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Lukaku and Kovacic take Chelsea to victory over Villa
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Lukaku and Kovacic take Chelsea to victory over Villa

Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic scored their first Stamford Bridge goals for Chelsea as the Blues beat Aston Villa 3-0 to move level on points with Manchester United at the top of the early Premier League table. On his second home debut for the club Lukaku was brilliantly clinical to finish after Kovacic's through ball on 15 minutes and, after the break, the Croatian pounced on a poor Tyrone Mings back pass (49) to net his own maiden home goal for the club. Villa had dominated in between those two goals, forcing Edouard Mendy into a string of fine first-half saves, while Ollie Watkins was denied by a crucial Thiago Silva block when he took it around the goalkeeper. However, after Mings' gift, the hosts - while still not at their best - found a measure of control and Lukaku stretche...
He died off very easily – Agbonlahor reveals why clubs rejected Chelsea star
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He died off very easily – Agbonlahor reveals why clubs rejected Chelsea star

Nigerian-born former England international, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has lambasted Chelsea star, Ross Barkley, after the club stripped him of his squad number. Barkley was once compared to the likes of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack, Gazza and other football legends by managers and pundits. The 27-year-old former Everton star joined Chelsea in 2018 and inherited Frank Lampard’s very own No. 8 shirt and played under the Blues legend at Stamford Bridge. But that number has been ripped off him and handed to Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic. And with the transfer window shut, there is a very real chance the 27-year-old does not play a single game for the Blues this season as nobody wanted to sign him on loan and pay his £100, 000 weekly wages. And Agbonlahor sees...
Man United Legend hails Chelsea for Signing Saul Niguez
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Man United Legend hails Chelsea for Signing Saul Niguez

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has said Chelsea have made an ‘excellent’ signing in Saul Niguez. The midfielder joined the Blues from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day and Neville believes he will enable the club challenge on all fronts this season. The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal from Atletico Madrid with the option to buy on transfer deadline day. Thomas Tuchel now has a fantastic midfield options of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and Saul. Neville, a Manchester United legend, is also impressed with the Blues signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. “Saul is just another excellent player,” Neville told Sky Sports. “He’s got massive experience at the top of La Liga, massive experience in the Cham...
Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number
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Saul follows Hazard and Salah footsteps at Chelsea with new shirt number

The Spain international midfielder, who has joined the Blues on loan from Atletico Madrid, takes a jersey last filled by Mateo Kovacic Chelsea have officially announced Saul Niguez's squad number at Stamford Bridge, with the Spain international midfielder taking the No 17 jersey in west London. The 26-year-old has arrived in English football on a deal that includes the option for a permanent transfer in 2022. Saul takes the shirt that has been vacated by Chelsea's new No 8, Mateo Kovacic.
Declan Rice tells Tuchel his best position amid Chelsea link
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Declan Rice tells Tuchel his best position amid Chelsea link

West Ham United star, Declan Rice has told Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel his best position amid transfer interest linking him with a move to the Blues. The 22-year-old has continuously been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with former Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, in particular a huge admirer of the midfielder. Tuchel had reignited the club’s interest in the England international a few months ago. However, Rice is now saying that he suits a box-to-box role ahead of any other amid links of a move to Tuchel’s side Speaking to SoccerAM, Rice said: “You know what, I have had this conversation with the manager [David Moyes] here and a few of his coaches. “I don’t think I can play really high up, I don’t think that would suit me, but I feel as though I could play as more o...
Danny Murphy Compares Leicester City’s Ndidi to Chelsea’s Kante
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Danny Murphy Compares Leicester City’s Ndidi to Chelsea’s Kante

Former Liverpool player, Danny Murphy, has compared Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. Murphy said Nidid is more important to Leicester than Kante is to Chelsea. He pointed out that Leicester tends to struggle without Ndidi in the starting line-up while Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has the luxury of calling upon Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic if Kante is not available for selection. Ndidi enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2020-2021, helping Leicester to win the Emirates FA Cup and finish fifth in the Premier League table, while Kante helped Chelsea to win the UEFA Champions League. “They [Chelsea] have built some squad at Stamford Bridge and are brimming with confidence,” Murphy was quoted as saying by Metro UK. “They ended last season by win...
Chelsea confirms new shirt numbers for Kovacic, Chalobah, others
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Chelsea confirms new shirt numbers for Kovacic, Chalobah, others

