Why Michy Batshuayi Should Be Given His Chance at Chelsea

​It’s fair to say life at Chelsea for Michy Batshuayi has not been plain sailing – ever since signing for the club in 2016, the Belgian has struggled for game time and has been on numerous loan deals. 

However, with Chelsea’s current transfer ban they need to keep important players such as Batshuayi and finally give him a chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge. 

Michy Batshuayi

Since signing for £33m from Marseille, Batshuayi has played second fiddle to the the likes of Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata. The lack of opportunities forced the Belgian to go on several loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace. 

Now with Frank Lampard at the helm, this season could be the chance for the ​Batsman to break into the Chelsea starting line-up. 

Even though the 25-year-old has not featured in the first two games of Chelsea’s season, Lampard explained that he is still set for an important role in the squad. 

​​The forward will be competing with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud this season but with none of those ​strikers yet to stamp their name down as the main choice, the opportunities to impress are still there for the Belgian. 

So, why should the Batsman be given the chance this season? 

First of all it goes under the radar that the striker is pretty clinical with the amount of game time he has got, scoring 19 goals in just 53 games for the Blues. In his first season in London he scored five goals in only 236 minutes, which equals out as a goal every 47 minutes.

As well as that Batshuayi has delivered when it has really mattered for Chelsea. Blues fans wont forget when he scored the goal to clinch the Premier League crown in 2016/17 in a 1-0 win over West Brom. Neither will they forget the winner against Atletico Madrid with the last kick of the game in the Champions League. 


The forward showed glimpses of what he is capable of in pre-season, showing the ability to get shots off from various positions and creating chances out of nothing. 

On the ball he showed his pace and skill to dribble past defenders and get shots off, but Lampard has hinted that it’s Batshuayi’s off the ball work that he needs to improve. 

However, with time this is something the forward can work on and with a coach that is willing to give him the chance, unlike Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, the Belgian could finally establish himself at Stamford Bridge. 

Tammy Abraham

Batshuayi also helps give Lampard a different tactical route as the forward can be very useful when playing in a two up top. In his time at Marseille, he showed he was capable of working in a two, and was successful doing so – scoring 17 goals in the 2015/16 season. 

In pre-season, Lampard tried out the partnership of Batshuayi and ​Abraham up front for the Blues. Considering it was the first time they had ever played together they were impressive in terms of movement giving the Chelsea boss another option that he could utilise this season. 

Wherever Batshuayi has been playing, aside from his time at Valencia, he has been clinical in front of goal. With better movement off the ball and the forward given the confidence from his coach Batshuayi could be the striker to bag a lot of goals for Chelsea this season.

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Jorge Jesus Reveals He Turned Down Approaches From Newcastle & Chelsea This Summer

​Former Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus has revealed he snubbed offers from both Newcastle and Chelsea this summer.

The experienced 65-year-old has a distinguished reputation among Europe’s top brass of managers, but has never sampled life in England – instead spending the majority of his career in his native Portugal.

Jorge Jesus

He has revealed in an interview with Brazilian channel Fox TV, however, that he was approached by Chelsea to replace Maurizio Sarri this summer, as well as being contacted by Newcastle to fill the void left by Rafa Benitez, who instead moved to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang.

“If it were for money, I could have stayed at Al-Hilal. My agent wouldn’t want me to come to Brazil. I could have also gone to clubs in England.” Jesus said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Jesus departed Saudi Arabia in the summer after falling out with previous club Al-Hilal’s board, and has subsequently been appointed as manager of Brazilian top flight side Flamengo.

Having turned down the opportunities to take over in England, Chelsea instead approached and appointed legendary midfielder Frank Lampard, while Newcastle turned to former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce – who was previously manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

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Jesus, meanwhile, is taking on a new challenge in South America, having enjoyed a sustained period of success in Portugal.

He led Benfica to three Primeira Liga crowns during a seven-year spell in charge, as well as a single Taça de Portugal success and five Taça de Liga wins. He will now continue his career in Brazil, where he’ll be looking to oust Palmeiras from top spot this season.

