Maurizio Sarri

18 Mar 19
ProSoccerTalk

An argument for player outside the Top Six, as well as backing for stars from Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea, and Man City.

18 Mar 19
CFC Blog

I think that most Chelsea fans, we can agree on one thing – Eden Hazard is our best player at the moment. On Twitter I have even gone a step further and said a few times that he is the most gifted player we have had AT LEAST in the Abramovich era. I consider him a Chelsea […]

18 Mar 19
Newslanes | The News Hub

Lionel Messi, Sadio Mane and Maurizio Sarri all made headlines this weekend (Image: GETTY )

Football managed to deliver once again on a weekend rife with drama and controversy.
The Premier League title race took another turn as Liverpool went back into first place, while the top four battle…

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18 Mar 19
Parlay Game

Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images real Madrid would have had an offer for Edenic danger rejected by Chelsea, who want 100 million euros for their Belgian international. Although Chelsea does not want to lose the 28-year-old, they are ready to "accept significant transfer fees" for Hazard, according to Duncan Castles the Daily […]

18 Mar 19
Dream Team FC
We’re kicking back for the next couple of weeks, as fantasy football steps aside for the dreaded international break. So while that waistcoat-wearing distraction takes centre-stage, we’ve decided to look at the players who’ve really let us down on Dream Team this season. [boxout headline=”Play the easiest fantasy football game around” featured-image=”443702″] Dream Team Weekender refreshes every weekend Simply pick 7 players with no budget limitations You can win £5k this weekend – and it’s free to enter SIGN UP TO PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER NOW [/boxout] PLAY FOR FREE – WIN £5K ON DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER THIS WEEKEND Kevin De Bruyne – 80 points Another’s one down KDB was one of the heroes of Man City’s record-breaking title win last season, but he’s been no where near as influential this term. To be fair, his campaign has been riddled with injuries, with a knee injury keeping him out of action for the first two months of the season and then recurring throughout the festive period. He’s even missed their last few matches with a knock, including the second-leg of their Champions League win over Schalke. At this rate, he’ll be lucky to score half of the 284 points he notched last year. Fred – 18 points Fred’s game-time has been surprisingly limited in his first season at Man United From one side of Manchester to the other. But unlike De Bruyne, Fred’s problems at United have been slightly more complicated. Since making his big-money move from Shakhtar Donetsk over the summer, the Brazilian midfielder has barely feature for the Red Devils – starting in just a handful of games all season. He’s managed to get a bit more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent weeks, but his overall points total for the season is a far-cry from what we expected. Jorginho – 50 points Jorginho has failed to capture the imagination of the Chelsea faithful When Jorginho was signed by Chelsea in the summer, we were hoping for a playmaking masterclass from him – reminiscent of Cesc Fabregas during the 2015/16 campaign. But having played in the ‘regista’ role under Maurizio Sarri, the Italy international has struggled to add goals and assists to his game, which means his Dream Team points total has been relatively low. That’s a shame really, as we were expecting him to be a fantasy football favourite. Alexis Sanchez – 36 points It’s been another tricky season for Sanchez You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Sanchez’s United woes have continued this season, with the Chilean struggling for a regular place in the starting line-up under both Jose Mourinho and OGS. He’s currently sidelined with a knee injury and should return to the fold in a few weeks time, but whether he ends up back in the team is another matter. Marcos Alonso – 141 points Alonso has been far from the fantasy football favourite he’s been in the past I guess we’re being pretty unfair to Chelsea’s wing-back here. After all, his points total for the season so far isn’t exactly small and he’s still proven to be fairly regular in the Blues first-team. But the emergence of Emerson Palmieri and a loss of form has meant Alonso has not been the Dream Team favourite he once was this season. His run-out against Everton really highlighted how far he’s fallen in recent months, with plenty of fans scathing him after the 2-0 loss. It’s time to find a new attacking defender to pick for your Dream Team, we think. PLAY FOR FREE – WIN £5K ON DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER THIS WEEKEND READ MORE: Who are the best attacking defenders on Dream Team this season? Jamie Vardy’s form and Leicester’s upcoming fixtures will give you food for thought Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser are officially the Premier League’s best double act WATCH: LOVE OF THE GAME – EPISODE 4 – PREMIER LEAGUE TO NON-LEAGUE
