Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Tuesday, October 5.
Antonio Rudiger update
The future of defender Antonio Rudiger continues to be a red-hot topic among Chelsea fans as the 2021/22 season continues to roll along.
The Blues sit top of the Premier League but, at present, the defender’s contract situation has gone unresolved. Both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are reported to be interested in his services, which has only heightened fears.
However, Chelsea fans will be relieved to know that hope has not been given up just yet on a new deal, with Fabrizio Romano reporting on Twitch that negotiations are still going on.
Rudiger’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign and the Blues will be eager to resolve the situation sooner rather than later.
Tuchel plots training ground improvements
Chelsea are planning to make improvements to their Cobham training ground as Thomas Tuchel seeks out every possible advantage he can get.
The Blues have applied for planning permission to build eight pole-mounted cameras and one roof-mounted camera in their facilities in order to provide quick updates to players on tactics and formations.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have both drawn up similar plans for Roma and Manchester City respectively, using drones instead, but the mounted cameras were deemed a better option for Chelsea.
“Installing cameras at Cobham will allow training sessions to be recorded from a range of angles and heights. The scheme will use leading camera and software technology to route back into the office for immediate analysis,” planning agent Nancy Stuart said.
Chelsea defenders embarrass Arsenal and Spurs
Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell were both on target on Saturday as the Blues beat Southampton 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, taking them to the top of the league heading into the international break.
It means that, alongside Reece James, Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso and Rudiger, Chelsea defenders have scored seven goals already in the Premier League this season.
That total is not only more than any other defence in the top-flight, it comes to more than the total number of goals scored by Arsenal (5) and Tottenham’s (6) entire squads.