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Chelsea made it three wins from three games under Maurizio Sarri but needed an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin to see off Newcastle United.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot with his first goal of the season. However, the lead did not last long as Joselu headed in a cross from Yedlin in the 83rd minute.

The Newcastle defender would still have a role to play in our winner as Marcos Alonso’s cross-shot was deflected into the net by Yedlin in the 87th minute.

The win ensured we kept the pace with Liverpool and the Blues dominated possession against the Magpies.

There were a few players that certainly had a great game and here are the player ratings from a tough evening at St. James’ Park.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6/10

The young keeper didn’t have many saves to make but question marks still remain about his ability. Arrizabalaga should have done better with the Joselu header that beat him at the near post.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10

The Spaniard had another regular game for the Blues as he got up in support of the attack. He also did his bit by blocking crosses from his end of the pitch.

Antonio Rudiger – 7.5/10

Rudiger did pretty well against the physical Salomon Rondon in the first half. The German also had a great shot on goal but saw it cannon off the crossbar.

David Luiz – 6/10

Luiz passed the ball out from the back really well. However, the Brazilian was static as he allowed Joselu to ghost in and score the equaliser.

Marcos Alonso – 8/10

Alonso’s best work comes in the final third. The Spaniard assisted the winner and even won the penalty which Hazard converted.

N’Golo Kante – 7/10

Kante is still learning the tricks of playing further up the field. The Frenchman was not influential in the game, though he did produce a few quality passes.

Jorginho – 7/10

The former Napoli man had more passes than the entire Newcastle team in the game. His passing was quality but a little slow at times.

Mateo Kovacic – 6.5/10

The midfielder couldn’t do much to break down the Newcastle defence and was substituted later on in the game.

Pedro – 7/10

The former Barcelona man had some of the best chances to score in the game but wasted them.

Alvaro Morata – 6/10

Morata did alright as the target man by holding onto the ball and bringing others into play. The Spaniard didn’t have too many chances to score but spurned a glorious one in the second half.

Eden Hazard – 8.5/10

Hazard might have had just one goal to his name but he was excellent against the Magpies. The Belgian ran circles around the Newcastle defence.


Olivier Giroud – 6.5/10

The Frenchman was in the wars as he should have had a free-kick in the build-up to the goal we conceded. Giroud then played a crucial role in our winner as he headed the ball for Alonso to have a pop at goal.

Willian – 6/10

The Brazilian didn’t start but he had a role in our winner as he delivered a lofted free-kick that Giroud kept alive.

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Ross Barkley – N/A

Barkley came on late in the game but couldn’t do much for the Blues.

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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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