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Kai Havertz admits Chelsea miss 'leader' Thomas Tuchel during Club World Cup campaign

Chelsea's Kai Havertz has admitted Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel will be absent during their Club World Cup season. (Author: Gardener)

Kai HavertzChelsea's Kai Havertz has admitted Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel will be absent during their Club World Cup season. Chelsea's Kai Havertz has admitted Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel will be absent during their Club World Cup season. Speaking to Chelsea's Fifth Stand app, Havertz revealed they miss their head coach. Speaking about Tuchel's absence, Havertz admitted: "It's different (without Thomas Tuchel). "He is our leader. It's hard when the leader isn't there. It's believed that Tuchel could reunite with his Chelsea squad ahead of Saturday's Club World Cup final if he presents a negative Covid-19 test on Thursday. This comes after the head coach was called up to the Club World Cup squad despite his Covid test. The head coach previously tested positive for Covid-19 before Chelsea faced Plymouth Argyle in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Speaking to the media after Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Al Hilal, Low gave an update on Tuchel and his current situation. "We hope Thomas can travel as soon as possible." He is now in isolation and taking a Covid PCR test every day. Once he tests negative, this opens up the possibility of travel. We wish him to enjoy the final." It was recently revealed that Chelsea will do their best to "take every possible precaution" to bring their coach to the Club World Cup as they try to win the FIFA World Cup for the first time to win cup.

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Palmeiras are dreaming of pig heaven if they beat Chelsea at the Club World Cup

Palmeiras, known for his pig nickname, is aiming to beat Chelsea at the Club World Cup, a feat accomplished by rivals Corinthians a decade ago. (Author: Gardener)

the Club World CupIt could be if Palmeiras beat Chelsea to win the Club World Cup on Saturday, a feat matched only by their crosstown rivals. Then as now, the South American champion came from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Then as now, Chelsea were the defending champions of the UEFA Champions League. So Palmeiras can dream for the next few days. - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more The Italian municipality of Sao Paulo's Palmeiras team was originally called Palestra Italia until World War II made that unwise. It is believed that the nickname porco ("pig" in Portuguese) began as an insult hurled at the team during the tensions of the war. And in Abel Ferreira, Palmeiras has a coach who, figuratively speaking, will roll in the dirt if he thinks doing so will give his team a better chance of victory. A somewhat dour Portuguese strategist, Ferreira likes to delve into the task of overthinking his opponent. In the Copa Libertadores, his men defeated Atletico Mineiro and Flamengo, two Brazilian teams with more glamorous lineups than Palmeiras. Now he dreams of doing the same with Chelsea - whose arduous win over Saudi club Al Hilal offers a glimmer of hope. First, the Londoners ran out of steam in the second half against the AFC Champions League holders. This may have something to do with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's extraordinary statement a month ago when he lamented that his players were mentally and physically tired. He gave his team a pretext - always a dangerous game. Ferreira will have observed some defensive problems at Chelsea, where left-back Marcos Alonso looked vulnerable in the second half against Al Hilal. Palmeiras can take advantage of that. They showed their strength in Tuesday's win against Egypt's Al Ahly. The South American champions have shown they have a wider attacking repertoire than they had a year ago when they finished fourth at the Club World Cup without creating a chance. Deftly and subtly, he sealed victory over the CAF Champions League winners on Tuesday with a goal that came from a run down that very cross. He also set up the opening goal - a succinct summary of how the team has improved. Last year, Palmeiras used Luiz Adriano as a conventional centre-forward. He's a good player, but he's been frustratingly underused on a team that defends so deeply. In his absence they are now using Dudu with Rony - quick little forwards hoping to get between Tuchel's three central defenders formation. They can also pull the defenders out wide, leaving room for Raphael Veiga to come in behind them. Veiga, who scored that first goal on Tuesday from a Dudu assist, was the team's most improved player. The way the team is set up now he has to get into the penalty area and he reacted brilliantly. Many are calling for the attacking midfielder to be given a chance with the Brazil national team. If he can shine against Chelsea it will be very difficult for coach Tite to ignore those calls. However, Abel Ferreira is aware that the decisive battles will be fought at the other end of the field. His team mastered the firepower of Flamengo and Atletico Mineiro. Before the game there is no way to know. Last year Palmeiras were eliminated in the semi-finals by Mexican side Tigres UANL and failed to meet Bayern Munich, then European champions. In November, the Libertadores final was decided by a glaring error by Flamengo midfielder Andreas Pereira, at a time when Palmeiras appeared keen to remain on penalties. It could be significant that Palmeiras had had a very poor record against Flamengo up until this game, as if the deep defensive model lost some of its solidity when faced with this opponent's added individual talent. Palmeiras' defense is led by Gustavo Gomez, a Paraguayan widely regarded as Brazil's finest centre-back. Like some of the other big names in Brazilian club football, he failed to establish himself in Europe and joined Palmeiras in 2018 after a fruitless spell at AC Milan. He and his fellow defenders endured some awkward moments in the closing stages against Al Ahly, even after their opponent sent off a man. He will have to hold up under pressure - and Palmeiras will also expect something special from Weverton, their outstanding goalkeeper. Weverton, Brazil's last line of defense at the 2016 Olympics, has meanwhile been promoted to the senior team. Tite rates him as highly as Alisson and Ederson and he has featured in four of the current World Cup qualifiers. There was an even more glaring blunder on Tuesday when he fired a routine shot and appeared to have given away a goal - only to be reprieved by the offside flag. If he can find his best form - like Cassio of Corinthians did in a Man of the Match display against Chelsea in 2012 - then it could yet be the Year of the Pig.

