The Latest Chelsea FC Transfer News, Stories and Updates have been added below for 2017 – 2018
- Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:40:32 +0000: Callum Hudson-Odoi commits to Chelsea with new five-year contract - Chelsea | The Guardian
- Forward gets big wage rise to £120,000 a week
- Hudson-Odoi the latest youngster to agree new Chelsea terms
Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, nine months after he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Bayern Munich.
The 18-year-old forward, who is close to returning to the first team after an achilles injury, has received a substantial wage increase to £120,000 a week.Continue reading...
- Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:14:00 +0000: Chelsea open talks with Abraham and Tomori over new five-year contracts - Chelsea | The Guardian
• Move signals faith in young players under Frank Lampard
• Barkley vows to step up again despite costly penalty miss
Chelsea have opened talks with Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori over new five-year deals, signalling their determination to continue building for the future under Frank Lampard.
Abraham is set to more than double his £50,000-a-week wages after scoring seven goals in his past four games and Tomori, whose deal runs out in 2021, is also in line for a new contract after breaking into the first team this season. The 21-year-old centre-back has started Chelsea’s past three games and scored his first goal for the club in the 5-2 victory at Wolves last Saturday.Continue reading...
- Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:19:16 +0000: Frank Lampard says Chelsea defeat was harsh Champions League lesson - Chelsea | The Guardian
• Chelsea lose 1-0 to Valencia in Group H opener
• Manager defends Ross Barkley after late penalty miss
Frank Lampard admitted that his young Chelsea side were given a harsh lesson after opening their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Valencia at Stamford Bridge but insisted Ross Barkley was the designated penalty taker after the England midfielder missed the opportunity to equalise from the spot late on.
It was a frustrating night for Chelsea, whose hopes of making it out of Group H are already in doubt. Mason Mount could miss Sunday’s home game against Liverpool after limping off with an ankle injury and Lampard admitted that his team paid for their lack of ruthlessness.Continue reading...
- Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:29:59 +0000: Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Champions League – as it happened - Chelsea | The Guardian
Rodrigo scored the only goal of the game for Valencia, while Ross Barkley missed a late penalty for Chelsea
Lampard reacts ...
And with that, I’m gone. Here’s the match report again. Bye!
Here’s a Champions League round-up, including Erling Håland’s hat-trick for Red Bull Salzburg.
“There will be bumps in the road,” Lampard concludes, “for any team especially us with the youth and the changes we’re making. We have to be strong, and we have Liverpool coming at the weekend and we have to be ready.”
So if Ross Barkley was the designated penalty taker, someone needs to have a word with Willian and Jorginho for undermining him as he prepared to take it. If he wasn’t, he will have been doing some intense apologising.
Frank Lampard insists that Ross Barkley was supposed to take the penalty all along:
We shouldn’t lose the game. At least not lose, probably win. We had a fair few chances, not incredible chances, then we had the penalty which we missed. It’s a lesson for us, but there’s five games to go. Ross is a penalty-taker, he has been when he starts the games. That’s why he took it. It’s a great story to say there’s contention between players. There isn’t. Ross took it and missed. He took them pre-season and scored. He’s missed the penalty, that’s it. Of course you have designated penalty takers. Ross was that, and he missed. I took penalties, I missed some. It comes with the territory. There’s no issue among the dressing-room.
Here’s Jacob Steinberg’s match report from Stamford Bridge:
It was a night when Frank Lampard’s young players found out that no competition is as unforgiving as the Champions League. It was a night of missed opportunities and when it was over Chelsea were left wondering how they had failed to take at least a point from a tight game.
The frustration for Lampard is that he had warned his team not to place too much stock in Valencia’s apparent state of utter turmoil. The Spaniards were wily opponents throughout and while they were fortunate to hold on to their 1-0 lead after Ross Barkley skied a late penalty, their combative display means Chelsea are already under huge pressure in Group H.
Don’t just take my word for it: here’s some footage of the penalty incident.
Chelsea handed a lifeline.
