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Why Manchester United defeated Blues – Sarri

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says his men played “confusing football” as they crashed out of the FA Cup to Manchester United.

Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in another disappointing display.

Manager Sarri came under attack from Chelsea fans in the second half with calls from him to be sacked.

At the final whistle, the Chelsea players were booed off the pitch by the home fans.

And Sarri now faces a battle to raise spirits before Thursday’s Europa League clash with Malmo.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Sarri claimed Chelsea were unfortunate to lose but needed to be more aggressive.

“Tonight we were unlucky because we played a very good first half and at the end of the half the score was 2-0,” he said.

“We gave them a few opportunities. We played confusing football in the second half.

“After the first half it wasn’t easy to play with that score. We played very good first half.
“I feel the pressure for results of course, not about something else.

“We have to work, we have to speak, we have to find more aggression and determination in both boxes.”

Pedro started the match but failed to impose himself on the Manchester United defence.

But he has called on people to remain calm despite their “difficult situation”.
He said: “It was a big opportunity for us to stay with the supporters but now it is a difficult situation. A difficult day for us.

“In the second half it was so difficult for us. Now the most important thing is to stay calm and prepare for the final on Sunday and the Europa League.

“We have to believe in ourselves and this team, we have great players.”

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Europa League: I hope to meet Napoli in final – Sarri

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Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has said he hopes to meet Napoli in the Europa League final.

Sarri stated this, after watching Chelsea storm into the quarter-finals, thanks to a 5-0 thrashing of Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud, along with strikes from Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi, built on Chelsea’s 3-0 victory from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Napoli advanced 4-3 on aggregate against RB Salzburg, after falling to a 3-1 defeat in Austria.

“I prefer to find them in the final,” Chelsea’s head coach said when informed that Napoli had also qualified.

“It means we are in the final, that would make me happy and Napoli are in the final and that would make me happy.

“It would be difficult to play them with my history with the club.”

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Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal qualify for quarter-final

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Chelsea and Arsenal will fly the Premier League’s flag in the Europa League quarter-final this season.

The Blues, who were all but assured of their place after a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, won 5-0 in Ukraine.

Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick, while Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also got on the score sheet for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

Arsenal overcame a 3-1 deficit, to beat Rennes 3-0 at at the Emirates.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in each half and set up a goal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The draw for the last eight will be conducted Friday afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Chelsea’s squad to face Dynamo Kiev revealed

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has named a strong squad to face Dynamo Kiev, in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 clash on Thursday.

Sarri has rested key players during trips to Greece (PAOK), Belarus (BATE), and Hungary (Vidi FC) in the group stages, as well as in the first knockout round against Malmo, when Marcos Alonso was dropped and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to stay behind through injury.

However, he is not taking any chances this time around.

The only absence is a forced one, as Gonzalo Higuain has apparently been struck down by a fever.

“He had a fever after the league match for two days. Yesterday in the evening with the doctor we decided to leave him at home in order to recover him for the next match,” Sarri told reporters.

The rest of the 21-man traveling squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Bulka

DEFENDERS: Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso, Emerson, Zappacosta, Ampadu

MIDFIELDERS: Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek

ATTACKERS: Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Giroud

With Chelsea holding a 3-0 first leg lead, surely just about any reasonable combination of these name should (“should”) be able to finish the job. Higuain’s absence probably not a big deal in any case since Giroud, who’s the team’s leading goalscorer in Europe this season with six goals, was going to start anyway.

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