3pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Cech explains howler, Drinkwater sent off for horror kick, Declan Rice LATEST

CHELSEA will look to return to winning ways at Wolves tonight.

The Blues' unbeaten run was ended by Everton on Saturday, while Petr Cech came out of retirement to feature for the development squad against Spurs.

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  • Jack Figg

    LIKE A BOS

    On December 15, 1995, football changed forever.

    The European Court of Justice allowed footballers within the European Union to change team when their contract expired without a transfer fee being paid.

    Jean-Marc Bosman, the man who successfully pushed for the ruling, failed to revive his career after the dispute that led to the lawsuit.

    But many others have followed his lead and pulled off amazing free transfers that launched their careers.

    From Paul Pogba to Robert Lewandowski, these Bosman transfers are a big part of any club's market dealings.

    Here, SunSport reviews a line-up of the best-ever free transfers on the ruling's anniversary.

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    CECH MATE

    Petr Cech revealed it 'felt so strange' to be playing again – two years after retiring.

    Cech – who was named in Frank Lampard's Premier League squad – returned to action in Chelsea's 3-2 Under-23s win against Spurs.

    He wrote on Instagram: "565 days after what I thought was my last game in professional football I had the opportunity to be back on the pitch …

    "It felt so strange for the first 20 minutes as my “match system” I used to have while plying regularly was missing but as the game went on the feeling returned ,”match system” reappeared and it was great to have that special feeling again….

    "Well done to my teammates for turning the game round ! It was great to get the win and 3 important points to go top of the league !"

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  • Jack Figg

    TIER-RIBLE

    Just FOUR Premier League grounds can now let in fans after London was moved into Tier 3 Covid restrictions from midnight tonight.

    The announcement by health secretary Matt Hancock forced Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham to rip up plans to host 2,000 home supporters in tomorrow’s Prem games.

    Instead, the only clubs now allowed supporters are Liverpool, Everton, Brighton and Southampton.

    Craven Cottage was bouncing despite the limited number of fans during Sunday’s draw with Liverpool.

    But instead the Thames-side ground will be silent, apart from the sound of the players on the pitch, when the Cottagers face Brighton.

    There will be fans inside Anfield for tomorrow’s top of the table clash between Liverpool and Spurs.

    That will be the only Prem ground to open the turnstiles this midweek.

    And this weekend will see supporters only at the St Mary’s and Goodison on Saturday – with Manchester City and Arsenal the respective visitors – and the Amex on Sunday, when Brighton host Sheffield United.

    Arsenal, who have hosted fans twice so far this month, were forced to confirm a 'full refund' for supporters who had been successful in the ballot for the game with Southampton.

  • Jack Figg

    FEELING BLUE

    February promises to be a make or break month for Chelsea as Frank Lampard's title challengers face a host of tough trips.

    Of the six matches the Blues are currently scheduled for, only two are at home.

    The month kicks off with a midweek trip to table-topping Tottenham before a potential banana skin versus Sheffield United.

    A break before the next weekend's game against Newcastle may not be what Chelsea want, with the FA Cup fifth round scheduled for Tuesday, February 9.

    The Blues will hope for another comfortable night against the Magpies having won their last eight meetings in West London.

    Finally guaranteed a few days' rest, Chelsea then make the short trip to Southampton on February 20.

    Saints sit above Lampard's men at this moment after seven wins from their opening 12 matches.

    And the visitors to St Mary's may have one eye on their Champions League last-16 first leg trip to Madrid the following midweek.

    Atletico welcome Chelsea to Estadio Wanda Metropolitano aiming to knock them out in a similar fashion to last year's upset against Liverpool at the same stage.

    Rounding off the difficult spell is a visit from Manchester United on the weekend of February 27.

  • Jack Figg

    SET PIECE SPECIALIST

    Here is some throwback footage of Mason Mount breaking down how he perfectly strikes free-kicks.

    And he proved good to his word on the last day of the season in the summer as he hammered home past Wolves.

    Chelsea take on Wolves tonight and will be hoping for more of the same from Mount.

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    NICE JOB

    Fikayo Tomori is being tracked by Nice for a loan move next month – and the deal is unlikely to be hit by the new post-Brexit transfer regulations.

