa League.
Ahead of the game, Per Mertersacker backed Arsenal to secure a result at the San Paolo though he was quick to point out that things can quickly go wrong for the Gunners despite the fact that they have a two-goal lead ahead of the game.
Arsenal will potentially face either Valencia or Villarreal in the semifinals though its likely to be Los Che who have a 3-1 lead against their rivals from the first leg away from home.
Betting Preview: Chelsea vs Slavia Prague: Home Win On The Cards
Europa League favourites Chelsea are in a good position to secure a semifinal spot in the competition ahead of Czech side Slavia Prague.
Chelsea won the first leg 1-0 courtesy an 86th-minute strike from Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso.
The Blues might have to depend on winning the Europa League to seal a return to the Champions League stage due to the fact that a top-four finish in the Premier League is highly unlikely with the way things are at the moment.
Chelsea are in a battle with other major Premier League teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United though the two North London sides are in a better position for a top-four finish.
Just two spots are available for Champions League football with the other two places already taken by both Premier League title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under pressure again following the weekend’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League.
The defeat has placed them in a difficult situation to secure Champions League football via the league route.
Sarri and his players can’t afford any slip-up in their Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with Slavia Prague FC of Czech Republic.
The Blues have winning odds of 1.33 according to Surebet247 while their opponents have victory odds of 9.75.
The possibility of a stalemate is at the odds of 5.00.
17-Goal Chelsea Target Signs Permanent Deal At Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has signed for the German Bundesliga club permanently despite the transfer rumours linking him with a move to several clubs on the European football stage.
The announcement of his permanent deal was made earlier on Wednesday afternoon.
Luka Jovic initially joined Eintracht Frankfurt from Portuguese giants Benfica on loan for two years until this summer with the obligation to make it permanent and the Germans have decided to turn his loan move to a permanent one earlier than planned.
The 21-year-old has been in very good form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season and it’s not surprising that his loan move has been made permanent before time.
He has signed a four-year deal at Frankfurt until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Luka Jovic has scored 17 goals in the German Bundesliga and he’s the second topscorer behind Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski.
His form has propelled his Eintracht Frankfurt side to the top four on the German Bundesliga table.
A top-four spot is enough to secure Champions League football for next season.
Serbian international Jovic and Frankfurt are still in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Eintracht Frankfurt lost the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal tie to Benfica 4-2 ahead of the second leg at home on Thursday night.
Ex-Chelsea Star Backs Mourinho For Bayern Job
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has backed Jose Mourinho for the Bayern Munich job.
In his latest interview monitored by popular media outlet Goal, ex-German international Ballack said that Mourinho would be the perfect man for the Bayern Munich managerial role.
Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has been linked to the Bayern job as a replacement for current boss Niko Kovac who’s under serious pressure to keep his job.
Niko Kovac has struggled to impress as the manager of the Bavarian giants since he took the job at the start of this summer.
His Bayern Munich team is in a two-way fight for the German Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund.
At the end of last year, Dortmund had a nine-point lead over his Bayern team but Niko Kovac has been able to claw that deficit back.
Bayern have a one-point lead at the top of the table presently with five games to go.
The Bavarian giants can still win the domestic double as they are still in the German Cup.
The biggest disappointment of the Niko Kovac reign at Bayern Munich was the Bavarian giants’ inglorious exit in the Champions League at the hands of Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The Reds emerged victorious in their last 16 tie via a 3-1 aggregate win.
Chelsea Eyeing €70m Move For Hazard Replacement
West London giants Chelsea are reportedly eyeing highly-rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues talisman Eden Hazard.
This is according to the publication from popular English news outlet Daily Mirror which claimed that Chelsea are not willing to let Eden Hazard leave this summer.
It was further revealed that the West Londoners will target the aforementioned Pepe as his replacement though Chelsea are still yet to find out whether they will be able to sign new players this summer.
Chelsea have been slapped with a two-window transfer ban by world’s football governing body FIFA but they have contested the verdict with an appeal.
The Europa League campaigners are still anxiously waiting for the verdict on the appeal against the transfer ban.
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard could leave the club this summer with Spanish club Real Madrid strongly interested in him.
He has one year left on his current deal at Chelsea though they are reluctant to let the Belgian international star leave the club.
Nicolas Pepe could be a very good replacement for him.
The Ivorian international has been in sensational form for Lille this season after netting 19 goals and 11 assists in the league this season.
His form has propelled his French Ligue 1 club to the top two on the league table.
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