But, following a heated dispute with Willian, Ross Barkley can't save Frank Lampard from defeat in his first Champions League game in the dugout. pic.twitter.com/6r10IJcBCp
Cesar Azpilicueta talks:
Of course it’s hard to take. Because we had better chances, we controlled the game. We know, Champions League is decided on small details. Free kick, they scored a goal, and obviously we couldn’t convert our chances.
Ross is one of the best penalty-shooters in the team. He’s one of the ones that take them. He had the confidence to shoot it. He was unlucky hitting the bar, and obviously we’re disappointed. Of course we are trying to build something special, something for the future. But we know we are at Chelsea, we need to get results straight away. Every game we play, we play to win.
BT Sport show full footage of the penalty incident, in which Barkley grabbed the ball and was placing it on the spot before the referee even pointed it, and gave no ground as Jorginho and Willian both game up to ask if he’s actually serious.
“Somehow he’s jumped the queue. Credit to him for having the confidence but there’s a certain protocol,” sniffs Owen Hargreaves of Ross Barkley’s penalty-snaffling.
That was an excellent away performance from allegedly crisis-hit Valencia, defending smartly and coming up with a couple of good set-pieces which led to the game’s two outstanding moments and the only goal. A different referee might have sent off Coquelin in the first 20 minutes, but overall the Spaniards deserved a point at the very least.
90+5 mins: And that’s it! Chelsea are beaten at home in the first game of the group stage!
90+4 mins: And Chelsea get their last-second chance! Barkley’s long cross flicks off a head to Alonso, who heads it back in, and Christensen rises highest but heads wide of the post!
90+4 mins: Alonso shoots! Not a terrible idea, but it’s not close enough to the near corner and Cillessen saves. The corners is headed clear.
90+3 mins: Pedro is tripped on the edge of the area, on the right flank. Chelsea will have one final chance to create something from the resulting free-kick.
90+2 mins: A final Valencia change, Diakhaby replacing Cheryshev.
90+1 mins: There will be four minutes of stoppage time, or thereabouts.
90 mins: Valencia bring 18-year-old Lee Kangin in, while Rodrigo goes.
87 mins: Barkley looks calm and confident, but then like they say appearances can be deceptive. He he runs up, sends the keeper to his right and sidefoots straight down the middle, and the ball clips the top of the bar on its way over!
87 mins: Barkley puts the ball on the spot. Willian comes over, apparently to ask if he’s really honesly going to take it. Jorginho comes over to wish him luck.
86 mins: He’s only gone and given a penalty for that!
85 mins: The referee leaves the field to see the incident for himself. I think it would be extremely harsh to give a penalty for that.
85 mins: The game is paused while VAR checks for a potential penalty.
84 mins: The corner ends with Pedro, outside the area, whose shot also deflects wide. This corner is headed by Tomori into the arm of Wass. Chelsea players surround the referee, who didn’t see anything wrong.
82 mins: A fine run from Barkley, who is running across the area and then suddenly, in the blink of an eye, is going in a totally different direction and heading into it, but his shot deflects wide.
80 mins: Another change for Chelsea, Ross Barkley coming on for Kovacic.
79 mins: Giroud spins on the edge of the area and hammers a left-foot shot straight at Cillessen.
77 mins: What with it coming from a set piece, I’m not sure you can put the goal down to the change in shape to a back four, though obviously it coming within 120 seconds of Frank Lampard’s tactical switch is not a good look. Throw a Kurt Zouma into that penalty area and things might have been different.
Valencia grab a goal from nowhere! It’s an excellent set-piece delivery from Parejo, and Rodrigo times his run perfectly and scuffs his left-foot volley into the ground, and it bounces past Kepa!
73 mins: Chelsea abandon the three-centre-backs thing, bringing Giroud on for Zouma.
73 mins: Rodrigo buys a ticket for the why-not-have-a-go lottery, but there’s no jackpot this time, and his 45-yard effort flies high.
70 mins: Maxi Gomez comes on, replacing Gameiro in Valencia’s front line.
