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CHELSEA saw off Rennes on Wednesday thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham – and now turn their attention to the Premier League.

Kai Havertz missed the match after Frank Lampard confirmed the German had test positive for coronavirus, while Werner is now the designated penalty taker instead of Jorginho.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

    Never mind the US presidential election or the countrywide lockdown, the only news worth mulling over right now is the release of Dream Team’s November transfers.

    The first Friday of the month means a fresh batch of transfers and many gaffers will be keen to make some changes before Game Week 8 gets underway.

    If you know you need to mix things up but can’t decide how to use your transfers then allow us to put forward some recommendations.

    Despite what you may have concluded from their opening games of the season, it seems Chelsea are relatively airtight at the back.

    The Blues have kept five consecutive clean sheets and with fixtures against Sheffield United, Newcastle and Rennes to come next their excellent defensive record is likely to extend.

    Not only has Kurt Zouma (£3.0m) racked up the clean sheet points, his aerial threat at set-pieces has produced three goals.

    With 73 points, the Frenchman is the best performing defender in Dream Team right now, with team-mates Ben Chilwell (£3.8m), Reece James (£3.7m) and Thiago Silva (£4.0m) making up the rest of the top four.

  • Joe Brophy

    MUS START

    Bayern Munich whizkid Jamal Musiala looks set to receive his maiden call-up to the England Under-21s.

    The midfielder has made eight appearances for the Bundesliga giants this season, scoring twice.

    Musiala was part of the Chelsea academy from the age of eight but left to join Bayern in July 2019.

    The 17-year-old was born in Stuttgart but moved to England aged seven – and has represented both nations at youth level.

    Whitgift's director of football and former Crystal Palace striker Andrew Martin told DW Sports: “He would score 50+ goals for us a season, and he wasn't far off that mark at Chelsea.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues swept past Rennes on Wednesday night in the Champions League… with a little help from some generous officiating.

    The Ligue 1 side’s full-back Dalbert became the latest player to be penalised for a harsh handball in the penalty area – and was shown a second yellow for his troubles.

    Uefa, however, are set to campaign for the rule to change – even if it means going to war with Fifa.

    SunSport’s Martin Lipton writes: Uefa have pleaded with Fifa to change the “unfair” handball laws – after another night of VAR controversy.

    Chelsea’s second penalty in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes left the French side shocked by both the VAR spot-kick award and the second yellow card for defender Dalbert Henrique.

    BT pundit Rio Ferdinand slammed German referee Felix Swayer for an “absolute disgrace” of a decision, with Timo Werner slotting home his second penalty of the night.

    And now Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has stepped into the ongoing rows over the handball Laws by urging Fifa boss Gianni Infantino to intervene.

    In a letter to Zurich, Ceferin said: “The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offense has resulted in many unfair decisions which have been met with growing frustration and discomfort by the football community.”

    Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has called up four Chelsea stars for the upcoming England internationals, with fit-again Ben Chilwell joining Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has retained his spot in the England squad for this month's triple-header of fixtures.

    Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are also named in Gareth Southgate's side.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – HANDLE IT

    From SunSport's Martin Lipton: Uefa have pleaded with Fifa to change the “unfair” handball laws – after another night of VAR controversy.

    Chelsea’s second penalty in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes left the French side shocked by both the VAR spot-kick award and the second yellow card for defender Dalbert Henrique.

    BT pundit Rio Ferdinand slammed German referee Felix Swayer for an “absolute disgrace” of a decision, with Timo Werner slotting home his second penalty of the night.

    And now Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has stepped into the ongoing rows over the handball Laws by urging Fifa boss Gianni Infantino to intervene.

    In a letter to Zurich, Ceferin said: “The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offense has resulted in many unfair decisions which have been met with growing frustration and discomfort by the football community.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    OLD BILL

    Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour has talked about his rapid rise to the Blues' first-team last season.

    He told the Four Lads Had A Dream Podcast: “I have always had a plan in my head about coming through the Chelsea academy, trying to get first-team experience and then getting myself in the team.

    “The gaffer came in and took the team and Jody Morris and Joe Edwards, who were my youth coaches through Under 18s and 23s, were his assistants.

    “I did pre-season with them, after that I was round training with them and then I got into the first-team changing room, which was massive. I was really happy and I made a couple of appearances.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    WILD THOUGHTS

    Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has claimed that his Blades side will travel down to Chelsea on Saturday with 'belief'.

