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16th September 2020

CHELSEA began their Premier League season with a win as they brushed Brighton aside on the South Coast.

The saga bringing Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge continues as the Blues target a replacement for error-prone Kepa, while we've the very latest on Timo Werner's injury ahead of the clash against Liverpool.

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    Timo Werner has high hopes of scoring in Chelsea's second game.

    He said: “Maybe in the second game, I will score.

    “It becomes harder because it is against Liverpool, but I will try, give my best and for now I am happy to give an assist for my team.”

    The Blues will come up against Liverpool on Sunday – with kick-off at 4:30pm.


    Jurgen Klopp recently called out Chelsea's lavish summer spending spree but Liverpool's opening day starting XI cost more than the Blues'.

    The Reds boss took aim at the West Londoners claiming Liverpool are a “different kind of club” and they wouldn't “change overnight and behave like Chelsea”.

    Frank Lampard quickly hit back at the German – and it appears the Blues boss was right to defend his club as his opening day lineup cost £43million less than Liverpool's.

    Chelsea's starting XI for their 3-1 win at Brighton saw four academy graduates included in a team that cost £307million.

    While for the 4-3 home win against Leeds, Klopp's team had just one star – Trent Alexander-Arnold – from their academy with the remaining ten costing an eye-watering £353m.


    Timo Werner has vowed to make his presence felt as quickly as possible at Chelsea.

    The £47.5 million star said: ““The whole Premier League suits my style because it is so fast.

    “Maybe I’ll need two ro three games but you have no excuses as possible to say I needed ten or 15 games because we want to win and you can’t have a player who takes so long to adapt. I want to be in the best team as soon as possible.

    “The football in the Premier League suits me well. In our two games againstBrighton sometimes they stood very deep and didn’t give a lot of space,

    “Other times I had space to make runs and that is good for me.

    “Football here is more about power and strength of defenders. Maybe I have to adapt a bit. But I want to play, score and win things.“


    Ghana want to convince Tariq Lamptey to switch allegiances from England.

    Their FA supremo George Amoakah told a Ghanaian radio station Nhyira FM: “The national team’s department is making serious efforts to get his parents and the boy to play for Ghana.

    “But it’s not going to be easy. I don’t want to sound like it’s impossible, but it’s not going to be easy.

    “Most of the [Ghanaian] players born in Europe, if you want to entice them to come and play for Ghana, it is very difficult.

    “They mostly aspire to play for their country of birth or host countries. Even their parents don’t opt for their children playing for Ghana.”


    Thiago Silva trained with his new Chelsea team-mates for the first time today.


    Jurgen Klopp recently called out Chelsea's lavish summer spending spree but Liverpool's opening day starting XI cost more than the Blues'.

    The Blues' starting XI for their 3-1 win at Brighton saw four academy graduates included in a team that cost £307million.

    While for the 4-3 home win against Leeds, Klopp's team had just one star – Trent Alexander-Arnold – from their academy with the remaining ten costing an eye-watering £353m.


    They say never go back… but don't tell Gareth Bale.

    The Real Madrid star is nearing a stunning loan deal to return to Tottenham after seven years away.

    After a somewhat tepid time under Jose Mourinho, Spurs fans will be desperate for their former hero to bang in the goals like the good old days.

    Bale notched 56 goals and 58 assists in over 200 appearances before his £85million exit in 2013.

    But, with a dodgy injury record and a poor relationship with Zinedine Zidane leading to plenty of time spent on the sidelines, there will be plenty of doubters ahead of his return.

    Here, SunSport details four comeback kids Bale can look to for inspiration including Chelsea legend Didier Drogba – and three he dare not emulate HERE.


    Dream Team XI of widely-selected players including Chelsea star Kai Havertz failed to score a single point in Game Week 1.

    The £71million attacker (£3.5m in game) endured a testing Premier League debut away to Brighton, admitting after the game that the physical demands of the English top flight were greater than the Bundesliga.

    It would be foolish to write-off a player with the German’s attributes after only one game but if he’s going to slowly ease himself into English football then Dream Team gaffers may opt to ditch him while he finds his feet.


    Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday with both sides looking to maintain their winning starts to the 2019-20 season.

    In a tasty-looking clash full of exciting personal match-ups, one stands out above all others: Timo Werner vs Virgil van Dijk.

    But who’s the quicker of the speed demons?


