Chelsea manager confident team can achieve top-four target for the season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that the Blues can achieve the target of finishing in the top four despite dropping points against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Blues were fancied to secure a routine triumph over the Wolves on Sunday but they could only muster a 1-1 draw after Eden Hazard came up with a 92nd-minute equaliser.

Speaking after the game, Sarri acknowledged that the stalemate was a missed opportunity, considering they were only 10 remaining for the campaign. He added that the Blues must not ponder over the situation and should seek to cover up the lost points with strong performances in the forthcoming games.

He said: “When you have only 10 matches, every match you’re not able to win is a missed opportunity. Today was a great opportunity but we were not able to gain three points. In the last six matches, we won four and drew the other two, so there is a little consistency in this moment. We have to think only to the next match. We need to recover two points immediately. As I said before, we are in the moment of consistency. We have only to continue. We are confident of course. We have to be confident.”
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Chelsea must be patient with Sarriball

Chelsea are currently in a crossroads as regards the faith in the methods of coach Maurizio Sarri just six months into his reign. The embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Manchester City has open doubts about Sarri’s philosophy and has led to criticism from fans, former players and the media.

Chelsea have been sliding down in performances for a while but is expected that a new coach would hit bumps on the road when trying to change the ideology of a club. Chelsea is renown for their physical play and back to the wall performances which has led to numerous titles during the time of Roman Abramovich.
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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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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.