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6.10pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Ben White interest, Cole tips Blues for Champions League title, Rudiger to Barcelona

CHELSEA are in Spain to play their penultimate group game against Sevilla in the Champions League tonight.

If they win, the Blues are not only guaranteed to qualify for the last 16, but are also nailed on to finish as group winners.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below...

  • BLUE-KING GOOD

    Chelsea will virtually guarantee they qualify in top spot from Champions League Group E if they win at Sevilla tonight.

    The Blues are level on points with the Spanish side but their superior goal difference will make it highly unlikely they can be caught if they take all three points in Spain later.

    Chelsea have ten points and a +8 goal difference from four games.

    The game kicks off at 8pm.

  • FAN-TASTIC NEWS

    Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz have been shortlisted for Uefa's Team of the Year.

    The Chelsea duo only arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer and they are among 50 of Europe's elite stars nominated.

    Silva helped Paris Saint Germain reach last season's Champions League final and is the oldest nominee at 36.

    Havertz meanwhile was Bayer Leverkusen’s top scorer in 2019/20 with an impressive 18 goals, four of which came in the Europa League as the German side reached the quarter-finals.

    Supporters from across Europe voted to whittle the list down.

  • LAMP LIGHT

    Spanish midfielder Joan Jordan has hailed Frank Lampard as one of his big influences.

    He told the Athletic: "I remember watching quite a lot of Lampard when I was growing up, he was a top, top, top player.

    "What really sticks is the way he arrived late in the box, that was spectacular. It is something very difficult, that he made look easy. I watched him a lot, many of his games. He finished each season having scored lots of goals.

    "I remember Steven Gerrard too, talking about the Premier League.

    "He and Lampard were standout players, especially when they got forward, arriving late from the second line.

    "I always looked at all the little details I could, from many different players, to become a more complete player myself."

  • GOT IT COVERED

    Chelsea have included stars from their Women's team on the front of their 2021 annual for the first time.

    The Blues are leading the way by featuring Sam Kerr, Fran Kirby and Pernille Harder alongside Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Cesar Azpilicueta.

  • LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui believes Chelsea are the best attacking team in the Premier League.

    As quoted by the Mail, he said: "It’s a huge and exciting challenge against a team who could win the Champions League.

    "They are the best attacking team in England at the moment, they have great players.

    "It’s a real excitement to play against them and it motivates us to play our best."

  • SILVA LINING

    Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz have earned them a place on the UEFA fans’ Men’s Team of the Year shortlist.

    Brazil veteran Silva, who is the oldest nominee at 36, won three trophies and reached the Champions League final with Paris Saint-Germain.

    Havertz meanwhile was Bayer Leverkusen’s top scorer last season with an impressive 18 goals before his summer switch to Chelsea.

  • ICYMI

    Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi have been rated shock Barcelona targets for January.

    Under-fire Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants defensive reinforcements after a poor start to his reign and season.

    And Mundo Deportivo, suggest Manchester City’s Eric Garcia, 19, has been joined by fellow centre-backs Rudiger and Mustafi as January options.

  • FALLEN LEGENDS

    Zinedine Zidane is under increasing pressure at Real Madrid after his side lost to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

    Los Blancos were beaten 2-0 to leave them THIRD in their Champions League group with just one game to play.

    Zidane himself has defiantly claimed he will NOT resign.

    But should he be given the boot, Zidane would be sacked as manager of a club he once starred at as a player.

    And he wouldn't be the first to have that happen to him from Roberto Di Matteo and Ruud Gullit at Chelsea HERE…

  • JU BEAUTIES

    Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is only four months into his managerial career, but is already set for more upheaval in Turin.

    The Old Lady have experienced a stuttering start to the Serie A campaign, winning only four of their opening nine games.

    But Pirlo, 41, appears to have his eyes on players that could help improve his side.

    Here's how they could line-up with Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri...

  • ON THE MOVE

    Ajax's Andre Onana is reportedly ‘dreaming of a Premier League move’ after missing out on a switch to Chelsea and Tottenham.

    The goalkeeper, 24, dropped a clanger last night to cost his side on his potential audition in England.

    The Cameroon star, valued between £40m-£50m, completely misjudged a cross in the Champions League clash at Liverpool to allow Curtis Jones to score the only goal of the game.

    However, the Daily Mail state that has not deterred him from trying to get a move to the Prem at the second time of asking.

    Onana's representatives held talks with Chelsea over the summer before the Blues opted to bring in Edouard Mendy from Rennes instead.

