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    Tuchel clarifies Billy Gilmour's half-time substitution and refuses to talk about loaning him before the season is over

    "Well that was an absolutely okay performance," Tuchel told reporters at Stamford Bridge after his side lost 1-0 to Arsenal.

    "We saw they defended so deep and we wanted to have Mason who has a better shot from 18 metres to be more dangerous from distance, have an offensive player like Mason there.

    "It wasn't that Billy was bad, we just wanted an offensive change for tactical power. For Billy's situation, we will talk after the season but right now he is here and doing his job. It is clear that it is very hard for him.

    "Today, we lacked N'Golo and Mateo Kovacic in midfield. It is unfair to put it all on his shoulders and he had a fantastic game against Manchester City. It was an okay match today. He was by far not the problem."

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    Tuchel started Kepa against Arsenal to get him ready to face Leicester in the cup final

    "He starts the cup final and we thought it was a good idea to give him the game before," Tuchel said in his post match press conference.

    "We trust him and he deserves it, that is the basis why we put him in the line-up. He deserves it. He is so close and good in training. We wanted to give him some minutes and to take both games together. It was an unlucky night for him as well.”

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    Tuchel admits he made too many line-up changes

    Thomas Tuchel to Sky Sports: "It was maybe too many changes from the last match and I take full responsibility for that. Maybe it's the last wake-up call for all of us.

    "I felt it a little bit coming in training and I'm a bit unlucky that it's proven today on the pitch. I regret ... we could have, we could have, we could have but we didn't.

    "We had three days. We're on a good run, good mood. The choices were not so good from my side for the line-up. This is on me. We were unlucky. We can lose in football. We did everything today to lose.

    "I'm not happy with my line-up. There were too many changes and I shouldn't have done it like this. It was something in particular but I don't want to tell you."

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    We only have ourselves to blame - James

    Reece James to Sky Sports: "We lost. We made a mistake which led to their goal and didn't take our chances. We only have ourselves to blame for the loss. On another day maybe the game goes differently.

    "They're a good team and hard to break down. We had chances to score and put the game to bed.

    "The games come thick and fast and the players come in and out. Everyone is at different fitness levels. We all put 100% in and we're going to get tired sometimes.

    "It doesn't affect us in any way. We're still fighting to win very game. The loss doesn't affect us tonight.

    "It's disappointing to lose but we can't take negativity into tomorrow's session."

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    Chelsea missing Rudiger in Arsenal defeat

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    Pep's nemesis to ref Champions League final

    UEFA has announced that Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz will referee the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea.

    Lahoz and City boss Pep Guardiola have had their share of run-ins over the years. Read about them here.

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    Chelsea to debut new kit at Wembley

    Chelsea will debut their new kit for the 2021-22 season in the FA Cup final on Saturday, reports The Athletic.

    According to Footy Headlines, Chelsea's primary kit will feature a zig-zag and chequered pattern with yellow accents.

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    Champions League final officials announced

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    Chelsea will go for it next year - Klopp

    Jurgen Klopp expects Chelsea to launch a major challenge for the Premier League title next season under Thomas Tuchel.

    The Blues have made rapid progress since Tuchel took over earlier this year and his fellow German has been impressed by the quality of their squad.

    “We have to win football games next year,” said the Liverpool boss. “And City is not the only challenge. Chelsea looks, I said when Thomas arrived there: this squad is a present. And together with Thomas, obviously it works out pretty well. If you look at the squad, they can make 11 changes and you think, ‘Oops, that’s a proper team.’

    “They will go for it next year definitely, they will not get worse. That’s a fact. United are in a good way. So, it’s not about who is far away or whatever. It means just you have to win your own football games and that’s possible.

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    Thiago: The quality of PL teams surprised me

    Thiago Silva has admitted that the quality of the teams in the Premier League came as a surprise to him after he joined Chelsea last summer.

    The Brazilian told the Blues' official website: "In my head, the majority of the teams played a long ball game, always kicking it long, but when I came here I saw that teams try to play.

    "I think Pep Guardiola has brought well-played football along with him and changed this aspect in other coaches. I saw teams which, while being less prominent than Manchester City or Chelsea, were teams that liked to play good football.

