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Chelsea prioritising Mason Mount contract extension.

With their hectic winter transfer window now closed, Chelsea’s focus is on striking an agreement to extend the contract of midfielder Mason Mount, 90min understands.

Co-owner Todd Boehly made it clear earlier this season tying both Mount and right-back Reece James down to long-term deals was among the club’s top priorities this season, but while the latter put pen to paper on a six-year contract back in September, Mount is yet to sign.

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An agreement is yet to be reached with the 24-year-old, but sources have confirmed to 90min Chelsea are now focusing all their efforts on reaching a positive outcome in the coming months.

Chelsea are prepared to make Mount one of the highest-earning players in the squad as a reward for his emergence as a regular starter for both club and country.

Mount’s representatives are aware of interest from other clubs but Mount is understood to be keen to stay at Chelsea and re-establish himself as a key player as part of the Blues’ lofty plans for the coming seasons.

Among Chelsea’s plans is the signing of Mount’s best friend, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. A former Blues academy player, Rice has attracted significant interest from Arsenal in recent weeks but Chelsea remain keen on a reunion – even after their £106m acquisition of Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

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While tying down Mount to a long-term deal is not essential to Chelsea’s pursuit of Rice, sources close to the situation believe it would help in convincing the West Ham midfielder to join up with his friend at Stamford Bridge.

Thiago Silva is set to sign a new contract in the coming weeks while Chelsea remain in talks with the representatives of injured midfielder N’Golo Kante, whose deal expires at the end of the current season.

Decisions also have to be made on the players whose contracts expire in 2024. Mateo Kovacic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic all join Mount in entering the final 18 months of their contracts


Chelsea reveal update regarding Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer.

Chelsea have confirmed that they are nearing the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

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The Gunners had been in extensive talks with Shakhtar regarding a deal for Mudryk but a fee proved to be a sticking point, with Chelsea in line to pay a package of up to €100m – a price Arsenal were reluctant to meet.

And the west London club confirmed on Saturday night that a deal to sign Mudryk was close to completion.


Chelsea said in a statement: “Chelsea are discussing terms with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Mykhaylo Mudryk.

“Should a deal be agreed between the two clubs then the Ukrainian international, who can operate as a winger or a forward, will discuss personal terms with the Blues ahead of a permanent transfer.”

Chelsea are believed to have handed a seven-and-a-half year contract to Mudryk, who is now flying to England to iron out the final details of his transfer to Stamford Bridge.

Prior to this confirmation, Chelsea had teased Mudryk’s signing through social media posts.




Crystal Palace Won’t Look Down On Struggling Chelsea – Vieira

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has urged his side to focus on their own game rather than read too much into Chelsea’s problems ahead of Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were beaten 2-1 by Fulham on Thursday in another all-London clash and now lead Palace by just three points in the Premier League table, having played one game more than the Eagles.

Chelsea are 10th, an unusually low position in recent seasons, with a dismal run of just one win from their past eight games in all competitions piling the pressure on manager Graham Potter.

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Palace have problems of their own following successive defeats, their latest loss coming in the FA Cup at the hands of top-flight rivals Southampton.


“The mood has been challenging, of course, because of the results that we have had, but I have seen a group who have been working well this week and waiting for the game to perform the best that we can,” Vieira said on Friday.

“We are looking at the squad that they (Chelsea) have and we are looking at the quality of the players that they have, we are looking at the quality of the manager that they have.”

The former Arsenal and France star added: “At the moment, yes, they (Chelsea) may be in a difficult period, because things are going against them, but that doesn’t take away the quality that they have.

“We, again, have to perform well, and not think at all about the run of games they are having at the moment.

“We want to focus on ourselves. We want to improve regarding the last games that we played. We want to be more competitive, and more consistent in our performances, to allow ourselves to win games.”




Chelsea signs Joao Felix on loan.


Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has joined Chelsea on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old will bolster the attacking options for manager Graham Potter, whose squad is currently hard-hit by injuries and languishing in 10th spot in the table.

Chelsea described the Portugal international as a “skilful and stylish attacker” who is best in a fluid forward role.


“Chelsea is one of the great teams in the world and I hope to help the team reach their objectives, so I am very, very happy to be here and very excited to play at Stamford Bridge,” Felix said in a club statement.

Atletico said Felix had extended his contract with the Spanish club for one more season, until June 2027.

“From Atletico de Madrid we wish Joao Felix every success in this new professional stage,” the club said




Former Chelsea manager, Vialli dies at 58 after cancer battle


Chelsea and Italy legend, Gianluca Vialli has died at the age of 58.

His death comes five years after he was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Vialli scored 40 goals in 88 appearances for the Blues between 1996 and 1999.

He then won three major trophies when he managed Chelsea.


Vialli won 59 caps for Italy and after he was initially given the all-clear on his health in 2020, he worked with Roberto Mancini’s staff in the Italian national team, who won the European Championships in England the following summer.

He stepped down from the role in December when he returned to the Royal Marsden hospital to undergo further treatment on cancer, which he called “an unwanted guest”.

