4pm Chelsea news LIVE: Havertz tests positive for coronavirus, Werner takes over penalty duty, Rennes victory reaction – The Sun

CHELSEA saw off Rennes last night thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

But Kai Havertz missed the match after Frank Lampard confirmed the German had test positive for coronavirus, while Werner is now the designated penalty taker instead of Jorginho.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

    Joe Cole has claimed that Chelsea's form has left Frank Lampard with a selection dilemma.

    He told BT Sport: “It would have been noted, Chelsea spending £50m on a No.9.

    “He [Abraham] kept at it tonight, didn’t he? His movement for the goal was lovely.

    “He didn’t do it in the first half, there was a time when he picked the wrong run but that was excellent.

    “It was a good finish. He’s had to take that on the half volley, open his body up, it’s not easy so it’s a nice one for Tammy.

    “It’s a great problem for Frank because he’s got so many players now making a case.

    “All of the front boys are scoring, midfielders are getting on the ball, he’s given Frank something to think about.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX OFFICE

    SunSport's Martin Lipton writes: “Premier League clubs are set to scrap Pay Per View games for the rest of 2020.

    “”And the experiment could be abandoned altogether as League chiefs react to a huge public backlash.

    SunSport revealed yesterday how the 20 clubs were to be asked to consider a PPV U-turn in the wake of the Government’s latest Covid-19 clampdown.

    “No formal vote was taken by today’s virtual meeting of the 'shareholder' clubs.

    “But it is expected a decision to confirm no more PPV games after this weekend until at least after the Christmas and New Year programme will be announced.”

  • Joe Brophy

    UP THE AMPTEY

    Ghana's FA have announced their intention to poach England starlet Tariq Lamptey.

    The right-back, 20, has been a revelation since joining Brighton from Chelsea in January.

    Born in London to Ghanaian parents, he has played for England at all ages from Under-18 upwards. He made his Under-21s debut in a 2-1 win over Austria in September.

    But Ghana FA president Kurt Okraku revealed he has launched a charm offensive to persuade the defender to switch allegiance to the Black Stars.

    Okraku told local media: “We are following every top Ghanaian talent you may have seen on your screens.

    “Someone like Tariq Lamptey.We have been speaking with his family, to make sure that having identified him as a top talent we will bring him to represent our country.

    “In the same vein, other people are also talking to him and his family to represent another country [England].

    “The national teams are for Ghanaians. It doesn't mean only those who reside in Ghana, but every Ghanaian across the world.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has retained his spot in the England squad for this month's triple-header of fixtures.

    Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are also named in Gareth Southgate's side.

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUR TO COME

    Billy Gilmour has admitted that he would have regretted not leaving Rangers for Chelsea.

    He told Four Lads had a Dream podcast: “When I signed for Chelsea, there were a lot of folk asking the questions over why I left.

    “They said I was just going to be missing. But I wanted to follow my dream and if I had never done it, I would have regretted it.

    “I took the chance, I worked hard and I came down here and believed in myself and my own ability to go to the top and play against these top players.

    “So far things have gone well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CHIL OUT

    Ben Chilwell has quickly established himself as a firm fan favourite since returning from injury to make the Chelsea left-back spot his own.

  • Joe Brophy

    JOR DROPPED

    This is the moment that signalled a changing of the guard at Stamford Bridge.

    Regular penalty-taker and vice-captain Jorginho, 28, handed the ball to star summer signing Timo Werner on boss Frank Lampard's orders.

    It could not have been a smoother passing of the baton as German ace Werner, 24, bagged TWO pens in the 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes.

  • Joe Brophy

    SEEING RED

    Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has slammed the referee in charge of the club's defeat to Chelsea.

    He told Telefoot via L'Equipe: “I am very proud of the coach (Julien Stephan). We should not be ashamed despite the score.

    “But there is more than disappointment, there is frustration. The man of the match was the referee.

    “I would like them to explain to me the handball rules inside the box. If there is a handball from Dalbert while the ball has already touched his foot, what about the handball from Zouma? VAR wakes up for our [handball] but not theirs.

