Chelsea target Sebastien Schweinsteiger has delayed contract talks with present club Bayern Munich in order to evaluate whether or not the club’s ambitions match his own. Imscouting.com is reporting that the 26-year-old will “look at developments in the coming months,” and is thought to be desperate to win the Champions League with Bayern. The quality of January reinforcements are likely to dictate whether or not the player decides to remain with the Bundesliga side.
Should Schweinsteiger decide to leave, however, the Blues will be on alert – but would face tough opposition from Manchester United and Real Madrid, who are also thought to want to secure the player’s signature.
Cech: Determination key.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech has hailed his side’s character and determination after the Blues ground out a 2-1 victory at Ewood Park – the place they almost lost the title following a draw last season. Rovers striker Benjani had given Chelsea a scare by putting the hosts in front, but the champions battled back to overcome the deficit.
Speaking to the Daily Express, the 28-year-old said: “It’s important when you don’t play well that you pick up points. That makes the difference. It was a positive performance in terms of showing the character and determination to win. Everything didn’t go well but we still won, and this was a massive three points.”
Ancelotti: We’ll be even better with Lamps.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned Chelsea’s title rivals: “We will be even better when Frank Lampard returns.” The midfielder last played for the champions in a 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the end of August, and has been absent since due to having surgery on a hernia. His initial absence was thought to be two weeks – but two months later, the England international is returning to full fitness.
He is not thought likely to feature in the Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow tomorrow, but is set to return against slowly resurgent Liverpool on Sunday. Speaking to The Telegraph, Ancelotti said: “The team has been doing very well without him, but when he comes back we will have a stronger team. We have a lot of games now, one every three days and all of the players will be involved. Frank started training with the team this week, and while he will not be ready to play [against Spartak Moscow], he will be for the next game in the Premier League against Liverpool.”