12pm Chelsea news LIVE: Ziyech scores AGAIN in Burnley victory, Ginter transfer LATEST, Mendy equals Cech record – The Sun

CHELSEA got back to winning ways as they swept aside Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor.

Christian Pulisic was injured in the warm-up though and it remains to be seen if the American will be forced to miss time.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Josh Graham

    FIRST OF MANY?

    Watch Hakim Ziyech's first Premier League goal.

    The Blues no22 struck his first for Chelsea to cap off a stunning week after also bagging against Krasnodar in the Champions League.

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  • Josh Graham

    HAK ATTACK

    Hakim Ziyech has burst into life at Chelsea and said he 'feels at home' after setting the Blues on their way to a 3-0 win over Burnley yesterday.

    Ziyech said: “It has been a really good week for me and hopefully we can continue.

    “Especially after the European game, coming here [to Burnley], I think we did a really good game. We started well and gave Burnley problems. They had one big chance at the beginning but after that we controlled the game.

    “Life at Chelsea is good, I am where I am supposed to be. I feel good and feel at home and everything is fine.”

  • Josh Graham

    CAN'T HAK IT

    Match of the Day pundits Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer couldn't agree on Chelsea's man of the match against Burnley.

    The Blues dispatched Sean Dyche's men 3-0 and Shearer waxed lyrical over new boy and goalscorer Hakim Ziyech's showing.

    But former Liverpool midfielder Murphy reckoned England star Mason Mount was the best player on the day.

    On the BBC show, Shearer talked about ex-Ajax ace Ziyech and said: “He did exceptionally well.

    “He’s struggled with injuries to get into the team, scored in midweek in the Champions League which would have given him great confidence.

    “I have to disagree with Danny, I thought he was the best player for Chelsea today.

    “He was creating, he was scoring, he was just a constant threat all afternoon.”

  • James Orr

    NAV'S NOT GOOD

    Thibaut Courtois's father has slammed Keylor Navas – and accused the ex-Real Madrid stopper of failing to be a “good team-mate”.

    Thierry Courtois claims the Costa Rican international made things “complicated” for the Belgium stopper following his megabucks switch from Chelsea in 2018. 

    Thierry told Le Derniere Heure: “Petr received him very well (at Chelsea). 

    “He was the first one to come to receive him in his first training, he always gave him advice and helped him to integrate. 

    “He was a great team-mate who he could always count on. The same cannot be said for Keylor. 

    “His arrival was a bit complicated. The season had already begun and he was behind in his preparations. 

    “But, above all, the problem was that Keylor was still there. He had to wait two or three games to be a starter. 

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS!

    The Premier League will not stop during the second UK lockdown.

    Boris Johnson briefed the nation last night where he announced blanket measures for the country, due to be enforced on November 5.

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden announced on his Twitter feed that elite sport WOULD be allowed to continue during the shutdown.

    That show must go on!

    Henry Lawrence, a highly rated youngster has reportedly been offered a new three-year deal.

    The 19-year-old has been a regular in first team training sessions in the past few months and is on the verge of a senior debut.

    Chelsea made easy work of Burnley to hammer home three and complete a hat-trick of clean sheets.

    Goals from Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner saw off the usually resilient opposition.

  • Joshua Mbu

    AN ED FOR STATS

    Chelsea fans are joking they should only sign keepers from Rennes after Edouard Mendy became their first stopper since Petr Cech in 2004 to launch his Premier League career with three clean sheets.

    Mendy was hailed as “exceptional” and better than Liverpool's £65million Brazilian Alisson Becker but had little to do in Saturday's 3-0  victory at bottom side Burnley.

    But Chelsea supporters already suggesting the £22m deadline buy can become a Stamford bridge legend like Cech.

    One fan tweeted: “After Mendy retires we want whichever keeper Rennes has at that time.”