Vialli is survived by his wife, Cathryne White Cooper, and their two daughters, Olivia and Sofia




Everton boss Frank Lampard defiant after Brighton battering.


Everton manager Frank Lampard said his focus is on preparing the side for Friday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United after another crushing defeat left his job seemingly hanging by a thread.

Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at home to Brighton, where the Toffees conceded three goals in six second-half minutes, meant the Merseysiders had accrued just five points from their last 10 Premier League matches.

A relegation battle for a second successive season is now assured, with Lampard saying it’s up to him and his players to raise their game.

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“It’s not time to go into dressing-room talk after a result like that,” he said. “I’ve been there before and it’s about taking personal responsibility — every player and myself.

“We’re all in it together, it’s not a question of anger. We’re all disappointed, we all want to win games.


“That’s for us to get right. Manchester United comes in a few days.”

The former Derby and Chelsea manager added: “It’s about, ‘What can I do better?’ and as long as you do that and don’t look left or right at anyone else, that’s the only reaction you can have.

“The first half (against Brighton) I didn’t hate but obviously the six minutes (in the second half) is not good enough from us and if you are going to perform like that and defensively then you are going to lose games.

“We have to fight for consistency, for sure.”

The omens for Lampard’s future at Goodison Park are far from encouraging given owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked five managers in almost seven years since becoming Everton’s majority shareholder.

Lampard has a worse record than all those predecessors — Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and, most recently, Rafael Benitez — averaging just 0.97 points per game.

He has won nine and lost 19 of the 36 Premier League matches for which he has been in charge since taking over last January.




Chelsea splashes 2 goals against “helpless” Bournemouth.


Kai Havertz and Mason Mount’s early strikes helped Chelsea ease to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday to snap a dismal run of five Premier League games without a win.

Graham Potter’s side endured a torrid spell before the World Cup but sparkled on their return to Stamford Bridge against the struggling Cherries to move eighth, six points shy of the top four with a game in hand to come. (Watch Video Here)

However, victory came at a cost as defender Reece James limped off on his return from the knee injury which kept him out of England’s World Cup campaign.

James cruised through the first half but called for a substitution early in the second, pointing to his knee before going to ground and being replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Potter, aiming to avoid overseeing a fourth consecutive Chelsea league defeat for the (Watch Video Here) first time since 1998, handed Denis Zakaria his Premier League debut.

The Swiss midfielder broke forward well to drive Chelsea up the pitch in the first half, while the effervescent duo of Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic led the Bournemouth defence on a merry dance.

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Sterling provided the opener with an incisive low cross to the back post where Havertz slid in to convert in the 16th minute.

Pulisic could easily have won a penalty when he was pulled back but referee Simon Hooper (Watch Video Here) waved away his appeals.

Mount doubled the lead with a well-taken drive from the edge of the box in the 24th minute as Chelsea stepped up another gear before Pulisic had another goal disallowed for a foul by Havertz in the build-up.

After three games in all competitions without scoring a goal, the Blues were determined to end their disappointing streak and get their season back on track.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark (Watch Video Here) Travers did well to deny James after a dynamic burst forward, then made an even better save to foil Sterling before the break to keep his team in the game.

Havertz fired wide and Mount forced Travers into a smart low stop as Chelsea tried to put the game out of sight.

In the end they didn’t need to as Bournemouth failed to threaten other than Jaidon Anthony’s late free-kick that was beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga. (Watch Video Here)

A fifth defeat in six league games leaves Gary O’Neil’s men in 14th just three points above the relegation zone




Qatar 2022: This will make you stronger – Drogba consoles Kane.


Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, has sent a message of support to England captain Harry Kane after his penalty miss in his side’s 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal 2-1 defeat to France over the weekend.

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Kane missed a penalty and also scored another spot-kick as France defeated England in the last-8 in Qatar.

Aurelien Tchouameni and Olivier Giroud scored for France against England.




However, Drogba, who helped Chelsea to many successes during his ten years at Stamford Bridge, told Kane that his missed penalty would make him stronger going forward.

The Ivorian also described Kane, a Tottenham Hotspur striker, as a true captain and leader.

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Drogba wrote on Twitter on Sunday, “It will hurt @HKane but you are a true Captain and leader. I really like the way you played during this World Cup, an example for strikers to watch: score, assist, hold and lead !!” It will take time to get over it but this will make you stronger!!!”


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Ben Chilwell expected to miss World Cup with hamstring injury.


Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell is expected to miss the World Cup with England after the club confirmed that the hamstring injury he suffered against Dinamo Zagreb is ‘significant’.

Chilwell has not played for England since November 2021 because of an ACL injury that ruled him out of the second half of last season. But the defender has returned to action for Chelsea in recent months and was at least on the bench when the Three Lions played Germany in September.


The former Leicester was part of Gareth Southgate’s 55-player preliminary squad and his form for Chelsea made him a strong option to go to Qatar, where final squads are expanded to 26 players.

However, Chilwell picked up an injury in midweek that comes as a huge blow to him, but also Chelsea in the longer term as well.

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A statement from the club on Saturday morning read, “Following the injury sustained in our recent game against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben has undergone a scan on his hamstring.

