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Sarri urges Loftus-Cheek to improve defensively – football news

Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick as Chelsea cruised past BATE to register a 3-1 win in the Europa League.

This was the midfielder’s second start of the season and he made the most of it by putting in an impressive display.

“He played very well. I think in the beginning of the season, I thought he was really a very good player. Now I think the same, but maybe he has also adapted to my football.

“He is improving. He needs to improve defensively, but not only Loftus. At this moment we have four midfielders for two positions. Three of them with the same characteristics. Only [N’Golo] Kante is a defensive midfielder. It’s very difficult for me to put in the starting XI two so offensive midfielders at the same time.

“I hope to be able to do it in the future. But I need the co-operation of the players, and for them to work on their defensive phase,” said Sarri.

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Loftus-Cheek eyes consistency to earn place after Chelsea treble – football news

Ruben Loftus-Cheek says maintaining “good habits” is his only path to regular first-team opportunities after scoring a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over BATE.

The often-overlooked 22-year-old issued a reminder of his talents to Maurizio Sarri as he netted twice in the opening eight minutes before finishing off the visitors with a third shortly after half-time.

Aleksey Rios did grab a late consolation for BATE but it was far from enough to derail Chelsea’s stroll to a third successive Europa League victory.

Nor did it overshadow the standout performance from England international Loftus-Cheek, who will not be getting carried away in his bid for a first Premier League start of the season.

“The first thing in my head is to keep playing well, to keep sharp in case I do get an opportunity to start,” the midfielder told BT Sport.

“I need to keep up good habits, eating well, sleeping well, training well and hopefully my opportunity will come.

“The manager said to win this, and that the target is top of the group. It’s a really nice feeling [to perform well]. It’s my first hat-trick for a while, even for the youth team.

“Any player will tell you it’s nice to score a hat-trick. Hopefully there are many more to come.”

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Victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday took Chelsea six points clear of their three opponents in Group L.

Sarri’s men will now switch attention to remaining unbeaten in the Premier League when they visit Burnley on Sunday.

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Europa League 2018-19: Favourites, outsiders, underdogs, qualified teams & fixtures – football news

The Europa League is underway and this year’s edition features Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal after the two London clubs failed to finish in the Premier League top four.

Reigning champions Atletico Madrid will only be able to defend their title should they drop into the competition after finishing third in the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers and Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic are also vying for honours.

GBP Sports brings you all the details of this year’s Europa League campaign including key fixtures, dates, draw details and more.


Favourites to win Europa League 2018-19


FA Cup winners Chelsea are heavy favourites to win a second Europa League this season (priced at 5/1 according to bet365) after a surprise fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, which meant that they failed to qualify for the more esteemed Champions League.

Maurizio Sarri’s first full season in charge of the Blues will be a pressure-riddled one as he will be expected to return the west London side to the top-tier of European football, preferably through finishing in the Premier League top four or by winning the Europa League.

A new-look Arsenal featuring new manager Unai Emery are also among the favourites to win the competition, priced at 7/1 to win. The Gunners were expected to win the competition last year but fell short to eventual champions Atletico Madrid, and Emery – like Sarri – is expected to attain Champions League season for the following campaign.


Europa League 2018-19 outsiders


Higuain Milan Chievo

Sevilla are priced at 14/1 to win the competition after winning the competition a record five times, last winning it in 2016 at the expense of Liverpool in the final.

Sevilla finished disappointingly in seventh place in La Liga though are a strong force in Europe – eliminating Manchester United in the last 16 round of the Champions League last season as well as holding Liverpool to a 3-3 draw after being three goals down at half-time.

AC Milan have odds of 20/1 to better their last 16 finish of last season, where they were eliminated from the competition by Arsenal.

The likes of Bayer Leverkusen (25/1), Villarreal (25/1)Lazio (33/1), Marseille (50/1) and RB Leipzig (50/1) are all considered outsiders to.


Europa League 2018-19 underdogs


Odsonne Edouard Celtic Europa League

Celtic are considered serious long shots at 80/1, while Rangers‘ chances are deemed even slimmer at 150/1.

