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Chelsea use matchday programme to aim thinly-veiled dig at rivals over fixture schedule

Chelsea have used their matchday program to back up Thomas Tuchel's claims that their schedule has been too packed over the Christmas period.The Blues highlighted on the squad informational page that they have played 18 games since the last international break - 61 days ago.In Comparison to Chelsea, Liverpool have played 16 games, West Ham 15, and Manchester City and Tottenham have both played 14.Tuchel's side have struggled in recent weeks, but they were able to best Antonio Conte's Tottenham with ease on Sunday.Chelsea found the net twice in quick succession early in the second half to claim the three points.Tuchel has already complained about too many fixtures earlier this season.The German fumed: "There’s too many windows, too many competitions, too many games for the top players."That increases only quantity but not quality. We are always fighting for quality."The supporters, everybody wants top players on the pitch and it’s too much.
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Chelsea fans love Tammy Abraham's response to Callum Hudson-Odoi after Chelsea beat Spurs
Chelsea favourite after engaging in a Twitter exchange with Callum Hudson-Odoi following the Blues’ win over Tottenham on Sunday.Chelsea continued their dominant record over Tottenham in London derbies at Stamford Bridge after strolling to a 2-0 victory on Sunday.Hakim Ziyech’s stunning 25-yard strike nestled into the top corner to hand the hosts the lead in the second half before Thiago Silva headed home from a Mason Mount free-kick.The Blues had lost only once in their last 38 meetings with Spurs at Stamford Bridge and were rarely troubled aside from a Harry Kane goal, which was chalked off by VAR for a foul by Kane on Thiago Silva.Hudson-Odoi trotted out the customary message that comes after Chelsea beat Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, telling his followers: “London is blue,” with a blue heart emoji.Just hours after scoring in Roma’s 4-2 win over Empoli, it is clear Abraham was keeping a close eye on the Chelsea result — and the England international could not resist issuing a cheeky response.The 24-year-old replied: “It always was.”The England international finally left the club for Roma in a £34million deal in July, ending his 17-year association with the club he joined as a young boy.Abraham had been frozen out by Thomas Tuchel after making only seven substitute appearances under the German last season.But that clearly hasn’t stopped the striker from keeping track of the Blues’ success from afar after heading to Italy for the next chapter in his career.Naturally, the exchange between Chelsea’s two Cobham favourites was met with a delighted response from the Chelsea faithful on social media.One fan named Hajir summarised the thoughts of hundreds of blues, telling Abraham: “This is why I love you.”Another Twitter user
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Four things Thomas Tuchel got right as Chelsea dominant in Tottenham win
Chelsea closed the gap on second-placed Liverpool to just a point with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday night.They took the lead in the 47th minute when Hakim Ziyech cut on to his favoured left foot and whipped a beautiful strike into the top corner, well out of the reach of Hugo Lloris.They then made it two just eight minutes later when Thiago Silva flicked Mason Mount’s free-kick into the far corner to send Stamford Bridge into a frenzy.Spurs fans will certainly feel aggrieved by the result given that Harry Kane had a goal disallowed in the first half for a minuscule push on Silva that sent the Brazilian dramatically flying before slotting past Kepa Arrizabalaga.Chelsea dominated the tie from start to finish and the result never felt in doubt despite the goalless first half.So, what did Blues boss Thomas Tuchel do well to ensure that his side were victorious over their London rivals?Chelsea have flourished since Tuchel’s appointment due to their use of the back three, allowing the wingbacks to bomb forward whilst also having enough numbers in defence to deal with counterattacks.However, the German veered away from his tried and tested system in favour of a 4-3-3 and reaped the benefits.Moving away from the system meant that the Blues weren’t going man for man against Spurs and thus created a lot of space all over the park, having a free man in midfield to drift into those pockets and creates.Defensively, Chelsea didn’t feel the pinch of having a player less in central defence either, with makeshift left-back Malang Sarr covering when required.The Blues created plenty of their chances out wide, which was a smart tactical decision by Tuchel.Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic were both given the licence to roam
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Chelsea finalising deal for Derby County left-back who has made just eight appearances
Chelsea look set to sign Derby youngster Dylan Williams, who has just eight appearances in all competitions this season.Williams, 18, is yet to sign a professional contract with the Rams due to their ongoing financial crisis that has seen the side plunged into administration.And with his youth deal up at the end of the season, Derby have accepted an offer from the Blues.According to The Sun, Derby have accepted an offer that will see Williams leave for an initial fee plus extras.Rooney, via The Sun, said: "We've agreed a fee with a Premier League club for Dylan Williams - I couldn't stand in the way of his opportunity."Chelsea are currently going through their own full-back crisis, with Thomas Tuchel's options limited out wide.Both Reece James and Ben Chilwell are on the shelf - with Chilwell expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign.The Blues were linked with Lucas Digne, but the Frenchman completed a move to Everton earlier this month.Another option is to recall Emerson Palmieri from Lyon, but the two parties are struggling to agree a fee for cancelling the loan early. What do you think of the move? Let us know in the comments section Derby have also received offers for their star midfielder Louie Sibley.The Rams have repeatedly rebuffed Millwall's approach for the 20-year-old, including one reported bid of £450,000.Derby's administrators, Quantuma, want to keep the playing squad together at Pride Park.
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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte offers his team a 'reward' if they beat Chelsea
Antonio Conte has offered his Tottenham players a reward if they beat Chelsea in their Premier League clash on Sunday.Since taking charge of the north London side, Conte has gone nine games unbeaten in the league.That record was in serious jeopardy against Leicester in midweek until Steven Bergwijn's miraculous stoppage-time brace snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.However, Spurs now come up against one of their toughest Prem challenges so far under their Italian manager.They've already lost twice to Thomas Tuchel's Blues in the Carabao Cup, so Conte has given his side an incentive to up their performance and make it third time lucky.As per football.london, the former Chelsea boss has told his Tottenham squad that if they get a positive result they can have extra days off next week.Conte has already given them some time away from training as he promised them the same if they were to beat the Foxes.After the weekend there is an international break, but most of the Spurs squad won't be travelling away.What's your score prediction for the match? Let us know in the comments section.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox - don't miss a thing.It only takes a matter of seconds.Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.And that's it, job done.