Maurizio Sarri Picks Out the Reason for Chelsea Recent Uptick in Form After Disastrous Run

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has claimed that this side’s improved work in defence has helped their form take a U-turn over the last few weeks, having only recently suffered big defeats against the likes of Manchester City and Bournemouth.

The Italian is slowly getting the fans back onside at Stamford Bridge after heavy speculation over his future, and Sarri insisted that a big reason for the club’s turnaround is their ability to keep the ball out of their net.

But Sarri also stressed that there is still a lot more to come from his Chelsea side before the end of the season, claiming that the Blues now need to maintain some consistency in the race for the top four.

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First of all, [we have improved] in terms of solidity I think,” Sarri said, quoted by football.london. “We are able to concede fewer than before. We are consistent with results. Not at the moment with the performances, especially in the offensive phase.

Sometimes we’ve played with very good quality in the offensive phase, and sometimes not. But at this moment, for us, the most important thing is to be solid.

I changed it in the last match because the opponent didn’t come to attack. And so, in the last 20 minutes, we could make the change. But I think that the system is not so important.

What is important is our way of football. We don’t play in the same way with another system. Before changing, it’s better to consolidate the first system, to consolidate our way of football. Then we can change, also, in matches. But first of all, I want to see my football.”

The Chelsea manager insisting that they will maintain their Sarriball philosophy won’t sit well with everyone inside Stamford Bridge, but the club have remained unbeaten since the Carabao Cup final and are still in the race for Champions League qualification.


They’re currently just one point behind Manchester United, although Sarri’s side are sitting three behind fourth placed Arsenal and four off Tottenham.

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Radja Nainggolan Reveals the Reason Why He Left Roma for Inter Last Summer

​Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan has revealed that a clash with director of football Monchi led to him leaving Roma last summer.

Despite being one of Roma’s star players in previous years, Nainggolan made the switch to the San Siro in a player-plus-cash deal which saw Davide Santon and Nicolo Zaniolo move in the opposite direction.

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Speaking to Eleven Sports Belgium, Nainggolan opened up on his departure from the Giallorossi. He is quoted by ​HLN as saying: “I had a difference of opinion with the sporting director [Monchi]. He did not behave professionally towards me. Again proof that football is a false world. 

“If he had said as a man: ‘We want to sell you’, I would have replied ‘fine’. But he sent intermediaries to try and sell me in Turkey without my knowledge. 

“I realised, ‘I can’t stay here’. It was him or me. Because if I had stayed, I could – with my personality – have unleashed a world war every day.”

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Monchi recently hit the headlines as he left Roma following their elimination from the ​Champions League at the hands of Porto. He was heavily linked with a move to ​Arsenal to become their new director of football, but ultimately opted for a return to Sevilla, with whom he began his behind-the-scenes career.

The Spaniard helped Sevilla recruit the likes of ​Dani Alves​Sergio Ramos and ​Ivan Rakitic, before moving to Roma in 2016. The ​Serie A side had hoped for Monchi to replicate his scouting success in Italy, but he instead found himself facing intense criticism from unimpressed fans.

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With Monchi leading their transfer dealings, Roma sold the likes of Nainggolan, ​Mohamed Salah, Alisson and ​Antonio Rudiger, but they failed to suitably replace any of these stars, with many fans publicly berating Monchi for his failures.

Nainggolan has endured an injury-hit campaign with ​Inter, but has remained a regular part of their matchday squad. The Belgian has managed 26 appearances in all competitions, registering four goals and three assists from the heart of midfield.

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Record Crowd of Over 60,000 Fans Turn Out to Watch Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid Femenino Match

​A record crowd over 60,000 fans turned out to watch Atlético Femenino take on Barcelona Femenino on Saturday afternoon at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Sunday afternoon.

This landmark moment is just one of many this season, as the rapid rise of women’s football continues to gather momentum, with the upcoming 2019 Women’s World Cup set to be a landmark moment for the game. 