“Results show that Ben has suffered a significant injury and the defender is unfortunately expected to miss the World Cup. Ben will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical department.”

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A report from the Daily Telegraph has suggested that although Chilwell is not expected to require surgery, he could be sidelined for three months during the recovery process.

England are already sweating on the availability of Chelsea defender Reece James, who could yet be selected for the squad if he can be fit in time for the knockout rounds – even if that potentially means being absent while the group stage is on.

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Brighton strikes four successful times against Chelsea.


Graham Potter’s return to Brighton could hardly have gone worse as the Seagulls tormented his Chelsea side to the tune of a 4-1 victory.

Leandro Trossard opened the scoring inside three minutes before Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah turned into their own net in a catastrophic first half, after which Kai Havertz’s consolation header meant very little.

Thiago Silva was both villain and hero in the first few minutes. A poor pass gifted Trossard with a chance which the Brazilian had to clear off the line, before he again repelled Pervis Estupinan’s strike from the corner that followed.

Not learning his lesson, Silva lost possession once again and Trossard made no mistake this time, rounding Kepa and firing into the bottom corner to put Brighton ahead just five minutes in.

The Seagulls kept pressing and bagged a deserved second ten minutes later. Solly March’s corner found its way to the knee of the unsuspecting Loftus-Cheek, who could only watch on as the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Robert Sanchez made two excellent saves to prevent two separate Conor Gallagher goals, the first of which was followed by a huge miss from Christian Pulisic, before the stopper did well to keep out another effort from Havertz.

The third came shortly before half-time. Estupinan found some space in the box and his cross was turned into the net by Chalobah, whose unbeaten run as a Chelsea starter came to an end in an emphatic fashion.

Chelsea pulled one back inside three second-half minutes. Gallagher’s cross landed on the head of Havertz, who guided the ball into the net to set up an interesting half of football.

The Blues were much-improved and dominated the ball as the clock ticked on, but apart from the odd glimpse, they couldn’t find a way through an incredibly stubborn Brighton defence, who were just as prepared to do the dirty work.

The Seagulls held on relatively comfortably and added a fourth before the final whistle as Pascal Gross tapped home a rebound in stoppage time to seal a famous victory in style.


Brighton vs Chelsea player ratings
1. Brighton (4-2-3-1)

GK: Robert Sanchez – 7/10 – Made some excellent saves in the first

half when Chelsea were threatening to get back into the game.

RB: Pascal Gross – 8/10 – No idea why he was playing right-back but can’t deny that it worked. Even coped when under immense pressure after the break.

CB: Lewis Dunk – 7/10 – Some unreal passing from the back. Think there was a Trivela at one point.

CB: Adam Webster – 6/10 – Not always perfectly comfortable. Lost Havertz for the goal.

LB: Pervis Estupinan – 8/10 – Absolutely breezed down the left all game long. Flashed his defensive skills after the interval as well.

DM: Alexis Mac Allister – 8/10 – Bullied Chelsea’s midfield in the first half. Hard to pinpoint what position he was actually playing because he was just everywhere. Absolutely ran the show.

DM: Moises Caicedo – 8/10 – Some superb passing to pull the strings in midfield.

RM: Solly March – 8/10 – Gifted the freedom of the right wing as he charged through on Chelsea’s goal with ease. Such a threat.

AM: Adam Lallana – 6/10 – Probably the least dangerous of Brighton’s forwards but that is by no means an insult.

LM: Kaoru Mitoma – 8/10 – Benefited from all the space but did an outrageous job of creating his own at times. The ball was glued to his feet.

ST: Leandro Trossard – 8/10 – His energy was far too much for Chelsea’s centre-backs to cope with. Deserved his goal and could have easily had a few more.

SUB: Julio Enciso (64′ for Lallana) – 7/10 – Buzzed around with terrifying energy.

SUB: Tariq Lamptey (72′ for Mitoma) – 6/10 – A calm introduction to the game.

SUB: Jeremy Sarmiento (87′ for Trossard) – N/A

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi – 9/10 – Brighton were still a little open at the back but that is the only minor issue with what was an otherwise perfect setup.

2. Chelsea (3-4-2-1)
Kaoru Mitoma, Trevoh Chalobah

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5/10 – The odd nice save but was helpless for everything that went past him. No help from those in front. Very unfortunate to be hooked at the break but had been limping a bit in the first half.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 2/10 – Left on an absolute island for far too long during this game but didn’t cover himself in glory even when he did get the help.

CB: Thiago Silva – 2/10 – His sloppy passing set the tone for this nightmare early on. Fair play for two goal-line clearances but maybe try not giving the ball away in the first place.

CB: Marc Cucurella – 1/10 – Met with a chorus of boos from the home supporters and the away fans were probably joining in by half-time.

RM: Christian Pulisic – 2/10 – Isn’t a wing-back and should never have been asked to play as one. At least looked more comfortable when moved forward after the break but still did nothing.

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 4/10 – Lost his head a bit as he tried to drag Chelsea back to this. Gets this rating purely because you could sense his effort.

CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 4/10 – Struggled in midfield but wasn’t the worst right-back you’ve ever seen in the second half. Unfortunate with his own goal.

