Huge: Chelsea Dismiss Opening Barcelona Bid But Sarri Willing To Negotiate

Silvia Morton
January 14, 2019

Willian should have put Chelsea back in front before the interval, failing to find a way through when one-on-one with Dubravka, who kept out a couple of Pedro shots in the opening 13 minutes of the second half.

With Chelsea fans beginning to lose patience at their team's latest spluttering home display, Willian lifted the mood in the nick of time with his superb second-half curler. If they want it, I want.

Willian has been with the Blues since the summer of 2013 and during the past five-and-a-half seasons, he has contributed 49 goals from 268 appearances for the club.

Sarri's side took the lead through Pedro's early goal, but Ciaran Clark snatched a shock equaliser before half-time.

"We've got the FA Cup replay first, but we know - and everyone knows that the game against Cardiff is massive", Clark told Newcastle's official website. "If you are a team that wants to win something, you have to play for 90 minutes with concentration and focus".

Maurizio Sarri has demanded Chelsea sign a back-up option to Jorginho after seeing Cesc Fabregas depart for Monaco on Friday.

Once again, Sarri stubbornly stuck to his experiment with Eden Hazard as Chelsea's central striker despite the Belgian star's dislike of the tactic. "If Fabregas was on the bench he would have been on the pitch instead".

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Rio Ferdinand has been widely criticised for defending Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's running of the club.

"When you work so hard, and one player makes the difference like Willian or Pedro, there isn't much you can do".

Sarri added: "You know very well that Willian is a very important player for us, as I said yesterday in the news conference".

"We have to beat the teams at the bottom of the table".

"We've played the top sides and the pressure is nearly more than them that it is on us because they're expected to beat us, and if we can get anything out of those games then it's great".

"When we play against the top sides, we have been close in every game, apart from maybe Liverpool in the last game".

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