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Player ratings! Barkley, Loftus-Cheek failed to impress in Chelsea’s win

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Ross Barkley

Chelse player rating vs BATE

Kepa Arrizabalaga:

Was a real bystander in the opening half of the game but made a superb save early in the game to deny Stanislav Dragun from close range.

Emerson; Struggled to really make anything happen at all down the left flank with the addition of a couple of poor crosses in the first half until he put a decent ball into the box and Olivier Giroud was there to head it home. A lot better in the second half and more precise with his play.

Gary Cahill:

Did well defensively however but had a few struggling moments.

Andreas Christensen

Like Cahill, his passing out from the back wasn’t good enough but was defensively solid for most of the game

Davide Zappacosta

Saw a lot of the ball in the first half but did nothing with it. Didn’t really threaten down the right for the first half and didn’t take many risks.

Played one lovely pass to Eden Hazard in the second half that the Belgian couldn’t gather. Apart from that, he influenced the game little.

Jorginho

Jorginho

Wasn’t his best game for the blues to the extent he was getting quite frustrated at times in the middle with the lack of space for him to work in, trying to force the passes for the Blues front men.

The tempo from him and the team was a little slow at times which made it more difficult for the Blues to break down BATE.

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley

The Englishman’s performance want good enough for the headlines however he was neat and tidy on the ball when he kept it simple and had a few efforts on target from range. This was a little step up from the Crystal Palace display, but didn’t really shine again.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The player who had earlier got his place back in the England squad didn’t really celebrate that in style as he had a pretty poor night in midfield.

Eden Hazard

eden hazard

The Chelsea fans were delighted to see him back on the pitch of play after a long spell out through injuries but it was a difficult night for him. BATE made it tough and gave him little space, while he just couldn’t make things really happen.

Pedro

Pedro

Had a a woeful performance, sometimes too slow when he had the ball, sloppy passes and misdirected shots were the summation of his performance tonight.

Olivier Giroud

olivier giroud

Scored his first goal for Chelsea since May and 794 minutes of action, which means the Frenchman might just have opened his goal scoring account for the blues again. Not a bad overall performance by the former Arsenal man.

Willian (on for Hazard 62′)Added some inspiration to the team.
Mateo Kovacic (on for Loftus-Cheek 64′)
Should have styed on the bench.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (on for Pedro 85′)
Not enough time to shine.

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Chelsea close to signing £70m-rated prodigy

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Reports emerging from Stamford Bridge are claiming that the Blues are close to signing USA and Borussia Dortmund’s young striker Christian Pulisic.

Pulisic — whose current contract with the Bundesliga side expires in 2020 –has reportedly failed to discuss a new deal with Dortmund, giving rise to speculation that he could be on his way to Premier League.

According to BBC Sports, Chelsea are in advanced talks with Borussia Dortmund for his signature and it is believed that both parties have reached an agreement.

The 20-year-old is one of the best youngsters in world football as his rise to fame continues to surprise many pundits.

At 20, the American-born winger has appeared in 107 matches, scoring 15 goals in all competitions.

The experience gathered from his four-year stay at the Westfalenstadion will surely be an advantage to him whenever he moves to Chelsea, but the question still remains — is he really needed at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri has so many wingers at his disposal, why go for a very young player whose endurance hasn’t really been tested.

Victor Moses and Olivier Giroud have both seen themselves dropped from the team’s starting lineup by the Italian boss while Danny Drinkwater has never gotten the chance to feature in the League this season.

It is obvious that English League demand much strength, endurance, physical and psychological fitness from a new player to become great and successful, does Pulisic possess all of these.

Despite the fact that he’s been wonderful for Borussia Dortmund, especially last season, Pulisic could turn out to be a flop at Stamford Bridge due to the stress he would encounter while playing in the Premier League.

With Pedro, Hazard and Willian an integral part of the team, it would be very difficult for the youngster to break into Sarri’s starting lineup in the nearest future.

The youngster has the same playing pattern with Eden Hazard and that absolutely makes him a second fiddle to the Belgian unless there’s injury to any striker in the team.

Maurizio Sarri should target a move for a midfielder, either attacking or defensive not spending huge money on a young player who could be overshadowed by established stars in the team.

