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Jorginho Raves About Chelsea Youngster Mason Mount

Jorginho has tipped team-mate Mason Mount to go on and become a goal machine due to his work rate.

The youngster has been a fully-fledged member of the Blues first-team since the beginning of the 2019/20 season and was integrated into the first-team plans by former manager Frank Lampard, becoming a first-team regular ever since.

Mount did struggle for consistency towards the end of 2020, so much so that some cited this as a factor behind why Lampard was eventually sacked by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Since Tuchel was appointed as Chelsea boss, no player has scored more goals for the club than Mount.

“He works for the whole team. He’s not just focused on goals for himself.

“And that means the goals will just come naturally for him because he works hard, he is always in the right position.

“He needs to keep working like that and then of course he will get a lot of goals in his career.”

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Mount is certainly going to be an England first-team regular

At his current rate, Mount is most definitely going to play a key role in England’s Euro 2020 plans. He is one of the most active Blues team members when the team is out of possession, working extremely hard to eventually put the ball back into the control of his team.

He also uses his pace to his advantage, often using his speed in order to close down opponents who may be trying to launch attacking moves of their own.

One of Mount’s best qualities is his superb passing of the ball. He is also able to use difficult and unique angles as a means of distributing his passes through the lines of the opposition. When he takes possession from players, he challenges the defensive players that are around him.

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Mount has proven his critics wrong

Mount was accused by some critics of being a Lampard favourite but there is no doubt that he has proved those doubters wrong as he has gone on to star even more since Lampard departed the club.

It remains to be seen how he will progress in the future but he definitely does have the makings of a Blues club legend if he can continue to progress at a steady rate.

 

Football Legends Who Failed To Sparkle At Chelsea

There is an element of truth to the claim that the Premier League is a tougher league to shine in than the other leagues across Europe. There have been quite a few football legends who have not managed to emulate their world-class ability on a consistent basis in the Premier League as compared to the other leagues across the world.

The following are football legends who failed to sparkle in their time at Chelsea.

George Weah

Weah who is regarded as the greatest African footballer of all time joined the Blues on loan in 2000 from AC Milan. To date, Weah who is currently the President of Liberia remains the only African to have won the Ballon d’Or award.

Weah was past his prime when he joined the Blues but managed to score the winner on debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

Though he scored three goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, then manager Gianluca Vialli opted against making his contract permanent. Weah subsequently joined newly promoted Manchester City the following season.

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Andriy Shevchenko

The Ukraine football legend and 2004 Ballon D’or winner joined the Blues in 2006 following a successful spell with AC Milan which saw him win the Serie A and Champions League.

In three years at Chelsea, Shevchenko went on to net just 22 times in all competitions from 77 appearances. He showed flashes of brilliance but ultimately failed to find the type of consistency that is required of a player to lead the line for the Blues.

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Juan Sebastian Veron

Prior to the emergence of Lionel Messi in the mid-2000s, the midfield anchorman Veron was arguably Argentina’s most feared player. Veron earned a high-profile move to Manchester United in 2001. After a failure to get going at United, Chelsea opted to give Veron a chance to prove himself in 2003. He scored just one goal from 14 appearances in all competitions, Veron went on to join Inter Milan and then Estudiantes on loan.

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Who Are The Germans To Have Played For Chelsea?

Chelsea spent heavily on recruiting the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz prior to the start of the season. The duo have not enjoyed the best debut campaign in England so far, though, in their defence, they are still young players and may just need some extra time to adapt to the new country and culture.

Havertz and Werner are not the first Germans to play for the Blues.

The others are:

Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger joined the Blues from Roma in 2017. He has been a success in his time at Stamford Bridge and helped the club win a FA Cup and Europa League.

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Andre Schürrle

The 2014 World Cup winner joined the Blues in 2013 from Bayer Leverkusen. He was a first-team regular in his first season at the club, helping the Blues to land the Premier League title.

