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Covid-hit Chelsea scratches a point as the title thrust comes to a standstill

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ChelseaThomas Tuchel's fears that his worn out side could be exposed by Wolverhampton Wanderers came true in a highly competitive tie that infuriated the Chelsea head coach after two of his players were injured. After being forced to play a game they requested to be postponed after seven players were unavailable due to Covid-related reasons, Chelsea suffered further frustration of losing Trevoh Chalobah to a knee injury and Hakim Ziyech to a calf problem at Molineux . Chelsea have been cautious from the start and never seemed to go full throttle against the fully vaccinated and inflated Wolverhampton Wanderers, who sought a major scalp after a narrow loss in recent games to Liverpool and Manchester City. Chances were tight and Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic forced the only real save of the game for the visiting team after Édouard Mendy defeated Leander Dendoncker in the first half. Chelsea were lucky enough to get away with a point after an offside attempt by the Wolves was ruled out before Dendoncker's header was saved. The way Chelsea played for most of the game, it seemed like they wished their request had been accepted. Four Covid cases on Friday had turned into seven by kick-off, although one of the players involved - Ben Chilwell - was injured anyway. When the action started, Chelsea couldn't find the pace required and it was the wolves who made the running. Raúl Jiménez, the striker who returned for a game after being suspended for a game, hit the Chelsea defense before slipping the ball to Daniel Podence for a 25 yard tee, who hit the legs of a defender before sailing back. Chelsea had a real scare in the 15th minute when the Wolves initially appeared to have taken the lead. His cross got the slightest chance from Jiménez and was turned home by Podence at the far post, only the Mexican striker was sidelined. Chalobah and Antonio Rüdiger were cautioned for fouls on Jiménez when Chelsea were frustrated before Chalobah was injured. Dendoncker charged to defeat the offside trap from Podence's low cross, but placed a free header too close to Mendy, the goalkeeper, who choked on his near post. Podence was the smallest player on the pitch at 5'4 "and he did an excellent job dodging Chelsea's defenders and showing up between the lines to support Jiménez. Chelsea moved at halftime when Saúl Ñíguez replaced the injured Chalobah. There were signs of Chelsea returning to their old self when Pulisic shot a cross that flashed across the box. There were only 12 shots during the entire game (four by Wolves, eight by Chelsea), the second fewest in a Premier League game this season, just before Brentford v Brighton in September It took 74 goal. Mateo Kovacic attempted a chip deep in his own area that could have left him with an egg in his face, but he got away with it when Wolves, forced to hit the European champions on the counterattack, tried to squeeze Chelsea into a mistake . Finally, in the 79th minute, Chelsea tested José Sá. The Wolves goalkeeper, however, was level with Pulisic's deeply angled left foot as he instinctively flipped it wide after Marcos Alonso split the defense and Marçal was unable to block. In a final attack by Chelsea, N’Golo Kanté's shot was blocked by the attacking Conor Coady. A penalty decision would have been tough for the Wolves captain, who was inches from the ball when he was hit, and for his team, who fought valiantly. Chelsea had a lot of possession and corners but couldn't count. Wolves, for whom Jiménez was far too isolated when attacked, lacked the art or ruthlessness to punish them. Chelsea, who will play a Derby in West London in the Carabao Cup against Brentford on Wednesday evening, are mightily relieved to have cleared this encounter and have to wonder what will happen next.

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Liverpool's weaknesses make for an all-powerful spectacle and Chelsea will have to start shooting soon

