4.10pm Chelsea news LIVE: Havertz coronavirus UPDATE, Mendy clean sheets delight Lampard, Sheffield United build-up – The Sun

4.10pm Chelsea news LIVE: Havertz coronavirus UPDATE, Mendy clean sheets delight Lampard, Sheffield United build-up – The Sun

CHELSEA  turn their attention to the Premier League after another Champions League victory in midweek.

Kai Havertz missed the match after Frank Lampard confirmed the German had test positive for coronavirus, while Werner is now the designated penalty taker instead of Jorginho.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • William Pugh

    THAT'S INTER-TAINMENT

    Antonio Conte is reportedly plotting a TRIPLE raid on old side Chelsea this January.

    Football Italia claims the Inter Milan boss wants to sign Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso AND Emerson Palmieri when the winter transfer window opens.

    It’s reckoned French striker Giroud, 34, is wanted to provide extra depth in attack. He has made just two Premier League appearances this term following the arrival of Timo Werner, with Tammy Abraham also preferred.

    And Giroud could jump at the chance to link up with Premier League and FA Cup winner Conte again, even though he would face competition from Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez at Inter.

    Meanwhile, left-back Alonso, 29, is yet to feature for Chelsea since the 3-3 draw with West Brom in September.

    He was hauled during half-time at the Hawthorns and received a furious dressing down from boss Frank Lampard for attempting to watch the rest of the game by himself on the team bus instead of sitting in the stands.

  • Joe Brophy

    FULL ENGLISH

    Frank Lampard has lifted the lid on Chelsea's team becoming more vocal while revealing Thiago Silva's grasp of the English language is quickly developing.

    He said: “We've made changes in personnel. Thiago Silva is a player who brings and attitude that's infectious. The players are growing.

    “That game at Bramall Lane sticks out when they beat us in every department. It's a process and a test to see where we are tomorrow.

    “(Silva's) English is improving, particularly his words on the pitch. His influence is clear. He trains well, prepares well and it's very obvious with him why he has had the career so far.”

  • Joe Brophy

    INJURY NEWS

    Frank Lampard has admitted Christian Pulisic has not recovered in time to face Sheffield United from the hamstring problem that he sustained in the warm-up against Burnley.

    He said: “Not fit to play, still suffering with his hamstring. He's not training at the moment. Kepa is recovered. Slight bit of pain but in the squad tomorrow.”

    If Pulisic is worse than he thought, Lamps replied: “He trained at a low level in midweek and wasn't comfortable. We have to keep looking for the right solution.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GIROUD AWAKENING

    Frank Lampard has hailed Olivier Giroud's attitude to being out of the Chelsea side.

    He said: “He's given a great response. He's amazing around the group. I can't speak highly enough of him. It's not a part of my job I like.

    “He was a huge factor in us getting top four but I rely on great professionals.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVA MEDAL

    Thiago Silva is up for the Premier League Player of the Month after recording three clean sheets in three games for Chelsea in October.

    The Brazilian veteran will face off against Che Adams (Southampton), Conor Coady (Wolves), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Man City) and Son Heung-min (Tottenham).

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Billy Gilmour is targeting a return to first team action after the international break as he recovers from a knee injury.

    The 19-year-old has been out since July after he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus following the 3-2 win against Crystal Palace.

    Speaking on the Four Lads Had a Dream Podcast, the teenager revealed he is hoping to be back in contention by the end of the month.

    He said: “Hopefully when I come back after the international break I can start to kick on again, get over my injury and start playing games for the team. I can’t wait.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Chelsea's chances of winning the 2021 Champions League aren't looking too clever despite an unbeaten start in Group E.

    But who are the runners and riders three games into this season's European competition?

    Data crunched by FiveThirtyEight has reigning champs Bayern Munich as the hot favourites to be crowned kings of Europe again.

    Hansi Flick's side, who knocked the Blues out of the competition last season, have a 26 per cent chance of winning the final at this stage.

  • Joe Brophy

    SCHUR THING

    A happy 30th to former Blues ace Andre Schurrle, who bagged 11 goals in 44 appearances for Chelsea.

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVA SPOON

    Thiago Silva has called on his Chelsea team-mates to continue improving despite their recent form.

    He said, as per football.london: “Rennes are a good team, I told that to my team-mates in the dressing room before the game.

    “I have played a lot against this team. Two seasons ago they beat Paris in the final of the French Cup, I was injured but I saw a team who played very well with the ball. They are very well organised and have a coach who likes technical football.

    “At the beginning it was very difficult for us. We didn’t keep the ball as well as we normally do at home.

