Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Chelsea https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/chelsea Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:43:52 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Chelsea push for Hudson-Odoi deal after Mount agreement]]> <p>Chelsea are ready to up plans to secure Callum Hudson-Odoi to a new contract.</p><p>Mason Mount has just signed a new five-year contract and now talks with Hudson-Odoi are being ramped up.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-push-for-hudson-odoi-deal-after-mount-agreement-4289014?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea are ready to up plans to secure Callum Hudson-Odoi to a new contract.

Mason Mount has just signed a new five-year contract and now talks with Hudson-Odoi are being ramped up.

The Sun says Chelsea will now look to secure Hudson-Odoi's future amid links with Bayern Munich.

The winger's long-term suitors have reportedly tabled a fresh bid worth 45million.

But manager Frank Lampard is confident he can persuade Hudson-Odoi to stay at Stamford Bridge and is ready to talk terms.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea director Granovskaia: Mount ready for first-team]]> <p>Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia says Mason Mount is ready to break into the first-team.</p><p>The 20-year-old penned a new five-year contract with Chelsea on Monday after returning from a successful loan spell at Derby last season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-director-granovskaia-mount-ready-for-first-team-4288986?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia says Mason Mount is ready to break into the first-team.

The 20-year-old penned a new five-year contract with Chelsea on Monday after returning from a successful loan spell at Derby last season.

Granovskaia said: "Mason has come right the way through the Chelsea academy and has always stood out as a fantastic talent and dedicated individual.

"We have monitored his development extremely closely while he has been out on loan and believe he is now ready to be a member of our squad competing at the top of the Premier League.

"Like another of our Academy graduates, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, we are delighted Mason has committed himself to the club this summer and look forward to an exciting future ahead."

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<![CDATA[Mason Mount 'massively proud' to pen new Chelsea deal]]> <p>Mason Mount has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.</p><p>Mount, who spent last season on loan at Championship club Derby County, has long been tipped for a bright future by those at Stamford Bridge.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/mason-mount-massively-proud-to-pen-new-chelsea-deal-4288981?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Mason Mount has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.

Mount, who spent last season on loan at Championship club Derby County, has long been tipped for a bright future by those at Stamford Bridge.

It's a massively proud moment for myself and my family," said Mount.

I'm really looking forward to the coming season now and working hard to have an impact here at Chelsea. I've been at the club for a long time already and hopefully I'll stay for a long time to come."

Mount scored for Chelsea in their 4-0 pre-season victory over St Patrick's Athletic in Dublin on Saturday and is now heading with the squad to Japan ahead of matches with Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona.

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<![CDATA[Lampard blueprint: How Super Frankie can turn Derby tactics into Chelsea success]]> <p>Five years after his playing career with Chelsea came to an end, Frank Lampard has returned to Stamford Bridge as manager. He has been tasked with leading the club into a difficult future, with a transfer ban preventing him from making any new additions to the squad.</p><p>Despite having just one season of managerial experience behind him with Derby County in the English second tier, he already has a fairly clear style of play. Here, we at Tribal Football analyse whether he will be able to implement that style and how his Chelsea side might look. All data referenced is courtesy of <a href="https://wyscout.com/" target="_blank">Wyscout</a> unless otherwise stated.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/lampard-blueprint-how-super-frankie-can-turn-derby-tactics-into-chelsea-success-4288879?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Five years after his playing career with Chelsea came to an end, Frank Lampard has returned to Stamford Bridge as manager. He has been tasked with leading the club into a difficult future, with a transfer ban preventing him from making any new additions to the squad.

Despite having just one season of managerial experience behind him with Derby County in the English second tier, he already has a fairly clear style of play. Here, we at Tribal Football analyse whether he will be able to implement that style and how his Chelsea side might look. All data referenced is courtesy of Wyscout unless otherwise stated.



PRESSING

Lampard liked his Derby side to press high, usually taking up a 4-4-1-1 defensive shape where the striker led the pressing from the front. His lone number nine would split the opposition centre-backs while closing down the defender in possession, essentially cutting the pitch in half. He would be supported by the attacking midfielder, who would either cover behind or press the other centre-back.

Behind the front two, the midfield line and defensive line often utilised man-marking on the ball side to get quick pressure on opposition receivers with their back to goal. Meanwhile, the wingers are more zonal, taking up positions in the inside channels to ensure compactness in the midfield four before stepping out to pressure their opposite full-back if they got on the ball.

This pressing was generally effective in limiting the opposition's time in possession. Derby's PPDA (passes allowed per defensive action) was the second-highest in the Championship last term on average they allowed their opposition no more than 8.2 passes before being tackled, intercepted, or forced into a turnover. Only Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United had a lower PPDA number, while only five teams had a higher challenge intensity (average number of duels, tackles and interceptions per minute of opponent possession).



