Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
Jose Mourinho praised Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the youngster came on as an early substitute and put in an excellent performance against Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Express.
The 19-year-old helped the Blues keep a clean sheet, and Mourinho hinted that he’s pushing for a more regular spot in the side.
“He played very well which is very good for us,” he said.
“He is in conditions to compete with the other players for opportunities and minutes, but he is having minutes,” he added.
Like Loftus-Cheek, Baba Rahman also impressed in the Champions League clash, and he’s hoping that he can also enjoy an extended run in the side, BBC Sport report.
Yesterday’s game was the left-back’s first game for the club, and he’s hoping for many more.
“I’m hoping to play very, very often – my main aim is to play as many games as I can here,” he said.
Oscar has called upon the entire squad to pull the club out of their poor run of form, according to the Daily Mail.
The Premier League champions have picked up just one win in the top flight this season, but the Brazilian believes that they have the quality to turn their campaign around.
“All the players are important for us and we need everyone,” he said.
“The team won the Premier League last year, now we need to take confidence from that,” Oscar insisted.
Jose Mourinho appears to have lost patience with Branislav Ivanovic, after the Daily Mail claimed that he had instructed his scouts to find him a new right-back.
The Serbian has endured a rather torrid time this season, despite being one of the side’s most reliable players in recent years.
Finally, Paul Pogba, Ruben Neves, and Marko Grujic have all been included on the Blues’ shortlist of midfield targets, according to the Daily Star.