8.15am Chelsea news LIVE: Krasnodar build up, Rudiger ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test, Rice £120k-a-week offer – The Sun

CHELSEA face Krasnodar in Russia in the Champions League this week.

On the transfer front, the Blues are reportedly offering Declan Rice £120,000-a-week to join the club in January.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Jack Figg

    JOHN TOP OF IT

    John Phillips is the former QPR fitness guru trying to ruin Frank Lampard’s Champions League plans.

    Portsmouth coach Phillips joined Russian side FC Krasnodar this month as their new Head of Sport Science.

    And he will be the man trying to get the competition debutants up to physical speed before tonight’s glamour tie against Chelsea.

    Until May 2019, Phillips worked at Championship side QPR for more than six years, primarily as their head of performance.

    Over a decade ago he was academy and reserve fitness coach at Southampton at a time when superstar Gareth Bale was coming through the ranks on the South Coast.

    In a varied career, he has also worked at the FA, the EFL, in Sweden (Malmo), Saudi Arabia (Al Ahli), Taiwan (national team) and China (Nantong).

  • Jack Figg

    TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard believes he is judged differently as the sole English boss at a top Premier League club.

    Asked generally if he is scrutinised differently because he is from England, Lampard replied: “I think possibly, yes. Possibly, yes.

    “When I got this job, a lot of people were questioning me. A lot of people told me: ‘Are you sure you want to take it because of opinion?’

    “Sometimes people can be very quick to form opinions straightaway for whatever reason.

    “Being a young English manager with one year at Derby some of that I understood.

    “But we do have to judge people on face value like any manager, no matter of where you're from. I was proud of what we achieved last season.”

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING BLUE FANS

    Petr Cech was BETTER than Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero in Chelsea training before Edouard Mendy arrived.

    That's the shock verdict of ex-Blues' keeper Mark Schwarzer as boss Frank Lampard wrestled with his No1 problem position.

    Australia legend Schwarzer told Optus Sport. “From my understanding, he was better than the Chelsea keepers.

    “But this was before Mendy arrived at the club.

    He was performing and training better than the Chelsea keepers.”

    And Schwarzer revealed that Cech was so surprised with his own athleticism he even rued the fact he had quit playing.

    Schwarzer, 48, said: “He just was saying he felt so good.

    “He said had he known that after having time off he would have felt so good, he would have only had six months off and wouldn’t have retired.

    “He actually believes he’s fit enough and strong enough and good enough still to play in the Premier League.

    “I know he’s kicking the ball further than he did towards the end of his career.

    “The injuries he had, the problems he had with his ankle, his calf, they were hindering his kicking game.

    “So apparently he has no problems with that at all any more.

    “He’s kicking the ball as far as he [ever] did.”

    Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has claimed homegrown managers deserve more respect after becoming only the second Englishman to manage in two Champions League campaigns.

    He said: “I don’t feel a responsibility of the English managers’ union or whatever you want to call it.

    “But I was surprised by the stat when I was told it last week – the great Bobby Robson to be the only Englishman who’s done it.

    “I used to hear towards the end of my career about English managers who get jobs in the Premier League and there’s a merry-go-round and all this sort of thing.

    “But I actually think it’s slightly different. I think we’re sometimes seeing English managers showing their qualities in the game, throughout the Premier League, throughout the Championship, throughout the leagues, and hopefully there are more opportunities for them.

    “With the brilliant invasion of great quality coaches and players into the Premier League, sometimes I think our eyes go to that and it becomes very new and trendy.

    “And rightly so with managers that achieve so much. But also sometimes I think we have managers at home who can do the jobs as well. I’m not thinking of myself being anywhere near the standard bearer for it because there are great managers and young coaches out there. All I try to do is the job as well as I can.”

    And finally, John Phillips is the former QPR fitness guru trying to ruin Frank Lampard’s Champions League plans.

    Portsmouth coach Phillips joined Russian side FC Krasnodar this month as their new Head of Sport Science.

    Phillips, who attended Southampton Solent University, said: “Southampton and QPR are both big clubs, very similar to Krasnodar.

    “They compete in multiple competitions the same as we are now with the League, the Cup after Christmas, and obviously the European football and Champions League.

    “When I was at QPR it was like a new project as well, so we had to develop everything and build systems and protocols to try and improve on-the-field performance. There are similarities there, yes.