ATTACKING

Lampard's attacking strategy with Derby was generally built around short passing out from the back and through the thirds. Within the 4-2-3-1 system the two central midfielders would stay deep and move in front of the central defenders, exchanging passes with them. The responsibility would often then fall to the centre-backs to progress possession through forward drives, accurate, line-breaking passes or switches of play.

Both full-backs pushed on to offer an outlet on their respective flanks, offering an option for diagonal switches of play to the under-covered far side or simpler passes wide when under pressure. Their advancements allowed the nominal wingers to tuck inside alongside the attacking midfielder and focus on occupying pockets of space more centrally and between the lines, creating forward passing lanes for the centre-backs to exploit.

Up front, the striker would drop deep and move wide to offer a passing option, combine with the attacking midfield trio and help Derby move possession into dangerous areas more effectively. They preferred to enter the final third through passes and combination play as opposed to crosses into the box; only three sides averaged fewer crosses per 90 minutes than their 13.

The data confirms Lampard's commitment to using the ball and playing out from the back. Only four Championship teams played fewer long balls per 90, while only five averaged more possession than Derby's 54.1 per cent. However, Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea averaged 62.1 per cent of possession, the second-highest in the Premier League. This suggests that, under Lampard, Chelsea perhaps may not dominate the ball quite as often as they did under Sarri.

One issue that appeared in the underlying data was Derby's struggles to create clear-cut chances. While they scored more than most Championship teams, their expected goals (xG) tally of 56.6 was one of the lowest in the league. Indeed, no team over-performed their xG more than Derby. This suggests that their goals came more through exceptional finishing or quantity of shots, as opposed to consistently getting good shooting opportunities. Some interesting numbers from WhoScored could help us to understand why this was the case no team had a lower percentage of their shots from the centre, and no team had a higher percentage of their shots from outside the penalty box.



HOW WILL CHELSEA LINE UP

Chelsea lined up in a back four under Sarri last season, so the defenders should adjust fairly easily to Lampard's setup. David Luiz partnered Antonio Rudiger at centre-back last season, though he may find his place in the line-up challenged by the returning Kurt Zouma, who performed well on loan at Everton in 2018/19.

Marcos Alonso has always thrived as a wing-back, so could adapt well to the new manager's approach, which sees both full-backs advancing down their flanks when the team has possession. However, the more defensive Cesar Azpilicueta on the right may not be so suited. Reece James, who impressed as an attacking full-back on loan at Wigan in 2018/19, could offer greater dynamism on the right.

Lampard's midfield two will likely see N'Golo Kante paired with Jorginho in a double pivot, though Timeoue Bakayoko who played well for Milan last season could also be utilised. Further forward, Willian is made for one of the attacking midfield spots, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Pedro will compete for the other two berths.

Olivier Giroud has the link play to lead the line, though he lacks pace and may be rotated in and out for Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham, who both offer more threat in behind defences.

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<![CDATA[Lampard reaffirms plans to give Chelsea kids their chance]]> <p>Frank Lampard has reiterated plans to give Chelsea's youth players every chance to excel this season.</p><p>Lampard has thrown down a challenge to their youngsters.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/lampard-reaffirms-plans-to-give-chelsea-kids-their-chance-4288930?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Frank Lampard has reiterated plans to give Chelsea's youth players every chance to excel this season.

Lampard has thrown down a challenge to their youngsters.

The former Chelsea player said: "Everyone needs to impress, that's the bottom line. But definitely the opportunity is there for everyone to become a part of this side.

"A lot has been made of the younger players that we have here and whether they can force their way into the side. They need to know that if they do well and impress me and my staff, then the opportunity is there for them to be in this side.

"We have some very good young players here and they have to impress in every game and every training session.

"But from the first moments of the game you could see that the likes of Mason [Mount], Tammy [Abraham] and [Fikayo] Tomori were really at it and that's what we want.

"We need strong competition throughout the squad and I think we have that here. The Academy is really strong and we've worked hard at Chelsea over the past few years to ensure we have these bright talents coming through.

"Now it's up to those young players to take it upon themselves to impress me and get into the team, because the opportunities will be there if they apply themselves correctly."

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<![CDATA[Luiz unconcerned with Chelsea transfer ban: We have so much talent]]> <p>David Luiz says Chelsea are fortunate to have an abundance of talent amid their current transfer ban.</p><p>The Blues are unable to sign any players until the summer of 2020 after being banned by FIFA for breaching rules regarding signing minors.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/luiz-unconcerned-with-chelsea-transfer-ban-we-have-so-much-talent-4288907?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> David Luiz says Chelsea are fortunate to have an abundance of talent amid their current transfer ban.