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Barca eye Chelsea trio in Haaland plan

Barcelona are targeting low-cost defensive and midfield signings this summer to give their all for Erling Haaland, sources tell ESPN. (Author: Gardener)

BarcaBarcelona are targeting low-cost defensive and midfield signings this summer - including a trio of Chelsea defenders - to give their all for Erling Haaland, sources told ESPN. Barca know the competition for Haaland will be tough, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also in the running for the Borussia Dortmund man, but president Joan Laporta is determined to bring a star striker to the Camp Nou . If they miss Haaland, other options will be explored. Haaland, 21, is expected to leave Dortmund this summer when a release clause worth around €75m comes into effect. Coach Xavi Hernandez also wants to strengthen the team in defence, so in order to save money for a striker, Barca have contacted players whose contracts with the respective clubs expire within the next 18 months. Sources have confirmed to ESPN that they've fathomed the moves of at least five players, including Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso. Azpilicueta and Christensen could sign for free in the summer but Alonso has one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge. Club sources are 'optimistic' about finalizing a deal for the Spain international in the coming months. Azpilicueta's possible arrival could also be linked to Sergino Dest's future. Barca were open to offers for the USA international in January and his performances until the end of the season are likely to define his future at the club. Barca almost signed Alonso in January 2021 after he fell out of favor under Frank Lampard. Valencia's Jose Gaya, who also has one year left, remains Barca's top target to rival Jordi Alba at left-back ahead of Alonso. Elsewhere, initial talks have also been taking place over a move from Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who is in Italy in the final six months of his contract, although some sources suggest a deal is proving difficult. Barca's gross debt was around €1.4 billion when Laporta returned to the presidency last March, but a €500m loan allowed them to redistribute that debt over a longer period while also withdrawing a significant amount of money Wage costs due to player departures and salary cuts. This allowed Barca to land four new signings in the last month, including €55m for Ferran Torres. Meanwhile, the club are hoping to announce a new sponsorship deal with Spotify in the coming days, with several players also set to leave over the summer, all factors which would help raise funds to sign a top-level No9.

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Cesar Azpilicueta refuses to recognize Chelsea as favorites at Club World Cup

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has refused to look further than the Club World Cup semi-finals despite the Blues being favorites for this week's tournament. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has refused to look further than the Club World Cup semi-finals despite the Blues being favorites for this week's tournament. Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has refused to look further than the Club World Cup semi-finals despite the Blues being favorites for this week's tournament. The 32-year-old was part of the Chelsea squad that lost in the 2012 final. And to the press via football.london, Azpilicueta has refused to talk about a favorite going into the semi-finals against Al Hilal. He said: "Let's start with tomorrow. We know that tomorrow, the semi-finals, will be very quick and you have to win both games. This comes after Al Hilal boss Leonardo Jardim named Chelsea as favorites for the competition. He said: "I'm sure the European sides, Chelsea in this case and Liverpool before that, are always the favourites." to recover and out of 24 teams are all the same when one comes on "Our win in the last game reflects that - Al Jazira struggled in the second half. Especially in the second half." Chelsea will try to do better than they did in 2012, when they were also favorites, and lift the trophy this season.

