Chelsea weekend round-up: Lewandowski link continues, Hazard 'most effective' in Europe

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

All the latest news and gossip from the weekend at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are smarting this morning after their painful defeat against Newcastle United at St James Park yesterday.

Goals from Yoann Gouffran and Loic Remy did the damage for the home side, as a lacklustre Chelsea stumbled into a very poor performance.

Mourinho was horrified at the performance, stating:

"I made eleven mistakes, I should of picked the other eleven and not this one. I had one team that was not there. When the team is not there normally you lose. We deserved to lose.''

The only good thing going for Chelsea is their Champions League opponents in midweek. Schalke 04, who actually won away from home in the Bundesliga last night, are decimated by injury and currently in mid-table in the Bundesliga.

It led the Gelsenkirchen side’s club captain Benedikt Howedes to admit recently that:

”We cannot compete against top teams like Chelsea at the moment.”

So Chelsea will hope to put some of the hurt behind them with victory in Europe this week.

Chelsea are being heavily linked with a move for Robert Lewandowski this weekend. The Poland striker is reportedly available for a cut-price £7 million in January - as Die Schwarzgelben get set to cash in on the Pole rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Real Madrid are also said to be interested, however he is reported to have gone cold on a move to Munich.

One Chelsea player who is having a good weekend has to be Thorgan Hazard. The younger brother of Eden is currently ranked as the ‘most effective’ player in Europe after his excellent start to the season with loan outfit Zulte Waregem.

Kenneth Omeruo has returned from injury. The Nigerian, who had an outstanding 2012-13 in Dutch football with ADO Den Haag has been struggling with a shoulder problem. But he featured in the Blues Under-21 match with West Ham yesterday, which ended 3-3.

Finally, and the three Chelsea players at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup will all face each other in the semi-finals of the competition. Ali Suljic and Isak Ssewankambo of Sweden will take on Habib Makanjuola of Nigeria on Tuesday night.

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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