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“You’re in it” – Arsenal legend gives surprise verdict on Chelsea’s title hopes

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Frank Lampard gives uplifting Chelsea team news before Premier League showdown with Fulham. (GETTY Images)

Paul Merson believes Chelsea are still title contenders

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea are still title contenders.

The Blues, at a point, were on the verge of going top of the Premier League. However, a poor run of results in December has seen them drop down to ninth, 10 points off the top.

Chelsea can close that gap to seven points if they beat Fulham on Saturday. Manchester United and Liverpool set to take on each other this weekend, a win for the latter will stop the former from pulling away.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea are still title contenders.
Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea are still title contenders

Merson believes that the table is close to call, giving Chelsea a way back into the title race.

“I still don’t think Chelsea are out of it. Whoever you are, put five wins together and you’re in it.”

United have proved this season that a bit of luck can go a long way in turning your fortunes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have had the rub of the green a number of times. It is fair to say that their position at the top does not reflect in their performances.

Merson hopes Frank Lampard will be given times to right the results at Chelsea.
Merson hopes Frank Lampard will be given times to right the results at Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Merson also called for Lampard to be given time to set things right. Having spent a significant sum in the summer, the pressure was always going to be on the manager to deliver.

While there have been promising performances, a lack of consistency and struggles faced by summer signings have limited our results. Hopefully, Lampard will be given the time needed and can turn it around in the coming weeks.

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Chelsea will hope for a better run of results in january than in December. With more than half the season still to go, there is plenty to play for.

Lampard can, hopefully, complete a turnaround that will see us end the season with a trophy or two.

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Rival PL manages sends a message to Chelsea regarding top transfer target

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Declan Rice has been linked with Chelsea

David Moyes denies Chelsea have made contact with West ham for Declan Rice

According to the Metro, West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed that Chelsea has not made any contract regarding star midfielder Declan Rice.

He also went on to admit that the Hammers will rebuff any interest from elsewhere for the 22-year-old.

“They’re not true, we’ve had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn’t want any anyway.”

Rice was released from the Chelsea academy at the age of 14. He moved to West Ham and has since then emerged into one of the country’s best upcoming midfielders.

West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed that Chelsea has not made any contract regarding star midfielder Declan Rice.
Chelsea are yet to make a move for Declan Rice (GETTY Images)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is a fan of the player and is keen on bringing him back to the Bridge. Rice too, for his part, is open to a return. He is, however, unwilling to force through a move due to his respect for the Hammers.

The Blues will also have to contend with competition from Moyes’ former side Manchester United. The Red Devils view the midfielder as a long-term replacement for the aging Nemanja Matic.

Rice will however not come cheap. Chelsea will need to fork out at least £70m to secure the midfielder’s services.

Manchester United want Rice to take over from Matic

While Lampard is keen on Rice, the Chelsea hierarchy does not appear to be entirely convinced. (h/t Express)

They remain doubtful if the youngster has the required quality and has the ability to step up to a top-level side. Given how Kepa Arriizabalaga and Kai Havertz have performed so far, the scepticism is understandable.

Declan Rice and Mason Mount were together at Chelsea
Rice was released by Chelsea at the age of 14

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Rice has proven himself to be an excellent player for West Ham. There is certainly enough to suggest he could go on to become a leading midfielder in the future.

Whether that will be at Chelsea or not remains to be seen.

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Chelsea could benefit as Bundesliga giants enter the race for this promising 20-year-old ace

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Mohamed Simakan has impressed for Strasbourg (Getty Images)

RB Leipzig enter the race to sign Chelsea target Mohamed Simakan in the summer

According to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, RB Leipzig are working on a deal to sign Chelsea target Mohamed Simakan in the summer.

The 20-year-old has been an ever-present for Ligue 1 side Strasbourg this season. The Blues have been keeping an eye on his development with interest. (h/t Chelsea FC)

Simakan was offered to Chelsea last summer. However, he stayed put in France. The youngster’s situation has also drawn attention from Italian giants AC Milan. (h/t Football.london)

The Rossoneri have since decided to sign Fikayo Tomori on loan. The 23-year-old was their backup plan should a move for Simakan not come to fruition in Germany.

This could open the way for it to become a two horse race for the Frenchman.

Leipzig for their part consider Simakan to be a replacement for Dayot Upamecano. The French ace has been linked with a move away this summer with Chelsea among his suitors.