Liverpool's weaknesses make for an all-powerful spectacle, the stuttering Chelsea has to fire again quickly and Gabriel Martinelli takes advantage of the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaManchester City could be favorites for the Premier League title. But there is no doubt who is the best team to watch and it could be their undoing in this title race. Liverpool have played a few basketball games this season and this has been the best. The Spurs 2-2 draw on Super Sunday was a game for the ages, a much-needed boost given recent postponements and concerns about what will bring Covid next to the football schedule. Liverpool's absolutely uncompromising style - high line, 100 mph, full-backs committed - makes them incredibly strong in the final third. But if the opponents feel like taking them over, they can also become exceptionally weak in their own half. Few could have complained if this game ended seven at a time. The neutrals are a joy to watch but if this becomes a 90-point season Liverpool will need more control in the games. They have returned to Liverpool of Klopp's second and third seasons, roughly 2017 and 2018, where risks were deliberately taken. Many forget that Klopp's team was rather conventional for large parts of their 2019/20 title win, and one wonders if a middle ground has to be found in order to stay on City's heels. Will Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel look back on this season as the reason his team failed to win the Premier League? The once seemingly unstoppable Blues were three points ahead of Man City and Liverpool after winning 3-0 in Newcastle in late October, with the Masters and the Reds losing points that weekend. Since then, however, Tuchel's side have surprisingly been held at home by Burnley, Man Utd and Everton, while they barely managed to get a 3: time Jorginho penalty thanks to an injury. Meanwhile, Chelsea were also unusually different at times in their travels, battling to defeat relegation-threatened Watford before then knocking off a lead twice to lose 3-2 at West Ham United. On a ground where title rivals Liverpool recently dug deep to score a 1-0 last-minute win, Chelsea lost even more points and initiative in the championship race. At Molineux, the guests had 64 percent possession of the ball, but that was to be expected with a Wolves team that likes to lean back against the top teams at home and play on the counterattack. What wasn't so expected was the blues total number of shots on goal from this abundance of possession, just the lone attempt when Wolves # 1 Jose Sa brilliantly defeated Christian Pulisic in the middle of the second period. All of this meant that Chelsea failed to score a goal under Tuchel in an away game in the Premier League for the second time, and the German - who admittedly missed a few players with Covid, including strikers Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku - will have to bring his players up front especially his frontmen, are firing again, and fast, if the Blues are to hold their title challenge this season. Joao Cancelo finally opened his account for the Premier League season, scoring his 38th shot on goal in Manchester City's 4-0 win at Newcastle. To be able to beat a team in the same league as you without bothering to get out of second gear was a scary sight for all other teams in the Premier League. Cancelo was at the center of the devastating attacks on City. This was yet another feat to demonstrate his importance to this Manchester City machine and it also took his fourth assist of the season to open the winning goal. In truth, that goal had more to do with Newcastle's terrible defense against Ciaran Clark and Martin Dubravka than with Cancelo's brilliance. However, there was no denying that Cancelo was the architect of his goal. It was a beauty of a player who keeps getting better and better in his unique full-back position under the supervision of Pep Guardiola. For the goal, Cancelo combined with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez before knocking Joe Willock and Isaac Hayden behind with two skillful twists and a powerful shot past Dubravka. Just like Manchester City, who are now number 1 for Christmas and firm favorites for the title. This question has been asked almost every day since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was absent from the Arsenal squad - who will take his position? January is just around the corner, who could Arsenal be targeting? Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been linked but has been seriously injured this season. Or could Arsenal look into their own ranks? Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have thrived under Mikel Arteta and it looks like Gabriel Martinelli will be the next player in line to star for the Gunners. He was simply unplayable in the first half in Leeds. Their makeshift defense - decimated by injuries - couldn't stop Martinelli from making those vital runs when Alexandre Lacazette lured into the Leeds center-backs and left the room. Martinelli capitalized with two goals on top of that. The first saw it in the right place at the right time to spin a loose ball home - again after a good job from Lacazette - just great with its lifted finish. He led the ranking for goals (2), shots on goal (2), opportunity creation (5) and crosses (5) and has now scored three goals in his last two Premier League games. When asked how big Martinelli's step is, Arteta told Sky Sports: "Huge. That's why you have to prepare a player. You can't throw a player in if you think he's not ready in life, soccer and me think good things will happen for him. " The scariest part is that Martinelli is only 20 years old. Some Arsenal fans have waited a while for the youngster to show off and now that Aubameyang is absent, he finally gets his chance. He seems determined to grab it with both hands as well as Arsenal continue their attack on the top four. Gary Neville described her defense as something you would see in a U9 game. But this is the Premier League where mistakes are severely punished. Arsenal took their opponent out at will in the first half as Leeds were the architects of his own downfall and conceded three times for losing the ball in crucial areas. Such a risky approach, coupled with an injury list that now stands to 12 senior first-team players after Jack Harrison retired in the first half, is dangerous. Marcelo Bielsa inherited and stabilized the club when he was 13th in the championship before taking the Whites on an unforgettable journey to ninth in the Premier League last season, but he now admits that the current plight is the greatest character test for him and his players during the time is his four years in Yorkshire. "You have to be confident in a big way about how to capture these kinds of moments." Bielsa maintains crowd support on Elland Road - describing the way fans serenaded him full-time as "an act of love for the badge" - but after conceding 14 goals in three games, the unconditional affection should be too never be taken for granted. There may come a point when Bielsa must decide whether to stick to his principles and put the club's immediate needs first. His leadership style has brought Leeds back to the top group but keeping them there may require adjustment. At least until his key players come back from injury. Wolves are firmly in the top half of the Premier League table under Bruno Lage and were applauded after their goalless draw with Chelsea on Sunday on Molineux Square, but no neutral will accuse them of being entertainers. In the team's last seven games, there were only four goals - two for and two against. It's the lowest number of goals scored in seven games for a Premier League team since the turn of the century. This newest game only had 12 shots in it. There was so much to admire on the defensive against Chelsea. The Wolves have the third best defensive record in the Premier League this season and conceded only two goals in seven games. Only Norwich have scored fewer goals and the Wolves did not even attempt to score in the second half against Chelsea. The approach was understandable during a tricky series of games in which Wolves competed against the top three teams within a fortnight. But Lage's team is expected to open a little more at home against Watford on Boxing Day. If you can remember how ...

