Maurizio Sarri reveals the tactic Chelsea players asked to change against Tottenham (Metro)

Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Chelsea’s players asked to press further back against Tottenham in their 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. Sarri’s side registered a vital victory over their rivals to keep themselves in the race to…

Victory can save season, says Chelsea boss Sarri after Kepa axed (Guardian)

Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea’s crucial 2-0 win over Tottenham can save their season after his decision to drop Wembley rebel Kepa Arrizabalaga paid off on Wednesday. Pedro’s second half strike and a farcical own goal from Kieran Trippier were a…

Joe Cole praises Maurizio Sarri for dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga against Tottenham (Metro)

Joe Cole praised Maurizio Sarri for having the ‘bravery’ to axe Kepa Arrizabalaga from his starting XI for Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham. Kepa refused to be substituted as Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final headed for penalties at the weekend and,…

*Man jailed for beating pregnant girlfriend to death (Punch) * Fani-Kayode urges Atiku to form parallel government (Guardian)

Man jailed for beating pregnant girlfriend to death (Punch) An FCT High Court in Apo, on Tuesday, sentenced one Clement James to ten years in prison for beating his pregnant girlfriend, Gladys Gabriel, to death. Justice Angela Otaluka while delivering…

I was cowed into submitting ballot papers for massive thumb-printing —Corper (Punch) * NYSC confirms attack on corps members on election duty in Anambra (Guardian)

I was cowed into submitting ballot papers for massive thumb-printing —Corper (Punch) A member of the National Youth Service Corps, Ashimom Msuguhter, who also served as an ad hoc official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has discredited the election…

Sarri and Kepa try to play down substitution ‘misunderstanding’ (Guardian)

Maurizio Sarri’s grip on his position as Chelsea’s head coach has been further loosened after Kepa Arrizabalaga appeared to undermine the Italian’s authority by refusing to be substituted before his team succumbed in a penalty shootout to Manchester City. Sarri…

‘I think I am fully in control,’ says Sarri after Kepa substitution row (Metro)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has tried to play down the Kepa Arrizabalaga substitution row in the Carabao Cup final, insisting his is ‘fully in control’ at the club. There were remarkable scenes at Wembley as the goalkeeper refused to be…

Ballot boxes set ablaze in Lagos (Punch) * Buhari will accept polls outcome, says Osinbajo (Nation)

Ballot boxes set ablaze in Lagos (Punch) Some ballot boxes at Polling Unit 18 located at junction of Ohafia/Ago Palace Way, Okota in Oshodi/Isolo LGA of Lagos State have been set on fire. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent…

Maurizio Sarri aims dig at Arsenal to defend his Chelsea record (Metro)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has taken a swipe at Arsenal as he defended his record in charge of Chelsea and believes he is being unfairly criticised compared to Unai Emery. The Italian oversaw a 3-0 win against Malmo in the…

Maurizio Sarri accuses Chelsea of playing ‘confused’ football in Manchester United defeat (Metro)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri accused his side of playing ‘confused’ football in their defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup. United inflicted Chelsea’s fifth defeat in ten matches thanks to goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba at Stamford…

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