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War of Words begin between Chelsea and Spurs as Mourinho kicks off mind games

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Jose Mourinho won 3 titles in his two stints at Chelsea. The Portuguese believes the same pressure should be put on new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. (GETTY Images) Mind Games

Jose Mourinho kicks off mind games with Frank Lampard

Speaking in a pre-match conference (h/t Express) before the derby on the weekend, Jose Mourinho has kicked off the mind games with Frank Lampard after saying that the title pressure should be on Chelsea instead of Tottenham.

Chelsea spent around £250 million this summer on new players, while Spurs were more reserved with their spending and spent £87 million; approximately one-third of the amount spent by their London counterparts.

Mourinho has had two managerial stints at Chelsea and spent around 2 years at Manchester United where the Portuguese was the one doing the big spending. (h/t Express)

Joso Mourinho conveyed his surprise at Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer not being put under the same level of pressure and expectations as him.

“What I felt is that was when I was in these clubs, there was huge pressure on me and now there is not huge pressure on the coaches of these teams. Put a little bit of pressure on them and leave us in peace, doing our job. I was at clubs which were, let’s say, champions in the market because of the powerful investment in the market I had to deal with that pressure.”

Lampard and Mourinho are set to go head-to-head once again this weekend as Chelsea host Tottenham in the Premier League. (GETTY Images)
Lampard and Mourinho are set to go head-to-head once again this weekend as Chelsea host Tottenham in the Premier League. (GETTY Images)

Mourinho stated that Chelsea are the ‘favorites’ this season because of their spending, and said that it is not his time to be under pressure anymore.

“When you are favourites, you know why you are favourites. And you have to accept that and you have to deal with that kind of pressure and responsibility. But now it’s not for me to deal with that pressure. It’s for others to deal with that pressure.”

The Portuguese stated that this summer of ‘reserved’ spending with Spurs was a new experience for him, one that was completely different from the time when he was at Chelsea.

“I’ve been at Chelsea before and I know the difference but I enjoyed very very much to do this first market with Tottenham… I enjoyed very much to do that kind of wise market where, with less money, you try to give a good balance to the team, not to make mistakes, choose the right guys.”

Frank Lampard believes that Spurs are under pressure themselves as he plays down Jose's attempts to start mind games. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard believes that Spurs are under pressure themselves as he plays down Jose’s attempts to start mind games. (GETTY Images)

However, Frank Lampard did not let Mourinho’s comments fly past him and responded firmly, saying that Mourinho has plenty of pressure on himself.

“The pressures at Tottenham will be big because Jose built a fantastic squad and has incredible players. We all have pressures as managers. Jose was here as a manager so he understands it. It is very normal that a manager would try to take pressure off, and make comments about how much pressure is on or not…”

The two sides meet this weekend in a highly anticipated derby. Spurs are second in the table, while Chelsea lie in third, just two points off their London rivals.

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Trevor Sinclair believes Leicester would jump at the chance to sign this young Chelsea star

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Trevor Sinclair reckons Leicester City would sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea

According to talkSPORT (h/t Leicestershire Live), former England winger Trevor Sinclair believes that Leicester City would jump at the chance to sign Chelsea ace Tammy Abraham.

He feels that teams like Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham would sign the striker without any hesitation.

With a transfer ban last season, Abraham made full use of the opportunities handed to him and went on to bank 15 goals. However, with two years still to go in his current deal, Abraham finds himself in a spot.

Thomas Tuchel has largely preferred going with Olivier Giroud as the starting striker while opportunities have also been handed to Timo Werner to rediscover his form. Then there remains Chelsea’s pursuit of Erling Haaland.

Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game against Barnsley in the FA Cup 5th round fixture. (GETTY Images)
Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game against Barnsley in the FA Cup 5th round fixture. (GETTY Images)

The Blues are looking to bring in the Norwegian star in the summer which pushes Tammy further down the pecking order. A move to Leicester would make sense given the fact that they need to eventually phase out Jamie Vardy. Sinclair says that he is a big fan of the striker and Premier League clubs like Leicester could snap him up easily.

“You look at his goals-per-minute and the players that are under him is mind-boggling. If you take out penalties, he’s better than [Harry] Kane, [Heung-Min] Son, [Danny] Ings, [Raheem] Sterling and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. I’m a huge fan.

He’s a threat with his pace in behind, his link-up play is excellent. If you look at some of the top sides in the Premier League, I think so many take him.

I think Man City take him, Arsenal would take him, Leicester City would take him, West Ham would take him. He’s so undervalued. They would have him in a heartbeat.

Tammy Abraham thinks Chelsea signings are underperforming due to lack of time in the training ground together.
Tammy Abraham celebrates after scoring against West Ham United. (GETTY Images)

Despite his age, Vardy remains one of the most potent strikers in the league. He still looks like he has more to offer and can play for a good few seasons more. However, signing a young striker like Abraham would get them a long-term replacement for him.

