Monday, March 30, 2020

Chelsea should stick with Kepa

Former Chelsea and Manchester United Goalkeeper Mark Bosnich says Chelsea should stick with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spaniard was dropped by manager Lampard towards the end of the winter period due to poor form but bosnich believes that he now deserves to keep his place after a string of good performances on his return to the team.

"I was probably in the minority as a goalkeeper as I didn't mind competition for places," Bosnich told Goal. "I thought being a goalkeeper was the same as any position that if you are not playing well, then it is understandable that someone else comes in.

"With Kepa, it is a little bit different because of the price tag that surrounds him but it wasn't Frank Lampard who bought him. It was somebody else. I was impressed with the way he came back but he has been struggling a little bit this season.

"It is completely understandable as a manager if someone is not doing it for you at a big club you think somewhere else. There are stories around about Donnarumma or Onana but with any goalkeeper you talk about purchasing, especially from abroad, there's nothing like playing the position in England.

"There's more physical challenges on the crosses that you get in England than anywhere else in the world. You have to be careful. I am not privy to what's gone on behind the scenes but if a manager-player relationship breaks down, then that's a different matter.

"I just think it was down to his form which in terms of the standard when he first came, it hasn't been up to scratch this season. Frank was well within his rights to leave him out when he did but I thought he did well when he came back.

Mark Bosnich quote GFXI rate Kepa, I thought he was a superb shot-stopper with good agility and his kicking was okay for me. I think people make too much of his problems with distribution but the first job is to keep the ball out of the net. Kicking is a bonus.

"In terms of dominating his box, he is young and slight so it has taken time to get to grips with that. That's something they need to work on. For me, he has not been a disaster in any sense of the word. He has done okay so far.

"It is difficult to follow Petr Cech in their most successful era at the club. Then you have Thibaut Courtois, who was exceptional as well. I believe that Kepa has the ability given time to get to that level."

Benzema on Giroud: I simply told the truth

Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema has weighed in more about a supposed Jibe at Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.

Speaking on Instagram, he said: "About Giroud, I simply told the truth. 

"But we didn't remember what I said about him, especially about what he brings to the French national team. 

"We just remembered the moment when I said I was F1 and he was karting. That's what I think, that's the truth, and that's how it is.

Karim Benzema Real Madrid Espanyol

"Because now, if you ask me with R9 (Ronaldo): R9 is F1, and I am karting. That's the way it is. We're going to move on."

Willian: Secret to Liverpool ‘s success is continuity

Chelsea winger Willian admits that continuity has been keen to Liverpool success and relentless charge toward winning titles but says  the blues have their own way of going about their own success.

Chelsea have had five different managers since Jurgen Koop took over at Liverpool in October 2015 though that has not stopped the club from triumphs such as the Premier league and FA Cup.

“I think the secret [to Liverpool’s success] is continuity,” Willian told ESPN Brazil.

“The coach has been with the club for almost five years. When you have continuity, you can win titles.

“They had a sequence of important victories, which shows the maturity of the team. You have to have time to get things done, and Liverpool have had a coach and a philosophy for a long time.

“The team is the same, it is only one or two players that change, the base is the same. At Manchester City too, Guardiola has been there for a long time, the philosophy is always the same.”

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Jarvis: Chelsea right to go for Rice

Former West Ham United Player Matt Jarvis says the blues are right to go all out for Declan Rice. 

He thinks it will be a great signing for the club but getting his services won’t come cheap.

He’s a very talented young player who’s obviously playing week in, week out at West Ham and also playing for England,” Jarvis told talkSPORT of Rice.

“He’s really got on to the scene and doing extremely well.

“He’s going to want to continue to improve and it’s just whether he feels if it’s the right time to move on or not.

Declan Rice England 2019-20

“Chelsea are a club who are going in the right direction under Frank Lampard; the youngsters are getting their opportunities, so it would be a good fit for him to go in with a few other youngsters.

“He’s a completely different player to what Lampard was, but he [Lampard] obviously knows the role of a midfield player and he manages [N’Golo] Kante, who’s probably the best one in his role.

“It’s going to be a difficult decision for Rice to make because both the Manchester clubs may be interested in him.

“At the minute he’s playing week in, week out, and Gareth Southgate will want to be able to see him playing every week. He doesn’t want to be going to a different club and be sat on the bench and not playing, because that won’t enhance his place in the England set-up

“He’s a really important figure at West Ham. West Ham won’t want to let him go as he’s an integral part of their team, so they’ll be expecting, if bids are coming in, that they’ll have to be a lot higher than the usual one.

“He’s young and he’s playing for England already; you’ve got to be looking at probably above £50m in this market.”

Lampard wary of asking too much of his players

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard is wary of asking too much of his players who are undergoing self-isolation and individual training programmes at their respective homes.

