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Chelsea Defender Ben Chilwell Raves About Timo Werner

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has been left impressed by the contributions of his team-mate Timo Werner so far. The German joined the Blues ahead of this season from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. Werner arrived in England with an impressive reputation after having established himself as one of the best German strikers in recent years.

He has so far adapted well to life in England, scoring four goals from his first eight Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

Chilwell believes that Werner is on a similar level as Tottenham striker Harry Kane and prolific Leicester forward Jamie Vardy. He has backed Werner to even challenge for the Golden Boot this season.

“I’d already say he’s up there with them two [Kane and Vardy] and he can definitely go on to be absolutely world-class for a long time for the next 10 years or so,” Chilwell told Soccer AM.

“I think when you look at his age and how prolific he is in front of goal, even now his start at Chelsea he’s scored a lot of goals already. Just in front of goal he’s so good.

“He has similar characteristics to both Vardy and Harry to be fair. In terms of running the channels and how quick he is it’s similar to Vardy. With Harry his link-up play and his finishing is similar.

“He’s definitely in a category with them two.”

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This season will be about learning for Werner

At 24-years-old, Werner is still a young player. He will reach the peak of his career in another three years. This season will be one of learning for the 33 times capped German international. Whilst Chelsea is a talented side, they are not among the favourites to challenge for the League this season as they lack the same level of experience as Liverpool and Manchester City.

It will be impressive if Werner scores in excess of 15-20 goals in the Premier League this season. This will not only prove that he has adapted to life in England, but it will also be a good platform for him to go and challenge for the Golden Boot award next season.

If the youngsters in the Blues team are able to lead the club to a solid top-four finish this season, there is no reason to believe that they cannot mount a solid title challenge next season.

Cesc Fabregas Gives Verdict On Hakim Ziyech

Prior to the start of the season, Hakim Ziyech’s arrival at Chelsea generated mixed responses. On the one hand, some fans felt that the club was bringing in a quality attacker who is currently at the peak of his powers.

On the other hand, some felt that the club was bringing in an untested player in England who could fail. Granted, the 27-year-old did not play in any of Europe’s top five leagues prior to his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

What he did have was an impressive reputation. He was one of the star players as Ajax dominated the Eredivisie and reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League in 2019.

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He has started life at Chelsea with a bang

Ziyech has so far cast aside doubts that he might find it difficult to adapt to life in England. The Morocco international made his first Premier League start for the Blues against Burnley last month and notched a goal. In doing so, he became the first Chelsea player since Diego Costa to score in his first two starts for the club.

In his second start for the Blues against Sheffield United, he provided two assists as his side recorded a 4-1 win.

What Fabregas had to say about Ziyech?

Whilst Fabregas and Ziyech are different players, the one thing that both share in common is that they are creative powerhouses. Fabregas has been one of the great creative outlets of the past generation. Ziyech will be hoping to use his creative prowess in order to help bring silverware to the Bridge.

“He’s a very good player,” Fabregas said to 90Min. 

“He has this vision that you need in a top team like Chelsea, who want to win and be champions.

“You could see that they were lacking ideas last season and maybe at the beginning of this season, but with Ziyech, you can see that he has this last pass. It’s not only that he sees it, it’s that he makes it right, at the right time. That’s the decision-making that we talk about nowadays.

“Why are coaches so tactical? Because they see the decision-making of the players is not that good, so they always need to teach them what to do. Before, I believe that coaches were not as on top of the players as they are now, they felt that maybe there was not as much need because the players already saw it themselves, but I believe that Ziyech is one of these players.”

Brighton Star Tariq Lamptey Opens Up On Why He Left Chelsea

Tariq Lamptey has suggested that he moved away from Chelsea last summer in order to take his career to the next level.  The 20-year-old is a product of the Blues youth development system, having joined the club when he was just 8-years-old.

After being promoted to the Blues first-team in 2019, the England U-21 international made just one Premier League appearance for the club. This led to him re-considering his future with the West London club and he subsequently joined Brighton and Hove Albion in January.

“I had to look at where I would get the most football and how I could take my game to the next level” he said as quoted by The Mirror.

“I sat down with the coaches, family members and agents and thought about what’s best for me. It was a really tough decision.”

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Lamptey has established himself as a key player for Brighton

Since joining the Seagulls, Lamptey has established himself as a star for the club and a first-team regular. He has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that he has what it takes to succeed whilst playing in the Premier League.

Some Chelsea fans now wish that the club never allowed Lamptey to leave. It seems like he is a type of player that would have thrived under the management of Frank Lampard.

