Sarri bemused as Chelsea slumps to 2-0 loss at Everton
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — There was no locker-room lockdown from Maurizio Sarri this time. No public show of disgust toward any of his players, either.
Chelsea closed in on the Europa League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, while Arsenal and Benfica will have to overturn deficits in the second leg of their round-of-16...
Higuain, Jorginho guide Chelsea to 2-1 win at Fulham
LONDON (AP) — Scott Parker's first game as interim manager of Fulham ended in defeat after goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho gave his former side Chelsea a 2-1 win in the Premier League on...
Sarri reasserts power, dropping Kepa and beating Tottenham
LONDON (AP) — Maurizio Sarri reasserted his authority on the sideline, and so did Chelsea on the field.
After Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted in the League Cup final, Sarri was...
Kepa dropped by Chelsea for Premier League game
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped for the Premier League game against Tottenham on Wednesday, three days after refusing to accept being substituted in the League Cup...
City beats mutinous Chelsea in cup final, Liverpool tops EPL
LONDON (AP) — As Manchester City celebrated defending the League Cup, Chelsea was trying to clean up the fallout from a player mutiny on the Wembley field.
Kepa defies coach as Chelsea loses to City in final shootout
LONDON (AP) — Watching goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga appearing to struggle with cramp, and with a penalty shootout looming to settle the League Cup final, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri summoned a...
Chelsea, Arsenal, Napoli, Inter advance in Europa League
Chelsea shook off their recent troubles and easily advanced in the Europa League with a 3-0 second leg victory over 10-man Malmo on Thursday, a result that takes some pressure off embattled coach...
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Manchester City will look to secure the first of a possible four trophies this season when Pep...
Chelsea coach Sarri looking for run of wins to appease fans
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says he needs a run of wins to get the club's fans back on his side after a series of bad results.
Maurizio Sarri isolated at Chelsea after fans turn on him
LONDON (AP) — The volley of abusive chants from Chelsea supporters were aimed in a different direction this time. Toward the sideline at Stamford Bridge.
Players were spared on Monday, there was no need to dig out the "rats" banners from 2015, and supporters seem just fine with Eden Hazard and Co.
Typically loyal to their managers — and there have been a dozen alone this century — many Chelsea fans instead seem to be done with Maurizio Sarri even before the end of his first season in charge.
Sarri state: Humbling loss endangers Chelsea coach’s future
LONDON (AP) — The squad has been publicly undermined. There's been grumbling about the lack of contact from the owner. And the team was just handed its biggest loss in 28 years.
Maurizio Sarri's reign at Chelsea already looks like it's approaching the end, and he's not even completed a season.
"My job," Sarri said after Sunday's humiliating 6-0 loss at Manchester City, "is always at risk."
Such is the life of a Chelsea manager, at the whims of one of the most impatient owners in the Premier League.
Chelsea routed 6-0 by Man City for biggest loss in 28 years
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea was handed its heaviest loss in 28 years on Sunday when Manchester City routed Maurizio Sarri's side 6-0 in the Premier League.
The meeting of the last two champions was a complete mismatch as Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for the second successive weekend.
City regained top spot from Liverpool in its title defense as 2017 champion Chelsea ended the weekend by dropping out of the Champions League places into sixth.
EPL teams filling arenas with own cameras before VAR arrives
LONDON (AP) — In his irritation at losing to Tottenham last month, Maurizio Sarri challenged an offside ruling by producing evidence from Chelsea's own camera angles.
Sarri gets immediate response from rampant Chelsea
This time there was no need for Maurizio Sarri to get mad with his players.
The Chelsea manager could instead sit back and enjoy their performance in a 5-0 win over Huddersfield that lifted them back into the top four in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Higuain at double for 1st Chelsea goals in Huddersfield rout
LONDON (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Chelsea goals in a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield on Saturday, halting the slump after back-to-back English Premier League losses that created uncertainty about manager Maurizio Sarri's future.
In the striker's third game since joining on loan on Juventus, Higuain turned the ball into the net in the 16th minute and curled in Chelsea's fourth in the 69th.
