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12.30pm Chelsea news LIVE: Rudiger ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test, Rice £120k-a-week ‘offer’ – The Sun

CHELSEA picked up a Premier League point with a goalless draw at Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the Blues are reportedly offering Declan Rice £120,000-a-week to join the club in January.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Marc Mayo

    FANS’ REVOLT

    Bookies have slashed the odds on the Premier League shutting pay-per-view games.

    Fans switched off when asked to pay £14.95 for certain matches, despite not being able to attend games.

    And reports suggest crunch talks are underway to solve the matter.

    Ladbrokes have cut the odds of PPV games being binned to 3/1.

    A spokesperson for the bookmaker said: “It should hardly come as a surprise to Premier League chiefs that PPV games would go down like a cup of cold sick with fans, and following poor viewing figures we've slashed the odds accordingly it's axed.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SEA CHANGE

    Chelsea take on Krasnodar on Wednesday evening in the second match of their Champions League campaign.

    And Frank Lampard has a selection conundrum on his hands.

    Should Lampard pick his strongest XI, he only has Kepa Arrizabalaga (injury) and Marcos Alonso (suspension) missing from his potential starters.

    Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner would make up a dangerous-looking front-four.

    However, Chelsea could opt to play the 3-4-3 / 5-2-3 formation they rolled out for the 0-0 draw with Manchester United at the weekend.

  • Marc Mayo

    WHERE WER YOU?

    Frank Lampardis 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.

    Speaking ahead of his side's Champions League trip to Krasnodar tomorrow, 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.”

  • Marc Mayo

    THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE

    As Chelsea head to Krasnodar, one Blues loanee showed them a trick to try themselves on the weekend.

    On loan at Spartak Moscow, Victor Moses bagged the second of a 3-1 win at Krasnodar Stadium with this neat turn and finish.

  • Marc Mayo

    THIAGO’S A GOER

    Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink is the latest pundit to revel in Thiago Silva’s start at Stamford Bridge.

    The former Chelsea striker was highly impressed with the Brazilian’s performance in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

    Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports: “Thiago played really well today. He was very relaxed on the ball. He won his headers, organised, never really got in trouble, always in the right positions.

    “That’s why he’s been brought, to lead, to do these kinds of things like these blocks headers away and give confidence to the people around him.”

  • Marc Mayo

    CHOCS AWAY!

    Chelsea's stars are off to Russia…

    Tomorrow's game with Krasnodar kicks off at 5.55pm but first, at 5.30pm tonight, Frank Lampard will face the media.

  • Marc Mayo

    VARCICAL

    Pat Nevin has added his voice to the discontent over Chelsea’s failure to win a penalty against Manchester United.

    Saturday’s 0-0 draw saw Harry Maguire let off for appearing to grapple Cesar Azpilicueta in the penalty box.

    And Nevin wrote on the Chelsea website: “Even though a draw was a fair result, the failure to award a penalty to Cesar Azpilicueta was a long way from being fair.

    “The rules for what is and isn’t a penalty seem to change most weeks at the moment, but I am sure that at no time has it stated you need three falls and a submission for a penalty to be awarded.

    “It really did look much closer to wrestling than football, and it is beyond me that the Video Assistant Referee came to the same conclusion as the on-field referee.

    “That is not a problem with the VAR system itself, that is basic human error.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SILVA STAR

    Thiago Silva is the best defender Kylian Mbappe played with at Paris Saint-Germain.

    The French forward heaped praise on the new Chelsea star, praising the 36-year-old’s longevity in Ligue 1.

    Mbappe told Le10Sport: “Thiago Silva and Mario Yepes.

    “Thiago Silva because for me he is the best defender in the history of the club with everything he has brought.

    “He stayed a long time here.”

  • Marc Mayo

    TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE

    Former Chelsea hero Pat Nevin believes Frank Lampard will deploy his young stars to deal with tomorrow’s trip to Russia.

    Krasnodar await the Blues and the tricky trip amid a tough fixture schedule should draw plenty of rotation.

    Nevin told the Chelsea website: “Having drawn with Sevilla, three points would be very handy here, but [Lampard] has to be careful not to push players too far this early in the season.

