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2pm Chelsea news LIVE: Abramovich watches Krasnodar win, Rudiger makes first start this season

CHELSEA were 4-0 winners away to Krasnodar as Frank Lampard finally brought Antonio Rudiger in from the cold and handed him a start.

And an impressed Roman Abramovich was in attendance to see the rout in his home country.

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    Mason Mount was delighted to be playing in front of fans again as Chelsea beat Krasnodar 4-0 away in Russia.

    There were 11,000 fans inside the arena – some of whom were Russian Blues fans.


    Roman Abramovich made a rare appearance in the stands to watch his Chelsea thrash Krasnador in the Champions League.

    It was the first time the Blues owner, worth an estimated £9.8billion, watched Chelsea in the flesh for 15 months. His last visit came in a friendly against Red Bull Salzburg in July 2019.

    Problems with his visa have meant the 54-year-old has been unable to enter the UK. He was forced to withdraw his application in 2018 due to increasing tensions between the two countries.

    Abramovich’s close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin also came under scrutiny when applying for his visa. He then applied to become an Israeli citizen but still found his entry to the country blocked.

    UK immigration law prevents business visitors from living 'in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits'.

    But there was nothing stopping him from attending the 4-0 win over Krasnador in Russia.


    Frank Lampard is not worried by Timo Werner's hit and miss start at Chelsea.

    The German drew another blank during Saturday's 0-0 bore draw at Old Trafford but hit the target from the penalty spot during the 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnador last night.

    Speaking ahead of last night's game, Lampard said: “I am very happy with Timo.

    “If you go back to the game before, he scored two goals and Kai Havertz scores a goal.

    “I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

    “It is normal that it will take some time for relationships – for when we have got to put the ball in behind, the ball into feet – clearly these things are going to take time to build.”


    Chelsea fans may have noticed a new face on the bench as Krasnodar were dispatched in the Champions League – Karlo Ziger.

    The goalkeeper, 19, sat alongside Willy Caballero, 39, as the Blues won 4-0 in his first venture into a senior squad.

    Little is known about Croatia youth international Ziger’s arrival in England – which has become subject to reports on Chelsea’s transfer ban.

    But since making his Under-18s debut in late 2017, he has gently risen up the ranks.

    Described as a hard-working shot-stopper with top reflexes, the keeper was a regular at that level in 2018/19, featuring in Uefa Youth League penalty shootout wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Barcelona.


    Frank Lampard has hailed 'immense' Hakim Ziyech after his Champions League performance in the 4-0 win at Krasnodar last night.

    He said: “Hakim Ziyech has worked really hard to be fit, and I was very excited to get his quality into the team. He brought a lot of quality and calmness when he was on the pitch, and got a well-deserved goal.

    “His performance was very, very good when you consider he hasn’t started a match since March, when the Dutch league finished. It’s been frustrating for him and for us as his injury has meant he hasn’t been able to start.

    “But what I’ve seen in training and what I knew we were signing is a player of immense quality with personality to receive the ball and find assists and goals. We saw a lot of glimpses of that, and he will get better.

    We brought him in to do a job, and maybe people had forgotten about him a bit because we signed him in January and he missed the start of the season. But now he has shown that he is here.”


    Chelsea have heaped praise on new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who kept his third consecutive clean sheet during the Blues' 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar last night.


    Thiago Silva watched on from home as Chelsea beat Krasnodar after enjoying an extra day off with his family.

    Frank Lampard rested the Brazilian, 36, for the 3,500-mile round-trip having only just introduced the defender to his squad.

    While Chelsea dispatched their Russian opponents, Silva sat in a hotel room back in the UK whilst wearing a leg recovery device.

    The high-tech trousers are designed to massage muscles in a variety of settings, reducing soreness and improving circulation.

    Silva captioned the picture, 'Post training recovery', while using the device designed by Italian company Globus.

    The trousers have become commonplace in top-level sport, across football, cricket, boxing and MMA with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Gareth Bale previously pictured in them.


    Callum Hudson-Odoi was delighted to score in Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar last night.

    It went in via a huge goalkeeping mistake but the young winger is not bothered.

    He said: “I’ll take any goal that comes my way. It was a shot that the goalkeeper mis-parried and it went in but a goal is a goal, so you try to keep improving and get more.

    “We worked really hard from the start and we deserved our goals with the way we played.

    “There were a few times when we were lackadaisical, a bit slow at times, but after that we grew into the game and we took our chances well.“


    Frank Lampard will hold talks with his players about who takes penalties in the future.