Chelsea on Friday confirmed squad numbers for the 2021/2022 season. Mateo Kovacic will now wear No. 8 shirt, switching from 17, while loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek takes up the No.12 shirt he wore before heading out on loan last season. Tino Anjorin is another player to take up a new number, moving to 27, while Trevoh Chalobah will wear the 14 shirt previously owned by Fikayo Tomori. Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, who arrived from Fulham in the summer, takes No.13. New signing, Romelu Lukaku, who joined Chelsea from Inter Milan yesterday, will have his squad number announced in due course. Chelsea squad numbers 2021/22; 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga 2 Antonio Rudiger 3 Marcos Alonso 4 Andreas Christensen 5 Jorginho 6 Thiago Silva 7 N’Golo Kante 8 Mateo Kovacic 9 Ta...
Kovacic backs Gilmour to become ‘important player’ at Chelsea after seeing Scot shine at Euro 2020
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Kovacic backs Gilmour to become ‘important player’ at Chelsea after seeing Scot shine at Euro 2020

The 20-year-old midfielder saw Covid-19 bring his Euros to an abrupt halt, but his potential has been noted by a much wider audience Billy Gilmour will become "an important player for Chelsea in the near future", says Mateo Kovacic, with the Scotland midfielder enhancing his reputation at Euro 2020. The promising 20-year-old took in just one appearance at the tournament, but a star showing was put in during a 0-0 draw with England at Wembley. Gilmour's potential has now been noted around the world, with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge being mooted, but Kovacic expects the youngster to be a key part of the Blues' plans for many years to come.
Scotland Bow out after Modric Masterclass
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Scotland Bow out after Modric Masterclass

Scotland's hopes of progression to the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time were dashed by Croatia, as a Luka Modric masterclass helped the 2018 World Cup finalists book their place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 with victory at Hampden Park. After a fast start from Scotland, Croatia took the lead through Nikola Vlasic (17), after he lost Scott McTominay in the box to prod home Ivan Perisic's towering back-post knock down. For long periods Scotland were unable to contain Modric and Mateo Kovacic in midfield, but Callum McGregor equalised on 42 minutes with his first Scotland goal - a thunderous drive after Croatia failed to clear an Andy Robertson cross. Opportunity knocked for Scotland, but Real Madrid midfielder Modric clipped home a wonderful second jus...
Chelsea Offer Kovacic, Others in Exchange for Hakimi
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Chelsea Offer Kovacic, Others in Exchange for Hakimi

Chelsea are ready to give Inter Milan three more players, including Mateo Kovacic in a swap deal for their player, Achraf Hakimi, Corriere dello Sport reports. Thomas Tuchel’s side have made signing a new right wing-back one of their top priorities this summer transfer window and Hakimi is their number one target. The UEFA Champions League winners are already believed to have made an initial offer worth £51.5million plus a choice of Andreas Christensen or Emerson Palmieri, but are now trying to increase their offer. The Blues have now offered three more players, Kovacic, Davide Zappacosta and Tammy Abraham, to try and tempt the Serie A champions into selling Hakimi. Hakimi scored seven goals and registered eight assists for Inter Milan last season. The 22-year-old joined...
Euro 2020: Mourinho, Souness Predict Outcome of England vs Croatia match
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Euro 2020: Mourinho, Souness Predict Outcome of England vs Croatia match

  AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, and Liverpool hero, Graeme Souness, have predicted the outcome of today’s Euro 2020 tie between England and Croatia. England will on Sunday face Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener at Wembley Stadium. Providing his prediction, Mourinho told The Times: “England have never won their opening game in the Euros but I’m expecting them to beat Croatia today. “Of course, it’s not an easy match, but if they can counter Croatia’s strength in midfield then I believe England can break that negative history. “If you allow Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric to have the ball, they can hide it from you. “I am not saying they will kill you because Croatia don’t have top attackers, but they can certainly disturb you if you let them domi...
I’m very Upset with Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic – Mourinho
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I’m very Upset with Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic – Mourinho

