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Premier League doubles Covid cancellations after rejection of request from Chelsea

An emergency meeting was called on Monday after six Premier League games were postponed over the weekend and coronavirus cases rose across the country (Author: Gardener)

CovidAn emergency meeting was convened on Monday after six Premier League games were postponed over the weekend and coronavirus cases emerged across the country. The news was hammered home at a meeting of the top 20 flight teams at which it was decided to resist the calls for a “fire break” and move on over Christmas despite the Covid game chaos. It comes after six of last weekend's Premier League games were postponed due to a huge spike in positive cases across football that also decimated the EFL games. There is growing concern among clubs about the upcoming festive games, which will see most Premier League teams play three times between Boxing Day and January 2, with positive cases in the first-team squad. The Premier League will continue the festive game plan, although Covid cases are on the rise. Manchester United, Brentford and Tottenham are among the clubs to have had significant outbreaks while fans were upset after Burnley's trip to Aston Villa was postponed just over two hours earlier due to Saturday kick-off. This has posed a potential crisis for the Premier League as Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel both warned of possible effects on the wellbeing of players, suggesting that it could even harm the integrity of the league. Tuchel was upset at the lack of consistency on the covid threshold for a game to be postponed, and the Premier League has now doubled its guidelines on the 14-player rule. They insist that clubs should be able to play if they can field 14 of their 25-man squad and also have an unlimited number of players under 21. It is an existing part of the Premier League rulebook but has been reinforced as they do not want to introduce additional guidance on how many Covid cases are required to be postponed and want to judge each game on its own merits. The clubs have been asked to try to schedule games for U23 so that their youngsters can answer an SOS call to be in the service of the first team. But the Premier League is determined to keep playing and calls for Round 20 - the games played on December 28, 29 and 30 are shown on Amazon - have been turned down despite support from Liverpool and Arsenal. Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea were furious that their request to cancel the game against Wolves was denied the day before a game. They also go public with vaccination numbers that showed 16 percent of Premier League players refused a vaccination, as 77 percent had been double-vaccinated and another 7 percent had at least one vaccination. That's an increase from two months ago when the Premier League said 68 percent had a double vaccination and 81 percent had a vaccination. However, it has been suggested that one of the postponed games was due to the number of players who had to self-isolate because they had not been stung. Is the Premier League right to continue their games over Christmas? One club has campaigned heavily to ensure that players who reject the vaccine should travel separately to see their teammates to make sure they don't spread the infection. “Although a number of clubs have been affected by COVID-19 outbreaks and challenges, it is the league's shared intention to continue the current schedule as much as possible. Players and managers will also be consulted on the latest developments this week as pressure mounts on teams to be stung and bosses' concerns over injury, fitness and safety due to the recent surge in Covid cases.

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Can Thomas Tuchel stop the crash at Chelsea?

