A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Eden Hazard is fit to face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge, having recovered from the calf problem that kept him out of the win at Manchester United. John Obi Mikel and Ryan Bertrand are not available, but Oriol Romeu might make his long-awaited return.
Spurs have doubts over Mousa Dembele, Aaron Lennon and Scott Parker, with the latter missing as they beat Southampton at the weekend, and Dembele and Lennon forced off with injuries during that match.
"I think everybody knows who will be here."
Benitez also looked to deflect the controversy surrounding David Luiz after the defender appeared to smile as Rafael was sent off for kicking out at him on Sunday by saying the Brazilian was none of the best players in the Premier League. Luiz earlier claimed that he was smiling because a Manchester United fan was calling him Sideshow Bob.
Juan Mata has singled out Gareth Bale as the main threat to Chelsea tomorrow, and said that the Welsh forward is one of the best players in the world at the moment. Bale scored his 20th league goal of the season as Spurs beat Southampton 1-0 at the weekend.
Chelsea’s move for Andre Schurrle is being delayed whilst Bayer Leverkusen look for a replacement, with the German club seemingly confirming that Schurrle had already agreed a switch to Stamford Bridge. Kevin De Bruyne was one possible option for Leverkusen, but there is speculation that he is set to move to Dortmund instead.
Chelsea’s attempts to sign Radamel Falcao might have made considerably easier as there is speculation that Real Madrid have dropped out of the race for the Colombian striker. Chelsea might still face competition from PSG, and Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.
Chelsea player Yossi Benayoun has been the victim of anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter. Chelsea are currently investigating reports that Benayoun received similar abuse from Chelsea fans during the 2-2 draw at Liverpool.
On HITC today, we look at the implications of tomorrow’s match for the top four race, and also how James McCarthy might fit in at Chelsea amid rumours the Blues might rival Arsenal for the Wigan midfielder this summer. We also have predicted line-ups for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the game tomorrow.
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