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How much YOUR club earns per fan on match day

The University of Liverpool study reveals a huge discrepancy among top teams on matchdays, ranging from Chelsea for £ 1,648 to Burnley for just over £ 300 per fan per season. (Author: Gardener)

The University of LiverpoolChelsea is the top earner of match going fans in the Premier League, earning more than £ 1,600 each season in tickets, goods, and food and drink from every fan at Stamford Bridge, according to new analysis for Sportsmail. The University of Liverpool study shows a huge difference in what top teams record on match days, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs making over £ 1,500 per fan each season. Manchester United is making £ 1,488 but notably they are now making just £ 43 more per fan as of match day than they were 10 years ago, while Manchester City is making around £ 1,000 per fan, despite the tremendous growth over the decade, as their commercial activities are with them catching up on their success in the field. While the Premier League clubs have seen spectacular increases in revenue from the transfer agreements, game income remains an important part of their total revenue and they want it to grow. As a result, the biggest clubs are working hard to raise cash from more expensive tickets and additional hospitality. At the same time, fans are complaining about the ticket price, with more than half responding to a poll by the Football Supporters ‘Association last month that the cost of the game is now prohibitive. "Clubs like Arsenal and Spurs, which have stadiums that hold 60,000, are asking fans to see it," Kieran Maguire, football finance expert at the University of Liverpool, told Sportsmail. A comparison of the numbers with 2008-09 shows that match day revenue growth has stalled for some major clubs. In addition to Manchester United, Chelsea have had very little match revenue per fan over the past 10 years due to the lack of major stadium extensions. Increasingly, tactics include creating additional “premium seating” in areas of the stadium that require an upfront membership fee and that provide access to players, coaches or tunnel views while teams prepare to enter the field. In addition, clubs can limit the number of season tickets available to boost sales from game to game, allowing them to charge more for tickets and attracting a larger number of "football tourists" who spend larger sums in the club shop and in fan zones. "Clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool could sell out to non-season ticket holders every week," said Maguire. An analysis of Liverpool fans shows that just over half are from Liverpool or the surrounding area, a third from across the UK and 10 percent each week from overseas. The clubs, which have increased their matchday earnings significantly over the past decade, have made significant investments over the 10-year period. Liverpool's revenue from the game rose 63 percent from £ 974 to £ 1,589 per fan, fueled by the refurbishment of the main stand on Anfield Road in 2016 which added 8,000 new seats and added hospitality. In addition, the Reds opened a new supermarket and fan zone in 2016, which further increased sales. Manchester City remodeled the Etihad's South Stand in 2015, adding a third level, increasing capacity to 55,000 and opening up new opportunities for lucrative hospitality. Match day earnings per fan rose from £ 358 to £ 1,016, a 184 percent increase in 10 years, but the club started from a much lower base than its Big Six rivals. The city has tremendously improved its game in corporate hospitality, pioneering the concept of the Tunnel Club, which opened in 2017 and cost £ 15,000 per person this season. Ticket holders can watch the players in the tunnel and enter the field at the same time as the teams via a "guest tunnel". Interestingly, Tottenham Hotspur nearly doubled their earnings on match days before moving to their new stadium and during a time they were stationed at Wembley for two seasons. Spurs' future matchday revenue is expected to rise following the opening of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which has unrivaled food and beverage facilities and a range of premium seating. Very little investment was made in Old Trafford during this period as the club has often come under fire from fans for a lack of improvements since 2006 and many complained about a leaky roof. The need to make more money playing games is leading clubs like Liverpool, West Ham, Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester City, Everton and Manchester United to consider building new stadiums or adding more seats. "Clubs want to increase revenue, so it's not worth adding more seats unless you add more boxes and hospitality," says Maguire, who also hosts a successful podcast called The Price of Football. “If the additional seats go to season ticket holders, that won't do financially. The extra capacity could be sold as premium seating, but not if refurbishment lags behind, as premium seating is more likely to be to the side around the center line. "Clubs will only seek capacity increases if there is a significant return on hospitality to do so." Crucially, Liverpool's plans to refurbish the Anfield Road end of their stadium will add 7,606 seats, bringing Anfield's capacity to 61,000. Chelsea had been considering building a new £ 1 billion stadium with a capacity of 60,000, but despite obtaining planning permission in 2017, plans were put on hold after club owner Roman Abramovich was denied a UK visa, now the club is developing new premium seating at Stamford Bridge, within the existing 41,000 capacity structure. The current price of £ 1,250 in the upper tier of the West Stand will rise to £ 3,900 per seat for a first tier ticket on and around the center line next season. This area of ​​the stadium has been renamed Westview, with new bars, dining options and TV screens, but for fans who want to keep their cushioned seats for the next season, it comes at a price. Spurs' new stadium is expected to raise around £ 800,000 per game. It offers premium packages for 8,000 seats in the stadium with 62,062 spectators, ranging from £ 2,500 to £ 15,000 plus additional fees. The North London club has taken Premier League hospitality to a new level. There is a one-time membership fee of £ 30,000 + VAT plus a seasonal fee of £ 15,000 plus VAT per seat. Manchester City has plans to redesign the Etihad's north stand to add an additional 6,000 seating and hospitality, and increase the total capacity to 60,000, but the club suspended the refurbishment during the coronavirus pandemic. One possible configuration of the Etihad is to create a "blue wall" of city fans behind a gate, using rail seating in accordance with the new guidelines of the Sports Ground Safety Authority, with premium seating along the second tiers on the east and west West stand, similar to Chelsea. Meanwhile, Leicester City has filed a £ 60 million building application for the King Power Stadium expansion - meaning that if approved, they could become the 10th largest club in the Premier League. The motion includes a proposal to add 8,000 seats to the east stand, increasing the stadium's capacity to 40,000. The new 6,000-seat arena called "The Avenue" will include a fan zone, a flagship fan store, a multi-storey car park and improved public food and drink options for fans. All of this increases game day revenue dramatically. And Everton has started work on its new £ 500million and 52,888-person stadium on the Bramley-Moore docks in Liverpool. West Ham has received planning permission to increase the London stadium's capacity to 62,500. After the all-clear for the club, 2,500 additional seats will be added, with the former Olympic Stadium above the Emirates Stadium and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being the largest club stadium in the capital. "The application to increase matchday capacity will give even more fans the opportunity to see our exciting team in action in person," said Karren Brady, West Ham vice chairman. In fact, West Ham differs from other London clubs and major rivals in the Premier League in that almost all of their tickets are sold to a loyal, local fan base, 55,000 of whom have season tickets. However, the club incurs costs in terms of income, as fewer “tourist” fans meet the income.