When Tuchel joined Chelsea in January, he made them back into a troop. But after losing eleven points in eight games, can he stop the crash? (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaA slip has turned into a crisis for the European champions, and Thomas Tuchel's halo has slipped a little. After leading the standings and title favorite a few weeks ago, Tuchel has dropped to third place, six points behind the pace of Manchester City. Whoever witnessed the breathtaking 4-0 victory against Juventus Turin in the Champions League on November 23, could only see blue skies over Stamford Bridge. Clever, threatening and with no apparent weakness, Chelsea inflicted the worst defeat in the Italians' most distinguished European history. But in their previous home game on November 6, the team had somehow managed to turn total dominance over the fighting Burnley into a 1-1 draw, despite having 70 percent possession. - ESPN + Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, More (U. - You don't have ESPN? Then came Jorginho's misjudgment of a falling ball to give Manchester United another draw at Stamford Bridge on Nov. 28 - two more points A win at Watford on December 1 came next, but Tuchel admitted his stuttering side had been “lucky.” Now there was cause for concern. Chelsea still had their fabulous defensive record: they would just concede those Four league goals throughout the season until December with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and a defense by Thiago Silva and Antonio Rüdiger. No opposing team had more than one goal behind them in a game, and then the implosion in the London stadium came as West Ham made an exciting comeback and won 3-2 on December 4th. Chelsea went to great lengths against Marcelo Bielsa's exhausted team when Manchester City and Meer were off the top Liverpool continued to accumulate victories. Surely Tuchel's team would have a field day at the bridge against an informal and patched-up Everton team five days after defeating Leeds? No - instead of raving about the victory everyone expected, they missed a host of opportunities and even after Mason Mount broke the impasse, they allowed Everton teenager Jarrad Branthwaite to score a heroic point for the toffees. With COVID-19 cases increasing at the Chelsea camp in the week leading up to Christmas - Tuchel confirmed four positive results in his first-team squad last Thursday - the club requested to cancel their game at Wolves on December 19. The Premier League said no and more points were lost in a lackluster 0-0 draw at Molineux as Chelsea could only name four substitutes. Confidence has dropped and the team's mentality and focus looks suspicious when it comes to Christmas time. The manager tried to come across as philosophical, but Tuchel has to worry. He'd made the job look simple, but suddenly it feels like walking through syrup. A big factor was the absence of midfielder N'Golo Kante, who only appeared in seven Premier League games due to injury and illness. Mateo Kovacic, who had been in brilliant shape, injured himself in late October; His craft and technical know-how has also been sorely missed, despite some decent postponements by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in this area of ​​the pitch. The Belgian international, who won a club record of 97.5million this summer, went seven games without a goal before sustaining a serious ankle injury in the UEFA Champions League against Malmö. Now he's in isolation among the blues for a positive COVID-19 test. There is also suspicion that Tuchel is still working to maximize Lukaku's qualities in his preferred formation and bring him to the 30-goal form he achieved when he won Inter Milan last season. Ben Chilwell, who at best gives Chelsea an extra dimension to the left of Tuchel's 3-4-2-1 line-up, has missed the last seven games with a partial cruciate ligament rupture and that has robbed this team of its threat. Chelsea are still third in the table, six points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal, Reece James has been great and a revived Mount has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games. (His contract also expires in June 2022.) Others like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech only shine for one reason or another with cameo appearances and not with sustained form runs. The latest results have undoubtedly stripped the team a little of their boasting and belief in this important phase of the season. The rot must be stopped, and quickly, so after his resounding success in taking over Frank Lampard at the beginning of the calendar year, the acid test comes for Tuchel. Six points behind at the top may not sound like much, but it will take a long time as Chelsea's two main rivals for the title at the top set a searing pace. In the last eight games, leaders Manchester City have not lost a single point and Liverpool have only lost five compared to Chelsea. As fate would have it, Liverpool will be the first league visitor to Stamford Bridge in 2022 and then Tuchel will take his team to the city on January 15th. It's a perfect chance for Chelsea to get back into the race or be kicked out of the race.

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Tuchel has to fix known Chelsea problems with title hopes in danger

In the defense of Thomas Tuchel, he always dismissed Chelsea as favorites for the title. But right now he has a fight on his hands just to keep them talking. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaIn Thomas Tuchel's defense, he always dismissed Chelsea as a favorite for the title. It was Chelsea's third draw in their last four games - and the fifth time they haven't won their last eight games in the league. Whatever the legitimacy of their argument to postpone the game - which is up for debate - it prolonged a slump that is at risk of losing sight of Pep Guardiola's champions. Chelsea, on the other hand, look like a team that forgot how to win. In connection with the fact that six players tested positive for Covid, a draw at Wolves could be described as a point won. While six points are certainly not an insurmountable head start before Christmas, they represent a huge void for Chelsea - especially at a time when they consider their most fragile under Tuchel's reign. A streak of eight straight wins for City is the kind of relentless sequence that crushes the minds of their rivals. It's the kind of form that puts any Chelsea - or runner-up Liverpool - game at risk. Chelsea's position has been uncomfortable enough without a Covid outbreak. But the loss of so many key players at a time when Tuchel needs all the help he can get only compounded their problems. As a result, they only scored a single shot on goal from Christian Pulisic, who should have gone into the net in the second half in the duel with Jose Sa. Or maybe not - which makes it so difficult to evaluate this game in isolation. It is now a case where Chelsea is going from here. They didn't want this game to take place - and the very real possibility of more Covid cases could soon ensure the Premier League can't ignore further requests. The problems didn't start with the outbreak that hit them last week. They have been evident since the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last month - but Tuchel was unable to arrest them. After looking like they felt sorry for themselves in the first half, they took control in the second - even if it rarely looked like they were going to find a winner. It also ended a six-game streak without conceding a goal.