However, he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge the following campaign before returning to Germany with VFL Wolfsburg. Schürrle was unable to replicate the consistency which saw him become so highly rated in his early 20’s. He was last on the books of Spartak Moscow and ended up retiring from football in 2020, aged just 29.

Marko Marin

Like Schürrle, Marin was highly-rated as a youth before never quite living up to his potential. He joined the Blues in 2012 from Werder Bremen. He would remain on the books of the Blues for four years, serving loan spells in Turkey, Italy, and Spain.

The playmaker is currently a free agent. Aged 32, he was last on the books of Saudi club Al-Raed.

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Michael Ballack

After success with Bayern Munch, the German midfield dynamo joined Chelsea in 2006 at the age of 30. He went on to spend four successful years with the club, helping it to one Premier League title, three FA Cups, and one League Cup.

Ballack left the Blues in the summer of 2012, returning to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. He retired from football in 2012.

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Robert Huth

Huth had a rather interesting career. Though born in East Germany, the former German international spent his entire professional career in England. The former centre-back joined the Stamford Bridge club from FC Union Berlin in 2001 before graduating to the first team in 2002.

Though mainly a squad rotation option during his time with the Blues, Huth helped the club win two Premier League titles. He left the Blues in 2006 and joined Middlesbrough before having spells with Stoke City and Leicester City.

The highlight of Huth’s career was in 2015-16 as he was a key part of the Leicester team which claimed the Premier League.

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Sebastian Kneißl

Kneißl is definitely the most unknown player in this list and spent five years on the books of the Blues, though he never made a competitive league appearance for the club.

After leaving Chelsea in 2005, he had  spells with lower league teams in England and Germany and a loan spell with Westerlo.

He retired from professional football in 2013, having last been on the books of German club SV Heimstetten.

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Americans Who Have Played For Chelsea

The United States men’s national team may be a sleeping giant. After having struggled to exert itself on the international scene, the “land of opportunity” is currently churning out players who are not only capable of but also playing for Europe’s biggest players.

During the days of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, American players playing for elite clubs were a dime a dozen.

Christian Pulisic has been the most high-profile American to have played for the Blues and many will be mistaken to think that he is the only American to have played at Stamford Bridge.

However there have been two others and in all probability, more will come in the future.

Here are the two other Americans apart from Pulisic who have called Stamford Bridge home.

Matt Miazga

After impressing in Major League Soccer for the New York Red Bulls, the United States defender earned a move to Stamford Bridge in January 2016.

Chelsea had to make do without the services of Gary Cahill and John Terry for a Premier League game against Aston Villa in April 2016 which resulted in Miazga being handed his English top-flight debut.  The West London club went on to win that match 4-0.

After looking solid on debut, Miazga was selected for the Blues following league clash against Swansea City but ended up being substituted at half-time.

Now on loan with Anderlecht in Belgium, Miazga has since made no Premier League appearances for Chelsea. His contract with the club ends next summer and he will likely be released.

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Kyle Scott

A youth product of the Chelsea development system, Scott spent ten years with the club though he went on to make just one first-team appearance-making his debut in a 4-0 FA Cup triumph over Hull City in February 2018.

After joining Newcastle, Scott has failed to make the Magpies first-team and been used in their reserve games.

The 23-year-old has had an interesting youth international career. He represented England at U16 level, Republic of Ireland at U17 level and the United States at U18 and U20 level.

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USA Coach Berhalter Hails Pulisic Progress

USA national team coach Greg Berhalter believes that Christian Pulisic is proving himself at Chelsea, following his successful comeback from injury. The 22-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund in January 2019. He was immediately loaned back to the Germany club before joining the Blues permanently at the start of last season.

The American was on the shortlist for Premier League Young Player of the Year last term, and when using an 888sport Promo Code, he’s 12/1 to go one better and scoop the title this season amidst some exceptional performances.