The 2019/2020 season has been halted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has killed thousands of people worldwide.

"It is very difficult at the moment because we have got nothing concrete in front of us," the Chelsea head coach told the club's The 5th Stand app.

"We have seen that things can change very quickly, so we can only go by the dates we have been given but daily or probably weekly we are looking at it saying, 'Well, how do we train? What does it look like?'

"The last thing I want to do when the players are in this position is to try and push and push and push [them] for no reason."

“Lampard needs more than Ziyech”

Lampard’s Former teammate Jiri Jarosik is delighted with his former teammates management at Chelsea but wants him to go all out in the next transfer window.

He believes the blues boss needs further signings to improve the squad despite signing Ziyech who was set to arrive in the summer.

“Going from Derby to Chelsea is a different pressure," Jarosik told Goal. "Chelsea is a phenomenon now and one of the biggest clubs in the world so this job won't be easy.

"From the start he was in a difficult situation without being able to bring in players. They have gone with a young team. If they want to compete for the title, I think they need some players with more experience because the Premier League is very difficult.

"They have become inconsistent which is something that comes with youth and the quality of the league. A lot of guys have come [back] from smaller clubs on loan to Chelsea. I think Chelsea will scout well ahead of the transfer window having not signed anyone yet.

"I think they need more than one player in Hakim Ziyech because they need a bench that can help them compete for a title too. They need to be stronger to win the biggest games."

Chelsea and Bayern Munich eyeing Melamed

Bayern Munich and Chelsea are among the latest clubs who are said to be tracking the development of Espanyol’s Nicolas Melamed, according to Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The midfielder made his debut for Espanyol in the Europa League this season and has won a number of admirers across Europe, including from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Still only 18, should Melamed move in the coming months, it is thought that he would instantly be placed into his new club’s U23 or second-string outfit, rather than the first-team.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Pedro wants to Extend Chelsea Stay

Chelsea winger Pedro has set the record straight regarding his future at the club, insisting that his interview with a Spanish radio show earlier this week was misinterpreted.

As it stands, the 32-year-old attacker will become a free agent on July 1, due to the fact he has yet to agree on fresh terms with the Blues over a contract renewal.

The former Spain international has fallen down the squad pecking order at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard this season, featuring in just nine Premier League games in total.

Kante not being played in favourite position

Former Blues star Gus Poyet believes a World Cup winner is being played out of his favourite position in the last two seasons

He also believes the Frenchman hasn’t quite reached the heights he was expected to be in recent years.

"In very important games Lampard went with Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic until the last month with injuries," Poyet began in a conversation with Goal.

"Those are the three most experienced players who played under Sarri but now they play with more freedom, especially in Jorginho having more possibilities to move around to go sideways and forward. Last year, he was very static. There are plenty of options.

"In Kante's first year, he came to Chelsea and I made it public that he is the best central midfielder in the world. After a previous season as a number eight in that different position, we lost how important and unique he was as a player.

"I hope he can get back to that. In his best position, he is unique and there's not many players that can give you what he can do right now."

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Stamford Bridge Redevelopment called off

Chelsea’s planning permission to redevelop Stamford Bridge to being a 60,000 seater stadium has expired after relationship unrest between Chelsea owner Abrahamovich and the British Government.

The Blues Owner initially planned the Stadium renovation at £1bn when the Club was given permission in 2017 but all plans have been called off though renovation plans could come up again but the club would have to start from the scratch.

A Statement from the blues website reads:

“Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold," a statement read in May 2018 . "No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur.

"The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision. The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate."

Chelsea's stadium redevelopment

Monday, March 23, 2020

Cole: Barkley can drive Chelsea on to win trophies

Former Chelsea Star Joe Cole says a fellow Englishman Ross Barkley is improving and can follow in the footsteps of his current manager Frank Lampard in terms of goal scoring exploits.

The Former Everton man has appeared in the blues last seven matches in all competitions before an enforced COVID-19 break brought halt to proceedings.

Ross has improved. He is a top player. I’m a big fan of Ross Barkley. Always have been," the ex-Blues winger told the Daily Star .

“He’s been a bit less spoken about because of Jack Grealish and James Maddison and Mason Mount. But he’s done a terrific job at Chelsea.

“The last two games, against Liverpool and Everton, he was brilliant. Absolutely fantastic.

“I’ve always thought he was a top player and I think he’ll be at Chelsea for many, many years.

“Now the challenge for Ross is can he keep doing that, can he be that player who drives Chelsea on to win trophies, like his manager was? I think he can.”

“Gilmour a massive assest for Chelsea “

Former blues Midfielder Joe Cole has said Billy Gilmour is one of the brightest spark in English football at the moment and a great assest to Chelsea.

He also expects the young scot with Hugh potential to go to the very top of his game.