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Chelsea vs Al Hilal

Chelsea vs Al-Hilal: team news (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea are set to make a decision on Mason Mount's fitness ahead of their Club World Cup semifinal match against Al-Hilal in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday afternoon. The England midfielder was sent off in Saturday's FA Cup win over Plymouth. Who will line up your Chelsea starting XI against Al-Hilal?

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Jorginho warns Chelsea to be "careful" with "good" Al Hinal players in Club World Cup clashes

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has warned his side to be cautious in the Club World Cup semi-final against Al Hilal. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea midfielder Jorginho has warned his side to be cautious in the Club World Cup semi-final against Al Hilal. Speaking to FIFA, Jorginho previewed the game as he warned Chelsea not to be complacent if they face Leonardo Jardim's side. He said: "I think we have to be careful because they have good players. We have to impose our own game and pay attention to the weapons they have." We have to be careful, we have to prepare well for the game because if you underestimate your opponents you can get a surprise. "There are no easy games in today's football." Mason Mount revealed how Jorginho can give Chelsea an advantage if they reach the last game. "I watched the game with Thiago and Jorgi when we ate at the hotel. Thiago had placed his iPad at the end of the table so we could see the whole game," Mount said. "They both come from Brazil so they watch it a lot but I had never seen so many games before. Chelsea want to win the Club World Cup for the first time in their history.

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Ronald Araujo identified as a potential transfer target for Chelsea

Chelsea have reportedly identified Barcelona's Ronald Araujo as a potential transfer target. (Author: Gardener)

Ronald AraujoChelsea have reportedly identified Barcelona's Ronald Araujo as a potential transfer target. Chelsea have reportedly identified Barcelona's Ronald Araujo as a potential transfer target. The Blues could lose three of their key centre-backs at the end of the season, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all seeing their contracts expire in the summer. Thomas Tuchel's squad will therefore be happy to act on the transfer market to strengthen the squad for the new season. According to Goal, Araujo has been identified by west London as a 'serious' transfer target. The defender's contract with the La Liga giants doesn't expire until the summer of 2023 but he is believed to be frustrated with negotiations over a new deal at the club. Araujo has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona this season, scoring three goals from defence.

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Rice awaits Chelsea offer amid Man Utd interest

