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Next Boss … Who will it be???

It’s less than 24-hours since Carlo Ancelotti was relieved from his duties as the Chelsea boss, and the rumours are flying about who will be next to take over.

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It’s less than 24-hours since Carlo Ancelotti was relieved from his duties as the Chelsea boss, and the rumours are flying about who will be next to take over.                                                                                                                                                           
There is a real variety of names being linked but who will be the seventh manager in seven years???                                                                                     
Marco van Basten – 7/4                                                                                                                                                                                                         
There is no doubt that the Dutchman was in a class of his own as a player, for those of you who can remember Euro 88 will know his goals were instrumental in his side lifting the trophy, but his managerial CV is not as impressive.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
He started his coaching career coaching Ajax’s second team before being named the Netherlands boss, a role that saw him lead his team to the quarter-final of Euro 2008 before losing to Guus Hiddink’s Russia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
His next move was to return to of Ajax after the tournament, only to resign on the 6th May 2009 after they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
==========================                                                                                                                                                                                            
Guus Hiddink – 3/1                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
After impressing on a temporary basis in 2009 when he led Chelsea to FA Cup victory the Dutchman is being linked to the job, last time his position with the Russia made it hard for Roman to make a permanent move for him – Could this be the right time?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Hiddink is now in charge of Turkey and could well join Chelsea, but it’s more likely as a Director of Football rather than Head Coach. There are questions over whether at 64-years-old the Dutchman would he want to return to a day-to-day management role.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
==========================                                                                                                                                                                                        
Andre Villas-Boas – 5/1                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
The young Portuguese coach is only 33-years-old, has worked with old boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Inter. He has even been called ‘mini-Jose’ but that is not a label he enjoys as he sees himself as his own man.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
This role may be too soon for the coach who has impressed in his first season of management, his side remained undefeated whilst getting his team playing excellent football and setting records for the most wins in Europe in one season by a Portuguese club. Then also getting the most points in a 30-game Portuguese league season and the biggest margin over the second placed team in the league.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Should Hiddink join in a senior role then bringing in Villas-Boas would be an excellent move.                                                                                                              
==========================                                                                                                                                                                                           
Harry Redknapp – 5/1                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Tottenham will not like to hear that Harry is 5s to be the next boss, before taking on his current role he would never have been linked to such a high profile role but after impressing in North London he is thought to be in Roman’s sight.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Harry managed to lead Spurs to the last 16 of the Champions League and with his management style he tends to get the best out of his players and whilst he is enjoying life at Spurs, but this would be a different challenge.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
==========================                                                                                                                                                                                         
Pep Guardiola – 6/1                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
The Barcelona coach is expected to leave either at the end of this season or next, he has all the credentials Chelsea want in a manager but would he want to join?                                                                                                                                            
Over the years, Chelsea and Barcelona have not had the best relationship and this could put the Spaniard off, plus he may wait for Sir Alex to retire and see if he is wanted at Old Trafford.                                                                                                            
==========================                                                                                                                                                                                   
Jose Mourinho – 10/1                                                                                                                                                                                                
Will the Special One return? People say never go back, the flamboyant Portuguese coach is still adored by fans and will want to keep it that way. Then there is the Roman factor, the initial thought was that he would be to proud to admit he has made a mistake getting rid of Jose but it is thought that they have now made up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Jose will think he still has a job to complete at Real Madrid and may want to stay and try to win La Liga and another Champions League before his inevitable return to England.                                                                                                                                    
==========================                                                                                                                                                                                              
There are a host of other names being linked with the job, ex-Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is an outsider at 14s, whilst Louis van Gaal is 16s and Italian boss Cesare Prandelli is 20s.                                                                                                                          
When it comes to old boys,  legend Gianfranco Zola is 20s but is only likely to get a coaching role if he is to re-join the club. Ex-Juve boss Didier Deschamps is 25s and current Fulham boss Mark Hughes is 33s whilst Ray Wilkins and Avram Grant are both 50s to come back to the club as boss.                                                                                                                            
I suppose it is a case of watch this space …..                                                                                                                                                                                          
By Scott Balaam
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Former English icon pinpoints three Chelsea stars who have to improve under Tuchel

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Rio Ferdinand wants three Chelsea players to improve under Thomas Tuchel

According to Football.london, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants the trio of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to do better for Chelsea. The three players were expensive new recruits for the club this season, costing the club more than £150million combined.

However, pretty much all three have struggled to replicate the form that prompted Chelsea to spill the cash on them. They have tallied a meagre 17 goals between them this season, which is fairly disappointing for players of their calibre.

Instead of them, other Chelsea players have flourished and taken up the spots. Giroud is slowly getting more and more game time. Midfielders and wingers like Mason Mount, Hudson-Odoi and Kovacic have all been playing ahead of Havertz and Ziyech.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes he holds the key that can unlock his side's attack.
Both Kai Havertz (L) and Timo Werber (R) scored against Morecambe

The Manchester United icon believes that Chelsea need to phase away from the reliance on a 34-year-old Giroud and start maximising the usage of Werner, Ziyech and Havertz.

“How long are they going to keep relying on Giroud? At his age and where he is at in his career, he is an impact player, 100 per cent. For Chelsea to have Giroud leading the line probably says where they are at and maybe they need to recruit in that area.

Is Timo Werner a No.9? I would probably say he is better off out wide where he played at Leipzig. But they are fully stocked out there. They have got [Christian] Pulisic who can play out there.”

