PREDICTED CHELSEA TEAM TO FACE CRYSTAL PALACE

Chelsea will now switch focus back on the Premier League as they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace in a London derby fixture. In their last league fixture against West Bromwich Albion, the Blues suffered a humiliating and demoralizing defeat, losing the game by 5-2 at Stamford Bridge and marking Thomas Tuchel's first defeat since taking over from former manager Frank Lampard.

However, they seem to have banished the memory of that defeat as they ended up securing a 2-0 away victory against Portuguese side FC Porto away from home in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final fixture. A wonderful first-half strike by midfielder Mason Mount and a brilliant effort from Ben Chilwell to move past the keeper and slot home a fine finish gave the Blues a commanding 2-0 lead with two away goals to celebrate.

CHELSEA SUFFER INJURY BLOW IN MIDFIELD

West London giants Chelsea have suffered an injury blow in the midfield area of their team following the news that midfielder Jorginho has picked up a knock ahead of the visit of struggling West Brom after the international break.

Jorginhowas called up by Roberto Martinez for the Italian national team ahead of the start of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers but the player is now expected to sit out the games as a result of the injury as confirmed by the aforementioned Martinez. Ex-Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Martinez has been able to transform the Italian national team since he became the manager shortly after the country missed out on a place at the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

It's A London Battle For Inter Milan's Outstanding Defender

With the summer transfer window gradually coming closer and closer, we are starting to find out which players will be on the list of highly in-demand candidates that will most likely spark transfer tussle between bug European clubs in the summer. One of such players is Inter Milan right-back, Achraf Hakimi.

Hakimi is reportedly a target for several European heavyweights and has been attracting a lot of interest even before sealing his permanent move to Inter from Real Madrid just last summer. Despite only moving to Italy on a permanent basis just a few months ago, it is now looking likely that he will leave the club, with two London teams Chelsea and Arsenal aiming to sign him this summer.

CHELSEA ARE BACK UNDER TUCHEL

Chelsea are a different team under new manager Thomas Tuchel after the German tactician was appointed last month as the replacement for club legend Frank Lampard.

Lampard was the Chelsea manager for over 18 months before club officers decided that it was the right time to part with the ex-Chelsea midfielder after a poor run of results spanning over almost two months under his watch. Since his appointment, Thomas Tuchel has been able to banish the poor results from the final months of the Frank Lampard era and he's stamping his authority on the team. Tuchel has been backed by results on the pitch to suggest that Chelsea are back. The Champions League win over Atletico Madrid went a long way to back up the claim that Chelsea are back as a strong team both on the domestic and European stage.

Lampard should be given time, says Glenn Hoddle

Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle says that Frank Lampard should be given time to prove his worth at the club by owner Roman Abramovich. The results have gone bad at Stamford Bridge in the last month and it has increased pressure on Lampard, who is understood to have only a few games to save his job.

After being signed as the manager of Chelsea at the start of last season, Lampard was able to do a decent job with many young players – going to the transfer ban. This summer, however, Chelsea have actively invested in many players at a cost of more than £ 200 million.

CHELSEA TRIO OUT OF MORECAMBE CLASH

Three Chelsea players have been ruled out of the FA Cup third round clash with League Two outfit Morecambe as confirmed by Blues manager Frank Lampard. The Chelsea boss told reporters that N'GoloKante, Andreas Christensen and Reece James won't play any part in the FA Cup match with Morecambe at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Frank Lampard gave the update on the three Chelsea players during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the Morecambe game. Morecambe have a good season in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. They are in the promotion picture as things stand with the club in seventh position but the Chelsea game might be a step too far.

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