Declan Rice is a top target for Man Utd but is keen to see how much interest there is at Chelsea. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaTransfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Manchester United remain keen on signing long-term target Declan Rice in the summer but they are facing fresh pressure from Chelsea, the club he supports, according to the Daily Mail. Sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson that West Ham United midfielder Rice is a summer target for United preparing for life after Paul Pogba this summer, but the 23-year-old is reportedly keen to see how much interest there is when at all. exists at Chelsea. West Ham are demanding £100m for their prized midfielder and the England international is in high demand, with Manchester City also monitoring the situation. Rice was sacked by Chelsea aged 14 and would appear keen to return to west London, but the Blues would need to make room in the squad, possibly through a move to N'Golo Kante, before they can make an offer. Manchester United are set for a summer makeover but it is not yet known who his long-term manager will be following Ralf Rangnick's interim spell. And the Reds' uncertainty could play into Chelsea's hands if they can free up funds to land the player they once sacked. 22.17 GMT: A final update from our Transfer Talk live blog for Monday, with Internazionale showing interest in a move for Lazio defender Luiz Felipe, according to Tuttosport. The 24-year-old's contract expires in the summer, so he may be able to move up at the end of the season. 21.46 GMT: Manchester United are in talks with Flamengo about turning Andreas Pereira's loan into a permanent deal, sources have told ESPN. The Brazil side had turned down a £6.7million offer for 26-year-old Pereira in January but have returned to the negotiating table in hopes of sealing a deal for the midfielder. Sources have told ESPN that United are close to accepting an offer of around £10m with an added sell clause. Pereira has impressed at Flamengo since he went on loan in August. Sources have told ESPN he is interested in leaving Old Trafford permanently after further loan stints in Granada, Valencia and Lazio. 21.05 GMT: PSG will extend defender Marquinhos' contract, according to Nicolo Schira. The 27-year-old has been a key player for the side since joining from AS Roma in 2013 and later became the club's captain. 20.32 GMT: LaLiga club Valencia are looking to strengthen their midfield, with Elche's Omar Mascarell and Levante's Mickael Malsa both reporting goals. Calciomercato write that both are potential summer transfer options, with 29-year-old Mascarell a key player for Elche. 19.55 GMT: Turkish Super Lig club Istanbul Basaksehir will sign Aston Villa midfielder Trezeguet on loan, report Nicolo Schira. The 27-year-old has made just one appearance off the bench in the Premier League this season despite being on international duty. 19.18 GMT: Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is targeting a move from the club in the summer, with PSG reportedly confident of signing the 37-year-old. The Mirror report that a move could take place this summer which would see the Portugal international leave the club for Les Parisiens to play alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar. Meanwhile, manager Mauricio Pochettino could go the other route and join the Red Devils, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane reportedly one of the best candidates to take on the Argentine should he actually be at PSG at the end of the season leaving. 18.44 GMT: AC Milan are looking to beat Liverpool in the race to sign Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho, Calciomercato report. The Reds had apparently secured a transfer for the 19-year-old winger on deadline day but the deal fell through at the final hurdle. Reports have since revealed Jurgen Klopp is set to return for Carvalho, although Serie A giants Milan are also keen to land him on a free transfer in the summer. 18.04 GMT: PSG winger Kylian Mbappe insists he has not yet decided on his future amid speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. The 23-year-old's contract with Les Parisiens expires in the summer and he could sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club, although PSG's Champions League clash with Real Madrid may have complicated the situation. Speaking to Prime Video Sport, Mbappe said: "I'm just focused on beating Real Madrid in the Champions League - and then we'll see what happens." 17.31 GMT: Carlos Tevez is in talks to join the MLS team DC United, sources have confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Carlisle. TyC Sports in Argentina was the first to report the news. A source speaking to ESPN warned that a deal is not close to completion but talks are moving forward. Tevez has been without a club since announcing his departure from Boca Juniors in June 2021. Reports have also linked Tevez with Orlando City and Minnesota United, although sources suggest there is little to no chance Tevez will end up at either club. 16.34 GMT: Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips wants a new contract to settle his future after West Ham made an unsuccessful bid to sign him in January. The Sun report that the Hammers made a record £55million offer for the England international late on deadline day, only for Leeds to turn it down. "Kalvin was delighted that Leeds turned down those offers," said the 26-year-old's agent Kevin Sharp. "He has never asked to leave Leeds in his whole time with the club and has no intention of doing so now or in the summer. “But I understand the offer rejected would have been a record for club buying and selling. "So I would hope that Leeds will deliver on their promise of a new contract for him, which would then put an end to any worrying speculation about his future this summer." Jimenez has signed a two-year contract with Bob Bradley's side, with an option for a contains another year. The 28-year-old scored 43 goals in 134 games for Gornik after signing for them in the summer of 2018. We look forward to having him in our squad's training camp as we prepare for the season." 15.23 GMT: Borussia Dortmund Defender Niklas Sule, 26, has made more than 250 appearances for FC since joining from Hoffenheim in 2017 Bayern denied "Niklas has shown us in personal conversations that he is very interested in Borussia Dortmund,” said Sebastian Kehl, who will succeed Michael Zorc as Dortmund's sporting director in the summer. Borussia Dortmund has signed Niklas Süle for the 2022/23 season ✍️ pic.twitter.com/WC7EeffRXj— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) 7 Feb 2022 14.17 GMT: Ralf Rangnick insists he has “no issues at all” with Jesse Lingard and says the Manchester United midfielder is back in the squad his will be T o take on Burnley on Tuesday Rangnick said Lingard asked for time off last week to "clear his head" after a planned r move to Newcastle had not materialized on the deadline. Lingard later said it was the club who advised him to take a break in a post on social media. The 29-year-old missed Friday's FA Cup defeat by Middlesbrough but Rangnick says he will be available for the trip to Turf Moor while insisting the pair remain on good terms. "As far as Jesse goes, I have a very good relationship with him," Rangnick said at a news conference Monday. 