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How Each Chelsea Manager Under Roman Abramovich Fared in Their First Two Games

​Frank Lampard is just two games into his tenure as Chelsea manager, but there have been no shortage of critics who believe the Blues are doomed.

By losing his first two games in charge, Lampard has endured the worst start out of any permanent manager in the Roman Abramovich era, but does that really mean anything? There have been plenty of bosses before him who have started well, but faded off quicker than you can imagine.

Here’s how every permanent Chelsea manager got on in the early stages of their tenure, and what it actually meant for them going forward.


Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

First Two Results

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Birmingham City 0-1 Chelsea​

Following the departure of Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 with huge expectations. After all, this was the man who had just stunned Europe to win the ​Champions League with Porto.

His ​Chelsea tenure began with an unconvincing 1-0 win over ​Manchester United, who dominated possession even without most of their star players. He followed that up by an equally uninspiring 1-0 win over ​Birmingham City, but two wins from two papered over the cracks.

They weren’t great to start with, but Mourinho’s Chelsea went on to become one of the finest sides in ​Premier League history. It’s not about how well you start, but how well you end.


Avram Grant

Avram Grant

First Two Results

Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea

Hull City 0-4 Chelsea​

What is it with Chelsea managers beginning their tenure against United? This time it was Avram Grant at the helm, and he fell to a 2-0 defeat in 2007.

The Blues looked good in stages, but struggled to deal with United’s numerical advantage after John Obi Mikel was sent off in the first half. Chelsea followed that up with a convincing 4-0 win over ​Hull City in the Carling Cup, but that result was to be expected from the Blues at the time.

Like Mourinho, Grant’s unimpressive start to life at Chelsea didn’t hold him back, as they went on to finish second in the Premier League, as well as reaching the Champions League final. I’d imagine Chelsea fans would bite your hand off for that this season.


Luiz Felipe Scolari

Chelsea's Manager Brazilian Luiz Felipe

First Two Results

Chelsea 4-0 Portsmouth

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Chelsea​

Somewhat surprisingly, Chelsea opted to part ways with Grant at the end of the 2007/08 season, bringing in legendary Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari as his replacement.

His time at Stamford Bridge began with an emphatic 4-0 win over Portsmouth, with Scolari’s desire for attacking football clear for all to see. Their form didn’t exactly carry over to their 1-0 win over ​Wigan Athletic, but it was two wins from two.

Scolari’s Chelsea dominated the opening few months of the Premier League, before things ultimately fell apart in December. They drew far too many games, and it cost Scolari his job in February 2009. Clearly, a good start means nothing.


Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea's Italian manager Carlo Ancelott

First Two Results

Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United (Chelsea win 4-1 on penalties)

Chelsea 2-1 Hull City

After both Ray Wilkins and Guus Hiddink had enjoyed temporary spells in charge, Carlo Ancelotti was brought in in 2009 to try bring attacking flair back to the Bridge.

Yet again against United, Chelsea fought to a victory in the Community Shield, before beginning Ancelotti’s Premier League career with a 2-1 win over Hull City. They were fantastic in attack, which became the pattern of the entire season.

Ancelotti’s Chelsea stormed to the league and FA Cup double, shattering goalscoring records in the process. Their performances in his opening two fixtures were perfect examples of what to expect from the Blues.


Andre Villas-Boas

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First Two Results

Stoke City 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea 2-1 West Bromwich Albion​

Touted as the next Mourinho, Andre Villas-Boas was the next permanent manager given the chance to strut his stuff at the Bridge in the 2011/12 campaign.

Chelsea underwhelmed in their opening fixture, a 0-0 draw with ​Stoke City, and they were hardly much better when they beat ​West Bromwich Albion 2-1 next time out. It took just two matches to realise that something wasn’t right here.

Their form barely improved as the season went on so, with Chelsea facing elimination from the Champions League, Villas-Boas was sacked in March 2012. Probably a good decision from Chelsea, who went on to achieve European glory without him.