England’s triumph in the SheBelieves Cup earlier in the month added further buzz for the sport in the UK – as did Scotland’s qualification for the World Cup, which will be the nation’s first major tournament appearance since the men’s team made the 1998 World Cup.

In another pivotal moment, 60,739 fans turned out to see the top of the table clash between ​Atlético Madrid and ​Barcelona on Sunday afternoon. It was the visitors who triumphed, as Asisat Oshoala and Toni Duggan’s goals gave Barca a hard-fought 2-0 victory – helping them to move within three points of the league leaders.

The two sides are involved in a fascinating two-horse race at the top of the table, and their battle looks like it could go down to the final day of the season. Both sides have just lost twice in the 2018/19 campaign, while Atléti’s staggering 79 goals in 24 matches has seen them propel themselves up the table with a string of high-scoring matches.

In other news, Arsenal regained their top spot in the Women’s Super League on Thursday night, as Vivianne Miedema’s stunning hat-trick helped her side to a 4-0 win over Bristol City. The display saw the Dutchwoman move to the top of the league’s scoring charts with 19 goals for the season – putting her one goal ahead of Manchester City ace Nikita Parris.

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Criticises Barry Douglas Following Leeds’ Defeat to Sheffield United

Former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has blasted Barry Douglas for his error in their crucial defeat in the top of Championship clash against Sheffield United

Douglas signed for Leeds for £3m in the summer, but has been kept out of the lineup due to injury and the form of Ezgjan Alioski. Leeds are currently in third position in the table and only one point behind Sheffield who managed to leap-frog above them with a 1-0 win at Elland Road.

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In Saturday’s early kick off, The Blades’ Chris Basham capitalised on a defensive error and sealed the three points for the away side. 

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Main Event after the game, as reported by ​This Is Futbol, Hasselbaink said: “Douglas, if you’re a left-back, that’s your danger, Basham is going and you need to be really close to him. He’s falling asleep.

“The Leeds player [Cooper] doesn’t have the ball yet, so the left-back has to secure Basham first, before he has control over the ball. When he has control of the ball, then he can go.

“He needs to [read the danger earlier].”

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Leeds would have been five points clear of their Yorkshire rivals had they beaten them, but now their fate is out of their hands and they will need to hope that ​Norwich or ​Sheffield United drop points if they are to secure one of the spots for automatic promotion. 

The Whites haven’t been in the Premier League since 2003/04, but still have a great chance to end the drought and return to the top flight.

​Leeds host ​Millwall after the international break as Marcelo Bielsa’s side will look to get back to winning ways and push themselves back into one of the top two spots.

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Twitter Reacts as West Ham Star Slumps to Another Poor Performance in 4-3 Win Over Huddersfield

​2019 is just three months old, but what a rollercoaster it has been for Marko Arnautovic.

At the turn of the year, it seemed as though the Austrian was set for a big-money move to the Chinese Super League, with Arnautovic appearing to wave goodbye to the fans during the 1-0 win over Arsenal in January.

Weeks of speculation followed, before Arnautovic shocked many by signing a new contract with the Hammers. However, right now, he’s probably wishing he didn’t.


The 29-year-old has understandably been under close scrutiny since the failed move, but he has failed to score since and simply has not done enough to prove to fans that he still wants to be at the club. Now, it seems as though they have had enough.

Saturday’s 4-3 victory over ​Huddersfield Town marked the seventh game in a row in which ​Arnautovic has failed to score, but his negative influence appeared to be a huge concern for the team. With the Hammers trailing 3-1, Arnautovic was substituted for Lucas Perez, and West Ham managed a stunning comeback to seal the win.

The Austrian seems to have very few supporters at the London Stadium these days, and many fans took to Twitter to express their frustrations towards Arnautovic.


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Some fans even appeared to lose all faith in Arnautovic, calling for the club to cash in on him as soon as possible. By the look of these posts, they might want to consider it.

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​​Arnautovic will hope to get a feel for goal back soon, and he’ll get his chance to do so away from the London Stadium, as he travels with the Austrian national team to face Poland and Israel in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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