"He has the quality," Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard said.
Bundesliga clubs add more British talent on deadline day
BERLIN (AP) — Frustrated by lack of opportunities in the Premier League, the best of Britain's young talent is turning to the Bundesliga for a chance to shine.
Following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who has starred since joining Borussia Dortmund as a 17-year-old from Manchester City in August 2017, three other hotly tipped British youngsters joined German clubs before the end of the winter transfer window on Thursday.
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After back-to-back Premier League losses saw Chelsea slip out of the top four, Maurizio Sarri's side has a home game against last-place Huddersfield on Saturday.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League in his first season at Chelsea could jeopardize the Italian coach's prospects of staying.
Maurizio Sarri, fans losing patience at Chelsea
Chelsea was well on its way to its biggest Premier League loss in 23 years when a chorus of "You don't know what you're doing" rang out from the supporters.
It was directed at Maurizio Sarri, perhaps the first audible sign of disgruntlement toward the Chelsea manager six months into his tenure.
The thing is, Sarri might not have many arguments with the fans.
Lockdown: Sarri keeps team in locker room after Chelsea loss
Unable to fathom his team's second-half capitulation, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri kept his players in the locker room for around an hour after a humiliating 4-0 loss at Bournemouth on Wednesday.
His assistants weren't allowed in the room. The media was kept waiting. Sarri simply wanted answers.
"I needed to understand," Sarri said. "It's impossible to play in such a different way between the first and second half. I don't understand why."
Moses leaves Chelsea to join Fenerbahce on 18-month loan
LONDON (AP) — Victor Moses has left Chelsea to join Fenerbahce on an 18-month loan after falling out of favor at the English club.
Playing as a right wing back, the Nigerian was a key member of the Chelsea team that won the Premier League in 2017 and the FA Cup in 2018 under Antonio Conte.
Moses has not started a league game this season under Conte's replacement, Maurizio Sarri, who is no longer using wing backs after switching to a four-man defense.
Chelsea beats Tottenham on penalties to reach cup final
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea responded to the recent criticism from manager Maurizio Sarri by beating Tottenham on penalty kicks Thursday to advance to an English League Cup final meeting with Manchester City.
David Luiz scored the decisive penalty to give Chelsea at 4-2 shootout win after the team's 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge left the teams level 2-2 on aggregate.
Chelsea signs Higuain on loan in bid to fix scoring problems
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea signed Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season on Wednesday, reuniting the Argentina striker with coach Maurizio Sarri in an effort to cure the team's scoring problems.
The deal included an option for Chelsea to extend the loan by another season for 18 million euros ($20.5 million), or buy Higuain outright for 36 million euros ($41 million).
Chelsea coach Sarri questions Hazard’s leadership qualities
LONDON (AP) — Months after captaining Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, Eden Hazard had his leadership qualities questioned by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday and was urged to do more to fulfil his potential.
"In this moment, he's more an individual player than a leader," said Sarri, who hasn't been afraid to point the finger at Chelsea's players since arriving in England in the offseason.
Sarri must face up to own failings in Chelsea blame game
Maurizio Sarri has decided to go down a dangerous road by using a post-match news conference to criticize the attitude and character of his Chelsea players.
Memories were suddenly revived of a TV interview that Jose Mourinho gave after a game in December 2015, accusing the Chelsea team of "betraying" him. Mourinho was fired a few days later.
Callejon ends scoring drought as Napoli beats Lazio 2-1
MILAN (AP) — Jose Callejon ended his scoring drought as Napoli beat 10-man Lazio 2-1 on Sunday to stay in touch with Serie A leader Juventus.
Arkadiusz Milik scored the other goal for Napoli and hit the woodwork twice as Napoli moved to within six points of Juventus, which hosts bottom side Chievo Verona on Monday.
Sarri slams Chelsea’s mental fragility, lack of motivation
LONDON (AP) — A capitulation at Arsenal was the moment for Maurizio Sarri to unload pent-up frustration with his Chelsea squad.
