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CHELSEA have won three games on the bounce as they saw off Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

And Antonio Rudiger – out of favour under the former boss – has strongly denied having anything to do with Lampard's sacking.

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  • Marc Mayo

    KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS…

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  • Marc Mayo

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK-OFF

    It is a day off for Chelsea fans today with the team not in action until Thursday night.

    Barnsley are next up in an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Oakwell, kicking off at 8pm.

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea are set to play their Champions League last 16 first-leg tie with Atletico Madrid in ROMANIA.

    LaLiga leaders Atletico are desperate to play the February 23 game on home soil in the Wanda Metropolitano.

    But Spanish government restrictions on travel from the UK have still to be lifted.

    They are expected to be extended beyond the current deadline of February 16, meaning the Spanish side will have to find an alternative location.

    And the preferred option is understood to be Bucharest’s Arena Nationala, the venue where Diego Simeone’s side beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao to win the Europa League in 2012.

    It means that all three English sides are now likely to play their Champions League last 16 away ties on neutral soil while retaining home advantage for the second leg.

    Elsewhere, police have raided an address in Nottinghamshire to arrest a 21-year-old man over allegations of sending online abuse to Chelsea.

    The Prem giants alerted Metropolitan Police officers to the incidents during 2020.

    And working alongside Nottinghamshire Police’s football unit, the Met arrested the man in Retford.

    Confirming the arrest, the Met said officers were investigating ‘a number of hate crime messages over a number of months’ dating back to last year.

    The man was interviewed under caution and released pending further investigations.

    A Chelsea spokesman said: “We welcome today’s arrest which shows that hateful messages shared on social media do have consequences.

    “We continue to work closely with the police to support their investigations on this important issue.”

    Christian Pulisic missed Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United due to ‘family issues’, new Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed.

    The USA international was surprisingly omitted from the matchday squad for the West Londoners’ visit to Bramall Lane.

    Pulisic’s absence sparked fears he’d picked up another injury, concerns Tuchel dismissed after the Blues’ 2-1 win in Yorkshire.

    The German said: “He has some family issues to solve. Family is always first.”

    And finally, the Premier League has announced the latest round of Covid-19 testing yielded just TWO positives results – despite nearly 3,000 tests administered.

    A whopping 2,930 tests were administered to players and staff members from all 20 clubs in the week of Monday, February 1 to Sunday, February 7.

    And stunningly, only two positive tests were returned.

    An official statement read: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 1 February and Sunday 7 February, across two rounds of testing, 2,970 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

    “Of these, there were two new positive tests. Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public on a weekly basis.”

  • William Pugh

    'DISGUSTING' – EXCLUSIVE

    Ex-Fifa referee Mark Halsey fears horrific social media abuse will drive Mike Dean and other officials out of football.

    Dean has notified Merseyside Police after he and his family were subjected to death threats. The 52-year-old has since asked not to be involved in a Premier League game this weekend.

    SunSport’s ref expert Halsey revealed vile abuse contributed to his retirement in 2013 and he fears Dean and more top-flight refs could now follow.

    Halsey said: “Many officials past and present, including myself, have suffered from horrific social media abuse. It’s disgusting. In fact, the abuse I received was one of the factors in my decision to quit.

    “It affects not just officials, it also hurts their families as well – and the likes of Mike and others may think, ‘Is this worth it?’ Social media platforms should be protecting people.

    “Twitter, Instagram and Facebook must do more to police what is allowed to be aired publicly. I don’t think they are doing enough.”

  • William Pugh

    MONU-MOUNT-AL

    Chelsea's Twitter admin apparently could not stop watching his skill from their win at Sheffield United at the weekend.

    The midfielder popped the ball over John Lundstram's head, collected it the other side and sprayed it out wide.

    Bravo Mason.

  • William Pugh

    IN A HARRY

    Harry Redknapp is ready to miss part of his Soccer Saturday debut this weekend – so he can watch his horse run in a £125,000 race.

    Redknapp's first appearance on the Sky Sports show clashes with Shakem Up'Arry's contest at Newbury.

    Matches will be just past the half-hour mark when Redknapp, 73, says he will nip off to cheer on his horse in the Betfair Hurdle at 3.35.

    Racing fanatic Redknapp said: "They asked me about six weeks ago with Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson and the gang, and I said I'd do it.

    "But I didn't know the horse was running.

    "I'll have to find a way [to get out] for five minutes and make sure they're showing a film of something else so I can watch the race, because I'm not missing it."

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  • William Pugh

    AEME HIGHER

    Graeme Souness took aim at Timo Werner and claimed Frank Lampard would still be Chelsea manager if the striker had ‘done the business’ for him.