RB Leipzig is working on a deal to sign Chelsea target Mohamed Simakan in the summer
Chelsea face competition from RB Leipzig for Mohamed Siimakan

Compared to Simakan, Upamecano is much further along in his development. The 22-year-old is one of the finest young defenders and has the potential to be world-class.

Although Simakan is a comparatively cheaper option, Chelsea will be better off bringing in Leipzig star while parallelly developing Marc Guehi.

Losing Simakan to land Upamecano would not be a bad trade in any way. Chelsea have multiple avenues they could pursue in this particular scenario. What the club prioritizes to do remains to be seen.

Dayot Upamecano is a man in demand
Dayot Upamecano is a man in demand

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Chelsea are serious about landing Upamecano and have also sounded out their intentions to his representatives. Whether this means that the club has made its choice remains to be seen.

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Former PL star reveals the four players Chelsea cannot afford to drop

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Jamie Redknapp believes Chelsea cannot afford to drop four key players

Speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro), Jamie Redknapp has named three defensive stars among four players who Chelsea should consider undroppable.

The former English international believes Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, and Thiago Silva are all indispensable to Frank Lampard’s side.

Mount was the goalscorer on the night as the Blues got back to winning ways in the Premier League against Fulham. The 22-year-old’s performances also saw him draw praise from Gary Lineker.

Jamie Redknapp believes Frank Lampard can count on Mason Mount (Photo by Visionhaus)

Fulham gave Lampard’s side a real run for their money in the first half. Things improved in the second half after Scott Parker’s side were reduced to 10-men.

Despite the man advantage, it took the Blues until the 78th minute to break the deadlock. It was the second time in two games where Mount scored for Chelsea.

Redknapp believes the midfielder is one of the few players Lampard can rely on.

“Frank’s got a few players in that team right now that he will be picking every single week; he [Mount] is one, Mendy, Thiago Silva’s incredible, Chilwell.”

Chilwell (L) and Silva (R) were amongst the betetr players on the night
Chilwell (L) and Silva (R) were amongst the betetr players on the night

Redknapp was particularly effusive in his praise of Mount. He praised the player for setting the pace fo the game for Chelsea.

“What Mason Mount did today is he set the tempo all game.”

He believes the midfielder must, however, continue to add goals to his name. Lampard made the same demand of Chilwell last week. So far, the 22-year-old has continued to do just that.

Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy in the summer
Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy in the summer

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The Blues have a strong squad with plenty of strength in depth on paper. However, certain members are still coming to terms with their roles. Until then it will fall upon a few to carry the weight of expectations.

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Chelsea star facing sanctions after breaking FA regulations on Covid-19

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Thiago Silva reveals why he chose Chelsea ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea star Thiago Silva faces action after unwittingly breaking Covid-19 regulation

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea star Thiago Silva could face disciplinary action by the Football Association for his post-match antics at Craven Cottage.

The 36-year-old gave his match shirt to a construction worker involved in the reconstruction of Fulham’s Riverside Stand. This is in direct violations of coronavirus regulations.

The Premier League released strict new protocols this week to prevent the spread of coronavirus among squads. This included a ban on swapping or giving away worn jerseys. 

Chelsea star Thiago Silva could face action for throwing his worn jersey to a construction worker at Fulham
Chelsea star Thiago Silva could face action for throwing his worn jersey to a construction worker at Fulham

Silva played the whole 90 minutes as the Blues got back to winning ways in the Premier League.

The country is once again in lockdown as cases continue to rise. Teams such as Fulham and Aston Villa have seen their games postponed as the game is not immune to the ensuing pandemic.

Efforts are being made to ensure that minimal contact occurs between players. They have been instructed to avoid even gestures such as handshakes, high fives, and hugs.

Chelsea star hiago Silva could face action for throwing his worn jersey to a construction worker at Fulham
Players had been advised to reduce phusical contact

This comes just days after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard put an end to celebrations in training.

The Blues boss had defended the players, going on to cite the difficulties they face in ensuring that the games go ahead despite restrictions. (h/t Sky Sports)

It may not possible to completely eliminate contact in a sport such as football but teams have been doing their best. As role models, players will have to do their part too.

Lampard has barred players from celebrating in training
Lampard has barred players from celebrating in training (TASS PUBLICATION via imago Images)

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While Silva may not have meant any harm with his gesture, given the current situation, his actions weren’t the healthiest. It remains to be seen as to what action will now be taken against him.

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