Time for Havertz to start? Select your preferred Chelsea XI vs Al Hilal from 2 options
On Wednesday, Chelsea kick off their Club World Cup campaign in Abu Dhabi as they take on Saudi side Al Hilal.With all respect to Asian Champions League winners, there's no need for Chelsea to risk their players might have some niggles or are yet to arrive in the United Arab Emirates.
Azpilicueta names 2 things Chelsea need to improve at as he explains strategy & 4-3-3 formation v Plymouth
Chelsea deployed a 4-3-3 set-up against Plymouth in the FA Cup final, with full-backs given license to push forward. As we discussed in our post-match tactical analysis, the Blues' tried to attack through wings.
Mason Mount not involved in Chelsea's first training session in Abu Dhabi
Chelsea have started training ahead of the Club World Cup semi-final that is due to take place on Wednesday.The only player out of the 23-man squad who was not involved in the first training session in Abu Dhabi was Mason Mount.
'He’s just a** and a waste of £100m': Even Chelsea fans call Romelu Lukaku 'worst signing'
Chelsea were able to beat League One side Plymouth in the FA Cup thanks to an extra-time strike from Marcos Alonso. The Blues were lucky to escape a fate similar to Manchester United but it appears their fans don't rate Romelu Lukaku, who they bought for £100 million, that high after all.
'King of saving penalties': Kepa sends 3-word message to fans after Plymouth win, Blues applaud keeper
Kepa Arrizabalaga has gone from being the worst goalkeeper in the Premier League in the 2019/20 season to becoming arguably the best deputy in the world since Thomas Tuchel's arrival.Starting the FA Cup game yesterday, Kepa stepped up big as he saved Plymouth's penalty in the 116th minute to give Chelsea a 2-1 win.
Rating Chelsea's performance v Plymouth based on 4 key factors
TacticsChelsea lined up in a 4-3-3 shape, another attempt to offset the injury absences of James and Chilwell by putting an extra man in the midfield.It was a 4-3-3 on paper but based on average position, it was more like a 4-2-4:The Blues dominated possession and spent most of the time in the opposition's third, but it has to do with the level of the team we faced, not tactics.
'Praying someone is stupid enough to buy him in the summer': Chelsea fans slam Lukaku for Plymouth sh*tshow
Chelsea survived the Plymouth scare as they managed to defeat the League One side in the FA Cup clash. But the performance was underwhelming, and Romelu Lukaku was arguably the weakest link in this Blues team.
'He needs trust when he doesn't score': Chelsea assistant Michels on Lukaku
"He's working a lot for the team, doing lots of touches, but is a little bit unlucky," Chelsea assistant manager Arno Michels said of Romelu Lukaku after the Plymouth game. "We try to put him, give him opportunities and we will keep on going like this because he is an important player for us.
Back four, Hall and Werner start: Fans select best XI for FA Cup clash
Chelsea are set to clash against Plymouth Argyle in an FA Cup fourth round fixture. The Blues have reached the final of this competition for the last two years and will want to finally win the tournament - their bid for that starts here.
Chelsea's outstanding FA Cup record ahead of Plymouth game shown through 2 stats
On Saturday, Chelsea are taking on Plymouth in the FA Cup fourth round, and they have a chance to build on their exceptional record in the competition.As per BBC Sport, the Blues won 10 out of 11 FA Cup ties at Stamford Bridge by an aggregate score of 30-4.