    The German striker arrived in a big-money £54million move from RB Leipzig last summer but has struggled to find his form at Stamford Bridge.

    He has failed to score in 14 Premier League matches – a miserable return that contributed to Lampard’s sacking last month.

    Despite his lack of goals, Werner did grab two assists for Chelsea last night as they defeated Sheffield United 2-1 for a third straight win under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

    Souness told Sky Sports: “I’m yet to be convinced. Chelsea are a team that’s full of really good players with big technique. 

    “They get into the last third time and time again and they will wonder what he is doing. They need more from him. Put it this way, if he had done the business, Frank would still be in a job.”

  • William Pugh

    PEACEFUL REECE

    Reece James took to Twitter to celebrate two of Chelsea's finest academy graduates.

    The right-back uploaded a shot of him and Mason Mount and tagged the image: "Made in Cobham."

  • William Pugh

    FAMILY AFFAIR

    Christian Pulisic missed Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United due to ‘family issues’, new Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed.

    The USA international was surprisingly omitted from the matchday squad for the West Londoners’ visit to Bramall Lane.

    Pulisic’s absence sparked fears he’d picked up another injury, concerns Tuchel dismissed after the Blues’ 2-1 win in Yorkshire.

    The German said: “He has some family issues to solve. Family is always first.”

  • William Pugh

    BLUE-KING GOOD

    Chelsea fans have the chance to vote for the club's goal of the month for January.

    Cesar Azpilicueta's rocket against Burnley as well as a selection of efforts from the club's women's team made the shortlist.

  • William Pugh

    LOWEST RETURN

    The Premier League has announced the latest round of Covid-19 testing yielded just TWO positives results – despite nearly 3,000 tests administered.

    A whopping 2,930 tests were administered to players and staff members from all 20 clubs in the week of Monday, February 1 to Sunday, February 7.

    And stunningly, only two positive tests were returned.

    An official statement read: “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 1 February and Sunday 7 February, across two rounds of testing, 2,970 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

    “Of these, there were two new positive tests. Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public on a weekly basis.”

  • William Pugh

    RACISM ARREST

    Police have raided an address in Nottinghamshire to arrest a 21-year-old man over allegations of sending online abuse to Chelsea.

    The Prem giants alerted Metropolitan Police officers to the incidents during 2020.

    And working alongside Nottinghamshire Police’s football unit, the Met arrested the man in Retford. Confirming the arrest, the Met said officers were investigating ‘a number of hate crime messages over a number of months’ dating back to last year.

    The man was interviewed under caution and released pending further investigations.

    A Chelsea spokesman said: “We welcome today’s arrest which shows that hateful messages shared on social media do have consequences.

    “We continue to work closely with the police to support their investigations on this important issue.”

  • William Pugh

    MORNING STROLL

    Frank Lampard took a walk in chilly West London on Monday with his family.

    Joining him on the morning stroll was wife Christine Lampard and a baby, believed to be their daughter, Patricia.

    Dressed in a thick brown cat, woolie hat and gloves, the former Chelsea manager held the lead of dog Minnie.

    The pooch was fitted with her own blue winter coat in the snowy conditions.

    TV presenter Christine – pregnant with the couple’s second child – wore a hooded blue coat as she tended to Patricia’s pram.

    Lampard, 42, has been out of work since leaving Chelsea in late January.

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  • William Pugh

    RIP TONY

    Tony Collins, English football’s first black manager and compiler of Don Revie’s infamous England 'dossiers' has died at the age of 94.

    Former Sheffield Wednesday, Watford, Norwich and Crystal Palace winger took over at his final league club, Rochdale, in 1960.

    Collins spent seven years in charge at Spotland, including taking his side to the first League Cup Final, against Norwich, in 1962.

    After leaving Rochdale, Londoner Collins worked as chief scout at Bristol City before he joined Revie's backroom team at Leeds.

    When Revie was appointed as the full-time successor to Sir Alf Ramsey, Collins went with him to England where he put together the lengthy briefing notes on opponents and Three Lions players.

    Collins had subsequent spells as assistant and briefly caretaker manager back at Ashton Gate plus scouting roles for Manchester United, QPR, Newcastle, Millwall and Derby.

  • Josh Graham

    HAVE SOME OF STAT

    Check out Chelsea's updated stats for the Premier League season so far.

  • Josh Graham

    BLUE LIGHTS

    Police have raided an address in Nottinghamshire to arrest a 21-year-old man over allegations of sending online abuse to Chelsea.

    The Prem giants alerted Metropolitan Police officers to the incidents during 2020.

