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Thomas Tuchel appointed new Chelsea manager

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the club’s new manager. The Blues moved swiftly to bring in the German following the decision to sack Frank Lampard on Monday. The 47-year-old will be charged with the task of reviving the fortunes of a side sat in ninth in the Premier League table, with Champions League qualification the likely target for the remainder of the season. Tuchel, who was sacked as coach of Paris Saint-Germain in December, has signed an 18-month contract, with the option of a further year in west London. His predecessor, Lampard, had been handed a three-year contract when the Blues legend was appointed Chelsea boss in the summer of 2019 following a season in charge of Championship side Derby County. When will Tuchel take charge of his first game? Tuchel...

Analysis: Thomas Tuchel is the perfect manager for Chelsea … for now

Frank Lampard said his farewells at Chelsea yesterday, and now his replacement has already been selected – Thomas Tuchel. The German tactician began his coaching career with Augsburg’s reserves in 2007 after impressing with the youth sides, moving on to then-newly-promoted Mainz in two years’ time. After spending five years at the club, he replaced ex-Mainz man Jürgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund (whom he had also succeeded at Mainz), where he spent another two years. His most recent destination was in France, as he spent over two years at the helm of Paris Saint-Germain, leaving with the highest win percentage in Ligue 1 history (75.6%). Now that Tuchel has joined Chelsea, let’s take a look at the impact he might have at the club, and explore a few systems he might use with the Blues. ...

Premier League 2020/21 Week 20: EPL Results & Table

The 20th round of fixtures in the Premier League features some intriguing matches at both ends of the EPL table. We’ll update this story with reports, results, highlights and the latest Premier League standings as the games are played. West Ham United continued their excellent recent run, recording their sixth win in a row with a 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace – Tomas Soucek (2) and Craig Dawson got their goals. Leeds United also triumphed on the road, with goals by Raphinha and Jack Harrison securing a 2-1 success at Newcastle United. FOUR games live on BT Sport this evening! 🔥 Newcastle 🆚 LeedsCrystal Palace 🆚 West HamSouthampton 🆚 ArsenalWest Brom 🆚 Man City Watch EVERY Premier League team LIVE on BT Sport twice in just 🔟 days! 🙌 pi...

Report: Aston Villa and Wolves looking to snap up highly-rated 19-yr-old from PL giants

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is expected to leave the club this month. According to Todofichajes, Thomas Tuchel is likely to allow the young Scotsman to leave on a loan deal so that he can continue his development with regular first team football elsewhere. The German manager has been confirmed as the club’s replacement for Frank Lampard. Gilmour is highly rated at Chelsea but he is unlikely to play often during the remainder of the season. Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante are all ahead of him in the pecking order. Apparently, the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are keen on signing the 19 year old on loan until the end of the season. West Brom have been mentioned as a potential destination as well. SL View: Decision could benefit the Blues in the l...

EPL week 20: Spurs vs Liverpool and other key matches, predictions

The Premier League standings could be set for a topsy-turvy midweek as Liverpool travel to north London to face Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. Everton will be looking to close the gap with other title challengers when they take on Leicester City at Goodison Park, while a new era is set to commence at Stamford Bridge following the sacking of Frank Lampard, with Chelsea facing Wolverhampton Wanderers. Elsewhere, Premier League leaders Manchester United will look to consolidate their top position in the EPL 2020-21 table when they face bottom-placed Sheffield United at Old Trafford. Manchester City can stretch their winning run to 11 in all competitions if they win against Sam Allardyce’s West Brom at the Hawthorns. 2020-21 Premier League: Week 20 Schedule, Predictions Tuesday ...

‘He knows the game inside out’: Chelsea urged to target 53-year-old as Lampard’s replacement

Chelsea have been urged to consider Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as a replacement for Frank Lampard. The Blues have slipped down to eighth in the Premier League after a disappointing run of form, cranking up the pressure on their current boss. Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, who also had a spell with Saints, told Stadium Astro that the Austrian has the ability to be a success at Stamford Bridge. “I think he’s almost got that (Jurgen) Klopp appearance about him, that authority,” he said. “He’s a big guy, he’s very intelligent, he knows the game inside out. “The big thing for the club is, can they keep hold of him? The biggest problem is keeping hold of their manager. “He’s doing a really good job down on the south coast. I wouldn’t like to see Frank lose his job, I don’t l...