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Covid-ridden Chelsea are losing ground to the Premier League leaders with a stalemate at Wolves

For Thomas Tuchel's Blues it was the fourth draw in eight top division games. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaCovid-ridden Chelsea drew in a goalless draw with Wolves in a foggy Molineux to lose further ground to Premier League leaders Manchester City. Daniel Podence had taken a tap-in offside in the first half and Leander Dendoncker missed a glorious chance when hapless Wolves forced Chelsea to settle for a fourth draw in eight top division games. However, the Blues fought again for fluency and eventually slipped six points behind leaders and defending champions City. While the Blues worked with no reward, Pep Guardiolas City took Newcastle their eighth consecutive Premier League win with an ominous 4-0 hammering from Newcastle. Chelsea were "deeply disappointed" that the Premier League rejected their request to postpone Wolves' trip amid rising Covid-19 cases. The Blues were without seven top stars in Molineux due to the coronavirus, with Jorginho being removed as a precautionary measure after returning a positive and then a negative test. Manager Thomas Tuchel even admitted that the Blues were "a little angry" at being forced to play, while Premier League bosses did not see the Blues' situation as a postponement. N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic were forced into service prematurely after long-term injuries, with Chelsea only able to name four outfield players on their bench. Kovacic didn't return from Covid isolation until Friday to pause for almost two months after a hamstring strain. Podence tipped home to end a smart move thinking he'd got Wolves to the top in fifteen minutes. But the goal was eventually scored for Raul Jimenez's offside as the Mexican striker played and missed Marcals' teasing low ball across the box. Edge escaped criticism when the ball flew into his arm, Podence lurked, and likely cleared by Jose Sa's rake pass. And then Leander Dendoncker flopped a completely free header after a fine cross from Podence. Christian Pulisic could have taken in a late winner only to see Sa make his performance clear after a clever assault on Chelsea. But despite a solid performance, the Blues did not make their breakthrough and they had to complain about further loss of ground in the title race.

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Jürgen Klopp reacts to Chelsea's Covid situation after the wolves' draw

