David Luiz did not take part in training as he is still struggling with a knee problem. Andreas Christensen looks set to start after having a string of outstanding performances this season. Antonio Conte seems to be adamant on squad rotation especially during the busiest time of the season with the Blues having 9 games during the month of December. It is likely we may see a few changes to the starting line up that faced Newcastle on last Saturday.
The Chelsea team have safely arrived in Madrid and there was a light training session for the boys ahead of our Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid tomorrow.
Eden Hazard seem to be in his usual character.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 26, 2017
Let’s hope our boys can come home with all 3 points tomorrow.
WRITER: Kevin Dane Birch <- Follow him on Twitter
The farce of Diego Costa & Chelsea Football Club has been in the headlines for the past couple of months. Costa revealed at the end of last season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sent him a text message saying that “you are not in my plans” and has been AWOL ever since.
Earlier this week, Chelsea included Costa in their Premier League squad much to the surprise of many fans, both those that want him back at Stamford Bridge and those that feels it’s better to leave the club if he has no desire to play for the club. The reasoning behind his inclusion in Chelsea’s Premier League squad was solely a legality, meaning Chelsea were just fulfilling contractual obligations.
Today, Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the upcoming UEFA Champions League 2017/18 campaign was released but Diego Costa wasn’t included. Here are the most logical scenarios to take into consideration and the reason why.
If Diego Costa manages to complete a transfer to Atletico Madrid in January and they also made it into the knock out rounds of the Champions League, Atletico would be able to field Costa in the competition because he wasn’t included in Chelsea’s squad, thus he isn’t cup-tied.
Chelsea had to register Costa in their PL squad to fulfil terms of contract. They can't include him in CL squad if they want to sell #cfc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 4, 2017
If Costa plays any domestic cup games for Chelsea (highly unlikely), and he secures a move to Goddison Park with Everton, as some reports suggests, he can only play league games because he is cup-tied, but he would still be able to play in the Europa League for Everton.
Chelsea could have registered Costa in their 25-man team for Europe, and sold him to a team in the Europa League in January, i.e. Everton, but if Chelsea doesn’t make it out of the group stages of the Champions League, meaning they would be moved into the Europa League. With Everton being in the same competition, the Toffees won’t be able to play Costa in any of their games in Europe.
Chelsea’s decision to omit Costa from their Champions League squad all but confirms that he will be transferred to a club that is in said competition in January, with Atletico being the most likely.
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Speaking at a press conference Atletico Captain Gabi said, “From what I know, Atletico Madrid want to sign him and he wants to join, but of course, there is Chelsea in the middle and when you are part of a club you must respect the badge and try and leave in the best way.”
Midfielder Koke added: “If Costa joins then he will help the team as he always did, we know he is a great player but right now he is a Chelsea player and I cannot tell you any more.”
Diego Costa has released a statement saying he will not return to Chelsea and he “must return to Atletico Madrid”.
“My destination has already been decided. I must return to Atletico Madrid, Costa said.
“It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea do not want to release me. But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.”