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Saturday, June 4, 2022

What happened to Romelu Lukaku as Andreas Christensen absent for Denmark ahead of Chelsea exit

  The domestic season is over after an intensive season for Chelsea who racked up 63 matches over the course of 2021/22. Nevertheless, th...


The domestic season is over after an intensive season for Chelsea who racked up 63 matches over the course of 2021/22. Nevertheless, the work is just beginning at Stamford Bridge following the completion of the club's takeover by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.

Contracts have been extended , meetings are underway and after months of stagnation under the special operating licence, things are firmly back underway with the likes of the Blues' megastore back open.

There is little time to bask in the changes however, with much of the Blues squad already on international duty, and those in the Chelsea hierarchy having to catch up the ground they may have lost in the transfer market.

While it would be understandable for the likes of Thomas Tuchel and co to be in dire need of a holiday this summer, the German coach wasn't even considering it in the immediate aftermath of the season. Both for personal and work reasons.Tuchel said following the final game of the season:

"No, it's impossible. Cannot go on holiday, no. There are too many things to clarify and give an opinion. Of course, nowadays, you can have meetings on Zoom so it's not necessary to do everything in person. The first days I will be here anyway and around because my children are in school, so it will start with a bit of a delay to the holidays.

"But even in holidays, it's also normal in a situation like ours, that you stay in contact and you have the possibility with Zoom and Facetime to have calls, share opinions and move forward because we need to."

There is little let-up for any member of the Chelsea set up before returning for pre-season on July 2nd and takes a look what has happened to Blues' stars during the international break and beyond so far.


Poland 1-2 Wales - Ethan Ampadu stayed on the Wales bench during the friendly, but it is expected he will play a role against Ukraine as the nation look to earn their place in the World Cup. The 21- year-old was asked about his future ahead of the clash and provided a diplomatic response. The Venezia loanee said:

"As a footballer, you want to play in every game, and as a kid, I loved playing every game," he said. "It does help on big occasions [playing week in and week out], but week by week, you want to play football. No one likes to sit and watch it."

Norway U19s 2-3 Ukraine - Bryan Fiabema provided an assist in his 90 minute display despite falling to defeat. Italy 0-3 Argentina - Jorginho played the whole match, while Emerson Palmieri played 77 minutes in the Finalissima, in which Lionel Messi praised the impact of the former.

The Chelsea duo both departed Italy's camp following the comprehensive defeat. Scotland 1-3 Ukraine - Billy Gilmour played 68 minutes in the loss as Scotland failed to progress in their ambition to qualify for the World Cup.

Ghana 3-0 Madagascar - Baba Rahman provided an assist while completing 90 minutes for Ghana following his loan at Reading. USA 3-0 Morocco - Christian Pulisic played 65 minutes on his way to providing an outstanding assist for the USA and earning a penalty. The 23- year-old was also asked about his future with the Blues. He said:

"As far as right now, I'm obviously just focused on what I'm doing here [on international duty] and I'm super excited to be here.

"Of course, I want to get more playing time. I want to be on the field as much as I can and be the sharpest I can be and fit as well. I think I still got a lot of games. But it's always something that I'm working at and trying to be regular at club level as well to put myself in the best position to be fit when I come here with my national team."

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