Roberto Di Matteo

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First Two Results

Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Chelsea 

After guiding Chelsea to Champions League success as interim boss, Roberto Di Matteo’s first match as permanent manager ended in a 3-2 defeat to ​Manchester City in the Community Shield.

The Blues put up a good fight but simply didn’t have enough about them to win, but they soon bounced back with a 2-0 win over Wigan, in what was a certain ​Eden Hazard’s debut for Chelsea.

The positivity didn’t last long as Chelsea found themselves falling down the league table, leading to Di Matteo’s departure in November 2012. 


Jose Mourinho

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First Two Results

Chelsea 2-0 Hull City

Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa​

Mourinho’s return to the Bridge started with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hull, in which the Blues were clearly the stronger side. They weren’t as convincing in the 2-1 win over ​Aston Villa, but the mood at the club was as positive as ever before.

With four games to go, Mourinho’s Chelsea were actually top of the Premier League, but a bitterly disappointing defeat to Sunderland saw them eventually drop down to third.

It was a good season from the Blues, who were more than competitive all year. Things could have been a little better, but they could have been a whole lot worse.


Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte

First Two Results

Chelsea 2-1 West Ham United

Watford 1-2 Chelsea​

After Mourinho’s second departure from the club, it was the turn of Antonio Conte. In his first game – a 2-1 win over ​West Ham United – Chelsea were uninspiring in attack and vulnerable in defence, and that continued into the 2-1 win over ​Watford shortly after.

Something didn’t seem right with Conte’s side, and he soon transitioned to the 3-4-3 formation. It was a stroke of genius by Conte, who turned Chelsea into a dominant force en route to lifting the Premier League title.

It was an inauspicious start to life in England for the Italian, but one slight change saw everything change in an instant.


Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri

First Two Results

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City

Huddersfield Town 0-3 Chelsea​

It was out with one Italian and in with another when Maurizio Sarri joined Chelsea in 2018. Having constructed a free-flowing, attractive style of play, there were high hopes for the former ​Napoli man.

They got off to a poor start with a 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield, but bounced back with a 3-0 win against ​Huddersfield Town. Things looked good for the Blues, who enjoyed a lengthy unbeaten streak, before things came crashing down.

The mood completely turned at the Bridge, and many fans were calling for Sarri’s head for months. He was eventually sacked at the end of the season after guiding Chelsea to third.


Frank Lampard

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First Two Results

Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea

Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea (Liverpool win 5-4 on penalties)

So, what conclusions can we draw from Lampard’s start to life back at Chelsea? During their first two games, the Blues have been relatively impressive, but clearly lacked a certain je ne sais quoi to take them to the next level.

On paper, this was the worst start to any manager’s tenure at the club under Abramovich, but history has shown us that Chelsea often bounce back. Mourinho, Grant and Conte all got off to slow starts, before enjoying relative success with Chelsea, and it looks like Lampard will do the same.

When managers start well, they tend to end up doing badly. However, when they start off poorly, they usually turn good pretty quickly. So, with that completely scientific and factual logic, history says Lampard will do well. It’s just a case of waiting for the right results to come.


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Fikayo Tomori: 5 Things to Know About Chelsea’s Defensive Starlet

​Chelsea have a new look side going into the new season, with a host of youth players getting a chance thanks to the club’s transfer ban. One of these academy stars is Fikayo Tomori, a young defender who has joined Frank Lampard’s setup.

The 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Derby under Lampard, has finally earned his true breakthrough into the first team. After coming on in Chelsea’s Super Cup defeat to Liverpool, Tomori looks set to earn a lot of chances throughout the season.

With the English defender set for a big season ahead, here are five things you should know about Tomori.


Tomori Joined Chelsea When He Was Seven

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Like many of ​Chelsea’s successful youth players, Tomori joined the Blues at a very young age. He arrived at the club in 2005 at Under-8s level, signing when he was just seven years old.

Since then, Tomori has successfully navigated his way through Chelsea’s youth setup, moving up the ranks throughout his career. 

