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Thomas Tuchel reveals Chelsea's training plans ahead of Spurs clash after Brighton draw

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea's schedule as they prepare for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea's schedule as they prepare for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea's schedule as they prepare for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Chelsea are now four games without a win in the league. They were held 1-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night despite Hakim Ziyech scoring a stunning 28th-minute goal against the flow of play. Heavy legs, fatigue and low morale were the problems for Tuchel's south coast men as they managed to weather the pressure from Brighton on a dismal evening for the stuttering European champions. It's obvious and obvious to everyone and Tuchel made it clear his side were following their relentless schedule, which hasn't seen any postponements due to injuries and Covid issues within the squad. Here's Tuchel and Chelsea's schedule for the coming week: Tuchel will give his players two days off which they "so badly" need to rest and recover so the squad can re-energize ahead of the London derby. "So, so much," replied Tuchel to how much his players needed a break. "You can say it's an excuse or whatever, but it's like that. Look at our schedule, when we got to Man City we had the Carabao Cup in the week and they didn't. Now we're getting here and they have more days to prepare and prepare the whole week beforehand." It's like that. That's my feeling and that's why I'm giving the players two days off. "We're going to prepare for two days, use Friday and Saturday to preparing for Sunday because we have a game against Tottenham."

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Dropping points is becoming the new normal for Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel insisted Chelsea's fatigue at Brighton was normal amid a busy schedule, but it's their slump in form that has now become normal. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaCraig Burley says Chelsea played like a team with no identity in the 1-1 draw with Brighton in the Premier League. Craig Burley says Chelsea played like a team with no identity in the 1-1 draw with Brighton in the Premier League. BRIGHTON, England — Hakim Ziyech's reaction to his goal said it all. Chelsea's standout moment in another disappointing evening that wiped out the faintest hopes of the title came midway through the first half against the flow of play when the Dutch-born attacker's deflected shot crept into the near post of Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Only Jorginho's hug stopped Ziyech from going straight back to the halfway line. Instead, his teammates rushed to participate in what could very loosely be described as a celebration, and a candid conversation quickly ensued between Ziyech, Mason Mount and then Marcos Alonso that included some urgent pointing and gesturing. Chelsea had been overplayed up to that moment and after Brighton rediscovered their equalizer stance this pattern continued into a second half in which Adam Webster equalized and the home side spurned several promising moments to find a winner, who ultimately settled for a 1-1 draw. 1 draw - a familiar feeling for Graham Potter's side this season. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel described all this as signs of fatigue. He was also happy to smear Ziyech's inability to celebrate his first league goal since December 1. "Happy - he can score 20 more goals and not celebrate so I have no problem with that," he said. As the players left the pitch at half-time, Ziyech and Romelu Lukaku began another exchange of blows that can at best be described as a clear disagreement over Chelsea's attacking method. The television camera accompanying them could hardly have been closer, perhaps prompting Ziyech to at least cover his mouth to hide his part of the conversation, but Lukaku's dismay was undiminished. "It's normal for them to talk, it's normal for them not to be happy and it's normal for us to say we want more from them," said Tuchel. However, this is threatening to become a worrying new normal for Chelsea. Recent efforts are undoubtedly a mitigating factor; Brighton have had an extra day to prepare for this game, which has been rearranged after an original postponement due to COVID-19, and Chelsea's trip to Manchester City three days earlier will no doubt have made a mark considering how much the side are Pep Guardiola has almost every opponent watching the ball. But it was hard not to feel that Chelsea's negative body language ran deeper than simple fatigue. Their performance improved little in the second half and the sluggishness seemed to affect even Tuchel, who started the first half in typically lively form, frustrated by Chelsea's error-ridden game before retiring to his dugout seat for much of the second half . The 48-year-old has made a name for himself for game-changing substitutions and tactical changes but here he waited until the 80th minute to make a rare treble, but by then it was already too late to reverse Brighton's momentum. After that, the normally friendly Chelsea boss was brusque in a TV interview, repeatedly telling the reporter "not to do that" as he pointed to a fourth straight league game without a win - incidentally the longest career Tuchel has enjoyed as manager since October has 2016 at Borussia Dortmund. Most recently, the Blues won the Premier League on Boxing Day. Here they hardly threw a punch. Tuchel hopes that two days off will trigger a revival. "[We need it] so, so badly," he said. Look at our schedule, look at the schedule when we got to Man City. Now that we're getting here, they've had more days to prepare than they had all week to prepare before. We need to switch off, that's my feeling, so we're giving the players two days off." They already look quite absent, certainly from the top of the table, where they expected when they last signed Lukaku from Internazionale for €115m following that draw Chelsea are 12 points adrift of City after playing a game more, with Tottenham Hotspur next up at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, despite having comfortably beaten Spurs over two games in their Carabao Cup semi-final earlier this month , they would face defeat becoming increasingly vulnerable to being drawn into a top four clash including West Ham United and Arsenal. To round off a dour evening, Tuchel dismissed a harmless question about Lukaku's individual performance: "I will today Don't talk about individual players." He replied. Romelu is far from the problem, he is part of the solution." find ng quickly.

