Chelsea target Federico Chiesa sparks frenzy among Blues fans after his action

Federico Chiesa has sparked frenzy amongst Chelsea fans by FOLLOWING the club and it’s key players on social media.

This follows reports that Chelsea are considering an £84million move for the Juventus star.

It is unknown when exactly the Man Utd transfer target followed the Blues players but screenshots show he’s keeping tabs on FIVE current members of the squad.

Chiesa, 24, followed Chelsea’s Instagram account – as well as stars Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz, Saul and ex-Chelsea legend Eden Hazard.

His social media activity has fans wondering about a potential move to West London.

Fear grips Chelsea as injured Blues star faces lengthy spell on sidelines

Ben Chilwell is sweating on scan results to save his season after injuring his knee in Chelsea’s Champions League romp against Juventus, according to The Sun.

There are fears the defender has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in what would be a huge blow to the player, his club and England.

Chilwell had to be helped from the pitch on Wednesday after jarring his leg with 19 minutes left of the 4-0 victory against Juventus which took Chelsea to their top of Group H.

He has already started initial treatment with scans to assess the scale of the problem.

Sometimes Chelsea follow that up with a second one once swelling around the affect area has died down.

The physio team at the club are waiting to check the full results before a full prognosis is delivered.

But it could mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the £50million left back just as he was starting to reassert his position in the team.

Chilwell could be out for between six and nine months which effectively ends his campaign for the Premier League leaders and reigning European champions.

It means boss Thomas Tuchel will have to rely on Spaniard Marcos Alonso to fill the left back slot for what looks destined to be a hectic season.

They are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as they defend the title and are into the last eight of the Carabao Cup next month.

In addition Chelsea play in the World Club Cup in early February which means the fixtures are piling up.

Chilwell was out of the team at the beginning of the season after losing his place to Alonso but had recently fought his way back into the reckoning.

But if he is crocked long term it is a big setback for Chelsea and to England as they continue preparations for next winter’s World Cup finals in Qatar.

Chelsea are also sweating on injury to Chilwell’s team-mate N’Golo Kante who twisted his knee in the same match on Wednesday.

Italy football legend Fabio Capello heaps praise on Thomas Tuchel over tactics, says Chelsea win over Juventus ‘lesson in football’

Fabio Capello was blown away by Chelsea’s tactics as they gave Juventus a ‘lesson in football’.

The former England manager, 75, was on punditry duties with Sky Sport Italia on Tuesday night as Juve headed to Stamford Bridge.

But it was tough viewing for the former Old Lady player and manager as he saw the reigning European champions run riot.

Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring on his Champions League before fellow academy graduates Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi added two more before the hour mark.

Sub Timo Werner then made it 4-0 deep into injury time to secure the Blues’ spot in the knockout stages.

And Capello could not hold back in his admiration for the way Thomas Tuchel set his team up.

The Italian said: “I think this was a real lesson in football from Chelsea.

“Let’s take Liverpool for example, they play aggressively and vertically.

“And tonight we saw Chelsea press, run and never pass the ball backwards. They never start from the back, instead they are always proactive, always forward, no passes to the goalkeeper.

“These are rhythms that the Italian league is no longer used to. There is a big difference in speed and quality compared to our league.

“There is another pressure. Then here are the tackles, you enter hard, the referee does not whistle for fouls that would be whistled here [in Serie A].

“In Italy you play too much with the goalkeeper. I think they are two German coaches, maybe we need to learn from them and update ourselves.

“A coach used to say, ‘How you train is you play.’ When there is great intensity and competitive spirit and you are not used to it, it becomes difficult. When you train with not enough rhythm in the end you get these results in Europe.”

Thomas Tuchel explains how Chelsea tore Juventus into pieces

Thomas Tuchel hailed Chelsea for an ‘amazing performance’ to crush Juventus 4-0 in the Champions League.

Unlike the 1-0 defeat in Turin, Chelsea dominated from start to finish and ran riot with goals from Trevor Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner.

“We wanted to stay patient but at the same time not fall asleep. We wanted to increase the rhythm and intensity. It’s so tough to create and score but we created so much. An amazing performance and a fantastic result,” Tuchel told BT Sport.

The Champions League winning manager was asked what had changed so much from only a few weeks ago?

“We were sharper than in Turin, we took more risks, something we lacked in Turin. By control you cannot hurt them – you need to penetrate with runs off the ball. We were very good and scored nice goals.

“I feel very aware that we do the invisible work and when we have to defend we really defend and dig in.”

N’Golo Kante went off injured in the first half, followed after the break by Ben Chilwell, who seemed to sprain his knee.

“Ben has a sharp pain in the knee. N’Golo twisted his knee a little bit. They will both be examined tomorrow. They are very sad things because N’Golo was very good before he went off and Chilly has been in a fantastic moment.”