    EFL clubs will welcome up to 10,000 fans across the country this weekend as the League steps up its Covid-19 pilot programme.

    League chiefs have agreed with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that matches with up to 1,000 supporters will be staged at 10 venues across the three divisions.

    In the Championship, Luton’s game with Derby, Preston’s visit to Norwich and the clash between Middlesbrough and Bournemouth will see the turnstiles partially opened for the first time since March.

    The League One games featuring Charlton against Doncaster, Blackpool versus Swindon, Northampton’s trip to Shrewsbury and Hull’s match with Crewe are on the approved list.

    And in League Two, three games – at Forest Green, Carlisle and Morecambe – will have fans inside.

    Carlisle’s Brunton Park, ironically, saw the last League Two game with supporters, a crowd of 2,822 for their win over Newport on March 10, 48 hours before English football went into lockdown.

    There is still no clarity about whether the Government is willing to extend the numbers allowed in from October 1, amid recent clampdowns and fears of a resurgence of the virus.


    Chelsea will face 25 former stars in the 2020-21 season with only TWO Premier League rivals NOT featuring an ex-Stamford Bridge player.

    The Stamford Bridge revolving door has twirled round and round in recent years – particularly since the 2003 arrival of Roman Abramovich.

    As well as shipping hoards of talented youngsters out on loan, the Blues have never been shy of selling to rivals in a bid to fund their mega-money moves.

    But that could now bite them on the behind with no fewer than 25 former players – and managers – currently at their league rivals.

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    Andy Robertson has revealed he sent a selfie of himself wearing a Chelsea shirt to the Liverpool players' WhatsApp group before the Blues beat Manchester City that crowned the Reds champions.

    The Daily Mail cite the Scot defender detailing the events in his new book, Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us.

    He wrote: “What should you wear if you are a Liverpool player preparing for what could turn out to be the greatest day of your football career so far? Easy – a Chelsea shirt.

    “As the rest of the lads were getting ready for a barbecue that we all hoped would turn into a title winners party, I went into my wardrobe and pulled out the shirt that Billy Gilmour had given me a few months earlier.

    “Putting it on, it felt a bit snug but I was going for the colour, not the fit. A quick selfie followed and I posted the picture on our group chat straight away.

    “'Lads, what’s the dress code for tonight?” I asked and a series of uncomplimentary responses and emojis sent my phone into overdrive. “Shorts and t-shirt it is then,” I thought.

    “Not that I’d been serious anyway. I just wanted to give the lads the chance to have a pop but there was no doubt that for one night and one night only, everyone of a Liverpool persuasion would be supporting Chelsea. All they needed was a draw and we would be champions.”


    Rennes are reportedly hoping to include Fikayo Tomori as part of Chelsea's deal to sign Edouard Mendy, according to reports in France.

    Frank Lampard’s side are thought to be closing in on a £25.7 million move for the 28-year-old goalkeeper.

    Yet Telefoot claims that Rennes remain keen on signing a Chelsea player on loan and have set their sights on Tomori, who is also a target for Everton.


    West Ham have joined Inter Milan in the race for Emerson Palmieri, according to reports.

    The Italy international has played 55 times for Chelsea since a 2018 move from Roma – but was nowhere to be seen in Monday's season opening win at Brighton.

    Ben Chilwell's arrival at Stamford Bridge has dropped Emerson back to being the third-choice left-back in Frank Lampard's pecking order.

    And The Independent report on West Ham and Inter carefully monitoring his situation.


    Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was so desperate to leave Chelsea in January that he nearly joined Tottenham.

    The Frenchman told So Foot: “During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach's office to find a solution.

    “I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me.

    “For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking. I almost signed for Lazio, Inter.

    “I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham.”


    Olivier Giroud is reportedly still on Juventus’ radar.

    Yet Sky Sports claim the Frenchman will only be signed if Andrea Pirlo misses out on his cheif targets Luis Suarez and Edin Dzeko.

    Roma’s attempt to sign Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik will be key to Dzeko’s future while Giroud recently insisted he is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge.


    Former Chelsea star Oscar says pals Willian and David Luiz want him to join them at Arsenal but his first choice would be a return to Stamford Bridge.

    He told Fox Sports Brasil: “They [Willian and Luiz] called me. We have good communication.

    “Sometimes I talk to them. They said ‘come to Arsenal, come here’.

