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CHELSEA fought back from a goal behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 in their return to Premier League action.

But with Kepa making another error, Frank Lampard is reportedly in pursuit of £50m Man Utd star Dean Henderson as a potential replacement.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from West London below…

  • MORE ON LAMPS

    Lampard added: “There are things we will definitely have to clean up for future games. I want to be positive but there were things we could improve.

    “The games are looking different now, not just without the crowd but the details of the game, the tempo of matches and thetiredness factor.

    “We did not know what we were coming into but now we have three points when some teams around us lost points.”

  • CUT IT OUT

    Frank Lampard ordered his Chelsea team to cut out the sloppy mistakes, despite beating Aston Villa 2-1.

    Sub Christian Pulisic and striker Olivier Giroud scored inside two second half minutes after Kortney Hause grabbed a shock opener for struggling Villa.

    The win cemented Chelsea’s place in the top four, but defeat for Villa kept them in the bottom three.

    Blues boss Lampard, whose men now face Manchester City on Thursday, said: “It is important we don’t lose sight of some of the errors in the game as we conceded a poor goal.

    “We played well in patches, but when they put us under pressure I thought we gave it away too easily.”

  • EVERYTHING O-KAI

    Chelsea are the frontrunners for Leverkusen winger Kai Havertz, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.

    But Schira added that Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United all have an interest.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea boosted their hopes of finishing in the top four with a win over Aston Villa this weekend.

    But it was far from straight forward for Frank Lampard's side after Kortney Hause gave Villa the lead before half time.

    Christian Pulisic pulled one back for the Blues before Olivier Giroud completed the comeback two minutes later.

    The win has moved them five points clear of Manchester United ahead of this week's clash against Manchester City.

    But the boss has ordered his players to cut out the sloppy mistakes, despite beating Aston Villa 2-1.

    Sub Christian Pulisic and striker Olivier Giroud scored inside two second half minutes after Kortney Hause grabbed a shock opener for struggling Villa.

    He said: “It is important we don’t lose sight of some of the errors in the game as we conceded a poor goal.

    “We played well in patches, but when they put us under pressure I thought we gave it away too easily.

    “There are things we will definitely have to clean up for future games. I want to be positive but there were things we could improve.”

    In other news, the Blues are continuing their pursuit of Leon Bailey despite already signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    Lampard's side are said to be plotting a summer move for the 22-year-old winger, who has three left to run on his Bayer Leverkusen deal.

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has called for his Chelsea team to cut out the sloppy mistakes, despite beating Aston Villa 2-1.

    The Blues boss said: “It is important we don’t lose sight of some of the errors in the game as we conceded a poor goal.

    “We played well in patches, but when they put us under pressure I thought we gave it away too easily.

    “There are things we will definitely have to clean up for future games. I want to be positive but there were things we could improve.”

  • TALK TO FRANK

    Frank Lampard ordered Christian Pulisic to win the game for Chelsea when he put him on the pitch against Aston Villa.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I'm really glad I could help the team. Obviously today that was with the goal and a good result.

    “I was just told to go in and win us the game really, nothing special.

    “Just needed to go on and use my talents.”

    And he did exactly as he scored the equaliser before Olivier Giroud bagged the winner.

  • ON THE PUL

    Christian Pulisic has revealed how Chelsea's squad have reacted to the signing of Timo Werner.

    When asked if signing the German forward proved there are exciting times ahead, he said: “Yes, I think so.

    “We're a very strong team with very strong players, to add him to that, it's exciting for what's to come.”

  • RED ALERT

    Jamie Redknapp has insisted it will take “something very special” for Aston Villa to avoid relegation after their defeat to Chelsea.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Listen, it's difficult.

    “Brighton had a great result yesterday, it's going to take something very, very special.

    “They have got the players to get out of this situation.”

  • GAME OVER

    Frank Lampard's side fought back from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1.

    Click here to read the full match report!

  • GIR-GEOUS

    Chelsea are ahead at Villa Park!

    Hause opened the scoring for Villa before Pulisic pulled one back to make it 1-1 in the second half.

    Just two minutes later, Olivier Giroud found the net to give Chelsea the lead!

  • CHEEKY TIME

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in the Chelsea squad for the first time in 403 days.