    British players now have to qualify for work permits before European sides can sign them up, which is hitting a number of proposed switches for young players fresh out of the academy.

    But though Tomori’s game time at Chelsea has been limited this season, the fact he has proven Premier League experience plus an England cap is enough to see him secure enough points to be cleared to play in France.

    Tomori has featured in just one top-flight match this term with Frank Lampard preferring a pairing of Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva.

    The ex-Derby loanee has been involved in just three fixtures this campaign, with his last outing coming in the Carabao Cup defeat against Tottenham on September 29.

    But despite being out of favour in West London, several Premier League clubs have shown an interest in taking the centre-back.

  • Jack Figg

    OUT ON A LAM

    Chelsea play Wolves tonight in a must-win following their defeat at Everton.

    But Frank Lampard is expected to still be without wingers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic.

    Here's how we predict Chelsea will line up.

  • Jack Figg

    WATER YOU DOING? 

    Danny Drinkwater was sent-off for Chelsea's Under-23s on Monday night for kicking out at Tottenham youngster Alfie Devine.

    In a thrilling Premier League 2 encounter, Spurs took an early 2-0 lead.

    But goals from Myles Peart-Harris and Marcel Lewis saw the Blues fight their way back to 2-2.

    With a little over 15 minutes left in the game, Tottenham youngster Devine, 16, launched himself into a horrific two-footed tackle on Drinkwater.

    The former Leicester star – 14 years Devine's senior at 30 – was left in a crumpled heap on the floor.

    But as Devine attempted to run off with the ball, Drinkwater – who cost Chelsea £35million in 2017 – kicked out at the Spurs man, sending him flying to the turf.

    Players from both sides quickly took exception as they squared up on the pitch, with tempers boiling over.

    Both players were shown a straight red for their ugly actions.

  • Jack Figg

    BACK IN BUSINESS

    Veteran Petr Cech pictured playing for the Blues' Under-23s against Tottenham on Monday night.

    Cech was named in Chelsea's Premier League squad earlier this season, despite hanging up his gloves at the end of the 2018-19 season.

    The Czech stopper took on the role of technical director at Stamford Bridge.

    And, ahead of the 2020-21 season, he was named in Frank Lampard's playing squad with doubts over Edouard Mendy's backup goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

  • Jack Figg

    FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Frank Lampard has predicted the title race will be much tighter this season following Liverpool's rout last term.

    He said: "I think that's just where we're at this season. We felt it first hand at the weekend with Everton.

    "They've got good players, they invested in the summer, they're a good squad, they were well organised and they made it very difficult for us.

    "And watching the games on Sunday, you see that all over the place. The league is getting tighter for whatever reason.

    "I think teams are strengthening, they're very well organised and I think certainly I felt our preparation into the season was slightly different so we've been a bit of a work in progress.

    "We feel ourselves we've already lost some points we maybe wouldn't have done. Everyone will feel that in their own ways.

    "We have to make sure we just maintain our levels and keep improving to stay in that."

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    TALK TO FRANK

    Frank Lampard admitted it would be more fair to have a 'level playing field' where all clubs are allowed 2,000 fans.

    He said: "Even though we've been in Tier 2 and had fans in for a couple of games, I did feel that it should have been a level playing field with fans if some clubs can have them and some can't.

    "We've seen already and felt it, the backing that they give you and what it does to the game – and I think that should be pretty level.

    "I also think we can control 2,000 fans coming into a stadium if they are coming from within a tier or whatever to keep things moving along. So it's unfortunate to say the least."

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Petr Cech was in the between the post for Chelsea for the first time since leaving in 2015.

    He was on the winning side as the Blues' Development squad came from two behind to beat rivals Tottenham.

    Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has called on the Government to reverse its decision to ban fans from football stadiums in Tier 3.

    He said ahead of the Government's announcement: "Let's get it right, we are making it up as we go along because we've never been in this position before.

    "And I think when you are talking about if clubs can control the situation, then I think that they've shown so far that they can.

    "So I would like to have thought that something could be done to make it exempt where we can get that 2,000 number in.

    "But that goes above my station, I'm just saying what I think."

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