Internationals: Christensen and Denmark fall to defeat against Belgium

Christensen featured for the whole game at the heart of the Danish defence, while Michy Batshuayi was an unused substitute for the Red Devils of Belgium.

The win sees Roberto Martinez’s side safely through to the knockout round, while Denmark know that they will have to win their final Group B game against Russia on Monday to qualify.

Belgium take on Finland in their final group game, which will also be played on Monday evening.

End of term report: Mateo Kovacic

However, with our form dropping in December, Kovacic continued to be rotated with Jorginho and Kante as Lampard tried to find the right midfield combination to arrest our decline.

Repaying faith

As we entered 2021, the combination of Kovacic’s form, an injury to Kante and a change of manager gave our no.17 the chance to cement his spot in the line-up. Having regained his place in the side under Lampard, he was selected by Thomas Tuchel for the German’s first game in charge, a spot he wouldn’t relinquish for some time.

From our first game of the year, Kovacic was named in the line-up for all but two of our league matches until late April, including a run of 10 consecutive Premier League starts – quite some achievement in such a relentless and condensed season. He also started all three Champions League matches in that time, including both legs of the win over Atletico Madrid.

C-Score and Diabetes UK join forces to improve health and prevent disease with free club-developed app

There are other early warning signs too, including but not limited to: going to the toilet a lot (especially at night), being really thirsty, feeling more tired than usual, losing weight without trying to, genital itching or thrush, cuts and wounds taking longer to heal, blurred eyesight, increased hunger.

Anybody concerned about these symptoms or wishing to check out more of the excellent information Diabetes UK provides can visit their website here. 

Using a range of leading technology and public health experts, C-Score leverages the capabilities available on a smartphone to help people better understand their health, prevent disease and make positive changes for long-term results. It has been developed in conjunction with medical experts and validated against 500,000 UK health records.

Former Chelsea Player of the Year Carlo Cudicini, a goalkeeper for the Blues between 1999 and 2009, said:

‘I’ve been fortunate to have access to world-leading health and nutrition advice. Since retirement, the need to be in peak condition for the next game has passed, but the need to stay healthy for my family and to live life to the fullest remains.

‘I’m delighted that Chelsea have over the past four years developed a tool such as C-Score to help everyone regardless of which team they support, to improve their health and that of their loved ones.’

Euro 2020: Jorginho helps Italy into last-16

The Azzurri were impressive once again in Rome, combining style and substance against Switzerland, and ultimately ran out comfortable winners on home turf after a brace from Manuel Locatelli and Ciro Immobile’s late strike.

Their one change from Friday night’s win against Turkey was an enforced one as defender Alessandro Florenzi missed out, meaning Jorginho started once again in a three-man midfield alongside Locatelli and Nicolo Barella.

Marco Verratti, yet to feature at this tournament, should be fit for the knockout stages, adding to Roberto Mancini’s central options. Emerson Palmieri was an unused substitute once again.

Get your Covid-19 vaccine at Stamford Bridge this Saturday

You can help protect yourself, your family and friends at Chelsea FC as well as the wider community by taking up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine this weekend. There are 6,000 vaccinations ready to be administered on the day, with residents able to book a time slot online at the link below.

Chelsea FC are delighted to be able to offer our home ground as a vaccination venue for Hammersmith & Fulham Council residents following dialogue between the NHS and the club, with the idea first suggested by Professor Julian Redhead, medical director at Imperial Healthcare and a team doctor at the club.

The NHS will be based at the Bridge from 10am to 7.30pm this Saturday 19 June offering the Pfizer vaccine for all those eligible. This includes all adults over the age of 18 yet to receive a first dose, as well as those awaiting a second Pfizer dose as long as your first was more than one month ago.

Our address is Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.

Click here to register for vaccination!

Pantic departs

The midfielder signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2015 from Partizan, in his native Serbia, and now returns to the club where he took his first steps in the professional game.

During his six years as a Chelsea player, Pantic enjoyed loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem, Excelsior, Partizan Belgrade, Fehervar and, last season, Cukaricki.

He also represented Serbia at youth level during that time, including at the European Under-21 Championships in 2019.

We would like to wish Danilo all the best for the rest of his career.

Euro 2020: Chelsea quartet involved as France beat Germany

It was France who took the lead midway through the first half when Mats Hummels could only turn Lucas Hernandez’s cross into his own net. Joachim Low’s side enjoyed a few bright moments without truly threatening Hugo Lloris’ goal before the break, Kante among those stifling the German attack.

France could have doubled their advantage early in the second half when Adrien Rabiot hit a post. Down the other end, as Germany enjoyed a period of dominance leading up to the hour mark, Serge Gnabry bounced a volley beyond Lloris but onto the roof of the net.

Timo Werner was introduced for Gnabry with a little under 20 minutes remaining. Havertz, who had occasionally threatened in the final third, made way for Leroy Sane at the same time.

Quiz: Order our Premier League openers from most recent to least

The new campaign begins for the Blues eight weeks tomorrow when we travel to Belfast to take on Villarreal in the Super Cup. 

A few days later, a new Premier League season gets started and all 380 fixtures for the 20 competing teams will be set out on Wednesday morning from 9am.

You can check back here on the official Chelsea website or the the 5th Stand app to find out the all-important details, including who we begin against, what our festive schedule looks like and when our first Premier League meeting with west London neighbours Brentford is due to take place.

Chelsea Foundation provide sessions to help reduce social isolation

The Foundation has offered a variety of online activities including giving our pensioner groups the opportunity to access free exercise equipment, and virtual exercise classes provided by members of the Chelsea staff.

Working alongside Stoll, an organisation who house and help vulnerable veterans, the Foundation’s Health and Wellbeing team have delivered coffee mornings, exercise and mobility circuits and chair-based exercise sessions all via online video calls.

Participants were also given an Activate Seniors activity booklet and equipment pack to give them guidance on how to keep both the body and mind active while at home during lockdown.

Participants on our Bridging Forces and Activate Seniors programmes were also provided with iPads to ensure they were able to stay connected with the club and their families.

The Foundation also created a series of Team Talk support networks for groups to keep in touch, while Chelsea players past and present checked in via online calls with our walking football participants.

For more information on our Health and Wellbeing programmes, including Activate Seniors, click here.

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.