69 mins: Why didn’t Willian pass there? There’s a three-man break, and Abraham on the right passes inside to Willian in the middle, who could have simply laid the ball off for the entirely unmarked Pedro to have a free shot on goal, but instead tries to burst past a defender, and fails.
68 mins: Willian feeds Azpilicueta, whose cross from the byline is deflected behind. The corner is headed clear.
66 mins: The game seems to be sinking into a bit of a fog.
62 mins: Save! Alonso hits low, just past the three-man wall, and Cillessen dives to his left to palm it round the post! A bit more power on that shot and it would surely have gone in! Then Alonso heads over from the corner.
62 mins: Gaya swishes his boot across Willian’s ankles, conceding a free kick and handing Chelsea a decent shooting chance. Willian himself and Alonso stand over it.
61 mins: Another goal for Ajax, for whom Tagliafico has made it 3-0 against Lille in the other Group H game.
57 mins: Valencia work a clever corner, which ends with Gameiro running into ludicrous amounts of space on the edge of the area as the ball is rolled to him, and Chelsea’s entire team deciding it’s probably someone else’s job to close him down. No matter, as he blasts his shot over the bar.
55 mins: Pedro fouls Wass with a fairly cynical trip, conceding a free-kick on the right wing. All this playing-well-but-not-quite-well-enough business might start to get frustrating after a while.
51 mins: Chelsea have once again started on the front foot, but Valencia are defending excellently and restricting the home side’s fun to areas far enough from goal for it not to matter very much.
48 mins: Ajax meanwhile stroll into a two-goal lead over Lille in tonight’s other Group H game. Edson Alvarez has scored their second.
48 mins: A Chelsea corner causes a moment of panic in the Valencia defence before being cleared, and then Willian’s shot is charged down.
46 mins: Peeeeeep! Valencia get the second half started, and within five seconds pass Cillessen into trouble. Abraham is very close to charging down his clearance, and somehow hurts his wrist in the process.
Valencia return to the field, so we should have more footballer very shortly. Depending on where the referee is, obviously.
The Chelsea players are back out, and wondering where their opponents have got to.
“I’m flicking through the various games (lots of decent ones to have to choose between tonight!) but every time I switch over to the Chelsea game I have to turn the volume up,” sniffs Woolie Madden. “The difference in the crowd volume from the Napoli and Dortmund fans is a little embarrassing.” That’s a slightly unfairly high bar, though.
45+3 mins: And that’s the end of the half! It’s been decent, but nothing has quite worked out for either side in the final third. I guess that means the middle third has been impeccable.
45+2 mins: Azpilicueta is not having his best game. He’s taking up good positions, but he keeps fluffing things in the final third. As I type that, though, he picks out Willian in the area, and he stings Cillessen’s palms with a firm drive!
45+1 mins: Chelsea continue to press. Willian tries to backheel to Azpilicueta, but the ball is intercepted. There will be two minutes of stoppage time.
43 mins: Chelsea are ending the half as strongly as they started it. A low cross from the left arrives behind Abraham so he nudges the ball back to Jorginho, who shoots into a defender.
41 mins: What a ball from Kovacic! And a miss from Willian! Pedro passes to Kovacic on the left, with Abraham in the middle and Willian not properly marked behind him. Kovacic has to check back onto his right foot, a delay that seems to end their advantage, but then he makes up for it with a spectacularly good pass that loops over the defender and straight onto the Brazilian’s boot. He collects, but then blooters his shot over!
40 mins: Willian goes on a lovely run from inside his own half into Valencia’s penalty area, but then he hits a poor pass to the overlapping Azpilicueta. Goal kick.
37 mins: Now Alonso crosses from the left and Abraham, in his desperation to get on the end of it, accidentally volleys Gaya. Free kick.
36 mins: Tomori gets into the area, tries to pass to Abraham, collects the rebound and finally shoots wide enough that it almost turns into a decent cross to Azpilicueta to the right of goal, but the bounce is unkind and the move ends with a goal kick.
35 mins: Willian, Chelsea’s No10, skips past Parejo, Valencia’s No10, hares towards the area and then shoots low and hard, just beyond the left-hand post.