The former Blues winger told the Daily Star: “We are the cream of Europe now in England, and Scotland too with Billy. We are producing big amounts of these players.

“They just keep coming through the production line. The future is bright for British football. It’s fantastic.”

Billy Gilmour Chelsea 2019-20

Cole added on Gilmour: “Billy is terrific, a real talent. A cultured footballer. He can be what he wants. I like him in that midfield role.

“But I think he might eventually develop and play further up the pitch, like a 10. All Billy needs to do is keep his feet on the ground.

“He’s another massive asset for Chelsea. It will all come down to how he performs. Once you’ve got that shirt it’s up to you to deal with it.

“To be where he is and playing how he is, is a massive achievement for him and his parents. He’s a well-grounded young man.”

Chelsea may face Stumbling block over Chilwell’s transfer fee

Chelsea are growing increasingly confident that they can convince Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell to move to Stamford Bridge this summer, but face a major stumbling block over the transfer fee.

The England defender is one of Chelsea's primary targets ahead of the transfer window and he is aware of interest from the west London outfit.

However, Leicester will demand a huge fee for Chilwell as they did for Harry Maguire, whom they sold for a world-record £80 million ($97m) fee to Manchester United in 2019.

Chilwell, 23, will command a similar amount, while he still has four years remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Emerson urged to leave Chelsea

Italy Manager Roberto Mancini has called on Chelsea Defender Emerson Palmieri to leave the club and get regular minutes in his native Italy ahead of the european championships in 2021.

The Italian appeared to have lost his way in the Chelsea Set-up after being substituted in Chelsea’s 2-1 win away at the Emirates Stadium in December.

“As for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared from the radar a bit after his move to Watford,” Mancini told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Luca Pellegrini already spent time with the senior squad and can improve.

“It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.”

Premier league clubs to take cut on transfer budget

Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea could be among the Premier League clubs forced to slash their transfer budgets amid the Covid-19 pandemic, says The Mirror.

The football world is at a standstill due to the spread of coronavirus, with no fixed plans on when the current season will resume.

The fiscal impact is likely to be felt across the game too, with several Premier League clubs - including sides chasing European glory - likely to be forced to scale back operations in the market.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Chelsea prepared to extend Zappacosta’s loan at Roma

Chelsea are prepared to let Davide Zappacosta spend another season on loan at Roma - according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The 27-year-old right-back completed a temporary move to Stadio Olimpico last summer, but he's missed the majority of the 2019-20 campaign with an ACL injury.

The Blues have no problem allowing Zappacosta to remain at Roma for an extra year, with his current deal at Stamford Bridge set to expire in 2022.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Chelsea urged to sign Jadon Sancho

John Terry has encouraged his former club to try and sign Dortmund Star Jadon Sancho who has made 90 appearances for the black and yellows
The blues legend believes it will be a great signing and a good addition to the current crop of young players at Chelsea.

"I think the young lads have shown their potential," he told Frank Khalid of Chelsea's latest academy graduates.

"We spoke at the start of the season about the likes of Tammy and Mason coming into the squad and they've shown that they're capable of playing.

"I think Sancho is one of the best young players in the world at the moment, so he'd be a great addition to Chelsea's squad.

"It would make us better as well, but the ones that have come through, the Billy Gilmours, Tammy, Mason, Reece [James], it's endless isnt it? There have been so many positives this season.

"So I think every Chelsea fan, since I came through the ranks, that's all Chelsea fans wanted to see: the youth team players and the younger generation coming through and making their first team debuts. We've seen that in abundance this year."

Jeremie Boga hints at Chelsea return

Jeremie Boga has hinted that he could return to Chelsea, as the Blues hold a €15 million (£14m/$16m) buyback option in his contract at Sassuolo, with a second stint at Stamford Bridge always part of his long-term plan.

The 23-year-old winger was first acquired by the Blues in 2009 as he was added to a famed academy system in west London.

Progress was made into the first-team fold, but just one competitive appearance was taken in.

Fierce competition for places forced Boga to go in search of game time elsewhere, with loan spells enjoyed at Rennes, Granada and Birmingham.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Resumption date of Premier League extended till April 30 - FA

The English FA has extended the date of resumption of professional football till April 30 after initially proposed April 3rd as the date when the football championships will resume.

A statement read for the governing body on Thursday Afternoon which reads:

"The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19.

"We're united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

"We've collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

"The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate no later than June 1” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

"However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we've collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday, April 30.

"The progress of Covid-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.

"We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.

"We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19."

Willian to see out season at Chelsea

Willian says he would have "no problem" continuing to play for Chelsea beyond July if the 2019-20 campaign is extended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 31-year-old only has three-and-a-half months left to run on his existing deal at Stamford Bridge, and has yet to reach an agreement with the Blues over an extension.