LM: Raheem Sterling – 1/10 – Stale in attack and shocking in defence.

AM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10 – Made some impressive runs early on and undoubtedly unfortunate not to get a goal when this game was still up for contention. A great cross for Havertz.

AM: Mason Mount – 3/10 – Didn’t do anything wrong but didn’t do anything right.

ST: Kai Havertz – 5/10 – Took his goal well and grew in influence in the second half but was just anonymous in the first.

SUB: Edouard Mendy (46′ for Kepa) – 5/10 – Uncomfortable with the ball at his feet. Can see why Potter has preferred Kepa to him.

SUB: Ben Chilwell (63′ for Cucurella) – 5/10 – Didn’t provide the defensive stability that he was supposed to.

SUB: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (63′ for Sterling) – 2/10 – Not convinced he touched the ball. Certainly felt like he didn’t.

SUB: Armando Broja (79′ for Pulisic) – N/A

SUB: Hakim Ziyech (79′ for Gallagher) – N/A

Manager: Graham Potter – 1/10 – Potter was prepared to hook Cucurella early against Man Utd when his system wasn’t working but inexplicably opted against doing so here. Watched on as this game flew away from Chelsea, by which point his minor tactical switch at half-time was pretty meaningless.

Player of the Match – Pervis Estupinan

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Aston Villa announce Unai Emery as new manager.


Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been appointed as the new manager of Premier League side Aston Villa following the dismissal of Steven Gerrard on Thursday.


“Aston Villa is delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new Head Coach,” the club said in a statement on Monday night.

Emery’s appointment comes after he resigned from his job with Villarreal following mutual agreement between the Spanish club and Aston Villa.

This is the Spaniard’s second spell in England following a short unsuccessful stint with Arsenal, where he led the Gunners to the final of the UEFA Europa League but lost to Chelsea in the final.

Emery has managed top clubs across Europe including Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla, Valencia, Spartak Moscow and Almeria.

He also boasts of remarkable achievements in his managerial career so far – he won four UEFA Europa League titles with Villarreal and Sevilla combined, the Ligue 1, Coupe de France amongst others.

The 50-year-old manager is now tasked with the difficult task of overturning Aston Villa’s poor run this season – The Villans have lost six of their 12 league matches, with only three wins and three draws.

He will resume duty on November 1 after his work permit formalities are completed.

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Arsenal, Chelsea & Tottenham monitoring Liverpool Keita contract situation


A number of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals are keeping close tabs on Naby Keita’s contract talks as they entertain the idea of taking him on a free transfer at the end of the season, 90min understands.

The midfielder has not actually played this season due to a series of niggling injuries, which has been a huge frustration for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp given the Guinean’s form last season and their other medical woes.

Keita was outstanding for the Reds last term, especially towards the end of the season with many tipping him to start the Champions League final against Real Madrid. However, Jordan Henderson and Thiago were picked ahead of him.

During the summer, Keita’s agents made a concerted push for Liverpool to tie him down to a new deal before the transfer window closed, but when it became clear this wasn’t going to happen, it was made known that he wasn’t happy with the situation.


The situation remains deadlocked, and Keita’s camp know that interest in his services is strong both from within the Premier League and abroad despite his injury record.

The chance to land Keita on a free is hugely appealing and 90min understands that Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are among those contemplating an offer.

Chelsea could consider moving on from the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho while Denis Zakaria does not have a long-term future at the club, and the chance to bolster their ranks with a free agent is believed to appeal to the Blues.

Arsenal and Tottenham could also both do with Keita as he would add some real depth to both their thin squads.

There is also major interest in Keita from Germany, Italy, Spain and France should he decide to leave the Premier League, and he would be able to negotiate a free transfer abroad from January.

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Chelsea appoint Graham Potter as new manager.


Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Graham Potter as their new manager.

The Blues have moved swiftly to appoint a successor to Thomas Tuchel, who surprisingly parted ways with the club on Wednesday morning.

And Chelsea have now announced the appointment of Potter on a five-year contract after agreeing a fee with Brighton to release him from his contract at the Amex Stadium.

“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club,” Potter said. “I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

“I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.”

Chairman Todd Boehly added: “We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the Club. Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful Club.

“He has had a major impact at his previous Clubs’ and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years.”

Noble Reporters Media first reported early on Thursday that Potter had agreed to take the job at Stamford Bridge following productive talks the day prior.

New Chelsea co-owner Boehly led the search for a new manager and quickly identified Potter as his top target.

The 47-year-old arrived at Brighton in 2019 following impressive stints at Ostersunds and Swansea City. Though it took a while for results to notably improve, he led the Seagulls to a ninth-placed finish last season – their highest in the club’s history.


Potter is set to take charge of his first Chelsea match this weekend in their short trip to west London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

Chelsea currently sit sixth in the Premier League table – ironically three points and two places behind Brighton – and have won just three of seven games in all competitions so far this season.




Graham Potter speaks on whether or not he would manage Chelsea.


Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has agreed to take charge of Chelsea, sources have confirmed to 90min.

