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CHELSEA got their Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start last night.

The Blues were beaten by Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in what was Thomas Tuchel's 100th game in charge.

Peter Crouch accused Chelsea of 'taking liberties' and questioned the mentality of the squad.

Fans were particularly not happy with the performance of Hakim Ziyech.

And Reece James didn't seem to impressed by the Morrocan international either as he was spotted looking annoyed after Ziyech's abysmal late free-kick.

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  • Alex Smith

    Chelsea's away day struggles continue

    It was another lacklustre performance on the road from Chelsea last night – losing to Dinamo Zagreb 1-0.

    It's not the first time the Blues have been poor away from Stamford Bridge this season as we recall defeats to Leeds and Southampton.

    We will have all the latest match reaction here.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in their opening Champions League match  of the season at the Maksimir Stadium.

    Mislav Orsic netted the winner after just 13 minutes following a brilliant ball by Bruno Petkovic.

    This upset adds to the Blues’ bumpy start to the campaign, which has seen them lose two out of six Premier League matches – of which they have won three.

    And Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel didn't hold back in his post-match interview as he admitted "everything is missing" and the team's problems are very real.

    Tuchel said: "It’s an underperformance from us. We don’t finish our half-chances We conceded a counterattack that is far too easy. And we lose the next match.

    "There’s too much to analyse, I am part of this. At the moment, everything is missing. I will not talk about individuals, we play as a team, we lose as a team.

    "I need to find a solution for the next match. It’s not enough, it has noting to do with a worry, that’s reality.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has liked a tweet about Mason Mount's contract situation, with talks expected to begin over a new deal.

    Mount is currently tied down until 2024 at Stamford Bridge and it was reported that he is ready to hold talks about an extension.

    And now Boehly has liked a tweet, an indication that the Blues will soon open a dialogue to complete a deal with the attacking midfielder.

    Finally, Chelsea star Edouard Mendy has rejected a contract offer that was worth less than Kepa Arrizabalaga's deal.

    Mendy was proposed less lucrative terms than backup goalie Kepa's £190,000-a-week earnings.

    That's despite the goalkeeper being first choice between the sticks, and Kepa resigned to bench duty.

    The Senegal international has turned down an initial offer from the West Londoners, according to the Evening Standard.

    Kepa was handed a deal worth almost £200,000-a-week when he was signed from Athletic Bilbao for £71million back in 2018.

    Mendy, on the other hand, has been one of the lowest earners at Stamford Bridge since his £22m arrival from Rennes in 2020.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ferdinand on Mendy

    Chelsea must be prepared to act if Edouard Mendy continues making errors, says Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.

    Ferdinand told Vibe with Five: "I think the biggest thing for Chelsea from this game is Edouard Mendy is becoming far too involved in situations like this.

    "Against Leeds, he was at fault for the first goal. This one as well [against West Ham]. There’s been other occasions where he’s made mistakes and hasn’t been punished.

    "They need to iron that out quick because he was brilliant last season, he was phenomenal.

    "He needs to eradicate those mistakes from his game. You don’t want to be in the news as a goalkeeper. The less you talk about them the better they’re doing. At the moment he’s also in the news"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ed in the clouds

    Chelsea star Edouard Mendy has rejected a contract offer that was worth less than Kepa Arrizabalaga's deal.

    Mendy, 30, was proposed less lucrative terms than backup goalie Kepa's £190,000-a-week earnings.

    That's despite the goalkeeper being first choice between the sticks at Stamford Bridge, and Kepa resigned to bench duty.

    And the Senegal international has turned down an initial offer from the West Londoners, according to the Evening Standard.

    Kepa was handed a deal worth nearly £200k-a-week when he was signed from Athletic Bilbao for £71million back in 2018.

    Mendy meanwhile has been one of the lowest earners at Stamford Bridge since his £22m arrival from Rennes in 2020

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  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Tuchel

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is "angry" with himself because he didn't see that sort of performance and result coming.

    Tuchel added: "Because I didn’t see it coming. Obviously I was in the wrong movie. I did not see that coming.

    "I thought that the last game helped us, I thought we showed a reaction in a very difficult moment against West Ham, got the reaction, got the result in the moments when you need a bit of luck in the situation we were in.

    "We had good training sessions, I thought the team was prepared, I thought we know what this is all about. I didn’t see it coming, that’s why I’m angry on myself"

  • Kostas Lianos

    'Angy' Thomas Tuchel

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admitted he is "angry" with himself after the loss to Dinamo Zagreb and stated that his players are "underperforming".

