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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and board admit ‘deep regret’ over ESL debacle



Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and board pens open letter to fans over ESL chaos

Writing in an open letter to the Chelsea fans (h/t Daily Mail), Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the board have admitted that they deeply regret the involvement in the ill-fated European Super League (ESL).

The ESL was a breakaway league concocted by some of the so-called big clubs in Europe. A total of 12 clubs, including Chelsea, had signed up for what would be a money-driven, stakes-less competition. This sparked a huge backlash from fans, pundits, ex-players as well as current players and managers too.

Within less than 48 hours of the announcement, the ESL came to a crashing halt as the six Premier League clubs involved withdrew, starting with Chelsea. This came about after fans took to Stamford Bridge and put up a huge protest ahead of our game against Brighton & Hove Albion, causing the club to backtrack.

Chelsea fans flocked Stamford Bridge protesting against ESL via Getty Images)

Soon, Manchester City followed suit, before the rest of the clubs also withdrew. In the aftermath of this, some of the Spanish and the Italian clubs that were involved also stepped back. Now, trying to address the fans concerns, Abramovich and the Chelsea board have admitted that it was a mistake, one that they deeply regret.

“The owner and board understand that involving the club in such a proposal was a decision we should not have taken,’ the statement read. It is a decision we deeply regret.”

The statement further went on to add on how such an action would have undone the years of community work that Chelsea had done, while also acknowledging that the entire episode was a mistake.

“Mistakes are unavoidable, but it’s the ability to address those mistakes and jointly move forward which makes us strong as a club and community.”

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The letter signed off with the club saying that it wanted to rebuild the trust with the fans while also promising better channels of communications with supporters.


Tuchel confirms one sure starter for Chelsea against Leicester in the FA Cup final



Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, speaking in an interview.

Chelsea Team News: Thomas Tuchel confirms Kepa will start FA Cup final

According to Metro, Thomas Tuchel confirmed a bit of team news for Chelsea with Kepa poised to start the FA Cup final. The Blues will take on Leicester in the final which is scheduled on the weekend.

It was a disappointing result for Chelsea as Arsenal got the better of us in the last game. Emile Smith Rowe made the difference as Arsenal made sure Chelsea got their third loss under Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea will now have to turn their attention to the FA Cup final against Leicester on Saturday.

Chelsea v Arsenal – Premier League – Stamford Bridge Thomas Tuchel during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

The Blues have done well in the FA Cup, managing to topple a side like Manchester City in the semi-final. As Thomas Tuchel tries to get the side to focus on the job at hand, he did confirm a small bit of team news for the final.

Kepa Arrizabalaga started the Arsenal game and Thomas Tuchel intends to start the Spaniard on Saturday in the final too.

‘We thought it was a good idea to give him the game before. Because first of all we trust him and he deserves [it]. That is the basis for why we put him in the line-up. He deserves it. He is so good in training and we wanted to give him some minutes and take both games together.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dave Shopland/IPS/Shutterstock 11824144ay Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea shout to his players Chelsea v Sheffield United, FA Cup, Football, Stamford Bridge, London, UK – 21 Mar 2021.

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Kepa has been given sporadic chances this season to re-stake his claim as a starter. However, these few games should help Kepa’s confidence in a season that has seen him slip down the pecking order below Edouard Mendy.

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Tuchel admits he is angry with his Chelsea team selection errors vs Arsenal



Thomas Tuchel angry with Chelsea selection errors

According to Daily Star, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was visibly angry after his team selection led to the loss against Arsenal. Tuchel admitted that he was not happy with his team selection, which resulted in his third loss as a manager at Chelsea.

Chelsea went into the game with an FA Cup final to look forward to at the weekend and due to the same, a host of changes were visible in the line-up. A total of 7 changes were made from the Man City win, which saw Kepa, Thiago Silva and Billy Gilmour getting a start.

Chelsea v Arsenal – Premier League – Stamford Bridge Chelsea s Jorginho left and Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny right battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 12, 2021.

However, those changes hardly helped in what would be a narrow loss against a spirited Arsenal side. Chelsea failed to break Arsenal. Their woes were compounded when Jorginho’s error allowed Emile Smith Rowe to punish the Blues.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel was left angry that his team selection backfired so badly.

“Bit angry that we had so many changes, that’s on me, not so happy in the end with the line-up, but I didn’t know what would happen, I didn’t feel us today like I normally do and we can’t expect to win games if we’re not 100% in games.