“When Christian was moving from Dortmund to Chelsea we knew there was going to be an adaptation period,” said Berhalter to the Chelsea Mike’d Up Podcast

“He had to get used to the English game. It took time, and as he did that he came out performing really well, helping the team and scoring goals and being influential. All these things we projected him being able to do took an understandable time period.”

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Pulisic’s form has been encouraging at times

After a slow start to life in England, Pulisic began to find form and was largely strong in terms of his performances during his first season before an injury curtailed his progress. The highlight of Pulisic’s time at Chelsea so far was the hat trick which he scored against Burnley in October 2019. The triple made him only the second American to score a hat trick in Premier League history, with the other being former Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey. Pulisic went on to strike six goals for the club before his injury on New Years Day 2020.

There are heavy expectations on Pulisic

Despite being just 22, Pulisic is already widely regarded as being one of the greatest American football players in history and he is expected to usurp Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey in terms of European success. He initially established himself as one of the most highly-rated young prospects in European football during his time with Dortmund but started to be over-shadowed at the Bundesliga club following the arrival of Jadon Sancho in Germany during the summer of 2018. Pulisic’s transfer to Chelsea came at the right time as the emergence of Sancho cut his playing time at Chelsea.

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The American will be expected to become a key player for both Chelsea as well as the United States in the future. He has already made 34 appearances for the United States team and boasts 14 goals.

Lampard Insists He Will Stick To His Principles

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has insisted that he will stick to his principles amidst the club’s current poor form. The Blues are currently winless in their last three games, having lost two of those against Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.

In the two defeats, Lampard’s lack of strategy and man-management appeared to manifest itself.  Lampard’s lack of prior managerial experience appears to be showing. It is important to remember that he lacked experience at the highest level prior to taking up the Chelsea job.

Prior to being appointed Blues manager, Lampard’s also previous managerial experience came when he led Championship club Derby County.

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Lampard is under pressure

Lampard was given massive funding to invest on strengthening the squad last summer. He spent heavily in order to bring in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. The German duo, in particular, appears to have struggled to so far adapt to life in England.

So far, the Blues have not shown signs of significant improvement from last season. Should they fail to attain a top-four finish this season, it is unlikely that Lampard will remain at the helm of the team beyond this summer, especially considering how harsh the club has been with managers before.

“I’m not stupid, I know that we need to get results. We want to get results. Do I change things? Sometimes, a little bit. I tweak things. You have to search, but you also have to stick to your principles.” said Lampard as reported by Sky Sports. 

Lampard can still pick things up

It is still a bit too premature to make a fair judgement that Lampard is not the right man to lead the West London club. After all, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on the verge of being sacked by Manchester United a couple of times before managing to string together a good run of results. Lampard needs to do the same.

Forget Mendy, Chelsea Must Eye Italian Keeper

After watching Kepa Arrizabalaga make error after error, Chelsea eventually realized that they had to make a change in goal, bringing in Edouard Mendy from Rennes last summer.

Mendy arrived at Stamford Bridge at the prime of his powers, at 28-years-old and following an impressive Ligue 1 season. The Senegal international initially showed some strong signs in England, however, some of his recent mistakes have led to concerns about whether he will truly ever be a world-class keeper.

The Blues need a world-class keeper between the sticks if they want to challenge for major silverware, they simply cannot have an ordinary keeper in the position.

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Donnarumma is now an elite keeper 

It’s safe to say that Donnarumma is now one of the best goalkeepers in world football. It’s hard to believe that the keeper dubbed the “modern-day Buffon” has already amassed nearly 200 appearances in the Serie A. He is still just 21-years-old and most players his age are still working their way into first-team football.

With keepers now playing well into their 40’s, especially Italian’s, Donnarumma could potentially have more than 19-years left in the tank. Gianluigi Buffon is still going strong for Juventus at 42 and if Donnarumma is to follow the example of the former long-time Italy first-choice keeper, he will play for another two decades.

