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Chelsea 2 Newcastle 2

Steven Taylor’s injury-time goal meant Carlo Ancelotti’s side finished their home campaign with only a point, despite an excellent start to the season this year has been a case of what could have been.

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Steven Taylor’s injury-time goal meant Carlo Ancelotti’s side finished their home campaign with only a point, despite an excellent start to the season this year has been a case of what could have been.                                                                                     
The Blues got off to a good start after Branislav Ivanovic gave Chelsea an early lead in the second minute when he connected with Frank Lampard’s corner.                                                                                                                                                         
The Geordies levelled just eight minutes later when Ryan Taylor’s free-kick was deflect into the net by Jonas Gutierrez who happily took credit for it.                                                                                                                                                                       
With just seven minutes left, Alex put Chelsea 2-1 up and on their way to three points. Once again, Lampard provided the assist as he swung in a free-kick for the Brazilian defender to head past Tim Krul for his first goal since October.                                                                                                                                                                                  
Whilst both teams did not have any silverware to play for, both sides were just playing for a higher position and pride. The home side dominated throughout the game and will be disappointed to have only got a point.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
This summer will see further redevelopment, in January it started with big money arrivals of Fernando Torres and David Luiz; two players who Ancelotti ideally wanted to sign at the start of the season. There is also a big question over whether the Italian will still be in charge come the start of next season.                                                                                              
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[Image] Blockbuster new signing watches on as Chelsea beat Wolves to seal UCL qualification

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Timo Werner is a goal scoring machine

Timo Werner was in attendance as Chelsea secured Champions League qualification

According to the Daily Star, Timo Werner was in attendance at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

The Blues were in control and made easy work of what could have been a tricky fixture. It is a testament to Frank Lampard and his team’s mental strength that they could leave the reversal at Anfield behind them and rise to the occasion.

Goals from Mason Mount and the reborn Olivier Giroud ensured the Blues went into the break with a 2-0 lead. They never looked like relinquishing it and saw off Wolves to secure a top-four finish.

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Unfortunately for us, United’s win took them above us to third place on goal difference. However, the team did their job and we will have to trump the ones above us next season.

The addition of Hakim Ziyech and Werner presents Lampard with genuine world-class options that can enliven an already impressive Chelsea attack.

Werner has not been in action since the Bundesliga ended last month. The German ace ended his stint at RB Leipzig by scoring both goals in the 2-1 win over Augsburg.

He will now join up with fellow summer signing Ziyech, who has already taken part in Chelsea training sessions. Looking on at his new teammates, the German will be pleased with his decision to join the club.

Timo Werner was in attendence as Chelsea defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers to secure Champions League qualification
Timo Werner looked on as Chelsea made light work of Wolves

He could also see what it is like to succeed at the club when the boys take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Winning it will serve as a reminder of the glory he can achieve and the role he can play as the Blues look to get back to the top.

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Interestingly, Werner’s post on Instagram stating that he was in London was liked by his national teammate Kai Havertz.

The Bayer Leverkusen ace is also a top target for the Blues, who are keen to bring him to the Bridge. Whether he joins his countryman at Chelsea remains to be seen.

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“Can’t ask for much more”- Lampard heaps the praise on Chelsea stars after putting Man United to the sword

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Frank Lampard heaps praise on his Chelsea stars

Speaking to the club’s official site, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has praised his players following their 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup semifinals.

An Olivier Giroud goal put the Blues up at the break before Mason Mount doubled the lead soon after the restart. United skipper Harry Maguire scored an own goal to round off an emphatic victory for the Stamford Bridge side.

Lampard expressed pride at his team’s performance and was clearly happy to finally get one back at Solskjaer.

“I’m very proud of the team today.”

Frank Lampard is proud of his team's performance against Manchester United
Frank Lampard is proud of his team’s performance against Manchester United

He praised his side’s work ethic and admitted that he could hardly ask for much more. Lampard credits his players for following the system to a tee while also maintaining high standards of work ethic.

“What impressed me most was the work ethic of the performance.”

An important aspect that Lampard brought for praise was the leadership shown by his players. He had recently to Sheffield United.

That message has been heeded by his stars, who looked to be in control and stepped up when needed.

Olivier Giroud got Chelsea off the mark
Olivier Giroud got Chelsea off the mark

“Today was a performance full of character, personality and we had leaders all over the pitch.”

The victory puts an end to Lampard’s three-match losing streak against United. It’s said that bad things happen in threes and in this case, it appears to be true.

United came into the match on the back of a 19-match unbeaten streak and looking every bit the favourites. Rather than being awed or daunted, the Blues set about systematically, dismantling everything that made out opponents seem formidable.

