Reece James injury update, Manuel Ugarte move, Mount to Man Utd
Chelsea were thrashed 4-1 at Old Trafford by Manchester United, who had Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank for keeping the scoreline within that distance. If Frank Lampard’s pre-match warning to Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t enough, the performance that followed was.
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Fortunately for Lampard, there is now only one game remaining, and Mauricio Pochettino will take over from there. If fans are as upbeat as Gary Neville, there are certainly grounds for optimism.
The squad under the Argentine will also be substantially different from the one currently at Stamford Bridge. According to reports in South America, Manuel Ugarte is close to joining SW6, even though Paris Saint-Germain had met his release clause.
We’ll keep you updated on him, as well as a prospective defensive mate in Levi Colwill. That, and much more, will be delivered to you right here. Don’t leave the house.
Frank Lampard contributes an Update on Reece James’s injury
Frank Lampard has announced that Reece James will not be fit to play for Chelsea against Newcastle on Sunday.
“Reece won’t be fit, and Mason (Mount) is going to be tight,” he remarked ahead of the game. He (James) came out yesterday and returned because he had a little bit of awareness, but we hope the scan shows no actual damage. It was only a gentle reminder that it was far too early to be outside.
Chelsea has two advantages in the race to sign Manuel Ugarte.
Chelsea appears to be making huge moves ahead of the summer transfer season, with their first prospective acquisition identified. The Blues have reached a contract for Mauricio Pochettino to become their new head coach, of Football. london reported at the beginning of May, and planning for the summer appears to be in full swing.
Chelsea and Pochettino are looking for a new striker, central midfielder, and goalkeeper, with all three positions desperate for help. Injury troubles have highlighted the deficiencies in midfield, while the lack of a genuine goal-scoring threat was revealed in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford last night (Thursday).
The visitors had numerous decent chances in the first half, but with no natural striker leading the line, none of them were converted. Another issue that Chelsea must address this summer is midfield balance, with Enzo Fernandez being used as a deep-lying option when he would be far more effective in the offensive third of the play.
Moises Caicedo, Declan Rice, and Manuel Ugarte are among the candidates to fill that post, and all three are expected to depart their respective teams this summer. Arsenal has expressed serious interest in Caicedo and Rice, while Paris Saint-Germain is attempting to recruit Ugarte in the early stages of the transfer window, but will face stiff competition.
Chelsea joins the Ward-Prowse transfer race as Pochettino reunites with the club.
Chelsea has added Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse to their list of transfer targets this summer.
According to Football Transfers, the Blues have joined Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, and Aston Villa in the race.
The Saints’ relegation to the Champions League means that their club captain will most likely go, with his asking price anticipated to be over £50 million.
The 28-year-old has worked with incoming Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino at St Mary’s Stadium, implying that a reunion is feasible.
Manuel Ugarte has a ready offer
Chelsea is likely to beat PSG in the race to capture Sporting CP midfielder, Manuel Ugarte.
According to Record in Portugal, Ugarte is close to joining PSG after the French club made a €60 million (£51 million) deal that met his release clause on Thursday.
Pochettino at Chelsea can have his own Eriksen.
Good news for Chelsea is sparse at the moment, but there is one bright spot for fans to look forward to: the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino. According to Football. london, the former Tottenham manager has agreed to become the club’s next permanent manager.
The final details of his contract were negotiated about two weeks ago, and Chelsea has picked only one point out of a potential nine in that time. Given that they have played both Manchester clubs on the road in the last four days.
Despite the defeat, there was one advantage for Chelsea that Pochettino may take at the start of his management career. Carney Chukwuemeka, who was denied permission to leave the club to represent England at the U20 World Cup, began against United in what appeared to be an advanced midfield role, which may have provided Pochettino with the ideal development plan.
The Argentine has Christian Eriksen at his disposal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Chukwuemeka is surely capable of filling a similar role in West London. Chukwuemeka demonstrated his running ability with the ball at his feet on multiple occasions, but it was his passing statistics that drew the most attention.
Chelsea fans express their displeasure with Levi Colwill following an inflammatory comment.
Despite Chelsea’s 4-1 loss on Thursday, many fans felt it was not the most disappointing event of the evening. That’s because Levi Colwill, who represents a lot of optimism for the future, chose to upload a selfie of himself and former Blues player Billy Gilmour on social media just minutes after Manchester United finished demolishing his parent club.
The tweet was in response to someone inquiring how his evening was going, and the user of that account was most certainly aware of Chelsea’s disastrous performance at Old Trafford. Colwill later responded with a photo of himself and Gilmour smiling, titled “lovely.” There is no assurance that anyone will be able to prove that his post was specifically meant for Chelsea, but it was poorly timed.
The 22-year-old is coming off a fantastic loan spell at Brighton, where he helped the Seagulls secure European football with a draw against Manchester City earlier this week. Following that game, Colwill gave an interview in which he forgot he was a Chelsea player, although manager Roberto De Zerbi has repeatedly stated how much he likes Colwill and wants to keep him.
While those three incidents do not appear to auger well for Colwill’s future in west London, football. London knows that the Blues have been highly impressed with his development and that he is anticipated to be a vital player under Mauricio Pochettino.
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His decisions on Thursday evening, however, did not go down well with the Chelsea crowd, and while some may have been reactionary verdicts filled with rage, supporters appeared to make their feelings known.
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