Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Chelsea https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/chelsea Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:40:34 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[SNAPPED: ​Chelsea fine list under Lampard revealed]]> <p>A detailed list of first team fines at Chelsea has emerged online.<br></p><p>The leaked chart shows how much money first team players would have to pay the club if they breached the rules laid out by manager Frank Lampard.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/snapped-chelsea-fine-list-under-lampard-revealed-4304103?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> A detailed list of first team fines at Chelsea has emerged online.

The leaked chart shows how much money first team players would have to pay the club if they breached the rules laid out by manager Frank Lampard.

The fines are eye popping for the average person, but may not be as much of an issue given the salary of most Premier League footballers.

The fines include 20,000 for being late to training, 500 per minute of lateness to team meetings, and 2,500 for arriving late to medical appointments or the team bus on match-days.

There are other fines, such as having a cell phone ring during a team meeting, not reporting an illness on time, or not maintaining the appropriate body composition.

All fines go to charity or spending on team activities, with the club stating they have final discretion to write off or increase those fines depending on individual circumstances.

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<![CDATA[​Sahin: Pulisic not trying to replace Hazard at Chelsea]]> <p>Turkey star Nuri Sahin does not believe his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Christian Pulisic is trying to replace Eden Hazard.<br></p><p>Pulisic has gotten more game time with Chelsea in recent weeks, and he has contributed several key goals for the Blues.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sahin-pulisic-not-trying-to-replace-hazard-at-chelsea-4304094?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Turkey star Nuri Sahin does not believe his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Christian Pulisic is trying to replace Eden Hazard.

Pulisic has gotten more game time with Chelsea in recent weeks, and he has contributed several key goals for the Blues.

And Sahin believes that Pulisic will be his own star at the Stamford Bridge club.

He told The Times: "Which player can be compared to Hazard, though?

"There is only a handful of players on the level of Hazard. As I know, Christian doesn't put himself under pressure to be the next Hazard.

"I spoke to him and he also doesn't have that pressure from the club, from his manager, so he will be OK.

"He will be a great player for Chelsea, but he will not be the next Hazard. It's important to be the best version of Christian Pulisic."

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<![CDATA[Former coach urges ​Chelsea star Willian to join Juventus]]> <p>Chelsea star Willian is being encouraged to sign for Juventus in the summer.</p><p>The 31-year-old winger is out of contract when the 2019/2020 season comes to an end.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/former-coach-urges-chelsea-star-willian-urged-to-join-juventus-4304089?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea star Willian is being encouraged to sign for Juventus in the summer.

The 31-year-old winger is out of contract when the 2019/2020 season comes to an end.

He will be free to talk to clubs outside England from January about a free transfer.

And his former Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu believes Juventus would be the ideal destination if he leaves the Blues.

Juventus have a reputation for signing players on free transfers, while the Italian league is ideal for players who are 30 and older.

Speaking with Tuttosport, Lucescu said: "Willian's contract at Chelsea is expiring, it would be good for him to change it up a bit after all these years in London.

"The Bianconeri would be ideal for him."

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<![CDATA[Chelsea midfielder Kante: I must improve my injury management]]> <p>Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante admits he needs to be more careful with his injury management.</p><p>The Frenchman was back in the Chelsea starting line-up for the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend and played 90 minutes. Prior to then it has been a stop-start time since the end of last season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-midfielder-kante-i-must-improve-my-injury-management-4304079?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante admits he needs to be more careful with his injury management.

The Frenchman was back in the Chelsea starting line-up for the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend and played 90 minutes. Prior to then it has been a stop-start time since the end of last season.

"It made me happy because it took a lot of work to get back," Kante told L'Equipe. "At the end of last season I was injured, I was even uncertain for the final of the Europa League against Arsenal.

"I started the season with an ankle sprain. Playing and being stopped and being stopped again. I had to handle a sprained knee and sprained ankle that was a little difficult to treat. These were not the easiest months of my career. But I am now pleased to return."

The 28-year-old admitted he has to think about injuries differently than in the past.

"Maybe when I was young, I could play even when I had a physical problem. I compensated and made sure to be on the pitch in any circumstances.

"Today, I may have to pay more attention to recovery, to take good care of my little worries because over time they can create bigger problems."

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<![CDATA[Calderon: I'd hire Juventus coach Sarri for Real Madrid]]> <p>Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says he'd hire Maurizio Sarri for the Spanish giants.</p><p>Calderon admits he's a fan of the Juventus coach.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/calderon-i-d-hire-juventus-coach-sarri-for-real-madrid-4304048?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says he'd hire Maurizio Sarri for the Spanish giants.

Calderon admits he's a fan of the Juventus coach.

He told Calciomercato.it: "Yes, I like him. He has proven to be very good already with Napoli and with Chelsea, I believe that Juventus has made the right choice with him.

"Another championship will be won (by Juve) and they will be a serious candidate to lift the Champions League. Any big club would like a coach like him."

