7am Chelsea news LIVE: Abramovich watches Krasnodar win, Rudiger makes first start this season – The Sun

CHELSEA were 4-0 winners away to Krasnodar as Frank Lampard finally brought Antonio Rudiger in from the cold and handed him a start.

And an impressed Roman Abramovich was in attendance to see the rout in his home country.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea right-back Reece James has donated £10,000 to a London food charity with the aim of raising £100,000 by December.

    The 20-year-old has joined Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford in the fight to end hunger.

    According to the Daily Mail, the England international has been working with the Felix Project – a charity that delivers surplus food to those in need of it in the capital.

    He has pledged a five-figure sum to the organisation in his bid to tackle food poverty.

    It has also been claimed that James is hoping to raise ten times the amount he has pledged before his 21st birthday on December 8.

    The Mail state that the ex-Wigan loanee is launching a fundraising page to help the charity. They aim to deliver a whopping 19 million meals by the end of 2020.

    Meanwhile, Frank Lampard admits Timo Werner could replace Jorginho as Chelsea's new penalty taker.

    Jorginho missed his second spot-kick this season against Lokomotiv Moscow before Werner put another away in the 4-0 win.

    Lampard said: “Jorginho has had an incredibly successful rate of scoring penalties in his career, particularly at Chelsea.

    “My feeling is when you take as many penalties as he does, there can be periods when you miss one, and sometimes there can be periods where you miss one or two. I experienced that as a player.

    “I’ve got no problem at all with his style of taking them, because of the success he’s had, and Timo Werner, I know he’s very capable to take penalties as we saw.

    “We have other players that can, so I’ll talk with the players afterwards to see how we move forward. But we have good penalty takers at the club.”

    Finally, Ben Chilwell bravely revealed on social media he had therapy after his 'confidence took a hit'.

    He said: “Last year I went through a period where my confidence took a hit and it affected me in my everyday life. I eventually spoke to someone about it and found it helped a lot.

    “In football especially people don't like to show weakness. But talking about difficulties or problems in your life with others is important.

    “Everyone is going through something and hopefully someone has seen this tweet and feels they are able to talk to someone about something troubling them, where they felt they couldn't before.

    “I think it's important we all talk on this topic, especially with everything going on at the moment.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZIY OH MY

    Hakim Ziyech's starring role in the win over Lokomotiv Moscow has led to high praise from Frank Lampard.

    The Blues boss explained: “Ziyech has worked really hard to be fit, and I was very excited to get his quality into the team.

    “He brought a lot of quality and calmness when he was on the pitch, and got a well-deserved goal.

    “His performance was very, very good when you consider he hasn’t started a match since March, when the Dutch league finished.

    “It’s been frustrating for him and for us as his injury has meant he hasn’t been able to start.

    “But what I’ve seen in training and what I knew we were signing is a player of immense quality with personality to receive the ball and find assists and goals.

    “We saw a lot of glimpses of that, and he will get better.

    “We brought him in to do a job, and maybe people had forgotten about him a bit because we signed him in January and he missed the start of the season.

    “But now he has shown that he is here.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    LIKE IT OR LAMP IT

    Something special from the Chelsea boss here after he oversaw a special attacking performance against Lokomotiv Moscow.

    Forget Petr Cech, Chelsea should be getting Super Frank back in the squad!

  • Anthony Chapman

    SEVENTH HEAVEN

    Frank Lampard has revealed the dream 7-a-side team made up of players he faced.

    Looks like quite a side with those names!

  • Anthony Chapman

    CALL GUY

    Callum Hudson-Odoi hopes to progress after scoring against Lokomotiv Moscow.

    He said: “I’ll take any goal that comes my way. It was a shot that the goalkeeper mis-parried and it went in but a goal is a goal, so you try to keep improving and get more.

    “We worked really hard from the start and we deserved our goals with the way we played.

    “There were a few times when we were lackadaisical, a bit slow at times, but after that we grew into the game and we took our chances well.“

  • Anthony Chapman

    WILL POWER

    Ex-Chelsea star Willian has admitted that he can get frustrated in Mikel Arteta's system, but insists that he is 'learning a lot' at Arsenal.

    Willian told Globo Esporte: “It’s been a cool, new experience. I hadn’t worked with a coach with that mindset.

    “The positional game doesn’t mean that you have no freedom on the pitch, you have the freedom to move, but many times you have to respect the position, what the coach asks, the instructions, understanding that it’ll be better for the team.

    “It may happen that you don’t touch the ball and get frustrated, but Mikel always says that, wait a minute, the ball will arrive. I’ve been learning a lot.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BRAVE BEN

    Ben Chilwell bravely revealed on social media he had therapy after his 'confidence took a hit'.

    He said: “Last year I went through a period where my confidence took a hit and it affected me in my everyday life. I eventually spoke to someone about it and found it helped a lot.