    He said: “It’s difficult not to look at league tables, I understand that, and I’ve tried not to look at it.

    “I’ve told the players not to look at it, as they are hurting and they want to win games of football, because it does last for a few months and there’s quite a number of games left for us to change the position of the football club and that’s what we believe we can do.

    “We are always worried when we don’t get the result we are after but the confidence levels are OK, they’re not shot.

    “If they are shot you’re getting done five at Liverpool and five against Manchester City but anyone who saw those games will see that we could have got something from both of them and we have to go down to Chelsea with that same belief.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    REECE'S PIECE

    Reece James has had an excellent start to the season.

    So much so, that talkSPORT host Adrian Durham believes that he is ahead of England colleague Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Agree, Chelsea fans?

  • Etienne Fermie

    NO WAY

    Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy believes that the current team are 'finding their way' under Frank Lampard.

    He said on talkSPORT: “It was a good performance from Chelsea.

    “I’m not getting carried away because it was Rennes. The clean sheet and the victory you can’t be more satisfied than that. [Edouard] Mendy pulled off a good save.

    “Chelsea just seem to be slowly but surely finding their way into a pattern and looking more assured at the back.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    ARE BLUE READY FOR MORE?

    Chelsea's triumphant starters from last night's win over Rennes participated in a light recovery session at Cobham earlier today.

  • Etienne Fermie

    SHUFFLE THE DEC

    Declan Rice has persistently been linked with a return to Chelsea, with the Blue set to test West Ham's resolve once again in January.

    Let's take a look at how SunSport's Richard Forrester would fit the England star into Frank Lampard's starting XI.

  • Etienne Fermie

    HANDLE IT

    From SunSport's Martin Lipton: Uefa have pleaded with Fifa to change the “unfair” handball laws – after another night of VAR controversy.

    Chelsea’s second penalty in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes left the French side shocked by both the VAR spot-kick award and the second yellow card for defender Dalbert Henrique.

    BT pundit Rio Ferdinand slammed German referee Felix Swayer for an “absolute disgrace” of a decision, with Timo Werner slotting home his second penalty of the night.

    And now Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has stepped into the ongoing rows over the handball Laws by urging Fifa boss Gianni Infantino to intervene.

    In a letter to Zurich, Ceferin said: “The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offense has resulted in many unfair decisions which have been met with growing frustration and discomfort by the football community.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    FACE PALM

    Emerson Palmieri is a target for Napoli, according to reports.

    The Italian full-back has seen his game time limited this season, following the arrival of Ben Chilwell.

    And according to reports in Italy, Emerson is a 'priority' target for Napoli, who could make a move in January.

  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

    Joe Cole has claimed that Chelsea's form has left Frank Lampard with a selection dilemma.

    He told BT Sport: “It would have been noted, Chelsea spending £50m on a No.9.

    “He [Abraham] kept at it tonight, didn’t he? His movement for the goal was lovely.

    “He didn’t do it in the first half, there was a time when he picked the wrong run but that was excellent.

    “It was a good finish. He’s had to take that on the half volley, open his body up, it’s not easy so it’s a nice one for Tammy.

    “It’s a great problem for Frank because he’s got so many players now making a case.

    “All of the front boys are scoring, midfielders are getting on the ball, he’s given Frank something to think about.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX OFFICE

    SunSport's Martin Lipton writes: “Premier League clubs are set to scrap Pay Per View games for the rest of 2020.

    “”And the experiment could be abandoned altogether as League chiefs react to a huge public backlash.

    SunSport revealed yesterday how the 20 clubs were to be asked to consider a PPV U-turn in the wake of the Government’s latest Covid-19 clampdown.

    “No formal vote was taken by today’s virtual meeting of the 'shareholder' clubs.

    “But it is expected a decision to confirm no more PPV games after this weekend until at least after the Christmas and New Year programme will be announced.”

  • Joe Brophy

    UP THE AMPTEY

    Ghana's FA have announced their intention to poach England starlet Tariq Lamptey.

    The right-back, 20, has been a revelation since joining Brighton from Chelsea in January.

    Born in London to Ghanaian parents, he has played for England at all ages from Under-18 upwards. He made his Under-21s debut in a 2-1 win over Austria in September.

    But Ghana FA president Kurt Okraku revealed he has launched a charm offensive to persuade the defender to switch allegiance to the Black Stars.

    Okraku told local media: “We are following every top Ghanaian talent you may have seen on your screens.

