Chelsea vs Arsenal 3-2. A very important victory against our London rivals Arsenal sees Chelsea pick up our second win this season. Chelsea took an early lead against the Gunners as in the 9th minute Marcos Alonso’s low driven cross found Pedro who knocked the ball past Petr Cech. Chelsea went two goals up inside 20 minutes after Alvaro Morata opened up his personal account for the season after he latched onto Azpilicueta’s long ball and held off Mustafi superbly to put the ball into the back of the net for Chelsea’s second. However just 10 minutes from the half time break, Chelsea found the selfs clinging onto the game as Henrikh Mkhitaryan drilled the ball past Kepa who got a hand to the ball. Four minutes later Arsenal found themselves equal after Mkhitaryan’s cross found Iwobi who blasted the ball into Chelsea’s net. After 61 minutes, Chelsea brought on the needed Eden Hazard who subsequently changed the game as in the 81st minute the Belgian dribbled deep into Arsenal’s penalty area and pulled the ball back for Marcos Alonso, who had made a late run into the box, for the ball to be knocked past Cech for the winner. Chelsea have turned the pressure up on the challenging title rivals after seeing off Arsenal for three points. We now look to Newcastle next week in hope of making it three wins out of three. Who was your man of the match?
ARSENAL boss Unai Emery rued his side's poor finishing after they were beaten 3-2 by Chelsea.
Speaking after the match, Emery said he was happy despite suffering back-to-back defeats and pointed to the failure to take chances as the reason for the loss.
He told BT Sport: "We want to win. This is always the way but it is clear that defensively we suffered three goals but also we had chances to do more goals. I think the result is 3-2 but we also think we did chances to do more score. In the first half we are creating chances to score, and for that I am happy, I am in the match thinking we are well on the pitch. But also they had options, chances to score and effectivity (sic) is the difference. Our reaction is good, we had chances to go 2-2 and we deserved to do more at half-time. The half-time is good for us and the second half is we need to continue this control, but I think the second half we don't push and keep possession like we did in the first half, and in our moments, our chances, we didn't do, and they did. That is why the results is 3-2. But it is one process. In the second half we played with two midfielders, 19 and 21 years old. They improve and are continuing. I am happy without the result." #BlueIsTheColour#CFC#CFCFans#CFCFamily#CFCTillIDie#BPL#EPL#PremierLeague#PreSeason#CFCTour#Champions#ComeOnYouBlues#PremierLeagueChampions#ChelseaFC#COYB#KTBFFH#IfItsNotBlueItWillBe#CFCArmy#TheBlues#Chelsea_KTBFFH#ChelseaFans#ChelseaKWT#CFCNews#CFCTransfers#CFCTour#MaurizioSarri#Sarri#GianfrancoZola
Maurizio Sarri admits he does not see Chelsea as potential title contenders yet, and admits they are in trouble when they do not press all over the pitch.
Asked if he sees Chelsea as potential title challengers, Sarri said candidly: "Not in this moment. We did very well in the last 25 minutes today, but I think that we have to work, we have to improve in the defensive parts, and I am not talking about only the defenders. The defensive phase of all the team, all players. Because if we press very high, we are able to do well. But in the moment where we are not going to press in the other half, we are in trouble. So I think we have to work and need to improve. I think we have done very well for 75 minutes. 15 minutes from maybe the 30th-minute was horrible. We lost the distances I think, we were not able to cover the last third, or press as a team, only one player to player. I think that the players were very good in the second half. It was not easy in the final part of the first half. We want to defend by looking only at the ball. We have to stay very compact and need to press on the other half. In that 15 minutes, we were not able to do this, so we were in trouble. We have to improve because I think we did really very well in the first 25 minutes today, but we need to continue to press and press and press in the other half. Otherwise, for us it may be a problem. I hope we will be able to play 90 minutes like the first 25 in two months." On Hazard "It's clear. He is a great player, but I think that in this moment he is not able to play for 90 minutes, so I think that it was better for 25, 30 minutes when the intensity of the match is going down. But I hope, one more week, maximum two weeks, he will be able to play for 90 minutes." #BlueIsTheColour#CFC#CFCFans#CFCFamily#CFCTillIDie#BPL#EPL#PremierLeague#PreSeason#CFCTour#Champions#ComeOnYouBlues#PremierLeagueChampions#ChelseaFC#COYB#KTBFFH#IfItsNotBlueItWillBe#CFCArmy#TheBlues#Chelsea_KTBFFH#ChelseaFans#ChelseaKWT#CFCNews#CFCTransfers#CFCTour#MaurizioSarri#Sarri#GianfrancoZola
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is sure Eden Hazard will remain at the club beyond the end of the European transfer window.
Speaking after Belgium beat England in the third-place play-off at this summer's World Cup, Hazard hinted he could leave the club amid interest from Real Madrid, saying: "After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different." Sarri, however, says he is sure the Belgian will remain at Stamford Bridge after positive dialogue between the two in the last two weeks.
He said: "I have spoken to him often in 10 days, but he has never said anything about [leaving]. I am sure Eden will be with us this season." Following news of Kevin De Bruyne's three-month lay-off, the Italian also suggested he may need to manage Hazard's fitness due to his World Cup excursions - although the same does not apply to N'Golo Kante.
He added: "I haven't seen the injury of De Bruyne, at this level players play a lot of games in the season, so I think for them it is very dangerous. Kante for physical characteristics he is very quickly ready to play. He is ready, but for the other players for the World Cup it is a little bit different." "Fabregas is out for this match," Sarri said. "I hope he will be able to be on the pitch in the next week. Nothing serious, but he has an unusual injury. I hope he will have a training session this week. He has a pain near the knee, not the knee, but near it." He said: "I think Mateo will be very useful for us. At this moment he has to work, he is not ready for 90 minutes but maybe Saturday for the last 30 minutes. I ask a lot for him, because for me is a very good player and in my opinion he can improve more. I think he can play in the three midfielders, it is the same for him centre, left or right. He is a very good offensive player, but he has improved during two years at Real [Madrid]." #BlueIsTheColour#CFC#CFCFans#CFCFamily#CFCTillIDie#BPL#EPL#PremierLeague#PreSeason#CFCTour#Champions#ComeOnYouBlues#PremierLeagueChampions#ChelseaFC#COYB#KTBFFH#IfItsNotBlueItWillBe#CFCArmy#TheBlues#Chelsea_KTBFFH#ChelseaFans#ChelseaKWT#CFCNews#CFCTransfers#CFCTour#MaurizioSarri