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Broadcast news LIVE! Vlahovic, Haaland, Mbappe at the latest; Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, Tottenham rumors today

What promises to be a fascinating January transfer window is drawing ever closer and the clubs are taking steps behind the scenes before the market officially opens on January 1st. Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham are all set to do business next month and some high profile players could be on the way. Antonio Conte has spoken about the need to upgrade his squad and Dusan Vlahovic, Lorenzo Insigne, Nikola Milenkovic and Marcelo Brozovic have been linked to Serie A moves to Spurs. (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamWhat promises to be a fascinating January transfer window is drawing ever closer and the clubs are taking steps behind the scenes before the market officially opens on January 1st. Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham are all set to do business next month and some high profile players could be on the way. Antonio Conte has spoken about the need to upgrade his squad and Dusan Vlahovic, Lorenzo Insigne, Nikola Milenkovic and Marcelo Brozovic have been linked to a Serie A move to Spurs. With Manchester United in the fight for qualification for the Champions League, it will be interesting to see whether the new manager Ralf Rangnick has money backed. Edinson Cavani is a goal for Barcelona while Anthony Martial is pushing to leave Manchester United. West Ham are on the lookout for a new center-back and striker while all eyes will be on Newcastle after the Saudi Arabia-led acquisition. Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard plans to stay at the club for the next month, according to The Telegraph. Lingard moved to West Ham on loan last January and reinvigorated his career with superb form that nearly pushed him back into the English squad for Euro 2020. He returned to United that season but found it difficult to play football regularly again and has been linked with a move to newly funded Newcastle. However, the report claims Lingard decided to end the last six months of his contract at Old Trafford before becoming vacant this summer. The question of where Erling Haaland is going next has been on the foreground since signing with Borussia Dortmund, but it feels like things are coming to a head. Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed to Bild that Real Madrid are interested in signing the Norwegian, although they are unlikely to be alone. Whether Haaland will move next month is another question - he is expected to finish the Bundesliga season before making his big transfer this summer. Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic is currently one of the most talked about players in world football and is said to be a target for several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City. The forward's contract expires in the summer of 2023 and he has so far refused to sign a new one, as confirmed by club director Joe Barone yesterday. "Dusan and his agent have rejected our new contract proposal," said Barone. That means that in January - or possibly the end of the season - the Serie A side will likely be forced to cash in. Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of the January transfer window! The window will open in less than a fortnight and the rumor mill about a possibly very interesting month will start to simmer ...

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De Ligt, Neves at the latest; Kounde update; January gossip

Chelsea Transfer News and Rumors: De Ligt, Neves last; Kounde update; January gossip - (Author: Gardener)

De LigtLosing ground to Manchester City in the title race, Chelsea are questioning the future of a number of their defenders and could be among the clubs to dive into the market during the January transfer window. Any step towards Jules Kounde's long-term goal will likely wait until summer, but Chelsea could do some business if the right opportunity presents itself. The Blues have been linked to a move from Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, while Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly been offered to them, with Antonio Rudiger slated to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires next summer. Here is the latest Chelsea transfer news, rumors and gossip. With Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta all expiring at the end of the season, Chelsea are linked with De Ligt as they are targeting a high profile defender. De Ligt has gone through tough times at Juventus for £ 67.8million since joining Ajax in 2019 and his agent Mino Raiola has said he is ready to leave Serie A giants. "He is ready for a new step," Raiola told the Dutch newspaper NRC. That could be good news for Chelsea, but De Ligt still has two and a half years left on his Juventus deal, which means it wouldn't go cheap. Saul Niguez has been one of the worst signings of the season to date and with N'Golo Kane struggling with injuries, Chelsea are reportedly up for Neves. According to Todofichajes.com, Tuchel has identified the Wolves player as a player to strengthen his midfield over the next month. The report claims Manchester United are also interested in a player who would stay on his Wolves contract for another two and a half years and be available for around £ 38million. Chelsea are still following Kounde, with ESPN claiming the possibility of a January move that is not off the table. A move from Kounde is more likely in the summer, but the report says Sevilla are ready to cut their € 80m valuation and the 23-year-old is interested in a move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea failed to move from Kounde in the summer as Sevilla refused to cut their $ 68 million price tag. The report says Sven Botman from Lille and Maxence Lacroix from Wolfsburg are also targets as Tuchel tries to bolster his defense. Real Madrid, Paris Saint-German, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all fighting to sign Rüdiger next summer. According to the Guardian, Real Madrid have emerged as the favorite for signing Rüdiger after positive talks with him about a move at the end of the season. Talks between Rüdiger and Chelsea about a new contract have stalled and the 28-year-old can negotiate a preliminary contract with foreign clubs from January 1st. Tuchel wants to lose the German international, but talks with Real Madrid are said to have done so at a pleasing pace.