    “I am sure he will want as many youthful, energetic and tireless legs on the field as possible, so I will not be surprised if the young guns such as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount are used from the start.

    “Then of course there are the likes of Mateo Kovacic, who could really do with another 90 minutes pretty soon.

    “He should also have plenty of energy to spare. It doesn’t matter that the lads will be in the most comfortable airplane in the skies, travelling is tiring, especially when it involves crossing time zones.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ROLLS ROYCE DEFENDER

    Thiago Silva is the most 'accomplished' defender Chelsea could have signed.

    That is according to BBC pundit Garth Crooks, the former Stoke and Tottenham star raving about SIlva's display versus Manchester United.

    He said: “Chelsea have not had a player at the back like this for some time. Defenders don’t come more accomplished than Silva.

    “The former Brazil international has brought a desperately needed calm to the Blues defensive line up. His positional sense and reading of the game are his specialities.

    “Had it not been for Silva, his former Paris St-Germain team-mate Edinson Cavani would have almost certainly found himself on the scoresheet.

    “At 36, Silva looks like he’s never been in a pub in his life. What a pity for Chelsea he’s not a few years younger.”

  • Marc Mayo

    BARC-ING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Samuel Umtiti has committed his future to Barcelona after a tricky transfer window.

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea were linked with the defender.

    Umtiti has admitted that former club Lyon held talks with Barcelona but he always wanted to remain at the Camp Nou.

    He Canal Football Club: “Lyon is my team, it is my city. It is the team that has given me the opportunity to play in Europe, in Barcelona and with the national team.

    “There were talks with them during the transfer market, but there was never anything concrete.

    “I don’t see myself in a club other than Barcelona. I have been clear with everyone on this issue.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    RUDI AND WAITING

    Frank Lampard has had 'constructive' talks with Antonio Rudiger over his Chelsea future, according to reports.

    The German defender has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and looked a dead cert to be sold at one point.

    Spurs, PSG and Roma were all interested in signing the 27-year-old.

    But he has had progressive chats with the Blues boss, according to the Mail.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea will reportedly train in Russia ahead of their Champions League clash with Krasnodar despite concerns over coronavirus in the country.

    The Mail cites reports from Russia claiming that some cities are seeing 'bodies pile up in morgues'.

    However, it's claimed Chelsea intend to fly out on Tuesday for their match, which kicks off at 5.55pm GMT the following day on Wednesday.

    Frank Lampard’s men will apparently take off at 9.30am from London, travelling the five hours to south-west Russia on a chartered flight.

    The Blues will arrive in the early evening and head straight to Krasnodar’s stadium for a late training session.

    In other news, Stats have revealed just how much of an improvement Edouard Mendy is on Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    Mendy boasts a save percentage of 88.9 per cent, while Kepa kept out just 63.4 per cent of the shots he faced.

    Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger has held positive talks with Lampard as he looks to claw his way back into the squad.

    Telegraph Sport claim the German star has been training well since he returned from international duty.

    Rudiger was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer, but he looks set to stick around and fight for his spot.

  • Joe Miles

    TALK TO FRANK

    Frank Lampard is looking to take the positives from Chelsea's draw with Manchester United.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “The balance is something we will constantly work on.

    “We got in nice areas at certain times.

    “We didn't have the usual spark that we have seen from Timo and Kai already, or what Christian can do.

    “I will take positives in that we defended very well and had at times good control, but did not have the penetration that we normally.”

  • Joe Miles

    TABLE TURNER

    Here's how the Premier League table is looking following tonight's matches.

    Chelsea are tenth in the table after six matches.

  • Joe Miles

    ON THE MEND

    Edouard Mendy has become the first Chelsea goalkeeper since Petr Cech to keep two clean sheets in his first two starts for the club.

    The Senegal star was the star of the show for the Blues during this weekend's 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

    And he kept a clean sheet in the Champions League game with against Sevilla – which ended 0-0.

    His arrival has seen Kepa Arrizabalaga lose his No1 spot at Stamford Bridge.

  • Joe Miles

    STEVIE STING

    Steven Gerrard has admitted THAT infamous slip back in 2014 against Chelsea still lives with him to this day.