    Usual spot-kick specialist Jorginho missed one during the Blues' 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar last night before Timo Werner stepped up and finished one with aplomb.

    Lampard said: “Jorginho has had an incredibly successful rate of scoring penalties in his career, particularly at Chelsea.

    “My feeling is when you take as many penalties as he does, there can be periods when you miss one, and sometimes there can be periods where you miss one or two. I experienced that as a player.

    “I’ve got no problem at all with his style of taking them, because of the success he’s had, and Timo Werner, I know he’s very capable to take penalties as we saw.

    “We have other players that can, so I’ll talk with the players afterwards to see how we move forward. But we have good penalty takers at the club.”


    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was thrilled with the balance in his side after last night's convincing 4-0 win at Krasnodar in the Champions League.


    Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable night in Krasnodar in the Champions League yesterday as they strolled to a 4-0 win.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi got the opener before Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all netted in the final15 minutes.

    The result means it's three clean sheets in a row for Edouard Mendy and five unbeaten for Chelsea in all competitions.

    The game also marked the return of Antonio Rudiger, who was linked with a move away to Stamford Bridge for much of the transfer window and had not appeared all season.

    Roman Abramovich also managed to attend his first Chelsea game in 18 months, with diplomatic issues and Covid-19 keeping him at bay previously.

    Meanwhile, Frank Lampard may be growing concerned after Jorginho missed his second penalty of the season.

    The normally peerless midfielder failed to convert against the Russian side at 0-0, following a miss against Liverpool in September.


    Sevilla held on to their 1-0 lead against Rennes, leaving GROUP E like this after two games:

    Chelsea lead the table on goal difference with four points, followed by Sevilla on 4.

    Krasnodar sit on 1 point in 3rd, with Rennes bottom on 1 point.


    Remember Alvaro Morata, Blues fans? Well he's scored a hattrick tonight for Juventus … only none of them have stood.

    All of Morata's goals have been chalked off either by the on-field ref or the VAR. Luck does not coming easily to him, does it?

    Barcelona continue to lead 1-0 thanks to Ousmane Dembele's first half strike.

    Meanwhile, in the game in Chelsea's group, Sevilla lead Rennes 1-0 thanks to Luuk de Jong.


    Lampard has been speaking after the victory and was happy that owner Roman Abramovich was present to watch his beloved Chelsea.

    It is believed to be the first Chelsea game he has been present for around 18 months, when he became embroiled in a diplomatic dispute between Britain and Russia.


    Hakim Ziyech was all over the place for Chelsea tonight … in a good way, that is.


    Read Charlie Wyett's match report after Chelsea's fruitful voyage to Russia.


    Some performance from Hakim Ziyech, who topped off his first start with a brilliant goal.


    It's finished for Chelsea who romped home in the end.

    It will push away memories of a pretty poor opening 60 minutes but once the second goal went in – and the subs came on – the Blues began to flourish.

    It's Chelsea's biggest Champions League victory for 3 years and ends a run of three draws. It's also three consecutive clean sheets as well from the same team who not so long ago were 3-0 down against West Brom within half an hour.

    Follow all the reaction and analysis to Chelsea's successful European away day HERE

  • 4-0

    Wow, the floodgates have opened.

    It's Christian Pulisic who becomes Chelsea's 13th goalscorer of the season as he scores at the near post after a barnstorming run then cross by Tammy Abraham.

    The subs linking up and helping to put some gloss on the scoreline.


    It's 3-0 and Hakim Ziyech has a goal on his first start for the club.

    And what a goal it was. The Moroccan caught the ball inside the box, had to keep it tightly controlled and get an inch on a defender, and then he fired it into the bottom corner.

    Tammy Abraham is on to replace him now but a wonderful way to finish the evening for him.

  • 2-0!

    Chelsea have a second penalty and this time they score.

    Jorginho was subbed off minutes before leaving the task to Timo Werner, who smashed the ball home from the spot.

    Super-sub Christian Pulisic won the penalty after blasting the ball against a defender's hand from close range. Very harsh.

    A pretty poor performance tonight, but the visitors look like they're home and dry. And they're only 12 minutes away from a third consecutive clean sheet.


    A triple sub from Frank Lampard who is trying to prevent this game from drifting.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi, the goalscorer and one of those subbed off, is having ice wrapped around his thigh. Hopefully just a precaution.


    Krasnodar have just hit the bar! Yuri Gazinsky struck the ball into the turf from the corner and it struck the woodwork.

    Kurt Zouma was hurt in the melee in the scramble for the ball after, giving Chelsea a free kick.

    They really need to wake up or they'll be in danger of not winning this.

    Still 0-1

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