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  1. Here's how busy December is for Chelsea, published at09:47

    Chelsea December fixtures: Watford v Chelsea (Wed, 1 Dec 19:30), West Ham v Chelsea (Sat, 4 Dec - 12:30), Zenit v Chelsea (Wed 8 Dec - 17:45), Chelsea  v Leeds (Sat, 11 Dec - 15:00), Chelsea v Everton (Thu, 16 Dec - 19:45), Wolves v Chelsea (Sun, 19 Dec - 14:00), Brentford v Chelsea (Wed, 22 Dec - 19:45), Aston Villa v Chelsea (Sun, 26 Dec - 17:30), Chelsea v Brighton (Wed, 29 Dec - 19:30) (All times GMT)
  2. Transfer news: Chelsea handed Tchouameni boost, published at07:18

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    Chelsea have received a transfer boost with Juventus having pulled out of the running to sign Monaco's 21-year-old France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.(Calciomercato - in Italian), external

    Meanwhile, the Blues and Liverpool are both considering a move for Barcelona and Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo, 22. (Sport), external

    Elsewhere, Real Madrid are optimistic about their chances of signing Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer.  (Goal), external

    Want more transfer rumours? Read Wednesday's full gossip column

  3. Strikers need to 'relax' - Tuchel, published at17:05 30 November

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    Thomas Tuchel says his strikers may need to "relax" in front of goal, but added that he is "happy and calm" about the form of his forwards.

    Chelsea scored two league goals at home in November but have been without Romelu Lukaku - who returned from injury in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

    "In general, we are absolutely happy and calm. I think they try hard. Their contribution to our style of game, to the high pressing, is immense," Tuchel said on Tuesday.

    "We should maybe take into account that when they arrive with the chances, they don’t arrive fully relaxed.

    "Sometimes they breathe hard when they arrive. Maybe that costs us a bit of precision sometimes, but we scored many goals before. This game [against Manchester United], I agree. We had a similar game in terms of chances and result against Burnley at home."

  4. Tuchel on injuries, goals & Jorginho, published at14:32 30 November

    George Cummins, BBC Sport

    Thomas Tuchel has been speaking before Chelsea take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.

    Here are the key lines from the Blues boss:

    • Reece James, Jorginho and Timo Werner are all doubts for tomorrow's match. They will make a last minute decision on all three but Romelu Lukaku will be in the squad after he played the last eight minutes against Manchester United on Sunday;

    • The Chelsea manager said he is "happy and calm" with his forwards despite the lack of goals at home in the league over the last two matches: “I think they try hard. Their contribution to our style of game, to the high pressing, is immense. We can see this in every game live but also the data after the matches";

    • When asked how the Chelsea players felt about Jorginho not winning the Ballon d’Or after winning the Champions League and the Euros: “My players were surprised that Lewandowski didn’t win last year. There are some surprises in it. It is an election. In the end, we come from sports. We accept and go on".

    Follow Tuesday's news conferences and Premier League build-up

  5. Watford v Chelsea: Last time out, published at12:03 30 November

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    Chelsea moved back into the Champions League places with a comfortable win over struggling Watford at Stamford Bridge.

    Olivier Giroud had been in good form for the Blues and he finished smartly from a clever Ross Barkley pass to put them ahead.

    A Willian penalty doubled the lead before Barkley rounded off the scoring with a fine strike into the top corner.

    Nigel Pearson's Watford worked hard but showed little quality going forward to suggest they could pull clear of the bottom three.

    The result left Frank Lampard's side one point clear of fifth-placed Manchester United with five games to go while the Hornets teetered one point above the relegation zone.

  6. Tuesday talking point: A busy December awaits, published at11:47 30 November

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    Chelsea drew the short straw in the 'Not Playing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United' sweepstake and almost paid the price for a profligate first-half performance on Sunday when Callum Hudson-Odoi, among others, saw chances saved by David de Gea, while Antonio Rudiger crashed a shot against the bar.

