8.15am Chelsea news LIVE: Kante Inter transfer still on, Eto’o ‘hospitalised in car crash’ – The Sun

CHELSEA hammered Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge as Hakim Ziyech turned in a masterclass.

But they could face a battle to keep hold of N'Golo Kante with Antonio Conte reportedly desperate to bring the midfielder to Inter.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Jake Lambourne

    PASS MASTER

    Hakim Ziyech created more chances in Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United than any other player in a single Premier League game this season.

    The Blues new-boy, 27, created SIX chances for his team-mates during the game at Stamford Bridge.

    Of those six chances set-up, two of those were assists as Chelsea came from behind to win 4-1 on Saturday.

    No player in the top-flight this season has managed to create more than six chances in a single game. Ziyech‘s team-mate Reece James managed to create six chances in the 3-3 draw at West Brom.

    Kevin De Bruyne also set-up six chances in the 3-1 win over Wolves, while Bruno Fernandes created half a dozen chances in the 4-1 win over Newcastle.

    After the game, £36million man Ziyech admitted he’s ‘not afraid’ to pass the ball now he’s settled down in West London.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Still buzzing from Saturday?

    The Blues came from behind to beat Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.

    And Frank Lampard was thrilled with the performance.

    He said: “It was our best performance of the season in complete terms.

    “We are in a good place, but the level that has been set by City and Liverpool in the last few years means we have to be in that good place every game and every week.

    “That’s the gap we have to close. I certainly won’t jump ahead of myself, albeit I’m really pleased with a lot of the signs from today.”

    Man-of-the-match Hakim Ziyech also had his say after he provided two assists in the Blades win.

    He said: “I always look at them before I play the ball. Usually eye contact is enough and you could see it worked well two times.”

    Graeme Souness also claimed Chelsea have ‘won the lottery’ with full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

    The Scot was full of praise for the duo.

    He said: “This happens all the time when you buy a player for a lot of money, all the focus is on him. Ben Chilwell they spent £50 million on a full-back and all the focus is on him.

    “In Reece James, he’s a top player. Given his age, he’s going to get better and better.”

    Elsewhere, Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is stable in hospital after he was involved in a horror car accident, according to reports.

    The striker was said to have been driving home from a wedding in his native Cameroon when his car was hit by a bus on Sunday morning.

    Eto’o, 39, suffered a head injury and was immediately taken to hospital for treatment. However, it is suggested the ex-Barcelona man is recovering well under close attention from doctors.

    Cameroonian journalist Martin Camus tweeted a picture of Eto’o’s apparent destroyed motor alongside the caption: “The crushed car Samuel Eto’o was in. I can confirm that he is fine, we spoke again. Doctors taking care of additional examinations.”

    Both the BBC News Pidgin and Goal reported on the crash and while there has been no official word from Eto’o, the BBC have quoted a close relation.

    The picture shows Eto’o’s car smashed from the front and was perhaps lucky to escape without further injuries.

    Finally, in transfers, Inter Milan are reportedly determined to sign N’Golo Kante next summer, with Real Madrid also keen.

  • William Pugh

    HAVERTZ RECOVERY

    Chelsea's Kai Havertz has given his first update since testing positive for coronavirus and entering self-isolation.

    Speaking on his progress Lampard said: “I've spoken to Kai a couple of times, he's very disappointed because he just wants to play.

    “His symptoms escalated slightly today but he's fine, and just disappointed to be out.”

    The German national was unavailable for Chelsea’s midweek Champions League victory over Rennes and yesterday’s victory over Sheffield United.

  • William Pugh

    REECE'S PIECES

    Chelsea posted a Reece James appreciation tweet after his impressive performance in the Blues' win against Sheffield United yesterday.

    The right-back worked tirelessly all game as the West Londoners ran out 4-1 winners.

  • William Pugh

    CHELSEA GIAN-T

    Chelsea celebrate 24 years since they signed club legend Gianfranco Zola.

    The Italian joined the Blues on this day in 1996.

  • William Pugh

    KAN'T BELIEVE IT

    Inter Milan are reportedly determined to sign N’Golo Kante next summer, with Real Madrid also keen.

    Canal claims Inter boss Antonio Conte is eager to be reunited with the Chelsea midfielder, 29, after bringing him to Stamford Bridge in 2016.

    Kante impressed once again as the Blues cruised to a 4-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.

    The pair won the Premier League title together that season and added the FA Cup in 2017 before Conte was sacked.

    Despite signing the likes of Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella during his time at Inter, Conte is apparently convinced Kante is the man who will transform his side into Serie A winners.

    It is said he tried and failed to land the French World Cup winner in the last transfer window.

  • William Pugh

    CRASH SCARE

    Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is stable in hospital after he was involved in a horror car accident, according to reports.