Chelsea have already offered the Brazil international the chance to remain in west London until 2022, but he has admitted to holding out for an extra year on top of that.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Gallagher could be the next big thing at Chelsea

Alan Curbishley says Conor Gallagher could be the next big time at Chelsea after a season which has seen Billy Gilmour also making a breakthrough.

“You saw Billy Gilmour [recently] and there are some good players coming through at Chelsea," Curbishley told Goal at the London Football Awards. "He needs to be playing, Gallagher has shown that this season that playing regular football has helped him enormously.

"He can play for Chelsea for sure in the future. He has got box-to-box energy, can find a pass and score a goal. He is a team player and a good lad as well, as I understand it, which helps."

However, Curbishley went on to express his disappointment at  Gallagher playing at Swansea saying it was not necessary for his development 

"I was a bit surprised by that and I think they were as well," he added. "I saw him a couple of times. I didn’t quite see why he made the move to be honest.

"If Swansea were in the top three or top two then fine but he was playing really well, living at home and that’s a big thing. These things happen and I think he is a good player."

Chelsea making progress in Contract talks with Anjorin

Chelsea have made progress over contract talks with Tino Anjorin but still need to tie up several small details with their academy star in the coming weeks.

The protracted discussions with the 18-year-old have proven difficult so far, with the Blues looking to convince the youngster that he can realistically become a first-team player at his boyhood club. Chelsea are looking to tie Anjorin down until 2025 with his current deal expiring in just under a year.

Their cause has been aided by Frank Lampard promoting Anjorin to his squad in recent weeks, amid an injury crisis which ultimately brought about his Premier League debut. The midfielder is understood to be delighted at making the breakthrough and is targetting more first-team appearances.

Chelsea have made the Stamford bridge hotel available to NHS Staffs

Chelsea have made the Stamford Bridge Hotel available to the National health service staffs who are helping to combat against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Initiative was brought by Owner Roman Abrahamovich and the cost of accommodation will be from his purse. Chairman Bruce Buck has approved the Initiative.

A statement on the club’s official website on Wednesday read: “Many of the medical staff will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.

“Local accommodation helps maintain the health and well-being of these crucial personnel at this critical time.
“This will be for a two-month period, and then reconsidered in light of circumstances at the time.

“NHS staff will be those working in hospitals in the North-West London region, but that may extend to hospitals in other districts.

“The number of rooms utilised will depend on demand but potentially all the rooms in the Millennium Hotel could be given over for this purpose. No staff showing symptoms will use the hotel.

“Millennium Hotels and Resorts, who manage the hotel, are supportive and assisting the club in providing this service to the NHS.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lampard delighted with CHO’s progress

Frank Lampard says he is delighted by the progress made by Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson Odoo after the Englishman became the first premier league player to be diagnosed with the Corona Virus Infection last week.

The Premier league was due to continue with MatchDay 30 fixtures last weekend but after CHO and Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta tested positive; such plans were suspended until April 3 at the earliest 

“I’m happy to say that in Callum’s case, he has made great progress and almost feels his usual self, which is obviously the news we all want to hear," Lampard told the club's website.

And Lampard took the time to urge people to take care of each other in such a stressful period.

"I am of course aware that not everyone can or will recover from this virus, so I urge all of the football and sporting community to continue to act responsibly and look out for the health of others," he added.

"I want to make it clear that I am no medical expert when it comes to challenging times such as these but please do take the time to call older relatives and vulnerable people who might be alone, or offer to drop round shopping if they can’t get out. Let’s make sure we all take care of each other.

"Social distancing can leave us feeling isolated, however we can continue to support each other even if that means doing it remotely.

"Of course we still don’t know when competitive football will restart, but it isn’t worth worrying about that too much at the moment. We all miss football, but right now it’s about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society. I am sure I wasn’t the only one who found myself in a strange place with no sport this weekend, but ultimately none of that matters when we consider the bigger picture."

The 2020 European Championship shifted to 2021

Euro 2020 has been pushed back by 12 months to become Euro 2021 as part of UEFA’s proposals to combat the scheduling issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Domestic and European fixture lists will also see sweeping changes made in an effort to get 2019-20 campaigns completed.

Football competitions around the world have been brought to a halt by the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
Authorities have, in collaboration with health officials, been left with no choice but to implement immediate suspensions across the board following discussions with European football leaders.

Tomori wants to emulate JT at Chelsea

Fikayo Tomori wants to emulate Chelsea Legend John Terry’s footsteps at Chelsea but he won’t be putting pressure at Frank Lampard for game minutes as he wants to prove he deserves to play by knuckling down and training hard.

“Obviously we had John Terry who had made that step from the academy and he was the player I looked at when thinking of the pathway to the first team,” Tomori told BT Sport of his progression.

“The club has really developed since he broke in to where we are now, with a lot of academy players involved.
“In recent years we have seen a lot of players get close to that level but probably not have a sustained run in the side like the younger players have had this season.

