Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, and Diego Costa are all set to be axed for the Blues’ Champions League group stage opener with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Express.
The trio are set to be punished for the side’s poor start to the campaign, with Baba Rahman, and one of either Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy being possible replacements.
Jose Mourinho has taken the bizarre step to ban players from joking around on the training ground as the club try to get their season back on track, the Daily Star report.
The boss wants the players to knuckle down ahead of the Arsenal clash at the weekend.
New signing Papy Djilobodji is hoping to emulate Blues hero Marcel Desailly during his time at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Star report.
“There is the added element that he was a defender like me, so I would love to follow in his footsteps,” he said.
Jose Mourinho has told the Blues hierarchy that he does not need them to sign Man United keeper Victor Valdes, according to the Daily Express.
The Spaniard was linked with a Stamford Bridge switch following the injury sustained by Thibaut Courtois, but Mourinho has enough confidence in Asmir Begovic.
Finally, Chelsea have received initial council approval regarding the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, BBC Sport report.