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he was very upset with Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic because he never managed the Croatia international despite their similar career paths. Mourinho said this ahead of Croatia’s Euro 2020 opener against England on Sunday. Since leaving Dinamo Zagreb in 2013, Kovacic has played for three clubs, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea, all previously managed by Mourinho. But the 27-year-old has never worked with the Portuguese gaffer. “Kovacic, I always feel he’s much better than what people think,” said Mourinho on talkSPORT. “And I am very upset with him because he played in every club I have been to, but never with me! “He played for Real Madrid, but not with me. He played for Chelsea, but not with me. He played for In...
Tim Sherwood Snubs N’Golo Kante, names best two Midfielders at Chelsea
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Tim Sherwood Snubs N’Golo Kante, names best two Midfielders at Chelsea

  Tottenham Hotspur manager, Tim Sherwood, has snubbed N’Golo Kante, and named Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho as the best two Blues midfielders presently. Sherwood said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League final day fixture against Aston Villa on Sunday at Villa Park. He also urged Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, not to feature Kante against Aston Villa. “At the beginning of the season, the two favoured were Jorginho and Kovacic,” Sherwood said, as quoted by The Chelsea Chronicle. “It was only because Kovacic picked up an injury that Kante came in and was outstanding when he came into the side. He showed Tuchel what he could deliver. “I would play my best team in the first game against Villa. “I am not sure Kante is in my best. I think Kovacic and Jorginho are my b...
EPL: Thomas Tuchel Confirms Players that will miss Chelsea vs Arsenal Game
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EPL: Thomas Tuchel Confirms Players that will miss Chelsea vs Arsenal Game

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed the players expected to miss his side’s Premier League clash against Arsenal on Wednesday night. Tuchel said Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen remain sidelined through injury and will miss Chelsea’s home Premier League tie against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel said this on Tuesday during his pre-match press conference. Chelsea head to the game after beating Manchester City 2-1 in their last Premier League fixture. “He [Kovacic] is not ready for tomorrow [Chelsea vs Arsenal game], we have to postpone it to Wembley. “His personal race is on to make it to the squad for Wembley.” On Christensen, Tuchel added, “We hope that he can come back in one of the two Leicester games. “It will also be a tough one, but ...
EPL: Thomas Tuchel Confirms Player to miss Man City vs Chelsea game
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EPL: Thomas Tuchel Confirms Player to miss Man City vs Chelsea game

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed the player expected to miss his side’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on Saturday evening. Tuchel said Mateo Kovacic remains sidelined through injury and will miss Chelsea’s away Premier League tie against Man City at Etihad. Tuchel said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference. Chelsea head to the game after eliminating Real Madrid from the Champions League on Wednesday, while Pep Guardiola’s men knocked PSG out from the competition. “In terms of the injury list, it does not change much,” Tuchel said. “We still have the training to go later today where things could change, but right now, everyone is ready apart from Kova. “Kova is unfortunately still out. We hope to bring him back for the ...
Champions League: Chelsea Midfielder in race against time to face Real Madrid
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Champions League: Chelsea Midfielder in race against time to face Real Madrid

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, is desperate to convince manager Thomas Tuchel that he can play a part in their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Kovacic has been in a race against time to recover from a hamstring problem, having suffered a setback in training las week. The club’s medical staff are assessing his progress, before making a final decision on whether to include him in the matchday squad. Toni Rudiger is expected to play, despite suffering a facial injury in the first leg. The German centre back has been training in a protective mask ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge.
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Tuchel Reveals Major Injury Doubts for Fulham, Real Madrid Matches

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said both Antonio Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic are doubtful for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Fulham and next week’s Champions League semi-final second-leg clash with Real Madrid. Kovacic has missed the Blues’ last five games and faces a race against time to be available for the European clash on Wednesday. Rudiger picked up a knock during the final moments of the 1-1 first-leg draw in Madrid on Tuesday. Speaking at his Premier League pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel said when asked if Kovacic will return: “No, unfortunately not, he is still injured. He trained with us, but he’s still not fully confident, he felt something at the end of training. So he’s not available, unfortunately. “All the others are ...
Thomas Tuchel Names Nigerian-born Midfielder in Chelsea Squad Against Real Madrid
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Thomas Tuchel Names Nigerian-born Midfielder in Chelsea Squad Against Real Madrid