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De Ligt, Neves at the latest; Kounde update; January gossip

Losing ground to Manchester City in the title race, Chelsea are questioning the future of a number of their defenders and could be among the clubs to dive into the market during the January transfer window. Any step towards Jules Kounde's long-term goal will likely wait until summer, but Chelsea could do some business if the right opportunity presents itself. (Author: Gardener)

JanuaryLosing ground to Manchester City in the title race, Chelsea are questioning the future of a number of their defenders and could be among the clubs to dive into the market during the January transfer window. Any step towards Jules Kounde's long-term goal will likely wait until summer, but Chelsea could do some business if the right opportunity presents itself. The Blues have been linked to a move from Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, while Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly been offered to them, with Antonio Rudiger slated to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires next summer. With Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta all expiring at the end of the season, Chelsea are linked with De Ligt as they are targeting a high profile defender. De Ligt has gone through tough times at Juventus for £ 67.8million since joining Ajax in 2019 and his agent Mino Raiola has said he is ready to leave Serie A giants. "He is ready for a new step," Raiola told the Dutch newspaper NRC. That could be good news for Chelsea, but De Ligt still has two and a half years left on his Juventus deal, which means it wouldn't go cheap. Saul Niguez has been one of the worst signings of the season to date and with N'Golo Kane struggling with injuries, Chelsea are reportedly up for Neves. The report claims Manchester United are also interested in a player who would stay on his Wolves contract for another two and a half years and be available for around £ 38million. Chelsea are still following Kounde, with ESPN claiming the possibility of a January move that is not off the table. A move from Kounde is more likely in the summer, but the report says Sevilla are ready to cut their € 80m valuation and the 23-year-old is interested in a move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea failed to move from Kounde in the summer as Sevilla refused to cut their $ 68 million price tag. The report says Sven Botman from Lille and Maxence Lacroix from Wolfsburg are also targets as Tuchel tries to bolster his defense. Real Madrid, Paris Saint-German, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all fighting to sign Rüdiger next summer. According to the Guardian, Real Madrid have emerged as the favorite for signing Rüdiger after positive talks with him about a move at the end of the season. Talks between Rüdiger and Chelsea about a new contract have stalled and the 28-year-old can negotiate a preliminary contract with foreign clubs from January 1st. Tuchel wants to lose the German international, but talks with Real Madrid are said to have done so at a pleasing pace.

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Antonio Rüdiger laments the Wolves' draw while Chelsea's poor run continues

Thomas Tuchel's team have only won three of the last eight Premier League games (Author: Gardener)

Antonio RüdigerToni Rüdiger, right, challenges for the ball in Chelsea's goalless draw at Wolves (Nick Potts / PA) Antonio Rüdiger has revealed that Chelsea's players kicked themselves by stumbling in the title race at Wolves on Sunday, six points behind leaders and defending champions Manchester city. While City has eight wins in a row, the Blues have slipped to four draws and one defeat in the same run. Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel lamented a home draw with Burnley, Manchester United and Everton as the cause of the gap between the Blues and City. But Rüdiger has refused to ease Sunday's stalemate in the Midlands, although Chelsea missed up to eight players due to Covid problems at Molineux. "We cannot be satisfied with this point if we look at the table," said Rudiger on the official Chelsea club website. “Of course it's not easy (under the Covid circumstances), definitely not. “We still had a competitive team out there to do something. “The first half was very tough for us, they controlled the game without looking dangerous. We had a good boost in the second half. Chelsea saw their request to postpone the game on Sunday rejected by the Premier League, leaving boss Tuchel frustrated and worried for the health and safety of his players. The Blues are set to travel to Brentford for Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash before heading back to the Midlands on Boxing Day to face Aston Villa. However, Brentford's game in Southampton on Saturday was postponed due to a Covid outbreak in the bees, so Wednesday's clash was in the air. Aston Villa's Saturday meeting with Burnley was also at risk from a coronavirus outbreak at the Birmingham club. Tuchel admitted after Sunday's game at Wolves that he "had no idea" what was going to happen next as Chelsea returned to training on Monday uncertain of their plans for the week. The Wolves added Sunday's 1-0 midweek win against Brighton, leaving goalkeeper Jose Sa happy with two goals conceded in quick succession. "I think we played well against a big, strong team," Sa said on Wolves' official website. "The defense was good, not only in this game but also in the last few games, we were amazing."