"I've seen Arsenal and Chelsea play and they pretty much have their first lineups for me on the pitch." (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaJürgen Klopp was due to Covid without four players in Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Tottenham (AFP via Getty). 0 draw against Wolves on Sunday. Chelsea saw their request to postpone the Wolves game rejected by the Premier League as seven players are unavailable due to Covid. Liverpool had to do without Thiago Alcantara, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones in their game against Tottenham because of Covid, while Jordan Henderson also missed the game due to illness. And Klopp believes Chelsea's deep squad depth was evident in the team that Tuchel was able to pick for their goalless stalemate against the Wolves. “As always, we've been in contact with the Premier League, we're telling them about our cases and what's happening. First we had three cases and then two days later Thiago was positive, "said Klopp after Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Tottenham. "The Premier League tells us these are pretty much the best numbers in the league, I've seen Arsenal and Chelsea play and they pretty much have their first lineups for me on the field, but it's not exactly right for us. " same. Chelsea were missing seven players because of Covid in the draw against Wolves (Reuters). They play against Tottenham and saw that they looked fresher in the second half than they did in the first half, so this is an intense period and we have to make sure we all have the same opportunities and the same situation. “At that moment it's difficult, I can see that, but apart from that I don't know which team I can field because I always wait for the test results in the morning, we had absolutely no idea about the Tottenham team. "Usually you prepare for a game and you have an idea who played last week and stuff, but we had absolutely no idea and we saw the line-up and apart from Hojbjerg it was pretty much the first line-up and" they saw fresh off. So, yes, the situation is not easy, but we play football as long as people tell us. ”In a separate interview with Sky Sports, Klopp said he understood Tuchel's situation. "Thomas Tuchel ... I saw the Chelsea bench today, come on ... he has to play against [Mateo] Kovacic, he has to come back after a long-term injury," said the Liverpool coach.

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says the game puts the health and safety of players "at enormous risk".

The Blues saw their request for postponement denied. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaThomas Tuchel was frustrated with Chelsea's game at Molineux (Rui Vieira / AP / PA) clash with Wolves. Chelsea missed seven players through positive Covid-19 tests and decided not to risk Jorginho at Molineux after the results were inconclusive for the Italian midfielder. The Blues saw their request for postponement rejected and could only field 14 outfield players in their squad, with N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Trevoh Chalobah also battling for game fitness. Six of the top games of the weekend had already been canceled after Covid outbreaks in various clubs, but the game of the blues went on as planned. "I understand everyone when they say you have 14 players," said the German. "But if you look into the details: Trevoh Chalobah only completed two training units, Mateo Kovacic one training unit and N’Golo Kante one training unit. “We were exposed to an enormous health and safety risk for the players not only because of Covid, but also physically. “I am not sure if I will get Covid. “We put Kova in a Premier League game on the second day after a Covid infection. If you count this as 14 available players for the Premier League, in the toughest league in the world, OK. A frustrated Tuchel has no idea what will happen to Chelsea's games against Brentford and Aston Villa next week. "I have no idea what's going to happen now," he said. “We had an idea (on Saturday night) what was going to happen, but then it didn't happen. “We're going to do tests, keep testing, and go to training like we did. “We as a club were very, very responsible. And (on Monday) we will train, test and wait for the results. ”When asked if Chelsea could close their training ground in Cobham to curb infections, Tuchel said,“ How can we close the training ground if we can continue playing? “We now have two days and cannot close the training area. After Manchester City's 4-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday, manager Pep Guardiola said he would support the Premier League to make the right decisions. "If the doctors, the scientists, the Premier League or whatever makes a decision, I'll be 100 percent supportive," he said. “We try to create a good environment for our people, our players, the staff and the backcourt staff to see that the danger is still there and that you need to be vigilant. “We have to try to know that it is not easy because it is not (just a) problem for the Premier League or the football world, but a global problem that is still out there. "The virus is still out there, the new variant is here and we will support what the Premier League will decide." Liverpool's preparations for their game in Tottenham were made by the emergence of another Covid case in Thiago Alcantara. Jordan Henderson was also absent due to illness, but tested negative for Covid. Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones also missed it after testing positive earlier this week. After a difficult week, coronavirus outbreak postponements are due to be discussed at a Premier League general meeting on Monday. The timing of the decisions to cancel some games has also created frustration. It is anticipated that there will be more calls for managers and captains later this week. Vaccination is also expected to be discussed among gamers in a meeting that is likely to be dominated by Covid issues. The English Football League released figures this week showing that 25 percent of their players did not plan to get vaccinated. The Premier League plan to update their own players in the near future, but a number of the game's leading figures, particularly Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, have urged players to get theirs. Kinnear wrote in the Sunday Times: “While everyone I've met in the game believes in the sanctity of vaccination is a personal and free choice, but it seems inevitable that gamers who refuse a vaccine will be unable to do their business effectively, face wider and more punitive consequences - as felt in the rest of society. ”Currently, the league plans to have all four Carabao Cup quarter-finals take place as planned this week.

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Thomas Tuchel strikes in the Premier League after Chelsea's request to postpone the Wolves game was rejected