“We didn’t have a shot for almost the whole second half, then we had a big one, maybe we deserved this today, we learn something. I’m not happy with what I saw, I have my responsibility because I picked the line-up, but the performance was the performance.”

Chelsea v Arsenal – Premier League – Stamford Bridge Arsenals Emile Smith Rowe scores their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 12, 2021.

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This loss sees the top four race open up just a bit. The likes of Liverpool and West Ham still have a chance to topple Chelsea. However, it’s pretty much in Chelsea’s hands. Two wins from their remaining two games will be enough for Champions League qualification.

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“Embrace the simplicity” – Tuchel outlines Chelsea transfer plans for the summer with latest comments



Thomas Tuchel gives a hint on Chelsea transfer plans

According to news from Metro, Thomas Tuchel has discussed the summer transfer plans at Chelsea. The German manager revealed that he does have some new ideas but will not go overboard for any of them.

When Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard and appointed Thomas Tuchel, even the most optimistic of fans wouldn’t have expected the stage where Chelsea are right now. From the more free-flowing nature back then, the Blues have become a tougher unit who are an annoying menace to deal with.

The change and ideas were visible from Tuchel’s first game itself. The formation was changed and some players who were in the cold under Lampard were brought back into the fray.

Liverpool v Chelsea – Premier League – Anfield Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday March 4, 2021.

However, as the season is close to wrapping up with Chelsea still having a shot at the big prizes, plans have been made for next season. While Tuchel hardly had time to sign players in January, the summer window will give him a chance to do so.

Nonetheless, despite claiming that he has plans regarding transfers, he refused to sacrifice the squad harmony he has now and go overboard in the attempts to sign any player.

‘I have zero ambition to ruin this atmosphere not for myself or for anybody else. Do we have some ideas how to improve the squad? Yes, we do but will we fight about it? No we will not. We will discuss it and first of all we will finish this season because it is not time to reflect now.

‘I embrace the simplicity. I hope I can continue to live like this on the job. Because it is pure fun, very exciting. Very pure the feeling I have right now even though it is a big challenge and the big games keep coming. We have some ideas but it is crazy times out there that will influence the transfer market and I don’t see any big problems.’

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, speaking in an interview.
Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, speaking in an interview. (imago Images)

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Tuchel will be aiming to end the season on a high. Chelsea will play the FA Cup final at the weekend and then aim to win the biggest prize – the Champions League at the end of the month. It’s good that Tuchel is more focused on getting through this season and worrying about the next one in due time.

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Man United urged to sign this top-class 26-year-old Ligue 1 Chelsea target



Transfer News: Manchester United tipped to sign Chelsea target Marquinhos

According to transfer news from Express, Rio Ferdinand has asked Manchester United to go after Chelsea target Marquinhos. The iconic defender has advised his former side to turn their attentions from Raphael Varane and go after the PSG defender.

United are looking towards next season with the prospect of signing a new defender. The club want a partner for Harry Maguire given the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly not proving to be the ideal foil for the captain.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Rio Ferdinand pitchside for BT Sport television during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 04, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Ferdinand wants United to go after Marquinhos

That has led them to go after names such as Raphael Varane and Pau Torres. Varane has been a long-term target for the club but Ferdinand wants them to go after the 26-year-old Marquinhos instead.

“If any team is in the market for a centre-back, right now, out of the top teams, with the finances, Marquinhos is the only place I’m going. Big-game player. Every big game you see that guy play he turns up. Fit as you like, quick, robust, hardened, battle-hardened, understands the big-game environments. Top, top player, great attitude, leader, got it all. If I’m looking for a centre-back of experience who can take me to the next level, he’s the one I’m going for.”

Provided United were to switch their attention to Marquinhos, it would step on the toes of Chelsea’s interest in the Brazilian. Thomas Tuchel was earlier keen on a reunion with the PSG star.

Tuchel wants Marquinhos at Chelsea

The Brazilian has become a valued asset at the capital club. Not only is he a robust defender, but he also comes with the threat of goals. He has seamlessly taken over the captaincy and shown good leadership qualities.

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It’s not without reason that Ferdinand is asking his former side to go after Marquinhos. He is a complete package one can want in a defender. Chelsea will have to act fast if they wants to avoid a tussle for the Brazilian.

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