    “Someone like Tariq Lamptey.We have been speaking with his family, to make sure that having identified him as a top talent we will bring him to represent our country.

    “In the same vein, other people are also talking to him and his family to represent another country [England].

    “The national teams are for Ghanaians. It doesn't mean only those who reside in Ghana, but every Ghanaian across the world.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has retained his spot in the England squad for this month's triple-header of fixtures.

    Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are also named in Gareth Southgate's side.

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUR TO COME

    Billy Gilmour has admitted that he would have regretted not leaving Rangers for Chelsea.

    He told Four Lads had a Dream podcast: “When I signed for Chelsea, there were a lot of folk asking the questions over why I left.

    “They said I was just going to be missing. But I wanted to follow my dream and if I had never done it, I would have regretted it.

    “I took the chance, I worked hard and I came down here and believed in myself and my own ability to go to the top and play against these top players.

    “So far things have gone well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CHIL OUT

    Ben Chilwell has quickly established himself as a firm fan favourite since returning from injury to make the Chelsea left-back spot his own.

  • Joe Brophy

    JOR DROPPED

    This is the moment that signalled a changing of the guard at Stamford Bridge.

    Regular penalty-taker and vice-captain Jorginho, 28, handed the ball to star summer signing Timo Werner on boss Frank Lampard's orders.

    It could not have been a smoother passing of the baton as German ace Werner, 24, bagged TWO pens in the 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes.

  • Joe Brophy

    SEEING RED

    Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has slammed the referee in charge of the club's defeat to Chelsea.

    He told Telefoot via L'Equipe: “I am very proud of the coach (Julien Stephan). We should not be ashamed despite the score.

    “But there is more than disappointment, there is frustration. The man of the match was the referee.

    “I would like them to explain to me the handball rules inside the box. If there is a handball from Dalbert while the ball has already touched his foot, what about the handball from Zouma? VAR wakes up for our [handball] but not theirs.

    “And on top of that he gives a second yellow with that. We can be frustrated, more than frustrated. The result, it was the referee who made it.

    “The match is killed at 2-0 while Alfred [Gomis, Rennes' goalkeeper] has not had a save to make. We were certainly refereed like the newbie, and that is difficult to accept.

    “You have less weight over the referee when you are Rennes than when you are Chelsea. When the referee has a good match, in general, you do not speak about him.

    “But I think we are going to speak a lot about him this evening. Even the English media are unanimous in saying that it is a little scandal. Sleep will be hard to find.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Chelsea's chances of winning the 2021 Champions League aren't looking too clever despite an unbeaten start in Group E.

    But who are the runners and riders three games into this season's European competition?

    Data crunched by FiveThirtyEight has reigning champs Bayern Munich as the hot favourites to be crowned kings of Europe again.

    Hansi Flick's side, who knocked the Blues out of the competition last season, have a 26 per cent chance of winning the final at this stage.

  • Joe Brophy

    SAFE HANDS

    Frank Lampard has praised Edouard Mendy's 'low maintenance' personality, a stark contrast to blundering Kepa.

    He said: “I think what he’s shown so far has been very complete.

    “Those clean sheets have shown big parts of his game.

    “He’s made saves in moments in games that have certainly helped us, where if the goal had gone in the games could have gone another way.

    “He’s very low maintenance, he works hard, wants to work more, and he’s eager to engage with team-mates and myself — he has a smile on his face and has played well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CLEANED UP THEIR ACT

    Chelsea kept their fifth consecutive clean sheet for the first time since 2010.

    The Blues thumped Rennes 3-0 in the Champions League last night meaning they have not conceded since drawing 3-3 against Southampton three weeks ago.

    That day calamity keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was between the posts, but summer signing Edouard Mendy – bought from Rennes – has turned around Chelsea's fortunes.

    So too has Thiago Silva, who arrived on a free transfer from PSG, with the Brazilian helping shape Lampard's backline.

    Mendy has kept six out of seven clean sheets so far, with only Erik Lamela's league cup goal on his debut getting past the Senegal international.

    He became the first Chelsea keeper since Petr Cech in 2004 to not concede in his opening three Premier League matches.

    The Blues five successive clean sheets is their best record since September-October 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti.

  • Joe Brophy

    MEND REUNITED

    Edouard Mendy was emotionally after he caught up with his former coach and teammates following Chelsea's 3-0 win over Rennes.

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