    Another argued: “What a player Mendy! Hoping Thiago can go the whole season cos it seems a continuous back pain jumping.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    DYNAMIC DUO'S

    Take a look at some of the Premier League's most prolific pairs!

  • Joshua Mbu

    EDEN BETTER

    Eden Hazard scored a stunning goal on his return from injury in Real Madrid's 4-1 win against Huesca, ending 392 day goal drought.

    The former Chelsea superstar has struggled to stay fit since making the switch to Madrid in the summer of 2019, missing a grand total of 35 games.

    Returning after his recent muscle injury which saw him miss six games, he opened up the scoring against Huesca with an absolute beauty.

    The ball was played into Hazard 25 yards from goal, he took one touch on the turn, one touch to take the ball out of his feet and then blasted the ball past Andreas Fernandez with his left peg.

    It was a huge sigh of relief for Hazard, as he brought an end to a streak of 392 days without scoring a goal for Madrid.

    His previous, and only goal, for Madrid came on October 5, 2019 against Granada – a year and 26 days ago.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RIDE THE WAVE

    The Premier League will not be halted despite a second national lockdown being enforced by the government.

    Boris Johnson has briefed the nation this evening where he announced blanket measures for the country, coming into force from November 5.

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden announced on his Twitter feed that elite sport WOULD be allowed to continue during the shutdown.

    That means the Premier League and EFL will carry on as normal.

    But for fans of non-professional sport, it's bad news with games at grassroots level OFF during the shutdown.

    The game shut down for three months when the initial lockdown period began in March.

    Extensive testing across the sport and social distancing measures, including the use of temporary dressing rooms to keep teams apart, have generally proved successful in preventing a large-scale outbreak.

    Over 1,500 Premier League players and staff members were tested between October 12 and 18, with eight positive results returned.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NEW DEAL FOR CHELSEA YOUNGSTER

    Highly-rated Chelsea youngster Henry Lawrence is set to sign a new three-year deal at the club, according to reports.

    The 19-year-old has been a regular in first team training sessions in the past few months and is on the verge of a senior debut.

    Lawrence has already featured in some of Frank Lampard's Champions League squads and was an unused substitute in the Blues' last-16 clash with Bayern Munich last season.

    The versatile youngster started his career in midfield but his performances at right-back are said to have earned him a professional contract.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BRAZILIANT

    Willian has praised boss Mikel Arteta after his cross-London move to join the Gunners from Chelsea in the summer.

    In an interview with the Brazilian press, he said: “It’s been a great experience and a new one for me. I’ve not worked with a coach with this way of thinking before.

    “The positional games doesn’t mean you don’t have freedom on the pitch, but a lot of the time you need to respect the position, what the manager asks for, his instructions, knowing that it’s what’s best for the team.

    “A player might not see that much of the ball and get frustrated, but that’s what Mikel always tells us, ‘just wait a bit, the ball will come’. I’ve been learning a lot.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WELL IN

  • Jake Lambourne

    VERDICT

    Frank Lampard has used four different formations since arriving at Chelsea last summer – and he has yet to find a regular system that suits his players.

    He has flirted with a 4-4-2, and a 3-4-3, but predominantly he has used either a 4-2-3-1, or a 4-3-3.

    And while it is normal for a coach to change shape, whether it is in-game if things are going against you, or simply lining up differently to suit your opponents, it can have a good effect.

    With Lampard, however, it is almost as if he is still yet to know his best formation or fully trust any of them – which is why he is so often changing.

    But there appeared to be a moment in the Champions League match against Krasnodar on Wednesday evening that made you feel like he had an epiphany on his starting line-up.

    Chelsea were winning the game 1-0 but started to come under a bit of pressure and failed to really create any further chances to score more goals.

    Things looked very unsteady and Lampard could see it.

    Read HERE for more.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE FUNDAY

    Chelsea made easy work of Burnley to hammer home three and complete a hat-trick of clean sheets.