The 47-year-old opened talks with Chelsea on Wednesday following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, and 90min have been told that things went well and he was offered the chance to replace the German at Stamford Bridge.

It is believed that Potter verbally agreed to take charge and shook hands on the deal, with paperwork now being drawn up.

90min understands that Chelsea want the deal completed on Thursday so barring any issues, Potter will take charge ahead of this weekend’s derby clash with Fulham.


As confirmed on Wednesday, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly had been leading the search and work started some weeks ago when issues with Tuchel first emerged.

Potter was always first choice for Chelesa, and such has been the impression he has made on Boehly and the rest of the club’s hierarchy following their first meeting, they knew they had their man. Boehly always wanted a swift appoint and that is how things have worked out.

The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and Ruben Amorim were among those who had been discussed, but the other real contender had been Mauricio Pochettino – out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain. But Potter impressed so much during talks that Boehly and the rest of the board were satisfied with their first choice and was offered the job within hours of meeting.

Brighton, who have a release clause in place for Potter, have begun their own search for a replacement




Chelsea announces who will temporarily take charge of Club.


Chelsea on Wednesday sacked their manager, Thomas Tuchel, following their UEFA Champions League group stage 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

Chelsea announced this in a statement via its website, adding that the Blues’ coaching staff will temporarily take charge of the first team.

The statement partly read, “Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Thomas Tuchel.

“Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the Club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.

“There will be no further comment until a new head coach appointment is made.”




PSG, City off with wins — Chelsea staggers in UCL.


Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland made European football’s biggest stage their own as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City made winning starts to their Champions League campaign Tuesday.

While big-spending Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb, holders Real Madrid rode luck at times before demonstrating its class to kick off its title defense with a 3-0 win at Celtic despite the loss of Karim Benzema to injury.

Mbappe showed why PSG was so desperate to keep him at the end of last season when he seemed set to depart for Real by scoring both goals in PSG’s 2-1 victory at home to Juventus, to launch the French champions’ quest for the biggest prize in European club football.

“We played well and we got a win in a tremendous atmosphere at home,” Mbappe told Canal Plus.

“We always want to play against big teams – that’s why you play in the Champions League. It’s that sort of atmosphere we love; matches like this, in which you have to show character.”

The France forward volleyed Neymar’s delightful scoop past Mattia Perin in the fifth minute at the Parc des Princes before adding another brilliantly-worked goal midway through the first half.

Substitute Weston McKennie headed Juventus back into the game but PSG held on and are level with Benfica in Group H. The Portuguese side beat Maccabi Haifa 2-0 courtesy of goals from Rafa Silva and Alex Grimaldo.

Pep Guardiola has warned Haaland alone can not lead City to Champions League glory this season, but the Norway striker kept up his scintillating form for his new team with two goals in a 4-0 rout of Sevilla.

“He has an incredible sense of goal. We have incredible numbers in scoring goals, so we want to continue like that,” said Guardiola.


Haaland keeps on scoring

Having already scored 10 times in six Premier League outings, Haaland put City in front on 20 minutes in Spain as he poked in a Kevin De Bruyne cross.

Phil Foden doubled the lead on the hour before Haaland struck again. Ruben Dias bagged a fourth to compound the misery for a struggling Sevilla side.

Haaland faces a reunion next week with old club Borussia Dortmund, who eased to a 3-0 win over FC Copenhagen earlier in Group G.

First-half goals from Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro had the hosts cruising, with 19-year-old England international Jude Bellingham delivering a late third.

Real up and running
Scottish champion Celtic was left to rue not making the most of a bright start against Real in Glasgow as Callum McGregor rattled the post before the Spanish giants made its experience count.

Vinicius Junior, who grabbed the winning goal in last season’s final, opened the scoring in the 56th minute and Luka Modric soon doubled the advantage.

Eden Hazard, who came on for the ailing Benzema, netted his first goal for the club since January to seal the victory.

“It was like two games, first half we suffered a bit with intensity, second half we had control,” Ancelotti told BT Sport.

“We were not surprised (with Celtic’s start). We knew they could start really fast. We were lucky because they hit the post.”

Shakhtar Donetsk romped to a memorable 4-1 win over RB Leipzig in Germany in the other Group F game.

Shakhtar, who has not played in its hometown since 2014, did not have any competitive matches this year until Aug. 23 due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It has lost multiple key players since as FIFA allowed foreign players and coaches to suspend their contracts and leave the club.

Marian Shved scored twice on his full debut either side of Mohamed Simakan’s equalizer. Mykhaylo Mudryk and Lassina Traore made sure of the win for Shakhtar.

Chelsea made a miserable start to its Champions League campaign as Dinamo Zagreb ruined Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s debut.

Thomas Tuchel’s side was expected to cruise through Group E after being drawn with Dinamo, Red Bull Salzburg and AC Milan.

But its task might not be so simple after Mislav Orsic’s first-half strike punished the Blues for another sloppy display.

Having spent 250 million pounds ($280 million) on new signings since the end of last season, Tuchel is under pressure to deliver silverware in return for that huge investment.

