ROMAN ABRAMOVICH has reportedly contacted Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri as Frank Lampard feels the heat.
Meanwhile Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan on loan with a view to a permanent move as soon as Monday.
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MORNING CHELSEA FANS
Chelsea narrowly beat Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage last night in what many were calling Frank Lampard’s last chance saloon.
Mason Mount scored the second-half winner after Antonee Robinson was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta at the end of the first half.
Speaking after the game, Lampard, celebrating only a second Premier League win in seven, said: “Mason’s all-round performance was fantastic. His effort, attitude and quality of play was outstanding.
“He has been very good for us and is a big example of youth. I came to Chelsea at 22 which is his age now. He has been very good for us. He is a big example of youth.
“It was a big win. It was important to be calm as our form has not been great. It has been a tough period for us and we know we have to get back to where we were as a team. At one point, we were the top scorers in the League.
"This was a small step and we have to take it forward as we have a big game against Leicester on Tuesday.”
Mount’s only other goal this season came in the 3-3 draw at West Brom in September.
And he said: "It was a massive game for us, we know the run recently has been tough, we had to look at ourselves.
"It was good to get the win against Morecambe and today was a tough game. We had to wait until late in the second half to get the goal, we had to dig deep as a team. We showed good character and got the win.
"We all knew we needed a win, we put that pressure on ourselves. We look at the quality in the changing room. We knew we need to win games.”
Thiago Silva could face an FA rap after appearing to break coronavirus protocols.
The Brazilian defender, 36, threw his shirt to a workman working on the new stand at Craven Cottage after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Fulham.
Players have been told they are not allowed to swap shirts in the Premier League’s strict new protocols.
Last week Prem chief executive Richard Masters wrote to clubs to “stress the critical importance of adhering” to the strengthened rules.
Several matches have been postponed in recent weeks with the new variant spreading among Premier League sides.
Aston Villa’s clash with Everton was the latest to be called off with an ongoing outbreak at the club. The Premier League are now expected to look at Silva’s actions and determine whether it is worthy of any further action.
Olivier Giroud – 5
Did his best to hold the ball up and get involved but truth be told even the French international was quiet this evening. No impact from him and he was replaced by Werner in the second half.
SUBS: Tammy Abraham for Jorginho (64 mins) – 7
Worked hard to try and make a difference and made a nuisance of himself.
Callum Hudson-Odoi for Ziyech (74 mins) – 7
Instant impact being involved in Mount’s goal to break the deadlock.
Timo Werner for Giroud (74 mins) N/A
FULHAM 0-1 CHELSEA
78. Areola palms away a Chilwell cross from the left that look to be looping into the back of the net.
He can only direct it into the path of Mason Mount though, who fires into the back of the net from twelve yards out.
The deadlock is finally broken.
Here's a look at the challenge from Fulham's Robinson that earned him a straight red card at the end of the first half against Chelsea.
There's no contact from his studs, but it's a late, wild challenge and he received his marching orders.
Follow minute by minute action of the Blues' game at Fulham where the score is currently 0-0.
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CHELSEA LINEUP VS FULHAM
Here's Frank Lampard's starting XI to face Fulham this evening.
NEVER TOO OL-D
Olivier Giroud wants to emulate AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic by playing into his late 30s.
Giroud, 34, told Chelsea's Mike'd Up Podcast: “It’s about your motivation, what you put into your training to always stay fit, looking after your sleep, what you eat, always wanting to help the team reach the target.
“I’m still very hungry. I think I can still play at the highest level for a couple years at least and I have big expectations about what we can achieve with Chelsea and the national team.
“I believe it’s the same for these players who are 34, 35, 36, 38.
"Zlatan thought he still could bring something to European football and he’s shown it since the beginning of the season."
GALLAS WORRIED ABOUT LAMPARD
Former Chelsea defender William Gallas believes Frank Lampard could face the sack if the Blues' poor form continues.
Chelsea have one just once in six Premier League games and lie six points behind fourth-place Leicester.
Ahead of the Blues' trip to Fulham this evening, Gallas told Play OJO: "I think Lampard’s position is in danger.
"He’s not in a good position right now as they’re not in the top three at the moment.
"They spent a lot of money so the board want to see Chelsea winning the Premier League.
"I thought this season that they had a great chance to win it, but at the moment I’m sure the board aren’t happy with the results which is why I’m sure Frank is in a dangerous position.
“He needs to try and finish in the top three or win the Premier League."
DRINK OR SWIM
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is close to completing a loan switch to Turkish club Kasimpasa until the end of the season.
Drinkwater, 30, has made just 23 appearances for the Blues since his £35million move from Leicester in 2017.
The £110,000-a-week man has not featured in the first team since the 2018 Community Shield against Manchester City and has been forced to train with the Under-23s.
After failing to impress on loan at Burnley and Aston Villa, he’s been seeking an overseas loan move since the summer.