However, his best season at Chelsea has to be the 2015/16 season. While it was a tumultuous campaign for the first team, Tomori helped the youth team to back to back FA Youth Cup and Youth League titles, scoring in both finals and being named academy player of the year.


He Has a Choice of Three Countries to Play for

Fikayo Tomori

​Most players have a simple choice when picking which country to represent at international level, because they only have one. However, Tomori has the unusual choice of three different countries from three different continents, thanks to his diverse background.

Tomori’s main option is England, having grown up there and earned 35 caps for the Three Lions across three different youth levels. However, he could play for Canada, as he was actually born in Calgary and was called up by their Under-20 side in November 2015.

Finally, Tomori could go and play for Nigeria, who he is eligible to play for thanks to his parents. He still has time to decide having not yet earned a senior call-up, though if he performs well this season and attracts attention then he will find himself deciding sooner than later.


Tomori Was Derby’s Player of the Year Last Season


In an attempt to give him game time and experience, Chelsea sent Tomori on loan to ​Derby County last season. It was the defender’s third loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, as he was sent out to Lampard’s side for the 2018/19 season.

As soon as he arrived at Pride Park, Tomori hit the ground running. He ended up making 55 appearances for the Rams, as he helped them storm to the ​Championship play-off final. However they fell just short, losing 2-1 to ​Aston Villa at Wembley.

Nevertheless, Tomori’s outstanding season didn’t go unrecognised, as he was named Derby’s Player of the Year at the end of the season. He became the first loan player to win the award, as his breakthrough season on loan proved to be crucial in his Chelsea career.


He Made His Senior Chelsea Debut in 2016


While this season will be Tomori’s big chance at Chelsea, it is not the first time he is playing for the first team. Despite featuring in the Blues’ Super Cup defeat at the start of the new season, it proved to be his second senior appearance.

When Tomori was enjoying a fantastic season with the youth team in 2015/16, the first team ended the ​​Premier League season in 10th. In May 2016 on the final day of the season against ​Leicester, then-caretaker manager Guus Hiddink handed Tomori his debut at Stamford Bridge.

At 18-years-old, Tomori was brought on as a substitute for Branislav Ivanovic on the hour mark. The match ended 1-1 after Danny Drinkwater cancelled out Cesc Fabregas’ penalty, as Tomori earned his first ever appearance as a Chelsea player.


Frank Lampard Is a Big Admirer of Tomori

Frank Lampard

With Lampard and Tomori reuniting at Stamford Bridge after their time at Derby, it is clear that the Chelsea manager holds him in very high regard. The 21-year-old has truly earned his place in Lampard’s squad, who was full of praise for him last season.

While they were at Derby, Lampard told the club: “His progression this year has been incredible. From when he came in, he was a good young player anyway, but you can see how pivotal he has been in our team. He has grown from within and I’ve enjoyed working with him day to day.”

Tomori has huge potential for the future, and has a lot to look forward to in the future. With Lampard at the helm and the youngster in fantastic form, Tomori is set for a superb season with his boyhood club under the guidance of a club legend.


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8 Freak Injuries Which Sidelined Players Completely Out of Nowhere

​Football can be a dangerous game sometimes. Without any warning, players can get injured after colliding with an opponent, or sometimes even just running. However, there are plenty of examples of footballers getting injured in other, stranger ways.

Often, a player isn’t even playing football when they pick up the injury, which usually leaves fans scratching their heads and wondering how such an injury could even be possible.

Here are eight examples of freak injuries which kept players sidelined for a while.


Adrian – Tackled by a Fan

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It’s been a funny few weeks for Adrian. Released by ​West Ham before being picked up by ​Liverpool, he was soon thrust into the first team following an injury to Alisson, and even saved the penalty which won his side the Super Cup. And then he celebrated.