Mendy seems like a decent enough goalkeeper to play in the Premier League. But is he good enough to help Chelsea win major trophies? Thus far, the signs have not been promising but time will tell.

Every side needs a top goalkeeper. Manchester City have that in Ederson, Liverpool have it in Alisson and Bayern Munich have it in Manuel Neuer.

During their heyday, Chelsea had that in Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois and since the departure of the latter to Real Madrid in 2018, they have been unable to win the Premier League.

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Craig Burley Believes Grealish Would Have Suited Chelsea

Former Chelsea star Craig Burley believes that Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish would have suited the Blues. Grealish played an instrumental role in terms of helping Villa to avoid relegation last season.

His form has been a totally different story this season. Villa are faring much better than they did last season and Grealish has established himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and a world class talent.

Dean Smith’s side are sixth in the standings with a game in hand over log leaders Liverpool. They managed to claim a memorable 7-2 win over defending champions Liverpool earlier this season with Grealish having been a star in that game.

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Grealish is on another level

As much as Grealish is a boyhood fan of Villa, he is now 25-years-old and will have to leave Villa Park soon if he wants to take his career to the next level and play in the Champions League.  There is no doubt that the vultures will come circling for his signature at the end of this season.

One of Grealish’s strengths is that he is capable of being deployed on the wings as well as in midfield. He may have been a good addition to Frank Lampard’s first-team.

Burley believes that he would have been a good acquisition amidst the struggles of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in establishing themselves at Stamford Bridge.

“I wouldn’t have been against signing Jack Grealish. He’s been superb again, a fantastic season.” he said as reported by The Sun. 

“Timo Werner is a different kettle of fish because Jack Grealish is a midfielder who can do a bit of everything. Werner is an attacker, and in essence so is Havertz – although he can play a little deeper.

“Grealish would have given them more options than Havertz.”

Report: German Could Replace Lampard If Things Don’t Improve

After a strong start to the season, Chelsea’s performances have begun to wane. There is no doubt that this will frustrate Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, a person who is known to be harsh when it comes to judging managers.

The Blues have lost three out of their last four Premier League games. There is no doubt that Lampard has a talented side at his disposal and anything other than a top-four finish in the league this season will simply not be acceptable.  Lampard was also given plenty of funds to invest last summer on bringing in new players so he certainly cannot be one to complain about not receiving sufficient backing from the board.

Should things fail to pick up under Lampard, the Blues could potentially move for Thomas Tuchel, as reported by The Daily Mail. 

Thomas Tuchel is available 

Tuchel was made available last week after PSG opted to sack him. The 47-year-old is vastly experienced as he has previously managed the likes of Mainz and Borussia Dortmund in addition to PSG. In his time with PSG, he managed to win two Ligue 1 titles and also led the club to the final of the Champions League last season where they lost to Bayern Munich.

It was the best performance by PSG in the Champions League in the modern era.

The report added that Tuchel would love to have the opportunity to work with the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. The trio have all been struggling to play well this season. The latter two in particular who arrived last summer were expected to be major hits in the Premier League.

However, they have so far failed to bring their past Bundesliga form to England. Tuchel could help to get the best out of them, given his intimate knowledge of German football.

 

Jamie Carragher Issues Warning To Chelsea Keeper Mendy

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has issued a warning to Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy following his recent errors against Leeds United and Everton.

The Senegal international joined the Blues in the summer and has since dispatched Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club’s first-choice keeper. Kepa had been struggling to live up to expectations following his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2018 and made several costly errors.

Whilst the 28-year-old Mendy had a promising start to life at Chelsea, he himself made costly errors against Leeds United and Everton recently. The Blues ultimately lost the game to the Toffees which led to their early season strong momentum being lost.

“He came in and made a massive difference, but I think any keeper coming in would’ve made a massive difference,” said Carragher as reported by The Daily Star. 

“I think he’s made a really good start, there’s no doubt he’s made a few mistakes of late, but all eyes will be on him now a lot more.”