  • SPUR OF THE MOMENT

    Thiago Silva had Chelsea fans in hysterics after wiping his nose with a Tottenham shirt on Sunday afternoon.

    The Brazilian had just marshalled his side's defence to a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, when he held a little reunion with former PSG team-mate Lucas Moura.

  • BILLY THE KID

    Frank Lampard intending to give Billy Gilmour a run out against Sevilla.

    He said: “We talk about the hectic schedule. We can’t say that and then not take measures ourselves.

    “Some players have played a lot and then there are players who are training very well and not playing regularly.

    “This is an opportunity for different players to make my choices more difficult. We’re not taking it lightly – don’t expect a drop in level – but there will be changes. We want to win the group and we’re on a good run and if you think you can just flick the switch off and then flick it on again, well, it doesn’t work that way.”

  • EURO EXTENSION

    The proposed changes to the Champions League could see each team play TEN times in the group stage - which could spell the end of the League Cup.

    Uefa are set to meet this week to discuss a radical shake-up for Europe's top competition.

    The Champions League will see a new format in place from the 2024-25 season, with a number of options currently on the table.

    And it's believed Uefa's current favourite method is the so-called 'Swiss system'.

    In this more complicated scenario, teams would be assigned TEN opponents in one 36-team league.

    All teams would be seeded, with a computer programme carefully selecting clubs of differing strengths to ensure parity across the board.

    Under this system - first designed for a chess tournament held in Zurich in 1895 - all teams would play five times at home and five times away.

  • OD NOT OUT

    Frank Lampard was also asked whether it was a risk to leave out Callum Hudson-Odoi amid interest from Bayern Munich.

    He added: “If I was looking at all those permutations, I would never take a decision and that’s not good.

    “He will get opportunities; he will get minutes against Sevilla. I’m not worried about the noise from outside, just picking the right squad.”

  • TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has revealed Callum Hudson-Odoi will play against Sevilla after dropping the winger for the draw against Spurs.

    He said: “It was hard not to include him in the Tottenham game.

    “His attitude is bang on, his work ethic, so it was a tough decision to make. When you have a top squad, fully fit, as we do now, it’s tough to leave out four or five players a game who are desperate to play, so I spoke to him personally.

    “I wanted him to see that. He’s in progression and the main thing is that he stays positive. He took it well. His reaction in training was great.

    “I can relate. We’ve all been players taking steps on the ladder. His early career has been, not strange exactly, but he got into the team young, there’s been a lot of talk, he had an injury and now he’s back working. And you stop and realise he’s still a developing player, still very young.

    “It’s not nice to tell someone he’s not in the squad but I have to see the bigger picture and he has hundreds of games ahead of him. In the short term he might not like it, I get that.”

  • GAME DAY

    Chelsea qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages on matchday three with a late 2-1 win over Rennes.

    But the Blues have a chance to take firm hold of top spot in Group E with a positive result away at fellow pace setters Sevilla tonight.

    Frank Lampard's side are level with the Spaniards on 10 points - but boast a five better goal difference.

  • HE HAZ TO GO

    Real Madrid are reportedly set to use Eden Hazard as bait to land long-time target Kylian Mbappe.

    Hazard has struggled with injury and fitness issues ever since he moved to the Bernabeu from Chelsea for £130million in June 2019.

    Now, according to Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito, Los Blancos are ready to cut their losses.

    And they hope Hazard can be offered as a sweetener in a deal to bring Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe, 21, to LaLiga.

  • LAMPS LOVE

    ALAN SHEARER has hailed Frank Lampard for the job he is doing at Chelsea.

    The Blues are third in the Premier League and joint-top scorers in the top-flight with Liverpool.

    Lampard has also appeared to sort out Chelsea’s defensive woes over the past month, and former Newcastle striker Shearer believes the Stamford Bridge boss is proving everybody wrong.

    He told BBS Sport: “I spoke to Lampard last week and, quite rightly, he was delighted with the progress his side had made and where they were at, defensively and offensively.

    “Sunday’s draw does not change that. Chelsea have now only lost once – to Liverpool – in 16 games in all competitions in 2020-21 and are already through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

    “They are third in the Premier League, only two points off the top, and are joint-highest scorers. Things are coming together nicely for them, and Lampard deserves a lot of credit for that.

    “At the beginning of this season, expectations were very different because they spent so big in the summer and there is probably more pressure on Lampard. So far, though, he has delivered.

    “There is still so much that Frank wants to achieve – and win – at Chelsea, but he has made a very strong start. He has not given anyone any reason to doubt him as manager – far from it, in fact.”

