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A lack of faith? – Chelsea stars appear to turn against erring teammate during Liverpool defeat

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The Chelsea defence's frailities was laid bare at Anfield

Chelsea defenders appear to have turned against Kepa Arrizabalaga

According to the Express, Chelsea defenders appeared to turn against goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 5-3 defeat to Liverpool.

The Spanish shot-stopper did himself no favours as he was caught helpless to prevent any of the Merseysiders’ five goals.

A win or even a draw could have seen Chelsea secure a top-four finish in their quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Not only did we not get the job done but also showed our lack of defensive acumen as the Reds raced to a three-goal lead.

Chelsea defenders appeared to turn on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 5-3 defeat to Liverpool
Kepa Arrizabalaga appeared to inspire little confidence among his defenders

A standout moment occurred in the game’s closing minutes. With the match already wrapped up at 5-3, Liverpool earned themselves a freekick.

Andrew Robertson’s cross was turned over by Virgil van Dijk, much to the relief of Antonio Rudiger and co. According to the report, Chelsea players were heard calling out their goalkeeper to come out and claim the cross.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta was seen gesturing to his countryman, while a number of other Chelsea stars were far from impressed.

Kepa was beaten five times on the night
Kepa was beaten five times on the night

This breakdown in communication is unbecoming of a player who was brought in for a huge amount of money. Kepa has been on the firing line for far too long and conceding five on the night will have done his stock little favours.

Although there was little he could have done for the opener, the Spaniard’s positioning was suspect in Liverpool second and fifth goals. Also, there appears to be a lack of communication in our rearguard as players just stood still when Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool three up.

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A solid defence lays the foundation for a strong team. In Kepa, we have a goalkeeper who cannot be relied upon consistently. Worryingly so, the players ahead of him seem to be aware of it as well. It might well and truly be time to move him on.

Chelsea have strengthened their attack by bringing in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. It is time we now focussed on the other end of the pitch.

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“Crystal Palace B” – Several fans take a pop at leaked images of Chelsea’s new third kit

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Twitter reacts as images of Chelsea’s alleged third strip leaks online

Images of what appeared to be Chelsea’s third kit for the 2020-21 season have been doing the rounds on Twitter.

It is fair to say that the design does not sit well with the Chelsea faithful. The major reason for this is the fairly predominant shade of Red stretching across it.

Comprising of vertical blue and red stripes on the front, it looks more like a jersey of Merseyside United rather than the best team in London.

Twitter reacts to images of Chelsea's new third kit
Blues no more? Chelsea’s new third kit appears to have a dastardly shade of red

The stripes begin as solid stripes at the top of the shirt, just beneath the neck, before merging into a red mass towards the bottom.

Although there has been no official confirmation from the club regarding the design, it is fair to say that the fans have already had their say.

It would not be amiss to think that they do not like it at all. We take a look at some of the reactions below.

Twitter reacts to Chelsea’s new third kit

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Transfer News: Chelsea ready to sell midfield star for the right price

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Chelsea are open to offers for N’Golo Kante among others

According to the Times, Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for star midfielder N’Golo Kante, with a number of other stars also available.

The Frenchman has been a key player for the club since moving from Leicester City in 2016. He has however endured an injury-hit campaign this time around that has seen him feature just 27 times.

The Blues showed plenty of promise but eventually fell short of silverware this season. More so, there currently exists a chasm between us and Liverpool/Manchester City at the top.

Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for star midfielder N'Golo Kante with a number of other stars also available
N’Golo Kante has endured an injury-hit season at Chelsea

Having already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Frank Lampard has turned his attention to further reinforcements.

According to the report, the Blues boss is keen to add Kai Havertz, a new goalkeeper and a new left-back. With the club shopping at the high end of the market for top names, they are unlikely to come cheap.

Accordingly, some players will have to leave, potentially even Kante. At 29, the Frenchman’s injuries are frequent enough to be a cause of concern.

He only recently made the bench in the FA Cup final following another hamstring injury. He has so far made 169 appearances for Chelsea, bagging 11 goals and 7 assists.

Havertz will become the third German in the Chelsea squad
Havertz remains a top target for Chelsea

Kante won the PFA Players’ Player of the YearFWA Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season awards in his first season at the club. 2019-20 marks the first campaign where he has gone trophyless in England.