Telegraph Sport announced today that Chelsea have requested that the game be canceled on Sunday morning (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaTuchel accused the Premier League of pretending the pandemic "won't happen". Telegraph Sport announced today that Chelsea had requested that the game be canceled on Sunday morning only to have that appeal rejected by the Premier League board of directors. Tuchel was only able to name four outfield players on the bench for the game at Molineux but it is believed her application did not meet the postponement deadline as she had 14 fit players. In a statement, the club admitted it was "deeply disappointed" and the issue will be discussed at the Premier League board meeting on Monday, where the recent Covid-19 surge is expected to be high on the agenda. Tuchel was clearly frustrated after going 0-0, meaning Chelsea have only won two out of their last seven games, and said the game should have been postponed. "We thought we had a strong argument for the health and safety of the players," he said. "We have seven positive cases, we had to sit on the bus for three hours and travel together, were in a meeting, had dinner and lunch, and the situation doesn't feel like it's going to end. It's very difficult to understand" "We are concerned about the health of the players. In the end we have players who play after injuries and we take the risk." I gave my opinion, the club gave their opinion, we talk a lot about safety and the protection of the players. I'm not so sure we did that today. "The Premier League declined to respond to Chelsea's statement, but whenever it announced Covid-related postponements, it said," While considering a postponement request the board takes into account a number of athletic and medical measures factors. Five of the six Premier League games scheduled to take place on Saturday have been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus among cadres. Everton vs. Leicester, which would have been the first of four Premier League games on Sunday, has also been postponed. Fan leaders could call for crisis talks with the Premier League this week as anger over the late postponement of games due to the coronavirus mounts. Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters ‘Association, told Telegraph Sport that games had to be abandoned just hours before kick-off after Aston Villa v Burnley became the second game in four days to experience that fate. It was also the second Burnley game after Wednesday's late home game against Watford was postponed. Their game at Villa on Saturday was canceled less than two and a half before kick-off, despite the fact that the home side received the results of the positive tests that led to the postponement on the morning of the game. Clarke branded this "ridiculous," adding, "I can't believe there is no better way to do this." He acknowledged that the FSA could "possibly" seek talks with the Premier League on the matter, and said the board's decision-making process on postponements needed to be accelerated. Nothing to see here: networks in Villa Park are shut down very early in the morning of the game after Aston Villa vs. Burnley was aborted for a short time, instead of um and ah until about two hours beforehand and then saying: 'Oh dear, we couldn't'. “Premier League clubs are due to meet on Monday to discuss the game's growing Covid-19 crisis, including postponing games. Clarke said, “The clubs cannot be satisfied with that. The burgers must have been cooked by now, I would have thought, in Villa Park. ”Players who refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19 also faced a backlash from supporters after Clarke said the fans were It is “puzzling” why the shock rates among the players in the Premier League were so low compared to those in other major European leagues. "Personally, I just don't get around to it," said Clarke. “I can't understand why athletes who play soccer should have this level of resistance. "You would have thought it was the other way around." When asked if vaccinators who caused game abandonment respected those who ultimately pay their wages, Clarke said, “I'm sure that's not the intention.

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Exhausted Chelsea sees Premier League title hopes hit by a draw with the stubborn Wolves

Wolves 0-0 Chelsea: Division of points at Molineux as Tuchel's team scores one of five wins in all competitions (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaThe game that Chelsea didn't want ended with an outcome they didn't like. A club that called for a postponement must wish the Premier League didn't prove to be stubborn opponents before the Wolves did. For the fourth time in six league games, Chelsea lost points. When Thomas Tuchel's exhausted group came to zero for the first time after seven attempts, the problems came at the other end instead. Chelsea was toothless and goalless. You can partly attribute this to the absence of many of their leading attackers, in Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi, but waste wasn't the problem. The Wolves had only lost 1-0 to Liverpool and Manchester City. This time they scored a point against the title contenders. The wolves were the more coherent team, unfortunately a well-trained team lacked the edge. Daniel Podence hit Marcals low cross with a precise shot at the far post. But it was chalked up because Raul Jimenez, in the middle and clearly offside, tried to end it himself. The Wolves' supporters blamed VAR for a correct decision by the assistant referee. Then an unmarked Leander Dendoncker headed straight at Edouard Mendy when he hit the flank of the elusive Podence. Chelsea, however, posed an even lesser threat. 78 minutes had passed before they got a shot on target. Then Christian Pulisic, who represented as a center forward, stormed on the pass from Marcos Alonso and parried a nice save from Jose Sa. Alonso had already hit the post, but offside, and that was the sum of the attack attempts by Chelsea. Tuchel had expressed "disappointed and angry" when Chelsea's motion to move was denied. He cited seven positive tests for Covid and named only four field players, although the sight of a four-time Champions League winner on the bench reminded Mateo Kovacic that even a weakened team still has a lot of quality. Calling it a makeshift team was an exaggeration, although a midfield without the injured Jorginho had an unusual appearance, with Trevoh Chalobah being more advanced than usual, Hakim Ziyech being deeper than usual, and N'Golo Kante returning. At the break he introduced Saul Niguez, then after another 20 minutes Kovacic. The Spaniard brought an improvement, looked like he is - a more natural midfielder at that level than Chalobah - but he wasn't a transformative presence. Chelsea could enjoy Kant's typical energetic comeback and a classic performance by Thiago Silva, but very little else. Tuchel's exaggerated annoyed gestures summed up his feelings when they slipped two more points. Suddenly, Chelsea from the leaders are six behind City.