“We are clearly not there, where we need to be and where we can be. So it’s on me, it’s on us, we need to find solutions. At the moment, everything is missing,” said Tuchel.

Italian champions Milan began with a 1-1 draw at Salzburg as Alexis Saelemaekers canceled out Noah Okafor’s opener for the hosts




Not only Tuchel was fired — Leipzig sacks, Tedesco.


After a below-par start to their seasons, Premier League powerhouse Chelsea sacked manager Thomas Tuchel and Bundesliga’s RB Leipzig parted ways with Domenico Tedesco on Wednesday.

The Blues fired Tuchel just seven games into the season following a chastening 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

The London club said in a statement it had “parted company” with the German, who led it to Champions League glory in 2021 and the Club World Cup crown earlier this year.

“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the club,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.”

The Stamford Bridge club, under new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said they had made the change at the “right time.”

Chelsea is sixth in the Premier League table after three wins, one draw and two defeats in its opening six matches.

Tuchel is the second Premier League manager to be fired this season – Bournemouth sacking Scott Parker last week.

Leipzig sacks Tedesco
Earlier in the day, Tedesco was fired by Leipzig after a 4-1 home thrashing by Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening Champions League group match.

It comes months after he led his side to German Cup success but a dreadful start to its league campaign has yielded five points from five matches in the Bundesliga.

“RB Leipzig has parted company with Domenico Tedesco with immediate effect,” the club tweeted.

Even before Tuesday’s humiliation, there were rumors that Leipzig had lined up former Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose.

The Leipzig-born Rose won two Austrian titles with sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

Italy-born Tedesco, 36, only took over last December when Leipzig sacked American Jesse Marsch after a poor run of results.

Tedesco turned the club’s fortunes around, guiding it to a Champions League spot, the Europa League semifinals and maiden domestic trophy, beating Freiburg on penalties in the German Cup final.




Erik ten Hag conference: Tuchel sacking, Ronaldo’s rotation, Rashford contract.


Erik ten Hag has spoken to the media ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League group stage opener against Real Sociedad.

United have bounced back superbly from their disastrous beginning to the new season, winning their last four matches – including landmark victories against Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Red Devils get their European campaign underway on Thursday evening. Here’s what Ten Hag had to say at his pre-match press conference.

Thomas Tuchel
What are your thoughts on Chelsea sacking Thomas Tuchel?
“I feel sorry, but there is nothing I can say. It’s Chelsea, not Man United. It’s early in the season, yes.”

Cristiano Ronaldo & rotation
Will Cristiano Ronaldo return to the starting lineup?
“He started against Brentford, then not since, but he is ready to start. Of course [he can start for the majority of games].”

What are your plans for Europa League rotation?
“We have to win every game. We want to win every tournament, so we take everything seriously. We not only have a team, we have a squad, but we have to win every game and that is the mentality Manchester United needs.

“Maybe I can not keep them all happy every game, but everyone gets the game time if they perform well – quite clear. As I’ve said, we need everyone, we have a lot of games to cover.”

What’s the mood like in the squad?
“It’s always difficult when you lose games, the mood is not the same, but we always come here every day to give 100%, to get better in every aspect and that we can be, obviously after Brentford we had a full week to prepare for a game we knew would be difficult. We won it, it’s in the past now, we want to focus on tomorrow and do the same things every game.”

Marcus Rashford
What have you made of Marcus Rashford’s return to form?
“Once again, it’s difficult for me to talk about the past. What I see is a happy Marcus Rashford. We worked really hard the last two months with him on different aspects. He likes it, he wants to transfer it to the pitch. It started with happiness, he comes in every day, he enjoys it, he’s smiling, a really positive vibe, and if you put all of those things together – like the way of play – and you are happy, you will contribute more to the team.”

Does Rashford plan to sign a new contract?
“Definitely. I don’t think he’s out of contract and I think United control the situation.”




Who’s Next: Chelsea to decide on who to replace Tuchel. [See 5 closest manager]


Astonishingly, Thomas Tuchel is no longer Chelsea’s head coach after being relieved of his duties in the wake of the 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

The German had just overseen a world record £273m spend in the summer transfer window, but Todd Boehly and the Chelsea board have opted to axe Tuchel after an indifferent start to the season – one that has seen the club struggle to forge any kind of identity on the pitch and one that has looked toothless in front of goal.

The search will now begin for Tuchel’s replacement, but who will be in the frame to replace him?


Zinedine Zidane, Clubs managed: Real Madrid Castilla, Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane’s name is in the mix for every big job going and Chelsea’s vacancy is bound to see the Frenchman linked with a Premier League move.

Two hugely successful spells at Real Madrid make Zidane an enticing prospect for Todd Boehly and the Blues board, but it remains to be seen whether he can be talked out of waiting for the France job – which may become available after this winter’s World Cup.

A proven winner in the big leagues, Zidane’s pedigree could be just what Chelsea need.


Mauricio Pochettino, Clubs managed: Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain
Tottenham Hotspur fans, look away now.

It would seem unlikely that Mauricio Pochettino would break his bond with the club’s supporters but could he really turn down the advances of Chelsea if they came calling? He has an abundance of Premier League experience, with Southampton as well as Spurs, and has a proven track record of getting the best out of players.