    "There are teams now in the top five or six of the Premier League, like West Ham and Leicester, who are teams that play proper football and like to do so. That surprised me in a good way but still, in terms of intensity, it’s one of the most intense leagues in the world."

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    Chelsea will have to fork out €120m to re-sign Lukaku (Corriere Dello Sport)

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    Chelsea will have to fork out €120 million (£103m/$145m) to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter - according to Corriere Dello Sport.

    Manchester City are also considering a move for the striker, with the Nerazzurri open to a big-money deal in the summer window as they seek to balance their books amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Lukaku, who played for Chelsea between 2011 and 2014, has hit 21 goals in 31 Serie A appearances for Inter to fire them to the 2020-21 title.

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    Essien backs Tuchel to guide Chelsea to PL glory

    Michael Essien has backed Thomas Tuchel to guide Chelsea to Premier League glory next season.

    The former Blues midfielder, who won two top-flight crowns at Stamford Bridge between 2005 and 2014, told Ladbrokes: "I’m going to say Chelsea win the league next season, based on how good they’ve looked since Thomas Tuchel has taken over.

    "They’re my first choice for the title, then it’s obviously going to be Man United, Liverpool and Man City who will be right up there with them.

    "With the players Thomas Tuchel has got at his disposal, I think he’s got all the tools needed to challenge for the title next season."

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    Chelsea are looking at non-league talent Drozd

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    Chelsea are among a host of clubs tracking 18 year old winger Seb Drozd who has been playing for Uxbridge FC.

    The youngster has had a host of trials through the AG Football Academy in London, including at Queen's Park Rangers.

    It was there that Drozd scored three goals in two games from the wing, with Bournemouth and Brentford considering adding him to their youth ranks.

    In Chelsea's case, they have been increasingly tracking and inviting youngsters in from non-league. They recently signed Woking's Jayden Wareham after he completed a one-month trial.

    Wareham is already starting for the Under-18s but the season is soon coming to a close.

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    Betting Tips: Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Chelsea will be aiming to head into their upcoming FA Cup final on a high when they welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s Premier League clash.

    The Blues are in confident spirits after following up their Champions League semi-final victory over Real Madrid by beating Manchester City in last weekend’s league match.

    Read the full article here

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    Chelsea vs Arsenal build-up

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    Chelsea call up youngster Colwill to deputise after Christensen injury

    Chelsea have promoted Levi Colwill to the first-team squad until the end of the season to help them cope after Andreas Christensen suffered a tendon injury against Manchester City.

    The 18-year-old has been at Chelsea since he was eight years old and he is getting the chance to train under Thomas Tuchel.

    The left-footed central defender made 18 appearances in Premier League 2 where Chelsea rounded off their campaign by earning a second-place finish with a victory over Blackburn last week.

    Meanwhile, Christensen is targeting a return after tonight's home match with Arsenal, with an FA Cup final against Leicester to come on Saturday evening.

    Tuchel has also recently called up attacking full-back Tino Livramento to his squad and he was an unused substitute in the 2-1 away win at City last weekend.

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    Nouwen: I made my decision pretty fast!

    Aniek Nouwen has been talking about his decision to join Chelsea from PSV on a three-year contract in the summer.

    "There were other clubs who were interested, but I made my decision to join Chelsea pretty fast!" Nouwen told the club's official website.

    "To play in the English league has always been a dream for me as it is the best competition and it provides the best opportunity for me to develop even more. I’m very honoured and proud to become a Blue and I can’t wait to be a part of this winning team. I want to win prizes and play in the big games.

    "I’m looking forward to joining up with the team, it’s all going to be very new but I’m really excited."

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    Chelsea sign Aniek Nouwen from PSV

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    Mount has the full package - Tuchel

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    Thomas Tuchel has hailed Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, insisting "he has the full package".

    The German tactician talked up the 22-year-old's talents ahead of his team's Premier League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday.

    "There are no limits. He has the full package," Tuchel told Sky Sports. "He is incredibly talented and even more importantly, he has the personality at a very young age to keep his feet on the ground.

    "He is crucial for our game, he is an absolutely key player and he deserves all the support that we give him."

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    Thiago Silva set to sign new deal