Premier League defending Champions Chelsea returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory away at lowly Huddersfield Town to draw level on points with second-placed Manchester United, who play on Wednesday night.
After their shock loss to West Ham over the weekend, the Blues were under pressure to get all 3 points and were without striker Alvaro Morata for the match. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro were all on target in the routine win, as Conte returned to the 3-4-3 formation that was so effective last season.
Imperative to the win were players who have found it difficult in recent weeks to get into the starting lineup of their manager, even though star man Eden Hazard received the Man of the Match award.
Willian who was involved in all 3 goals, has not been as involved as he would like this season but put up a very impressive display which so him grab 2 assists and a goal (his first ever headed-goal in the league).
Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was also on the score sheet has come under mass criticism for his poor performances of late, came up with a great display all night. He has obviously needed time to settle into English football and will be hoping this performance can be the catalyst needed for better displays for the rest of the season.
Pedro is another who hasn’t really gotten going this season due to injuries, but netted a stunning strike to stake a claim to a starting spot.
Ahead of the busy festive period that requires shuffling of the pack, Chelsea’s fringe players have shown they still have what it takes to bring success to the club this season.
Man Utd Target On Four-man Transfer Shortlist At Real Madrid
Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland is on a four-man transfer shortlist at Real Madrid according to Spanish media outlet El Desmarque.
Erling Haaland is a top transfer target for fallen Premier League giants Manchester United after his influential start to the current season in the colours of Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.
The 19-year-old striker has seven goals in the Champions League which is more than any other player has scored in the competition this season.
In total, Erling Haaland has found the back of the net 26 times in 18 games for Red Bull Salzburg this term.
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Apart from Manchester United and Real Madrid, major European teams like Napoli, Barcelona, Arsenal and RB Leipzig are also keen on the signature of the Norwegian international.
The other three players on the aforementioned four-man transfer shortlist are Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and Everton striker Moise Kean.
Callum Hudson-Odoi recently came back from a lengthy injury layoff and has signed a five-year Chelsea contract until 2024 but that has not stopped the interest of Real Madrid in the England international.
The Chelsea Academy graduate broke into the first team at the start of last season and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is said to be a big fan of the player.
Chelsea Target Could Leave Napoli For Free, Agent Reveals
The agent of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has revealed that his client could leave the Italian Serie A club on a free transfer.
Mario Giuffredi made this known during an interview with Radio Punto Nuovo as he revealed that Napoli could have gotten €50m for his transfer last summer when Premier League giants Chelsea were on his trail.
Albanian international right-back Elseid Hysaj was expected to join Chelsea from Napoli last summer when Maurizio Sarri became the Blues boss but the move didn’t happen.
Elseid Hysaj has less than a year left on his Napoli contract at the moment meaning that the 25-year-old could leave the club for free if he’s not sold during the upcoming winter transfer window.
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He has been restricted to just four Serie A appearances this season mainly due to fitness and injury problems.
Elseid Hysaj has made over 175 appearances for Napoli since joining them from fellow Italian club Empoli in 2016.
He worked with Maurizio Sarri at Empoli before the Italian tactician was appointed the Napoli manager in 2015.
Elseid Hysaj teamed up with Sarri at Napoli one year later and the same thing was expected at Chelsea when the Italian manager was named the Blues boss.
Man City To Rival Chelsea For English Left-back
Europa League winners Chelsea have Premier League champions Manchester City to contend with in their quest to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.
According to media outlet 90min, Manchester City have lost patience with French World Cup winner Benjamin Mendy and they are targeting Ben Chilwell as his replacement.
Benjamin Mendy has struggled for fitness for the majority of his time at Manchester City since his move from French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco.
The French left-back joined Manchester City from AS Monaco in a £50m deal in the summer of 2017.
Benjamin Mendy has been injured for a better part of his Manchester City career.
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Ben Chilwell has been a key player for Leicester City this season as the Foxes continue to punch above their weight in the Premier League.
Leicester City are second on the Premier League table after 12 games.
The Foxes have 25 points and they are eight points off league leaders Liverpool.
Chelsea are also keen on Ben Chilwell as manager Frank Lampard is on the search for a long-term signing at left-back and the England international fits the bill.
Frank Lampard fuelled the transfer rumours linking Ben Chilwell with Chelsea by liking an Instagram post from the player at the end of last week.