  • DOUBLE BUBBLE?

    CHELSEA legend Joe Cole insists his old team are ‘genuine contenders’ to secure the Premier League and Champions League double.

    Frank Lampard’s side are currently third in the rop-flight and top of Hroup £ in Europe ahead of tonight’s trip to Seville.

    But Cole, who won the title three times with the Blues playing with Lamps, believes the current crop of Stamford Bridge stars are on the brink of an unforgettable campaign.

    He said: “I think Chelsea are genuine contenders.

    “I think all the English sides, you can’t discount any of them from going all the way in the Champions League because of the quality and the strength of our league.

    “I don’t feel there is any weaknesses in the Chelsea side at the moment. I feel there aren’t any glaring weaknesses, there are areas to improve on.

    “But if you look at the last two months, certainly since Chilwell, Mendy, and Silva have got into the back four, the clean sheets have started to happen. We look safe and secure from set pieces.

    “So those things have improved dramatically from last season. I think there’s still areas where Chelsea can improve and they will improve.

    “But certainly, I put them down as contenders to win the Champions League and the Premier League this year.”

  • SHUFFLE THE PACK

    CHELSEA aim to all but secure top spot when they travel to Sevilla tonight in their penultimate Champions League Group E match.

    A victory would seal all-but sealthat with one group game to spare in Spain.

    And boss Frank Lampard has confirmed he has a full squad to choose from - but admits he is likely to make changes from the team that lined-up against Tottenham on Sunday.

    Here’s the full Chelsea squad available to face Sevilla:

    Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero.

    Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri.

    Midfielders: N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic.

    Strikers: Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud.

  • WHITE HOT

    MANCHESTER UNITED, Chelsea and Tottenham are keeping tabs on Brighton star Ben White, according to reports.

    The Seagulls centre-back, 23, has looking in superb form this season despite being distracted by Leeds and Liverpool's transfer pursuit in the summer.

    White spent last season on loan at Leeds, helping them finally gain promotion to the Premier League.

    And the defender has continued his red-hot Championship form in the top-flight this season having signed a new four-year contract in September.

    Now his superb form has seen a host of Premier League giants flock to sign the £50million-rated defender in January.

    Liverpool are set to rekindle their interest in the Seagulls star, despite being put off by Brighton slapping the huge price-tag on him.

    But with starting centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both suffering long-term knee injuries, Jurgen Klopp could opt to splash the cash.

    However, the Reds chief will face competition from Man Utd, Chelsea AND Tottenham, according to Sky Sports.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea visit Sevilla for a virtual shootout to win their Champions League group, with boss Frank Lampard promising Callum Hudson-Odoi will play some part.

    Fit-again duo Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, both late subs in Sunday's 0-0 home draw with Spurs, also need to build up match-sharpness. 

    And boss Lampard said of Hudson-Odoi's weekend axing: "I have tough decisions when we have a fully fit squad, that we pretty much do now... and are desperate to play.

    "He'll get minutes, it's up to him to then keep showing when he plays that he deserves to start because there's competition in that area.

    "If I feel like I'm taking someone out of the squad when I think they deserve to be in it, I have to be straight and honest with them and work with them to keep them positive."

    Chelsea will all but guarantee topping the group if they triumph at LaLigs's fifth-placed side, who have six straight wins.

    The Blues' only victory in ten Euro clashes with Spanish teams came three years ago, against Atletico Madrid.

    But Sevilla Boss Julen Lopetegui said: "My players face a Chelsea team that is designed to win the Champions League."

    Meanwhile, Rennes' 18-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga could reportedly be available for £45million compared to his initial £68m valuation.

    The three-cap Frenchman has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester Utd, Juventus and Real Madrid.

  • RU CAMP OFFER?

    Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi have been rated shock Barcelona targets for January.

    Under-fire Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants defensive reinforcements after a poor start to his reign and season.

    And Mundo Deportivo, suggest Manchester City’s Eric Garcia, 19, has been joined by fellow centre-backs Rudiger and Mustafi as January options.

  • SHOOTOUT FOR TOP SPOT

    Chelsea's six-game winning run ended in Sunday's 0-0 home draw with Spurs - and now they travel to Spain aiming to end Sevilla's five-match victory streak.

    The Blues have notched three straight Champions League triumphs since drawing their group opener with Sevilla 0-0.

    And a Chelsea win tomorrow night would all but clinch Group E top spot.

    Yet the Blues' only win in ten Euro clashes with LaLiga sides came three years ago, against Atletico Madrid.

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