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has included Nigerian-born youngster Tino Anjorin, in the Blues’ squad against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg tie in Spain on Tuesday. Anjorin, 19, has made just five appearances for Chelsea and only started a dead rubber against Krasnador in the Champions League group stages in December. Experienced midfielder and former Real Madrid star, Mateo Kovacic will not be part of the show in Spain, having failed to recover from a hamstring issue. Kovacic is, however, the only absentee in Thomas Tuchel’s squad for the trip to Madrid but the German tactician is clearly keen on having reinforcements in midfield, with the 19-year-old Anjorin selected to travel with the Chelsea squad for the first leg. It remains to be see...
EPL: Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Miss West Ham Clash
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EPL: Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Miss West Ham Clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the Blues player who will miss his side’s Premier League clash against West Ham United on Saturday evening. According to Tuchel, midfielder Mateo Kovacic will take no part in Chelsea’s clash against West Ham at the London Stadium. The German said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference. Chelsea head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw with Brighton in their last fixture on Tuesday. “Mateo Kovacic is still out, but everybody else is available,” Tuchel said. Tuchel added, “For me personally, I think we can hope for Fulham but don’t take that as medical advice. Maybe the physios and doctors will kill me for that, but I think it’s maybe possible to be back again against Fulham, which is in between the Madrid games. “...
Chelsea vs Brighton: Tuchel Names Squad for Tuesday’s EPL clash
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Chelsea vs Brighton: Tuchel Names Squad for Tuesday’s EPL clash

  Chelsea will be seeking a second successive win when they welcome Brighton to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. Last weekend, the Blues qualified for the FA Cup final, beating Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley. Tuchel’s men could climb above Leicester City with a win tonight, as the race for Champions League places hots up. Midfielder Mateo Kovacic will again be missing for Chelsea. The Croatian missed the City game through injury and will not make a return against Brighton. Tuchel has confirmed that the Blues will have to manage Thiago Silva’s workload carefully after he went off at the weekend. Andreas Christensen is likely to return after playing no part in the last two fixtures. Full Chelsea squad available to face Brighton: Goalk...
Man City vs Chelsea: Tuchel Gives Injury Updates ahead of FA Cup semi-final
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Man City vs Chelsea: Tuchel Gives Injury Updates ahead of FA Cup semi-final

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, will be without Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen, for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. However, midfielder N’Golo Kante is available for selection. “We have the green light for N’Golo because we had the three days in between, which makes a huge difference,” Tuchel said. “Mateo is unfortunately still out. “He’s feeling better but still out and cannot be in the squad, and Andreas Christensen is out, he cannot be in the squad, so this is the situation.” Kovacic missed the 1-0 defeat to FC Porto in the Champions League, because of a muscle injury he picked up in training.
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Kovacic’s Condition Made me ‘Very Sad’ – Chelsea Coach, Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea boss, Thomas has said that he was ‘very sad’ to be without Mateo Kovacic for the 1-0 defeat against Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie on Tuesday. Chelsea progressed to the semi-finals despite the defeat after the Croatian, who was set to start the match, pulled up at the end of training on Monday with a hamstring issue. Kovacic, one of the most experienced Champions League stars in the Chelsea set up, will also miss this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City. “Unfortunately yes I was very sad yesterday to see him after twenty minutes in training to have this little muscle injury more or less out of nothing,’ Tuchel told reporters. “We played little boxes after training just to have a little sweat and he felt h...
Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto
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Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto

  Midfielder Mateo Kovacic has reacted to Portugal defender, Pepe’s claims that Chelsea celebrated drawing Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Chelsea midfielder insisted that ‘it will not be easy’ for the Blues to defeat the Portuguese champions and reach this year’s semi-finals. Pepe anchored Porto’s defence when they sent Juventus out of the competition in the round of 16 and Chelsea with Kovacic in the midfield overcame Atletico Madrid to book their place in the quarter-finals. Rumours circulated last month that the Chelsea squad went into dancing on discovering that they were going to meet Porto in the quarter-finals. And ahead of their meeting on Wednesday veteran defender Pepe, insisted that Thomas Tuchel’s men celebrated the draw but warned the...
Chelsea’s Kovacic Opens up on Rudiger’s fight with Kepa
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Chelsea’s Kovacic Opens up on Rudiger’s fight with Kepa

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has opened up on Antonio Rudiger’s training ground fight with Kepa Arrizabalaga. Recall that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, had dismissed Rudiger from training on Easter Day after a fight with Kepa. Rudiger and Kepa were involved in an altercation at Chelsea’s training ground following their Premier League 5-2 home shock defeat against West Brom over the weekend. Reacting to the development ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Porto on Wednesday night, Kovacic insisted that the incident has been left behind, adding that it was just a competition in the dressing room. Asked about the scuffle involving Rudiger and Kepa, Kovacic told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday: “It’s not a big dea...
Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel announces strong squad for Champions League tie
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Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel announces strong squad for Champions League tie

