CHELSEA were 2-0 winners at Newcastle on their return to Premier League action.
But Olivier Giroud is keen to leave the club in summer while Jorginho has admitted that negotiations were held with Arsenal over the summer.
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RICE TO SEE YOU
Declan Rice has spoken of his release at 14 years old by Chelsea as ‘the making of him’.
Leaving West London after eight years in the academy, he joined West Ham and has gone on to be a star for club and country.
He told Sky Sports: “I think that's the making of me to be honest with you.
“I had to move to West Ham at 14, away from my family. I'm a family boy, love my mum and dad, live at home with them.
“And to leave them at 14 to play with people I don't know from Monday to Friday, I think that shaped me into the person I am.
“I had to start being responsible for myself, but look, I've come here and flourished. I've had three managers that have really looked after me, I'm loving life here.”
Owen Hargreaves is excited to see how Frank Lampard fits Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in the same side.
The German has to be on the teamsheet, in Hargreaves’ eyes, with Abraham also on great form.
The former England star told Premier League Productions: “Timo Werner is undroppable.
“But I think [Abraham] is making himself a really good squad player. I think he got 15 [goals] last season. I don’t think he gets enough credit for his overall game.
“I love the fact of his size, technically I think he’s better than people give him credit for.”
SILVA’S A GO
Thiago Silva is back in the Chelsea squad for tomorrow’s game.
The Brazilian has made a big splash at Stamford Bridge since signing on a free, keeping six clean sheets in eight games.
CHUK ANOTHER ONE IN
Manchester United, Liverpool, Leicester City, Everton, Chelsea and Wolves have ALL been named in a report on Samuel Chukwueze's future.
Real Madrid are strongly linked with a move for Villarreal’s 21-year-old forward.
But La Razon claim the English sides are ‘willing’ to bid for Chukwueze.
Indeed, United and Liverpool are said to be the most keen on that troop.
The Premier League has released a statement expressing the ‘welcome’ news of fans returning to grounds next month.
Arsenal are expected to be in Tier 2 when stadiums re-open, allowing 2,000 supporters in to witness clashes with Burnley and Southampton.
The league wrote: “Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.
“Our priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help our clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond.
“Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative. We look forward to working with Government on their next steps.”
GO ON MA-SON
Mason Mount has been praised by Frank Lampard for his ‘different type of football’.
The England midfielder continues to impress his manager for his ‘clean cut’ image and hard work on his game.
Lampard said: “He doesn’t do too many treble step overs and flicks over the back of his head as he shouldn’t do.
“He makes really efficient, clean, sharp passes, he presses as well as any midfield player that I’ve worked with or played alongside.
“There are a hundred things within his game that impress managers that he works for. He’s very easy and casual because he hasn’t got an Instagram reel of those flicks and it’s a different type of football which makes it easy for people to bracket him off. I certainly don’t.
“With Mason, I think there’s something about him, he looks clean cut, I think he’s doing one advert at the moment where he’s taking his top off and that’s about as edgy as Mason gets.”
TAM IT UP
Frank Lampard has praised Tammy Abraham for his impact on the side this season.
After starting the year on the bench, the striker has made himself undroppable with three goals in three games.
The boss said: “‘I’m really pleased with him. He’s playing really well at the minute. His all-round game, off the ball work, link-up work, is good.
“It got slightly forgotten, he was a massive plus for us in the first half of last season and was a big reason we finished fourth.
“The second half of last season was more difficult for him, that’s normal for a developing player, and now I’m seeing a mirror of how he trains. He is training brilliantly; he is enthusiastic which is when Tammy is at his best.
“That is coming out in his game and I hope that continues. His next challenge is to remain consistent and if he looks at last season he will see that as well.”
TOTT OF THE BILL
Chelsea’s clash with Tottenham on the weekend has Gary Neville excited.
The former England man reckons the clash could give a huge insight into who will challenge Liverpool for the title.
He told his Sky Sports podcast: “I'm excited for next Sunday with Chelsea playing Tottenham. It's an interesting season.
“We thought Chelsea might be interesting at the start of the season as they have a young, exciting squad – it looks like Frank Lampard is starting to get it right.
“He was still searching for his best team in the first few matches to try and fit everyone in. There were certain players that weren't fit but now they are and he's starting to work it out. They look pretty strong.
“Is it a season where Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard being up against each other in a title race? I thought Liverpool would run away with it, but not now, not with Virgil van Dijk’s injury.”
The Premier League have confirmed eight positive tests for coronavirus from 1,530 players and staff tested.
Tests were carried out between November 16 and 22.
Olivier Giroud has been linked with Inter Miami but Frank Lampard wants to keep the striker.
Having been outcast for much of last season until a late run of games, the Frenchman is again yet to start a league game in 2020-21.
Lampard said: “Oli is a very important member of our squad. He played a lot of games last year, he will always want to play more, and he is a huge member of the squad for me.
“I know he will be important for us going forward so I want Oli to be here and to stay.
“I have a very good relationship with Oli and if ever he felt it was going to go a different way I would happily have that conversation with him. But I want him to stay here.
“There is competition in the forward areas at Chelsea. Everyone has to take that one. I saw Oli’s agent's quotes and I thought nothing of them. Oli and I have very open conversations.
“He wants to play. When he doesn’t play he is an incredible support for the other players. He trains brilliantly no matter what. We will cross that January bridge when it comes, but my thought has to be the strength of our squad.”
CAM AND GET ME
Edouardo Camavinga has admitted there is one ‘dream’ club out there he wants to join.
The Rennes star, 18, has attracted the interest of Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus and more.
He said: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.
“We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.
“It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes. I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”
This season’s FA Cup will be used as an official trial for concussion substitutes.
