Emerson insists Chelsea are going in the right direction

Chelsea defender Emerson has said that the Blues are going in the right direction despite their dreaded form on the road this year. The Blues have been extremely poor on their travels since the beginning of 2019 and the 2-1 Europa League triumph at Malmo was the first time they had scored in five away matches.

Despite this, Emerson has insisted the club are moving in a positive manner with a couple of crucial Cup games during the ongoing month, he said: “We have a lot of important games during this month still, so we need to focused on responding in the best possible way to each game. I'm sure we're going in the right direction, and even though we have a final to play, we need to think game by game. Playing away from home is always very difficult. I did my best on both offensive and defensive functions, and I'm happy that I was able to help the team come out with the victory and a good advantage for the second game at home.”

Maurizio Sarri reveals two players who can replace Cesc Fabregas for the season

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed two players who could handle the burden after the departure of Cesc Fabregas during the winter transfer window. The Spaniard had only played a bit-part role for the Blues through the first half of the season but Sarri has nonetheless expressed the concern, given he had been identified as the back-up to Jorginho in the holding role.

Speaking to reporters, Sarri said that he is looking into the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu to adapt to the defensive midfield role such that he can afford a rest for Jorginho when required, he said: “I have to try with our own players. So, I think Mateo Kovacic could be a very good option.

Maurizio Sarri says Cesc Fabregas should part ways with Chelsea

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has indicated that midfielder Cesc Fabregas should part ways with the Blues at the earliest opportunity after declining a contract extension. The 31-year-old has just six months remaining on his existing deal and Sarri has confirmed that the Spaniard has snubbed a one-year renewal after receiving a better offer from an overseas club.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “I can say only my opinion. I don't know the decision of the club. In my opinion, he needs to go. You know very well in this club there is a rule - the renewal of players over 30 is usually for one year. He has an offer for two years. I don't want a very important player as Cesc not happy.”

Eden Hazard still has the ambition of winning the Champions League at Chelsea

Belgium international Eden Hazard has said that he is content at Chelsea, although he is keen to take the additional step with the Blues and win the Champions League. The attacker’s future has been a regular discussion topic this season with his current contract due to expire in the space of 18 months.

In a report covered by Metro, Hazard has admitted that he has no concerns with the Blues but he would like to score more goals while helping the club secure big trophies including the Champions League, he said: “I know I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can improve a lot in the future I think. I need to score more goals; we need to win more trophies. I won already a lot with Chelsea, but when you play for Chelsea you want big trophies like the Champions League, and to reach finals.”

AC Milan hot on the trail of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas

AC Milan have reportedly stepped up their interest in signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas amid the recent injury crisis at the club. The Rossoneri are already without Lucas Biglia and Biacomo Bonaventura with long-term injuries and this has intensified their search for a new central midfielder, who could be affordable during the winter transfer window.

According to Calciomercato, the Rossoneri are understood to have already made contact with the representative of Fabregas and they are keen to push through a winter move rather than wait until the season close. The San Siro giants had initially planned to discuss a pre-contract with Fabregas when he approaches the final six months of his Blues deal in January, but their stance appears to have changed amid the recent bout of injuries which have hampered them.

Cesc Fabregas hoping to get into Maurizio Sarri’s Premier League plans

Spain international Cesc Fabregas has not given up on cementing regular gametime under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri this term. The 31-year-old has yet to make a league start for Chelsea this campaign but he remains optimistic of changing the mindset of the manager in the forthcoming months.

Speaking to reporters, Fabregas highlighted that Sarri only sees him as a holding midfielder and he is keen to change the Italian’s mindset, having played further up the field for most of his professional career, he said: “When you just play once a week, you try to be safe. You don’t have the confidence you should have. You want to look good for the coach, but you don’t want to make mistakes.

Fabregas Open to Staying at Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he is hopeful about staying at Chelsea, who are yet to offer him a new contract. The 31-year-old will be free to join a new club at the end of the campaign as he only has eight months left on his deal. Chelsea are yet to come up with a new offer on the table. Even if the blues want to keep Fabregas at the club, they are unlikely to offer anything over than a one-year contract as the club have a policy of offering players above 30 with only a one-year contract.

A player of Fabregas’ stature may not find shortage of long-term offers at various clubs across the world. He may even to the MLS with a five-year contract given that he is only 31. However, the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder has claimed that he would like to remain at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future. Fabregas also claims that he still has a lot of football left in him. Interestingly, he has made a major claim about being attracted to Maurizio Sarri’s tactics at the club. A lot of Chelsea players – even if they are not regular first-team players – have spoken in favour of Maurizio Sarri and Fabregas speaking in praise of the manager is a huge surprise after having played with some of the best coaches in the world.

Eden Hazard praises Olivier Giroud as the world’s best target man

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has hailed Olivier Giroud as the world’s best target man after his contribution towards his hat-trick against Cardiff City. Hazard secured his first hat-trick for the Blues since 2014 as they beat the Bluebirds by a 4-1 scoreline and Giroud played a major part contributing a couple of assists.

Speaking after the game, Hazard was full of praise for the French World Cup winner who has already contributed three assists to the club’s cause this term, he said: “Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world; I think so. When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it’s a pleasure to play with him. When Alvaro (Morata) was playing it’s completely different, he’s a different player than Olivier, but they both have great qualities, so I’m happy to have good strikers in the team.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek eyeing regular role under Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is seeking to make the attacking midfield position his own after coming on as a substitute during the Blues’ 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town. The England international has made good strides since his season-long loan with Crystal Palace last term and he was most-recently part of the Three Lions squad which reached the semi-final of the World Cup.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Loftus-Cheek admitted that he is most comfortable playing as the advanced midfielder in the 4-3-3 formation and he is prepared to work hard to achieve the role with the west London giants, he said: “I’ve played in a few positions, mostly on the left of midfield [at Palace] last season. Playing in a 4-3-3 in an attacking midfield position is kind of my position really, my suited position, so hopefully I can bring my best football to the team.

Cesc Fabregas encouraged by Maurizio Sarri appointment

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that he has been encouraged by the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the Blues next manager. The Italian’s arrival is expected to revert the club to the 4-3-3 formation from the 3-4-3 often adopted under Antonio Conte and Fabregas is relishing the prospect of getting more freedom from the centre of the park.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "His way of football, I believe in. I really like it, I grew up in this system, in this quality of football, that he wants to bring to the football club. I think the type of player like myself, we can take a lot of advantage. We just have to train very hard, be united, be a team."