Burley wary of 'dangerous' Villa
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has said that the Blues must not take victory over Aston Villa on Sunday for granted.
The race for the Champions League qualification spots will go down to the wire.
A win for Chelsea at Villa Park will be enough to book their place in next season’s elite competition.
Burley feels a win is required as he expects Liverpool and Leicester to beat Crystal Palace and Totteham respectively.
“I certainly think Liverpool will beat Crystal Palace and then Aston Villa are a dangerous side, particularly with young Ollie Watkins up there who’s on the scoresheet again. He’s powerful, he’ll get in behind,” Burley said on ESPN.
“So if I am Chelsea I am very much thinking I am back in the mix here big time and cannot switch off, cannot be thinking about leaving players out for a Champions League final.”
Roughan joins Chelsea on trial
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton has confirmed defender Sean Roughan has joined Chelsea on trial.
The teenager had a similar spell at Southampton and Appleton is not keen on Roughan doing a tour of the country, but could not deny him the chance to head to Chelsea.
"Opportunities like that don’t come round very often,” Appleton told LincolnshireLive. “We’re not going to send Sean out here, there and everywhere.
“But when Chelsea come knocking, it’s difficult for me to say to 'Sean, you’re not going’.”
Guehi on his way to Wembley
Chelsea will have a representative in the Championship play-off final, and Marc Guehi will head to Wembley on a high after a starring display for Swansea against Barnsley.
The Swans drew 1-1 on Saturday to progress to the final with Brentfiord, and Guehi made a positive impression on Wales Online.In handing him their man-of-the-match award, Ian Mitchelmore wrote: “Defended brilliantly once again and put in a fine tackle to thwart Carlton Morris in the first half. Made clearances for fun in what was yet another wonderful display from the Chelsea loanee.”
Giroud on Milan's radar
Olivier Giroud seems set to depart Chelsea at the end of the season, and Italy could be his destination.
According to Calciomercato, AC Milan are keen to add the France international to their attacking ranks.
Giroud is receptive to the prospect of a move to Serie A, but would demand a two-year contract to make the move to the San Siro.
Bale defends Hazard
Eden Hazard came in for plenty of stick in Spain after sharing a joke with Antonio Rudiger after Real Madrid’s exit to Chelsea in the Champions League.
What was a spontaneous act with a former team-mate was pounced by sections of the Spanish press.
Gareth Bale is no stranger to attacks from the Spanish press, and he came to the defence of former Chelsea man Hazard.
"It was literally as if he'd just murdered everybody,” the Tottenham forward told the Times Magazine. “It's a game of football at the end of the day."
Levy 'furious' over Kane's exit talk
Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham is up in the air after the forward told Tottenham he wanted to leave.
Tottenham offered a straight bat to the reports that emerged at the start of the week, which prompted interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Kane went a step further in an interview with Gary Neville, saying he wanted to be challenging for silverware.
And according to the Mail, Spurs chief Daniel Levy is furious that Kane talked publicly about moving on.
Chelsea heading to Villa without fear - Tuchel
It’s a big day for Chelsea on Sunday, as they face Aston Villa looking to stamp their ticket to next season’s Champions League.
They head to Villa Park knowing a win guarantees their place, and coach Thomas Tuchel says they will travel without fear.
“I'm very, very poor at mathematics but I know what can happen if we lose, and of course you can lose any match in football,” Tuchel said.
“But there's a big difference between fear and danger. Are we in fear? No, we are not, because we trust our skills.
“Are we in danger? Yeah, of course. But If I go over the street after training I'm in danger, and I will still go over the street. I will not sit here all day. I will go over the street because I trust myself that I can take care of myself.”
Foden says Kante his toughest opponent
Phil Foden is in the fledgling stage of his career, and is set to face the best in the business on a regular basis as he climbs the ladder.
He has a huge challenge at hand when his Manchester City taken on Chelsea in the Champions League final at the end of the month.