Wembley chiefs have agreed managers will be able to use an extra “permanent” sub if a player is concussed during ties from the third round onwards.
The trial, which will also be extended to the Women’s FA Cup, was agreed after being signed off by the game’s Law-making body Ifab today.
Fifa has backed the plan, ahead of a likely Law global Law change for the 2022-23 season.
An FA spokesperson said Wembley “welcomed” the move, adding: “The FA will support the proposal with a view to implementing the trials at the earliest possible stages of the 2020/21 Emirates FA Cup and Vitality Women’s FA Cup.”
Wayne Rooney has revealed his links with Chelsea in October 2010.
The Manchester United legend had Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea keen on his signature after handing in a transfer request – with the Camp Nou his favoured destination.
He told the UTD Podcast: “I think it was well documented that Chelsea and Mourinho wanted to sign me.
“There was Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Man City thing keeps cropping up, but there was never the option for me to go there. Although there were rumours on that as well, but the other three, really, were more realistic options.
“In my head, at the time, in that two-day period, I was ready to go and play in Spain.
“Ideally, I would have liked to have gone to Barcelona, but it was looking more likely to be Real Madrid than Barcelona. Chelsea were always there as well.”
PORT OF CALL
Chelsea have touched down in Rennes after a short flight from London.
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 5.55pm.
HE’S O-KAI, FOLKS
Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva were two players involved in training ahead of Chelsea’s flight to France today.
Both players missed the win over Newcastle on the weekend.
Christian Pulisic missed the workout and is aiming for a return versus Tottenham on Sunday.
Frank Lampard has complained of TV fixture scheduling this season – and has an ally in Jurgen Klopp!
Sky Sports cut part of Klopp's interview after the Liverpool boss slammed TV broadcasters over the Premier League's packed calendar.
The German was visibly upset after another of his first-team stars, Naby Keita, went off injured during the Reds' 3-0 win over Leicester.
He said: “”If you [Sky] don't start talking to BT [Sport] we are all done.
“Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and Saturday [at] 12:30, I'm not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players. All the top six and seven.
“I know you [the broadcasters] don't care and that's the problem.”
More on that news of football fans' return to grounds…
Boris Johnson said: “In Tiers 1 and 2 spectator sports and business events will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing, providing more consistency with indoor performances in theatres and concert halls.
“We'll also strengthen the enforcement ability of local authorities, including specially trained officers and new powers to close down premises that pose a risk to public health.”
Sport fans in Britain can return to stadiums from December 2 onwards as the PM plans a relaxation of the sport coronavirus rules for Christmas.
In a huge boost for the nation, fans in Tier 1 and 2 are expected to be allowed to watch Premier League games and other sporting events in the flesh after the lockdown ends.
A set number of fans will be allowed into stadiums to cheer on their teams.
However, those in Tier 3 will continue to be locked out.
Tier 1 is expected to be allow up to 4,000 fans to watch, with just 2,000 in Tier 2.
Only two Premier League clubs – Brighton and Southampton, which are expected to remain under Tier 1 covid restrictions after the lockdown ends on December 2 – will be allowed to let in the maximum amount.
Mason Mount has hailed Chelsea's 2-0 win away at Newcastle on Saturday.
He said: “We know from last season how difficult it is to come here and get a result.
“With the way we’re playing at the moment, we can come to these places and feel confident in getting the result, whereas last season maybe we didn’t have that confidence.
“We’re building momentum but we can’t get too carried away.
“We just need to keep focusing on winning games, scoring goals and trying to keep as many clean sheets as we can.”
TOMORI NEVER KNOWS
Chelsea will allow Fikayo Tomori go on loan in January, according to reports.
The news will spark a scramble among Premier League teams for the England international.
The Telegraph report that Tomori, 22, will be allowed to go out for the remainder of the season after falling down the pecking order.
The one-cap centre-back is currently competing for a place with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andrea Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
The academy product has only started in the Carabao Cup so far this term.
It has also been stated that injuries to Lampard's alternative options could see plans altered.
RENNES FOR IT
Chelsea travel to Rennes knowing that a win tomorrow night could see them qualify for the Champions League round of 16 with two games to spare.
The Blues would move on to the magic ten points with a triumph, as would Sevilla if they beat Krasnodar.
These results would leave the duo level on ten points, with the French and Russians tied on just one.
And things look good for Chelsea, with Frank Lampard boasting very nearly a clean bill of health across the board, with just Christian Pulisic set to be unavailable.
Here's how the Blues could line-up…
BOXING DAY PLANS
The Government is poised to give football fans a Christmas present by announcing turnstiles will re-open on Boxing Day.
But the news, set to be confirmed this afternoon, will cap attendances at a maximum 4,000 fans at all levels.
Only two Premier League clubs – Brighton and Southampton, which are expected to remain under Tier 1 COVID-19 restrictions after the lockdown ends on December 2 – will be allowed to let in that many.
The bulk of top flight clubs, in Tier 2 areas, will be capped at just 2,000 fans.
And unless there is a major u-turn on current scientific advice, supporters of Liverpool, both Manchester giants, Burnley, Everton, Leeds and Sheffield United will remain locked out.
MAR TO GIVE
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has stated that Anthony Martial isn't as good as what he thinks he is.
The ESPN pundit said: “Anthony Martial thinks he’s a better player than he is. It’s as simple as that.
“He’s a talent but can he carry a club of this size as a striker?
“You see flashes of it but when Edinson Cavani came on, he must have said to him, ‘you know you’re allowed to move and make runs?’ Because he doesn’t do enough.
“On top of that his finishing wasn’t right. I think with him there’s an arrogance that it’s just going to happen, rather than make it happen, and that’s a problem.”