    “The red card changed the game a lot. Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for the contest, the red card made it difficult for them, but we deserved the victory.

    “It wasn’t a super match but we controlled it. Now we need to continue to work to keep progressing.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CECH MATE

    Petr Cech has revealed Edouard Mendy was top of Chelsea's goalkeeper targets this summer.

    He told the The Times: “I was asked together with the goalkeeping department and the scouting department to prepare documents for the manager and give my advice on who would be my choice.

    “Edouard was not the only one on the list, but we had him on top because of his qualities and the knowledge we had about him. The manager and the club decided to go with our advice, so that’s how he ended up here.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FIRE SALE

    Barcelona will reportedly flog five stars in January, including former Chelsea target Samuel Umtiti, to raise funds.

    Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reports the club will also try and offload Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite, Carles Alena and Junior Firpo.

    Centre-back Umtiti has previously been linked with both United and Arsenal and his torrid run of injuries plus Barca's Covid crisis has convinced them to put the 26-year-old up for sale.

    He is yet to feature at all this season and his injury could make it hard to secure a deal.

    Umtiti was thought to prefer a switch to Stamford Bridge out of the options in England earlier this summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVA LINING

    Adrian Durham believes that Thiago Silva can be Chelsea’s Virgil Van Dijk.

    He told talkSPORT: “Thiago Silva, in a very different way, is Chelsea’s Van Dijk. But it is because of the leadership skills, they look up to him, don’t they? In terms of winning the title; I got back to that weekend when Chelsea were 3-0 down at West Brom and drew 3-3 and everybody was erupting.”

    “Soon as the final whistle went, ‘Oh Chelsea are no good, he can’t get his team right, he’s no good.’

    “Then Man City lose 5-2 at home to Leicester, Aston Villa beat Liverpool 7-2 and all of a sudden, we are realising it is just a bit of a crazy season. That West Brom result, for Chelsea, wasn’t actually that bad! It showed they’ve got a bit of character.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUR TO SEE

    Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour has admitted that he was expecting to be loaned out this season.

    He told the Four Lads Had A Dream podcast: “I never thought I would be where I am just now. I thought maybe the next year I would go on loan.

    “You see the youth players coming through at Chelsea now – like Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, they have won the FA Youth Cup seven times in the last 10 years.

    “It is incredible, the youth set-up is amazing and I just had to take the next step in my career and go and challenge myself again.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BILLY THE KID

    Billy Gilmour has revealed he is targeting his Chelsea injury return after the international break.

    He told the Four Lads Had A Dream Podcast: “Ever since the [2016] Victory Shield days, I had to wear tape round my knee and I always felt that something was wrong. Since I came to Chelsea, I have had a problem with my knee at the end of the season.

    “When it came to Crystal Palace, I felt something go in my knee in the first half. The adrenaline was helping me kick through it but you don’t think straight away ‘this is a bad injury’.

    “You think ‘I have had a knock, I will be fine next week’. From that, I got told I had to go and have surgery on my meniscus.

    “Coping was fine and obviously I had family around me. I was in crutches for four or five weeks so my family were helping me about the house.

    “Going into training, everyone in the team was keeping my mind off the injury and talking about other stuff. I was always happy, the boys were very good with me when they saw me and talked about football and other stuff.

    “That was good mentally. I was thinking about the injury all the time and that wasn’t a good thing, but I coped well.

    “Hopefully when I come back after the international break I can start to kick on again, get over my injury and start playing games for the team. I can’t wait.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

    Never mind the US presidential election or the countrywide lockdown, the only news worth mulling over right now is the release of Dream Team’s November transfers.

    The first Friday of the month means a fresh batch of transfers and many gaffers will be keen to make some changes before Game Week 8 gets underway.

    If you know you need to mix things up but can’t decide how to use your transfers then allow us to put forward some recommendations.

    Despite what you may have concluded from their opening games of the season, it seems Chelsea are relatively airtight at the back.

    The Blues have kept five consecutive clean sheets and with fixtures against Sheffield United, Newcastle and Rennes to come next their excellent defensive record is likely to extend.

    Not only has Kurt Zouma (£3.0m) racked up the clean sheet points, his aerial threat at set-pieces has produced three goals.

    With 73 points, the Frenchman is the best performing defender in Dream Team right now, with team-mates Ben Chilwell (£3.8m), Reece James (£3.7m) and Thiago Silva (£4.0m) making up the rest of the top four.

  • Joe Brophy

    MUS START

    Bayern Munich whizkid Jamal Musiala looks set to receive his maiden call-up to the England Under-21s.

    The midfielder has made eight appearances for the Bundesliga giants this season, scoring twice.