    "Of course, I'm angry at myself, I'm angry about our performance, this is a huge underperformance from all of us.

    "It's not precise enough, it's not clinical enough, it's not aggressive enough on the ball, it's not determined enough, it's not good enough individually, it's not good enough as a team.

    "Not a lot [of players are at the top of their game] at the moment. It’s for me to find the solution and find the reason why.

    "Obviously they are underperforming individually and I don’t really know where this performance today comes from.

    "A lack of determination, a lack of hunger and a lack of intensity to actually do the things that we need at the highest level. We are clearly not where we want to be"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Thomas Tuchel reacts

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel didn't hold back in his post-match press conference as he admitted "everything is missing" and the team's problems are very real.

    Tuchel said: "It’s an underperformance from us. We don’t finish our half-chances We conceded a counterattack that is far too easy. And we lose the next match.

    "There’s too much to analyse, I am part of this. At the moment, everything is missing. I will not talk about individuals, we play as a team, we lose as a team.

    "I need to find a solution for the next match. It’s not enough, it has noting to do with a worry, that’s reality.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in their opening Champions League match at the Maksimir Stadium.

    Mislav Orsic scored the winner after just 13 minutes following a brilliant ball by Bruno Petkovic.

    This upset adds to the Blues’ bumpy start to the season, which has seen them lose two out of six Premier League matches – of which they have won three.

    Relive all the action from Chelsea’s Champions League loss in SunSport’s LIVE BLOG here

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Alonso left out

    Barcelona have left new signing and former Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso out of their Champions League squad.

    It comes after Alonso sealed a late move to Barca in the final stages of the summer transfer window.

    Former Arsenal star and fellow late arrival Hector Bellerin was also omitted.

    Barcelona manager Xavi said: "They are two signings, they have to get used to what we are doing.

    "They haven’t had minutes this season and they need a little more physical work. Saturday they will be in the squad"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Hiddink looks back

    Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink thought the Blues' 2009 Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona might have been fixed – even though the referee owned up to making mistakes.

    The West Londoners' were denied a penalty after the official Tom Henning Ovrebo made a series of blunders.

    Hiddink told Ziggo Sport in 2020: "The referee performance surprised me, because in the past he’d had perfect performances.

    "Is it the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen? I think so"

  • Kostas Lianos

    HT: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are 1-0 down to Dinamo Zagreb at the Maksimir Stadium.

    Mislav Orsic opened the scoring after just 13 minutes to shock the visiting Blues.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is making his debut for the West Londoners as he started in Thomas Tuchel's line-up.

    Follow the live action from Chelsea’s Champions League clash in SunSport’s LIVE BLOG here

  • Kostas Lianos

    John Terry tantrum

    Chelsea legend John Terry has questioned why summer signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will wear a carbon fibre mask to protect his broken jaw when he had to sport a "50p" version back in the day.

    Speaking on Instagram before the Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb, Terry said: "Doc we need to have a word…

    "How comes my mask cost 50p and everyone else has Carbon Fibre?

    "Good Luck tonight @chelseafc"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea

    Dinamo Zagreb open the scoring completely against the run of play with Mislav Orsic putting his side in front after just 13 minutes.

    Bruno Petkovic knocks the ball on for Orsic brilliantly, and the Croat’s first touch is perfect.

    Stuck in a footrace with Wesley Fofana, he is too quick, and cooly dinks the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga to break the deadlock.

    That was their first opportunity of the game and the Blues couldn’t keep them out.

    Follow the live action from Chelsea’s Champions League clash in SunSport’s LIVE BLOG here

  • Kostas Lianos

    Dinamo Zagreb XI vs Chelsea

    Livakovic, Ristovski, Sutalo, Peric, Moharrami, Misic, Ljubicic, Ivanusec, Ademi, Orsic, Petkovic

    Subs: Zagorac, Stefulj, Lauritsen, Baturina, Emreli, Bockaj, Drmic, Marin, Theophile-Catherine, Bulat, Nevistic, Spikic

    Follow the live action from Chelsea’s Champions League clash in SunSport’s LIVE BLOG here

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea XI vs Dinamo Zagreb

    Kepa, Azpilicueta, Fofana, Koulibaly, James, Mount, Kovacic, Chilwell, Havertz, Aubameyang, Sterling

    Subs: Jorginho, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Chalobah, Mendy, Broja, Zakaria, Ziyech, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Cucurella

    Follow the live action from Chelsea’s Champions League clash in SunSport’s LIVE BLOG here

  • Kostas Lianos

    Mount of a task

    Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has liked a tweet about Mason Mount's contract situation, with talks expected to begin over a new deal.

