Blue Mondays: Drama in Merseyside

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

Chelsea head into the international break still unbeaten following a determined second half display at Anfield.

Chelsea Rule Europe:

Thursday’s Champions League draw saw the Blues slot into Group H alongside Juventus, FC Zenit and Malmö. This is no means a group of death, but the potentiality of having no away fans at games was certainly not the outcome that fans wanted.

On a much more positive note, huge congratulations must go to Édouard Mendy, N'Golo Kanté and Thomas Tuchel for winning their individual awards for last season’s successful Champions League season. Additionally a huge well done to Jorginho, who became the first Chelsea player to clinch the award of Men’s Player of the Year.

Liverpool at Anfield:

Chelsea travelled to Merseyside on Saturday evening in what was a blockbuster matchup at Anfield. Both sides having entered the game with 100% records, keeping clean sheets in their opening two games.

Chelsea weathered an early storm before taking the lead through a Kai Havertz header in front of the Kop. The Blues then grew more and more into the game before Anthony Taylor’s important intervention – which saw Reece James sent off and Mohamed Salah converting from the spot.

With the Reds then playing towards the Kop, Tuchel’s side spent the vast majority of the second half under pressure. However, through a resilient display - Chelsea earned a respected point in Merseyside.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

Transfer Window Shuts:

The summer transfer window will close on 31st August, but Chelsea’s involvement is still not finished by any means.

The London club are still heavily linked with a loan move for Saûl Ñíguez, in addition to the drawn out move for Jules Koundé. Of course as with this window, players coming in can lead to even more departures, as we continue to balance the books.

In recent hours, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a loan move to Borussia Dortmund, which could be just one of many moves away from Stamford Bridge.

International Games:

Chelsea will not return to league action next week due to the latest round of international fixtures.

There were a couple of surprises as Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell were left out of their respective countries’ squads. However, with the vast majority of players representing their nations, it could leave Cobham rather deserted over the next week.

The Blues will return to action against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on September 11th.


Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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