Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Lampard hits back at Klopp over squad size, Pulisic injury headache, Alaba transfer latest

CHELSEA are reeling from their 1-0 defeat at Everton last night as Frank Lampard hit back at claims his squad is the deepest in the top flight.

The Blues lost despite enjoying a staggering 72 per cent possession at Goodison Park as Lamps lost to the old maestro Carlo Ancelotti.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ON DEC

    Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is determined to sign Declan Rice in January, according to The Express.

    Rice, 21, was one of Blues boss Frank Lampard's top targets over the summer transfer window but Chelsea were unable to tempt West Ham into selling.

    Granovskaia is hoping Chelsea can raise funds for a move for Rice with the sales of Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

  • Daniel Brookes

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea are struggling to offload Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen, according to reports.

    The Sunday Express claims Kepa's wages and long-term contract – as well as the Blues' desire to recoup some of the world record transfer fee they paid for him – are making it difficult to find a buyer.

    There are no clubs forthcoming for Alonso either, who has found playing time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Ben Chilwell.

    Christensen, meanwhile, would like to stay at Chelsea to fight for his place, with Frank Lampard keen to hold onto him.

    The report also states there has been a lack of interest in Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman, neither of whom are in Frank Lampard's plans.

     

  • Daniel Brookes

    'BLUES PLAYED WITH NINE MEN'

    Tony Cascarino singled out Chelsea's summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz for criticism in the wake of the Blues' loss to Everton on Saturday.

    Frank Lampard's side fell to their first defeat since September at Goodison Park and Cascarino said it was like Chelsea were playing with nine men.

    Cascarino told TalkSPORT: “Timo Werner struggled, he hasn’t scored for six games. I saw him against Rennes and I thought he was really poor.

    “He’s devastatingly quick and he’s got a goal record, I expect him to get one at Chelsea too.

    “He found it very difficult yesterday. Kai Havertz, too, was absolutely on the fringe of the game – and he’s another very talented player.

    “It felt like, at times, they were playing with nine men.

    "They just didn’t make anything happen."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ‘STINKS OF MAN UNITED’

    Tony Cascarino thinks long time Chelsea target Declan Rice is a player that Manchester United should think of signing.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “Declan Rice was superb. He absolutely ran the show in midfield.

    “He was up against Kalvin Phillips as well, who is a good player. I thought he just took the game by the scruff of the neck.

    “He just stunk of a Manchester United signing to me. I was sat there thinking, ‘Wow!’”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHELAN WANTS GIROUD

    Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan think Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is a signing the Whites should look at making.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said: “I think we would really thrive with a player like that [Giroud] who is dominating the air.

    “We saw how dangerous he was for Chelsea and when he goes abroad and plays for France, and he nearly was available, but Frank kept him on and he is probably thinking what a good job he did keeping him on.

    “But that kind of physicality we need.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CECH MATE

    Chelsea legend Petr Cech is set to sensationally end his retirement to play in goal for the Blues development side tomorrow.

    The reason for Cech's involvement for the development squad is that first choice Lucas Bergstrom played for the U18 team on Saturday and Chelsea do not want him playing two games in 48 hours.

    Karlo Zigler could have played, but because he's part of Frank Lampard's first team squad the club would rather have him stay training with them then having to return and take a COVID-19 test.

    But Chelsea believe the match sharpness will help Cech, should he have to play first team football.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI

    Fikayo Tomori is being tracked by Nice for a loan move next month – and the deal is unlikely to be hit by the new post-Brexit transfer regulations.

    British players now have to qualify for work permits before European sides can sign them up, which is hitting a number of proposed switches for young players fresh out of the academy.

    But though Tomori’s game time at Chelsea has been limited this season, the fact he has proven Premier League experience plus an England cap is enough to see him secure enough points to be cleared to play in France.

    Tomori has featured in just one top-flight match this term with Frank Lampard preferring a pairing of Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    THIAGO'S REACTION

    This was Thiago Silva's reaction to last night's defeat against Everton.

    The loss was just their second in the league this season, and first since the defeat to Liverpool in September.

    The Blues are next in action away to Wolves on Tuesday night.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CASCARINO'S CRITICISM

    Former Chelsea man Tony Cascarino was not shy of criticising the performances of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz yesterday.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: "Timo Werner is struggling and hasn't scored in six now. I saw him against Rennes and I thought he was really poor.

    "Look, he is devastatingly quick and he has got a goal record, and I expect him to get one at Chelsea.

    "Kai Havertz found it really difficult yesterday, he was on the fringe of the game. He is another really talented player.

