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CHELSEA are preparing for a Champions League clash with Rennes on Wednesday.

But they have suffered a slight setback with Frank Lampard stating that Christian Pulisic will be out for "weeks".

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • William Pugh

    DY IS CAST

    Chelsea will not sign Paulo Dybala in January, according to reports.

    The Blues have been heavily linked with the Argentine but Roman Abramovich has blocked a move during the next transfer window, according to CalcioMercato.

    Abramovich's side have already shelled out more than £100million on Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz in Dybala's position and will not be dipping into the market for the Juventus star as a result.

  • William Pugh

    CHUK IT IN

    Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly tracking long-term Arsenal target Samuel Chukwueze.

    90min claims the 21-year-old Villarreal star is attracting suitors from some of Europe’s top clubs.

    Arsenal have been fans of Chukwueze for some time.

    But they have now been joined in the hunt by rivals United and Chelsea.

    Chukwueze has already clocked up 84 appearances for Villarreal despite his young age, scoring 12 goals in the process.

    But any interested parties will have to meet Chukwueze’s release clause, which stands at a mammoth £80million.

  • William Pugh

    LET'S GET RENNY

    Chelsea host Rennes in the Champions League tonight as they look to maintain their spot at the top of Group E.

    They have beaten Krasnodar and drawn with Sevilla so far.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues welcome Rennes to Stamford Bridge this evening, hoping to make it seven points from a possible nine at the halfway stage of the Champions League group phase.

    Ahead of the game, boss Frank Lampard was insistent that his players must not let their standards slip.

    He said: “We are happy with where we are in the group after two games, but we can't get complacent.

    “We must stay on top of ourselves.

    “The clean sheets have been great and we are adding goals and a threat in offensive positions.

    “We always want to improve. We have seen some progression but it is a work in progress. We can't come off.”

    Meanwhile, Petr Cech has bullishly revealed that he is ‘100 per cent ready’ to step in between the sticks, should he be required.

    The 38-year-old said: “It’s true that it would have been a professional error to do this if I wasn’t at Premier League level, but that’s not the way we work here.

    “I know I’m 100 per cent ready to help if needs be. I’m fit, and with the two months of training, I’ve seen I have the same quality.

    “Furthermore, I rested for a year without playing football. It really gave me energy.

    “My body recovered after playing 20 years as a professional. If the circumstances put me on the pitch, I’m ready.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    WE'VE WERNT IT

    Timo Werner says Chelsea can win the Champions League this season because of Europe’s fixture pile-up.

    Covid-19 is forcing the biggest teams to squeeze in matches — but the Blueshave a large squad thanks to a £220million spending spree.

    And as striker Werner prepared to face Rennes on Wednesday, he said: “Every team playingin Europe plays every three days.

    “It’s difficult. But we have a big squad of good players.

    “I think with this, we have to have the goal to go very far in this competition.”

    German Werner was one of six major new signings for Chelsea and has five goals already.

    He added: “We’re not here to say, ‘We will get in the next round and we’ll see’ — we are here to win the Champions League in the next few years.

    “And this year is a good chance because everybody in the competition has a lot of games.

    “Every team has to think about how they can manage it, who they can play and how many games they can play consecutively.

    “I came here to win titles. We are in a good way and we have a good chance to come very far in this competition.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – ON THE RENNES

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has insisted that his side mustn't take Ligue 1 outfit Rennes lightly tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

    He said: “We are happy with where we are in the group after two games, but we can't get complacent.

    “We must stay on top of ourselves.

    “The clean sheets have been great and we are adding goals and a threat in offensive positions. We always want to improve. We have seen some progression but it is a work in progress. We can't come off.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    JUL IN THE CROWN

    Rennes boss Julien Stephan has been very complimentary of Chelsea, ahead of the two clubs doing battle at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.

    On the Blues possibly being among the favourites to win the Champions League, the Frenchman said: “I'm convinced of it, they spent millions and signed Thiago Silva [on a free transfer as well].

    “They can go very far in the competition and do well in the Premier League as well.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    HE'S THE WERN

    Chelsea striker Timo Werner has labelled Kai Havertz as one of the 'most talented players in the world'.

    The German said: “I know Kai very well and I think he is one of the most talented players in the whole world.

    “He is a young boy, only 21 and he can learn a lot but can already play like a very, very old and wise player. I think up until now he feels very well here. A bit like me, we have talked a lot about settling in and he feels he is very happy to be here.

    “In a lot of games he has shown what he can do, what he can bring to the team. For Kai it is very important to score, but I think what you can see in his game he is a lot more than scoring goals as a midfield player.

    “He plays a lot of key passes, makes a lot of movement for other players. He is very talented and feels good.