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Thomas Tuchel has to rediscover the golden touch if Chelsea want to avoid the gloomy midwinter

Thomas Tuchel has to rediscover the golden touch if Chelsea want to avoid gloomy midwinter - (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThomas Tuchel was in the middle of an answer when he paused to ask if Manchester City had won. "OK so that's predictable," he said, justifying his lack of confidence in Newcastle United even before knowing their loss margin. But the gap between English and European masters had also widened. City is now six ahead of Chelsea. Tuchel was satisfied with his point at Molineux. He had started his own rationalization of a stalemate with wolves with the indisputable claim that "the circumstances are the circumstances". There were the seven Covid cases on the Chelsea roster, the responsible approach that resulted in Kai Havertz being left out against Everton and then Jorginho against Wolves when they showed symptoms but didn't test positive. While he had 14 outfield players, he said "take a closer look". Perhaps their story is a story of our time, of an oversized superclub squad that was downsized by a virus and forced to play after others failed, but still bragging about such resources that Ross Barkley, a veteran with 33 internationals for England, remained unused. The governing body rejected Chelsea's request to cancel the game. "We had an opinion and the Premier League had an opinion," said Tuchel. Chelsea are now playing catch-up and have fallen further behind. Tuchel outlined where a season could have derailed. "The problem is not the points we lost today," he said. “The points that hurt are the points we lost at home to Manchester United, Burnley and Everton. Those are the six points that hurt. ”Whether or not he got bloody remains to be seen. It is in the nature of Chelsea's management that the first slump is also the worst and the last. Your previous Champions League winner Roberto di Matteo was gone in November. Tuchel's predecessor Frank Lampard started at the top of the league in December and was gone in January, with a setback at Molineux part of his undoing. However, this was his worst month as a manager for Chelsea. In itself, that reflects the success of coming from 10th to fourth place last season and then leading the league, conjuring up a Champions League victory from a team that took off in a nosedive in 2021. With the 0-0 win against Wolves, the circle came full for Tuchel: He achieved the same result in his Chelsea bow. Tuchel often appeared to be the extraordinary decision maker, the man whose decisions came with added insight. Not at Molineux, where Tuchel showed more creativity when using the last standing men than his team on the pitch. His back three was abandoned with three quarters of the game remaining. Hakim Ziyech started deep in midfield and Reece James spent most of the game on the right wing without much success. At least Saul Niguez wasn't asked to repeat his strange twist against Everton as a false nine, but Tuchel failed to become the match winner despite a Ranieri-esque penchant for tinkering. With the notable exceptions of James and Mason Mount, Chelsea have had too little lately, but Tuchel has also stopped being the catalyst, the manager with the golden touch. Chances are he would welcome a break and with games canceled by Brentford and Aston Villa, allegedly Chelsea's next two opponents, he could get one but his side could be further down before playing again. Thinking time will give him more opportunity to find a solution to a slide to turn a second season in a row. One point at Molineux could have been a damage control exercise, as a team that suddenly kept conceding only allowed one shot on goal and he barely looked into Lampard's death spiral. But if this is another gloomy midwinter for Chelsea, they may need Tuchel, the original thinker, again to plan a way back to the top.

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Thomas Tuchel "simply ignored" Chelsea medical advice with N'Golo Kante's decision