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Mendy's 'huge pride' in Fifa award

Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is "immensely proud" to be named Best Fifa Men's Goalkeeper 2021. (Author: Gardener)

MendyLast updated on .From the section Sport Africa Last updated on .From the section Sport Africa Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy of Chelsea and Senegal is "immensely proud" to be named FIFA Best Men's Goalkeeper 2021. Mendy helped Chelsea win the Champions League last year. He held a combined competition record of nine goals conceded en route to winning Europe's most prestigious trophy. "This is a very special moment for me, for my family," Mendy told Senegalese media. "It's part of history because it's the first time an African goalkeeper has received this award. That's why today I feel immense pride, pride in the name of Senegal but also of Africa. "I hope that over time in the years to come other goalkeepers like me will continue to paint the pages of global football. To be honest, I'm really happy to receive this trophy with my team-mates." It's the latest accolade for Mendy, who was also named Uefa goalkeeper 2020-21 last August. Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana told opposite BBC Sport Africa Mendy deserves the Fifa award "I'm so happy - he's the first African to [win]," said Onana. Mendy missed the start of the Nations Cup in Cameroon after testing positive for the coronavirus but returned for Senegal in the 0-0 draw against Malawi on Tuesday that confirmed their place in the round of 16. And the goalkeeper received his Fifa trophy ahead of the rest of the Teranga Lions squad. "Really proud, with my brothers, with all the people working on the national team. It was a great thing to get it in the (lion's) den. We have to think about other things. And the most important thing is to be focused in the tournament to stay." Senegal were Nations Cup runners-up in 2019 and were among the pre-tournament favorites to lift the trophy this year. That goal came from a 97th-minute penalty against Zimbabwe, but Mendy says reaching the knockout rounds is "the most important thing". We have a lot of things that help us stay positive. We have not the quality of the game, but you're in the Africa Cup of Nations – you'll never have that." Senegal meet a third-placed team from Group A, C or D in the round of 16 on Tuesday 25 January.

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Thomas Tuchel reveals Chelsea's training plans ahead of Spurs clash after Brighton draw

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea's schedule as they prepare for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelThomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea's schedule as they prepare for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea's schedule as they prepare for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon. Chelsea are now four games without a win in the league. They were held 1-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night despite Hakim Ziyech scoring a stunning 28th-minute goal against the flow of play. Heavy legs, fatigue and low morale were the problems for Tuchel's south coast men as they managed to weather the pressure from Brighton on a dismal evening for the stuttering European champions. It's obvious and obvious to everyone and Tuchel made it clear his side were following their relentless schedule, which hasn't seen any postponements due to injuries and Covid issues within the squad. Here's Tuchel and Chelsea's schedule for the coming week: Tuchel will give his players two days off which they "so badly" need to rest and recover so the squad can re-energize ahead of the London derby. "So, so much," replied Tuchel to how much his players needed a break. "You can say it's an excuse or whatever, but it's like that. Look at our schedule, when we got to Man City we had the Carabao Cup in the week and they didn't. Now we're getting here and they have more days to prepare and prepare the whole week beforehand." It's like that. That's my feeling and that's why I'm giving the players two days off. "We're going to prepare for two days, use Friday and Saturday to preparing for Sunday because we have a game against Tottenham."