    “This is a great challenge for me.

    “Obviously, I spoke a lot with the club representatives when they asked me if I'd be interested in the project and I really liked the ambition and the ideas.

    “It’s a great opportunity to try and develop and improve within playing European football and competing in the Russian League.

    “It’s good to now try and evolve everything else around football.

    “I’m well aware of the history within Russian football and particularly following and being involved in European football.

    “And I’m well aware there is a lot of history over here and a great reputation for players being hard working and aggressive.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FIT AS A FIDDLE

    John Phillips is the former QPR fitness guru trying to ruin Frank Lampard’s Champions League plans.

    Portsmouth coach Phillips joined Russian side FC Krasnodar this month as their new Head of Sport Science.

    Phillips, who attended Southampton Solent University, said: “Southampton and QPR are both big clubs, very similar to Krasnodar.

    “They compete in multiple competitions the same as we are now with the League, the Cup after Christmas, and obviously the European football and Champions league.

    “When I was at QPR it was like a new project as well, so we had to develop everything and build systems and protocols to try and improve on-the-field performance. There are similarities there, yes.

    “This is a great challenge for me.

    “Obviously, I spoke a lot with the club representatives when they asked me if I'd be interested in the project and I really liked the ambition and the ideas.

    “It’s a great opportunity to try and develop and improve within playing European football and competing in the Russian League.

    “It’s good to now try and evolve everything else around football.

    “I’m well aware of the history within Russian football and particularly following and being involved in European football.

    “And I’m well aware there is a lot of history over here and a great reputation for players being hard working and aggressive.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    Frank Lampard has called on homegrown managers to be shown more respect.

    “I don’t feel a responsibility of the English managers’ union or whatever you want to call it.

    “But I was surprised by the stat when I was told it last week – the great Bobby Robson to be the only Englishman who’s done it.

    “I used to hear towards the end of my career about English managers who get jobs in the Premier League and there’s a merry-go-round and all this sort of thing.

    “But I actually think it’s slightly different. I think we’re sometimes seeing English managers showing their qualities in the game, throughout the Premier League, throughout the Championship, throughout the leagues, and hopefully there are more opportunities for them. With the brilliant invasion of great quality coaches and players into the Premier League, sometimes I think our eyes go to that and it becomes very new and trendy.

    “And rightly so with managers that achieve so much. But also sometimes I think we have managers at home who can do the jobs as well. I’m not thinking of myself being anywhere near the standard bearer for it because there are great managers and young coaches out there. All I try to do is the job as well as I can.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HOME AND AWAY

    Frank Lampard wants to see his Chelsea side replicate their positive away performances against Ajax and Valencia in the Champions League tomorrow.

    He said: “Because of the first game which we lost last year, we had to go and get those results [against Lille and Ajax], which I liked because you saw that in our performance – the edge in our game.

    “It’s very important we keep that edge. People will look at this group and consider coming to Russia to face a team playing in the Champions League for the first time and think it will be a comfortable game for us.

    “We have to have edge in our game. Tomorrow we have to have edge to make sure we get through this group.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SEA CHANGE

    Chelsea take on Krasnodar on Wednesday evening in the second match of their Champions League campaign.

    And Frank Lampard has a selection conundrum on his hands.

    Should Lampard pick his strongest XI, he only has Kepa Arrizabalaga (injury) and Marcos Alonso (suspension) missing from his potential starters.

    Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner would make up a dangerous-looking front-four.

    However, Chelsea could opt to play the 3-4-3 / 5-2-3 formation they rolled out for the 0-0 draw with Manchester United at the weekend.

  • Joe Brophy

    TO BE FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has given his assessment on Champions League opponents Krasnodar.

    “Myself and my staff have been watching their games since we were drawn against them.

    “We are very aware of their individual and collective talent as a team, and also aware they are a team that is new into the Champions League, which means they will have absolute motivation to play against a Premier League team to try and get a result.

    “We are very focused on the game.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RUD AWAKENING

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has claimed that he has a positive relationship with Antonio Rudiger.

    He told the club's website: “I have discussions with Antonio and all the players as readily as I can do.

    “I have always had a positive relationship with him. Everything I do, I do for the club and selections and the team, and at the minute sometimes you have to have players out of the squad and it is big news for everybody.