18 Mar 19
The Sun
Fantasy football is kicking back for the next couple of weeks, with the Premier League momentarily paused for the international break. England’s quest for Euro 2020 qualification begins with their clash against the Czech Republic on Friday before they travel to Montenegro on Monday, so while that waistcoat-wearing distraction takes centre-stage we’ve decided to look at the players who’ve really let us down so far this season. [boxout headline=”Play the easiest fantasy football game around” featured-image=”8665583″] Dream Team Weekender refreshes every weekend Simply pick 7 players with no budget limitations You can win £5k this weekend – and it’s free to enter SIGN UP TO PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER NOW [/boxout] Fantasy football tips: We’ve picked the Premier League’s most disappointing players of the season so far Kevin De Bruyne – 80 points Another’s one down KDB was one of the heroes of Man City’s record-breaking title win last season, but he’s been no where near as influential this term. To be fair, his campaign has been riddled with injuries, with a knee injury keeping him out of action for the first two months of the season and then recurring throughout the festive period. He’s even missed their last few matches with a knock, including the second-leg of their Champions League win over Schalke. At this rate, he’ll be lucky to score half of the 284 points he notched last year. Fred – 18 points Fred’s game-time has been surprisingly limited in his first season at Man United From one side of Manchester to the other. But unlike De Bruyne, Fred’s problems at United have been slightly more complicated. Since making his big-money move from Shakhtar Donetsk over the summer, the Brazilian midfielder has barely feature for the Red Devils – starting in just a handful of games all season. He’s managed to get a bit more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent weeks, but his overall points total for the season is a far-cry from what we expected. Jorginho – 50 points Jorginho has failed to capture the imagination of the Chelsea faithful When Jorginho was signed by Chelsea in the summer, we were hoping for a playmaking masterclass from him – reminiscent of Cesc Fabregas during the 2015/16 campaign. But having played in the ‘regista’ role under Maurizio Sarri, the Italy international has struggled to add goals and assists to his game, which means his Dream Team points total has been relatively low. That’s a shame really, as we were expecting him to be a fantasy football favourite. [bc_video video_id=”6015012870001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reacts after damaging 2-0 loss at Everton leaves top four hopes looking slim”] Alexis Sanchez – 36 points It’s been another tricky season for Sanchez You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Sanchez’s United woes have continued this season, with the Chilean struggling for a regular place in the starting line-up under both Jose Mourinho and OGS. He’s currently sidelined with a knee injury and should return to the fold in a few weeks time, but whether he ends up back in the team is another matter. Marcos Alonso – 141 points Alonso has been far from the fantasy football favourite he’s been in the past I guess we’re being pretty unfair to Chelsea’s wing-back here. After all, his points total for the season so far isn’t exactly small and he’s still proven to be fairly regular in the Blues first-team. But the emergence of Emerson Palmieri and a loss of form has meant Alonso has not been the Dream Team favourite he once was this season. His run-out against Everton really highlighted how far he’s fallen in recent months, with plenty of fans scathing him after the 2-0 loss. It’s time to find a new attacking defender to pick for your Dream Team, we think. [article-rail-section title=”THE LATEST FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS” posts_category=”11001″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /]
18 Mar 19
High Velocity Sport

Eden Hazard has decided to move to Real Madrid this summer-AS https://ift.tt/2WbLBSZ Hazard wants Madrid switch Zinedine Zidane has once again taken charge of La Liga giants Real Madrid. He began his second stint in charge of Los Blancos with a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo. As a result of Zidane returning to the Bernabeu, […]