Spanish side Real Betis have odds of 40/1 to emerge as tournament winners after finishing sixth in La Liga – one position better than their neighbours Sevilla.

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Dynamo Kiev, meanwhile, are rated 66/1 to win the tournament.


Europa League 2018-19 – group stage fixtures & results


 


Europa League 2018-19 – Route to Final


The final of this year’s Europa League will take place on May 29 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary Preliminary round Jun 12 Jun 28 Jul 5
Qualifying First qualifying round, second qualifying round, third qualifying round Jun 19, 20, Jul 23 Jul 12 Jul 19
Play-off Play-off round Aug 6 Aug 23 Aug 30
Group stage Matchday 1 Aug 31 Sept 20 Sept 20
Group stage Matchday 2 Aug 31 Oct 4 Oct 4
Group stage Matchday 3 Aug 31 Oct 25 Oct 25
Group stage Matchday 4 Aug 31 Nov 8 Nov 8
Group stage Matchday 5 Aug 31 Nov 29 Nov 29
Group stage Matchday 6 Aug 31 Dec 13 Dec 13
Knockout phase Round of 32 Dec 17 Feb 14 Feb 21
Knockout phase Round of 16 Feb 22 Mar 7 Mar 14
Knockout phase Quarter-finals Mar 15 Apr 11 Apr 18
Knockout phase Semi-finals Apr 19 May 2 May 9
Knockout phase Final May 19 May 29 /

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VIDEO: Loftus-Cheek has Chelsea breakout with hat-trick in Europa League – football news

It took Ruben Loftus-Cheek eight minutes to equal his goal output for his Chelsea career. It took him 53 minutes to surpass it.

The England international stepped up to deliver a hat-trick in the Blues’ 3-1 Europa League victory with Belorussian side BATE on Thursday, and in the process more than doubled his goal output for the club.

Loftus-Cheek has long struggled to find a place with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri despite tantalising potential.

Coming into the season, the midfielder had played in just 22 Premier League games with the Blues and started only six of them. In total, he had just two goals for Chelsea in his time there.

A move to Crystal Palace last season proved massive for Loftus-Cheek’s career, at least internationally, as his performance with the Londoners proved enough to earn him a spot on England’s World Cup roster.

But despite his success for Palace and the Three Lions, Sarri had not shown much love for Loftus-Cheek, the midfielder having seen just 33 minutes in the league this season and been relegated to Carabao Cup and Europa League duty.

However, after his performance against BATE, the Italian manager might be rethinking his role.

It took only a couple of minutes for Loftus-Cheek to score his first of the game, and season, when he latched onto a low cross by David Zappacosta and slid it into the back of the net.

And while he had managed just two goals in his previous 35 with Chelsea, he matched that total in just eight minutes after managing to get onto a corner and poke it home despite being held by a defender to double Chelsea’s advantage.

Loftus-Cheek’s night would get even better in the second half with his best effort of the evening as the midfielder ripped a low drive from just outside the area which gave him a hat-trick and Chelsea a 3-0 lead.

It was the first hat-trick for an English player in the Europa League since Harry Kane managed it four years ago against Asteras Tripolis.

It was also the first Chelsea hat-trick in Europe since Didier Drogba in 2006, and the first English Chelsea player to do so for the Blues since Peter Osgood and Tommy Baldwin scored five and three goals respectively in the 1971 Cup Winners Cup.

The three goals on the evening came one short of matching his career output to date, as he had scored twice for Palace in addition to the pair he’d previously scored with the Blues.

Loftus-Cheek will have an opportunity to get his first Premier League start of the season when the Blues face Burnley this weekend.

However, if he doesn’t make the XI for that clash, it seems likely he’ll receive another chance to impress against Derby County in the Carabao Cup midweek.

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Welbeck winner only highlights Emery’s options as Arsenal’s attacking machine rolls on – football news

As Arsenal touched down in Lisbon ahead of Thursday’s night’s clash with Sporting, the Gunners posted a video on social media of their last training session before leaving north London. A six minute clip showcased a squad in high spirits after 10 successive wins; confident in their ability to get the job done no matter what the data might suggest.