“So JT was the one we looked at as the inspiration that we could get a chance here at Chelsea, and that was always the motivation. Once you get there [playing for the senior team] the challenge then is to stay there, to keep your place and try to impress the manager.”
Rudiger, Zouma and Tomori - Chelsea 2019-20

UEFA give clubs extended date to complete season

UEFA has announced a commitment to see all European and domestic club competitions for the 2019-20 season completed by June 30.

Earlier on Tuesday, following discussions during a video conference convened by UEFA, it was announced Euro 2020 would be postponed by 12 months to account for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon the sporting calendar. 

That theoretically freed up room for remaining club commitments to be seen through by the recognised end of the season - June 30 being the date when out-of-contract players would normally cease to be employed by their clubs.

European football is on a virtual continent-wide shutdown as part of efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, with the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga on hold until the start of April and Ligue 1 indefinitely.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Mason Mount warned after breaking self-isolation

Chelsea have reminded Mason Mount and the rest of their first-team squad of their responsibilities during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, after Mount broke his self-isolation.

The Blues players and staff were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days after Callum Hudson Odoi was tested positive on Thursday, March 12.

However, Mount was pictured playing football at Trent Park Football Centre in Barnet on Sunday along with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice – a childhood friend of Mount’s.

Chelsea’s players had been told to avoid public spaces and meeting with friends, as advised by health authorities.

Current guidelines from the UK Government state that anyone displaying symptoms of the coronavirus, however mild, should remain at home for seven days from when the symptoms began.

Rice was not subject to self-isolation precautions as there have been no reported cases of players or staff having tested positive for the coronavirus at West Ham.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Gilmour compared to a former France midfielder

An Ex-Scotland Boss McLeish has compared Billy Gilmour to a former France Midfielder who he played against prior to the European Championships in 1984

He also believes that should Billy Gilmour keep up his bright performances, it won't be long before he seals a place in the Scottish National team.

"He reminds me of former France midfielder Alain Giresse, who I remember playing against for Scotland in a warm-up game prior to the European Championships in 1984,” McLeish began.

“Jock Stein came over to me before kick-off and told me to be as physical as I liked against Giresse because, to use that well-worn phrase: ‘He won’t fancy it.’ Famous last words.

“France effectively lined-up with a five-man midfield. Giresse was there – this was that great French side that contained the likes of Jean Tigana and a fella called Michel Platini.

Billy Gilmour, Chelsea

“We were playing a flat back-four and so we had no-one to mark - which was unusual for us - and we were absolutely battered in the first-half. We came in two-down at the break and I still remember Gordon Strachan turning around to me and asking what was the record defeat for a Scotland team against France. We were given a run-around.

“And at the heart of it was this Giresse fella. It didn’t matter how aggressively I went to engage with him, by the time I got there the ball had been moved on. He had an answer for everything.

“The times when I did actually get close, it had no effect. Giresse may have only been small in stature but he was solid.

“And one thing I have picked up on, having watched Billy play for Chelsea and looking back to the time playing for Scotland’s Under-21s, is the fact that they have worked on his core strength.

“The other player he reminds me of – with respect of his willingness to take a ball under pressure in any situation – was Barry Ferguson.

“One of Barry’s many great qualities is that he would accept a pass, regardless of the stadium he was playing in, the opposition or the match situation. He would take the ball and do something positive with it. He would re-cycle it. Take it back, move it forward, sideways – whatever the situation called for, he made the right decision.

“Now, it’s not fair to heap that kind of comparison upon Billy’s shoulders quite just yet but I see the same calmness in possession, like he is one step ahead. It’s a rare quality in the game.

“And if he keeps a level head, he really could go on to be quite a player.”

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Nevin: "Gilmour deserves praise for his meteoric rise"

Pat Nevin says Billy Gilmour deserve all praises for his recent performances against Liverpool and Everton.

He has also pointed out that his meteoric rise has not been overnight; but it has come with a lot of efforts coupled with overnight successes.

 The former Blues winger told the club’s official website: “An entire nation seems to have woken up to the talent that our young Scottish midfielder has, since then that rise has been nothing short of meteoric.

“The plaudits are coming in not only from the pundits but from everywhere else. Chelsea fans, writers, former players and admirers from other clubs have not been slow to come forward.

“As with all overnight successes, it isn’t really overnight, Billy has been working a lifetime, albeit a pretty short one so far, building up to this moment.

Billy Gilmour Chelsea

“He never looked like fluffing his lines in front of a surprised, then intrigued and finally hugely impressed audience. He was Man of the Match against Liverpool and then carried on in precisely the same vein against Everton six days later.

“The Chelsea fan base is gobsmacked at this arrival and that is saying something considering we have enjoyed recent breakthroughs from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and well, you know the rest of the list.

