Chelsea’s English Premier League top four hopes took a further blow on Sunday as they were defeated 2-0 at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park.
FIFA are to make decision on Chelsea’s transfer ban appeal before the opening of the summer transfer window.
An 18-year-old Blues wonder-kid earns his first senior England call-up from manager Gareth Southgate.
This summer sees the club return to Japan for the first time since 2012 in a recently confirmed pre-season fixture.
Former midfielder makes a return to football after over a year away from the game.
Everton 2-0 Chelsea
Despite drawing with Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out, Chelsea’s unbeaten run of five games in all competitions was still standing leading up to the Everton clash.
Maurizio Sarri’s side dominated possession in the first half, but the visitors were unable to capitalise on the chances which they created. Eden Hazard struck the post whilst Pedro missed from close range.
The Toffees caught The Blues by surprise early in the second half as Richarlison headed in from a corner kick in the 49th minute.
With the need for a goal to get back into the game, The Blues still somehow struggled to maintain their first half form as Everton found themselves in control.
Sarri’s misfortune continued as Everton doubled their lead in the 71st-minute when Richarlison was brought down in the area by Marcos Alonso. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s subsequent penalty kick was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the Icelandic international managed to score from his own rebound.
As a result, Chelsea missed the opportunity to go level on points with fourth placed Arsenal and remain sixth, with their game in hand in gone.
FIFA to make decision on club appeal
FIFA will decide the fate of Chelsea’s transfer ban appeal before the start of the summer transfer window.
This means that the club would still have time to seek an interim ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport if that appeal was to be denied.
The club are continuing legal action after they were banned from registering any new players for the next two transfer windows, due to a breach in rules over the signing of overseas players under the age of 18.
Hudson-Odoi for England
Blues wonder-kid Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time in his career.
The 18-year old was already on his way to meet up with the Under-21 squad when he learnt of the surprise call up.
Despite having limited opportunities to impress this season, Hudson-Odoi has impressed England manager Southgate and the youngster could make his national team debut against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday.
Hudson-Odoi also joins fellow Blues teammate Ross Barkley in Southgate’s squad, whilst Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had to withdraw through injury.
Blues to return to Japan
Chelsea’s first pre-season fixture has been confirmed and that means a return to Japan for the first time since 2012.
The fixture titled the ‘MEIJI YASUDA J.LEAGUE WORLD CHALLENEGE’ was first announced in November, and will see Sarri’s side play against J.League champions Kawasaki Frontale at the International Stadium in Yokohama in July.
Essien makes a return to club football
Former Blues battering ram Michael Essien has made a return to football after over a year away from the sport.
After being released by Indonesian side Persib Bandung in early 2018, the Ghanaian star’s footballing career looked to be over.
That wasn’t to be the case as Sabail FK of the Azerbaijan Premier League came calling and the midfield powerhouse signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with the club.
Over the course of nine years at Chelsea, Essien featured 168 times, scored 17 goals on a domestic level and contributed to some of the greatest moments that Stamford Bridge has ever seen. Some of the most notable being an equaliser against Arsenal during the 2006/2007 English Premier League campaign and the thunderbolt against Barcelona in the 2008/2009 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.
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