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Chelsea continue to fall behind in the Premier League title race after a frustrating draw with the Wolves

Thomas Tuchel's team is now six points behind Manchester City at the top of the table (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaIt was during a gloomy December when things began to work out for Frank Lampard, and this month is proving to be equally excruciating for Thomas Tuchel. With inconsistent results, poor performances and a squad exhausted from the recent surge in Covid, Chelsea are dropping out of the Premier League title race and Tuchel urgently needs an answer. The Premier League's refusal to postpone the game after Chelsea reported seven positive test results had already tarnished Tuchel's mood, and this instantly forgotten tie means they have only won two of their last seven games. December has been a frequent issue for Chelsea coaches, most recently Lampard, who was sacked the following month, and this is a worrying malaise for the European champions. With so many absences, Chelsea could only name four outfield players on the bench and two goalkeepers, and there was only one shot on goal at Molineux all afternoon. Tuchel was visibly irritable for most of the game, often throwing his hands up in frustration and complaining to his backroom team in the dugout. In the first half, he appeared to have had a violent exchange with defender Cesar Azpiliucueta. “The points we lost today are not the point. I cannot and will not comment on any other decision as to whether or not other games will be postponed. We were just concerned about the safety of the players. "We're not lucky enough to win games at these moments, but I'm happy with our game. I'm not so interested in the next games, I'm just interested in the next tests and the health of the players." With Christian Pulisic playing as the false nine, Chelsea were lightweight to attack and struggled to find their way as the fog swirled around Molineux. Wolves were more dangerous in the first half, but they also have their own problems in front of goal: In the second half, they did not succeed in a single shot on goal. The opening goal was denied in the 15th minute after Daniel Podence put the finishing touches on a cross from Marcal, but was offside. Bruno Lage, Wolves' head coach, was dissatisfied with the decision and criticized Var. "It was very difficult to talk to the players after the game because everyone was talking about it," he said. “In the end we tried to explain to the players with Var that they weren't talking about it. The Var should make a better decision. It was a good cross, the second man is at the post and scored the goal. “The Wolves had more chances and towards the end of the first half Leander Dendoncker headed the cross from Podence directly to Edouard Mendy. Chelsea were slightly improved in the second half and eventually caused some nervous moments for the Wolves' defense, but had the edge of a plastic spatula. With twelve minutes remaining, Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa was forced to make his first save and stormed off his line to fend off Pulisic's shot from the box. The wolves drifted out of the match and Lage's decision to use the unpredictable Adama Traore should rediscover some momentum. But despite late pressure from Chelsea, the game faded towards an inevitable stalemate. Tuchel is certainly counting the days until the end of this month, although there are doubts whether the Carabao Cup quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday against Brentford or the Premier League meeting with Aston Villa on Boxing Day. Chelsea will be a prominent voice at the board meeting on Monday, with the spike in Covid cases sure to be high on the agenda. Wolves stay in eighth place and Lage announced after the game that its players will be receiving their Covid-19 boosters. The squad was originally booked for Monday, but Lage said they had preferred the vaccines and the players were given them in the locker room. "The players are all getting the third dose and that is something we are very determined to do," he said.

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How much YOUR club earns per fan on match day

The University of Liverpool study reveals a huge discrepancy among top teams on matchdays, ranging from Chelsea for £ 1,648 to Burnley for just over £ 300 per fan per season. (Author: Gardener)