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Mendy will have to up his game

The goalkeeping position at Chelsea is a high-profile one. The last three long-term first-choice keepers at the club- Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini are considered to be greats. Kepa became the first keeper of the club in the modern era to not manage to hold onto the first-choice keeping position on a long-term basis.

The 28-year-old Mendy is a late bloomer and was not really known to many people prior to his arrival at Chelsea. After starting his career with French lower league club Cherbourg in 2011, he started making a name for himself in France with Reims and more recently Rennes whom he left to join the Blues earlier this year.

Whilst making errors every now and then is pretty much expected of any player, Mendy will be aware that he will not be able to do this regularly if he wants to make the Chelsea first-choice keeping position his own.

 

Chelsea Players Whose Contracts Expire Next Summer

Every year players come and go from football clubs. The following are players from the club whose contracts are due to expire at the end of the 2020/21 season as per Transfermarkt.

Olivier Giroud 

Giroud has made no secret of his desire to play for France at the rescheduled European Championships this summer. He arrived at the club in January 2018 as an emergency transfer when the Blues were struggling to find a consistent player to lead their line and amidst the struggles of Alvaro Morata at the time.

Giroud has done his bit for the Blues. With Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in Frank Lampard’s squad, it is unlikely that he will be staying at the club beyond this summer, this time for real.

It remains to be seen whether Giroud also wants to play in the 2022 World Cup. If so, his next destination may be another club from Europe’s top five leagues.

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Willy Caballero

The Argentine joined the club during the summer of 2017 on a free transfer and his duty was to act as a cover option. The 39-year-old has done a professional job whenever called upon and has gone on to make 11 Premier League appearances in his time at Stamford Bridge so far.

Caballero may opt to continue his career elsewhere but his position will be better served going to a younger keeper who can challenge Edouard Mendy for the first-choice goalkeeping position.

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Thiago Silva

From all the players on this list, Silva is the most likely to remain at the club next season. After joining the Blues this summer, he agreed to sign a one year contract with the club, with a clause to possibly extend his stay at the Bridge by a further year.

Silva has so far been a hit in England. It will not be surprising if Lampard wants to keep him for a further year.

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Report: Chelsea Is Keen On Young Sensation

Chelsea are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, according to a report by 90min

The Norwegian has established himself as arguably the biggest breakout star of 2020. Following some dynamic goalscoring for Red Bull Salzburg, he earned a move to German giants Dortmund in January 2020.

Not many expected Haaland to continue his phenomenal scoring rate in the Bundesliga. After all, he is only 20-years-old and there is a gulf in class between the league of Austria as compared to Germany.

He has done just that and currently as a record of 23 Bundesliga goals from just 23 games.

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Haaland is a future star in the making

Despite still being in the infancy of his career, it is evident that Haaland has intelligence and maturity beyond his age. Most players who are his age are still undergoing a development and learning curve. On the other hand, he can already strut his stuff against the best in the game.

There is no doubt that Dortmund’s good reputation regarding working with young talent played a role in Haaland’s decision to join the club. So far his decision to join Dortmund seems to have been the right one. However, it is unlikely that Haaland will stay at Dortmund for the long-term. Whilst they are a good club, they are unable to compete with the financial might of the top Premier League and La Liga clubs in addition to arch-rivals Bayern Munich.

Will Haaland suit Chelsea

Chelsea currently have Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud on their books. Whilst Giroud is not expected to stick around with the club for the long-term, Werner and Abraham are aiming to do so.

Werner has so far struggled to live up to expectations. If this continues, Chelsea should consider making a move for him.

If Werner and Abraham start scoring on a regular basis, it may be better for Chelsea to invest in bolstering other areas of the team.

 

Chelsea Will Have To Be Patient With Havertz And Werner

The German duo of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner joined Chelsea last summer from Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig respectively. The duo developed into quality players in the Bundesliga and were among the most feared players in the German top-flight prior to their arrivals at Stamford Bridge.