    The latter was also guilty of missing a chance in added time on top of injury time at the end of the game, but that is not what the German is being paid for. Meanwhile, his contract talks are still up in the air…

    Jorginho made up for his assist for Jadon Sancho and recent international penalty misses for Italy with an assured spot-kick to limit the damage with Liverpool and Manchester City winning to close the gap at the top of the table.

    His midfield partner Ruben Loftus-Cheek continued his recent run of good form to ensure N'Golo Kante was not too keenly missed. The absence of Ben Chilwell was more difficult to evaluate. Thomas Tuchel seems optimistic that the elegant wing-back could return come January, but ACL injuries are notoriously tricky to treat.

    The Blues now face a run of three away games at the start of December, including London derbies at old favourite Claudio Ranieri's Watford and an emergent West Ham, while likely still needing a win at Zenit St Petersburg to ensure topping their Champions League group.

    The games are coming thick and fast now. Fortunately, the Club World Cup has been pushed back until next year.

    Chelsea's Jorginho scores a penalty against Manchester UnitedImage source, Getty Images
  7. This week's live commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live, published at11:46 30 November

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    There are nine live Premier League commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra this week:

    • Newcastle United v Norwich City (Tue, 30 Nov - 19:30 - 5 Live)

    • Leeds United v Crystal Palace (Tue, 30 Nov - 20:15 - first half online and second half 5 Live)

    • Watford v Chelsea (Wed, 1 Dec - 19:30 - Sports Extra)

    • Everton v Liverpool (Wed, 1 Dec - 20:15 - 5 Live)

    • Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford (Thu, 2 Dec - 19:30 - Sports Extra)

    • Manchester United v Arsenal (Thu, 2 Dec - 20:15 - 5 Live)

    • Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool (Sat, 4 Dec - 15:00 - 5 Live)

    • Manchester United v Crystal Palace (Sun, 5 Dec - 14:00 - 5 Live)

    • Aston Villa v Leicester City (Sun, 5 Dec - 16:30 - 5 Live)

    All times GMT

  8. Watford v Chelsea: Head-to-head stats, published at11:03 30 November

    Premier league record, 14. Watford 2 wins 16 goals 2 clean sheets. Chelsea 10 wins 30 goals 5 clean sheets
    • Watford have lost seven of their past eight Premier League meetings with Chelsea, winning the other 4-1 in February 2018. The Hornets have conceded 21 goals in these eight games (2.6 per game).

    • Chelsea have won their past two away league games against Watford, but have never won three in a row at Vicarage Road before.

    • Since a goalless draw in February 2016, there has been 33 goals scored in eight Premier League games between Watford (12 goals) and Chelsea (21), at an average of 4.1 per game.

  9. Former Chelsea full-back Sillett dies aged 85, published at10:00 30 November

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    John Sillett (left) and his brother, Peter, were at Chelsea together

    Former Chelsea full-back and Coventry City manager John Sillett has died aged 85.

    Sillett began his career as a player at Chelsea and made more than 100 appearances for the Blues, winning the First Division title in 1954-55.

    He managed Coventry between 1986-90 and was at the helm when the club beat Tottenham 3-2 in the FA Cup final at Wembley to win their first major trophy in 1987.

    He played for Coventry and Plymouth Argyle before moving into management.

    "Obviously the family are really saddened by dad's passing but we are all so proud of him and what he achieved," a statement from Sillett's family said.

    "His ability to spot things tactically, change them during a game and enhance the abilities of players was top class, the respect he had from top people in the game and the kind words we have already received already underline the high regard in which he was held by the football world."

    After starting his career at Chelsea, Southampton-born Sillett became Jimmy Hill's first signing at Coventry in 1962 for £3,000. He went on to make 128 appearances for the Sky Blues and was part of the team that won promotion to Division Two in 1962-63.

  10. Still a big night for Blues at Ballon d'Or awards, published at07:09 30 November

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  11. Premier League players miss out as Messi claims Ballon d'Or record, published at07:05 30 November

    Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or - awarded to the best footballer of the year - for a record seventh time.

    Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski came second, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third and Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema finished fourth.

    Fourteen of the 30 players shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or currently play in the Premier League.

    Chelsea had five players represented, with third-placed Jorginho joined by N'Golo Kante in fifth, Romelu Lukaku in 12th, Mason Mount in 19th and Cesar Azpilicueta, who tied for 29th.

    Premier League champions Manchester City had the same number as Kevin de Bruyne came eighth, Raheem Sterling 15th, Riyad Mahrez 20th, Phil Foden 25th and Ruben Dias 26th.

    Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were sixth and tied for 21st respectively, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was seventh and Tottenham's Harry Kane 23rd.

    Read the full report and see the final list

    Lionel Messi claims a seventh Ballon d'OrImage source, Getty Images
  12. Watford v Chelsea: Who makes your Blues team?, published at18:13 29 November

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    Chelsea visit Watford in this season's first round of midweek Premier League fixtures on Wednesday, but who will make it into Thomas Tuchel's starting XI after the leaders dropped points at the weekend?

    You'll be able to pick - and share on social media - your own line-up for every Premier League game throughout the campaign.

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Blues team to face Watford

  13. Five Blues await award decision, published at17:35 29 November

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    Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount are all on this year's shortlist for the Ballon d'Or - with the winner to be announced in Paris on Monday evening.

    The Blues won the Champions League last season, while all five featured in the summer's Euros for their international sides.

    Jorginho went on to win Euro 2020 with Italy.

    See the full shortlist here and follow the awards show and results in our live page from 19:00 GMT.

  14. Midweek fixtures at a glance, published at14:41 29 November

    Tuesday fixtures: Newcastle v Norwich 19:30 GMT, Leeds v Crystal Palace 20:15 GMT. Wednesday fixtures: Southampton v Leicester 19:30 GMT, Watford v Chelsea 19:30 GMT, West Ham v Brighton 19:30, Wolves v Burnley 19:30 GMT, Aston Villa v Man City 20:15 GMT, Everton v Liverpool 20:15 GMT. Thursday fixtures: Tottenham v Brentford 19:30 GMT, Man Utd v Arsenal 20:15 GMT.
  15. 'Battling' Rudiger makes Garth's team of the week, published at12:41 29 November

    Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger features in Garth Crooks' team of the week after the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

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    Antonio Rudiger: He made a fabulous tackle in the first half which set the tone for his entire contribution to the match. Rudiger loves a battle and the fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are made for the likes of him.

    Read what else Garth had to say about Rudiger, plus see which other players made it into his team of the week

  16. Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd: The pick of the stats, published at07:33 29 November

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    • Chelsea are now winless in their past eight Premier League games against Manchester United (drawn five, lost three), only having a longer run without a league win against the Red Devils once before (10 games between 1938 and 1950).

    • United managed just one further attempt after taking the lead against Chelsea, with their total of three shots their lowest in a Premier League game since April 2017 against Manchester City (also three).

    • In their past two Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge against Burnley and Manchester United, Chelsea have attempted 49 shots, faced just eight themselves and had 100 touches in their opponent’s penalty area – they have, however, failed to win in back-to-back home games in the top flight for only the second time under Thomas Tuchel.

  17. Two points lost for Tuchel's Chelsea, published at07:16 29 November

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will regard this as two points lost after exerting total domination over Manchester United but they were let down by a rare moment of mis-control by Jorginho and a lack of cutting edge.

    They also seemed to run out of ideas once they had failed to overpower Manchester United early on. There was the odd second-half skirmish and that late chance for Antonio Rudiger – who also hit the bar in the first half – but it was hardly a siege.

    Tuchel will be delighted to see Romelu Lukaku on for the last nine minutes because he is the game-changer in that he is a far more likely candidate than Timo Werner to apply the finishing touches to the opportunities a side of this quality will always create.

    Chelsea are still at the top but they will rue the fact that they were not able to extend that advantage further.