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“He deserves it”: Chelsea ace lavishes praise on teammate after last UCL performance

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has spoken about the joy he felt seeing Olivier Giroud his first goal in the Champions League this season. (GETTY Images)

Jorginho says he was ‘just so happy’ to see striker Olivier Giroud score against Stade Rennais

Speaking in a pre-match press conference (h/t Chelsea FC official website) via a video link from Cobham on Tuesday, Jorginho talked about his elation at seeing ‘nice guy’ Olivier Giroud score the winner in the Champions League encounter against Stade Rennais last week.

Chelsea traveled to Stade de le Route de Lorient last week to take on Stade Rennais on matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored early on to open the scoring for Chelsea before Serhou Guirassy equalized for Rennes five minutes from time.

However, substitute Olivier Giroud leapt highest to head in an injury-time winner and hand Chelsea all three points in a win that ensured their qualification to the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

Olivier Giroud has not started in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)
Olivier Giroud scored in added time to secure all three points against Stade Rennais last week. (GETTY Images)

The goal against Stade Rennais was Giroud’s second goal of the season since his strike in a 6-0 rout of Barnsley in the EFL Cup back in September.

Giroud’s role at the club has been reduced to cameo appearances. He has only played 189 minutes of football this season, with 76 of them coming in the EFL Cup loss to Spurs in his only start of the season. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Amidst a tough time for the Frenchman at the club, teammate Jorginho expressed his elation at seeing him score against Rennes and said that the goal felt even better because of who the scorer was.

“Everyone loves him because he’s such a nice guy and he deserves it. I was so happy for Oli because of the person he is, the way he works every single day with a smile.”

French international Olivier Giroud has started just 1 game this season for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
French international Olivier Giroud has started just 1 game this season for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Jorginho went on to add that Giroud’s contribution on and off the pitch is vital to the team and that seeing the goal go in was ‘an amazing feeling‘.

“He brings so much to our group, not just on the pitch but in the changing room as well so when I saw the ball going in, I was just so happy. That’s football and that’s why I love it. You never know what’s going to happen and in that moment it was an amazing feeling.”

Olivier Giroud has not hidden his feelings about his lack of playing time under Frank Lampard. The 34-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as he looks to secure a berth in the French team travelling to the 2020 UEFA Euros next summer.

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Chelsea veteran star linked with a move to Brazil after manager’s claims

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Thiago Silva has done well at Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Fluminense manager confident of Thiago Silva transfer from Chelsea

Speaking in a video on the YouTube channel Pilhado (h/t football.london), Fluminense manager Marcao implied that he was confident of a transfer deal for Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva.

Fluminense are, of course, Silva’s boyhood club. He was re-signed by the club in January 2006 and spent 3 years there, before AC Milan came calling in the 2009 January transfer window.

The 36-year-old was signed by Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window. Since then, he has been one of the most important players in Frank Lampard’s team.

He has already featured in 14 Premier League games, captaining the side in a majority of those. The Brazilian was signed on a one-year contract with an option to further extend it to the summer of 2022. (h/t football.london)

Thiago Silva linked with a transfer move to Fluminense from Chelsea.
Thiago Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer.

That is yet to happen and now, Marcao has expressed his desire to bring the Chelsea captain back to Maracana. He even went on to say that the defender himself wants the move.

“I’m sure that we’ll have the captain here with us. We’ll do everything to bring the captain. He wants it a lot.”

All good things come to an end

This might come as the biggest shock to Blues fans. The 36-year-old veteran is not getting any younger and there is only so many years he can spend at the top of his game.

He has added leadership as well as experience to the Chelsea backline this season, but it is obvious that he is not a long-term solution for Frank Lampard.

Thiago Silva was an important member of the Fluminense squad. (GETTY Images)
Thiago Silva was an important member of the Fluminense squad. (GETTY Images)

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Kurt Zouma has made the starting position at centre-back his own alongside Silva. Apart from, the club also has Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

The Chelsea defender still has the rest of the season ahead of him and would be hoping he could land some silverware before he takes a decision on his future.

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Former PL star believes Lampard will not be backed in the transfer window this month

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Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says that winning the group and getting more first-team minutes will motivate the squad during their match against Sevilla. (GETTY Images)

Tony Cascarino believes Chelsea will not back Frank Lampard in the January transfer window

Speaking on talkSport (h/t Express), former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino does not believe the club will back Frank Lampard in the January transfer window.

The boss has come under severe pressure following a run of just two wins in eight Premier League games. This has seen us go from the top to eighth in the standings.

Lampard showed excellent leadership and acumen to guide a young Chelsea side to the fourth spot. Despite spending around £220m in the summer, he has failed to take us up a notch.

“It never goes down well when you spend loads of money on signings who don’t work out or are not playing well.”

Former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino does not believe the club will back Frank Lampard in the January transfer window.
Frank Lampard is not likely to be backed in the January Transfer window (Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS PUBLICATION via imago Images)

“Upstairs will go, ‘we’ll give him more money and spend again’, but they get a little bit nervous and edgy about doing that.”

Cascarino believes Lampard has already been afforded more time than any other manager in his situation would have. Given Roman Abramovich’s track record, it is hard to argue with the point.

Chelsea faces Luton Town in the FA Cup before welcoming Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley to the Bridge in the league. With all three games set to be played at home, Lampard will have no excuses if results go sideways.