The Frenchman is not the only player who could leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and Kepa Arrizabalaga are all available for the right price. (h/t The Times)

Lampard is keen to overhaul his defence following an open season at the back. The likes of Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, and Marcos Alonso are also not safe, with the club open to offers. (h/t The Times)

N'Golo Kante could be sold
N’Golo Kante could be sold this summer (Getty Images)

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Chelsea have been served well by Kante, who has been exceptional for us. With the club looking to build for the future, some players will have to be moved in for the greater good of the team. With Kante, Chelsea may have to do just that.

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Chelsea star nears Stamford Bridge exit after rejecting club’s two-year offer

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Willian has scored ten goals in 2019/20

Willian rejects two-year contract offer from Chelsea

According to the Guardian, Willian is nearing the end of his Chelsea career after rejecting a two-year contract extension.

The Brazilian who joined the Blues in 2013, has been a key player for the club for the last seven years. He has made 339 appearances for Chelsea and has scored 63 goals and 62 assists.

Willian is sticking to his demand for a three-year deal whereas Chelsea are only ready to offer him a two-year extension. Every delay increases the chance of him leaving the club, with arch-rivals Arsenal a possible destination.

Willian is nearing the end of his Chelsea career after rejecting a two-year contract extension.
Willian’s contract runs out at the end of the season

The player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian had confirmed that his client has five offers on the table, including two from the Premier League.

According to the report, the chances of him moving to Barcelona are remote despite the Catalans’ interest in him. Willian had earlier opened up on his preference to stay in London. This should work in Arsenal’s favour if Chelsea are unable to convince him to stay.

The 31-year-old may be in his thirties but still packs a punch. He was instrumental in our performances since the restart as Chelsea eventually finished in fourth place.

Willian has five offers on the table
Willian is not short of offers

Frank Lampard is keen to keep hold of the veteran Brazilian despite adding both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to his roster. Willian missed the FA Cup final defeat last Saturday due to an Achilles injury.

The Brazilian had earlier admitted he would like to stay on at Stamford Bridge. The only point of contention appears to be the length of the contract we have offered. However, given that he is already 31, the club’s hesitation is understandable.

A player who has won numerous trophies for the Blues, Willian’s experience is useful for a promising but young Chelsea side. A seasoned professional, the Brazilian brings a lot to the table.

Lampard is keen to keep Willian
Lampard is keen to keep Willian (Image Credits: PA)

With Pedro and Christian Pulisic both out injured, it remains to be seen if Willian makes his last hurrah in Blue against Bayern Munich.

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Time is running out for Chelsea to make a decision on Willian’s future. A vastly experienced player with barely any injury concerns, it is clear why teams are lining up to secure him for free.

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Report – What Chelsea must do before they attempt to bring in defensive reinforcements

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Frank Lampard has done well in his first season at the club

Chelsea need to sell defenders before they can buy more

According to the Telegraph, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard must sell his surplus defenders before bringing in defensive reinforcements.

The rearguard has been a constant source of problem all season. In fact, no other team in the Premier League top ten has conceded more goals than us.

With grandiose ambitions of challenging for the top, we will find it hard-pressed to do so without a stable backline.

The Blues have identified West Ham United star Declan Rice and Atletico Madrid ace Jose Gimenez as two prime candidates to strengthen our back four.

Frank Lampard must sell his surplus defenders before bringing in defensive reinforcements.
Declan Rice will add much to the Chelsea backline

However, Chelsea will have to sell before they can buy. This could see the likes of Andreas Christensen or Kurt Zouma depart the Bridge this summer. Neither of the two has managed to hold down a starting position under Lampard and have been inconsistent.

With Rice costing £65m and Gimenez’s release clause set at a whopping £109m, Chelsea are not expected to sign both players.

It is not just Christensen and Zouma who are at a risk of being shipped out. Midfielder Jorginho too could make way, with the club ready to listen to offers for him.

The Italian was conspicuous for his absence post the restart. He did manage to end the season with a sustained run of matches. However, how much of it was down to the injuries sustained by N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour is unclear.

Ben Chilwell is Chelsea's top target at left-back
Ben Chilwell is Chelsea’s top target at left-back (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Chelsea are also interested in bringing in a new left-back. Leicester City star Ben Chilwell is the club’s top target. Either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri will have to make way for the Foxes star.

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It appears to be a season of change at Stamford Bridge. Lampard will have a much better squad at his disposal if he gets the signings he wants. Having achieved much as a player, he will now seek to repeat it as a manager.

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