Calderon also praised Sarri for his hooking of Cristiano Ronaldo during victory over AC Milan.

He added: "The coaches only do what is best for the team. Many times the players don't understand it, they react badly, but no technician takes a a decision that damages himself and the group."

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<![CDATA[N'Golo Kante: I believe in Chelsea project - and London life]]> <p>N'Golo Kante says he's happily settled with Chelsea - and in London.</p><p>The midfielder continues to be linked with a return to Paris at PSG and also with Real Madrid.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/n-golo-kante-i-believe-in-chelsea-project-and-london-life-4304044?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> N'Golo Kante says he's happily settled with Chelsea - and in London.

The midfielder continues to be linked with a return to Paris at PSG and also with Real Madrid.

But he told L'Equipe: "The tranquility of London that has inspired me to extend until 2023? It is also for this reason. I feel good in the city but especially in the club: they enrolled me in a beautiful project when I arrived.

"It's been three years that I'm here, I'm doing beautiful things and that's what inspired me to join an even longer project."

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<![CDATA[Talking Tactics: Liverpool sure title winners; Chelsea heydey; Emery flawed]]> <p>The Premier League title race is surely over. Manchester City's defensive issues mean they will lose at least a couple more games this season, and so Liverpool now holding a nine-point advantage can probably afford to lose as many as five of their final 26 Premier League matches (19%). Given their extraordinary consistency over the last 50 league games, it will take a serious collapse for Liverpool to lose it now.</p><p>Pep Guardiola takes the blame for a surprising flat 4-4-2 formation at Anfield that did nothing to stop Jurgen Klopp's full-backs from dominating the match - leaving Man City all the way down in fourth as we enter the international break. Leicester City's easy 2-0 win against Arsenal and Chelsea's victory over Crystal Palace has seen them to second and third in the table as an eight-point gap opens up between the top four and rest.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/talking-tactics-liverpool-sure-title-winners-chelsea-heydey-emery-flawed-4303975?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> The Premier League title race is surely over. Manchester City's defensive issues mean they will lose at least a couple more games this season, and so Liverpool now holding a nine-point advantage can probably afford to lose as many as five of their final 26 Premier League matches (19%). Given their extraordinary consistency over the last 50 league games, it will take a serious collapse for Liverpool to lose it now.

Pep Guardiola takes the blame for a surprising flat 4-4-2 formation at Anfield that did nothing to stop Jurgen Klopp's full-backs from dominating the match - leaving Man City all the way down in fourth as we enter the international break. Leicester City's easy 2-0 win against Arsenal and Chelsea's victory over Crystal Palace has seen them to second and third in the table as an eight-point gap opens up between the top four and rest.

Here are three tactical talking points from the weekend action:



1) Man City's 4-4-2 affords Liverpool's full-backs too much space

There were several crucial problems with Guardiola's chosen system at Anfield on Sunday. His flat 4-4-2 didn't offer much protection to either Kyle Walker of Angelino, allowing the hosts' full-backs to dominate via long diagonals into the channels leading directly to all three goals. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva aren't good enough defensively to track back in time and provide cover, especially not when Liverpool were so direct in getting the ball out wide.

This problem was exacerbated by Kevin de Bruyne's surprise selection alongside Sergio Aguero, because the Belgian was consequently absent in the transitions, preventing Man City from counter-attacking successfully. What's more, the visitors needed a third body in central midfield in order to cover the width properly, whereas with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane occupying City's too-narrow full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were free to dominate.

Guardiola should have picked a 3-5-2 formation that would have allowed wing-backs to push up and close down the Liverpool full-backs, following a template that Sheff Utd and Man Utd created recently. This formation would also have given City greater numbers in central midfield while allowing Guardiola to use De Bruyne and Aguero together up front.




2) Chelsea's 4-2-3-1 is a tactical throwback to Lampard's heyday

The best way to define Chelsea is by comparing them with the tactical strategies prominent about a decade ago, before Guardiola and Klopp had changed the landscape and when the Premier League was a simpler place. At the peak of Frank Lampard's powers, the dominant system was a 4-2-3-1 with inverted wingers linking up with a number ten.

This is how Willian and Christian Pulisic create overloads centrally with Mason Mount. The three players all drop into similar spaces between the opposition lines of defence and midfield, collecting the ball and running straight at the heart of the opposition. It is rather simplistic, but highly effective against mid-ranking clubs who are too frightened of Chelsea's risk-taking attacks to expose them on the counter-attack.

Jordan Ayew was completely isolated on Saturday as Crystal Palace dropped deeper and deeper before caving under the pressure. In time, teams will work out how to stop Lampard's side from dominating central attacking midfield, but until then Chelsea are uniquely entertaining.




3) Emery's unusual system does nothing to stop Leicester from dominating

Unai Emery used strange tactics even by his standards. A 5-2-3 formation at Leicester had Mesut Ozil as a false nine and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as ineffective wingers, leaving just a two-man midfield to contend with the Leicester runners. Unsurprisingly, with the visitors sitting very deep, Arsenal were overrun in virtually every area of the pitch.