The Blues are unable to sign any players until the summer of 2020 after being banned by FIFA for breaching rules regarding signing minors.

But Luiz thinks the club will be able to handle the ban with a several quality youngsters returning from loan.

"I think we are a lucky team because we have so much talent, the young players are amazing," said Luiz.

"Every single one, they have the quality already to play for this club. I have to do my role as a senior player just trying to help them and also to do my job.

"Of course it is a big step up and it's up to everyone to do their job."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Bohemians boss admits 14yo Evan Ferguson has transfer interest after Chelsea display]]> <p>Bohemians boss Keith Long admits British clubs are keen on their wonderkid Evan Ferguson.</p><p>Long fielded the 14 year-old striker against Chelsea for last week's 1-1 friendly draw.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/watch-bohemians-boss-admits-14yo-evan-ferguson-has-transfer-interest-after-chelsea-display-4288883?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Bohemians boss Keith Long admits British clubs are keen on their wonderkid Evan Ferguson.

Long fielded the 14 year-old striker against Chelsea for last week's 1-1 friendly draw.

Ferguson was directly involved in the build-up to Eric Molloy's last-minute equaliser as Long's men secured an unlikely draw.

Long believes his performance against the Blues is reason why British clubs are after his signature.

The Bohs manager said: Evan has got lots of attention from English clubs, he's got lots of suitors.

He's coming through St Kevin's Boys, he's in with the Bohemians SKB Under-15s and is doing really well.

He's 14 and he comes off the bench and shows maturity beyond his years and quality as well. He almost scored...and his clever little stepover for Eric in the build-up to the goal.

He's a big boy. He's 14 and he looks like a man but he's not, you can't get sucked into that.

He's 14 and we're pleased to get him some minutes but there were others as well."

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<![CDATA[Atletico Madrid striker Morata happy to have cut all ties with Chelsea]]> <p>Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata is delighted to have cut all ties with Chelsea.</p><p>After a nightmare season at Chelsea, he sees Diego Simeone as having thrown him a lifeline to get his career back on track.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/atletico-madrid-striker-morata-happy-to-have-cut-all-ties-with-chelsea-4288875?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata is delighted to have cut all ties with Chelsea.

After a nightmare season at Chelsea, he sees Diego Simeone as having thrown him a lifeline to get his career back on track.

"Atletico [Madrid] are the best thing that could have happened to me," said Morata in an interview with EFE.

"It would mean so much to me to win titles with Atleti, even more than anything I've won in the past because this is different."

One significant move was a certain Antoine Griezmann and Morata did not hold back on praise for the Frenchman.

"He is a top top player," Morata continued. "I don't need to tell you how big he is.

"He's been one of the best players that Atleti have had in recent times."

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<![CDATA[Luiz reveals Chelsea already understanding Lampard philosophy]]> <p>David Luiz says Chelsea's players are already taking in lessons from Frank Lampard.</p><p>The Blues have only played two friendlies under their new manager, with five more to come before August 11's Premier League opener against Manchester United.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/luiz-reveals-chelsea-already-understanding-lampard-philosophy-4288855?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> David Luiz says Chelsea's players are already taking in lessons from Frank Lampard.

The Blues have only played two friendlies under their new manager, with five more to come before August 11's Premier League opener against Manchester United.

But Luiz has revealed Lampard has already begun to impart his wisdom on the playing squad.

"We are starting to understand what Lamps wants from us," he told Chelsea TV.

"It has been good to see Lamps and the staff because they know this club well and they deserve this opportunity, so there is a positive energy.

"It is always important to be positive. It is great to start pre-season this way and we need to understand the responsibility. We need to work a lot and understand what we have to do."

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<![CDATA[David Luiz challenges Chelsea youngsters: You must walk through the door!]]> <p>David Luiz has challenged the Chelsea youngsters to earn their place in the first-team this season.</p><p>With a transfer ban in place, new manager Frank Lampard is expected to test the club's young stars int the first-team this season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/david-luiz-challenges-chelsea-youngsters-you-must-walk-through-the-door-4288856?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BChelsea'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> David Luiz has challenged the Chelsea youngsters to earn their place in the first-team this season.

With a transfer ban in place, new manager Frank Lampard is expected to test the club's young stars int the first-team this season.

And Luiz says it is up to them to make sure they grasp the opportunity.

Luiz said: "I think when you're young you have to think about you opening the door not the door opening for you. The young players have to work in this mentality. Because life is not easy.

"Every day another boy is born and another boy wants to be a footballer. And it's up to everybody to work hard and for them to knock on the door and open the door the have the talent for that they have the potential for that, they just have to show that every single day."

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