    “In football especially people don't like to show weakness. But talking about difficulties or problems in your life with others is important.

    “Everyone is going through something and hopefully someone has seen this tweet and feels they are able to talk to someone about something troubling them, where they felt they couldn't before.

    “I think it's important we all talk on this topic, especially with everything going on at the moment.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    La Liga chief Javier Tebas has slammed “ignorant” Real Madrid and Barcelona for backing a breakaway European Super League.

    He said: “Little by little, this Super League idea is less clandestine, more open.

    “But it doesn’t have a large showing of support.

    “In fact, it is a very minor project that lacks economic or social depth.

    “It shows a clear ignorance of the politics of football, the culture of football, the economy of football and of the audiovisual rights of football.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEW LOOK

    Frank Lampard admits Timo Werner could replace Jorginho as Chelsea's new penalty taker.

    Jorginho missed his second spot-kick this season against Lokomotiv Moscow before Werner put another away in the 4-0 win.

    Lampard said: “Jorginho has had an incredibly successful rate of scoring penalties in his career, particularly at Chelsea.

    “My feeling is when you take as many penalties as he does, there can be periods when you miss one, and sometimes there can be periods where you miss one or two. I experienced that as a player.

    “I’ve got no problem at all with his style of taking them, because of the success he’s had, and Timo Werner, I know he’s very capable to take penalties as we saw.

    “We have other players that can, so I’ll talk with the players afterwards to see how we move forward. But we have good penalty takers at the club.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    The next set of PPV fixtures have been announced.

    They start with Brighton hosting Burnley at 5.30 on Friday November 6.

    Two PPV games will now be played the next day, with Crystal Palace hosting Leeds at 3pm and West Ham playing Fulham at 8pm.

    Both North London sides will then have PPV games on Sunday November 8, with Spurs kicking off at West Brom at 12.30 and Arsenal meeting Aston Villa at 7.15pm.

    Despite backlash from fans, the games will still be charged at the full price of £14.95.

    But that could drop to £9.95 after next month's international break.

  • William Pugh

    LEONLY WAY IS UP

    Lionel Messi took another step towards becoming the top-scorer in football history on Wednesday night.

    The Argentine superstar, 33, laid on a superb assist for Ousmane Dembele before converting from spot in the 2-0 win over a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Juventus.

    In scoring, Messi took his official career goals tally to 721 – overtaking Gerd Muller to take the fourth spot in the all-time rankings.

    But who else makes the top ten? We take a look…

  • William Pugh

    REECE'S PIECES

    Chelsea right-back Reece James has donated £10,000 to a London food charity with the aim of raising £100,000 by December.

    The 20-year-old has joined Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford in the fight to end hunger.

    According to the Daily Mail, the England international has been working with the Felix Project – a charity that delivers surplus food to those in need of it in the capital.

    He has pledged a five-figure sum to the organisation in his bid to tackle food poverty.

    It has also been claimed that James is hoping to raise ten times the amount he has pledged before his 21st birthday on December 8.

    The Mail state that the ex-Wigan loanee is launching a fundraising page to help the charity. They aim to deliver a whopping 19 million meals by the end of 2020.

  • William Pugh

    SEVENTH HEAVEN

    Frank Lampard has named Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in his dream seven-a-side team made up of stars he played against.

    The Chelsea boss has also opted to name two of his former England team-mates in Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard.

  • William Pugh

    TOP TIPS – SPONSORED

    Fixtures are coming thick and fast as the Premier League continues this weekend.

    We have betting tips for you from three top-flight matches, starting in Lancashire where Chelsea are looking to end a run of two Premier League draws and get back to winning ways.

    Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.

  • William Pugh

    WHAT A MESUT

    Premier League squads remain brimming with incredible talent, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

    Club chiefs were scrambling around earlier this month to try and ship off their unwanted goods, as the clock ticked towards the deadline of an already extended transfer window.

    Some teams got the job done, with Real Madrid taking financial hits to get rid of the likes of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, in order to assist manager Zinedine Zidane's rebuild.

    Chris Smalling was another that managed to escape becoming an outcast, with his Deadline Day permanent switch to AS Roma from Manchester United going through just in time.

    But some players, and clubs, weren't so fortunate, let's take a look at some of the stars that find themselves either stuck at a club, or without one entirely, as we enter November.

  • William Pugh

    MONU-MOUNT-AL OCCASION

    Mason Mount was delighted to be playing in front of fans again as Chelsea beat Krasnodar 4-0 away in Russia.

    There were 11,000 fans inside the arena – some of whom were Russian Blues fans.

  • William Pugh

    ABRA CADABRA

    Roman Abramovich made a rare appearance in the stands to watch his Chelsea thrash Krasnador in the Champions League.

    It was the first time the Blues owner, worth an estimated £9.8billion, watched Chelsea in the flesh for 15 months. His last visit came in a friendly against Red Bull Salzburg in July 2019.

