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CHELSEA are on the hunt for summer transfers to strengthen Thomas Tuchel's squad following Frank Lampard's controversial exit.

And Antonio Rudiger – out of favour under the former boss – has strongly denied having anything to do with Lampard's sacking.

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  • Josh Graham

    THE CARING ONE

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has revealed the mixed messages he gave referee Andre Marriner after his side's defeat to Chelsea.

    Spurs suffered their third Premier League defeat in a row on Thursday evening as a first half penalty gave Thomas Tuchel's side a deserved 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    And while there did not appear to be any contentious decisions during the 90 minutes, Mourinho still went over to talk to Marriner at the end of the game and was happy to divulge what he told him.

    He said: "I told him something that he knows already which is that I consider him one of the best referees in the Premier League and I care for him.

    "He’s a referee that I have a big admiration [for] and that gives me probably a good position to tell him that I didn’t like his performance so it was basically like that.

    "I have a very good relationship with Andre so that gives me a good position to tell him that I didn’t like the performance."

  • Josh Graham

    PAT ON THE BACK

    Alexandre Pato has asked for a huge house with a private pool and family protection to join Iraq club Al Diwaniya, reports say.

    The Brazilian is currently a free agent having left Sao Paulo in July 2020.

    Alexandre Pato played twice for Chelsea on loan in 2016Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    Al Diwaniya president Hussein Al-Ankoshei confirmed the club are in talks with Pato.

    But according to Rudaw TV channel, the 31-year-old has tabled lofty demands while negotiating a contract.

    They say Chelsea flop Pato wants an expensive salary, a big house with a pool equipped and guaranteed safety for himself and wife Rebeca, a TV host.

    Al-Ankoshei eluded to the striker's demands while confirming talks with the player.

    He said: "Negotiations are ongoing, the conditions he has set are difficult to meet and there is still no final agreement, it is not easy."

  • Josh Graham

    DIM VIEW

    Dimitar Berbatov has urged Real Madrid to consider selling Chelsea hero Eden Hazard as he is ‘yet to prove anything’.

    The injury-prone star, 30, has played just 35 games for the Spanish side since he joined from the Blues in 2019.

    Dimitar Berbatov said Real Madrid should sell ex-Chelsea star Eden Hazard

    Hazard now faces another four to six weeks on the sidelines as he has suffered another muscle injury.

    His latest setback is the TENTH separate problem he has picked up since he arrived at the Bernabeu.

    During an interview with BetFair, Berbatov said: “Real Madrid should consider selling Hazard.

    “He has had a lot of injuries since he arrived in Spain, and that has prevented him from showing the brilliant football that he played at Chelsea.

    “If it was something occasional then it would be a different matter, but the fact is that the player is injured again and again and again, that is a sign that there is another problem that is affecting him.”

  • Josh Graham

    GOING HAAL IN

    Chelsea target Erling Haaland could join Manchester City instead with Pep Guardiola's side ready to launch a £100million bid this summer before his release clause kicks in.

    The 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund star is the most sought-after striker in Europe following his explosion onto the scene over the past two years.

    However, the Norwegian will be available for just £68m in June 2022 due to a clause in his contract with the German giants.

    Premier League rivals Manchester United are also keen on Haaland who is the son of former City player Alf-Inge Haaland.

    But the Daily Mirror claims City are ‘prepared to blow his suitors out of the water’ with a £100m bid at the end of this season.

    And they are ready to offer the youngster a whopping £400,000-a-week to come to the Etihad.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    Mason Mount has spoken about Chelsea's new style under Thomas Tuchel, and how the players have taken to their roles.

    The England star was man of the match during the Blues 1-0 win over Spurs.

    He told BT Sport: "I think we had a lot of control in the first half and should have scored more in the game. 

    "We should be more clinical in front of goal and that’s something we need to work on. 

    "It’s the style the manager wants and it’s something we need to keep working at. It’s new. It’s different for some of us players. We’re all learning, but it’s going well so far."

    A delighted Tuchel praised his players for the manner in which they dominated the first half, and then how they dug deep to thwart Tottenham in the second.

    He said: "Every experience we make is a step forward if we are open to learning from it. The whole first half we totally controlled the game high up the pitch, and then in the second half we lost a bit of confidence.

    "Minute by minute, we lost a little bit of ball possession, but we never lost belief, we never lost our structure and intensity to defend.

    "In football, there are many ways to have a good performance. If it’s necessary to suffer, you have to be ready to suffer, and that’s what I’m very happy about."

