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CHELSEA hammered Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge as Hakim Ziyech turned in a masterclass.

But they could face a battle to keep hold of N'Golo Kante with Antonio Conte reportedly desperate to bring the midfielder to Inter.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    FRANK TALK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has opened up on the most important lesson he has learned as Blues boss.

    He told the club's website: “There are so many things tactically so I won’t touch on that because I think there is a big part of that, but probably the one of personal relationships with the players and the group relationship you have with them.

    “Trying to strike that right balance, because for me a high-performing group or team, it has to be a balance between being really positive but being slightly on edge.

    “So it’s like 'how positive can I be where I don’t want to sound like I’m just trying to be a cheerleader here and not see that we’ve lost two games on the bounce.' I can’t just keep being positive. And when we’re winning and it’s great, how can I keep them on edge, just so they don’t think we’re going to win every game, because I’ve seen that one before many a time and then you lose the next game.

    “So I think I try to create that kind of balance and I’m still striving for that. I still think a lot about that and go over it myself. I think you do have to keep analysing that one because it’s always different, but I think that’s the thing that I’ve learned, that you can’t neglect that side of it.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    DID WARN HIM

    Didier Deschamps suggested Olivier Giroud will need a transfer in order to keep his place in the France squad.

    The Chelsea striker, 34, has featured for just 33 minutes in the Premier League so far this season.

    Les Bleus boss said: “I make the choices that seem best to me for the France team. With Anthony (Martial) who is a good player, it allows us to have a little more depth.

    “Compared to Olivier, he has to be impacted, first of all with the situation he has at his club, knowing that he has a large frame and that he needs rhythm, it’s hard.

    “That’s not why I want to lose him, it’s complicated, we’ll talk, but obviously he has every interest in it not lasting, for him, to remain competitive, but we must not forget what he did with us and what he is still able to do. Anthony has a different profile but one that gives options. Anthony, today, is more fulfilled and in better physical and psychological conditions, obviously.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    RUD AWAKENING

    Antonio Rudiger has emerged as a shock target for Barcelona, according to reports.

    The Chelsea defender has fallen way down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, with Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva now Frank Lampard's established first-choice pairing.

    And according to Sport, Ronald Koeman could whisk the German off to Spain, as the LaLiga side hunt a new centre-half.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RICE BREAKER

    Chelsea legend Ashley Cole has ripped into Blues target Declan Rice for his involvement in Belgium's opening goal against England last night.

    He said on Sky Sports: “I think he got attracted more towards Lukaku.

    “I think that line (taken by Tielemans) should have been his recovery run. Look where this ball ends up, that would have been Declan running onto that.

    “Now the ball has gone behind him and he’s chasing it. He doesn’t see where the danger is. If he had taken that straight run, he would have had [Eric] Dier with Lukaku and then you have that little bit of balance on the opposite side of the box for any balls that are played off Lukaku.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    PUSH AND PUL

    Get to know Chelsea star Christian Pulisic better, as he talks all things gaming with the Blues' media team.

  • Etienne Fermie

    CESC ON FIRE

    Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes that Hakim Ziyech can help the Blues in their quest to be champions.

    He told 90min: “[Ziyech] is a very good player. 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.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    LENDING ADE

    Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that he advised Thomas Partey to snub interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of a move to the Gunners.

    The Togolese star said at an event in Ghana: “He told me that some clubs in England, namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice.

    “I advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.

    “Arsenal is more than a club, it is a family and I’m impressed with his performances so far in the Premier League.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    PERFECT PAIR

    N'Golo Kante has put club rivalry aside to reveal his pleasure at playing alongside Paul Pogba again.

    The Chelsea star grabbed the only goal of the game as France defeated Portugal 1-0 last night.

    Speaking to TF1 show ‘Telefoot’, he said: “He’s (Pogba) been injured for a while and it had been a while since we had played together.

    “We remember the World Cup that we played together. It’s a pleasure to play with Paul. On the pitch, we felt great. I’m satisfied with the performance and the performance of the team. We were at the level we needed to be at.

    “There’s a lot expected of us. We’re the world champion and the European Championship will be another challenge, but it’s certain that we’re a great team.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    HOT SCHOLES

    Bruno Fernandes has claimed Paul Scholes was better than Chelsea legend Frank Lampard AND Steven Gerrard – and revealed he hopes to emulate the Old Trafford legend.

