Antonio Conte hopeful over Eden Hazard fitness after sustaining a knock; while Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge switch delayed until 2024. Chelsea defender declares himself fit to face Brazil at Wembley.
5. People have been too harsh on Chelsea – Victor Moses
Victor Moses has claimed that Chelsea have been criticised too harshly and insists that the players have stuck together through their difficult times of late.
Moses, who is currently out of action with a hamstring injury, told Goal.com: “I think we have done well [in my absence]. We as a team, whatever happens, we stick together as a team and do the best we can.”
“I think people have been a bit too harsh but we as players don’t need to think about that or concentrate on what people have been saying after losing against Roma [3-0 in the Champions League].”
“We believe in ourselves collectively and individually, we have great players, we just take each game as it comes. We beat Manchester United, now everyone is saying that we’re the best, football is like this, we believe in ourselves and work hard together as a team.”
Up next for Chelsea is a Premier League trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
4. Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge switch delayed until 2024
Chelsea have reportedly been informed that they will be unable to move into their revamped Stamford Bridge home until at least 2024.
The Blues had initially hoped to have the redevelopment work finalised ahead of the 2021-22 season. The Stamford Bridge side have been given the green light earlier this year to put the wheels in motion.
According to the Daily Mail, however, the Premier League champions will now continue to play at Stamford Bridge until 2020. Then, they will move to a temporary new home – likely Wembley Stadium – for as many as four years.
Chelsea are said to have pencilled in the opening game of the 2024-25 for the first match to be staged at their refurbished £500m home.
The revamped Stamford Bridge is expected to have an increased capacity of 60,000.
The report claims that building and demolition work around the ground could begin as early as next year.
3. Chelsea hopeful over Eden Hazard fitness after sustaining a knock
Eden Hazard is a fitness doubt for Chelsea’s trip to West Bromwich Albion next weekend after picking up a knock during Belgium’s 3-3 draw with Mexico.
The 26-year-old sat out full training on Sunday morning. The playmaker is now unlikely to play any part in the Red Devils’ next friendly against Japan.
Journalist Kristof Terreur claims that the winger has instead been given his own individual training programme.
According to Football.London, Chelsea remain hopeful that Hazard will shake off the minor issue before Saturday’s clash at The Hawthorns.
2. Gary Cahill declares himself fit to face Brazil at Wembley
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has reportedly declared himself fit for England’s friendly with Brazil on Tuesday night.
Cahill was missing from the starting lineup as the Three Lions recorded a goalless draw with Germany on Friday night.
The Blues captain has sustained a back injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United.
However, according to the London Evening Standard, Cahill has claimed that he is ready to return for the showcase clash at Wembley Stadium.
1. Chelsea players threatened by Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate has suggested that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been held back at Chelsea as his teammates see him as a threat.
The 21-year-old has failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge during his three years at senior level.
Loftus-Cheek has featured heavily on loan at Crystal Palace this term. The youngster enhanced his reputation with a man-of-the-match display on his international debut against Germany on Friday night.
“He has been able to battle through difficult spells at Chelsea, training with senior players who recognise his talent to get into him in training,” Southgate told reporters.
“Have they kept him in his place? Yes, I imagine they probably saw the threat. This season going out and playing has helped him. In the early season, I saw him and he showed flashes of what we saw against Germany.”
Loftus-Cheek had 67 touches of the ball against Germany and ended the match with a 96% pass accuracy figure, completing 33 of his passes in the opposition half.