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A RAID on England ace Reece James’ home may have been an inside job, it is feared. Sources close to the Chelsea star say the burglary, which saw his medal haul in a large safe stolen, is thought to have been done by people who know him personally.
Kante has missed the last two Chelsea matches through injury. Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on N’Golo Kante ahead of Chelsea's London derby against Tottenham on Sunday. Kante’s start to the season has been hampered by injury problems, with the midfielder only sporadically available over the opening month.
The footballer took to social media to expose the criminals who broke into his home Chelsea star Reece James is the latest footballer to be targeted by thieves while playing a match, with his Euros and Champions League medals stolen from his home as a match at Stamford Bridge was ongoing.
Reece James, who was playing against Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea began their Champions League title defence, appeals for help in identifying culprits of theft at his house in midweek Reece James has revealed his Champions League winners' medal and Euro 2020 runners-up medal were stolen during a burglary at his home while he played for Chelsea on Tuesday.
Reece James took to Instagram to post a picture of himself with rapper, Drake. Did nobody tell him about the Drake curse? Drake Just flipped the switch. The curse is proven wrong once again as Reece James soars in a Champions League Victory just days after being pictured with Canadian popstar, Drake.
Chelsea star Andreas Christensen has been incredible in recent weeks. Chelsea have been impervious in defence under Thomas Tuchel and much of that is down to Andreas Christensen, who has ousted Thiago Silva from the line-up. That is why the Blues boss must act fast with his next job.
Romelu Lukaku is what Chelsea were 'missing', hails Thomas Tuchel as 'world-class' striker fires Champions League holders to victory over Zenit
Tuchel admits Lukaku is the type of player Chelsea were 'missing' last season Lukaku scored his fourth goal in four matches during their game on Tuesday Chelsea beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in their group game at Stamford Bridge Tuchel believes it is Lukaku's clinical edge that makes him a 'world-class' striker
Chelsea 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg: Romelu Lukaku can’t save the day for Thomas Tuchel’s side all the time
This was the sort of game Chelsea bought Romelu Lukaku for. For those matches during which not much catches fire. For the matches that last season would have seen Thomas Tuchel’s side drop two points. Here, though, with Lukaku on hand, Chelsea were able to get away with an off day.
Crosses went astray and decisions were rushed but manager’s preparation finally yielded 1-0 result thanks to Romelu Lukaku As the half-time whistle edged closer, with openings scarce and Zenit St Petersburg carrying out their containment plan to perfection, an increasingly animated Thomas Tuchel could be seen urging Chelsea to calm down in the final third.
CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT ST PETERSBURG: Thomas Tuchel's men weren't at their best in their Champions League opener, but another clean sheet and Romelu Lukaku's latest goal got them over the line Romelu Lukaku is already beginning to look like something of a bargain. Chelsea paid a record £97.5m transfer fee for a big game player to make the difference on nervy, edgy European nights like these.
Romelu Lukaku’s second-half header was the difference as Chelsea began their European title defence with a win Match report and analysis Tuchel's verdict “It was not tough, not frustrating. They are a very strong opponent so we had to work really hard to get high-ball recoveries, which we did.
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Holders Chelsea host Zenit St Petersburg, while Barcelona host Bayern Munich on opening night of European action
And welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of Tuesday night's Champions League action. Our main focus will be on Chelsea vs Zenit but we'll also have updates from the big game between Barcelona and Bayern Munich as well as the rest of the other matches. Team news to follow shortly with the games kicking off at 8pm.
The young Blues picked up three points in their UEFA Youth League opener on Tuesday afternoon Chelsea Under-19s have beaten Zenit St Petersburg U19s 3-1 in their opening match of the UEFA Youth League campaign. The Russian side went 1-0 up on 35 minutes as Evgeny Kim handed the visitors the advantage, but a strong second-half from the hosts ensured maximum points.
Having added a dangerous attack to the backline that earned them Champions League glory, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Blues to kick off with a big win Chelsea will begin the defence of their Champions League crown by welcoming Zenit St Petersburg to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Thomas Tuchel’s men look in strong shape to follow up last season’s final win over Manchester City, having added Romelu Lukaku to an already star-studded team over the summer.
Marseille's return to the European stage begins on Thursday in Europa League Group E, where Lokomotiv Moscow are waiting to welcome Les Olympiens to the RZD Arena. Both teams claimed 2-0 domestic wins at the weekend ahead of this encounter, with the hosts beating Krylya Sovetov while Marseille came up trumps at Monaco.