18 Mar 19
talkSPORT
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called up to England’s senior squad despite having never playing for the Under-21s side. The Chelsea youngster, 18, comes in for Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, who has withdrawn from the squad due to injury. Hudson-Odoi has struggled for game time this season The winger has struggled for game time under Maurizio Sarri, playing just 119 minutes of Premier League football. However, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has clearly seen enough just a week after Hudson-Odoi received his first call-up to England’s Under-21 squad. He joins young forwards Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling for England’s upcoming qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”8″ query_type=”recent” /] Hudson-Odoi, who was part of England’s Under-17 World Cup triumph in 2017, spoke of his delight to being called up to the senior side. “It’s been a crazy day but getting my first (senior) international call-up is an amazing feeling,” he said. “Today has been a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol first for the U21s and then getting told that I have to come over here to St George’s Park, it’s been a crazy experience but I’m delighted to get the call and it’s a nice feeling to be here as well. “I thought the manager (Aidy Boothroyd) was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it. I was delighted. [boxout headline=”LIVE on talkSPORT” intro=”There are eight live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below…”] Germany vs Serbia (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2 Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2 England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORT Walsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2 Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2 Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2 San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 [/boxout] “It’s a dream come true. Now I’ve got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity. “Everybody here is very humble and they’re very nice. They make sure you’re comfortable, no one has an ego here so hopefully I get to know more of the boys here.” Hudson-Odoi had already been in the news on Monday after Chelsea confirmed they had lodged a formal complaint with UEFA over racist abuse aimed at the player during the closing stages of the 5-0 Europa League win away to Dynamo Kiev last week. The 18-year-old scored in the Ukrainian capital and will become the youngest Chelsea player in history to play for England if he makes his debut this month. Elsewhere, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was summoned to St George’s Park by Southgate after John Stones, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all pulled out with injuries. [iframe src=”%3Cdiv%20style%3D%22margin%3A0%20auto%3B%20max-width%3A%3B%20min-width%3A300px%3B%20%22%3E%3Cdiv%20style%3D%22position%3A%20relative%3B%20padding-bottom%3A56.25%26%2337%3B%3B%20height%3A%200%3B%20overflow%3A%20hidden%3B%20%22%3E%3Ciframe%20src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fembed.dugout.com%2Fv2%2F%3Fp%3DeyJrZXkiOiJIQks0WmlUdiIsInAiOiJ0YWxrc3BvcnQiLCJwbCI6IktUdnlZTW9uIiwiYWRzIjoicHJlLXJvbGwifQ%3D%3D%22%20style%3D%22width%3A%20300px%3B%20min-width%3A%20100%26%2337%3B%3B%20position%3A%20absolute%3B%20top%3A0%3B%20left%3A%200%3B%20height%3A%20100%26%2337%3B%3B%20overflow%3A%20hidden%3B%20%22%20width%3D%22100%26%2337%3B%22%20frameborder%3D%220%22%20allowfullscreen%20scrolling%3D%22no%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E” height=”350″ /] Delph was replaced less than an hour into Manchester City’s FA Cup quarter-final win at Swansea, which team-mate Stones missed with a groin injury. Loftus-Cheek came on as a second-half substitute as Chelsea lost to Everton on Sunday and has now been replaced by former Young Lions team-mate Ward-Prowse. The 24-year-old has flourished under Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has helped add aggression and goals to the midfielder’s game. Ward-Prowse has scored six goals since the turn of the year, including stunning free-kicks in Southampton’s last two matches, and was in such impressive form that Southgate was quizzed about why he had overlooked him last week. “We love Prowsey,” the Three Lions boss said. “I’ve been accused of being a father of Prowsey over the years! “This most recent spell is his best spell since we capped him before. He is, I would say, a world-class deliverer of set-plays. “But he’s only recently got back into the team at Southampton. I think we’ve got some (good) midfield players and it isn’t a straightforward selection.”
18 Mar 19
Metro