13.25 GMT: New York City FC have announced the signing of defender Thiago Martins from Japanese club Yokohama F. The Brazilian defender joins NYCFC as a designated player ahead of the 2022 Major League Soccer season and has already joined his new club in pre-season training camp in Cancun, Mexico 12.37 GMT: RB Leipzig insist forward Christopher Nkunku will continue next season will be at the club and ruled out further departures to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. Nkunku has scored 18 goals and provided 13 assists in 30 appearances in all competitions this season. The 24-year-old has long been linked with Arsenal interest but Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaff plans to have the former PSG player on his books in 2022/23. "Of course he will also play with us next season. He is a very important player," Mintzlaff told Sky. "Of course, players like Dani Olmo, Nkunku or Andre Silva are very, very important pillars who can develop with us and should … that we start the coming season with these players.” Leipzig lost coach Julian Nagelsmann, captain Marcel Sabitzer and star defender Dayot Upamecano to Bayern last summer, but Mintzlaff said he had no plans to pursue further deals with the Bavarians Making giants." We've made so many deals with Bayern now and let Julian Nagelsmann go too little for $10m, we're definitely not going to meet up for coffee." - Bundesliga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and Replays (U. 11.44 GMT : Brighton & Hove Albion have announced that technical director Dan Ashworth has left "for a similar role at another Premier League to take over the ue club". Ashworth has been linked to a position at Newcastle, recently set up by the club's owners following their recent takeover at St James' Park, adding that Ashworth, who joined the club in 2019 after six years with the English FA, at one time 10.53 GMT: Lille are set to discuss a potential transfer of Sven Botman at the end of the season after the defender failed to sign for Newcastle United last month. But after reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille blocked a move, the Premier League club signed Dan Burn from Brighton instead. "Sven had the opportunity to leave last summer," said Lille president Olivier Letang d Le Parisien. "I told him he wasn't leaving and that we'll talk about it again at the end of the season. He's a great person and a top player who deserves to play at a club that can win the Champions League. " “If there is something that everyone can be happy with next summer, we will discuss it. 09.58 GMT: There are still major differences between Barcelona and Gavi as the Catalan club look to tie the 17-year-old to a new long-term deal at the Camp Nou, according to Diario SPORT. Talks have been ongoing since January but the first exchange between Barca's hierarchy and Gavi's agent, former midfielder Ivan de la Pena, failed to result in an agreement. However, sources told ESPN last week there is confidence on both sides that an agreement will eventually be reached, with Barca's sporting agent Jordi Cruyff recently saying that tying the teenager to a new contract is "a priority." Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, report that De la Pena will meet again with the club Gavi, who scored in Sunday's 4-2 win against Atletico Madrid, has had a stellar first season following his Ronald Koeman debut and is already a regular at Barca and Spain and his Lager believe this should be reflected in his new contract. 08.53 GMT: Marc Overmars has resigned as Ajax director of football after multiple complaints from female colleagues about inappropriate news, the club confirmed on Sunday. Former Barcelona and Arsenal star Overmars held the position at Ajax for almost a decade and was recently linked with a stint at Premier League club Newcastle United. "A series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues over a period of time underlies his decision to leave the club," Ajax said in a statement. 08.00 GMT: Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez asked fans not to boo Ousmane Dembele after he was mocked as he returned to the squad for Sunday's thrilling 4-2 win over Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U. Dembele hasn't played for Barca since January 12 because he couldn't agree a new contract with terms expiring in the summer, but Xavi said he will try to use him after failing to do so last month The winger was named on the bench against Atletico and remained an unused substitute as Barca finished in the top four in LaLiga, but his name was whistled when read out before the game: "The fans were 10 from 10 and the support was brilliant throughout the game," said Xavi in ​​his post-match press conference. - Sampdoria will sign Sebastian Giovinco as a free agent to take care of the injured Mano to replace lo Gabbiadini, reports Gianluca Di Marzio. The 35-year-old returns to Serie A from Canada. where he coached with former c lub Toronto FC. - Flamengo hope to land Andreas Pereira on a permanent deal from Manchester United, Ekrem Konur reports. Pereira was loaned to the Brazil side last summer and they have an option to make the contract permanent for a fee of £17million. Flamengo officials have flown to Old Trafford to try and complete the move but they remain hopeful of striking a cheaper deal. - Boca Juniors are considering making an offer to Javier Pastore after he refused to renew his contract with Spanish side Elche, Ekrem Konur reports. - Antonio Rudiger's future at Chelsea remains shrouded in mystery as the Mirror reports the defender has set out his salary demands. The newspaper say the Blues have offered the Germany international, who is out of contract in the summer, £140,000 a week but that he is pushing for £225,000 a week. - Carlos Tevez is in talks with DC United over a potential move to Major League Soccer after leaving Boca Juniors in the summer, according to Athletic. The former Manchester City striker has been offered a return to football by the MLS side, but it depends on the two parties being able to agree on a financial settlement. - Liverpool are considering a move for Le Havre youngster Andy Elysee Logbo, a player dubbed 'the next Romelu Lukaku' in the summer, according to Footmercato. Jurgen Klopp is said to be keeping an eye on the 17-year-old forward, who hails from the same academy that has developed players like Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez.

