It’s no secret that a number of Antonio Conte’s relationships at Chelsea fell apart towards the back end of last season. David Luiz and Willian were the two main outcasts following Diego Costa’s argument-fuelled departure to Atletico 12 months ago. The latter was heavily linked to a summer move away with Manchester United and Barcelona reportedly interested but the Brazilian wideman has now said he will be a Blues player on September 1st.
Despite the Premier League transfer window closing on Thursday afternoon, there is still the opportunity for players to move away from the English top flight.
Maurizio Sarri’s first Premier League game saw Chelsea travel up north to face David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town and the Blues came away with three goals, three points and a clean sheet in a brilliant 3-0 win.
Thibaut Courtois certainly won’t have any friends left in West London on the back of his £35 million to Real Madrid on deadline day. Not only did the World Cup Golden Glove winner show a lack of respect towards the club but also the fans with some behaviour that doesn’t reciprocate the love he was shown during his time with the Blues.
Despite Chelsea kicking off their Premier League campaign away at Huddersfield on Saturday, there was still time for one more pre-season fixture on Tuesday night. The Blues welcomed Lyon to Stamford Bridge in the final International Champions Cup game of the summer and after playing out a goalless draw in normal time, Sarri’s side went on to beat the French side 5-4 on penalties.
Another interesting transfer window in the Premier League has just a few days left with the earlier deadline of before the start of the top-flight season. If previous years are anything to go by then there are still plenty of deals to be done but one that looks increasingly unlikely concerns Chelsea’s pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.
It looks more and more likely that Thibaut Courtois will be a Real Madrid player when the transfer window in Spain ends at the start of September. This comes on the back of strong rumours since picking up the Golden Glove at the World Cup as well as his absence from training over the last couple of days.
Chelsea missed out on the first piece of silverware of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the sunshine at Wembley on Sunday. Jorginho was handed his competitive debut while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkey were both given a starting berth in attack after a strong pre-season.
One of Antonio Conte’s biggest downfalls last season was the breakdown in relationships with some of Chelsea’s star players. It saw Diego Costa forced out the exit door back to Atletico and meant David Luiz was afforded just two Premier League appearances after October. However, Maurizio Sarri has emphasised that the latter will be ‘very important’ over the coming 12 months.
There has certainly been more talk of outgoings at Chelsea this summer than incomings but with just a week until the transfer window closes, it looks as though the Blues will make a signing or two. Rumours of Willian potentially leaving have reportedly forced Maurizio Sarri into considering a move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
With just over a week left of the transfer window, it is becoming a concern that Chelsea have only made one first-team signing. However, amongst the endless transfer rumours coming out of West London, one that is continuing to gather pace is the one linking them to a move for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
One of the ongoing transfer sagas of this summer has been Real Madrid’s reported pursuit of Eden Hazard from Chelsea and as that looks to have petered out, Los Blancos are supposedly interested in bringing one of his team-mates to the Bernabeu.
After Antonio Conte finally left his position as Chelsea manager in mid-July, Maurizio Sarri is already showing signs of being the ideal successor with the signing of Jorginho and the prospect of attacking football returning at Stamford Bridge. It looks as though the Italian boss is interested in bringing another of his countrymen to Chelsea with Juventus’ Daniele Rugani strongly linked to a move away from Turin.
Chelsea’s pre-season started in the best possible way with a 1-0 win against Perth Glory in the Australian side’s brand-new stadium. Alvaro Morata and Pedro led the line in Maurizio Sarri’s first game as manager while Jorginho pulled on the blue shirt for the first time since his move from Napoli.
After a fantastic 2018 World Cup, it is becoming more and more likely that Eden Hazard will be signed by Real Madrid before the conclusion of the summer transfer window. While it would be disappointing for Chelsea to lose such a talented footballer, it would leave the FA Cup winners with a handsome amount of money to reinvest.
Despite only managing a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Belgium were considered as many by the tournament’s best performers. Amongst their squad, which included a core of Premier League stars, Eden Hazard was the stand-out player eventually coming second behind Luka Modric in the hunt for the World Cup Golden Ball.
With all the talk at Chelsea currently about the managerial situation as Antonio Conte has parted ways with the club, it is refreshing for fans to see something slightly different. One of the big stories coming out of Cobham is that Italian midfielder Jorginho is now a Chelsea player after being confirmed on Saturday morning.
As expected, the Premier League is very well represented at the 2018 World Cup and Chelsea is just one of the teams with several players out in Russia. One of those players, Kenneth Omeruo, played each of Nigeria’s group matches and excelled in the defensive line despite the Super Eagles’ devastating exit from the tournament.
Belgium look to be one of the emergent favourites at this summer’s World Cup as they are the only nation to have convincingly won both of their opening games.
The World Cup is understandably stealing the headlines across the globe while managerial updates remain on the minds of Chelsea fans. With little news on that front, the Blues have been handed some news that won’t be welcomed at all.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on Thursday, with the tournament hosts Russia hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 – but there some big news regarding the Premier League. The fixtures for the 2018/19 season have been announced, and Chelsea have been handed with a trip to Huddersfield on the opening day.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take centre stage across the globe when it begins tomorrow. However, while the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia should be the main talking point, the shock sacking of Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has stolen the headlines on the eve of the tournament.
After winning his third consecutive Champions League winners’ medal, Zinedine Zidane shocked the footballing world by resigning just five days after Los Blancos’ 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev. Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino were the original front-runners but with both managers ruling themselves out, the Spanish giants turned to Antonio Conte.
Despite picking up the Players’ Player of the Season accolade at the end of season awards at Stamford Bridge, last season wasn’t Willian’s best since his arrival in London. After spending a lot more time on the bench than he would’ve expected, the Brazilian has admitted it was ‘difficult‘ as it was something he hasn’t had to get used to.
Some football fans were surprised when Gareth Southgate announced Gary Cahill in his England squad, especially with an in-form James Tarkowski missing out. However, the Chelsea defender started the friendly against Nigeria last Saturday, earning the man of the match award with the opening goal and a solid defensive display in the 2-1 win.