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Football expert reveals English Premier League selection for January 18

Martin Green has compiled his Premier League picks and best bets for Chelsea vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueThe all-time streak between Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion has been completely one-sided as the Blues are unbeaten in 16 games, in which they have recorded 12 wins and four draws. In fact, the Seagulls have not beaten Chelsea since they scored 2-1 in their first equal FA Cup encounter on 14 January 1933. Brighton will finally be looking to get back on the winning pillar of the series when they host Chelsea in an English Premier League showdown on Tuesday. Caesars Sportsbook lists Chelsea as the -125 favorite (risk $125 to win $100) on the 90-minute moneyline in their recent Brighton vs. A tie, +255 and the over-under for total scored goals to 2.5. Brighton votes or making predictions for the English Premier League, you've got to see what tried and true football insider Martin Green has to say. After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sportswriter and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Green has generated more than $37,000 on $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season and is at the heart of the game around the world. Brighton from every angle, including his coveted picks and EPL predictions. You can head over to SportsLine to see Green's Premier League picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Brighton vs. * CHE: The Blues have won just one of their last six Premier League games (four draws, one loss) * BHA: The Seagulls have lost just one of their last nine games overall (three wins, five draws) The Blues are one of the best defensive sides in the Premier League, having conceded just 17 goals in their 22 games. Only Manchester City (13) and Wolverhampton (15) have scored fewer goals than Chelsea, who have conceded two goals in their last four games in all competitions. Thomas Tuchel's side have not conceded more than two goals since a 3-3 draw against Zenit St Petersburg in a Champions League game on December 8, just nine in their last 11 games. Mason Mount leads Chelsea with seven goals during the Premier League game while Jorginho is just behind him with six. The midfielder has scored twice in two of his last five league games, including a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on December 26 -1 draw with Brighton at home on December 29. The Seagulls are ninth overall but have gone four league games undefeated, won two and drawn twice. In fact, Brighton have lost just once in their last eight league games (W2 D5) and also beat West Ham 2-1 in the FA Cup third round on 8 January. The Seagulls have conceded less than three goals in 13 straight games in all competitions since suffering a 4-1 loss to Manchester City on October 23, with the opponents conceding more than a goal just once in their last nine games . Neal Maupay leads Brighton in the Premier League with seven goals. The striker scored in three straight league games from 1 December to 26 December and also converted in Seagulls' FA Cup triumph against West Ham. Danny Welbeck has scored two goals in seven league games, including one in last month's tie against the Blues. Chelsea from all sides and he leans down on goal overall. He also offers his confident best bet and has a full breakdown of the game. So who wins Chelsea vs.? Visit SportsLine now to see the best Brighton vs Chelsea bets, all from the European football expert who has generated well over $37,000 for $100 bettors over the last four seasons, and find out.

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Brighton dampen Chelsea's title hopes as Adam Webster's header forces a draw

Hakim Ziyech put Chelsea ahead in the first half but Brighton responded impressively and Adam Webster's header made it 1-1 (Author: Gardener)