Hudson-Odoi is in the England squad (Picture: LightRocket via Getty Images) Callum Hudson-Odoi has surprisingly been drafted into the England squad, despite not starting a single Premier League game. The Chelsea winger is one of the most highly-rated talents in European football and he has made an impression during the limited game time handed to him by Maurizio Sarri in the Europa League. He has scored four goals and provided two assists in just four starts in the Europa League, while he has made six appearances from the bench in Premier League competition. While he’s highly rated, Hudson-Odoi, 18, is inexperienced but England boss Gareth Southgate has decided to call him up to his Three Lions squad. Southgate has called him up (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images) Withdrawals from Chelsea team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester City duo Fabian Delph and John Stones has opened up gaps in the England set-up for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro and Hudson-Odoi has filled the void. He was only called up to the Under-21s for the first time in this international break and this represents a remarkable jump in the international scene. His quality has not gone unnoticed around Europe, with Bayern Munich tabling a £35million offer to sign him in January. Chelsea rejected it out of hand but are struggling to keep the 18-year-old, who is refusing to sign a new deal amid concerns over first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge. [metro-tag-post-strip] [metro-sassy-poll question=”Should Southgate use Hudson-Odoi against Czech Republic and Montenegro?” option1=”Yes” option2=”No” slug=”should-southgate-use-hudson-odoi-against-czech-republic-and-montenegro-8933754″]
18 Mar 19
The Irish Sun
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI has been called up to England’s senior squad – despite never playing for the Under-21s. The Blues star, 18, has been a peripheral figure under Maurizio Sarri, playing just 119 minutes of Premier League action – but Gareth Southgate has clearly seen enough. Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called into the England senior squad Hudson-Odoi will join a hatful of young forwards, including Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro. The youngster had received his first call-up to England’s Under-21s last week, having previously featured in the Under-19s – scoring twice in seven matches. He was also a part of England’s Under-17s World Cup-winning squad of 2017. And today he was forced to make a frantic 280-mile, cross-country dash to report for senior duty, swapping Somerset for St George’s Park. But with Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, John Stones and now Luke Shaw ruled out through injury, Hudson-Odoi will join one-cap Three Lions star James Ward-Prowse in earning a call-up. FRUSTRATION AT CHELSEA Chelsea fans have been left frustrated by Hudson-Odoi’s lack of first-team action this season. Sarri has instead opted to play veterans Pedro and Willian over him in the league this season, with Hudson-Odoi featuring almost only in cup games. The youngster has looked to be a real talent and has terrified defences across Europe this season, despite his young age. In fact, Hudson-Odoi has scored four and assisted two further goals in just 413 minutes of Europa League action this season. The winger did come off the bench late on in Sunday’s 2-0 loss against Everton, but wasn’t given enough time to make any real impact – much to supporters’ frustration. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE CHELSEA STORIES” term_id=”979″ posts_number=”12″ /] Hudson-Odoi was part of England’s Under-17s World Cup-winning squad Now he will get his shot for England’s senior crop, with the game against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday March 22. The Three Lions will then travel to Montenegro for the second of their double-header on March 25. And Under-21s chief Aidy Boothroyd doesn’t see Hudson-Odoi struggling, saying: “A big smile came on his face. He is buzzing, as you can imagine. “it will not faze him one bit. He will be absolutely fine. He has shown he can handle anything. “I really like him. I like his self confidence, I like the way he acts. He doesn’t lack any self-confidence, which I think is brilliant.” Meanwhile, Chelsea will insist on keeping Hudson-Odoi if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid. Hudson-Odoi has attracted interest from a hatful of top clubs, with Bayern Munich stating their intent in January. [bc_video video_id=”6014799966001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chelsea to DEMAND Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at club if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid”]
18 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI has been called up to England’s senior squad – despite never playing for the Under-21s. The Blues star, 18, has been a peripheral figure under Maurizio Sarri, playing just 119 minutes of Premier League action – but Gareth Southgate has clearly seen enough. Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called into the England senior squad Hudson-Odoi will join a hatful of young forwards, including Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro. The youngster had received his first call-up to England’s Under-21s last week, having previously featured in the Under-19s – scoring twice in seven matches. He was also a part of England’s Under-17s World Cup-winning squad of 2017. And today he was forced to make a frantic 280-mile, cross-country dash to report for senior duty, swapping Somerset for St George’s Park. But with Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, John Stones and now Luke Shaw ruled out through injury, Hudson-Odoi will join one-cap Three Lions star James Ward-Prowse in earning a call-up. FRUSTRATION AT CHELSEA Chelsea fans have been left frustrated by Hudson-Odoi’s lack of first-team action this season. Sarri has instead opted to play veterans Pedro and Willian over him in the league this season, with Hudson-Odoi featuring almost only in cup games. The youngster has looked to be a real talent and has terrified defences across Europe this season, despite his young age. In fact, Hudson-Odoi has scored four and assisted two further goals in just 413 minutes of Europa League action this season. The winger did come off the bench late on in Sunday’s 2-0 loss against Everton, but wasn’t given enough time to make any real impact – much to supporters’ frustration. