Chelsea fixtures moved for TV

Our final game of this month, the home match against Burnley, will now take place on Sunday 31 January with a 12 noon kick-off. It will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK.

The away match at Tottenham is now on Thursday 4 February at 8pm and is also a BT Sport selection.

The game against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge is on Monday 15 February, kick-off 8pm, and is on Sky Sports.

Chelsea travel away to Southampton for a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday 20 February. That is a BT Sport game.

Our home game against Manchester United is on Sunday 28 February at 4.30pm and will be broadcast by Sky Sports.

Please note that as the Tottenham vs Chelsea match is now on Thursday 4 February, the match away against Sheffield United currently scheduled for Saturday 6 February will move, but the new date and time are yet to be confirmed.

The Premier League is awaiting the results of the FA Cup fourth round before announcing further changes as the outcome of those games may have an impact upon other fixtures.
 

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Mendy on what is missing at the moment and how we can rectify the situation

Asked about what has changed, the Senegalese identified one area which has been proven costly recently, and he also discussed the job at hand as we seek to stabilise our performances and results over a substantial period. 

‘What we are missing at the moment is consistency, being good for the whole match. We often have a bad patch, concede a goal and it makes it too hard to recover. We need to find more consistency in matches to be able to get past this level of team. 

‘It’s difficult to explain because we were in good form and then we got into difficulty. It happened very quickly. We need to concentrate on the return phase now and getting near the levels we were at.

‘It’s up to us to rectify the current situation and above all show more. We have to stay together and stay as positive as possible during this delicate moment.’

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Harder targets Continental Cup success

Harder opened the scoring in the first half at Kingsmeadow but substitute Lauren James levelled for the visitors on the hour mark.

Despite the setback, Chelsea restored our lead just minutes later through Fran Kirby and Harder hailed the team’s ability to bounce back immediately following James’ equaliser.

‘I’m so delighted,’ said Harder afterwards. ‘It was a very big fight. Manchester United did good and they are a great team but we put a lot of energy into the game and it’s really nice to get the three points.

‘When we are faced with this sort of setback, we have to show character and we did that.

‘We had a great attack just after their goal, then we managed to get a goal just after that. It was really great character shown from the team.’

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Lampard on a sluggish Chelsea performance, dealing with poor form and handling the pressure

The boss pulled no punches in his assessment of the 2-0 loss, with goals at the beginning and end of the first half condemning us to a fifth defeat in eight league matches. 

After the game he answered questions about the manner in which we conceded, the recent drop in confidence and his own future…

‘We were beaten by the better team,’ said Lampard. ‘The general theme of our performance was slower, was more sluggish, was lacking confidence but also lacking a bit of desire to run. That comes down to confidence at times. When a team is confident, they look like Leicester, like we did a month ago. 

‘They were sharper than us, they ran more than us and they showed real moments of quality. They looked like a team in form, we looked like a team out of form.

‘I’m disappointed with both the goals. It’s pivotal when you come to a team in good form you stay in the game early. We know we can compete with Leicester when we’re playing well, but when you go 2-0 down and you’re in a difficult period of form it affects the game hugely. 

‘The first is a set-piece that we need to deal with better when people don’t do their jobs. The second is poor defending on the right-hand side of our defence. They were clear individual errors that will give goals away.’

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Match Report: Leicester City 2 Chelsea 0

Change of system

By now we were playing a 4-2-3-1 system, with Havertz pushed further forward to try and find space between the lines and provide closer support for Abraham, while Mount and Kovacic attempted to build attacks from deep, but we hadn’t managed to change the pattern of the game, which seemed to suit Leicester’s pacey counter-attacking style.

While the pace remained in the game, though, the number of chances was diminishing as we entered the last 30 minutes. In an attempt to change our side of that, Frank Lampard made a double substitution, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner coming on for Hudson-Odoi and Havertz. That saw another change of formation, as Werner joined Abraham in an out-and-out two-man strikeforce.

Werner looked lively straight away, demanding the ball over the top to chase from Thiago Silva and jinking his way past Timothy Castagne on the left wing. However, before we could fashion a clear chance out of our new shape, Leicester responded with a double substitution of their own, bringing on Ricardo Pereira to support Castagne, while Ayoze Perez replaced Maddison.