One man who took centre stage during the session was Danny Welbeck, finishing with unerring accuracy past young goalkeeper Dejan Iliev.

Fast-forward 24 hours, and Welbeck was wheeling away towards the corner of the Estádio Jose Alvalade having shown that same precision to net the only goal of the Gunners’ clash with the Portuguese giants after latching onto Lucas Torreira’s through-ball via an error from former Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates.

The England international’s 78th minute strike secured an 11th straight victory for Unai Emery’s side, and their third in this season’s Europa League. Many felt Welbeck’s main contributions over the current campaign would come in this competition, and thus far they have been proven correct. But does his form suggest he could be key domestically as well as on the continent?

In his last five starts for Emery’s side, Welbeck has been directly involved in five goals having found the net on four occasions as well as laying on a solitary assist. Not bad for a player who is essentially a third-choice forward.

Welbeck would been forgiven for pursuing opportunities away from the Emirates Stadium. It is unlikely he will move ahead of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who missed Arsenal’s two best chances before Welbeck’s goal in Lisbon – in the pecking order. There are other clubs in the Premier League’s top six – namely those across the capital – where Welbeck would, at the very least, be second in line.

Instead he has knuckled down after a horror run of injuries and made himself a key member of an Arsenal squad that continues to defy sluggish first-half performances and pick up wins.

Again here they struggled during the opening 45 minutes, with a frontline of Welbeck, Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan failing to trouble the Sporting backline, though the three defensive midfielders deployed by Jose Peseiro might have had something to do with that.

Arsenal celebrate 2018-19

At the other end both Rob Holding and Sokratis Papastathopoulos survived scares, with the latter perhaps a little fortunate that a less lenient team of officials were not in charge after pulling back Fredy Montero as he bore down on goal.

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That said, Bernd Leno was rarely troubled. In fact the Gunners did not concede a shot on target – a first in Europe since their trip to Monaco in March 2015 – as they recorded their first ever win on Portuguese shores in seven attempts.

With Lacazette and Alex Iwobi only making brief cameos off the bench and Mesut Ozil not even required, it is clear that Emery has a forward line the whole of Europe would fear. Having overseen the club’s longest winning run for a decade, the next challenge now is to find the complete performance to go with their raw results.

Whether he can or not remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, though – if Welbeck continues his own form they have every chance of challenging for more than just the Europa League this time around.

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Celtic star Tierney too expensive for RB Leipzig – football news

Red Bull Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick has hailed the talents of Celtic wonderkid Kieran Tierney, as well as his team-mates Callum McGregor and Odsonne Edouard.

A number of young British talents have headed to the Bundesliga in recent months, including Jadon Sancho, who joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City, and Reiss Nelson, who moved to Hoffenheim on loan from Arsenal.

Rangnick does not expect Tierney, who has been linked with moves to the likes of Everton and Manchester United, to follow in their footsteps, however, as he believes that his side cannot afford to recruit any of Celtic’s three young stars.

“Tierney, McGregor and Edouard are great talents in Scottish football,” he said, per the Scottish Sun.

“Tierney in particular is one of the biggest talents in Europe. He can defend and he likes to get forward.

“Those three are good players but Celtic are a club that is well known across Europe for not letting players go for a bargain.

“We are not interested in them though — because we don’t have the kind of money needed to invest in those players!”

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Leipzig are currently fifth in the Bundesliga, but they have lost just once in the league this season.

Celtic, meanwhile, are second in the SPL after a poor start, sitting six points behind leaders Hearts.

The two clubs will meet in the Europa League on Thursday, with both sides having taken three points from their opening two games.

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Chelsea vs BATE: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview – football news

Chelsea can further their chances of securing a spot in the last-32 of the Europa League when they host BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have won both of their opening European fixtures so far and will be looking to extend their winning streak to three, with victory against the Belarusian league winners set to leave them in a strong position to reach the knockout phase. 