Lamptey has drawn attention to his abilities as a result of his performances. If he can continue at this rate, it will be surprising if he is still affiliated to Brighton before the start of next season.

A particularly impressive fact about the youngster is that he has not needed a loan spell in order to gain more experience. Most youngsters are sent to a lower league club in the early phase of their careers in order to gain more first-team experience and mature.

Lamptey has not needed that which indicates that he is a cut above the rest of most players who are his age.

 

Report: Chelsea Veteran Is Eyeing An Exit From The Club

Olivier Giroud is considering an exit from Chelsea, as reported by Football London.  Giroud was brought to Stamford Bridge in January 2018 to provide competition to Alvaro Morata who had been struggling for form at the time.

He was brought in as a short-term solution to the club’s problems upfront and very few would have given him much chance of staying with the club for nearly three years. However, Chelsea’s transfer ban combined with the veteran striker making the most of the opportunities given to him meant that they had to keep him.

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Giroud has turned out to be a valuable signing for the Blues

Even though he has not been a regular starter, Giroud has turned out to be a valuable signing for the Blues.  Since joining the club, he has gone on to play 94 times, scoring 29 goals and assisting a further 14.

Towards the end of last season, he even managed to usurp Tammy Abraham as the club’s first-choice striker when the youngster was struggling for form.

Whilst Giroud can still play at the highest level, he has become the Blues third-choice striker after Timo Werner joined the club from RB Leipzig ahead of this season. He has only been used sparingly this term.

Giroud is hoping to represent France at the European Championships next year and will have to start playing regularly if he wants to do that. The report added that Inter Milan is interested in signing the 2018 World Cup winner and added that the player is open to moving to Antonio Conte’s side.

Inter are starting to show signs of rediscovering their glory days since Conte took charge of the club at the beginning of last season. Giroud can also take inspiration from the success that former Manchester United stalwart Ashley Young is enjoying at Inter.

The 35-year-old joined Conte’s side in January and has proven to be a shrewd signing for the Serie A side.

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Kai Havertz Gives Insight Into Why He Opted To Join Chelsea

During his four years with the first team of Bayer Leverkusen, Kai Havertz went on to establish himself as one of the most highly-rated young prospects in European football.  Despite being just 21-years-old, he had already boosted more than 100 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen before his arrival at Stamford Bridge prior to the start of this season.

Due to his displays last season, Havertz became the target of a number of big clubs across Europe. He was even linked with a move to Bayern Munich- the club where most of the best German talents spend the majority of their careers.

Now, he has revealed that Blues manager Frank Lampard was a motivating factor behind his decision to join the West London club. Havertz is hoping to also emulate Lampard’s midfield heroics as a player for the club.

“I was always impressed with his scoring threat”, said Havertz to Sportsbild.

“I found that outstanding for a midfielder. That’s what I want I want to measure myself against. The fact that he was so successful and at the same time so personable impresses me,” added the youngster whose performances have been impressive so far.

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Chelsea have an enterprising young side

With the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Ben Chilwell, and Callum Hudson-Odoi on their first-team ranks, the Blues have one of the best young but talented sides in the Premier League.

Whilst they may not be among the favourites to challenge for the Premier League title this season, Lampard can use this term as a platform upon which to lay the foundations for future success. The side is also certainly capable of challenging for the Cup trophies that are on offer.

The youngsters in the team can draw upon the experiences of more senior players such as Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, captain Cesar Azpilicueta and striker Olivier Giroud.

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Chelsea vs Bournemouth: David vs Goliath

The Premier League has already begun. Considered by many football fans to be one of the most prestigious championships in Europe (the top championship according to UEFA), the Premier League, formerly known as the Football League is the most popular competition in the world with more than a billion viewers.

The competition takes place annually, from August to May of the following year in the form of a championship involving twenty professional clubs (also shareholders of the Premier League) which each play 38 games. At the end of the season, the one who finished at the top is crowned champion, the 3 following teams are qualified for the European competitions organized by UEFA. The 3 teams with the lowest number of points are relegated to the EFL Championship, which is the lowest level.

For this 28th day of the Premier League 2019/2020, Bournemouth will host their return fixture against Chelsea, fourth in the championship.

Chelsea: A solid team that makes mistakes

Actually ranked 4th of the Premier League 2019/2020, Chelsea is on the verge to finish 1st of this championship according to the betting odds of the Premier League. With no less than 6 championship titles (the last one which was in 2017), Chelsea has all the chances to rise the title and secure a place in next season’s Europe competitions. To reach their goal, the club must not lose any points.

