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Chelsea Team News: Latest update ahead of FA Cup clash vs Barnsley

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Christian Pulisic has struggled with a hamstring injury at Chelsea

Chelsea Team News: Latest update ahead of FA Cup clash vs Barnsley

Chelsea turn their attention to the FA Cup, where the next game for them is a trip to Barnsley for a fifth-round tie and here is the latest team news ahead of the game. 

The Blues have made a promising start to life under new manager Thomas Tuchel with three wins in their first four Premier League games under the German.

Tuchel will keep his fingers crossed over the availability of some of his star players heading into the midweek trip to Oakwell. The manager is expected to rotate his squad to keep his regular starters fresh for a daunting run of fixtures in the Premier League. 

Christian Pulisic picked up an injury at the weekend
Christian Pulisic missed the last game due to personal reasons (Getty Images)

1. Christian Pulisic 

Pulisic was a surprise omission from the matchday squad against Sheffield United. Tuchel revealed that the 22-year-old’s absence was due to personal reasons and he was given a break to sort out some family issues.

As per Metro, the United States took part in the Blues’ training session on Tuesday and is expected to be fit and available for selection against Barnsley. Pulisic is yet to start a single game under Tuchel, although he did come off the bench to provide an assist in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

Thiago Silva has done well at Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Thiago Silva is out with an injury. (GETTY Images)

2. Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva missed the clash against Sheffield United after being forced off the pitch with a muscle injury in the trip to Tottenham last week.

The Brazilian wasn’t a part of Chelsea’s training session on Tuesday with Tuchel setting the Southampton fixture on February 20 as a possible return date for the veteran. (h/t Football.London)

Kai Havertz joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen
Kai Havertz of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Dunham – Pool/Getty Images)

3. Kai Havertz 

According to Football.London, Havertz was forced to miss the trip to Tottenham after picking up a minor injury in training last Wednesday. He was expected to be fit for the clash against Sheffield United but failed to make the cut, suggesting he wasn’t quite ready to play.

The German didn’t take part in Tuesday’s training session and it remains unclear whether he will be available for the FA Cup tie against Barnsley.

Werner has now gone 14 games without a goal
Werner has now gone 14 games without a goal (Getty Images)

4. Timo Werner

Werner had to be substituted midway through the second half of Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United after suffering a dead leg. Tuchel has indicated that it’s only a minor injury, much to the relief of the fans.

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He was a part of Chelsea’s training session on Tuesday but it remains to be seen whether the striker would be fit enough to start on Thursday.

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Aston Villa the latest club to enter the race for out-of-favour young Chelsea star

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FRANK lAMPARD Believes Chelsea ace Tammy Abraham deserves more credit

Chelsea Transfer News: Aston Villa interested in Tammy Abraham

According to transfer news from Mirror, Chelsea star Tammy Abraham is the subject of interest for Aston Villa. The academy graduate is said to be considering his options and an exit could just be on the cards with Villa, Leicester and West Ham after him.

The striker was again absent as the Blues managed to only get a draw against Brighton. It has become an all too familiar sight to see the academy graduate on the bench or absent from the squad in recent weeks. The last game was no different as Tammy could not even find himself in the matchday squad.

Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring a goal for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring a goal for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Abraham broke into the first-team last season under Frank Lampard and was a vital part of the side that finished fourth. With a transfer ban last season, Abraham made full use of the opportunities handed to him and went on to score 15 goals.

Villa, of course, are no strangers to Tammy Abraham. The Chelsea academy graduate spent the 2018-19 season at Villa Park and propelled the then Championship side to the Premier League with his goal-scoring exploits. It was that season at Villa that pushed him into the fray for a starting spot at Chelsea for the following season.

Tammy Abraham played a key role in Villa's promotion (Getty Images)
Tammy Abraham played a key role in Villa’s promotion (Getty Images)

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There is obviously no shortage of suitors for the English striker as Aston Villa, Leicester City and West Ham have shown interest. All three clubs are looking to add a forward to their ranks. Tuchel has often cited his ankle injury as the reason for not playing but with the striker being on the bench on several occasions and not being used, it does look like Tammy will have to consider his future at the club.

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Tuchel instructs Chelsea to beat Manchester United for this top-class 27-year-old star

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Transfer News: Thomas Tuchel instructs Chelsea to get Raphael Varane

According to transfer news from Mirror, Thomas Tuchel has instructed Chelsea to sign Raphael Varane. The Blues have become the latest club to register their interest in the Real Madrid star. Rivals Manchester United are also said to be in the running for him.

Varane has been a stalwart at the back for Real Madrid for almost a decade now and has won loads of trophies during his time at the club. However, the Frenchman is entering the final year of his contract with Los Blancos and wants a new challenge in his career.