    “And on top of that he gives a second yellow with that. We can be frustrated, more than frustrated. The result, it was the referee who made it.

    “The match is killed at 2-0 while Alfred [Gomis, Rennes' goalkeeper] has not had a save to make. We were certainly refereed like the newbie, and that is difficult to accept.

    “You have less weight over the referee when you are Rennes than when you are Chelsea. When the referee has a good match, in general, you do not speak about him.

    “But I think we are going to speak a lot about him this evening. Even the English media are unanimous in saying that it is a little scandal. Sleep will be hard to find.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Chelsea's chances of winning the 2021 Champions League aren't looking too clever despite an unbeaten start in Group E.

    But who are the runners and riders three games into this season's European competition?

    Data crunched by FiveThirtyEight has reigning champs Bayern Munich as the hot favourites to be crowned kings of Europe again.

    Hansi Flick's side, who knocked the Blues out of the competition last season, have a 26 per cent chance of winning the final at this stage.

  • Joe Brophy

    SAFE HANDS

    Frank Lampard has praised Edouard Mendy's 'low maintenance' personality, a stark contrast to blundering Kepa.

    He said: “I think what he’s shown so far has been very complete.

    “Those clean sheets have shown big parts of his game.

    “He’s made saves in moments in games that have certainly helped us, where if the goal had gone in the games could have gone another way.

    “He’s very low maintenance, he works hard, wants to work more, and he’s eager to engage with team-mates and myself — he has a smile on his face and has played well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CLEANED UP THEIR ACT

    Chelsea kept their fifth consecutive clean sheet for the first time since 2010.

    The Blues thumped Rennes 3-0 in the Champions League last night meaning they have not conceded since drawing 3-3 against Southampton three weeks ago.

    That day calamity keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was between the posts, but summer signing Edouard Mendy – bought from Rennes – has turned around Chelsea's fortunes.

    So too has Thiago Silva, who arrived on a free transfer from PSG, with the Brazilian helping shape Lampard's backline.

    Mendy has kept six out of seven clean sheets so far, with only Erik Lamela's league cup goal on his debut getting past the Senegal international.

    He became the first Chelsea keeper since Petr Cech in 2004 to not concede in his opening three Premier League matches.

    The Blues five successive clean sheets is their best record since September-October 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti.

  • Joe Brophy

    MEND REUNITED

    Edouard Mendy was emotionally after he caught up with his former coach and teammates following Chelsea's 3-0 win over Rennes.

  • Joe Brophy

    E-ASY DOES IT

    Chelsea and Sevilla are clear at the top of Group E after their victories this evening, and it means the pair could sew up qualification as early as matchday four with similar results later this month.

    The La Liga side recovered from 2-0 down to beat Krasnodar 3-2 in Spain last night.

  • Joe Brophy

    TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard was delighted with his players' professionalism against ten men last night.

    “I think we deserved the win in the way we played.

    “The red card and penalty at 2-0 makes it more comfortable, but I think we dealt with the early parts of the second half really well.

    “It’s not always easy against ten men when they’ve had time to talk and arrange themselves, but we kept the ball moving so the professional elements of our game were really good and against a good opposition as well.

    “We saw at 11 against 11, they're a good, physical, technical team and we won pretty well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WERNING LIGHT

    Frank Lampard revealed why Timo Werner is Chelsea's new spotkick king.

    He said: “[The new penalty taker] wasn't an easy decision because Jorginho has been pretty faultless for us, but he’s missed two recently and Timo came in to score one.

    “I had a conversation with Jorginho and his answer was perfect for a professional. He doesn’t care who takes them, he just wants the team to score.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea cruised to another win in the Champions League as they beat Rennes 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

    Timo Werner scored two penalties with Tammy Abraham also netting as the French side finished with ten men.

    The result also saw Chelsea keep five consecutive clean sheets for the first time in over ten years.

