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9pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Lionel Messi tussle with Blues ‘in equation’, Alaba link, Roberto Carlos ‘nearly joined’

CHELSEA were held at home by Tottenham Hotspur as they missed out on the chance to go top of the league.

And the Blues are rumoured to be one of the clubs interested in six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

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    Frank Lampard believes his Chelsea side "created enough" to beat Spurs rather than draw 0-0 - but hailed his side for taming the visitors' "amazing" counter-attackers.

    Lampard said: "We had good control, the clean sheet factor against a team which we’ve seen recently are set up to counter attack and have amazing players to counter attack.

    " I thought that part of our game was our excellent.

    “To deal with their threat of Harry Kane and Son particularly, we didn’t really give them a sniff, [and] didn’t quite take our chances.”


    Here's a look at the live Premier League table.

    Spurs are top of the league on goal difference, while Chelsea leapfrog Leicester into third, although the Blues have played a game less.


    Here's what Jose Mourinho has to say at full time:

    “The one thing that I take from the game is that a draw in here, normally is a positive result.

    “To stay top of the league with that result is also a positive thing, and my dressing room is not happy.

    “That's the best thing that I take from the game, we are not happy, and that for me is fantastic.

    “It's a complete change of mentality, a complete change of personality.

    “You can tell us we didn't have many chances and I agree, but how many did they have?

    “And that's the thing that makes me really really happy, we are not happy with a draw at Stamford Bridge.”


    Here are the full time thoughts of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard:

    “It kind of went as I sort of expected.

    “I expected us to have a lot of the game, a lot of possession [and] we did.

    “I thought it would be hard to create chances, I think we created enough to win the game.

    “So we had good control, the clean sheet factor against a team which we've seen recently are set up to counter attack and have amazing players to counter attack, I thought that part of our game was our excellent.

    “To deal with their threat of Harry Kane and Son particularly, we didn't really give them a sniff, [and] didn't quite take our chances.”


    Jose Mourinho has a reputation of being one of the best football managers to ever grace the game.

    And it is hard to argue that when you look at how successful he has been.

    Chelsea know first hand what a great manager he is, having led them to the most successful period of their existence.

    He knows how to win, he knows how to grind out results, and he knows how to be successful.

    However, with Mourinho you can never count on pretty football and this has been no more evident than during his spell with Tottenham.



    Here's a look at the full time action areas. Chelsea dominated possession, as well as having 13 shots, although just 3 were on target.

    Spurs in comparison had 5 shots in the entire game, with just one effort on target over the 90 minutes.


    Tottenham jumped back to the top of the Premier League table after holding Chelsea to a Sunday evening stalemate.

    Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge to face a star of his West London days, in Frank Lampard, was billed as a clash of the titans.

    But, much like another old hero's comeback to the ring this weekend, neither side could land a telling blow and it ended all-square.

    Timo Werner was closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts, seeing a fine finish chalked off by the linesman's flag - a decision backed up by VAR.

    Both sides squandered huge late opportunities, Olivier Giroud placing a tame lob straight at Hugo Lloris before Giovani Lo Celso wasted an opening down the other end.

    The point leaves Chelsea third, two points back from leaders Tottenham and defending champions Liverpool.


    92. CHANCE!

    That could be the chance, Rodon fails to deal with a bouncing ball, meaning Giroud can get an effort away.

    The striker can't quite get enough air on the ball to lob Lloris, and the goalkeeper grabs onto it gratefully.


    87. James crosses in long towards the back post again.

    Pulisic gets on the end of it, trying to head the ball back across goal into the path of Giroud, but can only find Lloris.


    Jose Mourinho says the heat is all on big-spending Frank Lampard ahead of their Stamford Bridge showdown.

    He said: “When I was in these clubs, there was huge pressure on me — and now there is not huge pressure on the coaches of these teams.”


    N'Golo Kante is expecting a good game between to inform sides when Chelsea face London rivals Tottenham.

    He told the Blues website: "We are in good form and they are in good form. They have good players also. We lost in the Carabao Cup but now is the league and the most important.

    "I think it will be a good game because it’s important for both teams."


    Manchester United legend David Beckham will pull out all the stops to bring Olivier Giroud to Inter Miami, according to reports.

    The England legend is believed to have made the Chelsea star, 34, his top transfer target as he continues to build his MLS franchise.

    And it has been said that he will offer a luxurious lifestyle, should he make the move to Florida.

    Beckham, 45, will gift Giroud a £4million apartment in the plush Porsche Design Tower in Miami City, where Barcelona star Lionel Messi has a pad that spans an entire floor.

    Or, he will hand over the keys to a stunning mansion in Sunny Isles Beach, where the jet set live.


    N'Golo Kante feels Chelsea have the tools to compete for titles following the club's busy transfer window.

    He told the Blues official website: "The players who came understand what we want to do in Chelsea. They bring a new energy, they are positive.

    "They want to win and achieve good things at Chelsea and this helps to bring a fresh ambition in the squad and they settled very well in the squad."

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