How would the partnership of Hazard and Morata grow stronger? Thibaut Courtois appears envious of his Man United counterpart David De Gea. Willian sends an open message to Chelsea fan about his future. … READ MORE
5. Michael Owen states his prediction for Qarabag v Chelsea
Chelsea has been in impressive Premier League form since their disappointing defeat in the Italian capital. They are still four points ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid in the champions league. And they can secure their place in the next round with a win in Azerbaijan.
Former Liverpool striker Owen is tipping Chelsea to ease to a comfortable win at Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday night. “Chelsea will qualify for the knockout stages with a win in Azerbaijan. I can’t see the Blues slipping up against a side they hit for six at Stamford Bridge back in September,” Owen told BetVictor.
“This is a big week for the champions with a trip to Anfield to come at the weekend. But the Blues win against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital was one of the best performances of the group stages. And I expect them to have a comfortable evening in Baku.”
4. “Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata are developing a ‘stunning’ understanding,” says Pat Nevin
Basing on their last weekend performance, Nevin has praised Hazard and Morata’s on-pitch relationship. But he insists that Conte must take a lot of the credit for changing his formation. He should have the Belgian winger play off the Spanish striker in a 3-5-2 set-up.
He wrote in his column on Chelsea’s website: “The burgeoning understanding between the front two of Eden and Alvaro is pretty stunning on occasions now. […] There are now plenty of hugely talented options on the bench, but it seems that those players moving into a 3-5-2 type of system has been the proverbial game changer above everything else.”
3. Chelsea starter left behind by Antonio Conte as team travel for Champions League
Antonio Conte has his team much closer to full fitness as they travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag. The Italian coach has had one injury call to make: despite having trained with the first team yesterday, Victor Moses has been left in London.
“I’ve just realized my tweet from yesterday afternoon never tweeted and went into my drafts Moses trained outside with the squad yesterday but stayed at London and didn’t travel Dujon Sterling who signed a new contract trained and traveled instead.”
I’ve just realised my tweet from yesterday afternoon never tweeted and went into my drafts
Moses trained outside with the squad yesterday but stayed at London and didn’t travel
Dujon Sterling who signed a new contract trained and travelled instead #CFC
— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) November 21, 2017
It’s no surprise to see him left at home. Perhaps the coach is hoping to be able to rely on the Nigerian to start against his former loan team Liverpool this weekend.
2. Thibaut Courtois appears envious of his Man United counterpart David De Gea
According to the Times, Courtois has suspended contract talks with Chelsea as the Belgian appears envious of his Man United counterpart. Courtois believes that Chelsea should pay him as much as De Gea gets at Old Trafford.
De Gea is reportedly on 200,000 pounds a week at Man United. But, what’s obvious is that Chelsea is unwilling to shell out that amount on their number 1. Chelsea has not dealt with Thibaut’s agent since June. At that time, they rejected the goalkeeper’s demands of doubling his wage to £200,000 a week, which would put him level with Eden Hazard.
Courtois believes he should be paid the same as David De Gea, his counterpart at Manchester United. That the increase is justified after he recorded the most clean sheets in the league, helping Chelsea win the title last season. He said the ball was in Chelsea’s court.
1. Willian sends open message to Chelsea fan about his future
Talking to BBC Sport’s Football Focus, Willian said: “Of course I want to play every game. But I respect every decision. Because we have great players in the squad. So you have to respect Conte’s decision. But every player wants to play.”