    Meanwhile, Kai Havertz is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

    The £70m summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen was not named in the squad to face Rennes, with Jorginho replacing him in midfield.

    Chelsea hope to have Havertz back after the upcoming international break.

    Finally, Chelsea legend Michael Essien is surprised Frank Lampard became a mamager.

    Speaking to TalkSPORT about his former team-mate, the Ghanaian said: “He [Lampard] was one of the leaders [in the dressing room].

    “I didn’t really see that he would end up becoming a manager. Knowing Frank, he’s very quiet and calm and does his thing.

    “But I’m not surprised he took on that job. He knows Chelsea very well and it’s very good for him and I wish him all the best.

    “Yes [I have been impressed] because Chelsea is not an easy place to go as a manager or player.

    “His first year he was not allowed to make a lot of signings, but he still managed to do well.

    “It’s a big credit to him and hopefully, they will do even better this season.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Premier League clubs are poised to make a pay-per-view U-turn — because of lockdown.

    They have been under pressure to make a decision on what to do with the games not being shown on Sky or BT after the international break.

    The top flight had been veering towards cutting the controversial £14.95-a-game charge to either £9.95 or £7.50.

    But with the country now under lockdown until December 2, Prem bosses are set to suggest the best option would be a short-term return to the Project Restart situation, where all matches were available to fans.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RATINGS BY SIMON PHILLIPS

    Thiago Silva put in another flawless performance as Chelsea beat Rennes 3-0.

    But Hakim Ziyech failed to replicate his top form at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

    READ OUR FULL PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    GAME OVER

    It's all over at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea have run out 3-0 winners.

    Two goals from Timo Werner and a strike from Tammy Abraham sealed victory against ten-man Rennes.

    The result also marks Chelsea's fifth consecutive clean sheet.

    The last time they achieved that feat was over TEN years ago when Petr Cech was in goal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SUPER CHELS

    Frank Lampard's men are three goals up and facing ten men after Timo Werner converted ANOTHER penalty before the break.

    Left-back Dalbert was shown a second yellow card for a handball in the box.

    Tammy Abraham then made it 3-0 in the 50th minute with a classic striker's finish.

    And the Blues could be set to record another European thrashing after beating Krasnodar 4-0 last week.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    WERN BABY WERN

    Chelsea are 1-0 up against Rennes after 30 minutes thanks to a penalty won and scored by Timo Werner.

    The Blues are in total control at Stamford Bridge and will be keen to get a second before the break.

    With the likes of Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench, there are plenty of options for Frank Lampard should he feel the need to make changes.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    ON THE MEND

    It's a big night for a big man at Stamford Bridge.

    Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy faces old side Rennes tonight.

    If he keeps them at bay, it will be his FIFTH consecutive clean sheet – a far cry from the error-prone days of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    TEAM NEWS

    Kai Havertz has dropped out of Chelsea's starting XI after Frank Lampard revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Jorginho replaces him midfield against Rennes.

    But otherwise it's the same team that cruised to a 3-0 win against Burnley at the weekend.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    RICE AND EASY

    Chelsea will 'try again' for West Ham star Declan Rice in January, according to reports.

    The Blues were eager on signing him over the summer and want to reunite him with best mate Mason Mount.

    Fabrizio Romano said on his Here We Go podcast: “Declan Rice would still love to join Chelsea.

    “I think they would try again for him in January, they already have an agreement on personal terms with him.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ZIY OH MY

    Rio Ferdinand claims that Hakim Ziyech was the best signing that Chelsea have made this year.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel Ferdinand said: “I think Ziyech, out of all of them, has been the one he’s wanted to bring back most because he brings you that little bit of difference.

    “He brings you that little bit of guile. Havertz has got it but Ziyech is a player.

    “He’s the person who always looking for that little pass, that little bit of difference, he plays the hard pass, the risky pass that gets you the big reward.

    “I’m sure the likes of Havertz, Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham, they are going to want to play with someone like him because he will put chances on a plate.”

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