Real Madrid Could Sign Callum Hudson-Odoi In January
Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid are interested in a move for young Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
This is according to Spanish media outlet El Desmarque which revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi is being closely watched by the immediate past European champions.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez are big admirers of the England international who signed a new contract at Chelsea in the summer.
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was linked with a transfer to German champions Bayern Munich at the start of the year before he made the decision to stay and sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi had put in a transfer request to force through a move to Bayern Munich in January 2019 but it was turned down by Chelsea.
He has since signed a five-year deal at Chelsea until the end of the 2023/24 season.
Callum Hudson-Odoi returned to action at Chelsea in the past week after a long-term Achilles problem and he has not been able to nail down a permanent spot in the starting XI partly due to the form of summer signing Christian Pulisic.
The American international has scored five goals in his last three games in the Premier League.
How Frank Lampard Fuelled Transfer Speculation Revealed
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has fuelled transfer rumours linking the Blues to a summer move for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell after his activity on Instagram.
Ben Chilwell posted his man-of-the-match award from the England game with Montenegro on Instagram and the post was liked by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to further fuel transfer speculation that the club legend is a big fan of the Leicester City defender.
England international Ben Chilwell was in superb form for the Three Lions as he provided a hat-trick of assists during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro which ended in a 7-0 win for the Three Lions.
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The result ensured that England booked their spot at the 2020 European Championships next summer and Ben Chilwell is on course for a place in the 23-man squad to the tournament.
Ben Chilwell was named the man-of-the-match at the end of the Montenegro game played at the Wembley Stadium.
Former Chelsea midfielder and current Blues boss Frank Lampard is said to be targeting him as the long-term left-back at Stamford Bridge at the expense of current recipients Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso.
Ben Chilwell is a key player for Leicester City who are in the hunt for the Premier League title.
Chelsea Winger Reveals Why He Signed A New Contract
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed the influence behind the decision to extend his contract at the club.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was seriously linked with a move away from Chelsea earlier in the year with the likes of German champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund before he signed a five-year contract extension until the end of the 2013/14 season.
The young Chelsea winger even tried to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge by submitting a transfer request in January 2018 amidst the strong interest from Bayern Munich but Chelsea were adamant that the England international is not for sale despite the numerous bids made by the Bavarian giants.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi had less than a year left on his then Chelsea contract before he signed a new deal.
On the influence behind his new contract, Callum Hudson-Odoi said that new Blues boss Frank Lampard was a major catalyst and that it took just one conversation with him before he arrived at the decision to sign a new Chelsea deal.
Callum Hudson-Odoi recently returned to the Chelsea team after a lengthy absence as a result of the Achilles injury he sustained during a league game against Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of last season.
Inter Milan Swoop In To Sign Another Chelsea Striker
Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan are plotting a January transfer for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud who has found playing time hard to come by since Frank Lampard was appointed the Blues’ manager this summer.
According to the Daily Express, Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte wants to sign Giroud when the transfer market is opened again in January for a knockdown fee of around £6m.
Olivier Giroud has a little over six months left on his contract at Chelsea and the French World Cup winner is not ready to wait for his contract to run down next summer.
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The French striker joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal at the start of last year in a deal reported to be around £18m.
He signed an 18-month Chelsea deal until this summer when he completed his transfer from Arsenal to Stamford Bridge before his Blues deal was extended by one year in the summer.
Giroud was an integral part of the Chelsea team that won the Europa League last season by beating former club Arsenal in the final and even scored one of the goals but the Frenchman has had to make do with a reduced role under new manager Frank Lampard.
Euro 2020: Chelsea Outcast Secures Top Spot For His Country
Forgotten Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored the winning goal for world champions France as they came from behind to beat Moldova and usurp Turkey at the top of Group H of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
France suffered a little scare at home against the Moldovans but Chelsea outcast Giroud was able to bail his team out of that situation.
Vadim Rata had given Moldova a shock lead in the ninth minute after he pounced on the weak clearance from Barcelona center-back Clement Lenglet.
France had a lot of possession but struggled to break down the visitors until stand-in captain Raphael Varane equalised for the hosts just before the halftime whistle.
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Shortly before the game, France had found out about their qualification for Euro 2020 as a result of the goalless draw between hosts Turkey and France.
Despite their qualification news, France struggled to produce a performance worthy of a team that just secured a berth at Euro 2020.
France improved a bit after the halftime interval but had to wait till 11 minutes from time to bag the winner through Giroud who scored from the penalty spot after Everton left-back Lucas Digne was brought down in the box.
The win moved France two points clear at the top of Group H.