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Antonio Rudiger will definitely be needing a new pair of boots after his match-winning performance for Chelsea against Swansea on Wednesday night.

It proved to be an eventful night for the German international in particular. Firstly, he was recalled to the Blues’ back-three in place of the rested Cesar Azpilicueta and scored in the 55th-minute with a header, sealing all three points in the process, with his first Premier League goal.

But after the match, Rudiger revealed that his boot had torn during the match and that one of the challenges had left him with a nasty cut on his left foot. (Daily Mail)

The ex-Roma centre-back took to Instagram to reveal a horrible foot injury. The defender, who earns £77,000-a-week shared an image of his torn blue boot with his left sock stained with blood and asked Nike to explain how it happened. “@Nike what is this,” he asked on Instagram.


The matter of fact that Rudiger made it through the full 90 minutes is a huge positive for boss Antonio Conte, who will hope his centre-back does not miss any games due to the injury, especially during the congested festive schedule.

The Blues worked hard for their latest victory but Conte was full of praise for the way his side broke down their stubborn visitors.

“This type of game, you are able to score early, otherwise you must have a lot of patience to try the best way to score,” Conte was quoted in a report by Daily Mail.

“At the same time, you must pay attention for the counter attack. This type of game, the desire to win, you have a lot of desire to win. Then you want to try to attack with all the players and sometimes you lose your balance.

“My players never lost their balance; they played an intelligent game, good win. We must be very good also to win this type of games,” the Italian added.

In an eventful game, Conte was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick in the first-half for screaming at fourth official Lee Mason a lot of times regarding Swansea’s time-wasting tactics. After the game, the Italian tactician apologised but he has to wait for the Football Association’s final verdict on a potential action.

We next face Newcastle United on Saturday as we look to continue a good run of form.

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Chelsea chase Barcelona star Miralem Pjanic as Tuchel aims to bolster his midfield



Transfer News: Chelsea chase Barcelona star Miralem Pjanic

According to transfer news from Sport Witness, Chelsea are keeping tabs on Miralem Pjanic in case Barcelona sell him. It has been said that Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman doesn’t have a lot of confidence in the Bosnian midfielder.

The 31-year-old is a product of Metz’s youth academy. After a season with the French outfit’s senior set-up, he moved to Lyon. He stayed there for three years and established himself. The midfielder then moved to Roma before joining Juventus in the summer of 2016.

Photo Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse July 26, 2020 Turin, Italy soccer Juventus Vs Sampdoria – Italian Football Championship League A TIM 2019/2020 – Allianz Stadium In the pic: Miralem Pjanic Juventus F.C.Fabio Quagliarella U.C. Sampdoria.

The Bosnian went on to become a world-class midfielder with the Italian champions, helping them win several trophies including three Serie A titles. He moved to Barcelona in a swap deal with Arthur heading the other way. However, he has not enjoyed the same level of success there.

Even though he looks to be struggling, there is genuine interest in the midfielder. Chelsea as well as Inter Milan have asked about him to Barcelona. Pjanic is considering his future at the club and while he believes that he can continue at the Catalan club, he is less so if Ronald Koeman continues.

January 17, 2021, Sevilla, SEVILLA, SPAIN: Miralem Pjanic of Barcelona during the Spanish SuperCup Final between Futbol Club Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao at La Cartuja Stadium on January 17, 2021 in Sevilla, Spain.

A decision on his future will be reached soon but it does look like he might head out on loan. This is not the first time Chelsea have been linked with Pjanic. Before joining Barca this season, he was a target for the Blues last summer.

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Nonetheless, Chelsea are willing to wait and sign him depending on how the situation goes. However, the interest looks quite puzzling in the sense that Chelsea have a few central midfielders already and bringing in a 31-year-old Pjanic hardly seems like a great idea.

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Chelsea interested in signing Alex Sandro by offering Emerson Palmieri in exchange



Transfer News: Chelsea interested in signing Alex Sandro by offering Emerson Palmieri

According to transfer news from Calciomercato, Juventus are keen on selling Alex Sandro and Chelsea are interested in signing him by offering Emerson Palmieri.

Sandro has blown hot and cold during his Juventus career. Since making the move from Porto, he was a bright spark in Juve’s defence and attack. Capable of contributing to both ends, he quickly became a regular in the side under Max Allegri.

