Hazard’s move to Real Madrid still doubtful

Speaking about the speculation whether or not Hazard would be staying in Stamford, Sarri has urged both the player and Chelsea to end the speculations and find a solution to the problem before he exhausts the remaining one year and a half left on his Chelsea contract.

Eden Hazard, while discussing his future recently confessed that a transfer to Real Madrid would be a dream move and a good career choice. He would be willing to wait until the end of the season before making a move though. After the 2 to 1 win in favour of the blues at the Watford stadium on Wednesday, Sarri confessed he doesn’t want that to happen. Since Hazard was so concerned about the future, Sarri insists that they find a solution to the problem at hand. He was quoted as saying: “I think we have to solve the problem. If we want to plan for the future, we have to solve this problem”.

After scoring his hundredth goal for Chelsea, Sarri says he’s not surprised by Hazard’s improved goal scoring abilities; “I was really confident because he is a great player— one of the most important in Chelsea’s history. So I was really confident that he is able to score more.”

Sarri plans to keep Hazard playing for Chelsea and in a more central role. He declares he is comfortable with Hazard’s present position though. “I don’t know if he prefers to play as a winger or as a striker, but if he is able to play like the last match in the centre, it is not a problem for me to put him there”, he said.

Hazard is probably one of Sarri’s best and favourite player. He believes there would be no problem placing Hazard at central since he had once played as a false nine and ended up scoring three goals and creating two assists. Sarri further revealed that the team could someday play with Hazard and one other striker to make them even more solid.

Hazard has been linked for some time to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: No Mind Games From Emery, Klopp Says

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool FC has debunked stories that Arsenal’s head coach is playing mind games ahead of the showdown on Saturday. The Reds are six points clear at the top of the table going into the weekend and are yet to be beaten in the Premier League this season. According to Emery, he believes Liverpool would be able to emulate the 2003 to 2004 Arsenal’s invincibles.

Klopp, when asked if Emery was piling up the pressure on Liverpool in preparation for the match said, “That is not how I know Unai Emery”. He further said, “I don’t think they will have the white flag and say ‘no chance’. It will be a really tough game because they are good. That is all I am interested in and all the rest is a nice little game where people respond to your questions and you make stories of the answers. We are focused on ourselves and that is all”.

Klopp was later asked what it would take for Liverpool to actually beat Arsenal and not play out a 1-1 draw like their previous showdown. He replied saying, “Play much better than we did at Arsenal, for example – that would be a good idea because, especially defending wise, we weren’t as good as we can be, or we were after that. I think it was a period where we didn’t do too well. They are strong, good with the ball and very lively. Their counter-attacks are crazy quick—Aubameyang and Lacazette are an outstanding striker couple up front. It will be difficult”. Klopp has called for an improvement this weekend in the next showdown against Arsenal so as to avoid the Arsenal-Liverpool previous stalemate.

Although Liverpool is six points clear and at the top of the table, Jurgën Klopp says there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Sarri: I like to play in the Christmas days

Sarri says he relishes the English Premier League winter fixtures.

The Premier League fixtures are coming thick and fast irrespective of the fact that other leagues such as the Bundesliga and La Liga are taking a winter break.
Chelsea is halfway through a run of four league matches in twelve days and Sarri (who has never managed out of Italy) says it is fantastic and he relishes the Premier League winter fixtures. In his exact words, Sarri says, “I like to play in the Christmas days. I think it is very difficult to play every three days. This season, we had a very unusual pre-season of which I have never experienced its kind. After it, we had three weeks of working, then from the end of August, we started to play every three days. So we have no time for training, we have no time for improving the team, we have no time for improving single players. So I think it’s very difficult to play here, but I also think it’s fantastic.”

Chelsea went all the way to Selhurst Park to go up against Crystal Palace on the first day of the week and Sarri does not deny having doubts because of the Eagles’ recent victory against Manchester City. He said, “They are really very dangerous because in the last three matches at home, they have not conceded a goal to the opponents. They are very dangerous on the counter-attacks, so for us, they are a very dangerous team.”

When asked if he would consider changing his plans for Crystal Palace due to their trend of not conceding goals, he said, “Maybe. For the first time against City, they played 4-5-1. Usually, they play with a 4-4-2. I think we can repeat the 4-5-1 they played against City”.

During the interview, he acknowledged boss Roy Hodgson, who previously worked in Serie A with Inter Milan, saying he was and still is a very good coach: “I remember very well and he was a very good coach. I saw his team during the season and they are improving a lot I think”, Sarri said.