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While Chelsea could be reluctant to let go of a promising striker, bringing in Haaland does sweeten the blow. A crucial summer awaits the club and player where they have to come to a decision regarding their association with each other.

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“Fantastic addition”: Premier League manager keen to sign Chelsea loanee on a permanent basis

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Fulham keen to sign Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently

According to Metro, Fulham boss Scott Parker is keen on signing Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent deal, after his loan spell expires at the end of the season. Parker is said to be ‘more than happy’ at the prospect of a permanent transfer next season.

The versatile midfielder is currently at Fulham on a season-long loan. So far he has made 22 appearances, scoring one goal. The youngster looked to be on the track of making it at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri.

However, an unfortunate injury suffered in a charity match saw him on the sidelines for 13 months. Loftus-Cheek struggled to reach the same levels since his return.

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Loftus-Cheek struggled with injuries last season

Fulham have undertaken a daunting mission of avoiding relegation this season. Their recent form suggests that they have done well to secure results. Currently, they are 18th and 3 points away from safety below Newcastle.

Loftus-Cheek has ambitions to return to Chelsea but Parker thinks he can convince the midfielder to change his mind and stay at Craven Cottage instead.

“Yes, of course. Ruben has been a fantastic addition. I’ve seen someone grow immensely from the start of the season to a person and player now who has transformed. He’s grown massively and been a massive help for us. At the moment it’s just about this year for Ruben, focus on the next 10 games and where he can still get better. But at the end if there’s an opportunity to get it done I’d be more than happy to.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United competes with Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Fulham during the Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

It does seem like the better option for Loftus Cheek at this point to stay back at Fulham at the end of his loan deal. Chelsea already have a stacked midfield with the likes of Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic. Even young Billy Gilmour has warmed the benches. Now with Tuchel in charge, there is bound to be new signings at the end of the season.

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At Fulham, he will get more game time and can keep developing his skills. Returning to Chelsea could hamper that and he might have to settle for a place on the bench. It remains to be seen what Chelsea decide for him at the end of his loan spell.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich unwilling to meet wage demands soon-to-be free agent European star

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Chelsea are looking to strengthen in defence and attack in the summer transfer window, with David Alaba a potential target. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich unwilling to meet David Alaba wage demands

According to Bild (h/t Express), Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not very keen on the idea of signing David Alaba due to his sizable wage demands. The Blues were interested in the Bayern Munich man but the Russian billionaire has decided to temporarily stop any process of signing Alaba.

David Alaba confirmed earlier this month that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season upon the expiry of his contract. While there were no hints of which would be his next club, the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool are said to be interested in him.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Willian of Chelsea and David Alaba of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea view Alaba as a replacement for the ageing Thiago Silva who signed for them this season but is already 36. While Chelsea are keen on the player, the club are delaying any potential move due to Abramovich, who is unwilling to hand a huge pay packet to the Austrian.

It has also been said that Abramovich has a ‘special relationship’ with Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi who is trying to find the best possible deal for his client. Even though that is the case, the Blues are reluctant to hand out a high weekly salary to him.

Manchester United and Manchester City have both made a formal offer for Chelsea target David Alaba
Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi has a good relationship with Chelsea

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Alaba has impressed during his long stay at Bayern but will leave the club as a free agent in the summer. It still remains unclear as to where he will play next season.

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“Gives me more power”: Chelsea star sends Thomas Tuchel a message ahead of Liverpool encounter

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Timo Werner has the trust of his Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel. (GETTY Images)

Timo Werner sends Thomas Tuchel a message ahead of Liverpool vs Chelsea

Speaking to BBC Sport (h/t Metro), Chelsea new boy Timo Werner has urged Thomas Tuchel to keep screaming at him so that he can perform better. The German is confident that he can start finding some goals soon on a regular basis.

Werner was a big-money signing from Leipzig in the summer transfer window and was expected to continue his goal-scoring exploits in England. However, he again failed to score on Sunday night against Man United and has just the one goal to show in the last 19 games.

Timo Werner of Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel during the Premier League behind closed doors match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, White Hart Lane, England on 4 February 2021. PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK Copyright: xAndyxRowlandx PMI-3918-0011

However, he feels like Thomas Tuchel shouting at him from the touchline is what’s needed and that could give him a boost.

“I can talk to him very easily. When he screams on the pitch, no problem for me. I need types of managers who scream at me. It gives me more power. You can always learn more from the bad situations. I learned to trust in myself, to give everything on the pitch, not only think about goals and fight for the team.”

Werner now hopes that the bad days are behind him and that he wants to start scoring goals on a regular basis. He added that even good strikers take a period of adjustment in the Premier League and he feels that his form is getting much better.

Timo Werner replaced Pulisic in the lineup
Timo Werner has not been among the goals of late (Getty Images)

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Chelsea have done much better in recent weeks with a nine-game unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel. However, Werner has scored just one goal during that time as Tuchel still tries to figure out how to get the best out of the talented striker.

Liverpool could be a good place for Werner to start showing his capabilities and leave behind his bad form.

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