N’Golo Kante is being deployed at the attacking midfield position and that’s obviously affecting the Frenchman’s overall display for the team.

It is important Sarri find a player who would fit into his tactics at the playmaking position so as to put the Frenchman in his preferred position

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Chelsea unveils Hazard’s replacement

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Premier League giants Chelsea have identified Spanish international player Suso as a potential replacement for Star forward Eden Hazard.

This is in the event that the club fail to convince the 27-year-old that his long-term future lies at Stamford Bridge amidst strong interest from European champions Real Madrid.

The Champions League holders are long-term admirers of the Belgian international forward who has publicly talked about his desire to play for the Spanish capital club.

Eden Hazard has less than two years on his current Chelsea contract and the Blues are willing to make him their highest paid player ever with a big contract but the player is secretly waiting for a strong approach from Real Madrid.

The Spanish La Liga giants are expected to dip into their limitless transfer kitty next summer in a bid to sign a replacement for ex-talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club for Juventus in the summer.

Many stakeholders see Hazard as a potential replacement for the 33-year-old at Real Madrid.

Suso plays his club football for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan and he has repeatedly been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

The 24-year-old was on the books of Liverpool before he joined Milan.

He has been in sensational form for AC Milan leading to reports that he’s capable to replace Eden Hazard in the team if he leaves Chelsea.

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Chelsea Player Confirms Stay Until Next Summer

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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has confirmed that he will stay at Spanish La Liga side Valencia until next summer.

The Belgian international star made this known while he was reacting to various transfer reports claiming that his loan deal at Valencia will be terminated when the transfer window reopens in the next few weeks.

Batshuayi is on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea at the Mestalla but he has failed to impose himself at the club.
He has been able to score just two goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for Valencia this season.

His inefficiency in front of goal prompted reports of loan termination but the player has debunked those rumours in person.

Michy Batshuayi talked about his loan deal with the Spanish outfit shortly after he returned to form for the Belgian national team in the recent UEFA Nations League clash with Iceland.

He scored twice in the second half to give his side a 2-0 win over the European minnows on Thursday as the Belgians maintained their perfect start to the UEFA Nations League.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and his players just need a point against Switzerland in their last group game to secure a semifinal spot at the expense of the Swiss team.

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Chelsea set to unveil first signing ..

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It seems Premier League giants Chelsea are on the verge of making their first signing of the season as they have reportedly won the race to sign Liverpool target Christian Pulisic when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

The 20-year-old player has been a long-term target of the Reds but it seems like they have been beaten to his signature by their Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

It was reported by British publication Daily Mail, the Blues have won the keenly contested race to sign him ahead of both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Daily mail further claimed that Chelsea want to sign him in the January transfer window and that it could be a world record transfer for the United States of America international.

The Maurizio Sarri led Blues set a new record transfer fee in the summer when they paid Athletic Bilbao around £70m for Spanish international goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Christian Pulisic has not featured like he would have wanted this season in the colours of Borussia Dortmund and that’s partly due to the sensational form of England international forward Jadon Sancho.

Pulisic who was featured for Manchester City player has light up the German Bundesliga stadiums with his performances.

Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea were initially expected to do a deal for Pulisic in the summer but the Blues have decided to fast forward to January.

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Pundit Backs Chelsea Target Bid For Champions League Football

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has thrown his weight behind Chelsea target Marko Arnautovic as he tries to find a Champions League club.

The footballer turned pundit talked about the Austrian international star in his column with popular English media portal Daily Star.

According to the controversial Paul Merson, Marko Arnautovic is good enough to play for the top six teams in the Premier League.

The former Werder Bremen and FC Twente confirmed his desire to play for a team playing in the Champions League in his latest interview shortly before his country’s last UEFA Nations League meeting.

Marko Arnautovic told media outlet Kurier that he’s at the age where he should be playing with the best players and that the Champions League will give him the opportunity to achieve this.

The 29-year-old made this known before he featured for Austria for the entire duration of their goalless draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday night.

Apart from Chelsea, Marko Arnautovic has been strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United.

He has emerged as a big player for West Ham United after signing for the East London club last summer in a £25m deal from English Championship side Stoke City.

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