33 mins: Jorginho is in the book, after launching himself at Kondogbia. It was almost the opposite of Coquelin’s caution, in that he hardly made any contact but the challenge was misguided enough to be worth a booking of its own.
30 mins: Valencia have the best chance of the game so far! It ends with a very decent shooting chance for Rodrigo, just outside the area, but his effort hits Gameiro and bounces away.
26 mins: Valencia meanwhile have awoken, having been dormant for the first quarter-hour. They ping the ball around the edge of Chelsea’s area, but as soon as they get inside it they lose control, and it rolls through to Kepa.
24 mins: Chelsea have had 60% of possession, but other than that one half-chance that Abraham had from Azpilicueta’s cross they have created very little. A quarter of the way through the game, and it’s reaching needs-a-goal territory.
22 mins: Chelsea break, and Willian carries the ball forward on the right while Pedro sprints into acres of space over to the left. He goes unspotted, and the chance is wasted.
20 mins: Valencia’s first attack ends with the ball being chipped through to Gaya, running from deep beyond the defence. His effort is saved by Kepa, and he was anyway offside.
19 mins: Elsewhere in Group H, Ajax have taken the lead at home to Lille. Quincy Promes with it.
17 mins: After Saturday’s wonderstrike there are cries of “shoot” whenever Tomori gets the ball, no matter how far from goal he is. He ignores them, and instead the ball is chipped up to Abraham, who handles it in trying to control. Free kick.
16 mins: Mount looks extremely unhappy to be leaving the field, but leave it he must. He walks off unaided, though, and Pedro replaces him.
14 mins: Mount is still limping, but perhaps not for long: Pedro appears to be readying himself.
12 mins: Chelsea are looking very comfortable here, with Willian particularly sprightly.
11 mins: After lengthy treatment, Mount limps on. Willian takes an optimistic and pretty hopeless shot from the free kick.
9 mins: Coquelin gets an early booking. I’m not sure it was intentional, but in following through after clearing the ball he planted his studs deep into Mount’s ankle. I don’t think he meant it, but the contact was pretty ugly.
8 mins: Chelsea swing the ball into the area, again from the right. It’s a poor cross and goes straight to Wass, but he makes an absolute reeking howler of his clearance and very nearly tees up Abraham, forcing Kondogbia to throw a leg out to desperately intervene.
6 mins: Chance for Chelsea! A nice move down the right ends with Azpilicueta bursting to the byline and crossing to the near post, where Abraham sidefoots into Cillessen from an unpromising angle. Then the resulting corner is headed goalwards, but it’s more easy work for the goalkeeper.
4 mins: Jorginho hits the ball over the defence and into the path of Abraham, but it bounces through to Cillessen.
3 mins: The ball enters a penalty area for the first time, though it’s a Chelsea back-pass so no danger. There might be soon, though, the home side having somehow converted it into a Valencia throw-in in short order.
1 min: Peeeeep! They’re off!
We’ve had anthems and handshakes, and are currently enjoying the coin toss. There’s very little now standing between us and kick-off.
The players are in the tunnel, and football is about to be played!
This year’s Champions League group stage ball (there’ll be another one for the knockout rounds) is extremely colourful. Apparently it’s “a bold multi-coloured design incorporating traditional colours from the Uefa Champions League as well as those seen across stadiums worldwide”. I think “colours seen across stadiums worldwide” pretty clearly means “whatever colours we fancied”.
Frank Lampard speaks very quickly. Here’s what he’s got to say about tonight’s formation - he’s sticking with the back three that served him so well at Wolves at the weekend.
I want us to be adaptable. I want us to be able to change. We did at the weekend. It doesn’t mean that’s the way we’re going to stay.
This is the fourth time tonight’s referee, Cuneyt Cakir, has taken charge of a match at Stamford Bridge. In positive omen news, Chelsea have won two and drawn one of the previous three. It is his first Valencia away game, though he was in charge of their 3-2 home win over Genoa in the Europa League a couple of weeks shy of a decade ago.
That’s just one change for Chelsea: Zouma is in, the injured Rudiger is out.