    He told the UTD Podcast: “I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world.

    For England, a lot of people talk about Frank Lampard because he scored a lot of goals of course, one of the best in England too, you have Steven Gerrard too.

    “But I think Scholes is the one who makes more difference than anyone else. And before everyone starts talking about this, I haven’t seen every midfielder in England… But I think in the last generation, those three were the three best ones, and for me Scholes was best.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    NO CHIL

    England boss Gareth Southgate has offered a brief update on Blues defender Ben Chilwell, after the summer signing limped out of the 2-0 defeat in Belgium on Sunday.

    The Three Lions manager said: “He had some sort of issue with his back that he was complaining about and he didn’t feel he could carry on.

    “Outside of that I can’t give you any detail at the moment.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    JOR BACK IN BUSINESS

    Jorginho may have been ousted by Timo Werner as Chelsea's penalty taker.

    But the Italian was back to his best from the spot for the Azzurri last night.

    The midfielder netted from 12 yards, setting his country on the way to a 2-0 victory over Poland.

  • Etienne Fermie

    OFF YOU KO

    Napoli have reportedly reached a gentleman's agreement to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

    The midfielder joined the Serie A club on loan in October and has quickly become an integral part of their title push.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli did not agree a fee for the 26-year-old when signing from Chelsea.

    But the two clubs are said to have now reached an agreement in principle over a £16million move in the summer.

  • Etienne Fermie

    'LITTLE MAGICIAN'

    Ashley Cole has backed Jack Grealish to be part of England’s Euro 2020 squad and compared him to former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard.

    The Aston Villa star, 25, made his international debut in September before following it up with appearances in the victories over Wales and Ireland.

    Cole was watching on from the Sky Sports studio and saw enough to convince him that Grealish will have a role to play at the European Championship next summer.

    He said: “Grealish was pulling the strings and running the show. When you talk about little magicians who can win you games. He's one of them. Grealish should go to the Euros if he keeps producing the quality he's currently producing.

    “He's got that (Eden) Hazard quality, he can beat players left and right, can get fouls for Mason (Mount) and Harry (Kane) to take free-kicks. He will win England points.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Frank Lampard will be sweating on the fitness of Ben Chilwell after the left-back was subbed off with an injury for England last night. 

    The Three Lions lost 2-0 but it was a first-half issue for Chilwell which will most concern his club manager. 

    The former Leicester man has been in great form since joining in the transfer window and both back-ups Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are out of favour. 

    Alonso has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace in recent days but the fitness of Chilwell could dictate the club's willingness to let him go in a January move.

    Another Chelsea outcast in Antonio Rudiger has also been subject to reports which could see him leave. 

    The German has been rumoured for a shock switch to the Nou Camp as Barcelona consider alternatives to Manchester City's Eric Garcia. 

    Rudiger has struggled for first-team football this season since the arrival and stunning form of Thiago Silva.

  • Kiro Evans

    CAN'T CHIL OUT

    Chelsea fans will be concerned about Ben Chilwell tonight after he was subbed off with injury in England's defeat at Belgium.

    They will be hoping he's back fit and fighting soon with the fixtures coming thick and fast once this international break is done.

    First up for Chelsea is a trip to Newcastle, which has often been a banana skin for the Blues in past, before they go to Rennes in the Champions League.

    After that it's a mouth-watering London derby at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham before a difficult game away to Sevilla in Europe.

    Leeds United are in town following Chelsea's return to England for what should be another tasty clash.

  • Kiro Evans

    ALL OVER

    It's finished Belgium 2-0 England in the Nations League game, and it sends the Three Lions out the competition.

    In truth England were far too limp for too long, while the hosts were clinical and robust in defence.

    Questions are being asked about the line-up and the tactics, but for Gareth Southgate and his troops the goal will be bouncing back against Iceland in a few days time.

  • Kiro Evans

    THE ALONSO ALTERNATIVE

    Chelsea fans are contemplating the short-term future after Ben Chilwell trundled off in the first-half of England's game against Belgium.

