Maurizio Sarri Blasts Chelsea Players in Scathing Postgame Rant

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When Gonzalo Higuain does arrive at Chelsea, he’ll be a major boost for sure, but one can’t expect him to be the club’s savior. The Blues have some major issues to resolve, in all position groups, and no one single player can come in and fix all that is broken right now.

Beyond that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri sees severe problems with his own team’s motivation, as he ranted about this topic after his side lost a crunch clash at Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday. Sarri said he wanted to begin his postgame media session with a message to his players, and he wanted to do it in his native tongue of Italian, so that the message was perfectly clear.

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Gonzalo Higuain Reportedly Set to Undergo Chelsea Medical this Weekend

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that he will not consider a formational switch at this time, despite the team’s scoring slump. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity so how does Sarri expect to get Chelsea’s grrove back this season? Maybe a reunion with his former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain will get things going again? Higuain’s arrival is reportedly imminent, with potential for a formal announcement coming as early as Sunday or Monday.

According to The Daily Mirror, the Juventus forward will complete his Chelsea medical within the next 48 hours before an official unveiling to the public is made. Reportedly, Juve eventually caved into Stamford Bridge’s demands that the deal be a loan with an option to buy instead of a straight up purchase.

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Maurizio Sarri Says Chelsea Will Stick with 4-3-3 Formation

When Maurizio Sarri took over for Antonio Conte this summer at Chelsea FC, it was thought the Blues would become higher scoring and more entertaining. The football product would be more aesthetically pleasing and the results improved.

And for awhile that’s exactly what happened as Chelsea stayed undefeated pretty late into the season. But then they came back to Earth and leveled off, following by a dry stretch. And now they have scored just one more goal and garnered only one more Premier League point than at the very same stage of last term, when they were led by Conte.

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Gonzalo Higuain Arriving in London to Finalize Chelsea FC Move

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Chelsea FC have been strongly linked with Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain for quite some time, and now it appears this transfer saga is quickly headed towards conclusion.

According to The Guardian, Higuain “is expected in London over the next 48 hours to undertake a medical and complete the formalities” of his transfer. The outlet states that the 31-year-old, who spent the first half of the season on loan with Milan, has already said his Juve goodbyes. The transaction calls for the Argentinian to join the west London side on a six-month loan initially, with the chance to stick around long term should he reach certain performance and production benchmarks.

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Unai Emery Says Mesut Ozil Could Face Chelsea, Dismisses Transfer Talk

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Mesut Ozil is the highest paid player in Arsenal history, but he doesn’t seem to have a clear role with the current side. He was left out of the squad entirely last weekend in the loss to West Ham United, despite being fully fit and training with the team. Is manager Unai Emery trying to make some kind of point with his freezing out of the attacking midfielder?

Difficult to say as his answers for why Ozil gets left out have evolved, but remain vague each time he gives an explanation. Thursday was no exception, as Emery gave a longer than usual answer, but it didn’t provide any real insight. Emery insists there is no issue over Ozil’s current form or lack of playing time, although actions and evidence say otherwise.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction vs Chelsea FC

What’s really going on with attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil and manager Unai Emery? Who really knows, as the answers given for his omission from match day squads keep changing, but remain terse and vague every time. Emery seems hell bent on sending some kind of message to Arsenal’s highest paid and most accomplished player, but whatever that point is, it’s getting lost on everybody.

If Ozil isn’t going to be a part of Emery’s Arsenal, he still needs to play in order to showcase his skill set, talents and abilities to potential suitors. And for a huge game like this, where Arsenal’s top four ambitions hang in the balance, they need all hands on deck.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Arsenal FC

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Look for Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri to continue with his plan of attack that involves positioning Eden Hazard in false nine this weekend when the Blues visit Arsenal for the Premier League weekend’s most anticipated fixture.

Striker Alvaro Morata has often spoken publicly about just how unhappy he’s been during his Chelsea stint, and it’s possible that his escape route back to his native Spain could be secured by the time this match kicks off. He’s also nursing a hamstring injury that makes him slightly doubtful for this London derby, so again look for Hazard to lead the line.

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Chelsea at Arsenal Injury Report: Morata, Loftus-Cheek, Holding, Mkhitaryan

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In the Premier League weekend’s headliner fixture, Chelsea visit Arsenal looking to put more distance between themselves and their cross-town rivals in the race to nail down the final position in the top four. The fourth place Blues are currently six points ahead of fifth place Arsenal and one point adrift of third place Tottenham Hotspur.

With Harry Kane now out until March due to an ankle injury, the west London side can see a golden opportunity to surpass Spurs on the horizon. For the Gunners, a loss in this London derby would put them in a very deep hole that would make it quite difficult to avoid settling for UEFA Europa League qualification for the third year in a row.

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Petr Cech Retiring at End of Season; Arsenal and Chelsea Legends Pay Tribute

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Petr Cech, as you can see from the cartoon above, is the only Premier League goalkeeper to have ever been “Simpsonized.”

It’s quite an honor, but only one of many that the most capped player in Czech history (124 appearances) has achieved in his career. During his 20 years in the game, Cech has been on teams that have won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three Leagues Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League. He announced his retirement, effective at the end of the season, on Twitter today.

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Chelsea FC January Transfer Window Talk: Willian, Leandro Paredes

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It’s time to talk all things transfers as the January window is now open for business. In this article we focus on Chelsea FC, the club that has been the most relevant thus far in the window. Stamford Bridge has acquired Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and sent Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco.

They are far from done with their January transfer business, so let’s take a look at the latest rumors making the tabloid rounds today. For part one of Chelsea transfer talk, go to this link.

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Chelsea FC Transfer Talk: Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Callum Wilson

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It’s time to talk all things transfers as the January window is now open for business. In this article we focus on Chelsea FC, the club that has been the most relevant thus far in the window. Stamford Bridge has acquired Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and sent Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco.

They are far from done with their January transfer business, so let’s take a look at the latest rumors making the tabloid rounds today. For part two of Chelsea transfer talk, go to this link.

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Chelsea CB David Luiz Makes Beautiful Pass on Assist to Pedro (Video)

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Chelsea central defender David Luiz is a top trending term on Twitter right now due to the absolutely stunning pass he completed to forward Pedro who finished with a scoring strike in the first half against Newcastle United.

Watch this sublime, approximately 60-yard pass from the Brazilian to the winger which opened the scoring in the 9′ of Chelsea’s hosting of Newcastle United. In fact, watch it a few times, as it is certainly something which belongs on every network’s “top plays” segment today.

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