“Billy has got a new nickname already in Billyesta, the chants have started with his name, some of us are already suggesting he should be added to the full Scotland national team squad, me included.

“Every newspaper, football website and commentator has been purring over his performances. This is just one week after many football fans outside Chelsea might have reasonably said, Billy who?

“The good news is that Billy will get huge amounts of backing from everyone if and when there is a little dip or an injury. I know this because listening to Frank [Lampard] he totally understands everything all the youngsters are going through and is hugely supportive.

“Talking to Billy, he feels confident that not only the gaffer and the back room staff have his back but the players are incredibly supportive to.”

Friday, March 13, 2020

OFFICIAL: UEFA has also postponed all club competition matches scheduled to hold next week till further notice

UEFA has suspended all Club competition matches scheduled to hold on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nextweek amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UEFA released a statement on Friday Morning which read:

"In the light of developments due to the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed.

“This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second-leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second-leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020.

“Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.

“As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.

“UEFA yesterday invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.”

BREAKING: The Premier league suspends league games till April 3

The Premier league has confirmed that its professional championships and lower division in England has been suspended till April 3 at the earliest.

This comes after Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson Odoi both having tested positive to COVID-19 in recent hours

A Statement from the EFL read:

"The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

"This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

"The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

"In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

"Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

"A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

"This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak."

Callum Hudson Odoi has tested positive for COVID-19

Chelsea's 19 year Old Callum Hudson Odoi has tested positive to COVID-19.

It was confirmed yesterday evening that the England teenager COVID-19 test returned positive and the Club has acted swiftly to this effect

"Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for Coronavirus returned this evening," the Blues stated on their official website.

"Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.

"It is expected that those who did not have close contact with Callum will return to work in the coming days. In the meantime, the men’s team building, one of several separate buildings at our training ground, will remain closed. The rest of our training facility, Stamford Bridge and our other facilities are operating as normal.

"Callum displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning and has not been at the training ground since then as a precaution. However, his test came in positive this evening and he will undergo a period of self-isolation. Despite testing positive for the virus, Callum is doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible.

"We will continue to adhere to Government and Public Health Guidelines with regard to our facilities and staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning. We will provide further updates as necessary via the club’s website.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chelsea cancel first-team training as Corona virus intensifies

Chelsea were forced to cancel first-team training on Thursday as their Cobham Training Centre underwent a deep clean to reduce risks posed by coronavirus.

The Blues have also tested all their players for the virus while Stamford Bridge has also undergone a deep clean following the club's 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday.

Frank Lampard and his players are scheduled to return to training on Friday and conduct their pre-match activities, including a press conference and media interviews, as normal ahead of their away trip to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

There are now 590 positive cases of the Covid-19 virus in the UK while the death toll has risen to 10 with the World Health Organisation (WHO) having upgraded the status of the crisis to a pandemic on Wednesday.

Though it is understood that none of Chelsea's players have shown any symptoms of coronavirus, they are doing all they can to stop the spread of the illness.

It remains to be seen if the blues premier league clash away to Aston Villa on Saturday will still go ahead.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Gilmour backed to reach the very top

Former Scotland U-21 Scot Gemmill has backed Billy Gilmour to reach the very top of the game by following the footsteps of an England great Wayne Rooney.
He also believes he is at the right club and has the best manager in Frank Lampard to horn his potential
“During my playing career, I was at Everton when Wayne Rooney was given an opportunity at a young age,” said Gemmill.
“He's gone on to have an unbelievable career. So I think if you're a good enough player, you can play, it's as simple as that.”
Billy Gilmour Chelsea“Billy has stepped up.
“He's been given an opportunity at a fantastic level, at a fantastic club. His manager has been unbelievable for him to give him that opportunity and Billy has gone a big way to confirming that potential.
“I'm very confident he'll get to play for the full [Scotland] squad as well.”

Chelsea sign 16-year-old Jimi Tauriainen

Chelsea have seen off competition from Juventus and Inter to sign 16-year-old attacking midfielder Jimi Tauriainen from HJK Helsinki.

The youngster will join up with the club's academy after July 1 after a successful trial was converted into a permanent move.

Tauriainen also had trials with Serie A duo Juve and Inter before agreeing to join Chelsea, with him having been pictured holding a Chelsea shirt alongside Frank Lampard on social media.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Mount won't let "hype" get to Gilmour

Mason Mount doesn't think Gilmour will get distracted by the "hype" he is been receiving after back-to-back MOTM performances against Liverpool and Everton and vows he won't let the hype get to him.

"He is very grounded," Mount, who has established himself as a first-team fixture in Frank Lampard’s side this season, said at Stamford Bridge after the win over Everton. "He has got a very, very good family around him and he is a very screwed-on boy so that won’t get to him at all.

"I won’t let it get to him as well, I’ll keep him grounded! No, he’ll be fine.