    "At times, it felt like they were playing with nine men. I don't mean that they weren't putting any effort in, but they just didn't make anything happen. With that, Giroud didn't get any service."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BEST MATE

    Chelsea centre back Andreas Christensen has revealed that his best friend at the club is Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    Loftus-Cheek is currently out on loan at Fulham but is still in touch with the Danish defender.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WIN FOR THE WOMEN

    The Chelsea women's side were victorious on the south coast this afternoon against Brighton.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    POST MATCH TRIM

    Everton forward Richarlison posted to Twitter after the victory over Chelsea yesterday, with the Brazilian appearing to celebrate the victory with a haircut from teammate Allan.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WE GO AGAIN

    Ben Chilwell takes to Instagram to react to yesterday's defeat.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    MELCHIOT'S THOUGHTS

    Former Chelsea man Mario Melchiot has this to say about yesterday's loss.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro, he said: “The team has to perform every time.

    “There are new players in that team that don’t know the league but they’ll have to pick it up quickly.

    “The games are coming so fast and, as [Sir Alex] Ferguson said, the league is always won in December and January.

    “If you don’t do well in those two months and you start dropping points, that’s when it becomes difficult.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MASON'S ANALYSIS

    Speaking to chelseafc.com on yesterday's defeat, Mason Mount said:

    "Everton are a tough team, they make it very hard. We know we didn’t start well enough, we didn’t start like we have been playing recently and then we got punished.

    "From 1-0 down it is a difficult game, so we have to look at how we started and correct that for the next game.

    "These things happen sometimes, but we want to be pushing for number one and we can’t start like that. We know that.

    "We have to look at where we went wrong and really try to correct it for the next game because the games come thick and fast and it’s another away game so we need to ready for that."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HELPLESS HAVERTZ

    Big money signing Kai Havertz also struggled to make an impact in yesterday's loss at Goodison.

    His touch map shows the £70million man had just two touches in the Everton box, before being substituted for Tammy Abraham after 68 minutes.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHERE WAS WERNER?

    Timo Werner's attacking stats from yesterday's loss do not make for pretty reading.

    The German international had just one shot in the entire game, which failed to hit the target.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AVERAGE POSITIONS

    Timo Werner lined up for the game on the left flank, but the average positions from the game show he spent the majority of the game in the middle of the park.

    As a result Chelsea offered little going forward on the left hand side.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ATTACKING THIRDS

    Chelsea's attacking thirds from the game show just how one dimensional the Blues were in attack yesterday.

    Almost half of the play came down the right flank, and it was far too predictable from Frank Lampard's side yesterday.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ALL OF THE BALL

    Here's a look at the possession stats from yesterday's defeat to Everton.

    The Blues dominated possession, with a whopping 72% of the ball, but could not make their possession tell.

    Frank Lampard's side has just three efforts on target, and looked lacking in ideas throughout the 90 minutes.

     

  • Alex Terrell

    SHEAR DISBELIEF

    Alan Shearer believes Chelsea could have played for three more hours and still not scored against Everton.

    Speaking on Match of the Day, he said: “Their (Everton’s) closing down was really impressive.

    “Whenever anyone was on the ball for Chelsea, they were closed down straight away and didn’t have any space. I thought Everton were brilliant.

    “It was just one of those days. They could have been there, I thought, for another two or three hours and they wouldn’t have scored.

    “You’ve just got to forget that and move on to the next game.”

  • Alex Terrell

    EYES ON ALABA

    Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign another vastly experienced defender in the form of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.

    The Blues snapped up Thiago Silva this the summer, and are eager to capture Alaba’s signature next summer.

    Alaba, 28, is out of contract in June and has a host of European clubs vying for his signature.

    Real Madrid and PSG are favourites to sign Alaba, but the Blues would love another experienced defender in their ranks.

  • Alex Terrell

    NO TIME TO DWELL

    The Blues don’t have time to dwell on yesterday’s loss to Everton, which was just the second league defeat of the season for Frank Lampard’s side.

    Chelsea face another tricky away fixture on Tuesday, travelling to the West Midlands to face Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves.

    A home game agains an in form West Ham follows a week tomorrow, before another London derby against Arsenal on boxing day.

  • Alex Terrell

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said he’s mystified by Jurgen Klopp’s claim his squad is the strongest in the Premier League.

    Lampard said: “I keep reading how we had the strongest squad in the league. I don’t understand it.

    “Teams around us have won titles and have strikers who score 30 goals every year, players who have won the Champions League.

    “We have some players who have won titles but also have some who are new to the Premier League and are young. We are a work in progress and nights like tonight can happen.

    “I don’t like them but they can happen.”

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