    The striker was said to have been driving home from a wedding in his native Cameroon when his car was hit by a bus on Sunday morning.

    Eto’o, 39, suffered a head injury and was immediately taken to hospital for treatment. However, it is suggested the ex-Barcelona man is recovering well under close attention from doctors.

    Cameroonian journalist Martin Camus tweeted a picture of Eto’o’s apparent destroyed motor alongside the caption: “The crushed car Samuel Eto’o was in. I can confirm that he is fine, we spoke again. Doctors taking care of additional examinations.”

    Both the BBC News Pidgin and Goal reported on the crash and while there has been no official word from Eto’o, the BBC have quoted a close relation.

    The picture shows Eto’o’s car smashed from the front and was perhaps lucky to escape without further injuries.

  • William Pugh

    TIMO TIME

    Timo Werner has scored five goals from his last six attempts on target in all competitions for Chelsea.

    The incredible stat from Sky Sports comes after Werner netted in Saturday’s 4-1 win against Sheffield United.

    The first of those five came in a 4-0 win at Krasnodar in the Champions League.

    Werner followed that up with a strike in the 3-0 win at Burnley before netting twice against Rennes at Stamford Bridge.

  • William Pugh

    BETH CAN BE BEST

    Emma Hayes has urged Beth England to use her lethal display against Everton as inspiration for future Chelsea performances.

    The England ace was on fire for the Blues who avenged their FA Cup loss by ending the Toffees’ unbeaten run with a 4-0 win.

    Hayes, 44, said: “Coaching world-class talent, and I have lots of them, means that what you do every day always matters.

    “People talk about you being as good as your last game in football, I believe you are as good as your next game.

    “I am happy for Beth today, but I will always say my job is to win games of football not to make my players happy.

    “And it’s up to Beth to make sure this is the start of an unbelievable run for her. I think as the PFA Player of the Year the bar was already high for her.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    MORE THAN FOUR

    Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech believes that his team could have scored more goals against Sheffield United but is satisfied with their overall performance.

    Ziyech was instrumental in the Blues 4-1 over the Blades on Saturday.

    He said: “We played a good game. The first 10 minutes were a little difficult because we started a bit sloppy but after 1-0 we controlled the game. We could have scored more goals but we played well again.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HAPPY LAMP

    Frank Lampard has expressed his delight at Chelsea's win 4-1 over Sheffield United.

    Lampard went on to say that he believes this was his side's best performance of the season so far.

    He said: “It was our best performance of the season in complete terms.

    “We are in a good place, but the level that has been set by City and Liverpool in the last few years means we have to be in that good place every game and every week. That’s the gap we have to close. I certainly won’t jump ahead of myself, albeit I’m really pleased with a lot of the signs from today.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ZIYECH EXPLAINS

    Hakim Ziyech provided another two assists for his Chelsea team-mates on Saturday against Sheffield United, and he offered some insight into how he is able to communicate his intentions.

    Set up speaking to Chelsea TV afterwards, he explained how remains on his team-mates' wavelength in the match.

    He said: “I always look at them before I play the ball. Usually eye contact is enough and you could see it worked well two times.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    BLUES LOTTERY

    Graeme Souness has claimed that Chelsea have “won the lottery” with full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

    Souness was full of praise for the duo after after the Blues' 4-1 win over Sheffield United.

    He said: “This happens all the time when you buy a player for a lot of money, all the focus is on him. Ben Chilwell they spent £50 million on a full-back and all the focus is on him.

    “In Reece James, he’s a top player. Given his age, he’s going to get better and better.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    LAMPARD'S MOURINHO RIFT

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has replied to diving accusations by Tottenham Hotspur's manager Jose Mourinho, according to the Evening Standard.

    Mourinho alluded to Chelsea's penalty record this season when asked about Harry Kane's penalty against Brighton.

    The Blues have already won eight penalties so far this season. Despite it becoming a common occurrence, Lampard has dismissed accusations that his players dive to win the referee’s favour.

    Lampard said: “There have been no incidents of diving at Chelsea this season that I’ve seen.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    WERNER PRAISE

    Chelsea legend Alan Hudson has heaped praise on the club's summer signing Timo Werner.

    The Germany international has now featured out wide a few times for Chelsea, but Hudson does not believe this is going to be an issue for a player of his quality.

    Hudson said: “Werner has proved his quality as Chelsea wobbled into third place. He is a player who you let go ‘free’ because great strikers follow their goal-scoring instinct.

    “He is one who will get goals no matter how Chelsea are playing.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HUDS DON'T GET IT

    Chelsea duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomari have explained to the club that they misunderstood London’s Tier 2 lockdown rules last month when dined out together.

    Footage was leaked to the Daily Star of the pair at a restaurant when the lockdown rules stated that separate households could only meet outside.