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named a strong squad to face FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-final’s first-leg tie on Wednesday night. Tuchel released a 23-man squad that has the likes of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount to lead the midfield for the Blues against Porto at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain. Chelsea had knocked Atlético Madrid out from the Champions League last-16 in March, while Porto eliminated Juventus. Tuchel’s side head to the game after losing 5-2 to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea’s squad against Porto: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Toni Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Willy C...
Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea
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Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the three ‘big problems’ midfielder Billy Gilmour has at Stamford Bridge. According to Tuchel, the three problems Gilmour has at Chelsea are N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho. The Blues boss also insisted that the Scotland international is a vital part of Chelsea’s squad, despite his lack of regular playing time. Gilmour has featured just once for Chelsea since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last January. The 19-year-old was also snubbed by Scotland coach Steve Clarke for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands later this month. Speaking on Gilmour during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United on Sunday, Tuchel said, “It ...
Chelsea vs Atlético Madrid: Tuchel’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed [Full list]
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Chelsea vs Atlético Madrid: Tuchel’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed [Full list]

Chelsea’s squad to face Atletico Madrid in tonight’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 20-man squad to tackle Atlético Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea head to the match after beating Diego Simeone’s side 1-0 in the first leg last month in Bucharest, Romania. Tuchel’s men are currently in the 4th position on the Premier League table with 51 points from 29 matches. Chelsea’s full squad against Atletico Madrid: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri. Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo ...
Arsenal Hero, Paul Merson Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel
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Arsenal Hero, Paul Merson Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has exposed Chelsea’s major ‘problem’ under their manager, Thomas Tuchel. According to Merson, Chelsea’s midfield is a major ‘problem’ for Tuchel, adding that it is important for the Blues boss to find a solution before the end of the season. Chelsea have been impressive since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard last January. The Stamford Bridge club has won six games and drew three so far under the 47-year-old German, but Merson believes their main issue is the midfield. Merson told Sky Sports, “The problem is the midfield. Who’s got that defence-splitting pass? “When you play Chelsea, everyone’s behind the ball – even Manchester United, a top team, and they sat behind the ball, let’s be honest, and went from a base. “You’ve got N’Golo ...
Chelsea vs Newcastle: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed
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Chelsea vs Newcastle: Thomas Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed

  Chelsea’s squad to face Newcastle United in tonight’s Premier League tie has been made public. According to Football London, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 24-man squad to tackle Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s men head to the match after beating Barnsley 1-0 in the FA Cup in their previous fixture last Thursday. Chelsea are currently in the 5th position on the Premier League table with 39 points from 23 matches. Chelsea’s full squad against Newcastle: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri. Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kova...
Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]
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Champions League Squad Ahead of Atletico Madrid tie [Full list]

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has released a 25-man list for the Champions League knockout stages. The west London Blues face LaLiga giants, Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages of the competition after finishing top of their group. The first leg takes place on February 23, in Madrid while the second leg comes up in Stamford Bridge on March 17 Two names have been removed from the first being Fikayo Tomori who joined AC Milan on loan and Ian Maatsen after his loan move to Charlton Athletic. Young duo, Nigerian-born Tino Anjorin, and Henry Lawrence have made the knockout squad. The list also has Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount all included on List B. Here is the confirmed squad list in full: List A: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,...
Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta
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Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced a moment of magic to give Arsenal their 14th FA Cup triumph in a dramatic 2-1 Wembley win over 10-man Chelsea.  The striker, whose future with the Gunners remains uncertain, slotted in a first-half penalty to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s opener, before firing home a classy match-winning strike in the 67th minute.It meant the battle of the rookie bosses was won by Mikel Arteta, with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea ending the game a man down following a red card for Mateo Kovacic.Arsenal’s success means they earn a place in next season’s Europa League, having finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League.  An early breakthrough came after five minutes for Chelsea when Pulisic clipped in a neat close-range finish after former...
Arsenal 2-1 Better Than Chelsea in FA Cup Final
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Arsenal 2-1 Better Than Chelsea in FA Cup Final