    Mount is currently tied down until 2024 at Stamford Bridge and it was reported that he is ready to discuss an extension.

    And now Boehly has liked the tweet, an indication that the Blues will soon open a dialogue to complete a deal with the attacking midfielder.

    That's after transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said back in June: "Next Chelsea player to discuss new deal will be Mason Mount.

    "Talks are already in place since long time and he’s waiting for the club to send new, final proposal. Negotiations will continue soon"

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  • James Colasanti

    Tuchel's century at Chelsea

    Thomas Tuchel will take charge of Chelsea for the 100th time this evening – and says he hopes to do 100 more times again.

    The Blues boss will send out his side to face Dinamo Zagreb as they get this season's Champions League campaign underway.

    The German told the club's website: "It is nice and I hope there will be another 100 coming.

    "So I have to earn my way through it but I'm very proud, I'm very happy.

    "I was not aware of it but my wish is clear – I want to win and nothing else."

  • James Colasanti

    Gallas slams Saliba and White

    Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas says Gunners centre-backs William Saliba and Ben White need to shoulder much of the blame for Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

    The retired France star told Genting Casino: "Against Manchester United, at Old Trafford, you can't concede those types of goals, especially the second and the third one.

    "That was a big mistake of Saliba and Ben White – they didn't communicate properly and they conceded because of it. Their positioning was poor."

  • James Colasanti

    Capello insight into Koulibaly

    Former England boss Fabio Capello says Kalidou Koulibaly is taking time to bed in at Chelsea because he is adapting to a faster pace of play in the Prem.

    Koulibaly made 317 appearances during an eight-year spell with Napoli and was named in the Serie A team of the season on four occasions.

    But the Senegal star, 31, has produced some mixed displays since joining the Blues in a £34million transfer from the Italians in July.

    Capello, who retired from coaching in 2018, told Sky Calcio Club: "His problems now depend on the speed with which they play in England.

    "It’s the same pace used by Udinese to give Roma fits and is something that must make us Italians reflect."

  • James Colasanti

    Alonso misses Champions League cut

    Neither former Chelsea ace Marcos Alonso or ex-Arsenal star Hector Bellerin have been included in Barcelona’s squad to face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League tomorrow.

    Explaining the omission of his new full-backs, Barca manager Xavi said: “They are two signings, they have to get used to what we are doing.

    “They haven’t had minutes this season and they need a little more physical work. Saturday they will be in the squad.”

  • James Colasanti

    Chelsea still want De Jong

    Despite an unsuccessful summer chase, Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly still interested in signing Frenkie de Jong.

    But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has told CaughtOffside and move to the Prem for the Barcelona midfielder still hinges on him deciding he wants to leave the LaLiga giants.

    In his column, Romano writes: "Frenkie wanted to stay at Barca and therefore there are no immediate updates.

    "Certainly Man United and Chelsea will monitor the situation but they know that De Jong only wanted Barca with great clarity all summer.

    "It will take months before we understand the next developments."

  • James Colasanti

    Mendy 'rejects Chelsea contract offer'

    Edouard Mendy has reportedly turned down a new contract offer from Chelsea.

    The Senegal keeper, 30, was apparently offered less than understudy Kepa Arrizabalaga's £190,000-a-week deal, according to the Evening Standard.

  • James Colasanti

    Costa's Wolves move hits snag

    Wolves' attempt to sign free agent Diego Costa is in doubt due to issues over his work permit.

    The former Chelsea striker's application has been rejected by the Home Office as he did not score enough points, report The Athletic.

    The Brazil-born Spain international, who last played for Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, is expected to appeal the decision.

  • James Colasanti

    Kovacic makes Gvardiol admission

    Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is keeping his fingers crossed Croatia team-mate Josko Gvardiol joins him at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues made a move for RB Leipzig centre-back Gvardiol in the summer window and are expected to be back in for him in January.

    Ahead of today's Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb, Kovacic revealed: "At the club, they asked me about Josko – and I told them all the best.

    "I don't need to say anything about his football, they know what kind of player he is, and his character is excellent.

    "I have seen in the national team how eager he is to play, he has a great career ahead of him, and I hope that one day we will play together in the club."

  • James Colasanti

    Chelsea 'still tracking Alvarez'

    Chelsea will reportedly reignite a move for Ajax star Edson Alvarez in January.

    The Blues chased the Mexican in the summer but had no joy with the Dutch side who had already lost a number of stars.

    But the Evening Standard say the Prem giants make another move for Alvarez in January – and that he wants to move to Stamford Bridge.

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