Here are your morning headlines at Chelsea for Thursday, April 8th.
Mount delivers the goods
Chelsea took a giant step towards the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League last night, with a 2-0 victory over the Portuguese team FC Porto in the first game of their quarterfinals in Spain.
Goals from both sides at halftime by Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell sealed the win for Thomas Tuchel, ensuring the German saw his side provide the perfect answer after Saturday’s 5-2 West Bromwich Albion defeat.
While it wasn’t the most choral and lucrative Chelsea show we were honored with under Tuchel, it was a show that provided an abundance of character and conviction, bringing the club closer and closer to the last four Champions Leagues in the process.
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Although everyone on the team played their part, it was Mount who stood up and acted like a passerby scoring his first goal in the Champions League. He came out on top in the ratings of our players, but how did the rest of his teammates fare?
Click here to read our Chelsea player ratings in full.
Lukaku’s raid on Chelsea
Chelsea have already decided on their alternative to the transfer to Erling Halland.
The Borussia Dortmund superstar is in high demand ahead of the summer with the Blues competing against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United to sign for the striker.
Since Dortmund reportedly estimates Haaland at as much as £ 150 million, it could be reduced to who can afford the Norwegian, especially given the financial struggle over the Covid-19 pandemic.
But while Chelsea may have a good chance like everyone else in providing for Hollande, the size of the other clubs involved may just mean they are missing out on a major target this summer.
And if that happens, it looks like the Blues could turn to familiar ground with Calcio Mercato reporting that Romelu Lukaku is undoubtedly the second choice for Chelsea.
The report claims that Roman Abramovich and Chelsea are ready to take “concrete measures” this summer against their former striker with an offer of more than 100 million euros (86 million pounds).
Lukaku spent three years at Stamford Bridge between 2011 and 2014, before being sold to Everton for around £ 28 million, a club record at the time for the Toffees.
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Jorginho discusses his future
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho doesn’t seem to be going anywhere after he became the favorite under Tuchel.
The Italian international is associated with leaving Stamford Bridge during the reign of Frank Lampard, as he was often part of Chelsea and beyond.
But since Tuchel’s arrival at the end of January, Jorginho has been solid, starting 11 of the 16 games for which the German head coach has been in charge so far.
The summer transition period is just around the corner.
And the rumor mill is already starting to accelerate.
New Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel will certainly be looking to bolster the squad he got when he took over Frank Lampard, and there have already been several top players associated with the move, including Erling Haland.
The striker is considered to be the number of blues who have priority in the transfer.
But who would you sign? Join our discussion on the transition period here.
And that may be why Jorginho is so happy at Chelsea, recently rejecting talk of moving away from Stamford Bridge and claiming that this season is in his full focus.
“Man, I’ll tell you the truth. At this point, how am I going to think about the next two years from now, having what I still have to play this season. Then comes the euro, ”Jorginho told TNT Sports.
“So, honestly, there is no way to think ahead. I’m actually very happy here. I’m really happy here. So I don’t think about anything else. At the moment, there is no reason to think about what will happen in two years, for example. “