Report: Manchester United, Chelsea tracking the contract situation of £45m La Liga star

Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring the contract situation of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, according to Sport. The Frenchman has experienced an injury-plagued career with the Catalan giants, making just 93 appearances over the past three-and-a-half seasons. He continues to be highly-rated and Sport claims that he could be on the move in the summer if the Blaugrana are unable to renew his deal. His current contract expires in June 2022 and the club have yet to make any progress over an extension with the 2018 World Cup winner. His contract situation is bound to attract interest and it is reported that both United and Chelsea are keeping track on proceedings. SL view: Dembele has bagged a combined tally of 44 goals and assists in 93 games for the Blaugrana which is quite impres...

Premier League mid-season awards 2020/21: best players, best signings, best games, and more

It’s been an enthralling season of Premier League football so far, with the title race shaping up to be one of the most open in decades. And now we’re at the midway stage (well…most teams are, although Aston Villa still have about 94 games in hand), we have a rough idea of how each side will fare over the course of the campaign. We’re still a few months away from awards season, but it’s always fun to have a look at where our standouts have come from. So, here are the Premier League mid-season awards. Best Players Third Place – Heung-min Son Son is playing brilliantly this season The Korean has been one of the standouts at Tottenham Hotspur for a few years now, but this season he seems to have elevated his game to a new level. If he registers just three more goals in the next 20 games, Son ...

Chelsea manager needs a reality check – media have given him an easy ride – Opinion

Frank Lampard appears to have been taking lessons in diplomacy from Neil Lennon judging by his antics at his press briefing on Friday. Speaking ahead of the FA Cup tie against Luton Town, the Chelsea boss criticised the objectivity of journalist Liam Twomey from The Athletic. Lampard was asked a question by Twomey about the importance of having Petr Cech alongside in him during difficult times at Stamford Bridge. His answer had all the hallmarks of someone looking for any excuse to deflect attention from his team’s recent performances. “To be fair Liam, their confidence would be shot if they were to read some of the pieces you write at the minute,” said Lampard. “I read them and some of the confirmation bias that you reflect on after games – it’s almost like a social media pundit to try an...

Opinion: Tomori’s Chelsea exit a huge blunder

Chelsea F.C. have come to an agreement with AC Milan to loan out Fikayo Tomori with the option to buy him after the loan period. Tomori is a 23-year-old English defender who joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of eight. During his time with Chelsea’s senior team, he has been loaned out to Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City, and Derby County. Tomori makes this loan move to Milan due to the lack of playing time having played only four matches this season. One of those matches was in the Premier League, in which he came off the bench against Liverpool back in September. Tomori will join Milan on a six-month loan deal until the end of the 2020/2021 season. At the end of the loan, Milan will have the option to buy him for £25 million, which suggests Chelsea are open to selling the playe...

FA Cup fourth round 2020/21: Results, Report & Highlights

The FA Cup rumbles on this weekend, with the fourth round line-up featuring some enthralling ties over the next four days. We’ll update this story with reports, results and highlights throughout the weekend. The action got underway on Friday evening as Wolverhampton Wanderers grabbed a narrow 1-0 win at Chorley. Vitinha’s swerving 35-yard effort was Wolves’ only shot on target but was enough to send them through to the fifth round. The early game on Saturday is at Southampton as they welcome Arsenal to St Mary’s. Other notable ties later in the day include West Ham United versus Doncaster Rovers and Cheltenham Town versus Manchester City. The standout game on Sunday is at Old Trafford as Manchester United face Liverpool for the second time in eight days. The two sides fought out a goalless...

Arsenal linked with Chelsea’s Champions League winning defender

Arsenal are considering a move for former Chelsea left-back and current Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as they look to provide competition for Kieran Tierney. Mikel Arteta revealed this week the club are in the market for a left-back to compete with Tierney after Sead Kolasinac was allowed to join former club Schalke on loan. Arsenal are looking at a number of targets, but it is understood that Bertrand is one player being monitored. Bertrand is into the final six months of his contract with the Saints and has been in protracted talks over a new deal with the south coast club. The 31-year-old, who still lives near the Blues’ west London training ground and commutes to Southampton, was of interest to Leicester in the summer following the sale of Ben Chillwell and the Foxes have kept tab...