    Speaking on the High Performance Podcast, he said: “It was a real, brutal, cruel, low in my life, in 2014, the Chelsea episode, which still lives with me today.

    “I don't know whether it gave me extra determination or something.

    “From my experience, I think sometimes failure helps you to become better.

    “I still think now part of me is chasing more highs, and I want to work hard for them highs, because I still think more of the lows.

    “Sometimes, a low, or a bad time or a disappointment, can be the catalyst, and the trigger to something really, really, amazing. So now, when you're representing Rangers, you know what it means, and I do see opportunities to have more highs, and buzzes, and adrenaline rushes. I want to go and achieve.”

  • Joe Miles

    ON THE PAUL

    Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Paulo Dybala.

    Tuttomercatoweb claim he is set to sign a new deal with Juventus.

    The Argentine had been tipped to leave Turin after a bust-up with a member of the club's board – and the Blues had been linked to him.

    But he looks set to stay after entering contract talks with the Italian giants.

  • Joe Miles

    FEELING BLUE?

    As things stand, Chelsea are 10th in the table after playing six games.

    The Blues have picked up two wins, three draws and suffered one loss.

    When quizzed about the varied results, Frank Lampard said: “It is hard to pinpoint because there can be quite a few factors.

    “Maybe having no fans is a factor, I don't know why but it certainly feels like it is a factor.”

  • Joe Miles

    RUDI HELL

    Antonio Rudiger held 'positive talks' with Frank Lampard as he looks to claw his way back into the Chelsea team.

    The German star has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge under the management of Lampard.

    He was heavily linked with a move away the London club in the summer, but it failed to materialise.

    According to The Telegraph, he hopes to be given a chance to prove his potential at Chelsea.

    It is reported that he has trained well since his return from international duty.

  • Joe Miles

    SILVA LINING

    Frank Lampard has praised Thiago Silva for his performance during the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

    He said: “Thiago Silva on Saturday was a great example of a defender who concentrates at everything of a game, not just to affect things himself but to affect those around him.

    “That was a big plus.”

    He made 82 passes, two successful tackles, six clearances and two interceptions.

  • Joe Miles

    EURO STARS

    Chelsea will reportedly train in Russia ahead of their Champions League clash with Krasnodar despite concerns over coronavirus in the country.

    The Mail cites reports from Russia claiming that some cities are seeing 'bodies pile up in morgues'.

    Indeed, German outlet Bild claims Bayern Munich have opted against training in Russia ahead of their clash with Lokomotiv Moscow tomorrow.

    That means they will hold a final training session at their base in Germany before jetting to Russia's capital for just the game.

  • Joe Miles

    PAY-PER-BLEW IT

    Premier League clubs will tomorrow discuss cutting the Pay Per View charge to under a tenner.

    But not until AFTER next month’s international break.

    Top flight clubs have faced a fan backlash, fuelled by MPs, and branded 'greedy' for the £14.95 per game charge.

    Despite that, SunSport understands the League is to announce the five matches scheduled for the weekend of November 7 and 8 which have not already been moved for live TV screening will be shown on PPV at the current price.

    Those matches include Arsenal versus Aston Villa and Spurs’ trip to West Brom, both of which will be switched to the Sunday because of Europa League exertions.

  • Joe Miles

    BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard is on a mission to sort out his dodgy defence.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “Where we have conceded more goals than I would have liked in certain games this season, it is important to try to address those problems.

    “Obviously we are addressing them at the back.

    “I thought we defended the box very well [at Old Trafford].

    “Defending for me at this level when you have individual players with good quality is about concentration.

    “Concentration is what defines defending in top players generally.”

  • Joe Miles

    WHAT ZIYECH?

    Frank Lampard has insisted Hakim Ziyech is 'coming close to starting a game with his fitness' for Chelsea.

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

    “It is normal it will take some time for the relationships in the side to form, whether we want to play the ball in behind or to feet.

    “We are in such an early part of the season and I know the qualities and the reasons we brought Timo and Kai to the club.

    “I know the qualities we already have there and Hakim Ziyech is now looking like he is coming close to starting a game with his fitness.

    “I am very happy with the players.”

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