The University of LiverpoolChelsea is the top earner of match going fans in the Premier League, earning more than £ 1,600 each season in tickets, goods, and food and drink from every fan at Stamford Bridge, according to new analysis for Sportsmail. The University of Liverpool study shows a huge difference in what top teams record on match days, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs making over £ 1,500 per fan each season. Manchester United is making £ 1,488 but notably they are now making just £ 43 more per fan as of match day than they were 10 years ago, while Manchester City is making around £ 1,000 per fan, despite the tremendous growth over the decade, as their commercial activities are with them catching up on their success in the field. While the Premier League clubs have seen spectacular increases in revenue from the transfer agreements, game income remains an important part of their total revenue and they want it to grow. As a result, the biggest clubs are working hard to raise cash from more expensive tickets and additional hospitality. At the same time, fans are complaining about the ticket price, with more than half responding to a poll by the Football Supporters ‘Association last month that the cost of the game is now prohibitive. "Clubs like Arsenal and Spurs, which have stadiums that hold 60,000, are asking fans to see it," Kieran Maguire, football finance expert at the University of Liverpool, told Sportsmail. A comparison of the numbers with 2008-09 shows that match day revenue growth has stalled for some major clubs. In addition to Manchester United, Chelsea have had very little match revenue per fan over the past 10 years due to the lack of major stadium extensions. Increasingly, tactics include creating additional “premium seating” in areas of the stadium that require an upfront membership fee and that provide access to players, coaches or tunnel views while teams prepare to enter the field. In addition, clubs can limit the number of season tickets available to boost sales from game to game, allowing them to charge more for tickets and attracting a larger number of "football tourists" who spend larger sums in the club shop and in fan zones. "Clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool could sell out to non-season ticket holders every week," said Maguire. An analysis of Liverpool fans shows that just over half are from Liverpool or the surrounding area, a third from across the UK and 10 percent each week from overseas. The clubs, which have increased their matchday earnings significantly over the past decade, have made significant investments over the 10-year period. Liverpool's revenue from the game rose 63 percent from £ 974 to £ 1,589 per fan, fueled by the refurbishment of the main stand on Anfield Road in 2016 which added 8,000 new seats and added hospitality. In addition, the Reds opened a new supermarket and fan zone in 2016, which further increased sales. Manchester City remodeled the Etihad's South Stand in 2015, adding a third level, increasing capacity to 55,000 and opening up new opportunities for lucrative hospitality. Match day earnings per fan rose from £ 358 to £ 1,016, a 184 percent increase in 10 years, but the club started from a much lower base than its Big Six rivals. The city has tremendously improved its game in corporate hospitality, pioneering the concept of the Tunnel Club, which opened in 2017 and cost £ 15,000 per person this season. Ticket holders can watch the players in the tunnel and enter the field at the same time as the teams via a "guest tunnel". Interestingly, Tottenham Hotspur nearly doubled their earnings on match days before moving to their new stadium and during a time they were stationed at Wembley for two seasons. Spurs' future matchday revenue is expected to rise following the opening of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which has unrivaled food and beverage facilities and a range of premium seating. Very little investment was made in Old Trafford during this period as the club has often come under fire from fans for a lack of improvements since 2006 and many complained about a leaky roof. The need to make more money playing games is leading clubs like Liverpool, West Ham, Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester City, Everton and Manchester United to consider building new stadiums or adding more seats. "Clubs want to increase revenue, so it's not worth adding more seats unless you add more boxes and hospitality," says Maguire, who also hosts a successful podcast called The Price of Football. “If the additional seats go to season ticket holders, that won't do financially. The extra capacity could be sold as premium seating, but not if refurbishment lags behind, as premium seating is more likely to be to the side around the center line. "Clubs will only seek capacity increases if there is a significant return on hospitality to do so." Crucially, Liverpool's plans to refurbish the Anfield Road end of their stadium will add 7,606 seats, bringing Anfield's capacity to 61,000. Chelsea had been considering building a new £ 1 billion stadium with a capacity of 60,000, but despite obtaining planning permission in 2017, plans were put on hold after club owner Roman Abramovich was denied a UK visa, now the club is developing new premium seating at Stamford Bridge, within the existing 41,000 capacity structure. The current price of £ 1,250 in the upper tier of the West Stand will rise to £ 3,900 per seat for a first tier ticket on and around the center line next season. This area of ​​the stadium has been renamed Westview, with new bars, dining options and TV screens, but for fans who want to keep their cushioned seats for the next season, it comes at a price. Spurs' new stadium is expected to raise around £ 800,000 per game. It offers premium packages for 8,000 seats in the stadium with 62,062 spectators, ranging from £ 2,500 to £ 15,000 plus additional fees. The North London club has taken Premier League hospitality to a new level. Manchester City has plans to redesign the Etihad's north stand to add an additional 6,000 seating and hospitality, and increase the total capacity to 60,000, but the club suspended the refurbishment during the coronavirus pandemic. One possible configuration of the Etihad is to create a "blue wall" of city fans behind a gate, using rail seating in accordance with the new guidelines of the Sports Ground Safety Authority, with premium seating along the second tiers on the east and west West stand, similar to Chelsea. Meanwhile, Leicester City has filed a £ 60 million building application for the King Power Stadium expansion - meaning that if approved, they could become the 10th largest club in the Premier League. The motion includes a proposal to add 8,000 seats to the east stand, increasing the stadium's capacity to 40,000. The new 6,000-seat arena called "The Avenue" will include a fan zone, a flagship fan store, a multi-storey car park and improved public food and drink options for fans. All of this increases game day revenue dramatically. And Everton has started work on its new £ 500million and 52,888-person stadium on the Bramley-Moore docks in Liverpool. West Ham has received planning permission to increase the London stadium's capacity to 62,500. After the all-clear for the club, 2,500 additional seats will be added, with the former Olympic Stadium above the Emirates Stadium and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being the largest club stadium in the capital. "The application to increase matchday capacity will give even more fans the opportunity to see our exciting team in action in person," said Karren Brady, West Ham vice chairman. In fact, West Ham differs from other London clubs and major rivals in the Premier League in that almost all of their tickets are sold to a loyal, local fan base, 55,000 of whom have season tickets. However, the club incurs costs in terms of income, as fewer “tourist” fans meet the income.

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