Aubameyang and Lacazette neither pressed nor cut off passing lanes, making them rather pointless and meaning the hosts easily got their midfielders and full-backs on the ball. Ozil similarly provided little defensive support, and so when Brendan Rodgers' side narrowed the pitch (Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell cut inside) they simply overwhelmed Arsenal.

Youri Tielemans and James Maddison eased onto the ball, surging into space with quick one-twos, and although Arsenal's bizarre tactical setup did make them threatening on the counter this match was only ever going to end one way. Leicester's second typified the game; Tielemans tore through an under-stocked centre as Arsenal, in an unfamiliar shape and refusing to close down, simply folded.




Best of the week Hughes & Capoue add control to Watford's 5-3-2

Quique Sanchez Flores has persisted with a 5-3-2 formation throughout his second tenure as Watford manager despite some disappointing results, and that persistence finally paid off at Carrow Road on Friday evening when the Hornets recorded their first win. It does appear as though consistency has led to greater organisation, although Watford were also clearly helped by the return to form of Will Hughes and by Etienne Capoue's recovery from injury.

Hughes linked with Gerard Deulofeu particularly well, creating more chances (three) than any other player on the pitch. Capoue was joint top of the charts for tackles (four) and interceptions (three) alongside Hughes; together these two picked Norwich's pockets, energising Watford at just the right moment. Norwich were again far too porous at the back.




Worst of the Week West Ham & Southampton look aimless in defeats

November is normally a time of managerial casualties in the Premier League as the international break gives boards the opportunity to assess the first third of the campaign and make some tough decisions. Manuel Pellegrini and Ralph Hasenhuttl could both be out of a job following the directionless performances of West Ham and Southampton.

That Saints only mustered four shots at home to Everton speaks volumes; their 3-4-3 is far too defensive, with Nathan Redmond asked to do too much on his own. West Ham, who haven't won in seven and have a tough set of fixtures coming up, look just as stale. Pellegrini always uses the same 4-1-4-1, and the system has frankly lost its spark.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea youth coach Cole: There's no weakness in Frank's team]]> <p>Chelsea youth coach Joe Cole says he can't see a weakness in Frank Lampard's first team.</p><p>Chelsea signed off for the international break with victory over Crystal Palace.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-youth-coach-cole-there-s-no-weakness-in-frank-s-team-4304039?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea youth coach Joe Cole says he can't see a weakness in Frank Lampard's first team.

Chelsea signed off for the international break with victory over Crystal Palace.

And Cole told BT Sport: "I think they're quietly chipping away at it.

Frank won't thank us for this, I think he'd like to be even more quiet about it.

Going into these two weeks now, he'll really take stock, reflect on how well Chelsea have started and they're in amongst it.

"I don't think the gaffer will thank me for this because you like to be the quiet ones coming from the outside in the title race.

What I'm saying is you can't find too many faults in this Chelsea team.

"You play [Cesar] Azpilicueta, you play Reece James, you're going to get a performance.

[Christian] Pulisic, [Mason] Mount, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, the strength in depth in this Chelsea team now.

"The biggest thing about this Chelsea team now? They look together, this isn't a collection of individuals."

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<![CDATA[Chelsea concern after Christian Pulisic injury]]> <p>Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic is an injury doubt for the United States' CONCACAF Nations League games against Canada and Cuba.</p><p>Pulisic suffered a hip injury in victory against Crystal Palace.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-concern-after-christian-pulisic-injury-4304024?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic is an injury doubt for the United States' CONCACAF Nations League games against Canada and Cuba.

Pulisic suffered a hip injury in victory against Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old attacker appeared to pick up the knock when he scored his fifth goal in three Premier League matches, after colliding with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for his headed goal.

Pulisic became just the fourth American to score in three straight Premier League games, after Roy Wegerle, Joe Max-Moore and Clint Dempsey.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said on Monday that Pulisic continues to be evaluated and no decision has been made whether he will join the U.S. camp in Orlando, Florida.

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<![CDATA[France boss Deschamps: Chelsea striker Giroud worth his place]]> <p>France boss Didier Deschamps has defended his decision to select Olivier Giroud for upcoming fixtures against Moldova and Albania.</p><p>The 33-year-old has only played 120 minutes of top-flight football for Chelsea this season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/france-boss-deschamps-chelsea-striker-giroud-worth-his-place-4304008?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> France boss Didier Deschamps has defended his decision to select Olivier Giroud for upcoming fixtures against Moldova and Albania.

The 33-year-old has only played 120 minutes of top-flight football for Chelsea this season.

But Deschamps says he has trust in the striker.

"Maybe that means something but it's mostly what happened on the pitch that means something," he said.

"If he is the one I used the most, do not forget either the ratio of matches and goals.

"There are not many in front of him in terms of goals in the history of the France team. He did the right thing, he answered the trust."

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