Life after Kovacic: See who should replace the Croatian
Having spent last season on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse throughout last season where he scored 13 goals and 10 assists, England’s U23 midfielder Mason Mount returned to Stamford Bridge for the pre-season tour.
Three days after he was hired at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri made a great decision to loan out him to Derby County to continue his development in the game.
Sarri’s decision was met with many criticisms from the Stamford Bridge faithful who were too ignorant of the fact that the 19-year-old has no future under Maurizio Sarri, not in the season.
The youngster’s move to the Championship side is beginning to have a great effect in the player’s overall display and he could only get better.
His tactical awareness at the middle of the pitch has improved tremendously, thanks to his regular game time — a feat he will never achieve throughout this season should he have desired to remain at Stamford Bridge.
With the understanding that exists between him and his coach Frank Lampard who was former Chelsea midfielder, Matson Mount is improving game by game. Surprisingly, he was called up to the Three Lions camp by Gareth Southgate last month.
Though he didn’t feature in any of the games played during the international break, training with the big stars of English football is an indication that youngster is ripe and ready to be in Sarri’s plans for next season.
Is he Matteo Kovacic’s successor?
After falling out of favour with Zinedine Zidane, the Croatian joined the Blues on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid before the start of the season.
The versatile midfielder is in great shape for the Blues, making it so difficult for Sarri to capture him on a permanent deal.
Madrid are lacking a genuine and creative midfielder, hence, the Los Blancos are reportedly looking at the prospect of calling him back in January or by the end of this current campaign.
Should Kovacic decide to return to his parent club by the end of this campaign, Sarri should waste no time in bringing Mason Mount into the middle.
The pre-season tour offers the Italian best chance to see if the England international is ready for a greater challenge or not.
The progress he’s made under Frank Lampard shouldn’t be wasted by Sarri, therefore, he needs to be given a benefit of doubt.
Irrespective of his young age, Mason is capable of solving Chelsea’s goalscoring problems which have seen them scored just twice in four Premier League games.
Apart from the goalscoring prowess he would add to the team, Mason will surely help in defence as well.
It is of no use signing a new midfielder as Kovacic’s replacement when there are many youngsters waiting to grab their chances
Chelsea To Rival Man Utd For Experience EPL Defender
Reigning Europa League champions Chelsea will reportedly battle with Premier League rivals Manchester United for the right to sign Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.
This is according to the publication from 90min which revealed that Chelsea will have to see off Manchester United in their quest to sign England international defender Ben Chilwell.
It was revealed that Chelsea will have to pay as much as 50 million pounds for Ben Chilwell if they want to sign him next summer.
Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are the left-backs at Chelsea at the moment.
The Chelsea left-backs are not the answer in the long-term according to the aforementioned publication.
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sees Ben Chilwell as the long-term answer at left-back.
The backup option for Ben Chilwell is Blas Riveros who plays for Swiss top flight side FC Basel.
Ben Chilwell came through the ranks at Leicester City before making his debut for the former Premier League champions.
He has been able to establish himself as the first choice left-back at Leicester City.
The English defender has been one of the best left-backs in the new Premier League season as he has been able to help the Foxes to third spot on the league table.
The Real Reason Frank Lampard Wants Olivier Giroud To Stay At Chelsea
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has assured wantaway striker Olivier Giroud that he’ll get more playing time to show him the quality that he possesses amidst the numerous transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club when the transfer market reopens in the New Year.
After the Newcastle United game at the weekend, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was asked about Giroud and his desire for more playing time.
Frank Lampard urged Giroud to be more patient and that he’ll get the chance to impress.
He went on to say that he doesn’t want him to leave Chelsea during the winter transfer window.
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Olivier Giroud had previously talked about leaving Chelsea in the New Year in search of more playing time.
The French World Cup winner has dropped to third on the striker pecking order at Chelsea.
The former Arsenal and Montpellier striker is the third choice striker at Chelsea right no behind the duo of Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.
Olivier Giroud is keen to retain his spot in the France starting XI ahead of the 2020 European Championship next summer and he would have to play football on a regular basis as already pointed out by manager Didier Deschamps.
Chelsea Maintain Winning Run Vs Newcastle United
Former Premier League champions Chelsea continued their winning run after the slim victory over struggling Newcastle United in their league clash earlier on Saturday.
Chelsea had won the last four games in all competitions before the Newcastle United game and they made it five wins on the trot with a victory at home to the Magpies.
The West London giants beat Newcastle United 1-0 at home to continue their winning run in recent games.
The only goal of the game came in the second half courtesy Spanish international defender Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniard got the winning goal in the 75th minute off an assist from young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi who made his first start for Chelsea in the Premier League this term.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi didn’t start the season with Chelsea due to a serious Achilles injury sustained by the player towards the end of last season.
He has been able to work his way back to full fitness after a lengthy layoff as a result of the Achilles problem.