Juventus boss Max Allegri reacts to defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, reveals Blues strength

Max Allegri insists Juventus did well in the first half of their 4-0 humiliation against Chelsea, saying: ‘We have limitations, there’s no denying it.’

The reigning Champions League holders ran riot with goals from Trevor Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner.

Only Alvaro Morata really threatened, his chip denied by a Thiago Silva goal-line clearance at 1-0, and Weston McKennie forced the one real save.

This was a humiliation for Juventus, who had not lost by four clear goals in all competition since a 4-0 Serie A defeat to Roma in February 2004 and suffered their worst ever Champions League defeat.

“I think the first half was good. After the break, they continued their press, while we were a bit too weak on the second and third goals,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“We allowed a few too many corners, where they are strong physically. We had a few situations where we could’ve done better. It’s disappointing to concede four goals, but the objective was achieved and now we must think about Saturday’s game with Atalanta.

“There were moments when we gave the ball away too cheaply by trying to make vertical passes too quickly rather than keeping the ball. We do that often and need to work on that, because you can’t do it against the reigning champions of Europe.

“The team was by no means bad in the first half. After the break, we lost confidence after the errors for the second and third goals.”

Romelu Lukaku was on the bench this evening with an ankle issue, so Chelsea used Christian Pulisic as a False 9 in a more versatile trident attack. Did Lukaku’s presence in the first leg make it easier for Juventus to defend against?

“It’s not that it made it easier, it’s that they had a completely different tactical approach. We were much more focused with our defending for 90 minutes in Turin, whereas here we rather let go after 45,” replied Allegri.

“In any case, we have qualified with two games to spare and can now focus on the next match. Today I congratulated the lads on reaching the Champions League Round of 16.

“It’s not as if after beating Lazio we have become the best team in Europe. We have limitations, there’s no denying it, and we will work on them to improve.”

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Juventus: Chalobah, Silva, James, others shine as Chelsea take Old Lady to the cleaners

Chelsea saw off Juventus at Stamford Bridge to take control of Champions League Group H.

The Blues’ young guns were on form under the lights with Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James all on target.

And the win was wrapped up in stoppage time as Timo Werner – back from injury off the bench – fired in an emphatic fourth.

This is how the Blues fared in the match:

Edouard Mendy

Didn’t have a save to make in the first half but was indebted to Thiago Silva for keeping the game at 1-0 in the first half. Forced into action once after half time and made a good stop from McKennie. Losing count of how many clean sheets he has had in the Champions League. 8

Reece James

Almost caught Szczęsny out with a fine free kick in the first half and saw the Juve stopper beat away a second fierce effort. Had a third effort on goal and he unleashed a stunner into the far corner that gave Szczęsny no chance to continue his fine form. Best right-back in the country. 9

Trevoh Chalobah

Made his first Champions League start and scored his first Champions League goal on 25 minutes, lashing home inside the box. Didn’t have too much defending to do but when he needed to, he was calm and composed again. 9

Thiago Silva

Put his marker down on Alvaro Morata early on with a couple of well-timed interceptions. World class goal line clearance denied Morata a goal on his Stamford Bridge return. Just a Rolls Royce of a defender and didn’t make a single mistake all game. 9

Antonio Rudiger

Played as a left winger for the first ten minutes as Juventus stood off him time and time again. Like his fellow centre backs, had next to no defending to do for the majority of the game. 8

Ben Chilwell

A lot more disciplined as he marked Federico Chiesa out of the game in the opening 45 minutes, allowing James on the other side to rampage forward. Marked Chiesa out of the game that Allegri ended up shifting him to James’ flank. Very worrying injury in the second half forced him off on 72 minutes. 8

Jorginho

Conducted Chelsea with absolute ease in the first half as they dominated the ball and eventually got the breakthrough. Coasted through the game without so much as breaking a sweat. 8

N’Golo Kante

A mazy run early doors got Tuchel out of his seat. Picked up a problem midway through the half and was forced off, went straight down the tunnel and is a worry ahead of Man Utd this weekend. 6

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Use of the ball wasn’t the best in the opening 20 minutes and struggled to really get into the game early on. His impact grew though and got on the scoresheet just before the hour mark, netting Chelsea’s third. Impressive after the break. 8

Hakim Ziyech

Too one-dimensional trying to get onto his left foot and lost the ball too often as a result. Better after the break as he became a more pivotal figure in the game in the number ten role but still wildly inconsistent. 7

Christian Pulisic

Played as the central striker/false nine. Didn’t have much of an impact through the middle on his first start since injury and was unsurprisingly taken off on 72 minutes for Werner. 6

Substitutions

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (for Kante, 36′)

Superb feet created the third Chelsea goal for Hudson-Odoi and was a real powerhouse in the midfield after his introduction. Brutally took the mick out of Rabiot in the second half. Very, very good performance off the bench. 8

Cesar Azpilicueta (for Chilwell, 72′)

Played on the left after Chilwell’s injury. Solid enough though didn’t see much by way of the ball or defending. 6

Timo Werner (for Pulisic, 72′)

Made his return from injury. Looked understandably rusty when a half chance fell to him. 6

Saul Niguez (for Jorginho, 76′)

Some rare minutes for the Spanish midfielder. 6

Mason Mount (for Hudson-Odoi, 76′)

Quite a surprise to see him introduced with Chelsea 3-0 up. 6

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REVEALED: Solskjaer’s last moments at Man United this morning as club chief attempted to hide from photographers

Ole Gunnar Solskajer arrived at Manchester United’s training ground for an morning meeting with Ed Woodward after which he was relieved of his post as manager of the Old Trafford club.