Deflecting blame from his own decision-making after the 2-0 loss, Sarri didn't hold back with a damning critique of his players' mental fragility as Chelsea's grip on fourth place in the Premier League was weakened by goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.
As Solskjaer, Klopp acclaim players, Sarri goes on offensive
LONDON (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shifted the acclaim onto his players as a Manchester United managerial record was broken. Juergen Klopp praised the character of title-chasing Liverpool. Maurizio Sarri, though, chose Saturday to eviscerate his Chelsea squad.
The drama on the field in the Premier League was no match for Sarri's stinging attack on his team's mental frailties after a 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Saturday night.
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The north London clubs face opposition from the west of the capital after a spell of setbacks.
After back-to-back Premier League home losses, Tottenham travels to Fulham on Sunday still third in the standings but nine points behind leader Liverpool and only a point ahead of Chelsea. Tottenham is without Harry Kane after its top scorer was ruled out until March through injury.
Chelsea strengthens grip on 4th place by beating Newcastle
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea went six points clear in the chase for Champions League qualification by sending Newcastle into the English Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.
While Willian's curling strike gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Newcastle, manager Maurizio Sarri was still unhappy with the labored performance and fragility.
Pedro Rodriguez collected David Luiz's pass before netting to put Chelsea in front in the ninth minute.
Kane’s VAR-assisted penalty vexes Spurs, Chelsea coaches
LONDON (AP) — By improving the accuracy of refereeing decisions, video review was meant to cut out moaning from coaches. The Tottenham and Chelsea managers have other ideas.
Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham benefited from a VAR decision on Tuesday — with Harry Kane winning and converting a penalty in the League Cup semifinal first leg against Chelsea — but the manager still grumbled about the technology.
Sarri accepts Fabregas departure, urges Hudson-Odoi to stay
LONDON (AP) — As Cesc Fabregas prepares to leave Chelsea, a player at the other end of his career has been urged to stay at Stamford Bridge and start fighting for a regular starting place in the team.
Fabregas is expected to join French team Monaco in the coming days, bringing an end to his 4 1/2-year stay at Chelsea and likely his time in English soccer after a previous eight-year stint at Arsenal.
Hazard reaches milestone in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford
WATFORD, England (AP) — Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard became the 10th player to score 100 goals for the club when his double clinched a 2-1 win at Watford in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
Coach Maurizio Sarri criticized Chelsea's players after Saturday's shock home loss against Leicester and they produced the reaction he was looking for at Vicarage Road.
Hazard stars in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton in EPL
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Eden Hazard set up an early goal and then scored for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Playing in a "false nine" role in Chelsea's attack for the second straight game, Hazard laid on the opener for Pedro Rodriguez with a low center across the six-yard box in the 17th minute.
Sarri uses Napoli formula to ignite Chelsea’s title bid
A midseason tactical switch sparked Chelsea's surge to the Premier League title two years ago under Antonio Conte.
Could the same happen under his successor this season?
For the first time in his debut season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri deployed a lineup without a genuine striker for the match against Manchester City on Saturday. The result? A 2-0 win over the previously unbeaten leaders that brought Chelsea back into contention for the title.
Chelsea beaten at Wolves, loses more ground in title race
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea lost more ground in the Premier League title race, and left its coach "really very worried", after squandering an early lead to go down 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.
Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored goals in a four-minute span around the hour mark to condemn Chelsea to a second loss in three games, after a recent 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.
Kante shows his better side, helps Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante showed off the better side of his game after midweek criticism by his coach to inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over west London neighbor Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
The France midfielder dispossessed Jean-Michel Seri inside Fulham's half, drove forward and laid the ball off for Pedro Rodriguez to score a fourth-minute goal that put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri will persist with playing N'Golo Kante in an unfamiliar advanced position in midfield despite acknowledging the France international has yet to settle in his new role.
Kante, widely considered the world's best holding midfielder, has a slightly more attacking role in Chelsea's team this season as Sarri looks to accommodate a more creative deep-lying playmaker in new signing Jorginho.
