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Thiago Silva joins Drogba in Chelsea history books as Thomas Tuchel continue showcase credentials as World’s best Manager



Chelsea got the better of Tottenham in the latest Premier League London derby this evening, with boss Thomas Tuchel having since been singled out for deserved praise as a result.

The Blues were back in action a short time ago, making the trip across the capital for a showdown with Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs.

Chelsea headed into the action aiming to keep the club’s unbeaten start to the season alive, after making it five wins from six via a 1-0 Champions League downing of Zenit St. Petersburg during the week.

And, upon the final whistle sounding at the London Stadium, this is precisely what the visitors went on to do.

After an opening 45 minutes which saw both sides go close, and hosts Tottenham look impressive, Tuchel and co. simply took over following the interval.

First on target was Thiago Silva, who rose highest to nod home Marcos Alonso’s whipped corner from the left, etching his name into the history books as Chelsea’s 2nd-oldest Premier League goalscorer ever in the process:

36 – Aged 36 years and 362 days, Thiago Silva has become the second-oldest Chelsea player to score in the Premier League behind only Didier Drogba, who scored against Leicester City aged 37 years and 49 days in April 2015. Twilight.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 19, 2021

Then, just shy of the hour mark, it was two.

N’Golo Kante was the rare goalscorer on this occasion, directing home a long-range effort with the help of an altogether considerable deflection:

When your luck’s in…🍀

N’Golo Kante hits one from range and a huge deflection takes it away from Hugo Lloris!#GameZero

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 19, 2021

And this was how things remained through to injury-time, before Antonio Rudiger added some gloss to the scoreline with a 3rd, guiding Chelsea alongside title rivals Liverpool and Manchester United on 13 points atop the Premier League table.

Tricky Tuchel

In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close in North London, a whole host of Chelsea’s stars have since been deservedly singled out for praise.

The likes of Rudiger, Silva and Alonso all shone bright throughout proceedings, as the Pensioners made crystal clear once again why they are viewed by many as favourites to clinch glory in the English top-flight come the season’s end.

In truth, though, one man was the mastermind behind Chelsea’s utter dominance of their capital rivals this evening.

The individual in question? Thomas Tuchel.

After seeing his side come out of the blocks on the back foot at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Blues’ boss didn’t panic, simply re-organising his charges from the sideline courtesy of a series of in-game tweaks over the course of the first-half.

Chelsea have now kept more clean sheets (15) than they have conceded goals (14) in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel. 🤯

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 19, 2021

Such efforts soon saw Chelsea establish a foothold in proceedings, before a key substitution at half-time – which saw N’Golo Kante introduced for Mason Mount – swung the momentum completely in favour of the visitors.

From here, once settled into a more clear-cut system, Tuchel’s stars simply out-thought, out-fought and out-played their Spurs counterparts in every facet of the game, proving good money for their eventual 3-0 victory.

Have the big-spending antics of those in a position of power at Stamford Bridge over the last couple of seasons aided Chelsea’s fortunes in reestablishing the club as one of world football’s elite? Of course.

But, as evidenced once again this evening, it was in fact the decision to take a punt on their latest headmaster which truly turned the Blues’ fortunes around, with years of trophy-laden success looking near-certain to lie in wait as the Tuchel-Chelsea train continues to pick up steam.

Crazy to think that PSG let go of Thomas Tuchel to bring in Mauricio Pochettino.

Tuchel continues to show why he’s one of the world’s very best managers. A CL win, a Super Cup win and a complete transformation of Chelsea.

What a fantastic job he’s done.

— EiF (@EiFSoccer) September 19, 2021


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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