The combined fee for the duo was £117 million and so naturally there was much excitement around their arrivals and fans expected them to be matchwinners.

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It is still too early to give an honest assessment of Havertz and Werner 

It is still too early to give an honest and true assessment of the players. They have certainly not made an immediate impact like Bruno Fernandes did at Manchester United after joining the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in January. However, they have shown glimpses of quality.

Werner has now not found the back of the net in his last nine games and Havertz in his last 12. Werner appears to play his best football when he is utilized as a lone striker and not when he is to the right or left of the front three. With Tammy Abraham now finding form and Olivier Giroud remaining his reliable usual self, one can hope that this can help to bring out the best in his game again.

Havertz appears to be lacking an end product. His natural football intelligence can be seen. Perhaps all that he needs is some time. Some players do tend to take longer to adapt than others. He is also still just 21 and whilst he has vast professional experience, it is important to realize that most other players his age are still fringe players at their respective clubs.

Chelsea may not win the league this season. Winning it will be a bonus but this season should be about getting the team to gel and achieving consistency- something which has lacked over the past three years. There will be no excuses not to challenge for the league next season.

Lampard Not Too Concerned About Timo Werner’s Struggles To Find Goals

Chelsea have had bad luck in terms of finding quality and reliable strikers in recent years. Whilst Diego Costa did score some memorable goals for the club, he did not respect and ended his time at Stamford Bridge on a bitter note.

Alvaro Morata came in and failed to live up to expectations. This was what prompted the club to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in January 2018. Giroud has surpassed expectations. He was never expected to be a match winner but has turned out to be that.

The Blues roped in Timo Werner from RB Leipzig ahead of this season. Werner developed into one of the most feared German forwards during his time in the Bundesliga and there was hope that he could finally be the long-term successor to Chelsea club legend Didier Drogba.

Granted, Werner is only 24-years-old and this is the first time he is playing in England. English football is vastly different to German football in terms of the style of play and it may take him time to adapt to his new surroundings.

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Werner has been struggling for goals recently 

However, he has thus far managed just four goals for the Blues from 14 Premier League games and he has failed to find the back of the net in his last nine games. This has not been a total blow to Blues manager Frank Lampard as Giroud has been scoring goals whilst Tammy Abraham also struck a double in the club’s 3-0 win over West Ham last weekend.

Lampard has said that he is not too concerned about Werner’s struggles.

“Yes, I am not worried on that front. Every striker will want to be scoring goals and that’s what they ultimately get judged on. That’s why Timo was a great acquisition for us because of the level of goals that he has scored for us over the last few years,” the 42-year-old said as per Football.London. 

“So, again, I will say it is a player in a new league who needs time to settle. That’s not the whole story with Timo, he is getting into positions regularly, scaring them and giving them a problem. At the moment, it is not quite going for him but that moment will change if he keeps working hard and we will see goals from Timo Werner for sure.”

Defender Admits He Is Unhappy With Playing Situation At Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger has admitted that he is unhappy with his lack of regular game time for Chelsea this season.  The German appears to have dropped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season as he has thus far made only one Premier League appearance to date.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the 27-year-old. He became a key component of the Blues first-team when he arrived at the club in 2017 and even played in 19 out of the last 22 league games in the last campaign.

Frank Lampard seems to be opting for the defensive combination of Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva this season. Rudiger’s chances of breaking into the first-team anytime soon appear to be slim. His chances of gaining selection to the German national team for the rescheduled European Championships will thus also be very slim.

In spite of his situation, Rudiger also added that he will opt to stay and fight for a place in the first-team rather than seek a transfer away from the club this January.

“I can’t be satisfied with my situation, but the fight has been accepted,” he said as reported by The Daily Mail.

“What will happen in January is a long way off. I’m completely relaxed.”