BrightonBrighton's Adam Webster watches as his header defeats Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it 1-1. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images Brighton's Adam Webster watches as his header defeats Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga 1-1. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images All evening Thomas Tuchel exuded the energy of a man waiting for something to go wrong. Throwing his arms in the air, standing with his hands on his head and sometimes just muttering to himself, his annoyance was evident as he watched Chelsea's players take turns offering Brighton the initiative. Tuchel could not be fooled, even when Hakim Ziyech gave Chelsea an entirely undeserved lead midway through the first half. Potter's side were consistently stronger and Chelsea, without a win in their last four league games, had little to complain when Adam Webster canceled out Ziyech's goal midway through the first half. The European champions, who have more chances of being dragged into the top-four fight than reducing Manchester City's lead at the top, didn't look like a happy side. Even Mason Mount looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders and nothing was more revealing than Romelu Lukaku, who was sent off with 10 minutes to go and feuded with Ziyech as the teams went at half-time. Little went right for Chelsea before the break. In fact, Tuchel was barely celebrating when Ziyech scored. Steven Alzate and Pascal Gross set a brisk pace in the home side's midfield and Chelsea struggled with Brighton's frenetic pressing, César Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Ziyech wasting the ball in dangerous areas. The problem for Potter's team, however, was well known. Jakub Moder fired wide from the edge of the box after linking up with Danny Welbeck who would also squander a chance and it came as no great surprise when Brighton's lack of bite proved costly. Brighton have warned their fans they face indefinite bans and further police action if they step onto the pitch, following incidents at recent home games. Last Friday's clash with rivals Crystal Palace and Tuesday's game against Chelsea saw pitch invasions at the Amex stadium which saw arrests of those involved have a zero tolerance approach towards any supporters attempting at home and coming onto the pitch for away games," the club said in a statement. Any reason will be subject to indefinite club bans. They are also reminded that it is a criminal offense and will therefore also face potential police and judicial action. "After Having witnessed multiple assaults during and at the end of the games against Crystal Palace on Friday and Chelsea on Tuesday, we can confirm that each of the perpetrators have now been identified, arrested and are now the subject of further police action. "Thank you for your feedback. Chelsea, who use a 4-2-2-2 system, had started to exercise a degree of control before Ziyech's goal. There was a warning for Brighton as Lukaku flared briefly and ran down the right before offering Azpilicueta a chance to test Robert Sánchez. For all their lethargy, Chelsea still had players who could conjure something out of thin air. The winger was a one-sided inconsequential for a long time but at least he made a positive contribution in the 28th minute, accepting a pass from N'Golo Kanté before cutting in from the right and catching Sánchez with a low shot from 25 yards out. Sitting on the bench at the time, Tuchel still seemed unimpressed. No doubt he had a few choice words to say when Callum Hudson-Odoi, missing a final product after being asked to back Lukaku, shot over when he should have doubled Chelsea's lead. Chelsea remained vulnerable. Brighton should have equalized early in the second half, only Welbeck missed with a slanted shot. Tariq Lamptey kept sprinting towards Marcos Alonso, whose warning for a foul on right-back was entirely predictable, and Kanté and Jorginho were increasingly overwhelmed in the middle, clever moves between Marc Cucurella, Alexis Mac Allister and Moder leaving Chelsea dazed and confused . The Fiver: Sign up and receive our daily football email. With Lukaku Webster and Dan Burn unable to shake at the other end, an equalizer seemed inevitable. Mac Allister got close, Kepa Arrizabalaga cornered the Argentine's deflected shot but the pressure mounted. The cross came from Mac Allister and Webster, completely unmarked, smashed a header past Arrizabalaga. Finally level, Brighton threw at Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard. They rushed forward but luckily managed to escape when Rüdiger released Lukaku and Sánchez missed the striker's shot. Tuchel responded, sending off Lukaku, Jorginho and Ziyech for Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic, but there was no late show from Chelsea.

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The support of the Chelsea fans makes me stronger despite missed chances

Chelsea's Timo Werner has admitted fan support makes him stronger despite missing scoring chances for the Blues. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea's Timo Werner has admitted fan support makes him stronger despite missing scoring chances for the Blues. Chelsea's Timo Werner has admitted fan support makes him stronger despite missing scoring chances for the Blues. Speaking to Chelsea's 5th Stand app, Werner thanked fans for their support and reflected on what it means for him. When asked about the Chelsea fans who supported him during difficult times, Werner admitted: "Sometimes I don't even know why they support me so much because as a striker you want to score as many goals as possible and sometimes I miss the goal, I have to be honest: it's a lot of fun playing in front of the Chelsea fans and when they support you like I do, it makes you even stronger when you're missing opportunities or when you're going through tough times . It's hard to explain, but of course when you go to the stadium and the fans like you and they support you and sing your name, it's a lot more fun and makes you prouder." I say that because I know what it is me like to go to stadiums where the fans don't like and hate you so it's very nice and very good to feel like that. "It's so much fun playing in front of the Chelsea fans and having them support me makes me stronger when I'm missing chances or when I'm having tough times," he said. The forward is hoping to work his way back into Thomas Tuchel's side and reward the supporters for their support as Chelsea have had it all in cup competitions this season.

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The support of the Chelsea fans makes me stronger despite missed chances

Chelsea's Timo Werner has admitted fan support makes him stronger despite missing scoring chances for the Blues. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea's Timo Werner has admitted fan support makes him stronger despite missing scoring chances for the Blues. Speaking to Chelsea's 5th Stand app, Werner thanked fans for their support and reflected on what it means for him. When asked about the Chelsea fans who supported him during difficult times, Werner admitted: "Sometimes I don't even know why they support me so much because as a striker you want to score as many goals as possible and sometimes I miss the goal, I have to be honest: it's a lot of fun playing in front of the Chelsea fans and when they support you like I do, it makes you even stronger when you're missing opportunities or when you're going through tough times . It's hard to explain, but of course when you go to the stadium and the fans like you and they support you and sing your name, it's a lot more fun and makes you prouder." I say that because I know what it is me like to go to stadiums where the fans don't like and hate you so it's very nice and very good to feel like that. "It's so much fun playing in front of the Chelsea fans and having them support me makes me stronger when I'm missing chances or when I'm having tough times," he said. The forward is hoping to work his way back into Thomas Tuchel's side and reward the supporters for their support as Chelsea have had it all in cup competitions this season.