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup final on Saturday and making it a record 14th FA Cup win for the club.  Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the dream start, but the Blues unravelled after Aubameyang was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta inside the area and converted the resulting penalty.  A brilliant finish from Aubameyang 23 minutes from time earned Mikel Arteta silverware in his first season as Arsenal boss before Chelsea were controversially reduced to 10 men when Mateo Kovacic was shown an extremely soft second yellow card.  Arteta said ahead of the final he hoped a taste of success would encourage Aubameyang, who only has a year left on his contract at the Emirates, to ...
Kovacic backing Lampard to help him become goal-scoring star for Chelsea
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Kovacic backing Lampard to help him become goal-scoring star for Chelsea

The Croatia international is hardly famed for his prowess in the final third, but he thinks he has the perfect manager to add those qualities Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic believes he is working with the perfect manager in Frank Lampard to add the qualities to his game that he is currently missing. The most notable of those is the art of goal-scoring, with the Croatia international hardly renowned for his prowess in the final third of the field. The 26-year-old failed to find the target during a season-long loan at Stamford Bridge in 2018-19, but still did enough to earn a permanent move from Real Madrid . He is now off the mark for the Blues, with two efforts recorded this term, but has only troubled the scorers on 21 occasions in his 367 club appearances to date.
Kovacic Reveals how Chelsea Should Approach Tottenham After Defeat to Man Utd
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Kovacic Reveals how Chelsea Should Approach Tottenham After Defeat to Man Utd

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has urged Frank Lampard’s men to approach their next Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at home like the beginning of the season. The Croatian international said this while reacting to Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. “We need to wake up because they [Tottenham and Man United] are coming from behind,” Kovacic was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying. “We need to play our next game against Tottenham and rest like we were playing in the beginning of the season and also make some changes.” He added: “Chelsea must improve and focus because we have tough matches ahead of us. “We have to train hard every day and avoid making too many mistake...
Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Man Utd clash
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Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Man Utd clash

Chelsea has been given a major boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester United on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea confirmed in a post on their official website that midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, returned to the Blues’ training at Cobham on Tuesday morning following his recent recovery from injury. Loftus-Cheek trained with Chelsea’s first-team players that includes the likes of N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, and Mateo Kovačić. The England international is hoping to regain full match fitness to be part of the Chelsea squad that will tackle Man United. The 24-year-old has not featured for Frank Lampard’s side since he ruptured his Achilles during their friendly against the New England Revolution last May. Chelsea head to the clash following a 2-...
Kovacic Reveals Chelsea’s Major Problem Under Frank Lampard
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Kovacic Reveals Chelsea’s Major Problem Under Frank Lampard

  Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has revealed the club’s major problem this season under their manager, Frank Lampard. According to Kovacic, the Blues’ biggest problem this term is that Lampard’s men do not take their chances to score more goals against their opponents. The Croatia international said this while reacting to his side’s FA Cup 2-1 win against Hull City over the weekend. “It was a tough game, as we knew that it would be, but we need to score in the first half two more goals,” Kovacic was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying on Monday. “That’s our problem in this moment but obviously we’re happy to go through. “It was because we didn’t score on time – we had some chances and we didn’t use them. In training, we are working...
Chelsea Set To Sign Kovacic Permanently For £40m Despite Transfer Ban
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Chelsea Set To Sign Kovacic Permanently For £40m Despite Transfer Ban

Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic for £40m despite being under a two-window transfer ban. Kovacic spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge, so Chelsea have already registered him. It means, providing the deal is done before the loan expires on 30 June, it would not require another registration. Therefore, that would not contravene Fifa's transfer ban on Chelsea, which runs until the end of January 2020. The suspension, which followed an investigation by world football's governing body into the Stamford Bridge club's signing of foreign under-18 players, is currently the subject of an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Chelsea have not asked for the ban to be lifted until the appeal is heard. Kovacic made 32 ...
“Am Here To Be The Best Player” – Eden Hazard Speaks After Unveil
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“Am Here To Be The Best Player” – Eden Hazard Speaks After Unveil

