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EPL: 3 Reasons Why Chelsea Have Struggled This Season

Amuda Segun

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Chelsea fans endured a relatively turbulent summer last year as they had to deal with the loss of their star player and a sudden transfer ban.

The Blues lost the services of star player Eden Hazard to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer after seven hugely successful years at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea also had to deal with a transfer ban last summer as imposed by world football’s governing body FIFA.

The Blues were slapped with a transfer ban for two windows for their wrongdoing in transfer dealings relating to underage players.

The Europa League holders were unable to sign players during last summer’s transfer window. The ban would later be reduced to just a transfer ban upon their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) later in the year.

With the loss of Eden Hazard and the lack of adequate transfer activity, Blues faithfuls had little expectations for this season under club legend and new manager Frank Lampard who was appointed into the job last summer as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri who had left for Italian club Juventus. Those expectations soon changed for the better after a very good start to the season.

The bright start to this English Premier League season led Chelsea into the top four but that positive energy has dissipated in recent weeks and they are battling to hang on to their place in the top four.

Here are 3 reasons why Chelsea are struggling:

1. Lack Of Signings

Chelsea were unable to sign players last summer and that position was maintained last month during the winter transfer window despite the fact that their transfer ban had been lifted by CAS.

2. Young Players

Frank Lampard has had to turn to young players this season and that comes with inconsistent displays on their part. The likes of Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Mason Mount have played more than expected this season.

3. Lack Of Cutting Edge

Chelsea have lost points in recent weeks and months for failing to kill of games. They have created a lot of opportunities but failed to convert them and that has led to the dropping of points on a consistent basis.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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    ARKADIY

    February 5, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    THERE IS ONLY ONE REASON-LAMP IS NOT A COACH FOR CHELSEA HE CANT MAKE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUNG AND EXPERIENCE PLAYERS,BECAUSE OF HIS OWN AMBITIONS .WE LOST LUIS,GEROU, PEDRO .NOW THE PROBLEM WITH KEPA-LAMP DOES NOT BELIEVE IN HIS ABILITY.HE MUST GO AWAY.NO KNOWLEDGE -PLAYER IS ONE THINGS COACH IS DIFFERENT.

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      subair

      February 7, 2020 at 11:11 am

      right

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Tammy Abraham’s contract talks stalls, Lampard opens up

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has dismissed speculations that the club have refused to agree on a new deal with Tammy Abraham because of his poor form.

The Blues have been in negotiation over a new deal for the youngster since last year, but nothing has been done to reach a deal.

Frank Lampard confirms that Tammy Abraham has not been in fine form since the second half of the season but can not trace issues of his contract negotiation to performance on the pitch.

The former Chelsea midfielder said the issue is between the player and the club and will allow them settle it in the best interest of both parties.

Lampard stated that what is expected of the 22-year-old is his focus on the club’s success this season and how he can also contribute either as a starter or coming from the bench.

According to Lampard, Tammy Abraham has to keep working hard to prove he is still the player that was enjoyed in the first half of the season, stressing that this is what the player needs at the moment.

The Chelsea boss is hoping that contract issues will be settled as he seeks focus for his team to secure a Champions League qualification.

Chelsea are fourth on the table with just two points ahead of Man United. They will have to win all remaining games to avoid losing the spot to the Red Devils.

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£23m offer received as Chelsea weigh up options

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Emerging reports reveal that English Premier League outfit Chelsea have received a bid of £23 million for left full-back Emerson Palmieri from Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

While the Blues are willing to part ways with the player, Inter Milan are keen to land him to solve their defensive issues ahead of the coming season.

For the West London club, doing away with Emerson Palmieri and Marcus Alonso is already in the pipeline with newcomers for the left-back position a target in the coming summer transfer window. No wonder Frank Lampard now prefers to make us of Ceaser Azpilicueta who is not a natural left player.

Tutto Mercato Web reports that Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia initially requested for £27 million for Emerson Palmieri but is forced to come down on the price because it is becoming clear that he no longer has a future at the Stamford Bridge.

Inter Milan are offering Emerson Palmieri a five year deal, and he would be paid £3.6 million a year at the San Siro.

However, The West London outfit are considering the option of Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell as a replacement for the left-back position as there is no assurance that Marcos Alonso will also be staying after this season.

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Chelsea ready to offer £8m/y to beat United for highly-rated midfielder

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is very ambitious with his transfer plans and he is ready to leave no stone unturned to be able to compete in the coming season.

One player the Blues have pointed to as a transfer plan is Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Leverkusen but they have Man United to compete with to land the highly-rated midfielder.

A reliable journalist, Nicolo Schira has therefore revealed that the West London outfit are keen on winning the race for Kai Havertz and have initiated talks with the player’s agent over a possible deal.

The journalist revealed that the Bleus team are willing to pay £8 million per year to win Man United in the chase and the club’s Director Marina Granovskaia is on top of the deal with constant contact with the player’s agent.