    “He will get better and better, like me he has come to a new country, language and style of football and has to learn. But until now he plays very good and we will see a lot more good games from him.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    HYPE TRAIN

    Chelsea got a good session under their belts at Cobham today, as they prepare for tomorrow's clash with Rennes at Stamford Bridge.

  • Etienne Fermie

    STAYING IN EUROPE

    Chelsea take on Rennes in the Champions League tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

    Here's how the Blues got on last time out in Europe…

  • Etienne Fermie

    FROM RIZ TO RUBBLE

    Maurizio Sarri could be set for a return to management with reports in Italy linking the ex-Chelsea boss to Fiorentina and Roma.

    Juventus sacked the 61-year-old in the summer after just a year in charge.

    Sarri and Juve are still in talks over his financial settlement and that may hold up a move to another team.

    But La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Fiorentina are interested in the Italian.

    Italian outlet CalcioMercato, however, claim Sarri would prefer Roma over Fiorentina, as he seeks an ambitious team that can one day win Serie A.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ON THE RENNES

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has insisted that his side mustn't take Ligue 1 outfit Rennes lightly tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

    He said: “We are happy with where we are in the group after two games, but we can't get complacent.

    “We must stay on top of ourselves.

    “The clean sheets have been great and we are adding goals and a threat in offensive positions. We always want to improve. We have seen some progression but it is a work in progress. We can't come off.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    PUL BACK

    Chelsea have been boosted by Christian Pulisic's return to training after a hamstring scare.

    The 21-year-old should be back in action soon but WILL miss the Blues' Champions League tie against Rennes tomorrow, according to The Athletic reporter Simon Johnson.

    He tweeted: “Lampard says Pulisic has had very minor injury to hamstring – is already back out training for cfc. Won’t face Rennes though.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    HAV TO DO IT

    Chelsea host Rennes in the Champions League tomorrow night.

    And SunSport's Jack Figg reckons that Kai Havertz will again be utilised as a No8 by boss Frank Lampard.

  • Richard Forrester

    COURT IN THE CROSSFIRE

    Thibaut Courtois’ father has slammed Keylor Navas – and accused the ex-Real Madrid stopper of failing to be a “good team-mate”.

    Thierry Courtois claims the Costa Rican international made things “complicated” for the Belgium stopper following his megabucks switch from Chelsea in 2018.

    Courtois, 28, made a sensational £38million summer move to Spain from Stamford Bridge two years ago, following a successful seven-year stint with the Blues.

    Thierry told Le Derniere Heure: “Petr received him very well (at Chelsea).

    “He was the first one to come to receive him in his first training, he always gave him advice and helped him to integrate.

    “He was a great team-mate who he could always count on. The same cannot be said for Keylor.

    “His arrival was a bit complicated. The season had already begun and he was behind in his preparations.

    “His integration was not easy because Keylor was always there, there was a difficult internal competitiveness.

    “Also external, with the journalists, who were in favour of Keylor. Once he went to PSG, everything was easier.”

  • Richard Forrester

    RICE & SHINE

    Frank Lampard will make a fresh move for Declan Rice in January as he eyes a new defensive midfielder, according to reports.

    The Blues boss wants the West Ham ace to replace N'Golo Kante's role in the side with the view to playing the Frenchman in a more advanced position.

    Lampard wanted Rice, 21, in the summer but couldn't raise the necessary funds to tempt the Hammers into selling.

    He spent over £200million on the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell despite the financial crisis from the pandemic.

    The Athletic write how two first-team players would need to leave in order to balance the books and raise the required funds to sign Rice.

    West Ham would certainly not be willing to let him leave on the cheap with an asking price believed to be around £80million.

  • Richard Forrester

    CHRIS OF LIFE

    Big boost for Chelsea…

    Christian Pulisic's injury is not as bad as first feared following results from his scans.

    Frank Lampard says he is back in training already.

  • Richard Forrester

    LOCKED OUT

    The FA has confirmed ALL football below National League level will be suspended for four weeks from Thursday.

    Despite pleas for youth and kids’ football to be allowed during the second lockdown, the Government has insisted the measures will apply to all levels of the game.

    And Wembley chiefs have now formally told clubs throughout football that they have no option other than to shut down until at least December 2.

    The new restriction bans “all fixtures and training” for clubs below the National League.

    That means the 10 clubs from below the National League that are due to take part in the FA Cup First Round Proper this weekend cannot train after Wednesday.

    The rules apply to women’s football below Tier Two of the pyramid and also rule out “all fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football”.

  • Richard Forrester

    CHIPS ARE DOWN

    West Brom loan manager Paul Terry faces a heavy fine and potential ban after being charged with multiple breaches of FA betting regulations.