    Problems with his visa have meant the 54-year-old has been unable to enter the UK. He was forced to withdraw his application in 2018 due to increasing tensions between the two countries.

    Abramovich’s close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin also came under scrutiny when applying for his visa. He then applied to become an Israeli citizen but still found his entry to the country blocked.

    UK immigration law prevents business visitors from living 'in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits'.

    But there was nothing stopping him from attending the 4-0 win over Krasnador in Russia.

  • William Pugh

    FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Frank Lampard is not worried by Timo Werner's hit and miss start at Chelsea.

    The German drew another blank during Saturday's 0-0 bore draw at Old Trafford but hit the target from the penalty spot during the 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnador last night.

    Speaking ahead of last night's game, Lampard said: “I am very happy with Timo.

    “If you go back to the game before, he scored two goals and Kai Havertz scores a goal.

    “I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

    “It is normal that it will take some time for relationships – for when we have got to put the ball in behind, the ball into feet – clearly these things are going to take time to build.”

  • William Pugh

    ZIG ZAG

    Chelsea fans may have noticed a new face on the bench as Krasnodar were dispatched in the Champions League – Karlo Ziger.

    The goalkeeper, 19, sat alongside Willy Caballero, 39, as the Blues won 4-0 in his first venture into a senior squad.

    Little is known about Croatia youth international Ziger’s arrival in England – which has become subject to reports on Chelsea’s transfer ban.

    But since making his Under-18s debut in late 2017, he has gently risen up the ranks.

    Described as a hard-working shot-stopper with top reflexes, the keeper was a regular at that level in 2018/19, featuring in Uefa Youth League penalty shootout wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Barcelona.

  • William Pugh

    HE'S ZI ONE

    Frank Lampard has hailed 'immense' Hakim Ziyech after his Champions League performance in the 4-0 win at Krasnodar last night.

    He said: “Hakim Ziyech has worked really hard to be fit, and I was very excited to get his quality into the team. He brought a lot of quality and calmness when he was on the pitch, and got a well-deserved goal.

    “His performance was very, very good when you consider he hasn’t started a match since March, when the Dutch league finished. It’s been frustrating for him and for us as his injury has meant he hasn’t been able to start.

    “But what I’ve seen in training and what I knew we were signing is a player of immense quality with personality to receive the ball and find assists and goals. We saw a lot of glimpses of that, and he will get better.

    We brought him in to do a job, and maybe people had forgotten about him a bit because we signed him in January and he missed the start of the season. But now he has shown that he is here.”

  • William Pugh

    ED SCREWED ON

    Chelsea have heaped praise on new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who kept his third consecutive clean sheet during the Blues' 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar last night.

  • William Pugh

    SAFETY PIN

    Thiago Silva watched on from home as Chelsea beat Krasnodar after enjoying an extra day off with his family.

    Frank Lampard rested the Brazilian, 36, for the 3,500-mile round-trip having only just introduced the defender to his squad.

    While Chelsea dispatched their Russian opponents, Silva sat in a hotel room back in the UK whilst wearing a leg recovery device.

    The high-tech trousers are designed to massage muscles in a variety of settings, reducing soreness and improving circulation.

    Silva captioned the picture, 'Post training recovery', while using the device designed by Italian company Globus.

    The trousers have become commonplace in top-level sport, across football, cricket, boxing and MMA with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Gareth Bale previously pictured in them.

  • William Pugh

    HAPPY HUDSON

    Callum Hudson-Odoi was delighted to score in Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar last night.

    It went in via a huge goalkeeping mistake but the young winger is not bothered.

    He said: “I’ll take any goal that comes my way. It was a shot that the goalkeeper mis-parried and it went in but a goal is a goal, so you try to keep improving and get more.

    “We worked really hard from the start and we deserved our goals with the way we played.

    “There were a few times when we were lackadaisical, a bit slow at times, but after that we grew into the game and we took our chances well.“

  • William Pugh

    'WE HAVE OTHER PLAYERS'

    Frank Lampard will hold talks with his players about who takes penalties in the future.

    Usual spot-kick specialist Jorginho missed one during the Blues' 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar last night before Timo Werner stepped up and finished one with aplomb.

    Lampard said: “Jorginho has had an incredibly successful rate of scoring penalties in his career, particularly at Chelsea.

    “My feeling is when you take as many penalties as he does, there can be periods when you miss one, and sometimes there can be periods where you miss one or two. I experienced that as a player.

    “I’ve got no problem at all with his style of taking them, because of the success he’s had, and Timo Werner, I know he’s very capable to take penalties as we saw.

    “We have other players that can, so I’ll talk with the players afterwards to see how we move forward. But we have good penalty takers at the club.”

  • William Pugh

    TO BE FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was thrilled with the balance in his side after last night's convincing 4-0 win at Krasnodar in the Champions League.

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