Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
John Terry is among four first-team players that are set to be dropped for the Blues’ Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to Daily Mail.
Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, and Diego Costa are reportedly all set to be rested for the game at Stamford Bridge.
Asmir Begovic has suggested that it is up to the players to end Chelsea’s poor run of form, rather than Jose Mourinho, according to the London Evening Standard.
The champions have collected just one win from their opening five games, but Begovic has insisted that the manager is not the one to blame.
“Everyone looks at himself, first and foremost, to see what he can do better,” he said.
“It’s difficult to pinpoint one thing we could have done better, but we look at ourselves,” he added.
Former Chelsea man Tal Ben Haim has given Mourinho a vote of confidence by stating that he wished that he played under him for longer, the Daily Express report.
The 33-year-old will return to the Bridge as part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv side, seven years after leaving the Blues.
“I regret it was a very, very short period, because I’m sure I could have improved a lot if I continued to play under him. But it’s part of football,” he said.
Chelsea will battle Manchester City and Real Madrid for the signature of Valencia star Jose Gaya, the Daily Star claims.
The Blues were interested in the 20-year-old defender during the summer, but failed to reach a deal, and thus, may return in January.
Finally, Chelsea have sent scouts to watch Red Star Belgrade youngster Marko Grujic ahead of a potential bid, according to the Daily Express.