However, Chelsea is an orphan. As the LOSC, the Blues had to let go their main player, Eden Hazard, for Real Madrid. For more than 7 years that the Belgian genius has spent in the capital of England, he has exploded all the statistics (110 goals and 96 assists). To replace him Chelsea bet on the American player Christian Pulisic, one of the rising stars of the football world and a former player of Dortmund FC. But the results do not follow due to the player’s lack of success in front of the net. He will need to do all of his power to ensure that his team do not lose points.

One of the team’s other weaknesses is the ban on recruiting that looms over their head until the next transfer window for violating FIFA’s rules on the recruitment of minors. This is a big mess for the club which will no longer be able to boost their squad.

The Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard, can however count on the French stricker Olivier Giroud who came back with a goal after almost 3 months at the bench.

Bournemouth: The scary 16th

As announced in the title, Bournemouth FC is actually ranked 16th in the 2019/2020 Premier League. After their first participation in the Premier League which dates from 2015, the team still stands out as an opponent who can be really dangerous when it gets started.

However, the Bournemouth FC who has managed to beat Chelsea (1-0) in the 1st leg of their confrontation (which ended up their 5 defeats on the row), has faced another failure against Burnley FC (3-0, with Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil as scorers) during the 27th day. All those performances have not reassured fans at all. To avoid relegation, the club will have to put more effort in their following games.

After the disaster against Burnley FC, the coach of the reds and blacks said some worlds to the journalists: “It’s been a really difficult run, a lot of soul searching has gone one, he started, we’ve lost a lot of players due to injuries and we had to step up to a really tough test. We had to come up with something slightly different because if you do the same things you get the same result. Our goalkeeper at the other end made some big saves”.

As you will notice, the Bournemouth will do all possible to save their defense and go for the draw. And for our colleagues the odds from sports.bwin.be, the chances for the game to finish with a draw is 9.00.

Gonzalo Higuain Opens Up on Mixed Chelsea Spell

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain believes that his spell with Chelsea was not that bad. The Argentine joined the Blues in January 2019 on a short-term loan deal. He arrived at a time during which the Blues were struggling to get goals up front. Alvaro Morata had been struggling for form whilst Olivier Giroud was always relied upon as a back-up option and never really viewed as someone to lead the line for the club on a regular basis.

Frank Lampard Focuses on the Positives From Man City Defeat

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes that his side can take plenty of positives from their 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday. The result meant that the Blues recent good run of form came to an end. They can however still hold their heads eye as they were largely competitive against the reigning Champions of England. The game also proved that they are pretty much capable of being competitive against any top side in the World. Prior to this season, many expected the West Londoners to struggle for a top four finish, let alone be competitive against the best sides.

Abraham Keen To Learn From England Striker

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has revealed that he is keen to learn from Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane. Abraham and Kane were selected as teammates for England’s most recent squad. Both players went on to find the back of the net during their country’s 7-0 mauling of Montenegro last Thursday. Kane netted a hattrick while Abraham managed to bag his first national team goal during the 84th minute.

Chelsea Lining Up Potential Moves For Two Strikers

Chelsea are reportedly lining up moves for two strikers during the January transfer window, according to a report which was published by The Sun. As things stand, the Blues will not be allowed to make any signings during the January transfer window in lieu of their two-window transfer ban. They do however plan to appeal the ban and could be set to make signings if they do so to bolster their squad ahead of the second half of the season.

Chelsea Goalkeeper Named as One of 10 Yashin Trophy Contenders

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been named as one of the ten contenders for the first Ballon d’Or for goalkeepers, the Yashin Trophy.

The Yashin Trophy was unveiled as part of the main Ballon d’Or award this year. It was announced last month by the organiser of this awarding body that the keeper’s Ballon d’Or will be given for the very first time this year.

The award is named after the Soviet international goalie Lev Yashin. He was the only goalkeeper to have won the main Ballon d’Or back in 1963.

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The Spanish keeper got the 2019 Europa League at the end of the season as a Blues player. He is joined by three other goalies from the Premier League, Alisson Becker from Liverpool, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Ederson Moraes from Manchester City.

Completing the list are Samir Handonovic from Inter Milan, Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Ajax pride, Andre Onana, Juventus Wojciech Szczesny, and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Former Chelsea player, Eden Hazard is also listed for the main Ballon d’Or award. He joined by 29 other players across the globe. If he get to win this award, he will be named as a Chelsea player as he had played during the first half of the year before leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.

Winners for the Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy will be on December 2 in Paris.