The Blues have been impressive of late but a dismal result against Everton has declined their effort in recent weeks. Though they lost 2-0 at Goodison Park it was (arguably) not the best outcome or the true reflection of the game for them. Chelsea dominated the match, had more shots on goal but it proved not to be their day and it was Everton’s night to remember.
This leaves Chelsea with three points off the top four (4) as the battle for Champions League place for next term continues.
With the situation and the need for the Blues to get sparkling again, we take a look at three players that must stand up and be counted for Maurizio Sarri’s side in the exception of Star duo Eden Hazard and William as the case may be.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Attack)
The talented teenager (19 years of age) is proven to be an asset to the club as he will put in a superb shift for the Chelsea side.
He was a player that was not expected to have risen to this level by now but he’s proving many wrong as the press and media are beginning to talk about him. He scored against Dynamo Kiev and also have an
assist in the game.
If Chelsea is to do the needful to upstage rivals Arsenal and Manchester United, then Odoi must be called up (even from the start) as he was a threat to the Everton side when he came on from the bench
at the weekend.
Ross Barkley (Midfield)
The English talent received a round of applause as he left the pitch in the Everton defeat to (2-0) Chelsea. This was due to the player’s benevolence on the attacking side of the pitch during his stay at Everton.
Barkley’s quality is an advantage to the Blues as the player is sensational when in (full) match fitness. Antonio Conte and Chelsea signed the player from Everton even when he was undergoing a long injury lay-off.
This is a sign of his potential and how much he’s valued by the previous technical crew (manager) as he scored a couple of goals to aid Chelsea this season especially in the 0-4 defeat of Burnley earlier in the campaign at the Turf Moor.
David Luiz (Defense)
The Brazilian must improve very much defensively if the Blues are to meander their way into the top 4.
There is no doubt about the player’s quality as we have seen over the years; both at PSG and in Brazil’s National team.
However, the player needs a high level of focus and concentration at the back as this has been his major weakness.
Fenerbahce Eyeing January Transfer For Winger
Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce are reportedly plotting a move for Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez ahead of the winter transfer window.
This is according to the publication from Football Whispers which revealed that the Turkish top flight club wants to sign the Spanish international during the January transfer window.
Pedro Rodriguez started the new season in the Chelsea XI before he succumbed to an injury in September.
The former Barcelona winger has not been able to regain his place in the Blues starting lineup since returning from injury.
Pedro Rodriguez is now the fourth choice winger at Chelsea presently under the guidance of manager Frank Lampard.
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He is behind the trio of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Willian.
Without Pedro Rodriguez in the Chelsea starting XI, the Blues have been able to win their last six games in the Premier League.
They recorded their sixth league win in a row following the 2-0 win over London rivals Crystal Palace.
Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored in the second half to hand the Blues the three points at stake.
The win over the Eagles saw the Blues move up by one place on the Premier League table as they maintained their eight-point deficit to leaders Liverpool at the summit.
Premier League Title Race Is Done And Dusted, Jose Mourinho Reveals
Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that the Premier League title race is done and dusted after the events at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Jose Mourinho has been working in the media in the past months and he was in the Sky Sports studio as a guest analyst for the blockbuster league game between Premier League contender Liverpool and holders Manchester City.
After the game, Jose Mourinho said that Liverpool have wrapped up the league title after beating Manchester City 3-1 at home.
Before the Premier League match, Jose Mourinho had said that Liverpool will win the league title if they manage to beat defending champions Manchester City and he maintained that stance after the Reds achieved that result.
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Liverpool took the lead through Fabinho in a controversial manner after Manchester City were refused what looked like a genuine penalty appeal.
The ball had struck Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand before Fabinho produced a stunning strike to give his team the lead.
Mohamed Salah added a second goal for the hosts to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead at the interval.
Sadio Mane extended that advantage at the start of the second half but Liverpool were denied a clean sheet with the late strike from Bernardo Silva.
Premier League Leading Goalscorers Revealed
The race for the Premier League Golden Boot is hotting up after two of the frontrunners found the back of the net on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham continue to set the pace as both players were on the scoresheet for their respective clubs earlier this weekend.
Leicester City striker Vardy continued his impressive goalscoring record against Arsenal after he scored and assisted another one to propel the Foxes to a 2-0 win at home to the Gunners.
He opened the scoring in the last quarter of the game before providing the assist for James Maddison to score the second goal.
It was the 11th league goal of the season for Jamie Vardy.
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Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also in the picture for the Golden Boot Award but the Gabonese international star was unable to add to his tally of eight league goals against Leicester City.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham became the second player to hit double figures in the Premier League after he netted his 10th league goal of the season during the 2-0 home win over fellow London side Crystal Palace.
