Marina Granovskaia prepares for Antonio Rudiger transfer blow as Chelsea tipped as team to beat

By Jake Stokes

Welcome to our football.london Chelsea round-up piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it's not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.

Loanee continues to shine

Levi Colwill has continued to shine on loan at Huddersfield Town after helping guide the Terriers to their third clean sheet of the EFL Championship season.

The 18-year-old, who is on loan from Chelsea and operating in the left centre-back role, has impressed with resolute displays for the Yorkshire side.

Colwill's performances in the said role have led fans to rave and revel about the youngster's bright future at Stamford Bridge, with many lining him up as Antonio Rudiger's predecessor.

The youngster won three aerial duels, seven clearances, three interceptions, two tackles and two blocked shots all while making the most amount of touches highlighting his courageous personality. He's already got four clean sheets at Huddersfield this season.

Pochettino vamps up pressure on Blues

Mauricio Pochettino has vamped up the pressure on former Paris Saint Germain boss Thomas Tuchel claiming that Chelsea are the team to beat in the Champions League.

The Blues waltzed away 1-0 victors over Zenit in their opening clash of the campaign as the west Londoners begin to plot their title defence.

The former Tottenham boss faces intensified pressure of his own at Les Parc des Princes after a star-studded summer overhaul, despite seamlessly diverting the expectations onto Chelsea's shoulders.

Pochettino alluded to the wealth of talent at either side's disposal, assumably likening Timo Werner to Lionel Messi, Ross Barkley to Neymar and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Marco Verrati.

The Argentine boss said: "It's possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the 2 teams to beat on paper, looking at our squads, but Chelsea are the holders so they're the team to beat.

"Especially after strengthening their squad. We're not a team yet. We are a club that has recruited many players"

Rudiger furious with FIFA card

Rudiger has vented his frustrations on Twitter about his FIFA 22 ratings following his spectacular display versus Zenit in the Champions League.

The 28-year-old centre-half clocked a top speed of 35.8 km/h at the Stamford Bridge, but was handed just 75 pace by EA Sports.

Rudiger, in jest, joked that he would need to clock a top speed of 50 km/h in a bid to come anywhere near to what he believes is a fair representation of his pace.

Chelsea board prepare unlikely sale

Marina Granovskaia is preparing the sale of Rudiger in January should the two parties fail to agree to terms over a new contract at Chelsea, according to La Colina de Nervion (via Express).

The Germany international, who has just one year left on his current deal in west London, has earned interest from various clubs while Chelsea continues to work on tying down Rudiger's future.

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Rudiger at full time after Chelsea's 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg (James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

However, should the two parties fail to agree on terms by January, Granovskaia will reportedly look to offload the defender for a cash sum to avoid letting him leave on a free, resultant of pre-contractual talks with foreign clubs.

Rudiger is among a host of other names at Chelsea whose contract expires next summer, with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva in the same boat as well.

If you were Rudiger, would you extend your contract at Chelsea or would you explore other avenues? Follow our CareFreeChelsea trends writer Jake Stokes on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.


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