    “I have a very positive relationship with him, and he’s in the squad and very much in contention to play.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CECH MATE

    Petr Cech’s former Chelsea teammate Mark Schwarzer claims the veteran has been outperforming the club’s other goalkeepers in training.

    He told Optus Sports: “I spoke to him two weeks ago and we were talking about lots of different things, talking about Mendy, Kepa and himself training.

    “And he just was saying that he felt so good. He said to me that, had he have known that having time off he would have felt so good, he would have only had six months off and wouldn’t have retired.

    “He actually believes he’s fit enough and strong enough and good enough still to play in the Premier League.

    “So it’s an interesting one because he’s caught in two jobs at the moment, he’s Chelsea’s Technical and Performance Advisor and that his number one role.

    “But if an opportunity came along that was of interest to him, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Petr Cech coming back out of retirement and playing somewhere.

    “I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it would not be a shock to me if that happened.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVA LINING

    Thiago Silva has also missed out on a place in Chelsea's squad for the Champions League clash against Krasnodar tomorrow.

    football.london claim the Brazilian centre back has not picked up an injury but Frank Lampard is said to be keen to manage the veteran's minutes during a hectic spell.

  • Joe Brophy

    TEAM NEWS

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be without two players for the Champions League clash against Krasnodar tomorrow.

    Marcos Alonso will serve the final game of his three-match suspension and is not available for selection.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga meanwhile has not travelled with the squad to face the Russian side due to a shoulder injury.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Frank Lampard is not worried by Timo Werner's hit and miss start at Chelsea.

    The German drew another blank during Saturday's 0-0 bore draw at Old Trafford.

    Speaking ahead of his side's Champions League trip to Krasnodar tomorrow, Lampard said: “I am very happy with Timo.

    “If you go back to the game before, he scored two goals and Kai Havertz scores a goal.

    “I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

    “It is normal that it will take some time for relationships – for when we have got to put the ball in behind, the ball into feet – clearly these things are going to take time to build.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GO FIGURE

    The figures for the first two rounds of the Premier League's pay-per-view matches have been revealed with an average of 39,000 viewers paying £14.95.

    There have so far been ten games shown on PPV since it started on October 17, though none of the fixtures have attracted an audience of more than 100,000.

    According to the Daily Mail, the average number of purchases has been 39,000.

    That is still higher than the average attendance for the last Covid-19-free Premier League season which was 38,168 in the 2018-19 term.

    But the vast majority of fans have balked at the £14.95 price to watch games, with just two fixtures gaining between 70,000-90,000 viewers.

    And three of the matches have attracted less than 10,000 viewers – leaving clubs to consider lowering the price.

  • Joe Brophy

    NEW ERA

    More than 40 clubs have put their names to a new FA charter aimed at improving diversity at all levels of the game.

    Southampton were the only top flight club not to be 'founder signatories' of the FA’s 'Football Leadership Diversity Code', launched today.

    Under the code, clubs commit to meeting a series of targets aimed at widening the numbers of non-white employees in coaching and executive levels.

    Targets that have been agreed include:

    • Clubs committing to 15 per cent of new senior level recruits being black, asian or mixed heritage, with 30 per cent of new employees women.
    • A quarter of coaching staff recruits from minority groups with one in ten new senior coaches non-white.
    • At least one non-white man and women on the shortlist for any interviews where they meet the job requirement.
    • Half of new coaches for women’s teams being female, with 15 per cent non-white.

    GOLD COAST

    Exclusive by Tom Barclay: Brighton are planning to reward Tariq Lamptey for his excellent start to his Albion career with a bumper new contract.

    The England Under-21 star has set the Premier League alight since joining from Chelsea in January.

    His stellar performances have caught the eye on the continent with Bayern Munich enquiring about him this summer.

    Meanwhile Spanish side Sevilla have recently shown an interest in bringing him to LaLiga.

    SunSport understands negotiations are expected to start soon to upgrade substantially his current Seagulls terms of £14,000-a-week plus bonuses.

    Lamptey, who turned 20 last month, still has three years to run on his existing deal.

    THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

    Manchester United and Chelsea have the best youth system in the world when it comes to youngsters making the grade in the Premier League.

    The Red Devils have long been renowned for their incredible academy, churning out a host of future stars, including the Class of 92.