Solskjaer had arrived at 9am and waved for what was his final appearance at United’s Carrington training complex. The outgoing executive vice-chairman Woodward attempted to hide from photographers.

Woodward was informed by his photographers and advised to duck but was still photographed.

The Manchester Evening News revealed on Saturday night United had earmarked Darren Fletcher to take interim charge and Fletcher also drove into Carrington this morning.

United are understood to have finalised a compensation package of £7.75million for Solskjaer, who only signed a new three-year contract in July.

Solskjaer briefly stopped to speak to someone as he approached the entrance and his mood was described as ‘cheerful’.

United players have also reported for recovery and training sessions following the 4-1 thumping by Watford that has prompted the club to change sack Solskjaer sooner than intended.

Official: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer SACKED as Michael Carrick takes over

Manchester United have sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager in the wake of the side’s 4-1 defeat to Watford.

The 48-year-old found himself under intense pressure after a miserable run of six defeats in 12 games heading into the international break and Saturday’s loss proved the final straw, with the Red Devils languishing down in seventh place in the Premier League.

United acted quickly by calling an emergency board meeting to discuss the best course of action shortly after the final whistle at Vicarage Road and the search for Solskjaer’s replacement is now underway.

A decision was taken on Saturday night, with the club holding an emergency board meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

It was the latest blow in a disastrous run of form, which also saw them humiliated by fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks. United have taken just four points from the last 21 available.

Michael Carrick will take charge of the team for Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Villarreal, with the club confirming they are initially looking for an interim for the remainder of the season.

In a statement United said: “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

“Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”

The statement added: “Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim Manager to the end of the season.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers reveals why his team lost to Chelsea

Leicester head coach Brendan Rodgers looked like a broken man after Chelsea thrashed his team at King Power Stadium by 3-0.

The Blues shot to the lead through Antonio Rudiger’s header, and Foxes old boy N’Golo Kante doubled the visitors lead with a sumptuous solo goal.

Christian Pulisic sealed Chelsea’s victory with assist from Hakim Ziyech in the second half when Leicester were trying to come into the game.

Rodgers highlighted where his side went wrong and that he is determined to solve the Foxes’ issues ahead of their upcoming fixtures.

Brendan Rodgers told BT after the match: “We obviously conceded a disappointing goal from a corner so that gives them confidence and you can see why they are the European champions, they are a top team in every aspect of the game that you would want.

“We lacked that little belief at the beginning of the game and of course then you go 2-0 down so we had to resurrect that at half-time.

“In fairness to the players, their attitude, their spirit, everything was much better in the second half.

“Confidence has not been where it’s been in the last couple of years but that’s my job.

“But there’s no doubt that we need to defend better and attack better as a team and that responsibility is down to me to find a solution to it.”

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Tuchel confirms Lukaku, Kovacic will miss Leicester clash, reveals Chelsea plan for sensational loanee Conor Gallagher

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Romelu Lukaku WILL not be featuring for Chelsea at Leicester on Saturday, and are sweating on his fitness for the games against Juventus and Manchester United.

Lukaku has been missing for a month because of an ankle injury, suffered during the club’s 4-0 Champions League win over Malmo on October 20. He is set to return to team training this weekend. Mateo Kovacic, meanwhile, is not close to returning.

In better news, Chelsea have Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount all available, as they look to stay top of the Premier League.

“He’s pushing hard,” Tuchel said of Lukaku when asked about the upcoming games against Juve and United. “It’s pure speculation and it will not help.

“All I can say is, at the moment, we try hard. There are a lot of ifs and I don’t want to put pressure on him. He’s putting pressure on himself.

“We will take things serious as always, have talks with doctors, physios, and the player.”

Asked about Conor Gallagher, the Chelsea youngster who is on loan at Crystal Palace and flying, Tuchel said: “It’s too early to talk about, and way too early in public before we talk with Conor himself with what he wants and his goals.

“This will happen in the summer. He saw this possibility for him and we had these talks before. I’m not surprised the national coach loves him because I loved him from day one.

“There cannot be a coach who does not love guys like this. He’s all the time ready to give his everything, and he wants to improve. As a team-mate I would have loved to play with him because he’s a helper.”