    Musiala was part of the Chelsea academy from the age of eight but left to join Bayern in July 2019.

    The 17-year-old was born in Stuttgart but moved to England aged seven – and has represented both nations at youth level.

    Whitgift's director of football and former Crystal Palace striker Andrew Martin told DW Sports: “He would score 50+ goals for us a season, and he wasn't far off that mark at Chelsea.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues swept past Rennes on Wednesday night in the Champions League… with a little help from some generous officiating.

    The Ligue 1 side’s full-back Dalbert became the latest player to be penalised for a harsh handball in the penalty area – and was shown a second yellow for his troubles.

    Uefa, however, are set to campaign for the rule to change – even if it means going to war with Fifa.

    SunSport’s Martin Lipton writes: Uefa have pleaded with Fifa to change the “unfair” handball laws – after another night of VAR controversy.

    Chelsea’s second penalty in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes left the French side shocked by both the VAR spot-kick award and the second yellow card for defender Dalbert Henrique.

    BT pundit Rio Ferdinand slammed German referee Felix Swayer for an “absolute disgrace” of a decision, with Timo Werner slotting home his second penalty of the night.

    And now Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has stepped into the ongoing rows over the handball Laws by urging Fifa boss Gianni Infantino to intervene.

    In a letter to Zurich, Ceferin said: “The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offense has resulted in many unfair decisions which have been met with growing frustration and discomfort by the football community.”

    Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has called up four Chelsea stars for the upcoming England internationals, with fit-again Ben Chilwell joining Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has retained his spot in the England squad for this month's triple-header of fixtures.

    Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are also named in Gareth Southgate's side.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – HANDLE IT

    From SunSport's Martin Lipton: Uefa have pleaded with Fifa to change the “unfair” handball laws – after another night of VAR controversy.

    Chelsea’s second penalty in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes left the French side shocked by both the VAR spot-kick award and the second yellow card for defender Dalbert Henrique.

    BT pundit Rio Ferdinand slammed German referee Felix Swayer for an “absolute disgrace” of a decision, with Timo Werner slotting home his second penalty of the night.

    And now Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has stepped into the ongoing rows over the handball Laws by urging Fifa boss Gianni Infantino to intervene.

    In a letter to Zurich, Ceferin said: “The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offense has resulted in many unfair decisions which have been met with growing frustration and discomfort by the football community.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    OLD BILL

    Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour has talked about his rapid rise to the Blues' first-team last season.

    He told the Four Lads Had A Dream Podcast: “I have always had a plan in my head about coming through the Chelsea academy, trying to get first-team experience and then getting myself in the team.

    “The gaffer came in and took the team and Jody Morris and Joe Edwards, who were my youth coaches through Under 18s and 23s, were his assistants.

    “I did pre-season with them, after that I was round training with them and then I got into the first-team changing room, which was massive. I was really happy and I made a couple of appearances.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    WILD THOUGHTS

    Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has claimed that his Blades side will travel down to Chelsea on Saturday with 'belief'.

    He said: “It’s difficult not to look at league tables, I understand that, and I’ve tried not to look at it.

    “I’ve told the players not to look at it, as they are hurting and they want to win games of football, because it does last for a few months and there’s quite a number of games left for us to change the position of the football club and that’s what we believe we can do.

    “We are always worried when we don’t get the result we are after but the confidence levels are OK, they’re not shot.

    “If they are shot you’re getting done five at Liverpool and five against Manchester City but anyone who saw those games will see that we could have got something from both of them and we have to go down to Chelsea with that same belief.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    REECE'S PIECE

    Reece James has had an excellent start to the season.

    So much so, that talkSPORT host Adrian Durham believes that he is ahead of England colleague Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Agree, Chelsea fans?

  • Etienne Fermie

    NO WAY

    Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy believes that the current team are 'finding their way' under Frank Lampard.

    He said on talkSPORT: “It was a good performance from Chelsea.

    “I’m not getting carried away because it was Rennes. The clean sheet and the victory you can’t be more satisfied than that. [Edouard] Mendy pulled off a good save.

    “Chelsea just seem to be slowly but surely finding their way into a pattern and looking more assured at the back.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    ARE BLUE READY FOR MORE?

    Chelsea's triumphant starters from last night's win over Rennes participated in a light recovery session at Cobham earlier today.

  • Etienne Fermie

    SHUFFLE THE DEC

    Declan Rice has persistently been linked with a return to Chelsea, with the Blue set to test West Ham's resolve once again in January.

    Let's take a look at how SunSport's Richard Forrester would fit the England star into Frank Lampard's starting XI.

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