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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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Chelsea Receive Huge Boost In Striker Pursuit



Gonzalo Higuain

Premier League giants Chelsea have been handed a big boost in their pursuit of AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Italian news portal Football Italia claim that the Blues have a free run to sign the Argentine international star after seven-time European champions AC Milan opted against the idea of making his loan deal permanent next summer.

He started his AC Milan career with six goals in his first seven games for the San Siro giants only for his form to nosedive.

Gonzalo Higuain has fallen out of favour with head coach Gennaro Gattuso after he found the back of the net just once in the last nine games.

The former Real Madrid star is on a season-long loan deal at AC Milan from parent club Juventus.

Milan paid £16m for the loan deal with the option of making it permanent for £32m but they have decided to exercise it thus paving the way for Chelsea.

The Blues were linked with a move for him in the summer when Maurizio Sari was appointed the new Chelsea manager.

Higuain enjoyed a good working relationship under Sarri during their one season together.

He scored 36 Serie A goals in 35 matches during the 2015/16 season.

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Desperate Sarri wants this £70m-rated youngster at Stamford Bridge in January



Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly shown his desire to work with USA prodigy Christian Pulisic before the end of the current campaign and he’s told his employers to launch a move for his signature.

The youngster has failed to nail down a permanent spot in the team this season and he is now seeking a move to Premier League.

Interestingly, Maurizio Sarri is impressed with the youngster’s quality, he now wants him to feature in his team as Morata’s replacement.

The 20-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Wesftaladion, no thanks to a blistering form of England’s sensation Jadon Sancho. However, his current lack of game time won’t have any negative impact on how Sarri values him.

But shouldn’t that be a cause of worry for Sarri? It is believed that a player, especially young one, gets better as long as long as he plays frequently.

Pulisic hasn’t started any Bundesliga match since September and that’s certainly going to have a negative impact on his confidence level and his overall performance whether Sarri like it or not.

No game-time, no problem!

Sarri isn’t perturbed with the player’s lack of first-team action as he is convinced of his qualities and his ability to score goals.

Sarri could be right anyway, the youngster was lively against Monaco in midweek Champions League encounter.

He was given a rare start by Lucien Favre and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Pulisic crowned his brilliant display with two assists as he assisted two of Raphael Guerreiro’s goals.

His magical performance during the night was a confirmation that nothing has changed with quality and Chelsea are making the right decision to chase after his signature.

The good news, however, is that Liverpool are no longer interested in his services. The Reds were initially in the race to capture his signature during the summer transfer window but the BVB were unwilling to let go of their star player for a little price tag.

With Shaqiri’s wonderful display since his switch to the Anfield outfits, Jurgen Klopp has withdrawn from his ambition to reunite with the youngster he tutored during his days with the Die Borussen.

Nonetheless, the Blues still need to slug it out with Paris St-German for Pulisic’s services. The French Ligue 1 gaints are more than willing to spend big on the youngster as Thomas Tuchel is still not satisfied with his attacking prowess.

Despite possessing Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria, Cavani at the final third of the pitch, the PSG manager is still keen on adding the youngster into his team in January.

It remains unknown if Chelsea are willing to meet Dortmund’s asking price of £70 million on the youngster’s signature.

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Star player bids team farewell as he heads to Chelsea



Denis Suarez

A player might just be leaving Barcelona this January if various reports coming out of the Spanish media are anything to go by.

According to a report credited to Catalan media outlet RAC1 where they claim that Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is on the verge of leaving the club and that it’s 80% sure that he will leave the Nou Camp when the winter transfer market reopens at the start of next month.

Spanish international midfielder Denis Suarez has been on the fringes of the first team under the guidance of manager Ernesto Valverde and the 24-year-old is seriously considering the idea of leaving in search of more first-team opportunities.

The player has made just five appearances for Barcelona in all competitions this season.

The Spaniard recently addressed transfer rumours about his long-term future at Barcelona.

When asked about his future after netting a brace against Cultural Leonesa in the Spanish Copa Del Rey, the player confirmed that he enjoys playing football and that he will assess his options.

Denis Suarez has a lot of admirers on the European football scene with the Premier League duo of Chelsea and Arsenal said to be favourites for him.

Italian Serie A duo AC Milan and Napoli are also keen on signing the player alongside Spanish club Valencia.

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Chelsea’s prepares £40 million for Morata’s replacement



Florian Thauvin

2012 Champions League winners Chelsea are eyeing a big money move for highly rated Marseille forward Florian Thauvin ahead of the upcoming transfer window scheduled to start as from the 1st of January.

According to Italian news platform Calciomercato, they have revealed that the Blues’ boss is a big admirer of the French international player and he’s ready to make a move for him.

The player has been in sensational form for French Ligue 1 giants Marseille this season in both their league and Europa League campaigns.

The French international has scored 12 goals and provided four assists for Marseille in all competitions since the start of the season.

The aforementioned report also emphasized that a transfer fee of around £40m would be enough to prise the player away from the French Ligue 1 outfit.

Florian Thauvin has been one of the best players in France this season and Chelsea would be hoping that he can transfer the form to English football in the event that a transfer bid for him proves to be successful.

He’s no stranger to the Premier League in England having spent the 2015/16 season as a Newcastle United player.

Thauvin scored just once in 16 appearances for the Magpies in what was a disappointing spell for him.

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PL Club Eyeing Move For 28-Year-Old Chelsea Midfielder



Danny Drinkwater

West Ham United are said to be planning a raid on London rivals Chelsea for one of their players ahead of the winter transfer market scheduled to begin as from the start of next month.

Popular English media portal Daily Mail claim that the Hammers want to boost their midfield options with the signing of the England international midfielder.

Danny Drinkwater is surplus to requirements at Chelsea under new manager Maurizio Sarri and the Blues are ready to cut their losses on the player.

The 28-year-old was a key player of the Leicester City side that surprised the entire sporting world by winning the 2015/16 Premier League title ahead of more illustrious opponents like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Chelsea spent £35m to secure his transfer on the deadline day of last summer’s transfer window but he has made just 12 appearances for the Blues in the Premier League.

Apart from West Ham United, fellow London club Fulham are also keen on a transfer for the former Manchester United player.

Claudio Ranieri was the Foxes manager when they won the Premier League title as mentioned above and Danny Drinkwater has a good relationship with him.

It could play a part in the two-way battle to sign him in a cut-price deal from Chelsea.

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