Lampard is expected to be given three games to prove he can turn around our fortunes. Time, it would seem, does not wait for anyone at the Bridge, not even a club legend.

“If he’s going to make the end of the season he has to go on a run of winning games now.”

Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

Need for a long term vision!

Chelsea’s reluctance to spend is understandable given the uncertainty around Lampard’s future. The last thing we would want is to go big and then be forced to bring in another manager.

Liverpool made the exact same mistake in 2015. Brendan Rodgers splashed the cash on Christian Benteke only to be dismissed midway through the season. The Belgian striker never was in Jurgen Klopp’s plans and was swiftly sold.

Chelsea signed Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen
Chelsea brought in a number of players in the summer

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The Blues have made a number of splashes in recent windows. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner all came for big money. The prospect of another big window with the managerial spot far from secure would be foolhardy.

The onus now is on Lampard to ensure he gets the best out of the resources already available at the club.

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Chelsea in talks with representatives to bring in German tactician to replace Lampard

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Thomas Tuchel is linked with a job at Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea holding talks to hire Thomas Tuchel in case Frank Lampard gets the sack

Former Premier League striker turned columnist, Jan Aage Fjortoft, (h/t Mirror) states that Chelsea are in talks to bring in Thomas Tuchel at the club in the possible event of Frank Lampard getting the sack.

Chelsea are in terrible form in the league, and Lampard is facing the heat. The club has just 2 wins in their last 8 Premier League games and are now 8th in the table.

The Blues have fallen a long way from the earlier highs of being at the Premier League summit. Ever since the 16-match unbeaten streak was broken by Everton, the club has looked shaky.

Thomas Tuchel linked with Chelsea manager job as Frank Lampard faces the pressure.
Thomas Tuchel has managed both PSG and Borussia Dortmund.

And now, Lampard’s job is under threat with the bookies having Thomas Tuchel as the favourite to replace him. Tuchel was recently sacked by Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain and is now without a club.

Planning ahead

Fjortoft has even gone on to say that the Chelsea board have held discussions over the possibility of hiring the former Borussia Dortmund boss.

“Agents and Chelsea – representatives have been talking about bringing Tuchel in. I understand no decision has been made in terms of Lampard yet, but if he goes Tuchel is seen as the best replacement in the middle of the season.”

Ralph Hasenhuttl is another name linked with the Chelsea job. (GETTY Images)
Ralph Hasenhuttl is another name linked with the Chelsea job. (GETTY Images)

Tuchel is not the only name linked to the Blues. Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl, Massimiliano Allegri, and RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann are all in the running for the job at Stamford Bridge. (h/t Mirror)

It is also believed that Chelsea would be looking for a manager well-versed with the German language in order to get the best out of new signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

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Right now, there is nothing concrete to suggest that the club is going to sack the Englishman. However, failure to get better results in the coming weeks would definitely add more pressure on the Chelsea boss.

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“Started to enjoy it”: Chelsea star reveals Cobham visit that changed his career

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Chelsea star Ben Chilwell reveals how a visit to Cobham changed his future in the game

Speaking to the club’s official site, Ben Chilwell has revealed how his trail for Leicester City against Chelsea paved the way for him to become a competent left-back.

The 24-year-old enjoyed playing multiple sports and believes as a youth, he excelled more at cricket than football. However, he enjoyed football more and has since gone on to make a name for himself in the game.

Chilwell spent a couple of years at Rushden & Diamonds. He initially played as a striker and then transcended into the midfield.

Ben Chilwell has revealed how his trail for Leicester City against Chelsea paved the way for him to become a competent left-back.
Ben Chilwell did not start out as a left-back

He went on trial to Leicester City as a midfielder and was set to take on Chelsea at Cobham in his first match. As fate would have it, the Foxes left-back for the day was injured and as the only left-footed player in the mix, Chilwell was asked to step in. He spent the remainder of his trial spell in the position.

“As the only left-footed player in the team, I got moved to play back there and for the rest of my six-week trial I just stayed there.”

It is fair to say Chilwell was initially less than happy about playing at full-back. The youngster enjoyed playing as a midfielder and would often petition his coaches to deploy him there.

 Ben Chilwell has revealed how his trail for Leicester City against Chelsea paved the way for him to become a competent left-back.
Cobham is now Chilwell’s regular haunt

“Once I got my scholarship I really started to enjoy playing at left-back and found that position as my own.”

A welcome change!

Over time, however, he not only began to enjoy his new role but also excel in it.

Chilwell reveals it was his attacking instinct that made him initially unhappy about playing full-back. Fortunately, in the modern game, the role of a full-back is more glamourous than it has ever been.

“I realised that being a full-back in the modern game is a lot about attacking as well and that’s when I really started to enjoy it.”

The 24-year-old realized at a young age itself that irrespective of one’s talent, hard work makes the difference. This is a mantra he has stood true to and continues to hold close to his heart.

 Ben Chilwell has revealed how his trail for Leicester City against Chelsea paved the way for him to become a competent left-back.
Chilwell is today a full England international

“Get your head down, work hard and crack on.”

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It is interesting to know that the origins of Chilwell as a left-back occurred at our Cobham training ground. While Leicester were the ones to discover his potential in the role, Chelsea are the ones reaping it’s benefit today.

It is fair to say that it has worked out well for all parties involved.

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