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Rudiger’s chances of regular football are not good at all

Despite having a very talented side, Chelsea are far from a finished product and their recent league losses against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton proved that. However, the defence has been one of the team’s better characteristics and it is the attack which is misfiring.

Rudiger has played four Champions League games this season which seems to indicate that Frank Lampard still does see a role for him in the team. With Silva unlikely to stay at the team beyond two years, Rudiger could win regular first-team action if he continues to work hard and impress when called upon.

Report: Declan Rice Is Keen To Return To Chelsea

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano believes that Chelsea could make a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in the January transfer window, as per The Mirror. 

The Blues have been long linked with the 21-year-old who has established himself as one of the most highly-rated young defensive midfielders in European football. Rice is so highly rated at West Ham that he is entrusted with the captaincy duties when Mark Noble is absent.

Since bursting onto the West Ham first-team scene in 2015, Rice has gone on to make more than 100 Premier League appearances and has since also worked his way into the England team. He will be of high probability to gain selection to the England squad which will compete at the rescheduled European Championships.

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Rice will have a strong connection to Chelsea

Rice is a fan favourite at the London Stadium and should think carefully about his next move. He is virtually assured of regular game time at West Ham as well as having a key leadership role within the side. He will need to make a move at some point to take his career to the next level but does not need to rush it.

He will feel connected to Chelsea as he is a product of the Blues youth development system and was released by the club in 2014, a year after he turned professional. Chelsea’s loss ended up being West Ham’s gain, though it is likely that Rice had dreams of playing for the Blues first-team as a youngster.

Frank Lampard is believed to be a keen admirer of Rice and is also an admirer of young talent. Rice could be a good addition at Stamford Bridge, particularly under the management of Lampard. Chelsea must act fast though as a player like Rice is likely to attract interest from a number of clubs.

Report: Olivier Giroud Refused To Leave Chelsea

Laurent Koscielny reportedly failed to convince Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud to leave the club last summer.

“Yes, it’s true. I tried. Olive didn’t come and I totally respect his choice. He still feels capable of playing at the highest level, in a club that plays the Champions League,” Koscielny told France Football.

“He wants to continue to play for the France national team in the Euros and maybe even go to the 2022 World Cup.

“If he still feels capable of doing it, letting him enjoy it as much as possible.

“A career is short. (…) I gave him all the arguments as to why I’m at Bordeaux, and he completely understood. He still wants to win and stay at the highest level.”

The veteran striker was expected by many to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of last season after Timo Werner agreed to join the club. Giroud served as a second-choice striker for the majority of last season to Tammy Abraham and it was expected that Werner’s arrival would relegate him to third choice.

Koscienly who now plays for and captains Ligue 1 club Bordeaux was keen to reunite with Giroud with whom he was previously team-mates at Arsenal for several years.

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Giroud’s career has been a case of continuous perseverance

While he is not the most naturally gifted striker around, Giroud makes up for his lack of natural ability to willpower and professionalism. Karim Benzema is a far more gifted striker than him, let it was Giroud who lead the line for France in the 2018 World Cup. A big reason for this is because of his professional etiquette and because of how he influences those around him.

While Giroud did not score a single goal in France’s World Cup-winning campaign, he helped to bring the best out of his attacking partners and played a crucial role in the triumph in his own right.

Giroud has continued to shine for Chelsea this season amidst early season struggles of Werner and Abraham. There is no doubt that the young duo can learn a lot from their experienced team-mate who now has almost a decade of Premier League experience.

John Terry Reveals Why He Did Not Join Manchester United as a Player

John Terry is widely regarded as being one of the greatest players ever to don the jersey of Chelsea. He spent 19 years on the roster of the Blues first team as a player and went on to win virtually everything that there was to win in English football during that time.

Not only did Terry establish himself as arguably the best English defender of the past generation but he also established himself as one of the best English leaders of the past generation, which has been proved off the pitch with his assistant coaching at Aston Villa. The West Midlands side are now 40/1 to be relegated in the football betting odds when you