    And working alongside Nottinghamshire Police’s football unit, the Met arrested the man in Retford.

    Confirming the arrest, the Met said officers were investigating  “a number of hate crime messages over a number of months” dating back to last year.

    The man was interviewed under caution  and released pending further investigations.

    A Chelsea spokesman said: “We welcome today’s arrest which shows that hateful messages shared on social media do have consequences. 

    “We continue to work closely with the police to support their investigations on this important issue.”

  • Josh Graham

    WISE CRACK

    John Terry revealed he was grabbed by the throat by former Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise and told to return his brand new motor.

    The Blues legend revealed he splurged a Champions League bonus on a snazzy set of wheels but was reprimanded by Wise and told to get on the property ladder instead.

    Dennis Wise kept a young John Terry on the straight and narrowCredit: Getty – Contributor

    On The Footballers Guide to Football podcast, Terry said: "I remember I was in the first team and got a Champions League bonus and I went out and stupidly bought a car with the bonus I was on.

    “I was 19 at the time. I come in with my car and Wisey got me up round the throat in the corridor in front of everyone: ‘Who do you think you are? Go and take the car back.’

    "So he made me go and take the car back, which I lost money on, took me around and helped me find a house, buy a house, so it was the best bit of advice.

    “I was embarrassed at the time but it was the best bit of advice that I could have had.

    “So I’m really grateful for all those little bits along the way, guiding the younger players, and he always not only had his eye on the first team but had an interest in the younger boys.”

  • Josh Graham

    SKILL SCHOOL

    Check out the outrageous skills on show from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount against Sheffield United last night.

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  • Josh Graham

    SILVA LINING

    Thomas Tuchel confirmed Thiago Silva will miss Thursday's FA Cup tie against Barnsley with the thigh injury he sustained against Spurs.

    The veteran Brazilian defender, 36, sat out the 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday night.

    Thiago Silva came off injured against TottenhamCredit: Alamy Live News

    After which, Tuchel said: "[Regarding] Thiago, we’re fighting every day, but he will, for sure, be out of the FA Cup [against Barnsley on Thursday].

    "So it will take some time, several days. We’ve set the goal, maybe against Southampton [February 20] would be realistic, but it will be very ambitions.

    “But we’ll do everything and Thiago, he will do everything to be ready as soon as possible

    “With a muscle injury, you cannot take any risks. When it’s healed, it’s healed, you cannot just [playing through] the pain like with other injuries.”

  • Josh Graham

    BUCH YOUR TUCHET

    Chelsea are set to play their Champions League last 16 first leg tie with Atletico Madrid in ROMANIA, REPORTS MARTIN LIPTON.

    La Liga leaders Atletico are desperate to play the February 23 game on home soil in the Wanda Metropolitano.

    But Spanish government restrictions on travel from the UK have still to be lifted.

    They are expected to be extended beyond the current deadline of February 16, meaning the Spanish side will have to find an alternative location.

    And the preferred option is understood to be Bucharest’s Arena Nationala, the venue where Diego Simeone’s side beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao to win the Europa League in 2012.

    It means that all three English sides are now likely to play their Champions League last 16 away ties on neutral soil while retaining home advantage for the second leg

  • Josh Graham

    THREE LIONS ROAR

    Gary Lineker was getting excited about England's young guns including Chelsea's Mason Mount after his goal against Sheffield United.

  • Josh Graham

    JOR-DROPPING

    He's back on pens and back making them count for the Blues – Jorginho swept home the winner from the spot last night against Sheffield United.

  • Josh Graham

    FEELING THE WERN

    Timo Werner showed signs of his true self against Sheffield United, here is what the German made of the game.

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH THE POINTS

    Hear Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's thoughts on an important win for the Blues away at Sheffield United.

    The 2-1 win sends the West Londoners into fifth place – just one point behind struggling champions Liverpool.

  • Josh Graham

    WERN VOW

    Timo Werner is confident the ‘goals will come’ as his Chelsea barren stretched to one in his last 19 matches.

    The £47.5million summer arrival, a deal that could rise to £53m, from RB Leipzig was involved in both of the Blues’ goals in last night’s 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

    Timo Werner showed signs of improvement against Sheffield UnitedCredit: Alamy Live News

    Despite being forced off through injury, the German star impressed in his display under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

    Werner, 24, said: “It was a good win for us. It was very difficult the whole game against a very good Sheffield United defending high.

    “For myself, again no goal but it is good to see that I can help the team with other things at the moment. I keep going.

    “I am happy when we win. When I can make two assists like today it is also good but as a striker you want to score.

    “It is a long time now for me, the longest in my career. You have to keep going and the goals will come.”

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