Real Madrid’s French defender Raphael Varane (L) heads the ball with Levante’s Spanish forward Roger Marti during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Levante UD at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, on the outskirts of Madrid on January 30, 2021. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

The Blues have shown massive improvement in defence since Thomas Tuchel took over the reins. However, Chelsea are looking at defensive options, with some players like Silva and Azpilicueta at the wrong end of their careers. Varane is among the names being considered by the Blues and Tuchel. Adding a new defender became of priority with Tuchel switching to a back three.

Thomas Tuchel is said to have specifically asked the officials at the club to sign the Real Madrid centre-back. At 27 years of age, Varane fits the category of a prime world-class defender. He is not only young for a centre-back but also comes with an elite winning mentality.

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Pressinphoto/Shutterstock 11802780ee Raphael Varane of Real Madrid Real Madrid v Atalanta, UEFA Champions League, round of 16, second leg.

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Chelsea should get a closer look at their transfer target, Varane when the Blues face off against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Manchester United’s presence in the race to sign him from Madrid does complicate matters for the Blues. It now remains to be seen if there is any move made to seal the transfer of Varane as requested by Tuchel.

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“Don’t forget it” – Tuchel defends Chelsea owners on their European Super League plans

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Thomas Tuchel defends Chelsea owners on their European Super League plans

According to Metro, Thomas Tuchel has defended Chelsea owners over their European Super League plans. He insisted that the people in charge of the club don’t care about the spirit of the competition at all.

It took 48 hours for the ESL to be unfurled and packed back in. On Sunday night, it was announced that 12 of Europe’s top clubs would create a closed competition, i.e. the ESL, in order to generate more money and recoup losses made during the pandemic.

However, the football fraternity came together in protest of this idea given how it went against the whole principles of competitive football. By Wednesday, the whole idea was sent packing after all the Premier League clubs, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona pulled out.

The Super League. (Image Credit – Google)

With most of the club officials unsurprisingly unavailable during the chaos, managers such as Tuchel were left to face the media. After Chelsea officially pulled out of the ESL, Tuchel spoke about the owners and somewhat defended them as expected.

‘I cannot think anything else other than they love competitions because they like to win big trophies and they have a passion for football. Look at the owners here in your league, the Premier League, what they invest, what teams they built, what clubs they built – this is the most competitive league in the world and this is also because of the owners to build such strong clubs and strong teams, so don’t forget it.’

Tuchel also reiterated that he was not the correct person to ask these things as he is not involved in the boardroom discussions. But he believed that the owners want competition in the league.

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich applauds, as players celebrate their league title win at the end of the Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 21, 2017. Chelsea’s extended victory parade reached a climax with the trophy presentation on May 21, 2017 after being crowned Premier League champions with two games to go. (Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

‘I did not have any details and that clearly does not feel good as a coach when you are asked all the time about it. That’s why I can only repeat that I am not the right person to talk about it because I have not read one page of this idea. But I believes strongly and I trust my club of course and I believe strongly that the owners are about competition because they built a very competitive league and very competitive clubs here.’

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Amidst all the hullabaloo of the ESL and its fallout, Chelsea were in action against Brighton. A 0-0 draw was all they could manage but that was enough to push them into fourth place. Chelsea will next face West Ham in a crucial clash as both teams are tied on points.

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Boost for Tuchel as Real Madrid confirm this key attacking star will not play against Chelsea

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Eden Hazard has struggled at Real Madrid

Eden Hazard to not feature against Chelsea, Real Madrid confirm

According to Football.london, Eden Hazard could miss out on facing Chelsea as Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane confirmed. In an earlier interview, Zidane was hopeful that he would have Hazard back from injury for the Champions League semi-finals against Chelsea.

Hazard lit up Stamford Bridge during his 7-year stay at the club since he joined from Lille in 2012. And he got his dream move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 for an eye-watering £89m. But that has not worked out for him so far. The Belgian winger was troubled by a serious ankle injury in his first season and fitness issues have continued to haunt him during this campaign as well.

Eden Hazard

Injuries have restricted him to just 14 appearances in all competitions this season. Zidane has been without Hazard for just over a month now, with Los Blancos inching closer to La Liga and UEFA Champions League glory in that time.

Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s game against Cadiz, Zidane had some bad news for Chelsea as well as Real Madrid fans.

“Hazard will not be there and Toni Kroos will not be there. If Hazard is not there, it is because he is not one hundred percent. The important thing is that when he returns he is one hundred percent. Eden’s feeling is not the same and you have to be very attentive. I just said it, it’s a different case. Your feeling is the most important.”

Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard C leaves the field after suffering an injury during the UEFA Champions League group A soccer match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain, 26 November 2019.

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Hazard has been out of action since a 15-minute cameo against Elche in mid-March. While Real haven’t felt his absence due to the likes of Vinicius Jr. stepping up, it would have been handy to have him back for such a crucial tie. Even Chelsea fans would be disappointed now with this news as they would have been hoping to see their former talisman play against them.

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