Game Chelsea vs BATE
Date Thursday, October 25
Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US), the game will not be televised but will be livestreamed via B/R Live.

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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be televised on BT Sport 2 and streamed through BT Sport Live.

UK TV channel Online stream
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Squads & Team News


Position Chelsea players
Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Bulka
Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta
Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi, Moses, Willian
Forwards Giroud, Morata

Eden Hazard picked up a back injury during Saturday’s encounter with Manchester United and is a doubt for the clash with BATE, while Ethan Ampadu has been ruled out after picking up a knee injury on international duty with Wales.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is another doubt after being excluded from the squad with a knock.

Potential Chelsea XI: Kepa; Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Willian.

Position BATE players
Goalkeepers Scherbitski, Chichkan
Defenders Rios, Polyakov, Filipenko, Volodko
Midfielders Baga, Yablonski, Dragun, Hleb, Berezkin, Volkov, Moukam
Forwards Ivanic, Tuominen, Stasevich, Skavysh, Gordeychuk

BATE are expected to be without the likes of Vladislav Malkevich and Vladislav Mukhamedov due to injury.

Potential BATE XI: Scherbitski; Polyakov, Milunovic, Filipenko, Volodko; Ivanic, Dragun, Yablonski, Baga, Stasevich; Tuominen.


Betting & Match Odds


Chelsea are considered to be strong 1/7 favourites to emerge victorious with bet 365, while a draw is available at 8/1. A win for BATE is priced at 25/1.

Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.


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Juhasz Vidi BATE Borisov Europa League 2018-19

The Blues can make it three straight wins in the Europa League should they taste victory against BATE, though Maurizio Sarri’s side have been far from convincing in the campaign so far – only managing two narrow 1-0 wins against PAOK and Videoton in their previous outings.

A win on Thursday evening, however, will be enough to edge them ever closer to the last-32 stage as they sit three points clear of both PAOK and BATE, and are the only team to have registered two wins.

Sarri confirmed the exclusion of star player Hazard, telling reporters in his pre-match press conference:

“Tomorrow [he] is out for sure. He has a back problem and we are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It’s not very easy.”

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Jorginho is another player who could miss out on action against BATE as Sarri will have one eye on a clash away at Burnley as well as a Carabao Cup tie against Derby County next Wednesday, in which he will face former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard in the dugout.

“The problem will be on Sunday, when we will play after 65 hours, so we need to change something,” Sarri added.

“For example, Jorginho needs to rest now because he played for 90 minutes in the two matches with the national team, then for 90 minutes – or, better, for 100 minutes – in the last match [against Manchester United].”

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‘Liverpool will rip Arsenal to shreds’ – Merson not buying ‘fortunate’ 10-game winning run – football news

Liverpool will “rip Arsenal to shreds”, according to Paul Merson, with the Gunners “very fortunate” to find themselves on a 10-game winning run.

Unai Emery’s side have offered a perfect response to opening their 2018-19 campaign with back-to-back defeats, with Premier League, Carabao Cup and Europa League successes helping to rebuild confidence and raise expectations.

It has been suggested that Arsenal, who slipped out of the top four towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, could force their way back into title contention this term, so impressive have they been of late.

Merson, though, believes that a return to Champions League competition represents the height of their ambition, with a side that can look like “the Harlem Globetrotters” on their day still considered to lack the consistency and talent to compete with the very best.

The former Gunners star told talkSPORT: “If they finish in the top four they’ve pulled up trees.

“They’ve done well to win 10 games on the trot, don’t get me wrong.

“But when they come up against Tottenham and Liverpool, and especially Liverpool at the Emirates, I would be shocked if Liverpool didn’t win by three clear goals.

“They will rip Arsenal to shreds.

“I’m scratching my head, because Arsenal have won 10 games in a row and in half of those games they could have been behind by so many in the first half.

“But when they get going in the second half, when everything is rolling, then they’re the Harlem Globetrotters.