The 21-year-old is a highly rated central midfielder who can also play from the right-sided attacking midfield. He scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists for his club in the Bundesliga this season and 3 other goals with 2 assists in the Europa League.

Bayern Leverkusen have slammed a £70 million asking price on the player which will determine who will win the race but it is expected that negotiations will happen for a reduced fee.

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Chelsea boss set to land ‘new John Terry’

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One of the best defenders the English Premier League side Chelsea has ever had in their club history is John Terry and they are seeking for similar quality.

Before his retirement, John Terry, a Chelsea legend had 712 appearances, winning 5 EPL titles and 5 FA Cups. This adds to the Champions League he won in 2012, playing a big role in all of the wins.

Manager Frank Lampard is keen to bring in a player with such quality as his former teammate and has identified Declan Rice from West Ham United as the best fit ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

The West London outfit seems to be the most active club ahead of the summer window, having spent about £75 million already on Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. They are obviously not stopping at that as the defensive department will be the next focus, having identified Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice.

Frank Lampard will prefer the West Ham player after claiming he has the attributes of John Terry, expressing confidence that Declan Rice will achieve more than John Terry if he eventually makes the switch.

Declan Rice has impressed with West Ham having had 34 appearances in all competitions, and earning a national team call-up.

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How Liverpool gifted Chelsea with Timo Werner

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West London outfit Chelsea have confirmed the signature of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner even before the opening of the summer transfer window with Liverpool legend, Michael Owen claiming that the development is a gift from Liverpool.

According to Owen, Chelsea will be no way close to landing the star player if Liverpool had shown interest in him because the Anfield was a preferred destination for Timo Werner.

The Reds legend stated that an asking price of £45 million was given to Liverpool for by the German club but the Reds saw no need because of Divock Origi’s presence.

He noted that the moment Liverpool handed a new deal to Divock Origi, it means they were not ready to part ways with him any time soon.

However, he claimed that Timo Werner would have been a better choice for the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp because he would have provided a better competition in the attack than Divock Origi.

Timo Werner was a force to reckon with in the German Bundesliga, scoring 34 goals in 45 games as well as providing 13 assists in all. Chelsea will now hope to enjoy his service of the German international at the Stamford Bridge in the coming season.

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Virgil van Dijk reveals career mistake he almost made

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed that he almost made a major mistake that would have cost his career.

Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2018 for £75 million and has since experienced a turnaround in his career.

From being nominated as the best football player in the world to winning the Champions League and now the Premier League.

The star player noted that all of these wouldn’t have happened if he had made a wrong choice on his career.

This, he said,l after revealing that Chelsea also made an offer for him which was also considered until he heard from manager Jurgen Kopp.

Virgil van Dijk stated that clubs that approached him had a good team and history, forcing him to consider the managers.

He found manager Jurgen Klopp more inviting, revealing that the German boss has excellent man-management skills which were very important.

Virgil van Dijk added that Jurgen Klopp will always hug players and relate with them better than others which helps to bring the best out of them.

Man United and Chelsea were also interested in the defender but failed to secure his signature as Liverpool won the race, all thanks to manager Jurgen Klopp’s conviction.

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Top four race: What Lampard said after United win

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As the race for the top-four finish gets hotter, Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard hailed Man United after their Saturday win.

Both Chelsea and Man United recorded wins on Saturday which makes the race for a Champions League spot more interesting.

The Blues defeated Watford 3-0 while the Red Devils slammed Bournemouth 5-2 earlier on Saturday.

The wins now keep Man United 5th on the table with two points below Chelsea.

Frank Lampard has reacted to the wins by hailing the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team but noted that his team can still finish in the Champions League spot if they remain focus to win the remaining games left.

The Chelsea legend noted that every game left will come with a level of pressure but that will not be an issue if his team can maintain a level of focus and have the strong mentality to deliver on each game.

Frank Lampard will always give respect to Man United and other teams around them but that will not mean losing the Champions League spot to them in any way.

With five matches remaining, it is still unclear, the teams that will join Liverpool and Man City for a Champions League ticket while the same applies to the Europa League.

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Chelsea target in crunch talks over future

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Chelsea target Kai Havertz is set to hold talks with his German Bundesliga employers Bayer Leverkusen over his future.

Kai Havertz is one of the hottest prospects in Europe as Chelsea are not alone in his chase. Man United and Real Madrid are also keen to land the star player.

In a bid to know what the future holds, Kai Havertz will be sitting with the club chiefs for discussions

Bild reports that the 21-year-old is aware of the interests and want to be sure of the plans for him so as to make decisions for the future.

With a number of options available, it’s important to know what the future holds to be able to make a good choice.

Chelsea are tipped to be favorites to land the star playmaker with Frank Lampard hoping to beat competition from Liverpool and Man City in the EPL.

The Blues boss is already making the Stamford Bridge lively with the additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of next season. No doubt, the Blues fans can’t wait for a new start of the season.

However, Leverkusen CEO Rudi Voller has made it clear that club will not be stopping any player from leaving as ling as necessary agreements can be reached.

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