The midfielder will come up against the toughest opponent he has faced so far in his career when he takes to the field against Chelsea.“He’s probably the most obvious one, but it’s [N’golo] Kante," Foden told Sky Sports. "He’s just everywhere. You think you’ve got away from him but he’s always just by your side. He does everything. He runs everywhere, he’s such a great player. I’d probably say he’s my toughest opponent I’ve played against.”
'Wasted' Barkley thrown out of London bar
Ross Barkley’s loan at Aston Villa is winding down, and he will return to Chelsea with a cloud of controversy hovering over him.
The Sun claims the midfielder was thrown out of the May Fair Hotel in central London after confronting other diners and staff.
“Ross Barkley was wasted,” an eye-witness told the Sun. “I first spotted him arguing with someone before it really kicked off. Ross was politely told to leave. But they came back, stumbling around packed tables and really slurring.
“Then the security staff spotted him and they were escorted into the main foyer.”
Terry would never take Tottenham job
John Terry has set himself a long-term aim of managing Chelsea.
Top-flight football is clearly the target for the Chelsea legend, who is currently assistant boss at Aston Villa, but Blues fans can rest easy as Terry has said he would never take control of Tottenham.
“My ambition is very, very clear,” he told the Times. “There’s an end goal for me and that’s managing Chelsea Football Club“Never. Spurs is the only one I wouldn’t take. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be welcome at West Ham too.”
Gilmour needs to avoid Strictly
Cash and Sanson ruled out for Villa
Chelsea have their destiny in their own hands heading into the final Premier League game of the season at Aston Villa.
A victory would guarantee Chelsea’s participation in next season’s Champions League, and they have been boosted by the news Villa will be without Matty Cash and Morgan Sanson on account of hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
PSV working on Van Ginkel deal
PSV Eindhoven have confirmed their intention to sign Marco van Ginkel on a free transfer.
The midfielder has been beset by injuries, and has failed to make any impact at Chelsea.
He has been on loan at PSV since 2016, and the club’s technical director John de Jong has spoken positively about how the 28-year-old has ended the season and is looking to thrash out a contract.
“It’s logical that we’re talking to him about a contract,” De Jong told Eindhovens Dagblad. “This also depends on financial conditions.
“We waited until the moment he would be on a free transfer. Chelsea had until 15 May to exercise an option and as far as we know that did not happen.”
Ferdinand denies being contacted by Terry
Anton Ferdinand has denied ever receiving a call from John Terry in the wake of claims of racist abuse from the former Chelsea defender.
Terry was acquitted of aiming racist abuse at Ferdinand at a trial, but the FA found him guilty of using "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" and he was hit with a ban.
Terry spoke to the Times on Saturday saying he had attempted to reach out to Ferdinand.
Ferdinand took to Twitter to say: “I never received a call personally from JT prior to the documentary or during the process.
“As I stated on the doc, the door is still open to have a conversation if he’s serious about racism in football & wanting to create positive change. Call me then JT?”
Chelsea striker Abraham would suit Man City - Sinclair
Trevor Sinclair believes Tammy Abraham would fit in well at Manchester City.
The striker is considered a sellable asset by the Blues and it has been reported they may offer him to West Ham or Tottenham in a deal to sign Declan Rice or Harry Kane.
But Sinclair believes the forward would be better off continuing his career under Pep Guardiola, telling Talk Sport: “I think he’d suit Pep’s way. He’s clinical and he’s shown that this season as he’s right up there with the top goal-scorers and he’s hardly played.”
Is £50m plus Abraham, Barkley and Loftus-Cheek enough to get Kane?
An offer of £50 million ($71m) in cash plus Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be enough for Chelsea to sign Harry Kane this summer, says Danny Mills.
The Blues have been heavily linked with the Tottenham star but a deal will be complicated.
Mills, though, has told Football Insider that he believes they can sweeten the deal with those three players and a hefty fee to convince Spurs to let him go.
Chelsea out to maintain strong record against Villa in top-four pursuit
Chelsea are looking to seal a fourth straight away win against Aston Villa when they meet in the last game of the season on Sunday.
The Blues have beaten Villa 10 times out of their last 12 matches, losing one and drawing with them in December,
But when the two teams have met in the final game of the season, it's Villa who come out on top. They have won three and drawn one of the times they have closed the campaign with a game against each other.
