Chelsea latest: Ramires return and Benteke should have been signed

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All the latest from the past 24 hours at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has stated that the poor form Chelsea are currently exhibiting is down to a change of style. After back-to-back defeats against Everton and FC Basel respectively he made the comments ahead of the upcoming game against Fulham on Saturday.

"I don't like the way Chelsea were playing in the last couple of years. The club doesn't like it and we want to change. When you want to build something different and the players are adapted and comfortable - it's more difficult."

The result of this South London derby has extra importance, as Chelsea try to overcome their worst league start in 10 years.

Chelsea are expected to recall Fernando Torres up front, while Ramires can return from his European ban. Michael Essien, who was not available for the game against Basel is also eligible. Fulham meanwhile could be without Dimitar Berbatov, Bryan Ruiz and Maarten Stekelenburg while Darren Bent returns to the squad.

Nathanial Chalobah has been speaking about his one month loan with Nottingham Forest, which was confirmed last night. The England under-21 international spent last term with Watford, and had an impressive campaign at Vicarage Road. Now he is looking forward to a new challenge and first-team football at the City Ground.

One former Chelsea striker believes the club should have signed Christian Benteke this summer. Tony Cascarino, who also played for Aston Villa said that the Belgian was just the type of player they needed to get the goals this season:

"I felt that would have been a massive statement. He’s the type of the player they needed in the way they play.’’

Instead the club loaned out fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku and signed Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer - and have so far struggled to score goals this season.

Chelsea FC have explained their stance behind the rainbow shoelaces campaign against homophobia this weekend. They do not agree with the campaign in ‘its current form’. Many clubs feel that the campaign has been rushed into action, and do not like the way it has been presented in coalition with betting partners Paddy Power:

“We welcome further work with them but, for this weekend, it’s not something with us.”

 

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