After being unveiled to over 50,000 Real Madrid Fans, Eden Hazard has made it clear his desire to win the Ballon D'Or award. The 28-year-old had drawn a crowd for his presentation bigger than three of Real Madrid's league games last season. He said: "Everything began last year after the World Cup but I continued one year more (at Chelsea) and I think that worked out well both on a personal level and for the club because we won theEuropa League. "I never doubted that I would end up playing for Real Madrid. I will try to be become the best player in the world. But before that I will try to make Madrid the best team in the world." "No I'm not a Galactico, not yet. I can still improve," he added. He was presented without a shirt number and joked: "I've been lucky because I h...
Hazard Reveals What Modric Told him About no 10 shirt
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Hazard Reveals What Modric Told him About no 10 shirt

Belgium captain, Eden Hazard, has identified Chelsea star, Mateo Kovacic, as the player that helped him get his Real Madrid shirt. He also revealed that Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, refused to give him his Los Blancos’ number 10 shirt after he asked the Croatian international for it. Hazard said he spoke to Modric through the assistance of Kovacic, who is on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid. The 28-year-old stated this on Thursday after he was unveiled as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The forward completed his £88.5million move to Zinedine Zidane’s side from Chelsea a few days ago. Modric is the current owner of the number 10 shirt in the Real Madrid dressing room, and despite asking Kovacic for help, Hazard will have to wear a different ...
Real Madrid to Sell 11 Players this Summer
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Real Madrid to Sell 11 Players this Summer

Real Madrid could sell as many as 11 players this summer to fund a squad overhaul. According to Marca, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, is set to bolster his squad ahead of next season and could let up to 11 players leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer’s transfer window. Former Tottenham Hotspur star, Gareth Bale, tops the list. Bale has been told that he will be frozen out of the Zidane’s first team, should he not be able to find a new club this summer. The other 10 players include: Isco, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Keylor Navas, Dani Ceballos, Mariano Diaz, Raul De Tomas, Borja Mayoral, Zidane’s son, Luca and Theo Hernandez. Real Madrid were dumped out of the Champions League in the round of 16 by Ajax. The Los Blancos have struggled in the La Liga this se...
Chelsea Star Finally Reaches Summer Transfer Conclusion
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Chelsea Star Finally Reaches Summer Transfer Conclusion

  Chelsea star, Mateo Kovacic has finally decided not to leave the club this summer transfer window. Kovacic joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid last year. The midfielder has already been told that he will not be in Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane’s plans next season. However, Goal reports that Kovacic has now decided to remain at Stamford Bridge after the end of the season than returning to his parent club, Real Madrid. The 24-year-old has since established himself as a key member in Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI this campaign. The Croatian international has featured for Chelsea in over 40 matches in all competitions this season, helping the Blues progress to the Europa League quarter-finals, where they will tackle Sla...
Sarri Names One Player He Regrets Not Signing For Chelsea
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Sarri Names One Player He Regrets Not Signing For Chelsea

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has regretted the club’s failure to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus. Higuain enjoyed one of the prolific spells of his career under Sarri’s management at Napoli. The Argentine international was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer but ultimately signed for AC Milan on loan from Juventus. Sarri conceded he would have relished the opportunity to work with Higuain again. Asked about Chelsea’s summer dealings, he told Sky Sports, “Higuain? It’s a little regret but in the end everyone after the market has a few little regrets.” Speaking on Chelsea’s new goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Sarri added, “Fundamentally, the club was very open, we signed a great goalkeeper to replace another great one. “I thought it right not to hol...
Chelsea Signs Croatian Midfielder Mateo Kovacic On Loan From Real Madrid
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Chelsea Signs Croatian Midfielder Mateo Kovacic On Loan From Real Madrid

Chelsea has completed the signing of Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old moves to London as part of the deal that saw goal stopper Thibaut Courtois move in the opposite direction for £35million. The Croatian international who signed for Los Blancos in 2015, failed to establish himself as a regular starter following his move from Inter Milan. Kovacic told the club's official website: 'I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. 'I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.'
Real Madrid Offer Mateo Kovacic To Chelsea To Help Smooth Thibaut Courtois Sale
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Real Madrid Offer Mateo Kovacic To Chelsea To Help Smooth Thibaut Courtois Sale

Real Madrid has offered to loan Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea in order to persuade them to sell Thibaut Courtois, according to Sky sources. Kovacic has struggled to secure a regular first-team place at Madrid since joining from Inter Milan in 2015, and has been told he can leave the Bernabeu this summer. Madrid is prepared to allow the 24-year-old midfielder to join Chelsea on a season-long loan in an effort to persuade the Blues to sell Courtois. Madrid are keen to sign the Belgium international, who has failed to return for pre-season training at Chelsea amid the speculation surrounding his future. Courtois was due for talks with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri on Monday but failed to report for training. Sky Sports News understands Chelsea will not allow Courtois to leave this summe...
Argentina Will Fall Again – Iwobi
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Argentina Will Fall Again – Iwobi