    Summer signing Edouard Mendy is yet to concede in between the posts as his attacking team-mates shined at Turf Moor.

    A goal from Hakim Ziyech set the Blues off before Kurt Zouma headed home from a corner – the defender's THIRD of the season.

    Ziyech's day improved as he set Timo Werner up as the German – who replaced Christian Pulisic just before kick-off – made it three.

    Here is how Simon Phillips rates Frank Lampard's performers.

    Click HERE for more.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE MEND

    Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has now kept four consecutive clean sheets between the posts.

  • Daniel Brookes

    PULISIC INJURY

    Christian Pulisic could face a spell on the sidelines after an injury in the warm-up today.

    The American winger went over on his ankle ahead of the Blues' match against Burnley and had to be removed from the starting lineup.

    After an injury-ridden start to the season, hopefully this one won't keep him out too long.

  • Daniel Brookes

    71' BURNLEY 0-3 CHELSEA

    A Kurt Zouma header and Timo Werner's fifth goal of the season puts the Blues in cruise control.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BURNLEY 0-1 CHELSEA

    45' The second half kicks off. One change for the Clarets but Chelsea stay the same as expected.

    Rodriguez on for Stephens.

  • Daniel Brookes

    27' BURNLEY 0-1 CHELSEA

    Ziyech scores again! After his goal against Krasnodar in midweek, the Moroccan scores on his first Premier League start.

    Tammy Abraham tees up Ziyech in the box and he finds the bottom right corner.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUES EYE GINTER

    Chelsea could return for Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter in January, according to Kicker.

    The Blues were interested in bringing the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge over the summer but a deal failed to materialise.

    Reports suggest Ginter could be available for around £35million.

    A move would see the ex-Borussia Dortmund man link up with Germany teammates Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger.

  • Daniel Brookes

    EMERSON TO NAPOLI?

    Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri is a 'priority' signing for Napoli in January.

    Area Napoli claims Gennaro Gattuso will target a new left-back in when the transfer window reopens, with

    Emerson and PAOK’s Dimitris Giannoulis top of the list.

    The reports states Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia would be willing to let Emerson join Napoli on loan with an obligation to buy the Brazil-born Italy international for £22million.

    Italian journalist Ciro Venerato claimed earlier this week Napoli had held two rounds of talks with Emerson's entourage.

  • Daniel Brookes

    GOLD AND SILVA

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will wrap up veteran centre-back Thiago Silva in cotton wool during an 'unforgiving' season.

    The 36-year-old Brazilian is likely to return to the Blues side this weekend against Burnley after enjoying a rest in midweek.

    Lampard said: “Thiago, I’ll manage slightly differently, just because of the circumstances.

    “I know how I was towards the end of my career — not that he's towards the end of his — but it's just trying to make sure that we get the best out of him over the course of the season.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    AMP IT UP

    Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is enjoying playing alongside Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu.

    The versatile Welsh international has lined up as both a midfielder and centre-back for Chris Wilder's side.

    Speaking ahead of the Blades' clash with Manchester City, Berge said: “Ethan is a very impressive player.

    “Wherever you put him he will put in a good performance. He reads the game well.

    “It was nice to have him beside me, he covers a lot of ground.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    ANTO-NO-GO

    Italian clubs AC Milan and Roma are set to give up on Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

    The German centre-back looks set to be granted more game time by Blues boss Frank Lampard following 'constructive talks' between he pair this week.

    The 27-year-old looked to be on his way out of Chelsea in the summer as he sought guarantees over playing time ahead of next summer's Euros.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ALABA BOOST

    Chelsea target David Alaba is no closer to agreeing a new contract with Bayern Munich.

    The Blues were among a number of clubs linked with the Austrian international over the summer.

    Alaba has less than a year left on his contract in Bavaria and is free to negotiate pre-contract terms with other clubs from January.

    The 28-year-old has held three rounds of talks with Bayern bosses but a deal has yet to be struck for him to stay at the club.

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