Here are the teams again in text-based form, for anyone who can’t see embedded tweets:
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Zouma, Christensen, Tomori, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Willian, Mount, Abraham. Subs: Barkley, Pedro, Caballero, Giroud, Pulisic, Batshuayi, Guehi.
Valencia: Cillessen, Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia, Cheryshev, Rodrigo, Gameiro. Subs: Domenech Jaume, Costa Jaume, Goncalo Guedes, Diakhaby, Lee, Torres, Gomez.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey).
Team news is in, and it looks like this:
And here are Sid Lowe’s reports on last week’s managerial axe-swingery in Valencia:
Football club and all-round basket case Valencia are today’s visitors to Stamford Bridge, still reeling from the sacking of Marcelino García Toral less than a week ago for the crime of not-much-really. In came Albert Celades, former Spain Under-21 manager, with the club’s president, Anil Murthy, saying one of the reasons behind the switch was the fact that “Valencia must defend its philosophy of promoting young players who have come through the academy, and give them the opportunity to compete at the highest levels. The kind of player that has grown with the club since they were children and truly represent our values. They are the foundation of a team that must balance the club’s ambitions with a long-term sustainable model.”Continue reading...
- Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:03:35 +0000: Ross Barkley’s penalty miss costs Chelsea as Valencia win opener - Chelsea | The Guardian
It was a night when Chelsea discovered that no competition is as unforgiving as the Champions League. This was a chastening defeat for Frank Lampard’s young side, who struggled creatively before paying the price for one lapse in concentration near the end of a tight game, and their difficulties were encapsulated by Ross Barkley spurning the chance to rescue a point when his late penalty flew over off the top of the bar.Continue reading...
Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:
- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:32:13 +0000: Lyon sign Chelsea's Traore for £8.8m - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore joins Lyon for a fee of £8.8m on a five-year contract.
- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:37:05 +0000: Hazard, Ba & Cabaye invest in NASL club - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye are among the investors backing a new football club in the United States.
- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:53:59 +0000: Chelsea close to deal for Bakayoko - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Chelsea are close to signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco and the deal could be completed this week.
- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:25 +0000: Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
- Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:29:12 +0000: Juve get 'substantial offer' for Sandro - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Juventus receive a "substantial offer" for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, who is reported to be a target for Chelsea.
Roberto DiMatteo has been a busy manager for Chelsea so far in the transfer window with a number of new signings making their way to Stamford Bridge with the Italian looking to strengthen his squad considerably after a poor premier league season. One of the first signings of the season for the club was influential winger Eden Hazard for a fee believed to be around the twenty five million pound mark with the player signing a four year deal for the current European champions.
Another player is a hot favourite to be plying his trade at the bridge next season is the highly regarded Brazilian super kid Oscar although negotiations are still ongoing to bring him to England. The Internacional playmaker is thought to be costing Chelsea a fee of around twenty five million pounds but the deal according to DiMatteo is far from being completed and could fall through at any moment if the players current side decide to barter the price for his services. The player has stated that he would like to help his country compete in the Olympic games before he puts pen to paper so Chelsea fans may have to wait a little longer before they know if they have their man.
Wigan today have again rejected a third bid from Chelsea to bring in form winger Victor Moses to the bridge as the Lactics are doing their very best to keep their star player at the club for another season. Moses who has just a single year left on his current contract with Wigan is seen as the perfect addition to the Italians plans but the offer which is thought to be around the three and a half million pound mark is thought to be way short of the Lactics valuation of the player.
Frenchman Florent Malouda is another player whos future lies in the balance at Chelsea with the winger said to be wanting to hold showdown talks with the club after moving down the pecking order at the bridge. Malouda wishes to have his future clarified before the start of the season or he will look for pastures new with the player being strongly linked with Santos who feel the player would be perfect for their needs and could offer him first team football every week.
Chelsea now also face stern opposition for the signature of Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura who is currently under contract with Sao Paulo from clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The player is widely thought to be one of the hottest prospects in world football and has an outstanding record for his home side.