    Terry, brother of Aston Villa assistant manager and former England and Chelsea skipper John, is accused of placing 209 bets between November 2017 and October 2019.

    Terry was charged last week under FA Rule E8 and has until next Tuesday to respond to the allegations.

    Rule E8 is effectively a blanket ban on betting, applying to all participants in professional football.

    It states: “A participant should not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of …a football match or competition.”

    The case will be dealt with by an independent FA commission which has unlimited powers.

    However, it is expected that Terry is more likely to face a substantial fine than a ban if he is found guilty, given he has no active involvement in matches at West Brom.

  • Richard Forrester

    ED ENOUGH

    Chelsea legend Eddie Newton has been sacked by Trabzonspor after just seven league games.

    The 48-year-old left his coaching role at Stamford Bridge in February to further his career with the Turkish side.

    He joined Trabzonspor as an assistant before he became the club's caretaker manager.

    Newton guided the club to glory in the Turkish Cup at the end of last season, which saw him given the job permanently.

    But he has been axed from his first managerial post following the club's awful start to the season.

  • Richard Forrester

    CECH MATE

    Petr Cech insists he’s ‘100 per cent ready’ to play for Chelsea after his shock inclusion in Frank Lampard’s Premier League squad.

    And the veteran goalkeeper, 38, has dismissed doubters by claiming he still has the ‘same quality’ as he did during his peak playing days.

    Cech was named as Chelsea’s fourth-choice shot-stopper in a stunning move by ex-team-mate Lampard – despite retiring from football last year.

    He said: “It’s true that it would have been a professional error to do this if I wasn’t at Premier League level, but that’s not the way we work here.

    “I know I’m 100 per cent ready to help if needs be. I’m fit, and with the two months of training, I’ve seen I have the same quality.

    “Furthermore, I rested for a year without playing football. It really gave me energy.

    “My body recovered after playing 20 years as a professional. If the circumstances put me on the pitch, I’m ready.”

  • Richard Forrester

    GIN & TONIC

    Chelsea are set to move for Germany defender Matthias Ginter – who has been hailed as the new Sergio Ramos.

    The Blues have already signed striker Timo Werner and attacking midfielder Kai Havertz from the Bundesliga this year.

    But boss Frank Lampard is now ready to make a bid for Borussia Moenchengladbach centre-half Ginter.

    The 26-year-old has been likened to Real Madrid legend Ramos by Germany World Cup-winning skipper and former Sun Sport columnist Lothar Mattheus.

    Mattheus told Sky Sports Germany: “Ginter has become a leader at the back, in a similar way to Ramos at Real.

    “He doesn't just give instructions to his team-mates, but leads them as well. That's what Ginter is doing really well at the moment. He reminds me of Ramos.”

  • Richard Forrester

    AT AHM'S LENGTH

    Chelsea are preparing a £6.9million bid for former Nottingham Forest defender Anel Ahmedhodzic, according to reports.

    The centre-back, 21, left the Championship club for Malmo at the start of last year and has impressed in Sweden.

    According to Swedish newspaper Kvallposten, Chelsea are one of several European teams interested in Ahmedhodzic.

    The Blues are said to be preparing a £6.9million bid for the youngster, who would be offered a five-year deal.

    Ahmedhodzic is under contract in Malmo until 2023.

  • Richard Forrester

    MAD NOT TO

    Atletico Madrid are plotting a shock transfer swoop for ex-Chelsea sensation Tariq Lamptey, according to reports.

    However, the LaLiga giants face competition from Spanish rivals Sevilla and European champions Bayern Munich for the youngster.

    According to the Daily Mail, Diego Simeone has been impressed by Lamptey's exceptional form since signing for Brighton.

    The 20-year-old made the switch from Chelsea to the south coast on a three-year deal in January.

    With Reece James ahead of him in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, the right-back made the decision to advance his career elsewhere.

  • Richard Forrester

    SHER THING

    Tim Sherwood is backing Chelsea to challenge for the title this season.

    The ex-Spurs boss believes Frank Lampard's strength in depth means their four-year wait to be crowned champions could come to an end next summer.

    He said: “It's my firm belief that we're watching the champions today, whichever game you're going to watch,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions.

    “It's either going to be Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester City. That's my opinion.

    “I think Chelsea have got a squad now, I still think defensively they're a little bit poor but I think they've got the firepower going forward to really challenge.

    “Liverpool have obviously got defensive problems, with [Virgil] Van Dijk missing, that's going to be crucial.

    “All of a sudden Man City have got a defence that looks like a championship-winning defence.

    “They need to get [Sergio] Aguero fit and a bit more firepower up there, then I'd give them a real chance as well. But I can't see beyond these three teams.”

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