    And finally on the transfer front, Tuchel says it was a no-brainer to snub Chelsea loan exits for Billy Gilmour and Timo Anjorin.

    He said: “That was maybe the most comfortable transfer period in my life as a professional coach.

    “I was in only a few days, I was happy with every guy that was out there on the pitch, there were no big injuries.

    “So there was no need for one minute to think about bringing players in.

    “It was the opposite, we decided to keep Tino Anjorin and Billy Gilmour with the group because I like a lot what I see from the two guys.

    “Billy is very, very close in terms of quality and work ethic and personality.

    “So we decided very quickly. It was not even a decision, it was simply clear that we go with this group going forward.”

  • Joe Brophy

    A-MACE-ING

    Mason Mount has spoken about Chelsea's new style under Thomas Tuchel, and how the players have taken to their roles.

    The England star was man of the match during the Blues 1-0 win over Spurs.

    He told BT Sport: "I think we had a lot of control in the first half and should have scored more in the game.

    "We should be more clinical in front of goal and that’s something we need to work on.

    "It’s the style the manager wants and it’s something we need to keep working at. It’s new. It’s different for some of us players. We’re all learning, but it’s going well so far."

  • Joe Brophy

    FT: TOTTENHAM 0-1 CHELSEA

    A huge three points for Thomas Tuchel's men as they earn a priceless win over London rivals Spurs.

  • Joe Brophy

    HT: TOTTENHAM 0-1 CHELSEA

    Chelsea lead by a single goal at the break, and it's a scoreline that flatters Tottenham.

    For all the Blues' dominance, however, it still required a penalty for the deadlock to be broken with Jorginho converting after Timo Werner had been fouled by Dier.

    You can keep up to date with the second-half on SunSport's Live Blog HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVA BULLET

    Chelsea will be sweating over the fitness of Thiago Silva after he limped off injured against Tottenham.

    The Brazilian defender, 36, was forced off in the first half with an apparent hamstring problem picked up while making a challenge.

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  • Joe Brophy

    PUL THE STRINGS

    Christian Pulisic has revealed he’s been handed a new ‘false nine’ role by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

    He explained: “It’s kind of a false striker. It’s been good so far.

    “We’ve got a new outlook on things, we have had a really good win so it’s been a positive start.

    “It’s been some crazy times recently and just to get a win left all the guys in the changing room really excited.

    “We have had a lot of fun in training and there are smiles on faces which is good to see.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel warned Ben Chilwell he faces competition to remain Chelsea’s No1 left-back after Marcos Alonso’s searing display against Burnley.

    He said: “It gives us a big scale of decisions and now Marcos has to work hard to push forward and stay in the squad.

    “And Chilly, at the same time, is pushing to come into the squad and that’s the best situation we can have.

    “We had the reason, it was not because we were unhappy with Chilwell but we opted for more size to defend set-pieces.

    “Marcos is used to playing in this role, he has good timing arriving in the box.

    “In the end we are very happy that he scored the second goal that finished the game.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TEAM NEWS

    Hakim Ziyech returns to the squad as Marcos Alonso keeps his place.

  • Joe Brophy

    CAN'T TUCH THEM

    Thomas Tuchel says it was a no-brainer to snub Chelsea loan exits for Billy Gilmour and Timo Anjorin.

    He said: “That was maybe the most comfortable transfer period in my life as a professional coach.

    “I was in only a few days, I was happy with every guy that was out there on the pitch, there were no big injuries.

    “So there was no need for one minute to think about bringing players in.

    “It was the opposite, we decided to keep Tino Anjorin and Billy Gilmour with the group because I like a lot what I see from the two guys.

    “Billy is very, very close in terms of quality and work ethic and personality.

    “So we decided very quickly. It was not even a decision, it was simply clear that we go with this group going forward.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TUCH N GO

    Hakim Ziyech has admitted that Chelsea players have enjoyed getting to grips with Thomas Tuchel's methods and ideas.

    He told the club's website: "It’s been good so far.

    "We’ve had a good week. It’s not always nice when a manager leaves and a new one comes in but he’s brought his new ideas and everybody is excited to work under him.

    "The training has been different and in the last two games our formation and playing style was different as well so he really has his own ideas about the game.

    "For us, it’s important to adapt quickly to it, to focus on the games and to follow the information the coach is giving us so we play how he wants us to play."

  • Joe Brophy

    LONDON CALLING

    Hakim Ziyech has lifted the lid on how he thinks tonight's clash against Spurs will go.