Failing to win the Champions League with PSG has tarnished Pochettino’s reputation a little, but he remains one of the best coaches in the world.


Graham Potter, Clubs managed: Ostersund, Swansea, Brighton
Brighton are continuing to go from strength to strength under Graham Potter and it’s no surprise to see him touted as one of the favourites to take over.

The Seagulls will do their utmost to keep hold of Potter, should an approach be made, and there’s no guarantee that the 47-year-old would walk away from a hugely appealing project down on the south coast.

But his stock has risen exponentially over the last 12 months, and he’s widely regarded as one of the most progressive coaches in the game.


Roberto Mancini, Clubs managed: Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter, Manchester City, Galatasaray, Zenit
One manager who has been out of the club scene for a little while is Roberto Mancini, but the Italy boss could be swayed by the prospect of taking over at Stamford Bridge.

He’s won the European Championship with his country but wasn’t able to qualify for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, meaning there’s very little for him to achieve on the international stage – unless he wants to have another crack at the Euros.

A Premier League winner with Manchester City, Mancini knows how to get it done in England and is used to the pressure of managing a top club.


Rodgers, Clubs managed: Watford, Reading, Swansea, Liverpool, Celtic, Leicester
Leicester City are in the doldrums right now, sitting plum bottom of the Premier League table, but Brendan Rodgers still has a decent reputation in the game.

The Northern Irishman also cut his teeth at Chelsea, honing his skills as a coach at youth level, and the opportunity to return to Stamford Bridge could bring to an end what’s becoming a bit of a nightmare spell at King Power.

Rodgers would also reunite with Wesley Fofana, having plucked him out of relative obscurity to help coach him into being one of Europe’s top defenders.




Brighton permits Chelsea to speak with Graham Potter.


Brighton & Hove Albion have given Chelsea permission to speak to Graham Potter about becoming the club’s new head coach, 90min can confirm.

The Blues dispensed with Thomas Tuchel after the 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday, despite backing the German to the tune of £273m over the summer – a world record spend during a single transfer window.

Co-owner Todd Boehly unanimous agreed with Chelsea’s hierarchy that a change was needed, and Tuchel’s 20-month reign – which yielded Champions League glory in May last year – was brought to an end by a club statement on Wednesday morning.

Sources have confirmed to 90min that Chelsea are looking to replace Tuchel quickly and have quietly been doing their homework on a number of prospective candidates.

Brighton boss Potter, who has enjoyed a superb start to the season down on the south coast, is one of Chelsea’s primary targets, and 90min can confirm that Brighton have given the 47-year-old permission to travel to London in order to discuss the vacancy.


The Blues feel that Potter’s style of play and management aligns with the long-term project on offer at Stamford Bridge, although Brighton will be due significant compensation if a deal is completed.

Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim is another candidate on Chelsea’s list after an impressive couple of years in Portugal, while another name being discussed within the corridors of powers is former Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane – although having turned down Paris Saint Germain’s overtures in the past year, it remains to be seen how keen he is on a return to club football.

Another unemployed manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is also under consideration, though it’s unclear whether the Argentine, who was relieved of his duties at PSG over the summer, would consider the role after spending a significant period of time in charge of Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone is also in the running, but Potter appears to be the favourite for the role as it stands after Brighton’s acceptance of an approach.




Chelsea Manager, Thomas Tuchel sacked.


Chelsea have confirmed head coach Thomas Tuchel has left the club after their Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

After a summer of heavy spending which included the signings of defenders of Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella, a run of just two wins in six games have left the Blues five points behind in the Premier League title race and winless in Europe after one game.

They were poor in Croatia, being defeated 1-0 as Mislav Orsic scored the only goal of the game.

A club statement released on Wednesday morning read: “On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the Club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the Club. Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.

“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the Club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.

“Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the Club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach.

“There will be no further comment until a new head coach appointment is made.”


Tuchel cut a despondent figure after Tuesday night’s defeat, insisting his side are “clearly not there” performance-wise and adding that “everything is missing”.

He said: “I am angry at myself, I am angry at our performance. I didn’t see it coming. We need to be much better. We are not finished, we are not happy but I thought we were on a good way. I am surprised by this performance.”




Tuchel admits he is delighted to be on right side of VAR.


Thomas Tuchel has admitted he was relieved to be on the right side of a controversial VAR call in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over West Ham.

Chelsea netted what proved to be a late winner through Kai Havertz, but West Ham went straight down the other end in stoppage time and Maxwel Cornet thundered home into an empty net after goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was left on the floor following a collision with Jarrod Bowen.

The contact was undoubtedly minimal but VAR deemed it enough to chalk the goal off, handing Chelsea the win in the process. For Tuchel, it felt like justice following the referee controversy that landed him in hot water after last month’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

“It was a clear foul on the goalkeeper,” he told BBC Sport. “I had doubts about the first one [West Ham’s opener] – but I will not comment. Last time I got punished with huge fines. You give your opinion. You will not be fined.”

