Frank Lampard’s mystifying midfield decision costs Chelsea as Kovacic sits out

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There has been very little to be critical of Frank Lampard for in terms of team selection this season. He’s played young players, changed things up when necessary and worked injured stars back into the side slowly.

Generally it’s been impressive how quickly h...

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How Chelsea can take the next step to convert shots to goals

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We’re more than halfway through the season now, and one can really start to look at team statistics and draw some reasonable conclusions about the styles they play, and who is over and under-performing.

The most simple stats are often the most useful, and they are certainly the clearest...

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Frank Lampard has serious centre-back headache as all four show enough potential to avoid the cull

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Sky Sports’ “Transfer Talk” podcast is becoming a valuable source of information for fans, even when their club isn’t the one in focus that day.

Their episode today focuses on Manchester United and Tottenham, but towards the end they give an update on C...

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Mount, Willian and Abraham all guilty as Chelsea develop new issues in the final third

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Chelsea’s run of poor results towards the end of 2019 had a number of causes.

The young players that make up the bulk of Frank Lampard’s squad appeared to lose the energy that made them such a threat earlier in the summer, and as they slowed down they lost the abili...

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Transfer rumour verdict: Little chance Chelsea tempted by £50m move for struggling Lemar

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It’s been coming, we’re just surprised it took this long for this particular connection to be made.

Thomas Lemar’s time at Atletico Madrid is coming to an end, and the Spanish club are winding up the hype machine to try and find a taker for the winger...

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Chelsea’s right hand side set for years

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I’ll start this by saying – I know Callum Hudson-Odoi is more comfortable and probably a better fit playing on the left wing and cutting inside.

However, yesterday gave us another element to his game, and another option that Chelsea can use in what has been a problematic area for some years.

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Giroud, Ba, Falcao, Pato, Higuain – Chelsea search for latest “backup forward” to fill a gap

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Radamel Falcao struggled to replicate his best form during his time as a Chelsea player.

We’re a week into January now, and the sports pages are brimming with transfer news, especially regarding Chelsea’s potential activity this month.

The fact that we were unable to sign anyone this summe...

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All the talk is about attackers, but Chelsea have a more important area to improve

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There is no doubt that Frank Lampard needs to sign attackers, especially if some of them leave this window as is reported.

But for me, there is a much more important area that needs one major addition and that is at centre back.

Lampard has spent the season so ...

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Frank Lampard’s new first choice full back pairing performs well

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Chelsea lined up to face Brighton today with Cesar Azpilicueta playing at left back and Reece James returning to the team on the right.

This isn’t the first time Frank Lampard has used this combination, and he’s shown willing to play Azpilicueta on the left whenever it ...

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A new era dawns – TalkChelsea staff select their Chelsea teams of the decade

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Tomorrow see’s the turn of a new year, and more importantly the turn of a new decade.

Chelsea will start the new decade away at Brighton tomorrow, and to show how much things have changed, Frank Lampard started the last decade as a key Chelsea player, now he is leadi...

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