    It appeared the in form left-back injured his back – and it could have big consequences for his club side.

    If he is crocked, either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri will likely have to come in, but Blues supporters don't particularly seem to like the prospect of either judging by social media.

    Chilwell's potential injury comes on the same day SunSport report that his deputy Alonso he is being eyed up by Crystal Palace for a potential transfer move.

  • Kiro Evans

    CHIL NOT WELL

    Ben Chilwell has limped off the pitch after pulling up with an injury – to the horror of Chelsea fans.

    England trail Belgium 2-0 but it is the fitness of their star left-back that will most concern Blues fans.

    Frank Lampard will be a concerned man as he waits on news of the ex-Leicester man.

    Bukayo Saka is on to replace him

  • Kiro Evans

    TALKING POINTS

    Chelsea fans will have much to look out for as England host Belgium tonight.

    First and foremost will be the performance of Mason Mount, who has been unwittingly dragged into a debate surrounding Gareth Southgate and Jack Grealish.

    While both midfielders are fine players in their own right, Mount will be inevitably compared to Grealish tonight but he can silence his critics if he can replicate his winning goal when England played Belgium a month ago.

    Meanwhile, Blues supporters will have their eye on Ben Chilwell, who has been in fantastic form since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

    There will also be a hope of Tammy Abraham getting a look-in, given his impressive if limited appearances this season.

  • Kiro Evans

    MOUNT STARTS

    Mason Mount will be lining up as one of two Chelsea representatives in the England line-up for their clash with Belgium tonight

    He will play alongside Aston Villa's Jack Grealish following debate on whether they can occupy the same team and who deserves a starting berth more.

    Ben Chilwell also starts, while Tammy Abraham sits on the bench.

    Former Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois is in goal for the opposition

  • Kiro Evans

    HIGH STANDARDS

    Chelsea star N'Golo Kante is excited about the prospect of challenging for titles after the club's raft of new signings.

    He said the new faces can help bring the club back to 'Chelsea's standards' of winning the biggest trophies.

    His comments come as rumours intensify that his former boss Antonio Conte wants to bring the Frenchman to Inter

  • Kiro Evans

    TIME'S UP

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to reports from Italy.

    The midfielder couldn't find his footing in the Premier League but is on loan in Serie A again, this time at Napoli.

    And the club are so impressed with his start they have opening talks with Chelsea about a fee that could be around 18m euros, according to Football Italia.

    The report adds that manager Lampard appears willing to finally let the Blues misfit leave in a permanent deal if the right offer comes in.

  • Kiro Evans

    ROO BETTER BELIEVE IT

    Harry Kane will 'absolutely' beat Wayne Rooney's all-time England goal scorer record, according to Tony Cascarino.

    The former Chelsea striker is convinced that United legend Rooney's 53 tally record will eventually go to Kane, despite the Spurs forward still being 21 goals behind.

    He told Talksport: “If he plays enough football I think he will, absolutely.

    “I think his attitude is one of his most outstanding attributes – his effort, his desire.

    “I’ve never, ever felt that Harry Kane has taken anything for granted in football. He’s always worked his socks off.

    “I think it feeds onto other people, I think it inspires and lifts others around him.”

  • Kiro Evans

    RUDI HELL

    BARCELONA are reportedly eyeing a shock move for Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger in the January transfer window.

    Spanish outlet Sport claim the La Liga giants are preparing to find a low-cost centre-back if Samuel Umtiti leaves the club.

    And the report adds that Rudiger has been included on Ronald Koeman's shortlist to add more competition for current options Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo.

    The German is said to be keen on a switch to Barcelona with Chelsea willing to listen to offers for the out of favour defender.

    Rudiger looked to be on the verge of leaving the club in the summer following interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham.

  • Kiro Evans

    FOOTBALL MOURNS: RAY CLEMENCE DEAD AGED 72

    Breaking: Liverpool and England legend Ray Clemence has died, aged 72.

    His family have released a statement after he 'passed away peacefully'.

    Clemence leaves behind his wife Veronica, daughters Julie and Sarah and son Stephen, who is a former Tottenham player and current coach at Newcastle.

    The Skegness-born star played for Scunthorpe, Liverpool and Tottenham during an illustrious 23-year career.

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