Ferdinand also added that Tuchel needs to figure out a way to use these three expensive players with training.

“Where does Havertz fit into this team? I think there are a lot of questions for Tuchel to be answering. That will come with games and more time on the training field. He has got to get into these players and unlock them and give them the best chance of staying there and producing something.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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These comments from Ferdinand are not without reason. The three players amassed a staggering 60 goals and 43 assists last season for Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig. There is no doubting the talent but Tuchel needs to figure out a way to tap into that to benefit the side.

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“I expect more”: Blues icon has his say on current Chelsea midfield star

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N'Golo Kante was the star of the show for Chelsea against Aston Villa

Claude Makelele has his say on N’Golo Kante

According to Football.london, former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has urged N’golo Kante to do more for the club. Makelele feels that Kante should help Chelsea score more goals in the coming games.

While Kante did a good job of keeping the Manchester United creative players at bay, most notably Bruno Fernandes, Makelele expects the Frenchman to provide more impetus to Chelsea and help them add to their goal tally.

“For me, I expect more from N’Golo Kante because he can be better than me. He needs more communication with his defenders. You want him to have more responsibility, more power to say: ‘I’m here. You do this behind me and I’ll do this in front of you’.

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The former Blues midfielder wants Kante to become more of a leader despite knowing about his shy nature. He feels that Kante can provide more in terms of attacking play by helping out the forwards but at the same time, not compromise on his defensive duties.

Kante has been a vital part of the club since his arrival from Leicester City in 2017. He has won the Premier League and Europa League for Chelsea. However, the World Cup winner’s role has been changed a lot by managers over the seasons.

Under Antonio Conte, he played as a defensive midfielder. However, after Maurizio Sarri took over, he has been used in a box-to-box role. That increased his goal contributions as he was often seen surging forward with the ball or playing forward passes.

N'Golo Kante at Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
N’Golo Kante at Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

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Kante has continued as a box-to-box midfielder under Tuchel while his goal-scoring output has reduced a bit since 2019. Kante has often been compared to Makelele due to their position and playing style.

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“I want to try and surpass” – Promising Chelsea starlet sets his sights on emulating Drogba

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Armando Broja wants to surpass Didier Drogba at Chelsea

According to Goal.com (h/t Metro), Chelsea youngster Armando Broja wants to surpass the legendary Didier Drogba at the club. The 19-year-old is on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and has impressed with his goal-scoring feats.

He is an academy graduate who has played once for the senior side so far. It was against Everton last year in March. The Albanian was sent on loan this season to gain some experience at the Dutch side, which is often a regular place for the Blues to send players on loan.

Armando Broja of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge, London, England on 8 March 2020.

So far, he has 9 goals and 2 assists in just 20 games. However, the youngster is looking ahead and has lofty ambitions at Chelsea. He wants to surpass what Ivorian legend Didier Drogba achieved at the club.

‘I was like: ‘Wow! That’s Frank Lampard, [Didier] Drogba or John Terry right in front of me’, when I would see them around. I loved to take pictures with them because I wanted to be them.

I wanted to be in their shoes at the top level. Now I am approaching the age they were when they were playing, I want to try and surpass Drogba. It might not be easy, but that’s my mentality and how I am feeling.’

Chelsea s Didier Drogba celebrates with the trophy Barclays Premier League – Chelsea vs Sunderland – Stamford Bridge – England – 24th May 2015 – Picture David Klein/Sportimage.

Broja’s hunger to achieve more was evident when he said he wanted to improve on the numbers he has for the season.

‘Nine goals and two assists is good but I am never satisfied. I want to get more goals and assists to keep tallying them up. I have played over 1000 minutes and I have 11 goal contributions. It is not bad but I want more goals and assists. I want to do more.’

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It bodes well for Chelsea that their youth players are flourishing as always. Although it would be hard to eclipse what Drogba did and won at Chelsea, it’s always good to see players with ambitions who want to do well for the club.

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Chelsea receive injury boost as 20-year-old ace could be available for Liverpool clash

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Callum Hudson-Odoi linked with a move to Bayern Munich again.

Chelsea injury boost as Callum Hudson-Odoi could be fit to face Liverpool

Chelsea are set to have Callum Hudson-Odoi fit for the Liverpool clash during the midweek (via Daily Star h/t Metro). While most of the attention on him was due to the handball incident, he was taken off at half-time, very likely due to an injury concern.

Later, it was shown that the youngster was sitting on the benches with an ice pack strapped around his left thigh. While Thomas Tuchel did confirm it was a minor injury, he also said that the winger was taken off for tactical reasons.

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea during the Premier League behind closed doors match between Chelsea and Manchester United, ManU at Stamford Bridge, London, England on 28 February 2021.

‘[He was] a little bit injured. The reason [he was replaced] was a tactical reason and a little injury, a combination, because we switched to a back-five in defence and covered the wide position from [Marcus] Rashford in between [Cesar] Azpilicueta and Reece James. In the second half, that was not an option to use Callum there and that’s why it was a tactical choice.’

However, he is now making good progress with his injury and could be in line to face Liverpool on Thursday. The only other injury concern remaining is Thiago Silva and he is likely to miss the game.

Chelsea’s English midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Krasnodar and Chelsea at the Krasnodar stadium in Krasnodar on October 28, 2020. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

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Hudson-Odoi has prominently featured in Thomas Tuchel’s plans and been deployed at wing-back so far. The 20-year-old has done well in that role after overcoming his problems in the Southampton game. Tuchel will be hoping to have him fully fit for the vital game.

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