Thomas Tuchel was left to his bones after Chelsea suffered seven positive Covid cases ahead of their goalless Premier League draw with Wolves (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThomas Tuchel was left to the bone after Chelsea suffered seven positive Covid cases before their goalless Premier League draw with Wolves, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel admitted he had ignored advice from his medical staff for how long he should keep N'Golo Kante in the goalless tie against Wolves on the pitch. Tuchel's team were without seven key players after Kai Havertz tested positive and isolated alongside Ben Chilwell, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Jorginho was sent home after a negative test but the Italian midfielder felt uncomfortable after playing through the pain barrier against Leeds on Thursday. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was also dropped from the squad due to injury, leaving the West London team to the bone and Tuchel had to name a squad of just 17 players, including three goalkeepers. Thomas Tuchel admitted he had ignored medical advice on N'Golo Kante Kante, who had been absent since his knee injury in their November win over Juventus and had only recently returned to training. But the Chelsea boss has revealed that despite being asked to limit the 29-year-old's playing time to a maximum of one half, he has kept him for the full 90 minutes. "We had a strong recommendation [for him] to play 45 minutes that we just ignored and left him on the field," said Tuchel. "We played seven with Covid, we got injured players out." It was not the time to take one of the best midfielders in the world out of the game because he is tired. Edge was one of the most influential players on the field, explaining why Tuchel didn't want to drop any of his key players in the Premier League title race after the Wolves draw? N'Golo Kante played the full 90 minutes at Molineux despite not being fully fit so far has had problems since being loaned out by Atletico Madrid. "Yes, he played well today," Tuchel told Chelsea TV after the game. "Generally we played better because the structure was better, the discipline was better in the structure." That helped us get better, to be high up on the field, to enforce our style of play, to increase the intensity. We were generally better as a team and Saul was an important part of it. ”In the meantime, a club spokesman announced that the club was“ deeply disappointed ”that it was unable to postpone the game despite seven positive cases. “Hopefully it stops getting positive results because it's what we all want, whether we play football or not.

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Covid, Injuries & Reluctance to Tackle Blood Youths: How Chelsea's Title Challenge Begins To Solve

Chelsea have only won three of their last eight Premier League games. They are six points behind the Christmas leaders Manchester City and are clinging to their title challenge with their fingernails (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaA little over two weeks ago, Chelsea started their away game at West Ham as leaders of the Premier League. After just three wins in eight league games, which continued with the Wolves stalemate on Sunday, they are now in third place, six points behind pioneers Manchester City. To further emphasize Chelsea's plight, they now have as many points behind City as the fourth-placed Arsenal on Thomas Tuchel's side. Suddenly the January games against City and Liverpool have moved from a 'must-not-lose' game to a 'must-win' if the European champions are to have a chance to maintain the title fight in the second half of the season. Okay, so that's predictable, "said Tuchel when he was briefed on the leaders' 4-0 win over Tyneside during his post-game press conference on Sunday. Regardless, there is no doubt that Chelsea have not been with CIty in recent days Keeping pace may well be for them to come back to pursue them in May, despite extenuating circumstances, the Premier League declined the club's request to postpone the Wolves' game due to a Covid-19 outbreak on Sunday , and had Tuchel nominate a matchday squad of just six players, including two goalkeepers. Seven players missed the game due to coronavirus-related issues, with Jorginho being one of those unavailable despite unknown status after both positive negative test results were returned and some employees went missing as Omicron continues to roam the UK , but those in power decided that since the Blues had 14 players available for the game, they had no reason to postpone the game. "They say, you see, they have 14 players, but if you look at it you see Trevoh Chalobah having two training sessions [under his belt], Mateo Kovacic, one training session, you see N'Golo Kante having a training session", argued Tuchel. Injuries have played a huge role in Chelsea's form decline, regardless of their Covid issues, with Tuchel having done without key figures in the fall and winter. Edge was only released for 45 minutes in front of the Wolr by the sports scientists at Cobham but pushed for the full 90 to be completed in the Midlands. Andreas Christensen sustained a back injury in training just this week, while Chalobah and Hakim Ziyech will be doubtful for the upcoming games against Brentford and Aston Villa after their limp on Sunday. Edge, meanwhile, has only been cleared for 45 minutes by sports scientists at Cobham ahead of the Wolves match, but playfully urged to complete the full 90 in the West Midlands so as not to leave his teammates outnumbered. Even if upcoming games are postponed, either because Chelsea's Covid problems worsen or because entire game rounds are canceled and the Blues squad can bring some key players back to full shape, they will later be faced with a huge backlog in the games as they are due to their participation continue to compete on five different fronts at the Club World Cup in February. It feels like fate has conspired to undermine Chelsea's bid for the title, but neither have they been as good as City or Liverpool at covering up their problems when they crop up. The top two were ready to kick players out of their academies to either catch up on the bench or, in some cases, start important games, but Tuchel hesitated despite the strength of the Chelsea youth system. While remaining an imposing force in both English and European football, Chelsea are not the best at handling unexpected difficulties that may arise as the week goes on, so they cling to their title challenge by hitting their fingernails.

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