Nigeria and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, is looking forward to Super Eagles repeating the sensational defeat of South America power-house, Argentina, when both countries meet in their group stage game of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Last November in Krasnodar, Russia, the three-time African champions pulled a stunning 4-2 defeat of Argentina in an international friendly. Iwobi, 21, who scored a brace in that game, similarly got the winning goal that qualified Nigeria for the World Cup against Zambia in Uyo last October. Although Nigeria’s victory was attributed to the absence of Argentina’s inspirational forward, Lionel Messi, Iwobi told BBC yesterday that Eagles are capable of an encore in summer. “Argentina were missing their star man (Lionel) Messi, but we were also missing s...
Real Madrid: Varane In Fitness Race For Las Palmas Game
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Real Madrid: Varane In Fitness Race For Las Palmas Game

Real Madrid returned to training on Thursday after suffering a first group stage loss in five years in the Champions League against Spurs at Wembley to begin preparations for the visit of Las Palmas to the Bernabéu on Sunday evening. According to the club’s website, those players who started the match against Tottenham were handed a light session with youth team players Moha, Darío and Sergio Arribas joining the senior squad. Varane back in training The players were put through their paces with ball work, mini-games and drills involving pressing and crosses. Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic, Dani Carvajal, Luca Zidane and Keylor Navas all continued their various recovery programmes while Raphael Varane returned to the Valdebebas training pitches as he seeks to recover from a hamstring problem...
Croatia Make Carlo Ancelotti Offer
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Croatia Make Carlo Ancelotti Offer

The former Milan and Juventus Coach is currently unemployed, having been sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of last month. Despite his presence at Stamford Bridge last night, Carletto isn’t looking to get back into a club job until the summer, as he doesn’t want to take over a season already in progress. Ancelotti has also said he feels it’s too soon to take the Italy job, but this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting an offer from the Croatian federation. The proposal is that the Champions League winner would take charge of the team for the 2018 World Cup only, before returning to club football. Croatia must negotiate a play-off against Greece to reach Russia, and will be led by Zlatko Dalic for those two games. Should Dalic make it to the World Cup, there are some who would w...
Zidane Regains Real Madrid’s Spine For Real Betis Match
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Zidane Regains Real Madrid’s Spine For Real Betis Match

With the German training on Tuesday morning for the second day in a row, he could join Ronaldo and Marcelo in the squad now that their respective suspensions have come to an end. Indeed, the left-back slot is set to open itself up for Wednesday night as Theo Hernandez hurt his shoulder at Estadio Anoeta, and he missed training the day before the Betis clash along with Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Jesus Vallejo. Vallejo has received a fresh knock having been absent for the season so far while Kovacic has a longer road to recovery ahead of him. That could open up a bench spot for Alvaro Tejero, who trained with the first team on Tuesday as rondos and speed exercises were the order of the day.
Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad
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Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad

Zidane was with just 19 players for the session, with a number of players set to miss the trip to San Sebastian. Kroos played against APOEL in midweek in the Champions League but is now a major doubt for the game at Anoeta. Madrid are also without Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic (both injured) and Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo (both suspended) for the match. Meanwhile, defender Jesus Vallejo also missed training, but Marco Asensio did train as normal after missing the APOEL game.
Real Madrid Coach Zidane Has Only Rotated When Forced To
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Real Madrid Coach Zidane Has Only Rotated When Forced To

He became famous for resting his star players as Los Blancos won a league and cup double last year, but he's only failed to play his preferred starting XI has been when these players were injured or suspended.As such, just 15 players have started a game so far this season, compared to the 20 players who had started a game after the first five fixtures of the 2016/17 campaign.In defence, for example, Nacho only played when covering for Raphael Varane against Deportivo La Coruna, with the Frenchman having started the campaign with injury niggles, and when standing in for the suspended Sergio Ramos against Valencia.Then Dani Carvajal and Marcelo have played all 450 minutes so far, which is telling.Looking at the midfield, Mateo Kovacic was only given a chance when Luka Modric was suspended fo...

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