Italy: Serie A: Juventus vs Torino Alex Sandro of Juventus FC during the Serie A football match between Torino FC and Juventus. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. The match ended 2-2, Turin, Italy.

However, he hasn’t shown much improvement in the last few seasons but is a regular part of the squad under Andrea Pirlo this season. He has hardly shown his attacking skills this season, something which he was known for. Hence, Juve are looking to revamp his position in the summer.

Chelsea already spent a fortune to sign Ben Chilwell this season. On Tuchel’s arrival though, the formation was switched and Marcos Alonso was installed as the wing-back. Despite that, the Blues are willing to spend money on another left-back. However, a price tag of around €25million has been demanded by Juve for Sandro. Chelsea are interested but they will offer their own left-back, Emerson, in a swap deal.

Barnsley v Chelsea FA Cup 11/02/2021. Fifth Round Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri 33 during the FA Cup 5th round match between Barnsley and Chelsea at Oakwell, Barnsley, England on 11 February 2021. Barnsley Oakwell South Yorkshire England.

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This deal hardly makes sense from Chelsea’s perspective. They already have two first-choice left wing-backs in Alonso and Chilwell, who is adjusting well to the new role. Swapping a third-choice for Sandro makes things even more complicated unless they let go of someone like Alonso.

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Chelsea ‘make an offer’ for Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez



Transfer News: Chelsea have made an offer for Jose Maria Gimenez

According to transfer news from Sempre Milan, Chelsea have made an offer for Jose Maria Jimenez. Atletico are already looking for a replacement for the Uruguayan with the likes Alessio Romagnoli, Djene Dakonam and Stefan De Vrij being lined up.

Chelsea don’t necessarily need another central defender right now. The club already have a strong contingent from which Thomas Tuchel has used the likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta. Kurt Zouma has had to wait for his chances while Fikayo Tomori was allowed to leave for AC Milan on loan.

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – Second Leg – Stamford Bridge Atletico Madrid s Jose Maria Gimenez left and Chelsea s Timo Werner battle for the ball during the Champions League round of 16 second-leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

While Silva has had a great impact since arriving last summer, he will be 37 years old by the time the next season rolls on. Even Cesar Azpilicueta will need replacing at some point due to his age. That makes a good case for adding another solid centre-back to the side.

It’s not hard to see why Gimenez is among the names being considered by Chelsea. He is one of Diego Simeone’s trusted lieutenants, who plays a big part in their highly astute defensive structure. A no-nonsense defender, Gimenez is not someone who shies away from challenges.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Pressinphoto/Shutterstock 11853692bh Jose Gimenez of Atletico de Madrid Real Betis v Atletico de Madrid, LaLiga Santander, date 30. Football, Benito Villamarin Stadium, Sevilla, Spain – 11 APR 2021.

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Gimenez could be a vital addition to Chelsea’s already solid backline and help Thomas Tuchel mould the side in his way. While he won’t be easy to prise away, he can be a good long-term signing.

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Chelsea News: Tuchel close to agreeing a new contract at Stamford Bridge



News: Thomas Tuchel close to new contract at Chelsea

According to news from Caught Offside, Thomas Tuchel is very close to agreeing on a new contract with Chelsea. The Blues are keen on the prospect of doing so with his current deal ending in 2022.

It’s hard to sometimes remember that Frank Lampard was in charge of the club halfway through the season. Such has been the impact of Tuchel since taking over in late January this year. From a side struggling to break into the top six to challenging for two trophies and top 4, the Blues have surely come a long way under the former PSG manager.

Chelsea s head coach Thomas Tuchel reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, 13 April 2021.

It was clear from the first game that Thomas Tuchel meant business and set about doing so. He changed the entire formation to a back three and deployed different tactics that made Chelsea a solid team than before. He brought back players frozen out by Lampard and threw them into the first team.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the league, close to securing a place in the Champions League and in the final of the FA Cup. Now that is no short of a wonder. To reward those efforts, Chelsea are planning to hand him a new contract that will extend his stay beyond 2022.

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With the work he has done in just three months, it’s hard to argue with Chelsea’s decision. He has completely transformed Chelsea from a wayward side to a side that can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s elite. Fans will no doubt be happy on hearing this.

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