    He told the club's website: "I think you will see a Chelsea that attacks more and controls the game more.

    "That’s what we’ve tried to do in the last two games, to play with possession and from there try to attack a lot.

    "When we played them last time, it was against a team that really played on the counter with quick people on the sides but really staying compact so there was not a lot of space for us.

    "It then is the job to keep the ball and let the ball do the work, move it quick and in the end spaces will come."

  • Joe Brophy

    NO MAR OF THAT

    Neymar has hinted that the Premier League does not interest him – having been turned off by the game's physicality.

    He told the Mail: "I do not get to watch a lot of the Premier League.

    "But I have heard that there's a lot of physical contact involved in the game.

    "But the French league also has too much physical contact!"

  • Joe Brophy

    HAK TRICK

    Hakim Ziyech has given an update on his fitness ahead of tonight's clash against Tottenham tonight.

    Thomas Tuchel excluded the wideman from the 2-0 win over Burnley to give him a rest after being overloaded but he could be recalled to face former Blues boss Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.

    Ziyech told the club’s website: “I’m feeling good.

    “I’m fit and of course I’m hungry as well. It wasn’t really an injury, more like game and training overloading.

    “Sometimes you have to be smart and let the body relax. The coach did well, we spoke about it and we did that so now I’m ready."

  • Joe Brophy

    PAT ON THE BACK

    Patrick Vieira has joined the race to become the new Bournemouth manager.

    The former Gunners midfielder is being linked with the role, while ex-Chelsea pair John Terry and Frank Lampard are also being talked up as potential candidates, according to The Mail.

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  • Josh Graham

    SARRI TO BOTHER YOU

    Former Chelsea and Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly rejected the chance to take over from Andre Villas-Boas at Marseille.

    The French club are in turmoil after sacking another old Stamford Bridge boss in Villas-Boas on Tuesday.

    Portuguese gaffer Villas-Boas – who also coached Spurs – publicly offered his resignation after criticising the Ligue 1 outfit for signing Celtic's Olivier Ntcham.

    The 43-year-old let it be known that he didn't want to bring in the midfielder but the club signed him anyway.

    And Marseille quickly released a statement relieving him of his duties.

    They also did not mess around when it came to sourcing a replacement with club chiefs keen on Sarri, 62, according to Sky Sports News, but he is said to have rejected the advances.

  • Josh Graham

    SEASON STATS

    A reminder how things have gone for the Blues so far this season…two managers used already, of course.

  • Josh Graham

    HAZARD SIGNAL

    Jose Mourinho predicted Eden Hazard's injury hell in 2015 after demanding more protection from referees while they were at Chelsea.

    The Belgian picked up ANOTHER knock at the start of February which is the same as the one he suffered in November only now in his left leg, not right.

    In 2016 it was revealed Hazard was the most fouled player in the Premier League.

    A year beforehand, while Mourinho worked with the winger, the ex-Chelsea boss warned Hazard's career could be cut short due to constant fouls.

    He said: "People [are] in love with football in this country; people must be in love with Eden Hazard.

    "The way, match after match, he's being punished by opponents and he's not being protected by referees, maybe one day we won't have Eden Hazard.

    "It's one, two, three, four, five, ten aggressive fouls against him. They kick and kick and kick, and the kid resists. He's a very honest guy in the way he plays, but that's another problem."

  • Josh Graham

    EXPECTATION VS REALITY

    Here's how the Premier League table would look based on expected points.

    The xG Premier League table is based on a complicated mathematical formula, taking into consideration things such as quality of chances created by teams each game.

     

  • Josh Graham

    BLUE-KING GOOD

    Thomas Tuchel is reportedly planning a Bundesliga raid this summer as he looks to stamp his mark on Chelsea.

    And SunSport has explored how the Blues could lineup if the German is granted all his transfer wishes.

    Erling Haaland and Dayot Upamecano are just two of the big money arrivals that could land at Stamford Bridge.

  • Josh Graham

    HAK ATTACK

    Hakim Ziyech has announced that he is '100 per cent ready' to star against Tottenham tonight after being axed from the Chelsea squad against Burnley.

    Thomas Tuchel excluded the wideman to give him a rest after being overloaded but he could be recalled to face former Blues boss Jose Mourinho's Spurs.

    Ziyech previously revealed he wants to play centrally and told the club's website: "It is a position where I love to play.

    “Without the ball having your responsibility but with the ball being free and trying to find space and trying to play football. That is what I like the most."

  • Josh Graham

    GARDEN OF EDEN

    On this day four years ago…

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