Mesut Ozil Arsenal Leicester Premier League 2018-19

“I mean look at Mesut Ozil, he was phenomenal [against Leicester]. If he played like that every week, he’d be the best player in the world.

“So no, I can’t buy into it. I think they’ve been very, very fortunate.

“They haven’t played anybody yet, and you can’t play like this against teams like Liverpool.”

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Arsenal are back in European action on Thursday when they travel to Portugal to take on Sporting.

They will then round off their October schedule with a Premier League derby date with Crystal Palace and a Carabao Cup fourth round clash with Blackpool.

November is opened with a visit from Liverpool, while a return date with the Reds and testing meetings with north London rivals Tottenham and old adversaries Manchester United are set to take place in December.

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Emery dodges title talk after latest Arsenal win – football news

Unai Emery would not entertain talk of Arsenal being title contenders after a seventh successive Premier League win lifted his team into the top four.

Although Hector Bellerin’s own goal gave Leicester City the lead at Emirates Stadium on Monday, Arsenal hit back to win 3-1 with Mesut Ozil in fine form.

Ozil swapped passes with Bellerin to equalise before the break and was then instrumental in creating a quickfire brace for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a five-minute spell after the forward’s introduction from the bench.

A 10th consecutive win in all competitions has led to suggestions Arsenal could challenge for the title, with the Gunners moving to within two points of leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.

Emery, though, refused to get carried away when asked whether Arsenal can consider themselves contenders having beaten Leicester to record their longest winning run since 2007.

“We need to be calm,” Emery told a news conference. “For us it’s very important to beat Leicester because they are behind us but near [in the table].

“We are also looking at the teams in front us like Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. 

“We were controlling the match and finding the chances to score. The first 30 minutes was a difficult moment.”

Ozil earned a standing ovation for his match-winning performance having justified Emery’s faith in making him one of five Arsenal captains.

“Very important,” Emery said of Ozil’s leadership qualities. “I think we have a lot of players in the team with this capacity. 

“We have captains. He can play every match with his commitment with or without the armband.”

Nacho Monreal, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac all missed the Leicester win, meaning Stephan Lichtsteiner filled in at left-back and rookie Zech Medley was on the bench for the first time.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka then switched to left-back after Emery’s double-change saw Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi introduced for Lichtsteiner and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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Arsenal move on to Europa League action on Thursday, facing Sporting CP in the Europa League, with Emery upbeat Arsenal’s defensive injuries could clear up in time.

“Sunday was a bad day for injuries,” Emery added. “Two in the same position like Sead and Nacho had a small problem. This morning they were not good to play. 

“I hope they can play against Sporting. For Sokratis, he can stay for Thursday, with a lot of matches in a few days it’s important they rest.”

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Leonardo: ‘Extraordinary’ Ibrahimovic return to Milan not possible – football news

AC Milan director Leonardo said Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning is not possible, though he admitted the LA Galaxy striker was more than a thought for the Italian side.

Ibrahimovic scored 42 Serie A goals for Milan between 2010 and 2012, before leaving to join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Sweden star has netted 20 times for MLS side the Galaxy so far in 2018, and Milan reportedly made contact with the 37-year-old striker over a possible transfer.

Milan director Leonardo, however, cast doubt over the rumours prior to Thursday’s 3-1 win over Olympiacos in the Europa League.

“Ibra has very close ties to Milan, everyone knows this,” Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia.

“We cannot deny it was more than a brief thought going through our minds when we first arrived, as he is extraordinary and has very specific characteristics, but right now it’s not possible.”

Gennaro Gattuso, meanwhile, backed Patrick Cutrone to take up the mantle of Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi amid the links with Ibrahimovic.

Cutrone scored either side of Gonzalo Higuain’s goal as Milan netted three times in the space of nine second-half minutes to come from behind and beat Olympiacos.

The youngster represented a rare bright spot in Milan’s dismal campaign in 2017-18 and Gattuso believes Cutrone has the skill set to go on and match the career of San Siro great Inzaghi.

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“I hope he can become the new Inzaghi,” Gattuso told a news conference. “But he must keep working and keep his feet on the ground.”

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