The Liverpool players all huddled up with excitement, before a fan tried to join in the fun. The supporter slipped over en route, and ultimately ended up two-footing Adrian – something which Jurgen Klopp claimed ​could keep the Spaniard on the sidelines. ​

There’s almost a delicious irony in the fact that this fan, in trying to celebrate a fantastic achievement from his club, could ultimately have caused Liverpool to fall behind in the ​Premier League title race so early in the season. Next time, maybe just stay sat down?


Dave Beasant – Volleyed a Glass Jar

Dave Beasant

When you’re playing football with your friends, there is nothing more satisfying that screaming ‘GERRAAAAAARD’ as you strike a volley – even if the ball almost always ends up flying into orbit. However, that’s only if you’re playing with a ball.

Back in 1993, goalkeeper Dave Beasant dropped a giant jar of salad cream, and instinctively tried to save it by flinging his foot at the jar. Now, you might not have noticed this, but volleying a jar isn’t the same as volleying a ball.

The jar shattered into a thousand pieces, one of which ended up severing a tendon in his foot, forcing Beasant to miss around eight weeks of action.


Darius Vassell – Drilled His Toe

Darius Vassell

​During his time with ​Aston Villa, Darius Vassell found himself suffering with a swollen toe. There was so much blood under his toenail and he could barely wear a sock, let alone kick a football. Sounds painful.

To try and relieve the pressure, Vassell opted to drill into his toe. Admittedly, he did use a drill which was specifically designed for such problems (and not a giant DIY drill), but it still didn’t work.

Unsurprisingly, Vassell missed a number of games as his drill wound healed, and he probably just went to the doctors next time his toe hurt. 


Svein Grondalen – Ran Into a Moose

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Trying to stay in shape for a World Cup qualifier, former Norway international Svein Grondalen opted to head out for a little jog in a forest. Sounds like a good idea, right?

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m outside, I like to keep my eyes open. Clearly, the same can’t be said for Grondalen, who ran straight into a rogue moose. A moose. A whole moose. 

How do you not see a moose? They’re massive. Obviously, Grondalen came off worst and had to sit out Norway’s next game as a result. 


Sam Henderson – Hit By a Cow


In the British version of Grondalen’s moose attack, former Queen of the South goalkeeper Sam Henderson was forced into a spell on the sidelines after being hit by a runaway cow.

Whilst at his father’s farm, the cow got loose and seemingly set its sights on Henderson, who was no match for the onrushing animal.

It’s one of those that sounds really funny but, when you actually think about it, Henderson was pretty lucky to escape with just a sore shoulder.​


Rio Ferdinand – Watched TV

Rio Ferdinand

Football isn’t dangerous at all. Sure, there might be the odd broken leg, but it’s not ​nearly as scary as watching TV – just as Rio Ferdinand.

During his time with ​Leeds United, Ferdinand was giving himself a well-deserved day off by spending the whole day with his feet up in front of the TV. With his legs stretched on to his coffee table, Ferdinand found that it was actually painful to try and stand up.

It turns out that Ferdinand had actually strained a tendon in his knee. The treatment? An extended rest with his feet up.


Bryan Robson – Woke Paul Gascoigne Up

Bryan Robson

Ahead of the 1990 World Cup, Bryan Robson had been struggling with various injuries. An Achilles injury plagued his preparations, but so did a broken toe.

There are so many plausible ways for a footballer to break a toe, but Robson clearly wanted to shake it up a bit. As the story goes, he went to wake up England teammate Paul Gascoigne, and chose to do so by picking up his bed – with Gascoigne still in it.

Robson ended up dropping the bed directly onto his toe, which left him with a pretty nasty wound. But hey, I bet his screams of pain actually woke Gascoigne up.


Milan Rapaic – Waited for a Plane

Standard Liege 's Milan Rapaic celebrate

After enjoying a summer break from football, former striker Milan Rapaic was waiting for a plane to get his pre-season underway back in 1995. 

Seemingly unable to contain his excitement at the prospect of returning to action, the Croatian managed to poke himself in the eye with his own boarding card, and the injury was bad enough that it actually kept him on the sidelines for the rest of the summer.

It sounds more like a ploy to extend his holidays, but the idea of it is painful nonetheless.​


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