'Nothing New' on Mahrez Transfer, Insists Claude Puel

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Chelsea will be back in action this weekend as the Blues host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

Despite their strong run of late, Chelsea start the weekend 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

The England global missed Saturday's FA Cup draw at former club Fleetwood but will travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea's hopes of defending the Premier League crown look to be over, but a win over the Foxes would give the west Londoners a boost if it saw them gain even temporary superiority over United.

Leicester boss Claude Puel has questioned whether Eden Hazard would need to leave Chelsea to become the best player in the world.

Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson (both hamstring) and Robert Huth (ankle) are out but Christian Fuchs (illness) and Vicente Iborra (hamstring) are fit for Claude Puel's side at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester City have won just once in their 11 previous Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge (W1 D3 L7) - winning 2-0 in September 2000, with Muzzy Izzet and Stan Collymore getting on the scoresheet.

On the other side of the coin, Chelsea are a side that will want to get an easy win from this game. Islam Slimani worked well in a mostly full strength Leicester side last time out, scoring two goals against Huddersfield Town.

And looking further down the English football pyramid it looks like being a tough punting weekend, so much so I've even taken a trip over to France (not literally, sadly) to pick out Nice as hopeful home bankers.

"He's an interesting player for the future and will be between the Under-23 and Premier League squad - he has quality to play in Premier League".

Before I watched the Carabao Cup semi-final with Arsenal I would have said Chelsea would win this 3-0, but I'm not so sure now.

'But I think he can continue to develop as a player.

'He can make the difference, so for me he is a top player in Europe.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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