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Even in his absence, Tuchel will influence Chelsea at the Club World Cup

A pre-match virtual team chat may not be the last time Chelsea's players receive instruction from an absent manager... (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaLONDON (AP) - A pre-match virtual team chat may not be the last time Chelsea's players will receive instructions from absent coach Thomas Tuchel in their semi-final match at the Club World Cup on Wednesday. Tuchel tested positive for the corona virus last week and was unable to fly to the United Arab Emirates with the squad on Saturday night. He will definitely miss the game against Asian champions Al Hilal but hopes to reach either the final or the third-place playoff, both of which take place on Saturday. Tuchel's assistants Arno Michels and Zsolt Low will lead the team against Al Hilal at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. "We're in constant contact with Thomas," said Low, the first-team coach. “We have a lot of meetings together and video calls constantly, many times a day. We record training and send that to him, we change ideas many times a day.” Tuchel plans to contact the team, probably via video link, before the team leaves the hotel for the game. "It could be more difficult in the stadium," said Low. Tuchel will also have his say during the game. "Even during the game," said Low, "we can keep in touch with him about what he sees and what he hears from wants us." "We have a very, very structured club at Chelsea, with a lot of support for everyone. We have very good team management, with a lot of support as a coaching staff to get through this situation." "You can't copy Thomas — he's one of the best coaches in the world," Low said. And constantly changing as someone sees or if he has a good opinion he can say so during the game or at half-time.” First-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is also yet to join the Chelsea squad after helping Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Mendy was due to arrive in Abu Dhabi on either Tuesday or Wednesday and Chelsea waited until then to make a final decision on the starting goalkeeper.

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FA contact Wayne Rooney over allegations he tried to hurt Chelsea players

Wayne Rooney has been contacted by the FA after he claimed he plotted to injure a player in Manchester United's Premier League game at Chelsea in 2006 (Author: Gardener)

Wayne RooneyWayne Rooney was contacted by the Football Association after he claimed he tried to injure a player during Manchester United's Premier League game at Chelsea in 2006. "We knew if Chelsea wins then that day they have the League won," Rooney said of the trip to Stamford Bridge in April 2006, where United lost 3-0. "Up until my last game for Derby I always wore the old metal-tipped plastic cleats. For this game I put them in changed big, long pieces of metal – the maximum length you can have because I wanted to try and hurt someone, try and hurt someone."I knew they were going to win that game. The stallions were legal but as I thought." , if there's a challenge there, I knew I wanted to basically really get into it."John Terry left the stadium on crutches. I left a hole in his foot and then I nac him." I signed my shirt at the game... and a few weeks later I mailed it to him asking for my cleat. In response to Rooney's comments, Terry tweeted with a series of laughing emojis, "Is that when you left your bolt in my foot?"

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