Jamie Vardy – 11 Goals
Tammy Abraham – 10 Goals
Sergio Aguero – 9 Goals
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8 Goals
Raheem Sterling – 7 Goals
Premier League: How Leicester, Chelsea Close Gap On Liverpool After Respective Wins
Former Premier League champions Leicester City and Chelsea have moved within five points of league leaders Liverpool after their respective wins on Saturday.
Leicester City and Chelsea got the better of London clubs Arsenal and Crystal Palace at home respectively.
In one of the week 12 games in the Premier League, Leicester City scored two second-half goals to secure a 2-0 win over Arsenal.
Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead with a fine finish at the end of a flowing move before he provided the assist for the second goal scored by James Maddison.
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Vardy has now scored nine goals in nine league starts against the Gunners who are one of his most favorite teams in the Premier League.
The retired England international is now the leading goalscorer with 11 league goals this season.
The result meant that Leicester City have now won their last four games in the league and also secured three wins from the last three home games against the Gunners.
Earlier, Chelsea got the better of fellow London rivals Crystal Palace courtesy the goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea have now won their last six games in the league.
With the respective wins, Leicester City and Chelsea have moved to within five points of leaders Liverpool.
EPL: Frank Lampard Bags Another Award
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been named the Manager of the Month for October.
The former Blues midfielder was rightfully named the recipient of the award after leading Chelsea to three wins in the month of October.
Frank Lampard won the award ahead of the likes of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter and Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea have won their last five games in the Premier League, and that has propelled them six points clear of the nearest challengers Arsenal in the race for the top four places.
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Chelsea are fourth on the Premier League table at the moment after recording 23 points from 11 league games ahead of London rivals Arsenal who are in the fifth position with 17 points from the same number of games played.
Lampard and Chelsea started October with the thumping 4-1 away win over Southampton through goals from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and second-half substitute Michy Batshuayi.
Chelsea went on to beat Newcastle United 1-0 at home courtesy the second-half strike from left-back Marcos Alonso.
The last league game of the month was the 4-2 win at the home of Burnley with American international Christian Pulisic netting a hattrick.
Likely Chelsea XI Ahead Of Crystal Palace
West London giants Chelsea would be hoping to continue their recent form in the Premier League ahead of their London Derby clash home to Crystal Palace who are one of the best teams on the road this term.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has led the Blues to five straight wins in the Premier League since the 2-1 loss at home to league leaders Liverpool.
Since the Liverpool defeat, Chelsea have won games against the likes of Southampton, Burnley, Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion as well as bottom team Watford.
Frank Lampard has one or two changes to make for his starting XI ahead of the Crystal Palace game.
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The former Chelsea midfielder will have to name a substitute for Italian international Jorginho in his starting lineup with the player suspended for the game against Eagles at Stamford Bridge after accumulating five yellow cards.
French World Cup winner N’Golo Kante is likely to come in for the suspended Jorginho in the Chelsea midfield.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is also likely to miss the Crystal Palace game because of injury.
Likely Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson Palmieri; Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley; Christian Pulisic, Willian and Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea Player To Miss Crystal Palace Game For This Reason
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been one of the best players for the west London giants in the Premier League season in what’s a remarkable form of renaissance for the Italian national team player.
Jorginho was much maligned by the Chelsea fans while Maurizio Sarri was the Blues boss last season having followed the Italian tactician from Serie A giants Napoli to Stamford Bridge at the start of last season.
The advent of Frank Lampard as the successor to Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager has led to the Jorginho being rejuvenated in a Chelsea team performing well this season despite the transfer ban imposed on them by world football’s governing body FIFA.
Chelsea were unable to sign players in the summer due to the two-window transfer ban slammed on the West Londoners.
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The Blues will be without the aforementioned Jorginho for the Crystal Palace game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Jorginho has accumulated five yellow cards and he’s suspended for the home game against the Eagles.
The Italian international is expected to be replaced by French midfielder N’Golo Kante who has battled with a knee problem for the majority of the new Premier League season.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is also a doubt for the Crystal Palace game after picking up a knock against Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League.
African Players Deserve More Respect, Samuel Eto Reveals
Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o Fils has criticized the Ballon d’Or Award and other similar awards as he said that African players are not respected well enough.
Samuel Eto’o made this known in an exclusive interview with AFP on his visit to Paris last month.
According to the Cameroonian football legend, African players deserve more respect.
Only Liberian football legend George Oppong Weah has managed to win the Ballon d’Or Award and this happened in 1995.
Egyptian international Mohamed Salah came close to winning the Award in 2018 as he finished in sixth position.
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Salah has made the list of 30 nominees for the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award alongside Liverpool teammate and Senegalese international Sadio Mane.
Arsenal and Gabonese international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the list.
The three players finished as the leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 22 goals.
Sadio Mane has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season after scoring six goals to propel the Reds to the top of the table.
On his part, Mohamed Salah has scored five goals in the Premier League.
Gabonese international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the topscorer for Arsenal in the league this season with eight goals after 11 games in the Premier League.