A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his Chelsea side for Aston Villa visit to Stamford Bridge, with Juan Mata, David Luiz and Demba Ba vying for a starting spot after missing out against Hull City at the weekend.
Aston Villa will be without defender Nathan Baker, who twisted his ankle in the win away at Arsenal on Saturday, but defensive midfielder Yacouba Sylla is fit after missing the match at the Emirates.
Paul Lambert is keen for Villa to make up for the horror performance they put in the last time they played at Stamford Bridge, when they lost 8-0. The match was the low point in a campaign where they narrowly avoided relegation, but Lambert believes they are now a different, better side.
Mata says he is ready to face Villa after recovering from the minor injury that saw him left on the substitute’s bench against Hull.
“I am looking forward to being involved. It was better to stop and I didn’t go to the national team, but now I am ready to play,” he told the Chelsea website.
Jose Mourinho has said he wants more responsibility and ambition from Eden Hazard, who he believes can become a top player. Mourinho also said he was happy with Hazard’s work rate in training, but hopes to see more consistency from the Belgian player on the pitch.
Chelsea are ready to submit a third bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, with Mourinho suggesting they will continue to pursue the 27-year-old until the end of the transfer window. Manchester United have said that Rooney will not be sold this summer, and the striker played for David Moyes’ side in the 4-1 win over Swansea at the weekend.
Roma are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea striker Demba Ba, who is unlikely to be a first team regular under Mourinho this season, Ba is behind Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres in the pecking order at Chelsea, and could finish the transfer window as fourth choice if the Blues sign another striker.
On HITC today we look at Mourinho’s claim that Chelsea have a transfer plan B and C regarding potential signings this summer, and analyse the Frank Lampard and Ramires partnership in the heart of the Blues’ team.
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