1st loss of season exposes Chelsea’s frailties under Sarri
It took one dreadful 90-minute performance to expose the growing list of shortcomings in the Chelsea team that its coach had forewarned for much of the season.
Chelsea was fortunate to come away from Wembley Stadium with only a 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday. So rampant and dominant were Tottenham's players that the margin of victory could easily have been five or six goals.
Rampant Tottenham inflicts first loss of EPL on Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham inflicted Chelsea's first loss in the English Premier League with a rampant performance in a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min scored for Tottenham, which jumped above its London rival in the standings into third place.
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Three teams are unbeaten after the opening 12 games of an English top-flight campaign for the first time in 130 years. One of them could struggle to maintain that record this weekend.
Of the trio of pacesetters, Chelsea faces the toughest test when the Premier League resumes Saturday following the international break as Maurizio Sarri's side is away to fourth-place Tottenham.
Juventus’ Allegri wins Serie A coach of the year award
ROME (AP) — Massimiliano Allegri won Serie A's coach of the year award for the fourth time after guiding Juventus to a record-extending seventh straight Serie A title last season.
Allegri gained 17 votes for the Panchina d'Oro (Golden Bench) award, beating Napoli's Maurizio Sarri, now at Chelsea, and Lazio's Simone Inzaghi, who gained eight votes each.
Allegri also won the award for 2008-09 with Cagliari and two of the past three seasons with Juventus.
Mourinho melee as United concedes late, draws 2-2 at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was involved in a touchline skirmish after his team conceded a goal in the sixth minute of injury time to draw 2-2 at former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Europa League hangover hits flat Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — The grueling Thursday-to-Sunday turnaround that comes with playing in the Europa League might already be taking its toll on Chelsea.
By drawing 0-0 at West Ham, Chelsea dropped its first points in the Premier League and failed to score under Maurizio Sarri for the first time this season.
Sarri needs ‘maybe 1 year’ as Chelsea’s perfect start ends
LONDON (AP) — Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea is a year behind its Premier League rivals in the hunt for the title.
A 0-0 draw at West Ham on Sunday meant Chelsea dropped its first points of the season after five straight wins. Chelsea is two points behind leader Liverpool and level on points with second-place Manchester City.
And Sarri, who saw Chelsea create little at the London Stadium, said his team is not on the same level as the other front-runners.
Out-of-favor Cahill says he may have to quit Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Former England defender Gary Cahill, who has won every major club trophy since joining Chelsea from Bolton in 2012, is likely to ask the London team for a move in the January transfer window unless he gets back in the side.
The 32-year-old center back is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to play under new coach Maurizio Sarri, who has led Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table with five wins from as many matches.
Hazard inspires Chelsea recovery, shows what team could miss
Chelsea should be savoring Eden Hazard's talents while he is still with the team.
As the winger's contract winds down, his future at Stamford Bridge appears more uncertain. Even as manager Maurizio Sarri talks up the contribution of a player, in his prime at 27, who has shown no public indication that he will commit to Chelsea beyond 2020.
Sarri joins elite club after Hazard hat trick for Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard's hat trick ensured Chelsea kept its perfect start to the Premier League season with a 4-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday.
Sol Bamba shocked Chelsea with Cardiff's first away goal of the season, but Hazard's treble and a late goal by Willian saw Maurizio Sarri became the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League games. He joined an elite club of Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester).
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri struggling to give up smoking
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is trying to give up smoking.
The 59-year-old Sarri says "unfortunately at the moment I am not able to stop."
The Italian's father has been urging him to give up cigarettes for 20 years but it's proving difficult.
Chelsea beats Bournemouth 2-0 after late Pedro, Hazard goals
LONDON (AP) — Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard scored late goals as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to clinch a fourth straight victory to open the season.
Maurizio Sarri's team was being frustrated by Bournemouth's defensive set-up when Pedro exchanged passes with Olivier Giroud — both of them second-half substitutes — and shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area in the 72nd minute.