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Out-of-favour Chelsea defender on the radars of La Liga heavyweights ahead of January

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Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan are interested in signing

Barcelona want Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger if they fail to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City

A report by Mundo Deportivo (h/t football.london) claims that FC Barcelona will consider Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger as one of the two alternatives if they fail to land Eric Garcia.

Eric Garcia remains Barcelona’s number one target despite the club already failing to land him in the past. The club’s £700m debt made them reconsider the £9m price tag put on Garcia by Manchester City. (h/t football.london)

However, Ronald Koeman is still keen on bringing in a centre-back in January. The most recent long-term injury to veteran defender Gerard Pique has worsened the injury crisis at the La Liga club and made their manager desperate for cover at the back. (h/t football.london)

Antonio Rudiger (R) has started in just 1 Premier League game this season for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Antonio Rudiger (R) has started in just 1 Premier League game this season for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Barcelona will be without their Spanish defender until April and will look to add much-needed depth to their defence by pursuing a number of centre-backs in the upcoming transfer window. (h/t football.london)

Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi are said to be the two alternatives if Barcelona fail to sign 19-year-old Eric Garcia from Manchester City.

Antonio Rudiger would be a viable option for Koeman and Barcelona as the defender has lost his starting place at Chelsea to Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva.

The 27-year-old German defender rejected the chance to join West Ham United at the end of last summer and decided to stay at Chelsea to fight for his place in the starting XI. (h/t football.london)

Antonio Rudiger playing for Chelsea against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. (GETTY Images)
Antonio Rudiger playing for Chelsea against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. (GETTY Images)

However, that has failed to happen. Rudiger has been reduced to a being a benchwarmer at the club as he has made just 2 starts for Chelsea this season.

With Lampard having found his preferred centre-back pairing of Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva at the club, Rudiger would understand that he is no longer the go-to man at the back for Lampard like he was in the latter stages of last season.

The upcoming 2020 UEFA European Championships next summer also has the potential to influence Rudiger’s move away from the club as he looks to pin down a berth in the German national squad.

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Former defender launches attack on Chelsea dressing room over £72m struggling star

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Kai Havertz has had a slow start to his career at Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)

Robert Huth says Chelsea dressing room might be ‘too nice’ to Kai Havertz

Speaking to Stadium Astro (h/t Express), former Chelsea defender Robert Huth launched a scathing attack on Kai Havertz for his work-rate off the ball, and blamed the Blues dressing room for being ‘too nice’ to him.

Havertz has just 1 goal and 3 assists in his 16 Premier League appearances so far this season. He has also blanked in his last 12 league games. (h/t Transfermarkt)

These are certainly not the numbers that Frank Lampard would have expected from the German playmaker when Chelsea paid £72m to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Kai Havertz has been poor for Chelsea in the last month. (GETTY Images)
Kai Havertz has been poor for Chelsea in the last month. (GETTY Images)

And, Huth says that the reason Havertz is finding it hard in England is that he is a “lightweight” whose body language he does not like “at all”.

“I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight.”

Huth says that Havertz seems like he is not “bothered at times” as he loses the ball and doesn’t put the effort to win it back.

Havertz needs a stern talk

Adding to that, the former Leicester City centre-back compares Havertz’s situation to Riyad Mahrez. He said that the Foxes dressing room took care of him after making him understand that he has to work off the ball too.

“Maybe Chelsea lack that internal leader or leaders where that conversation happens.”

Robert Huth blames Chelsea dressing room for being too nice to Kai Havertz this season. (GETTY Images)
Robert Huth blames Chelsea dressing room for being too nice to Kai Havertz this season. (GETTY Images)

Huth states that Havertz needs to be told to improve off the ball by his teammates, and then goes on to blame the Chelsea dressing who he believes are too nice with the 21-year-old.

“He needs someone to tell him what it takes to play in the Premier League. Maybe the whole changing room is a little bit too nice.”

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Havertz would now be hoping that he could get his season back on track. Chelsea face Luton Town in the FA Cup this weekend, before taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Wednesday.

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“Has a future at Chelsea” – Some fans react as Blues loanee impresses against Man United

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Chelsea fans react on Twitter after Ruben Loftus-Cheek impresses against Manchester United

Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to enhance his reputation while on loan at Fulham.

