Sarri off to a smoking start at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea were a club in transition over the summer and it seemed at one stage they were in danger of breaking up, with their star players looking to make a quick exit from Stamford Bridge. No one was quite sure what would be happening with Antonio Conte, either, with rumours of an exit hovering over the club for the duration of the World Cup.

Proceedings did move fast, however, once the Italian left the Blues on July 13th and it was only 24 hours later that Sarri was named the new head coach. There was the odd hiccup to come still, with a wanatway Courtois making it abundantly clear he fancied a move to Real Madrid, which would come about on August 9th.

Pros and Cons to Possible Replacements for Thibaut Courtois

Whether Chelsea are willing to let Belgium number one Thibaut Courtois depart Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid or risk losing him on a free come next summer when his contract expires, he will leave some big gloves to fill.

The goalie, who missed training with days to go before the Premier League transfer window shuts, has already won league titles in his homeland, on loan in Spain with Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid and England during what has been a glittering career to date.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek aims dig at Antonio Conte

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has aimed a dig at manager Antonio Conte after failing to earn the trust of the Italian. The 22-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Crystal Palace which has earned him a spot in the England World Cup squad but his return with Chelsea nevertheless remains uncertain beyond the summer.

Speaking to reporters, Loftus-Cheek admitted that he was surprised at the lack of faith from Antonio Conte, given he has earned praise under Roy Hodgson and Gareth Southgate with Palace and England respectively, he said: “It's been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance. It's really difficult mentally, there's only so long you just enjoy training with top players.

Ander Herrera Regards Eden Hazard As The Premier League’s Best Player

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has suggested that Eden Hazard remains the best player in the Premier League despite the goalscoring exploits of Mohamed Salah this campaign. The Belgium international has contributed 16 goals and 10 assists this term and he could play a defining role when they the Blues contest United in the FA Cup final this weekend.

Speaking on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter, Herrera admitted that Hazard is still the best outfield player in the top-flight and he has not changed his opinion since arriving at Old Trafford, he said: “For me, Hazard is the best player in the league. In my opinion he’s the best player in the league, I’ve said that since my first day here.”

Thibaut Courtois Wants To Resolve His Chelsea Future Prior To World Cup

Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is keen to sort out his contractual situation at Chelsea prior to this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The 26-year-old’s future has come into question over the past few months amid continuous links with Real Madrid, but the shot-stopper remains adamant that he will stay at Stamford Bridge, whether or not, he pens a new deal beyond the 2018/19 season.

Speaking to Sporza, he said: “If I go to the World Cup with a clear idea, sign or wait another year, then I have a clear head at the tournament. I am still proud to play at Chelsea and I want to achieve success. I have one year [left on my] contract and feel good at Chelsea, at the end of the season we will sit down together and set out a vision. I know that I will be at Chelsea next year as well.”

2018 FA Cup Final Preview

Chelsea and Manchester United will go head-to-head this Saturday in this season’s FA Cup Final showpiece at Wembley. Both sides are yet to claim any silverware this season, so both will be keen to lift the trophy on Saturday evening and avoid a barren season. With no love lost between the two managers, we can expect a fiery encounter. Not sure who’s going to claim the win? Below we take a look ahead to the weekend’s game:

What do the odds say?
Bookmakers are generally pricing Manchester United as the favourites for this game. Both sides are available at just above over Evens to win, Chelsea being priced at 19/10 and United around 6/4. It would appear that most are predicting a tight game, but with United ultimately fancied to lift the famous cup for a joint-record 13th time.


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