Juventus have been handed a big blow on the injury front following the news that both forwards Alvaro Morata and Paolo Dybala will miss the Champions League Group H clash with holders Chelsea when the two teams meet on Wednesday night. Juventus play hosts to Chelsea with the two teams targeting a win to maintain their unblemished start to the new Champions League season.
Argentine international Dybala had to be substituted just after he opened the scoring in the first half of the Sampdoria game at the weekend due to injury. Juventus were able to record back-to-back league wins for the first time this season thanks to the 3-2 win at home to Sampdoria buoyed by the opening goal from Dybala. Ex-Palermo attacker Dybala exited the game with a muscle injury and around the midway point of the Serie A encounter. He had earlier given Juve the lead on 10 minutes. Continue reading
Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out of the London Derby clash with Chelsea this weekend after failing to recover from Covid-19. The status of the Arsenal striker ahead of the Chelsea game was revealed by the Gunners’ medical team on Thursday. According to the statement released by the Arsenal medical team, Lacazette failed to recover from the Covid-19 that prompted him to miss the Premier League opener at fellow London team Brentford.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said that French international Lacazette was ill in his pre-match press conference for the Brentford game played at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday night alongside strike partner Pierre-EmerickAubameyang. It has now been revealed that Lacazette and Aubameyang were two of the four Arsenal players that missed the Brentford after testing positive to Covid-19. Brazilian winger Willian and Icelandic international shot stopper Alex Runnarsson also tested positive to Covid-19. The Gunners were said to have tried to postpone the game at Brentford to no avail after the four positive tests as mentioned above.
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have reportedly ended their interested in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi having tried to sign him in the previous transfer windows. The status of Bayern’s interest was confirmed by Times journalist Constantine Ecklervia Twitter. It was stated that the Bavarian giants pulled out of the bid to sign the Chelsea player due to their inability to offer him the six-figure weekly salary he earns at Stamford Bridge.
England international Hudson-Odoi broke into the Chelsea first team squadfew seasons ago and he went on to sign a long-term deal at the club to ward off the interest from Bayern Munich. The English winger earns more than £100,000 at Chelsea on the back of signing the new lucrative deal.
West London giants Chelsea have been able to avenge their FA Cup final defeat at the hands of fellow Champions League chasers Leicester City after the two teams met again three days from the final at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Their latest meeting was in the Premier League and it could decide the destination of the two Champions League spots up for grabs.
Chelsea and Leicester City have now met three times with their latest encounter at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Chelsea have been dealt a big blow after key midfielder Mateo Kovacic failed to recover in time to take his place in the squad for the Champions League clash with Spanish La Liga champions.
Real Madrid host Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday night and Croatian international Kovacic will miss the game against his former club as a result of injury.
Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are set to enter into a transfer battle with both clubs interested in signing Gianluca Mancini from Italian Serie A club AS Roma. The outstanding defender is highly rated and also widely considered as one of the stand-out performing defenders in the Italian league. He has now emerged as a top transfer target for clubs overseas, including the Blues and the Red Devils who both want to sign defenders in the summer transfer window.
The report is coming from the Express, who claim that Chelsea have been tracking the defender since last season and have been monitoring his progress before going on to make a move for him. Mancini, 24, is a product of the Fiorentina academy and has also played for Perugia in a loan stint. After Perugia, Mancini played for Atalanta before eventually signing for Roma back in 2019.
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed the key to the form under new manager Thomas Tuchel. Andreas Christensen is enjoying a new lease of life under the new manager and has started the last four games in all competitions, a feat that the player admits has not happened for the many years. Andreas Christensen spoke to the official website of Chelsea about the renaissance witnessed under Thomas Tuchel, who was appointed as the new Blues boss last month as the replacement for the sacked Frank Lampard.
According to him, Thomas Tuchel has encouraged the players to do the simple things as often as possible and also urged the Chelsea boys to stay away from complicating things on the pitch. Andreas Christensen believes that this has been the key to a good defensive record under Tuchel and the excellent defensive record has been the foundation needed for the team to achieve results. Continue reading
Real Madrid want to sign a new striker in this January transfer window after the loan exit of Luka Jovic earlier this week and the Spanish La Liga giants have made Chelsea star Olivier Giroud one of their targets in the quest to achieve the aforementioned target.
The interest of Real Madrid in Chelsea striker Giroud was revealed by Spanish newspaper AS. It was disclosed that Real Madrid are eyeing three strikers as possible replacements for Luka Jovic, who left Real Madrid to re-sign for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga at the start of this week.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has declared that he is both impressed and pleased with how summer acquisition Timo Werner has arrived at the club and s
tarted on the foot.
The Germany international striker decided to swap German Bundesliga outfit, RB Leipzig, to join Lampard’s evolutionary Chelsea team and since then, he has hit the ground running by showing glimpses of why the London club splashed the cash on him in the summer.
In the last few weeks Coach Frank Lampard has shown that he can build his team and get results without the need for Jorginho. The signee of his predecessor also seems resigned to exit Stamford Bridge. The issue now is receiving a fair offer for the player, per reports.
There are already rumours that Maurizio Sarri is pushing for the Italian midfield maestro to join him in Turin. Now that Barcelona would likely take Miralem Pjanic, there would be space for Jorginho to operate in the midfield.