Tuchel added in his press conference: “It went in our favour, and there’s a reason it went in our favour. In my opinion, it is a foul. I will not comment anymore, but what happened against Tottenham was so obvious, and I paid a lot of money for commenting, so I will not do it.”

West Ham boss David Moyes proceeded to describe the VAR call as ‘scandalous’ and ‘rotten’, before Declan Rice took to Twitter to add: “That’s up there with one of the worst VAR decisions made since it’s come into the game. Shambles.”

Chelsea ended the game with 69% possession but mustered up the same number of shots on target as their opponents as, once again, they failed to make their dominance count, but Tuchel insisted he was not particularly concerned.

“[West Ham] make you underperform, make it difficult to accelerate the game,” he said. “If you find them, it’s in spaces that are not dangerous. This is what they do. It’s hard to create half-chances, deliveries and it’s almost impossible to come back when they are ahead.

“We didn’t play with the biggest belief and self-confidence given the last results and I understand that. I was not angry with our players and I told them to keep believing and find the rhythm. It’s very hard to play a really attractive game against West Ham because they do what they do at the highest level.”




Alvarez wanted to join Chelsea: Ajax Manager confirms.


Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has admitted midfielder Edson Alvarez wanted to join Chelsea on the final day of the transfer window.

The Blues lodged a €50m bid for Alvarez on the final day of the English transfer window – the Dutch window had already closed – and midfielder even refused to train with his side in an attempt to force through a move.

Ultimately, Ajax refused to sell Alvarez and Schreuder attempted to move on by starting the Mexico international in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Cambuur, before which he admitted that Alvarez wanted to leave.

“Chelsea made contact over Edson Alvarez on the final day and Alvarez wanted this move,” he told ESPN. “For one day, he was feeling very down, but yesterday, he told me: ‘Coach, I am here and will give my 100% again’.

He also told club media: “We discussed it with Edson. When things happen on the last day, it is logical that he was preoccupied by that in his head, so we agreed that he would not train with us.

“Edson reported back on Friday and is ready to play. If you look at what happened and how he manifested himself in training on Friday, he has prepared himself very well. His message is that he is incredibly eager to continue playing at Ajax.”

Once Alvarez was removed from the market, Chelsea set their sights on Denis Zakaria, striking a deal to bring the midfielder in on a season-long loan from Juventus that includes an option to buy




Crystal Palace, Chelsea discusses Wilfred Zaha.


Chelsea have held talks with Crystal Palace over a potential deal for Wilfried Zaha, Noble Reporters Media understands.

As revealed earlier in August, Chelsea had identified Zaha as a possible target for the remainder of the transfer window as part of their search to add more firepower to their attacking line.

Since then, Chelsea’s focus has been on Everton’s Anthony Gordon, for whom a bid worth up to £60m was submitted. But sources have told 90min that the two sides remain some way apart from reaching an agreement.

Talks remain ongoing over Gordon but Chelsea have also reached out to Palace over Zaha, who is seen as an alternative to the Everton youngster rather than for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for whom an agreement is close.

Palace are open to parting ways with Zaha, who has three goals in as many games this season, as they are well aware of the player’s wish to play Champions League football. With 12 months left on his contract, this summer also represents Palace’s final chance to cash in on the Ivorian.

As part of those negotiations, Palace have again asked about the future of midfielder Conor Gallagher, who shone on loan at Selhurst Park last season, but they have been met with firm resistance from Chelsea.

Manager Thomas Tuchel sees Gallagher as a core part of his first-team squad – particularly as N’Golo Kante continues to battle fitness issues – and has made it clear to the 22-year-old that he has a place at Stamford Bridge this season.

In the unlikely event that Gallagher does leave Chelsea, it is understood that he would prioritise a move to Palace over any of his other suitors.

Elsewhere, Chelsea remain in talks with Dynamo Moscow over 19-year-old Arsen Zakharyan, whose potential arrival is not seen as a priority in the limited time before the end of the transfer window.

While Chelsea would prefer to finalise the Russian’s signing in the coming days, they are prepared to conclude a deal in January instead.




Callum Hudson-Odoi set for Bayer Leverkusen medical.


Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is due for a medical with Bayer Leverkusen after agreeing a loan switch for the duration of the 2022/23 season.

Hudson-Odoi was seen as the future when he burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old, even commanding strong interest from Bayern Munich that saw Chelsea reject multiple big bids.

The England international suffered a devastating Achilles injury in April 2019 but later went on to sign a new long-term contract with Chelsea. But he struggled to establish himself once fit and Thomas Tuchel informed him this summer he was happy for him to leave.

The Stamford Bridge hierarchy decided to sanction a temporary move, with a permanent transfer difficult at this stage given there are still two years left on the player’s bumper contract.

90min reported last week that Hudson-Odoi had opted to join Bayer Leverkusen, although was also the subject of interest from Sevilla, Monaco and AC Milan, as well as Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton closer to home

Leverkusen have started the new Bundesliga season in disappointing form but at least secured their first win of the campaign over the weekend by beating Mainz.

Hudson-Odoi, now 21 and still in the early stages of his career, is yet to make an appearance so far in 2022/23, having been an unused substitute in Chelsea’s last three games




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