Azpilicueta and Gilmour unused as Spain held and Scotland beaten

Azpilicueta remained on the bench with Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente preferred at right-back. Spain play Poland on Saturday night.

Earlier on Monday, Scotland fell to defeat in their first game at a major tournament in 23 years.

They were beaten 2-0 by Czech Republic, for whom Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick scored either side of half-time. His second effort was a spectacular lob from 50 yards, while at the other end the Czechs, with former Blue Tomas Kalas in the heart of their defence, repelled everything Steve Clarke’s side threw at them.

Gilmour was unused for the Scots, whose next game is against England at Wembley on Friday night.

Getting to know Chelsea Women: Melanie Leupolz

The German midfielder shares what she likes about England, her hobbies and what her biggest achievements are…


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to travel to new places and spend time with my friends.

What is your favourite thing about England?

The people are really kind and I like London as a city. I also like the language because so many people all over the world can understand it. Of course, football is huge in England and it’s amazing to be part of the English game.

What is your biggest achievement?

I would say my biggest achievements are winning the German league twice, the Women’s Super League and also winning the Olympics and European Championships.
 

Premier League 2021/22 fixtures: When are they announced and how are Chelsea’s opponents decided?

When does the season start?

Chelsea’s 2021/22 campaign will begin a little earlier than most clubs’, courtesy of our Champions League triumph, as we are set to face Europa League winners Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Wednesday 11 August.

The new Premier League season is scheduled to start a few days later, on Saturday 14 August, running until Sunday 22 May.

When are the 2021/22 Premier League fixtures announced?

There isn’t much longer to wait until we learn who our first and last opponents in the competition will be. The Premier League officially switched to the 2021/22 season at their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, confirming the addition of promoted clubs Norwich City, Watford and Brentford to replace the three relegated sides – Fulham, Sheffield United and West Bromwich.

Next up on the schedule is the announcement of all 380 fixtures for the 20 teams competing in the 2021/22 Premier League season, which will be revealed from 9am on Wednesday 16 June.

Mount delighted to play his part in opening England victory

‘Then the sun kicks in and of course you expect to get a little tired, but we continue to push Croatia and that was pleasing because our counter press is something we’ve really tried to work on this week.

‘I thought the way we managed the game was very good and the most important thing is to be stood here knowing we’ve got three points from our first group game, which it really pleasing.

‘It was brilliant to have the fans in the stadium and they really made a difference. Before the game, I was really looking forward to lining up and singing the national anthem in front of them and it was a really special moment.

Mount helps England to winning start to Euro 2020

England started the game brightly, with Phil Foden striking the inside of the post within the first six minutes, before Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips saw an effort kept out by the goalkeeper moments later.

Mount impressed every time he got on the ball with his driving runs from midfield, although it was Zlatko Dedic’s side who ended the half the stronger with a sustained period of pressure.

However it was Gareth Southgate’s England charges, backed by around 22,000 fans inside Wembley, who pushed on and grabbed the all-important goal, as Sterling justified his starting spot by firing home the winner just before the hour mark.

Chilwell and James on the wing-back role and making the nation proud

‘I played as a right-sided centre-back many times coming through the Academy so the position isn’t new to me.

‘It’s much different to wing-back, you can’t really go forward. At wing-back you have the license to push on and join in attacks, but on the right side of a three you’re kind of limited to where you can go and what you can do.’

Whether England play with full-backs or wing-backs at Euro 2020, it seems to be a particularly strong area of their squad, with James and Chilwell joined by Luke Shaw, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, meaning there is plenty of competition for places.

However, given the strength of the Chelsea squad, Chilwell insists it is a situation he is used to and feels it will help get the best out of all the players, whoever gets the nod for the starting line-up against Croatia.

‘There will be competition for places in every position,’ said Chilwell. ‘I have the same situation at Chelsea with Marcos Alonso, I had it with Christian Fuchs at Leicester for two or so years and, in both cases, it made me a better player. It improves you and Luke will have the same mindset, if you asked him. Training is very competitive.

Mount Euro boost from Chelsea win

‘If you win any competition you gain confidence from it. Winning the Champions League, one of the biggest in club football, it means a lot. You do gain a lot of confidence and then from that I knew I was into going into Euro so we won it at a good time. It helps to carry on that confidence coming up to the first game and I am looking forward to it.’

If the 22-year-old is picked by Gareth Southgate to face Croatia tomorrow, it remains to be seen where he will be deployed and indeed which formation England will play, and Mount has discussed playing in two-man or a three-man midfield.

‘We’ve played different formations and through the ages I have played in different positions. When you’re in a two-man midfield you are a bit more defensive-minded. In a three you can maybe go a bit more attacking and try to get in the box and help the front three. Formation-wise, I can be versatile.

‘I started as a striker!’ – Andreas Christensen on his Denmark days and dad’s influence


I can’t really remember a time when football wasn’t part of my life. I started when I was four, and my dad started up a football team locally.
That’s probably the first memory I’ve got of my childhood, actually. It’s just football.

My dad was a professional goalkeeper in Denmark. In fact, when Peter Schmeichel went to Man United, Brøndby brought in my dad. Schmeichel went, and he came in.

He stopped playing when they had me. As soon as I was born, he retired because I think he wanted to be there with the family. So I didn’t get to see him play, but I’ve heard stories and seen pictures, and he’s got a lot of shirts from his career.

We played together all the time. We lived in a green area and there was quite a lot of space, so we’d get a bit of fence and build it a little bit higher at one point to make a goal. Then, he would go in goal and I would just shoot, so we spent some time together doing what we both love – football.

Chelsea Goal of the Season vote – the grand final!

Four quarter-finals and two semi-finals later and you have narrowed down the initial shortlist of eight down to just two. 

Nobody will forget Havertz’s goal in Porto, but Giroud’s acrobatic effort against Atletico Madrid in Bucharest was also something special. Your vote could be crucial so select your winner below and we will announce the 2021 Chelsea Goal of the Season tomorrow! 

Euro 2020: Jorginho and Italy kick off tournament with a win

Emerson also missed out on the starting line-up, with left-back one of manager Roberto Mancini’s tightest selection calls going into the Euros. In the end, the more physical Leonardo Spinazzola got the nod, with the Chelsea man on the bench.

After a nervous and scrappy first five minutes, Italy soon took firm control of the game and kept it throughout, with Jorginho highly influential. He showed why he is considered one of the senior members of this squad by issuing instructions to those ahead of him, sometimes even while on the ball, and snuffing out Turkey attacks before they could begin.

The number eight also created arguably Italy’s best chance of the first half, with a clever chip over the Turkey defence, but Domenico Berardi fluffed his lines and failed to make contact with an attempted volley.