    Incredibly, there are currently 18 Old Trafford kids starring in the Premier League – either with them or at rival clubs, according to bettingodds.

    That's four more than the next-best club, Chelsea, with 14.

    The only other club with eight academy products in their current senior squad are West Ham, including the likes of Mark Noble and Declan Rice.

    MIC DROP

    Micah Richards has slammed the treatment of former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.

    The 31-year-old won the Champions League with the Blues and Liverpool but is without a club after a year with Trabzonspor.

    And Richards feels his absence is not down to his ability, telling BBC: “The picture often painted of Daniel in the media is of someone who is flash and arrogant, with a bad attitude, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

    “Sure, he's a bit out there with his clothes and he loves to sing and dance. He is also a confident player when he's on the pitch – but is any of that seen as bad now, or a problem? Of course it's not.

    “He's someone I'd always want at my club, and I'm not just saying that because he is my mate. Every manager he has played under has spoken highly of him, and it's the same if you've played alongside him too.

    “I've never once heard another player criticise Daniel's attitude or application – quite the opposite, in fact. Despite that, in the past it has been fair game for people who have never met him to tear into his character on national radio or TV.”

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    FAN'S VIEW

    Chelsea fan Simon Phillips delivers his fan's view for SunSport.

    He writes how, in football, it is normal for fans to offer criticism to players and managers – it’s all part of the game whatever level you are involved with.

    It is a fan's right to voice their opinions on any matter involving the club they spend their hard-earned money and time supporting.

    But that criticism of Frank Lampard may have gone over the top…

    Check out Simon's column in full here.

    FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

    Krasnodar must be ready for an ‘aggressive’ Chelsea side to come at them in Russia tomorrow.

    That is according to the club’s head of sports science, John Phillips, who told the club website what to expect from the Blues.

    Phillips, who has worked with QPR, Malmo and the Taiwan national team, stated: “Chelsea are the same as most English clubs, they're going to be aggressive, the speed of the game will be high.

    “They're doing okay in the league, but they will want to come here and they will want to really try and dominate so it's going to be tough.

    “We can't switch off because you'll get punished by these sort of teams. So it's almost as much mental as it's physical for this game.

    “Don't give them respect and allow them to play, we have to be aggressive and take the game to them.”

    MOUR LIKE IT

    Former Chelsea midfielder Jiri Jarosik has revealed the ethic behind Jose Mourinho’s success at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues signed Jarosik in 2005 but he only spent six months with the clubs, and he recalled to Planet Football: “Sometimes, Jose might surprise you. I remember us losing two games in a row and everyone worrying that he would absolutely destroy us.

    “But instead, he turned on his laptop, found a couple of funny videos featuring fat footballers or some epic football fails and showed it to us. Everybody laughed and that was that. He didn’t say anything, we just went to training.

    “Another memorable moment was when we won the Premier League and Jose brought all of our doctors, masseurs, physicians and other members of staff to the pitch.

    “It was a great message because it was not only the players who made the dream become a reality. It was everyone.”

    ZOUM ZOUM

    Speaking of birthdays, Kurt Zouma celebrates turning 26 this Tuesday.

    Many happy returns to the Blues defender.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GLENN!

    Glenn Hoddle turns 63 today.

    A very happy birthday to the Chelsea, Tottenham and England hero!

    FANS’ REVOLT

    Bookies have slashed the odds on the Premier League shutting pay-per-view games.

    Fans switched off when asked to pay £14.95 for certain matches, despite not being able to attend games.

    And reports suggest crunch talks are underway to solve the matter.

    Ladbrokes have cut the odds of PPV games being binned to 3/1.

    A spokesperson for the bookmaker said: “It should hardly come as a surprise to Premier League chiefs that PPV games would go down like a cup of cold sick with fans, and following poor viewing figures we've slashed the odds accordingly it's axed.”

    SEA CHANGE

    Chelsea take on Krasnodar on Wednesday evening in the second match of their Champions League campaign.

    And Frank Lampard has a selection conundrum on his hands.

    Should Lampard pick his strongest XI, he only has Kepa Arrizabalaga (injury) and Marcos Alonso (suspension) missing from his potential starters.

    Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner would make up a dangerous-looking front-four.

    However, Chelsea could opt to play the 3-4-3 / 5-2-3 formation they rolled out for the 0-0 draw with Manchester United at the weekend.

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