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Chelsea face Liverpool next in the Premier League. Leicester City’s loss means that we need just three points from the last two games to guarantee a top-four finish.

A victory at Anfield should ensure that. Given that the players are high on confidence, we could just as well do that.

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7 goals to nil – Youth sensation shines as Chelsea put QPR to the sword in friendly

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Billy Gilmour nets brace as Chelsea thrash QPR 7-1

Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was the hero as the Blues faced off against QPR in a friendly match ahead of Premier League return.

According to the Independent, Frank Lampard’s side were in cruise control as they won the game 7-1. Braces from Billy Gilmour and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were supplemented by goals from Oliver Giroud, Mason Mount, and Willian.

Another positive news was the appearance of N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman was included in the starting line-up after having returned to contact training last week.

N'Golo Kante played the friendly against QPR
Kante’s return is a boost for Chelsea

He had earlier expressed fears regarding a return to the pitch and was granted compassionate leave by the club. Now back in the thick of things, his return will aid us in our aim to hold onto the fourth spot.

The star of the show was another midfielder, Gilmour. The 19-year-old made a name for himself with an eye-catching performance against European champions Liverpool in the FA Cup.

He shackled Brazilian star Fabinho for the entire duration of the game as the Blues came out 2-0 winners. The youngster was convinced by Lampard to stay put rather than go out on loan in January.

It proved to be an inspired decision as he has stepped up magnificently in the following months. He also appears to have developed a scoring streak during the lockdown.

Billy Gilmour
The rise of Billy Gilmour has been a boon to Chelsea

Five of the seven goals were scored by our youth players. It should give us an idea of the fine work being done by Lampard and his team at the club. The veterans were not keen on being left behind as Giroud and Willian both showed they still have it despite their age.

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Chelsea had won their previous game as well – a friendly against Reading. The club are currently in 4th spot and face a number of challenging fixtures.

We not only play the top three but also fellow top-four prospects Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Ham United and Watford also represent a strong challenge due to their desperation to escape the relegation battle. The Blues will need to get off to a strong start. So far, the omens bode well.

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Here’s how the Chelsea stars fared in the 1-0 win vs Swansea – Hazard 8.5/10, Kante 8/10

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Full Time: Swansea City 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea emerged unscathed with a 1-0 win against Premier League strugglers Swansea City at Liberty Stadium this Saturday.

Although it was a much-needed victory to fuel the club’s hopes of securing a top-4 finish, Chelsea’s performance, on the whole, was a tad disappointing.

Cesc Fabregas scored an early goal to put the visitors in the driver’s seat but from thereon, Chelsea’s attack looked increasingly blunt. Swansea failed to pose much of a threat in the initial stages but as time wore on, the club did take quite a few chances in the last few minutes.

Luckily for the Blues, they managed to hold them off. That said, let’s take a look at how our players fared against Swansea.

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Thibaut Courtois – 7/10

After enjoying an easy first-half, Courtois did have a few nervy moments in the final few minutes. Overall, it was a good show and his ball distribution was admirable once again.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7.5/10

Azpilicueta proved to be a reliable presence for us at the back like always. He was quite vigilant to keep trouble from Swansea at bay, particularly when it came to Andre Ayew.

Gary Cahill – 7/10

Made a few risky tackles but besides that, he performed well and put in a solid shift.

Antonio Rudiger – 6/10

Struggled against the Ayew brothers on certain occasions and looked a bit shaky.

Victor Moses – 7.5/10

Got forward quite a bit and even got close to scoring. It was a decent display from Moses, who went on to pick up a booking for tripping Martin Olsson.

N’Golo Kante – 8/10

Won the ball for us on several occasions and maintained possession to put in a fluid performance at the heart of the midfield.

Cesc Fabregas – 7.5/10

Scored the only goal of the game and made some important late runs into the box to facilitate attacks. He seems to thrive in a 3-5-2 formation.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 6/10

After a disappointing start, Bakayoko grew into the game. Although he got his basics right, there was nothing extraordinary about his performance.

Emerson Palmieri – 7/10

A splendid display from Palmieri, who impressed on both fronts. Fought hard at the back and also provided momentum while going forward.

Eden Hazard – 8.5/10

Hazard continues to be rock-solid for Chelsea. Provided the assist for Fabregas’ goal and he started as one of the forwards in the 3-5-2 formation.

Olivier Giroud – 7.5/10

Started ahead of Alvaro Morata and he linked up well with Hazard. It was a good show from the towering Frenchman but it is unfortunate that he could not get a goal.

Subs:

Willian – 6/10

Stuck to the basics but he came on too late to make a significant impact.

Pedro – N/A

Like Willian, Pedro tried to make things work but there was simply not enough time.

Alvaro Morata – N/A

Was caught offside in an attacking run and that sums up his contribution.

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