Chelsea target Lacroix not thinking about move
Wolfsburg defender Maxence Lacroix says he is happy at Wolfsburg and is not thinking about speculation linking him to Chelsea.
The 21-year-old has impressed at Wolfsburg since joining last year and is focused on succeeding in Germany.
“I see [the rumours], but I leave those matters to my agent because I want to concentrate on my work here at Wolfsburg, and I want to do a good job here. I’m with VfL and qualified for [next season’s] Champions League with the club. I’m very happy here," he said to Sport Buzzer.
Werner would have 10 more goals if he took penalties - Tuchel
Timo Werner would have 10 more goals to his name if he took penalties for Chelsea, says Thomas Tuchel.
The German striker has been criticised a lot for his lack of goals at Stamford Bridge, but his coach has jumped to his defence again.
“Don’t forget how many goalscorers in Europe shoot penalties for their team and it’s common that they reach their high numbers with penalties,” said Tuchel.
“If we add the penalties we’ve had to his numbers, maybe everybody would be delighted with his first year. He hasn’t scored penalties, he doesn’t take them. We should consider that.
“If we let Timo take all the penalties he could have had another 10 goals and then we’d be having a very different discussion with the exact same performance."
Chelsea want Rice and could offer Abraham to West Ham
The Blues have reignited their interest in the England international
Chelsea are considering a move for West Ham star Declan Rice, according to The Telegraph.
The Blues could offer Tammy Abraham as part of the deal to talk the Hammers down from their asking price, which may be as high as £90 million ($127m).
Manchester United and Manchester City are also said to be interested, but Chelsea are eager to get him because Thomas Tuchel is an admirer.
Tuchel: Fans can have big impact on Chelsea team
Thomas Tuchel hopes the Chelsea fans get behind his team and help them improve.
Supporters were allowed in to Stamford Bridge as they beat Leicester in midweek and Tuchel says their presence can have a big impact on the players.
"They help them sometimes over difficult moments and can have a huge impact, even more impact than to a very experienced squad," he said.
"But it goes in both directions. It can also increase the amount of pressure that you suddenly feel when you can hear the crowd moaning or not liking your actions.
‘My approach is that we should do everything to get our fans off their seats and to let them feel our energy and intensity that we give in matches. Let them feel our passion about the game, then they will feel their passion instantly and feel happy to support us even if not everything is perfect."
Chelsea target Tchouameni voted Ligue 1's brightest youngster
Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni has been voted the most promising youngster in Ligue 1.
The midfielder has impressed in the French top-flight this season and has followed Kylian Mbappe's example by winning the award.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for the France Under 21 star and you can find out more about him by reading Robin Bairner's profile on Goal.
Chelsea warned they will have to fight for top-four finish against Villa
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says Chelsea will have to work for the win they need to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
The Blues face Villa in the final game of the season looking to finish in the Champions League places, but Smith says his side will not lie down to them.
We have many motivating factors and we certainly won’t be lying down. We will be going all out to win the game.
“We know how important it is to finish with momentum. We did it last year and ended up winning our first four games this season, which set us up nicely," he said.
“We will be going all out to try to beat Chelsea. We know they are a very good team, very well coached. But we have shown over the last five or six matches we are capable of fighting with anyone."
Terry: I reached out to Ferdinand over racism debacle
John Terry says he tried to reach out to Anton and Rio Ferdinand in the wake of claims of racist abuse from the former Chelsea defender.
The ex-England centre-back was appeared in court over allegations of racism towards Anton Ferdinand during a clash between Chelsea and QPR, but Terry was found not guilty.
“It’s disappointing to read and hear that I’ve never reached out,” Terry told The Times. “I tried to phone Rio [Anton’s brother] and Anton on numerous occasions, literally the same night [as the game], the day after and that week after the incident. Then about three, four years ago I see Rio on the beach in Dubai, so I approached him and said, ‘Have you got five minutes? I’d like to talk to you.’ He was like, ‘I don’t want to talk to you, JT.’ I was prepared to address the issue.