"I’m not surprised [by his performances]. I know what he is as a player, as a boy. I am very close to him so I know what character he has. I had no doubts about him coming in, stepping up and performing like the way he has in the last two games.

"I have massive confidence in him and he shows it when he comes out onto the pitch. The young players coming through, they are going to have these challenges. It is obviously a big achievement to make it into the first team, to start a game at home at Stamford Bridge.

"The way my debut went here was very good. I scored but Billy has stepped up and done brilliantly. He’s come into the team, been dominant, been confident on the ball and that’s what you want."

Gilmour excited at his own potential

Billy Gilmour says he is excited at his own potential at Chelsea and also having great players around him makes it easier for him to dictate proceedings.

He told Chelsea’s official website after helping to control proceedings from the middle of the park in a 4-0 mauling of Everton: “I trust my own ability, and play with great players around me.

“They help me a lot with their movement so I can play them the ball. You need to keep it moving, keep it simple. Then when you start to settle into the game you can start hitting the longer passes and play more forward passes.

“It’s down to the gaffer as well for trusting me to play in these big games. Jody, Joe and the gaffer have been brilliant with me. I have had them [Morris and Edwards] through the youth and then to come to the first team with them has been really good for me. It’s really good for them to show trust.

“You can see that the manager will give the young players an opportunity and it’s up to us to take it when we get the chance. It’s exciting to be at Chelsea and I just want to take my opportunity when it comes.”

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Willian: My contract situation really isn't easy

Chelsea forward Willian has revealed the uncertainty surrounding his future at Chelsea and has admitted he remains locked at Contract Negotiations at the Club.

Willian told ESPN Brasil when asked about his situation in the wake of a 4-0 victory over Everton in which he scored: “We really like London, I have said it many times.

“It is a city where my family and I love to live. I don't know why she [his wife] published this post, but the contract situation really isn't easy.

“Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three years and everything stopped there.”

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Lampard not getting carried away with Everton victory; wants further improvement

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard speaking today in his post-match press conference has said he isn't getting over confident or carried away after the blues thrashed Everton at the bridge some hours ago.

He wants the team to grind out a consistent stream of victories before evaluating their mentality

"I'm a bit wary to say that. The last two performances would look like that, but I'm experienced enough to know we go to Aston Villa away, a team who are fighting for their lives and have got good players, so we have to replicate what we showed today every week," said Lampard.

"Yes, we had a good early patch this season. Then we've had inconsistencies recently. Who hasn't, other than Liverpool, in this league?

"I don't accept those inconsistencies, obviously, but it's understandable in this transitional period. But we had to work today to show we can finish the season with strength and get better."

"He's receiving the ball in difficult areas on the pitch," Lampard said of Gilmour. "If you don't move it quickly, firstly you don't get the rhythm in our play and it breaks down from, and secondly if you give it away in those areas, it is dangerous.

"I was going to use a rude word there, but you need... confidence to do that. Jorginho has it and Billy has it.

"One of the most pleasing things with Billy was he showed those balls in the first half, but when he stepped up and played higher up in the pitch second half, he instantly took it on board, arriving in the box and playing balls higher up the pitch.

"He showed he can do both, which is a great thing for me when I'm thinking about how the midfield looks at times."

"I don't think we're there yet. It would be easy for me to say it after today but I'd much rather say it in mid-May, when the last game is.

"To think we're there and to think that we've got over the issues, even at home, would be too over-confident and think we are all right.

"We are improving in big degrees. We have to keep working. I see a bigger picture, an even longer run than that. I think we have a gap that is big to Liverpool in terms of points. At the minute, it feels like we're working in the right direction, but we've got lots of work to do."

Giroud did everything to leave Chelsea

Chelsea Striker Olivier Giroud says he did everything possible to leave Chelsea in January but he was unable to leave due to Chelsea not having a replacement for them.

"Even I saw myself elsewhere to be honest. I went through six complicated months,” Giroud told Telefoot.

“That's why I tried to leave in January. I did everything [to leave]. In the end, with the circumstances, Chelsea did not want to let me go. The crucial condition for my departure was to have a replacement.

“The most interesting club for me was Inter. The problem is that it dragged on. In the end, and even if Lazio were there towards the end and Tottenham too, it was no longer a question of where I was going to leave but could I leave. There was nothing to do. I was stuck.

“I knew that anyway I shouldn't start going on strike or wreak havoc in the locker room. First of all, because it is not me and also because I knew there was a good chance that I would stay at Chelsea. That’s why I stayed flawless and professional until the end.

“There were two reactions: either I mope around myself or I fight for my place. That's what I did. And the coach who promised me more opportunities to play kept his word and I took my chance

Gilmour on his full debut: "It was amazing"

Billy Gilmour says it was amazing to finally make his full debut against Everton who the blues were comfortable 4-0 winners at home On Sunday.