    “But for me it’s a little more difficult. I have a contract with Shanghai, it’s a little more difficult to leave.

    “Willian had finished the contract. I was happy that they got together again, and happy that Willian is happy.

    “The most important thing is to be happy, regardless of the place. So I hope they are happy there.

    “I really want to go back to Europe, [but] not now. At the moment I’m well here in China, I still have my contract here, which I hope to fulfil.

    “And I had approaches from some clubs to go back, but the situation is difficult for me to return.

    “The first club I’d choose is Chelsea for sure, which is the club I built a very beautiful history with.”


    Manchester United and Chelsea are set to miss out on Marash Kumbulla after the Serie A starlet agreed terms with Roma.

    Reports in Italy suggest the Giallorossi have won the race to sign the highly-rated defender, amid rival interest from Tottenham, Lazio and Inter Milan.

    Kumbulla was a surprise star of last season in Italy, playing 26 times for hometown club Hellas Verona.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, an agreement has been reached for the 20-year-old to join Roma.

    He will move on an initial loan deal before a permanent transfer on a contract to 2025.


    Kurt Zouma has played down expectations ahead of Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea side's first big test against champions Liverpool.

    He said: “We have nothing to prove to people. What I would say is, we just focus on ourselves.

    “Of course Chelsea is a team that plays for titles. It’s going to be a tough game, two great teams fighting. It’s going to be great to watch.

    “Last season Liverpool completely dominated the season, they had a great run of wins. They hardly lost.

    “But this is another year. Everybody starts from zero.

    “We will see what we can do. We want to compete with the best.

    “They have a great front three, but we also have our weapons. We can hurt them.”


    Kurt Zouma is backing Timo Werner to challenge for the Golden Boot in his first season in the Premier League.

    He said: “Of course. He’s a top scorer. He’s been scoring goals for fun in the German league.

    “That’s why he has come here, to show himself in the Premier League. I think he can do it. He has the ability and he’s so quick.

    “We have a great team. We don’t need to get too excited. We just need to be ready and keep confidence high.”


    Chelsea star star Conor Gallagher is set to sign a new deal with the Blues… then join West Brom on a season-long loan transfer.

    The 20-year-old midfielder is highly-rated by Blues boss Frank Lampard who sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    But he wants to secure Gallagher’s signature on a lengthy new deal before giving him his blessing to head for the Hawthorns.

    Meanwhile, Gary Neville has said he fears for Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva as the 35-year-old prepares to start his Premier League adventure.

    He said on Sky Sports: “Again, it’s an unknown. 35 [years old], 36 next week, played in the French league now for a number of years.

    “The intensity in the French league is nothing like our league.

    “That’s not to say Paris Saint-Germain are not a great team, they just got to the Champions League final, but you’re talking about the Premier League.”

    In more positive news, Frank Lampard has backed Timo Werner's claim the injured striker will make Chelsea's Premier League cracker at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

    Werner wore a huge ice pack on his knee after a bright debut in Monday's 3-1 win at Brighton.

    The Blues boss said: “I would like to think if it is that we have a bit of time to get him back (for Liverpool).”


    Timo Werner has recalled the moment he won a penalty for Chelsea in the win over Brighton.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “If I had one step further I could have scored by myself, but in this case it was not possible.

    “At the end it was a clear penalty.

    “The lead was really important in that time of the game because we were not playing so good, we had some struggles because Brighton did very well from the beginning with their press.”


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly the highest-paid player in the Premier League after penning a new deal at Arsenal.

    The 31-year-old has ended speculation over his future by signing a three-year deal at the Emirates.

    Aubameyang was previously on around £200k-a-week in North London, but his contract will see him pocket more than £350,000-a-week.

    SunSport have pulled together a list of the top-flight's top-earners, with just one Chelsea star making the cut.


    Following his move to West Brom, Chelsea fans have been reminiscing about Branislac Ivanovic.

    The Serbian star played for the Blues from 2008 until 2017.


    Gary Neville has dismissed Frank Lampard's claims that he is happy with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    He told Sky Sports: “I don't think he is [happy with Kepa].

    “I wouldn't be, but, yet I know full well, having been in a coaching position, been in a changing room, you have to back your goalkeeper.

    “You must back your players.

    “You have to support them publicly but privately that goal, it's a really poor goal to give away.”

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