Chelsea have earned their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-0 victory over Malmo in Thursday’s fixture at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea have recorded 13 points from their last six outings in the Premier League, but that has not stopped reports suggesting that there could be mass changes at Stamford Bridge before the end of January
Striker Olivier Giroud’s ankle injury will not force Chelsea’s hand in the January transfer window but the club could explore the possibility of signing a winger, manager Maurizio Sarri has said.
The Frenchman netted twice in the space of 10 minutes following Yevhen Khacheridi’s early sending off for the visitors.
The visitors were left with it all to do after just 16 minutes as a slow start saw them fall a couple of goals down to a Dele Alli header and Harry Kane’s strike.
West Ham United have ended Chelsea’s 100 per cent start to the new Premier League by holding the Blues to a goalless draw in Sunday’s clash at the London Stadium.
France, who have won their two previous World Cup meetings with Belgium, booked their place in the last four with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay
France, meanwhile, now turn their attentions to the last four and Tuesday’s semi in St. Petersburg
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 16 teams qualified for the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup to jostle for the eight quarterfinals slots, while the other 16 teams, including the Super Eagles, that did not qualify for the round of 16, have since departed Russia to their countries
Les Bleus were already through to the knockout stages and the point, combined with Australia’s defeat to Peru, ensured that Denmark would join them as runners-up
Sidibe’s injured knee was the worst of a few knocks sustained by France players during preparations for Saturday’s match but Deschamps said everyone in the squad was fit to face Australia at the Kazan Arena.
The home side lacked the urgency that many expected of them in the opening stages and they wasted a promising position 14 minutes in when Giroud took the ball off the toes of Tiemoue Bakayoko when his compatriot was much better placed to meet Victor Moses’s cutback
Giroud muscled and dribbled past three defenders and keeper Alex McCarthy seconds into the second half to poke the ball home from a pass by the ever-busy Eden Hazard.
The Blues will now take on United at Wembley in May where Conte will renew his fierce rivalry with Jose Mourinho
The Saints entered the match in 18th position in the table, and having not won a league game on home soil in 2018
The Blues picked up just a second victory in six top-flight outings – four of those ending in defeat
The Blues have suffered back-to-back league defeats and trail fourth-placed Tottenham by five points and seventh-placed Liverpool with nine matches remaining
Heading into a vital Champions League clash with Barcelona next week, Antonio Conte’s charges produced a clinical performance on home soil that also saw Olivier Giroud open his account for the club
It was a result which eased pressure on coach Antonio Conte following two defeats for the champions
Giroud, 31, will wear the number 18 shirt for his new club, and it is understood that the transfer figure is £17.5 million.