In an effort to boost their attacking options, Chelsea have reportedly targeted a number of strikers. Fernando Llorente, Christian Benteke, Jamie Vardy, and Andrea Belotti are all on Antonio Conte’s shortlist as he looks for a player to provide competition for signing Alvaro Morata. Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been considered, but a move for the Gabonese striker looks unlikely.
Run, run, run
After surprisingly being used as a midfielder in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham, David Luiz has claimed that boss Antonio Conte only gave him one order – run.
“Run! Run a lot! Not to cover the space of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
“They always play very well between the lines so I was there to close this gap and not leave any space for them to create so I was trying to do my best.”
Recent reports have suggested that Chelsea could make a quick profit on title-winning goal scorer Michy Batshuayi, as French side Lille are reportedly readying a £36m offer for the Belgian. The striker played second fiddle to Diego Costa last season, and following the arrival of Alvaro Morata earlier this summer, it seems likely that Batshuayi will be second choice again this season. If the 23-year-old decides to move, it could give him a chance to kickstart his career.
Courtois’ Wembley Warning
Following Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham at Wembley, Thibaut Courtois has warned Tottenham fans that they must make more noise if they want to make the stadium home. During the game, a drum beat was played over the PA system to create an artificial atmosphere, and the Belgian believes the Spurs fans must do more.
“Tottenham have the capacity now to bring a lot of fans into the stadium. If they make more noise it would be better for them because if you have to put some noise over the speakers to make some atmosphere, I don’t think it is working very well.
“In the second half, they were pressing and 70,000 people started to wake up. There is obviously more than the 40,000 at White Hart Lane.
“The difference is that the fans are more separate from the pitch than at White Hart Lane, where you feel more pressure when they are pressing and the pitch is smaller, which is probably better for them.”