There were just under 15 minutes remaining then, as we attempted to force the Foxes back into their own half and forge a route back into the game. But while we were controlling more and more of the possession, chances were only becoming harder to carve out as Leicester dedicated more of their efforts to denying Abraham and Werner space in the final third.

We still had to be aware of their counter-attacking threat too, as shown when Mendy had to time things well to gather the ball as Vardy tried to wriggle free in the box following a long ball forward.

It briefly looked like we had pulled one back as our two subs combined. Ziyech curled a free-kick in from the left and Werner got on the end of it to divert it past Schmiechel, but the flag was up and after a lengthy VAR check the German was ruled narrowly offside.

That proved to be our last real chance of the game as Leicester’s pace and counter-attacks ultimately made the difference and ensured they would end the day in first place in the Premier League table.

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Lampard on Hudson-Odoi raising his game and how he will address Thiago Silva’s mistake

Lampard admitted after the win across town in south-west London that the youngster had been unfortunate not to start and the Chelsea head coach praised his recent efforts, citing improved confidence following a long-term Achilles injury absence.

‘He’s definitely playing well and improving, making assists and scoring goals,’ said Lampard. ‘He’s playing at a really high level in terms of where we saw him last year recovering from an injury. 

‘His confidence to go one-v-one and beat his man, which Callum has to be about, wasn’t quite there and we have to understand that because he’s young and he’d come off the back of a really bad injury.

‘Now we’re seeing that come back, we’re seeing him behind the line, like when he scored against Morecambe where he breaks the line and scores a goal. He’s doing that much more regularly now, which are things that I ask from him, so the progression is there.’

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Chelsea train ahead of Leicester trip

Frank Lampard’s side head to the King Power Stadium in confident mood thanks to our weekend win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, with Mason Mount netting the winner in what was our 800th away Premier League goal.

We are set to be boosted by the return of Andreas Christensen to the squad, after Lampard confirmed at his pre-match press conference that the Dane has overcome his injury issues. N’Golo Kante, however, isn’t fit enough to face his former side and remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Today might be known as ‘Blue Monday’, but there were plenty of smiles and high spirits on show! Just take a look at our images below from today’s session at Cobham and see for yourself…

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Lampard: Werner will have fantastic Chelsea career

Lampard moved on, when asked, to consider the danger of a high-profile arrival at a big club having difficulties at the start and whether that can then lead to a downward spiral.

‘I don’t want to compare him [Werner] with anybody because if we narrowly compare him with some Chelsea signings I think it will be the wrong way, everybody’s story is different. Fernando Torres had difficult times here but came away winning the Champions League and being a pivotal player in that run to winning it, so I don’t think we should compare too much.

‘All we need to do here at the moment, Timo and myself and his team-mates around him, is to create the best environment to get the best out of Timo, which means firstly himself working hard. When you see the chance he missed the other day, that is just about repetition on the training ground.

‘Everyone will go through those patches whether you repeat it a thousand times or not, but when you are in that moment you must repeat and keep working, and then he also needs support and help around him and he needs to keep his head down and focus.

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Leicester vs Chelsea press conference and how to follow the game


Leicester vs Chelsea live stream

The match is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Chelsea TV’s matchday programming is on the 5th Stand, Facebook Live and our official YouTube channel with three live shows: pre-match (starting 70 minutes before kick-off), half-time and post-match.

Features will include the first look at the team sheets at 7.15pm, live warm-up action and blue-tinted discussions from our guests on the show.

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Lampard on Rooney retirement: ‘Playing with him was a pleasure and I wish him well at Derby’

Lampard lined up against him on numerous occasions, most notably in some hefty Chelsea v Man United fixtures in the 2000s, and also called him an England team-mate, including at four major tournaments. Rooney now follows the same path as our boss by beginning his managerial career at Derby. 

‘He was an amazing player,’ reflected Lampard. 

‘Maybe now he’s officially finished that level will go up in terms of recognition. It won’t do amongst the football world and people who have played with him because he was an incredible talent. Playing with him for England was an absolute pleasure for me. What a player on the world stage he was. 

‘Now I just wish him well. He has spoken about wanting to go into management for a while, and he has the desire, the know-how, and the attitude. I have seen him on the training ground and how much he wants to win and to work in a professional environment. That is what drives us in this game. I wish him well and he’s at a great club to start.’

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