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Tired Chelsea draw at Brighton, titles still out of reach

BRIGHTON, England (AP) - Chelsea are looking less likely to win the Premier League title every week. After the 1-1 draw in Brighton on Tuesday, the European champions will soon have to look over their shoulders in the race for the Champions League qualification. (Author: Gardener)

BrightonBRIGHTON, England (AP) - Chelsea are looking less likely to win the Premier League title every week. After the 1-1 draw in Brighton on Tuesday, the European champions will soon have to look over their shoulders in the race for the Champions League qualification. Chelsea's league winless run spanned four games after Brighton defender Adam Webster's powerful header from a corner in the 60th minute nullified Hakim Ziyech's 29th-minute opener. Brighton also came from behind in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge three weeks ago. Chelsea stayed in third place and are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City after playing a game more. Given the form of City, who have won their last 12 games - most recently against Chelsea on Saturday - the champions will take some breaks to defend their title. Like Arsenal in fifth place, who are nine points behind their London rivals with three games played. Or another London club in Tottenham, who are sixth and 11 points behind Chelsea but have now played five games fewer. Chelsea have played a game every three days out of four since the last international break in mid-November - that's 18 games in two months - and manager Thomas Tuchel said his players "look tired". "It's difficult at the moment to be too hard on our players," said Tuchel. There is another game coming up this weekend, however, and it's a big game against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. As in last month's second leg, ninth-placed Brighton troubled Chelsea with their complicated passing game in midfield, but the final third again lacked composure and power with Danny Welbeck playing as the sole striker. "I don't see too many teams controlling Brighton over 90 minutes," said Tuchel. Ziyech's goal came from Chelsea's first shot on target and went against the flow of play. Tuchel will be unhappy with the way the equalizer was drawn as Webster headed into a Mac Allister left corner without cover. Brighton manager Graham Potter said it was a corner routine straight from the training ground and was overall delighted with the performance in his side's 11th draw in their last 16 league games. "We didn't sit back, we had to be positive," Potter said.

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Chelsea lose more points in tie at Brighton

Chelsea's Premier League winning streak extended to four games on Tuesday when a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion added further damage to their tenuous title hopes. (Author: Gardener)

BrightonSoccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - January 18, 2022 Brighton & Hove Albion's Adam Webster celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates and fans REUTERS/Tony Obrien Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea – The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain – January 18, 2022 Brighton & Hove Albion's Adam Webster celebrates scoring his first goal with team-mates and fans REUTERS/Tony Obrien BRIGHTON, England, January 18 (Reuters ) - Chelsea's Premier League winning streak stretched to four games on Tuesday when a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion further damaged their tenuous title hopes. An opportunistic strike from Hakim Ziyech put Thomas Tuchel's men ahead against the flow of play in the 28th minute, but they lacked momentum and could not complain. An eye-friendly Brighton was rewarded for their efforts when Adam Webster thundered a header past Kepa Arrizabalaga on the hour mark after heavy home pressure. Chelsea started to dominate late but couldn't force a winner as Brighton dug deep to defend their point. Chelsea, who were serious title contenders a few weeks ago, have just three points from the last 12 available and remain third on 44 points, 12 behind leaders Manchester City, who have played a game more. They are also a point behind Liverpool having played two more games and if they don't get back on track to victory soon they could find their place in the top four in jeopardy. Ninth-placed Brighton have now drawn 11 games this season and Webster said they were disappointed not to take all three points against the European champions. They had magic in the end but other than that we were the dominant team and hopefully get three points another day," he said. Despite all Brighton's bright approach games, they struggled to land a decisive blow early on and were stunned, as Ziyech won aim from 25 yards and a low shot which keeper Robert Sanchez could have hit better.Romelu Lukaku, who was criticized by Tuchel after a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City at the weekend, had a chance to put Chelsea's lead through to recover a skillful lob from Antonio Rüdiger but failed to beat Sanchez and the Belgian was substituted soon after.Tuchel sent Kai Havertz and Timo Werner off the bench to try and shake up his attacking line and Brighton held on in the end but one Chelsea win would have been undeserved after another frustrating performance: "We looked tired," said Tuchel, whose side since Anfa ng played 15 games in December.

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