He will head to Turkish capital Istanbul and put pen-to-paper with the club who sit 13th in the Super Lig.
He still has 18 months left on his deal at Chelsea with boss Frank Lampard eager to get him off the wage books.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been encouraged by midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek's loan spell at Fulham.
Lampard said: "Seeing him play recently, I see him looking fit, fresh and strong. We know he's an obvious talent so it's great.
"If he can keep that up hopefully through the season, and if he can get back to where he was and more, then I'll be very happy and he'll come back as our player, for sure.
"I thought he played well and I was really pleased to see that because when Ruben was getting fit and was with us, I felt like we missed him last year.
'And when Ruben was getting fit, I was excited because I know the attributes he has and I wanted those attributes at the club."
TOMORI ON HIS WAY
Fikayo Tomori is expected to fly to Italy to complete his move to AC milan next week, according to Calciomercato.
The 23-year-old has been limited to just one Premier League this season, and made his first appearance for the Blues since September in their 4-0 win over Morecambe in the FA Cup third round.
Tomori is expected to completea move to Serie A table-toppers Milan in the coming days, on loan with an option to buy for around £27m.T
KEEPING EM FOR NOW
Chelsea plan to keep Emerson Palmieri this month unless a substantial offer arrives, according to The Athletic.
The Italy international has been frustrated by his lack of game time since the arrival of Ben Chilweel in the summer.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is unwilling to weaken his squad halfway through the season as they chase a top four spot.
Emerson, 26, will enter the final year of his contract this summer, and a return to Serie A seems likely.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is not surprised by his side's struggles this season, and has taken aim at the Premier League's scheduling this season.
The Blues have slipped to ninth after just one win in six in the Premier League since going top of the table at the start of December.
Lampard told the Daily Mail: “It seems like consistency is going to be difficult and it will definitely put a mark on this season.
“My biggest gripe is that nobody came to help us when we played two games on the 26th and the 28th over Christmas when it clearly could have been moved.
“The schedule couldn’t change over Christmas but it can now because we are fighting against Covid. It’s very clear this is not a normal season.
“We’re all here to play ball and find the best way through this but all of a sudden these new rules have come in.”
ALONSO CAN GO
Out-of-favour Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has been the subject of several loan enquiries, accordign to The Atheltic.
The Spaniard has been frozen out by Blues boss Frank Lampard since a falling out between the pair in September.
Chelsea are prepared to let the 30-year-old leave this month but are hoping to recoup some of the £24m they paid for him in 2016.
Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs interested in signing Alonso until the end of the season but Chelsea are yet to receive a concrete offer.
BLUE CHEESED OFF
Chelsea have been given a boost in their bid to keep Oliver Giroud at the club.
The 34-year-old has reportedly been in discussions with Juventus after entering the final six months of his contract.
But reports say Giroud's talks with the Old Lady have stalled as the Frenchman is unhappy about only being offered a six-month deal.
Giroud is the Blues' joint top-scorer this season with nine goals, but has shared the central striker role with Tammy Abraham.
IN THE FIK OF IT
Fikayo Tomori's move to AC Milan could be completed as soon as Monday, according to reports.
Gianluca Di Marzio spoke live to Sky Sport Italia to confirm the deal is on the verge of being completed.
Tomori is set to join on loan with an option to buy.
A figure on the purchase option has yet to be confirmed but it is thought to be between £22m and £27m.
Alan Smith has urged Chelsea manager to start Olivier Giroud against Fulham to help turn around the Blues' poor run of form.
Lampard is under pressure ahead of his side's derby clash at Craven Cottage after just one win in six Premier League matches.
Smith told the Evening Standard: "Werner led the line in the limp 3-1 defeat by Manchester City, with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham remaining unused on the bench."
“It would be a major surprise if that happens again.
“For me, the experience of Giroud would be the right call in these pressurised circumstances, with Werner cutting in from the left side.”
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS
England right-back Reece James returns for Chelsea at Fulham tonight as Frank Lampard's men bid to end their dismal Premier League run.
James, 21, is back in full training after hurting his hamstring against Arsenal on Boxing Day.
The Blues have picked up just four points from six games, dropping to ninth.
So perhaps that's one reason boss Lampard is reportedly reluctant to let Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori depart this month.
France striker Giroud's talks with Juventus have stalled as the France striker wants a much longer contract than the six months on offer.
West Ham and AC Milan too are still being linked with the 34-year-old.
And Milan also want to borrow centre-back Tomori, 23 - but Lampard lacks defensive cover.
Nonetheless, the Blues hope to raise funds and clear the decks a little for their reputed main target – West Ham’s versatile England ace Declan Rice.
Reports suggest Chelsea have made “further enquiries” for the 22-year-old this month.
And finally, Blues' forgotten midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 30, is close to joining Turks Kasimpasa on loan until the end of the season.