Gianfranco Zola speaks on Gonzalo Higuain’s debut performance

Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has acknowledged that Gonzalo Higuain did not have the best of beginnings to his Blues career. The Argentina international was handed his debut against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round but he was largely wasteful before being substituted towards the end of the game.

Speaking after the match, Zola was pleased with the showing of Higuain, although he could not make much impact in the opposition box, he said: “We are pleased with Gonzalo Higuain’s performance. He was trying to find the space and get on the ball. It wasn’t easy as they had a lot of players round him.”
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DAVID LUIZ IN TALKS FOR NEW CONTRACT

The Blues defender’s current contract will expire in the summer and he has yet to make a decision on where he will be next season.

After being offered a one-year contract extension by Chelsea, David Luiz has admitted discussions with the club he loves are ongoing.
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Eden Hazard insists Chelsea are only aiming for the top four

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has indicated that the Blues are only chasing for a top four finish to the Premier League and they are far off from competing with Manchester City for the title. The Blues made a quick start off the blocks which saw them equal on points with the Citizens at one stage but they have since dropped off with a seven-point deficit to the league leaders.

Speaking to Standard Sport, Hazard suggested that the club’s prime focus remains on achieving Champions League football for the next campaign with the Citizens pretty much the favourites to reclaim their title this term, he said: “We are thinking about finishing in the top four, not to be the champions. We know City are not much better than Chelsea but they are better at the moment.
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Chelsea players are enjoying their game under Maurizio Sarri – Eden Hazard

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has highlighted that the team are enjoying their football under the guidance of new manager Maurizio Sarri. The Blues witnessed yet another change in management this summer with Sarri took over the reins from Antonio Conte and he has since got the side clicking with an unbeaten start to the campaign.

As a result, Sarri has been widely praised by the supporters and pundits alike and Hazard has now shared his opinion on the manager’s impact, he told Sky Sports News: “I think this kind of manager is good when you like football. We try to keep the ball, we try to find solutions. We have good players and we’ve brought in new players like Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic – players where you need movement. We are all happy on the pitch.We just need to keep playing like we are. We are full of confidence at the moment. Liverpool is the kind of game where you want to shine and we will, I hope.”

The Blues had picked up victories from their first six matches across all competitions but the run ceased over the weekend after they were held to a goalless stalemate against West Ham United. With the outcome, the Blues have dropped to third on the table behind both Liverpool and Manchester City with the former presently leading the Premier League standings with a two-point advantage over the rest.

Meanwhile, on a personal scale, Hazard has enjoyed a brilliant start to the campaign and he has already contributed five goals and two assists in the Premier League. At one point, Hazard had registered a goal or an assist in every league game this term but that was bound to end at some stage and it happened during the 0-0 draw at the London Stadium.

SARRI TO STICK WITH WINNING FORMULA?

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has started well at Stamford Bridge, even better than many would have expected since taking over the reins this summer. The Italian has done a good job so far, getting three out of three wins. Ahead of the weekend game against Bournemouth, the Blues would be hoping to keep the momentum burning with a win, and continue their perfect start to the new campaign.

AFC Bournemouth have been very good this season on their own. They won two games and played a 2-2 draw with Everton, making seven points so far. This places them on the sixth spot, behind league champs Manchester City in fifth, both behind the four teams with maximum points so far – Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Watford.
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Conte To Consult Players For Barca Strategy

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte will consult his players for strategies ahead of their Barcelona fixture, according to reports. The Blues played out a 1-1 draw against their perennial rivals in the competition last week. Lionel Messi, who had never scored against Chelsea, broke that jinx due to a defensive slip that the Spanish side capitalized on after an earlier Willian opener.

With the club getting back their form following losses to both Manchester clubs, Chelsea are hoping to see off Barcelona and continue in the continental competition. It has been a dramatic season for Conte and team. After winning the title last term with no European football distractions, it has been tough getting by with a considerable change in the squad and with the stress of increased number of matches. Read more »