Moses Makes Chelsea's Europa League Squad

Courtois celebrates FA Cup triumph. Image PA

Courtois celebrates FA Cup triumph. Image PA

A disastrous run of results between January and March saw Chelsea finish fifth under Antonio Conte last season, and not even winning the FA Cup could redeem the club's failure to secure Champions League football for the second time in three years.

Chelsea splashed out a world record fee of £71m on his replacement, Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao and he looks a good buy having only conceded three goals in Chelsea's opening four games.

Alonso added that he hoped the Chelsea squad would use this as a learning experience for the future, saying: "I hope it's a lesson for us to fight this year and compete for the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League".

"I didn't give any roadmap, but we knew he was going to play this match and I won't say any more".

Following the arrival of Sarri and return to a four-man defence, Alonso was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge over the summer - with Real Madrid and PSG both reportedly interested - but he was keen to dismiss that rumour.

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Alonso, however, never felt like the Belgium global would leave.

Eden Hazard was another who was linked with a Chelsea exit, with Madrid also tipped as the most likely club to move for the 27-year-old, but he ultimately made a decision to stay put. I'm very happy. With Luis Enrique I see similar things.

Eusebio Di Francesco who has so far only overseen one win in three Serie A fixtures is facing a tricky run of fixtures after the worldwide break, including a Champions League group opener against European champions Real Madrid as well as a Rome Derby against arch-rivals Lazio.

"In England I feel very well known, not only by Chelsea fans, but also other teams". Unless the club had wanted to sell me, my wish was and has always been to stay.

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