    They both claim that because they're part of an elite sporting bubble, they could still socialise together.

    The players are not expected to face disciplinary action but are likely to be warned to ensure they are clear on rules.

  • Justin Lawrence

    ABLE ABRAHAM

    Tammy Abraham was on the score-sheet in Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday, and the match had him reminiscing on his days in the lower leagues.

    Speaking on the game he said: “A couple of us are used to Sheffield United and their style of play, like myself, I have played against them a few times before so I always knew it was going to be hard to break them down.

    “They had the first goal so we had to keep our heads, we spoke and said relax and hopefully the chances will come, and I scored soon after.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    KANT PRAISE

    Frank Lampard has hailed ‘incredible’ N’Golo Kante following Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.

    New signing Hakim Ziyech had received most of the plaudits after a stunning display but Lampard thinks Kante also played a vital role in the game.

    He said: “He’s shown in the last couple of games he’s played he is N’Golo Kante.

    “His attributes are incredible, he can play various positions in midfield, he has energy, the ability to win the ball back but also his ability on the ball. That is sometimes underrated.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ZIYECH EDGE

    Frank Lampard has described Hakim Ziyech as a “very complete player” after Chelsea's win over Sheffield United.

    Lampard went on-to warn the Premier League that there is more to come from Ziyech.

    He said: “There’s a lot of parts to his game. I wouldn’t want to just lean on that. I think his work ethic off the ball as well, his work for the team means he’s a very complete player.

    “I expect a lot more to come from him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    WRIGHT'S SIGHT

    Ian Wright insists Chelsea should be considered title challengers following their 4-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.

    When asked if Chelsea can be title challengers this season, Wright told Premier League Productions: “Yes, with what they’ve got.

    “They’ve got everything in the armoury to actually challenge, without a doubt.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    KANTE STEPS

    Frank Lampard says Chelsea are reaping the rewards of carefully handling N’Golo Kante’s fitness.

    The French midfielder struggled with injury during a stop-start 2019-20 season and his role within the team has come under close scrutiny since.

    Lampard said: “I have made big steps to try and manage his training and games, and making sure we attempt to keep him as fit and ready for games as we can. I’m pleased he is fit now and we will keep managing that.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    SILVA LINING

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reserved particular praise for veteran defender Thiago Silva after the 4-1 win over Sheffield United.

    The team have become notably more resilient with Silva at its heart, and Lampard took the time to salute the Brazil international's influence both on and off the field.

    He said: “He played in the Champions League final a few weeks before coming here, but his level of performance since he's been here, without much of a pre-season, the influence, individual performance, the way he is between games, he attacks training so diligently.

    “He looks at opposition when we are having meetings, he wants to know. So I have a lot of conversations with him. He has been brilliant, I can't say enough about him. Then he gets the goal today, a very good goal. He has made a big impact.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ZIYECH PRAISE

    Hakim ZIyech played a pivotal role in Chelsea's win at Sheffield United yesterday and pundit Tim Cahill was full of praise about his performance.

    Former Everton midfielder Cahill believes attacking stars like Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham will love playing with him as Ziyech helps to get the best out of them in the final third.

    He said: “It was the Hakim Ziyech show. He was just incredible.

    “The positions he took up, he always plays forward and it’s the vision. It’s what he sees that creates chances.

    “He can score goals, he creates and he puts set plays on a plate.

    “The players in the team know he’ll play forward and they can make their runs.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    AVERAGE POSITIONS

    Here are the Blues' average positioning in last night's 4-1 win over Sheffield United.

    Note how clear Chelsea's shape is… and that George Baldock is the Blades' furthest forward player, trying to get in behind Ben Chilwell.

    No chance.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    I bet you are all buzzing with yesterday’s thumping 4-1 win at home to Sheffield United.

    Goals from Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner cancelled out David McGoldrick’s early opener.

    Former Liverpool player-turned-pundit Graeme Souness praised Chelsea academy product Mason Mount.

    Souness has been impressed with the midfielder’s performances as of late, speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Souness said: “Because they’re home grown we’re overlooking them, we're taking them for granted.

    “Mason Mount is a fabulous player, I think he’d be my first name in midfield.

    “I know we talk about Ziyech, there are bigger challenges for Chelsea and Ziyech – if he can do that against the very best teams – we know Mason Mount can. We know he’s right up for the cup.”

    Another Covid storm could be heading Chelsea’s way with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori breaking Covid-19 restrictions last month.

    According to the Daily Star, a source close to the player said: “The club will no doubt be furious.

    “This is really not on, especially given that Callum has had coronavirus himself so he should be taking the rules more seriously.

    “The rest of the country was doing their bit and meeting friends and family that they don’t live with outside. It’s infuriating they think they’re above the law.”

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