The 24-year-old looked to be on his way to making it into the Chelsea first-team before injuries stopped him in his tracks. In fact, his current run at Craven Cottage is the longest since his return to action.

While he has continued to blow hot and cold, the level of performances are picking up.

Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed against Manchester United. He is slowly but steadily returning to his best with Fulham.
Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed against Manchester United (Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Englishman could not stop a United comeback after Fulham had taken an early lead. However, he impressed with some good movement and even tested David de Gea in the United goal. It is fair to say that he caused Fred much trouble in the middle of the park.

While it failed to garner a result, his performance on the night will also come as a welcome sign to Scott Parker. The former Blue, in charge of Fulham, has full faith that the midfielder will reach his potential.

Alongside Ross Barkley and Conor Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek is also beginning to reap the benefits of spending the season out on loan.

We take a look at how fans reacted to the midfielder’s performance against United

Twitter reacts as Chelsea loanee impresses against United

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“No chance” – German giants chip in on Twitter to send Chelsea a message

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RB Leipzig respond to Chelsea fan’s query on Julian Nagelsmann

According to the Express, RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is the frontrunner to replace a struggling Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

The German is one of the best young coaches in world football. He made a name for himself with TSG Hoffenheim and now continues to lead Leipzig with distinction.

Leipzig isn’t just a domestic powerhouse but is also taking strides in Europe. They made it to the Champions League semifinals last season and have also qualified for the last 16 this time around.

A Chelsea fan took to Leipzig’s Twitter account to ask them a favour. The tongue in cheek attempt hinted at the availability of Nagelsmann to take over at Chelsea.

The German side’s social media team took the effort graciously before shutting down the Chelsea fan’s efforts at beating about the bush.

Julian Nagelsmann is on the Chelsea radar (GEPA pictures/ Sven Sonntag)

This did not stop the fan from pointing out that the German side said the same thing about Timo Werner. If it comes to pass, let’s hope Nagelsmann makes more of an impact than the German striker.

Nagelsmann has prior experience of working with Werner. It can be argued that he was the one who turned the 24-year-old into a goalscoring machine.

An abundance of talent?

Werner has struggled to recreate the same level at Chelsea. The same can be said for Kai Havertz, who at times looks lost on the field. The Blues have been touted to bring in a German-speaking coach to get the best out of the duo. (h/t The Athletic) (Subscription Required)

Frank Lampard has jumped to the defence of the players as pressure mounts on them to monitor goal celebrations amid Covid-19 regulations. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

With the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Ralf Rangnick also linked, there appears to be some truth in the news. At 33, Nagelsmann however has excellent potential and could be the right long-term prospect to lead us forward.

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According to The Express, Lampard has been given three games to turn things around. Whether this is a final opportunity for him to save his job remains to be seen.

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Do or die – Lampard told what he needs to do to save Chelsea job

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Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard given three games to save Chelsea job

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.

The Blues legend has come under intense scrutiny following a poor run of two wins in eight Premier League games. Once top, the club is now floundering in the eighth spot.

Having spent a fortune to bring in players in the summer, Lampard has been backed well by the club. With results failing to pick up, patience appears to be wearing thin at the Bridge.

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Lampard living on borrowed time?

Chelsea oligarch Roman Abramovich is notoriously known to disperse with managers when the going gets tough. Lampard is not just a club legend but also a name that is popular among the Blues faithful.

This has made the Chelsea board apprehensive about calling time on the 42-year-old’s stint at Stamford Bridge. However, there is only so much leeway even he can get. (h/t The Express)

The likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Thomas Tuchel have all been linked with the Chelsea hot-seat. The news could gain more traction in the coming weeks if results don’t pick up. (h/t The Express)

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Frank Lampard has three games to save his Chelsea job (GETTY Images)

Chelsea next faces Championship side Luton Town in the FA Cup this weekend. This is followed up by a Premier League doubleheader against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley.

On paper, the Blues should be expected to win all three games. Anything less than that could spell disaster for Lampard.

The Blues boss has shown moments of great promise and could go on to become a top-level manager. For now, his very survival is at stake and he will need to showcase just what he is made of.

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Abramovich losing patience?

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Despite our poor run of form, the Blues sit just five points shy of the fourth spot. A good run of results could see us get back in the mix for a top-four finish.

With more than half a season to go, there is plenty to play for. It remains to be seen if Lampard will be the man trusted to see us through it.

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