Eden Hazrd relishing ‘war’ for top four finish

El-Confidential learnt that Abramovich was angry with Kepa Arrizabalaga's attitude during the final in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City and the Russian billionaire wants the former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper sold.

In the midst of a hectic schedule that includes a home game against Wolves on Sunday, Sarri is considering taking a risk by resting some of his stars for the Kiev game. He would demand respect from the Chelsea players and control the dressing room as a result of everything he has achieved both on the pitch as a player and on the bench as a manager.

"There are principles, but there are also other reasons to make you have some common sense and try to take it in the right way".

Sarri was delighted for his first-half scorers, especially after the criticism aimed at midfield lynchpin Jorginho, who had not previously found the net from open play for Chelsea and who has been seen as an underwhelming presence. Chelsea's victory means that the battle for a top-four place intensifies and, on this form, Sarri will believe that he can make his team's game in hand over Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur count for something.

The shot stopper disrespected the team following his refusal to be substituted in his side's EFL Cup defeat to Man City at Wembley Stadium.

He was dropped for the following Premier League clash against Tottenham amid question marks over his future.

"We won 3-0 in the Europa League".

"I'm very, very happy for him because he scored, but my opinion about Jorginho is the same", Sarri added.

Parker was taking his first match in charge after replacing Claudio Ranieri as Fulham manager on Thursday.

Sarri signed Jorginho from Napoli because the Italy global was familiar with his coaching demands and says Chelsea fans will not see the best of him until his team-mates are up to speed.

Responses to Chelsea's birthday wishes on Twitter soon flooded in with one joking that he 'is the only player that hasn't let me down this season'. "His training was really very good, the reaction today was very good".

"We have always been with him", Pedro told ESPN about Sarri. I said it to all of them. Regardless, the way things stand at the moment, the Blues' top four hopes are very much alive.

  • Rosalie Stanley