Chelsea have now won games against Grimsby Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, Lille, Southampton and Newcastle United.
The win over Newcastle United moves Chelsea from fifth to fourth position on the league table.
Premier League: Chelsea Secure Top Four Spot With Slim Win
West London giants Chelsea are in the top four places in the Premier League table for the first time this season following the slim victory over Newcastle United earlier on Saturday.
Chelsea beat Newcastle United at home by the odd goal to move into the top four on the Premier League table.
The Blues were frustrated by well organized Newcastle United and they needed a very good strike from Marcos Alonso to win the game.
The Spanish international scored the only goal of the game with 15 minutes left on the clock.
The 1-0 win over Newcastle United means that Chelsea have now won their last five games in all competition with three of those matches coming in the Premier League.
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Chelsea moved into the top four for the first time this season as a result of the slim win over the Magpies.
The Blues are now one place ahead as a result of the victory which moves them to 17 points.
Chelsea move from fifth position to fourth position after usurping London rivals Arsenal because of the slim win over the Magpies.
The Blues can still move back to fifth spot provided that Arsenal are able to get a win over Sheffield United in their league game on Monday night.
United Legend Reveals Why Mourinho Is Better Than Guardiola
You can’t make a list of top five managers in the world without including former Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola due to their impressive managerial records.
Both managers came up against each other during their days in the Spanish La Liga before they later crossed paths in the English Premier League.
Picking the best manager from these two tacticians has always been a problem for many pundits, just as it is difficult to decide who is the best player between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
However, Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibramovich has revealed the reason why he will always pick the Portuguese over his Spanish counterpart.
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The striker — who worked with the two managers — told reporters that Mourinho knows how to control the players under his watch and the manager remains a special one and a winner.
He said the former Chelsea manager seamlessly creates a peaceful atmosphere for his players and he had a positive impact on his successful career, unlike Guardiola who treated him (Ibramovich) badly during their time at Camp Nou.
“He had an incredible impact on my career, He is still ‘the Special One’, a winner. I hope he will be back on a bench soon and I am sure he will start winning immediately.” he said.
Speaking of Guardiola, Ibramovich said: “We never had a direct confrontation because of him. When we faced each other, he hid.
“He [Guardiola] waited for me to leave and then left the dressing room. As a coach, he is a phenomenon, but as a man…” he concluded.
Premier League: Chelsea Backed For A Win vs Newcastle United
West London giants Chelsea have been backed to beat Newcastle United in their Premier League clash on Saturday evening.
Chelsea host Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in a week nine Premier League game and media outlet Sportsmole say that the Blues will secure a 3-1 win over the Magpies.
Chelsea are bidding to win five games in a row against the Magpies.
The Blues have won their last four games in all competition and they could make it five wins on the trot when they take on Newcastle United at home.
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In addition, the former European champions have won two games on the trot in the league and a win over the Magpies will make it three successive victories in the Premier League for the first time this term.
Opponents Newcastle United have a good record against the top six teams in the Premier League this season.
The Magpies have won two and drawn two from four games against the top six sides.
Newcastle United beat Tottenham Hotspur (away from home) 1-0 and also got the better of Manchester United (at home) by the same scoreline.
The top six teams to beat Newcastle United this season are Arsenal and league leaders Liverpool.
Premier League: Predicted Chelsea XI vs Newcastle United
Former European champions Chelsea have the opportunity to make the top four in the Premier League for the first time this season when they take on Newcastle United at home.
It is one of the week nine games in the Premier League and the match is billed for Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Chelsea have won their last two games in the Premier League and they could make it three wins in a row.
The Blues have not managed three victories on the bounce in the league this season though it must be pointed out that the Premier League is just two months old.
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They face a Newcastle United side that has been largely unpredictable this season under new manager Steve Bruce.
Newcastle United have failed to beat any team outside the traditional top six since the start of this Premier League season.
The Magpies have won just two Premier League games this season and they have been against traditional top six teams.
Newcastle United stunned Spurs at home via a 1-0 win last month before repeating the same scoreline at home to Manchester United in their last league game.
Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley; Mason Mount, Willian, Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea Suffer Triple Injury Blow Ahead Of Newcastle United Clash
Chelsea will be without three players for their Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have won their last two games in the Premier League and the target ahead of the Newcastle United game is to make it three league wins on the trot.
Their quest to record a third successive Premier League victory has not been helped by the news that three players will miss the game.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Andreas Christensen will miss the game against the Magpies at home.
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German international centre back Rudiger has barely been fit since the back end of last season when he sustained a serious knee injury during a league game at the home of Manchester United.
He has recovered from that knee injury but the former AS Roma player recently picked up a groin injury and will miss the Newcastle United game.
On his part, French World Cup winner Kante sustained an injury while he was on international break with his country and will miss the game against Newcastle United.
Andreas Christensen also picked up an injury while he was on international duty with Denmark and that injury will force him to miss the Newcastle United game.