"It was amazing, it was a dream come true to make my full debut, but most of all getting the three points and carrying on winning," he told Sky Sports after the final whistle.

"Hopefully we continue that on the way forward."

Gilmour revealed that his start came as a surprise, finding out about his inclusion just hours before kick-off.

"[I was told] this morning, just before the game, I was eating and we got told the team," he laughed. 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lampard: Very difficult for players not to react to abuse from fans.

Frank Lampard has admitted that Eric Dier's reaction to being abused by a fan is "normal" but agrees it is very difficult for a player to keep his cool in such circumstances.

He also pointed out that he was also abused during his playing career.

"I thought it was a pretty natural reaction from Eric Dier, I think you if you asked the man or woman in the street, if one of your family members needed protection, your natural reaction would be to go there," Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.

"Because we are in the sport that we are in, I thought Jose Mourinho said it pretty well afterwards, you are not supposed to, not allowed to as such, but when you talk about natural reactions, I understand it, particularly with a family member.

"I didn’t see anything go beyond slightly heated, which is good thing, so we will see how it is dealt with, but I think it should be understood that if Dier saw his brother in a situation, then I understand his thought process.

“I think its what it was, I took some abuse over the years, I have seen teammates take abuse, I know some of my family members and friends that have been in earshot of abuse, so I don’t think it has changed.

“I think players should be given a lot of credit sometimes that they hold themselves in certain moments, I think they could be. We talk about certain types of hate in the game, and we analyse them, and then other types of hate seemingly are ok to say something to you or about your family. 

"I have heard all of that and sometimes you don’t pick up on it and its all ok because of the pantomime nature of football. You walk into the stadium, and you don’ live by the same rules you would Iive by in the street.

"I think that has not changes, maybe social media has made it worse around, day to day, minute to minute, off the pitch, some people sit and watch a game at home and spend 89 mins of the 90 tweeting, or posting their thoughts on the game rather than watching it. It is unfortunate.”

Lampard: Ancelotti will receive a warm reception at the bridge.

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard says Everton Boss Carlo Ancellotti will receive a warm reception at Stamford bridge when the blues face the toffees 

Everton were 3-1 winners the last time the two teams met in the premier league.

Lampard said: "A very good one. He is very well respected in-house and by the fans.

"He is a gentleman, a fantastic manager. It was a good season under him.

"He is a great man-manager. On a personal level, he's great at striking up relationships. He's good tactically and has a great manner.

"I kept in touch with him now and again."

"I felt as if I wasn't a human being, but an animal"

Antonio Rudiger says he felt as if he was liar when the Tottenham fans racially abused him when the blues won at Tottenham Stadium 

He told Der Spiegel: "I ask myself: 'How is it possible that nobody of the 60,000 people in this stadium realised anything about it?' So, I stand there [accused] as a liar. I have the feeling that I'm expected to shut my mouth. But I have a message: I won't do that.

"I felt as if I wasn't a human being, but an animal. A monkey. I think if you haven't lived such situations you can't imagine how I felt. Against Tottenham I felt incredibly lonely."

Friday, March 6, 2020

Abraham: I'm almost fit to return to action

Chelsea 15-goal forward Tammy Abraham has hinted on a return to action soon for Chelsea and England.

The Englishman has been struggling with injury and he recently underwent a surgery in Barcelona.

Abraham told the Evening Standard when asked if he expects to be fit enough to figure for his country: “Yes, definitely. I’m almost fit. There’s still a bit to do. I’ll get there soon.

“It’s a recurrence. [The problem was] playing on it and aggravating it even more. It is still like a swollen ball really but it is getting better day by day.

“The club wanted me to go to Barcelona. They just wanted different eyes, a different mindset on this situation. He told me what was wrong, exactly what the Chelsea physios said and he recommended some stuff for me to do. I’m doing physio right now.

“This time, I just said ‘I’ll just come back when I’m 100 per cent’ instead of coming back and going again.”

Giroud open to staying at Chelsea beyond this season

Olivier Giroud says that he is open to staying at Stamford bridge beyond this season despite being a reported transfer interest linking him to Inter in the last transfer window.

"Yes, of course," Giroud replied when asked if he's happy to stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the season, when his current deal expires. "There are a few weeks [to go], games to win and maybe another trophy. 

"And after I think I have two, three nice seasons in front of me. It's not the time to talk about contracts. But one more time I will take a decision when it comes.

"It's behind me. It was a tough month for me. I just spoke with the manager and I believed what he said, that I would get my chance and he has given me my chance. 

"I have tried to give his confidence back on the pitch. I do my job the best that I can and I'm very happy to be back in the team. Of course, my confidence is better. The transfer window is behind me. I'm a Chelsea player, I'm happy here again and that's the most important thing."