“I tried to phone Anton, Rio and his agent, Jamie Moralee. And in the lead-up to the programme my legal team had contact with the producers with the view to communicate but they were very evasive with the content and what they were trying to achieve. It was a lot bigger than it should have been for me. We could have dealt with the issue. I was very keen to get that done.”
Havertz happy in 'false nine' role
Kai Havertz says he is enjoying his role up front for Chelsea.
The 21-year-old has been leading the attack for the Blues recently and scored three Premier League goals in that role.
"I would call it maybe a false nine," he told Sky Sports.
"I'm not the big guy in the middle like some strikers. I play the position a little bit different. That's why it's good we have a lot of quality players up front next to me, and it's always easy to play with them.
"For me it's a good position and I like it. I feel very comfortable there.
"I always like to go into the spaces and get the ball there and I like to play up front near to the goal, that's also very good for me, so all in all I think I like the position and it suits me."
Tuchel reveals John Terry admiration
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel says he has a lot of admiration for former defender John Terry,
The Blues boss will come up against the ex-England international in the season finale against Aston Villa, where Terry is an assistant coach.
And Tuchel says he would be happy to have a figure like Terry or Frank Lampard in his squad.
"The same as for Frank Lampard. I cannot have bigger respect for these two guys," Tuchel said. "With Petr Cech and Didier Drogba, they are guys that come instantly to my mind when I think about and thought about Chelsea. That is absolutely clear."
He added: "Everybody loves a John Terry in their team, everybody loves a Frank Lampard. This is a no-brainer. These are the type of guys who make the difference for sure."
Terry credits Lampard for Chelsea's success
John Terry says Frank Lampard deserves credit for Chelsea reaching the Champions League final this season.
Lampard was sacked by the Blues and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who coached the team to the upcoming final, but Terry says the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James are shining because of his former team-mate.
"As a Chelsea man, I naturally want Chelsea to win the Champions League," he told The Times. "Frank was a big part of that. The group he had was incredible, look at Mason [Mount] and Reece James and where they are, that was down to Frank. Thomas has thanked Frank for that.”
Tuchel: Every coach wants Harry Kane in his team
But Chelsea boss won't discuss a move
Thomas Tuchel has admitted he would like to have Harry Kane as part of his Chelsea squad, but stopped short of saying the Blues are interested in the striker.
Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham and several top teams are said to be interested, including the Stamford Bridge club.
“If you find any coach around the world who would not like to have Harry Kane in his team, call me again. I would like to speak with the guy and hear about his ideas of scoring and attacking," Tuchel said at a press conference.
“Everybody loves Harry Kane but let’s be very, very clear. He is a player for Tottenham. He has a long-term contract and we will not get involved in any press conference with any disrespectful comments about that."
Gilmour: Kovacic has told the Croatia boys to kick me!
Euros banter already in full swing at Stamford Bridge
Billy Gilmour, having earned a call-up for the Scotland national side for the European Championships this summer, has said that Mateo Kovacic plans to tell his Croatia team-mates to give his young club team-mate the rough treatment when the two national sides meet.
Scotland will lock horns with Kovacic's Croatia as well as the Czech Republic and England as part of Group D, with other Chelsea colleagues such as Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount likely to feature.
Speaking to the BBC about his maiden call-up, 19-year-old Gilmour said: “I've already spoken to them all, they all congratulated me.
“I was speaking to to Kova (Kovacic) and he's like, 'so you think you could play?' I said, 'well there could be a chance.' And he said, 'okay, I'll need to tell the boys to kick you and stuff. So it's just a bit of banter going on now.”
Adding on how pleased he is at being given a chance by Scotland boss Steve Clarke, he said: “I've come through the youths, through Scotland teams, so when you're playing these games you're always watching the first team and thinking how am I going to get into that first team, how do I get my opportunity.
“And by working hard and playing well to get my call-up, it's just been... I'm just so happy. It is stuff of dreams for a young boy. I'm really happy and I can't wait.
“It doesn't get any bigger [than England vs Scotland at Wembley]. So it's going to be a great tournament and playing against a couple of the mates – of course I want to win. It will be good to see them but I'm just so excited to go and just so proud.”