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE CHELSEA STORIES” term_id=”979″ posts_number=”12″ /] Hudson-Odoi was part of England’s Under-17s World Cup-winning squad Now he will get his shot for England’s senior crop, with the game against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday March 22. The Three Lions will then travel to Montenegro for the second of their double-header on March 25. And Under-21s chief Aidy Boothroyd doesn’t see Hudson-Odoi struggling, saying: “A big smile came on his face. He is buzzing, as you can imagine. “it will not faze him one bit. He will be absolutely fine. He has shown he can handle anything. “I really like him. I like his self confidence, I like the way he acts. He doesn’t lack any self-confidence, which I think is brilliant.” Meanwhile, Chelsea will insist on keeping Hudson-Odoi if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid. Hudson-Odoi has attracted interest from a hatful of top clubs, with Bayern Munich stating their intent in January. [bc_video video_id=”6014799966001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chelsea to DEMAND Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at club if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid”]
18 Mar 19
The Sun
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI has been called up to England’s senior squad – despite never playing for the Under-21s. The Blues star, 18, has been a peripheral figure under Maurizio Sarri, playing just 119 minutes of Premier League action – but Gareth Southgate has clearly seen enough. Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called into the England senior squad Hudson-Odoi will join a hatful of young forwards, including Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro. The youngster had received his first call-up to England’s Under-21s last week, having previously featured in the Under-19s – scoring twice in seven matches. He was also a part of England’s Under-17s World Cup-winning squad of 2017. And today he was forced to make a frantic 280-mile, cross-country dash to report for senior duty, swapping Somerset for St George’s Park. But with Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, John Stones and now Luke Shaw ruled out through injury, Hudson-Odoi will join one-cap Three Lions star James Ward-Prowse in earning a call-up. FRUSTRATION AT CHELSEA Chelsea fans have been left frustrated by Hudson-Odoi’s lack of first-team action this season. Sarri has instead opted to play veterans Pedro and Willian over him in the league this season, with Hudson-Odoi featuring almost only in cup games. The youngster has looked to be a real talent and has terrified defences across Europe this season, despite his young age. In fact, Hudson-Odoi has scored four and assisted two further goals in just 413 minutes of Europa League action this season. The winger did come off the bench late on in Sunday’s 2-0 loss against Everton, but wasn’t given enough time to make any real impact – much to supporters’ frustration. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE CHELSEA STORIES” term_id=”979″ posts_number=”12″ /] Hudson-Odoi was part of England’s Under-17s World Cup-winning squad Now he will get his shot for England’s senior crop, with the game against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday March 22. The Three Lions will then travel to Montenegro for the second of their double-header on March 25. And Under-21s chief Aidy Boothroyd doesn’t see Hudson-Odoi struggling, saying: “A big smile came on his face. He is buzzing, as you can imagine. “it will not faze him one bit. He will be absolutely fine. He has shown he can handle anything. “I really like him. I like his self confidence, I like the way he acts. He doesn’t lack any self-confidence, which I think is brilliant.” Meanwhile, Chelsea will insist on keeping Hudson-Odoi if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid. Hudson-Odoi has attracted interest from a hatful of top clubs, with Bayern Munich stating their intent in January. [bc_video video_id=”6014799966001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chelsea to DEMAND Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at club if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid”]
18 Mar 19
Nath's Football Blog

Is there a problem? In my 32 years on this Earth, i’ve been a Middlesbrough fan going back as far as I can remember. I remember the back end of the Ayresome Park era and, of course, the Riverside Stadium and Premier League football, our first cup win, European competition and relegation. I am also […]

18 Mar 19
ProSoccerTalk

Sarri hits out at Chelsea’s consistency, but is he the right man to turn their fortunes around?

18 Mar 19
TODAY NEWS

N’GOLO KANTE clearly can’t wait to get France’s Euro 2020 qualifying…