    And fans are buzzing to see him in back in the Blue shirt…

  • DREAM TEAM

    Here's how Frank Lampard's men start at Villa Park.

    Chelsea are 1/2 to win this match, according to the latest odds by Ladbrokes.

  • IT'S LIVEEEEEEEEEE!

    The Blues will be aiming to continue their push for the top four when they face Aston Villa today.

    Luckily for you, SunSport will be bringing you live coverage of the action as it happens.

    Click here to tune in for all of the build-up ahead of kick-off.

  • LAMP SWITCHED ON

    Frank Lampard admitted the pressure on him to succeed as Blues boss has been cranked up by the club's spending spree.

    Chelsea have already splashed out more than £84million on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – but more signings are expected. But Lampard knows it is needed in order to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

    He said: “This is Chelsea Football Club and we want to close the gap – and signing Timo and Ziyech both are nice statements. We do know there is a big gap going upwards, when you look at the performance of Liverpool and City in the last couple of years.

    “So we need to really try to work to close that gap and we have to be ready to give the players that come in, the two players you’re talking about, some time for adaptions to the league.

    “There are other areas we may want to improve on as we go along. They have to be players who are in the market and we feel that we can get and confident and comfortable in getting them in the right places, to fill the right holes to improve us.”

  • WHET THE APPETITE

    Here is a little treat to get you in the mood…

    When Chelsea and Villa met earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard's side came out on top.

    Tammy Abraham opened the scoring before Trezeguet equalised but Mason Mount netted an emphatic winner to secure a 2-1 win.

    Remember this?

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    Last time out… ? @MasonMount10 #AVLCHE #CFC #Chelsea

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  • FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATIONS

    Today is of course Father's Day.

    And Chelsea have tweeted their best wishes to all the Blues-supporting dads out there.

    To go with it, they added photos of Olivier Giroud, Jorginho and a couple of fans with their kids.

    Ahhhh.

  • WEEKLY SCHEDULE

    Chelsea are back in action this afternoon when they take on Aston Villa.

    But fans will not have to wait long to see their boys back in action again.

    The Blues face a tricky clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

    Here are this week's Premier League fixtures in full…

  • FOUR HOURS TO GO

    There are now less than four hours to go until Chelsea are back in action, exactly 15 weeks since their last match, that 4-0 win over Everton.

    Today it is a trip to relegation-threatened Aston Villa, who played out a 0-0 draw with Sheffield United in the first match of Project Restart.

  • BAIL HIM OUT

    Chelsea are still fighting to try and sign Leon Bailey this summer – despite already spending £84million on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    The Blues are thought to be plotting a £40m move for the Bayer Leverkusen winger, 22, who has three years left on his contract.

    But the Daily Mail report adds that Manchester City are interested in him as a replacement for Leroy Sane but it is Manchester United who are most keen.

  • TV TIMES

    Here's what time Chelsea's big kick-off is today, wherever you are in the world.

  • BLUE BOYS TO MEN

    Joe Cole says Tammy Abraham and the rest of Chelsea’s young stars have no choice but to rise to the challenge of new arrivals.

    The £47million capture of Timo Werner has given Abraham competition for the striking role in West London next season while Hakim Ziyech is another already arriving this summer.

    And former Chelsea star Cole says if they can’t rise to the challenge then they are not equipped to be Chelsea players anyway.

    Cole, 38, said: “Tammy Abraham will embrace the challenge of Werner coming in and will improve because his attitude is second to none.

    “That’s the nature of the beast, if you are at any big club, you know that there is a whole team of people scouring the world looking for someone to come in to take your job, to do your job better than you within the team.

    “Players at the top level should know that is normal at a club like Chelsea. If you can’t accept that as a reality playing for such a massive club, that’s the reason why certain players stay at middle clubs.

    “Certainly the lads who have come through the system at Chelsea who I’ve got to know over the years, their attitude and education that they have been based on, they will embrace the challenge.

    “Frank understands the importance of competitive squads to drive you on and push you, I think the players will accept it as part of the reality of playing for Chelsea and it will improve them, I believe in that.”

  • DOWN THE PJAN

    Chelsea have turned down the opportunity to swap Jorginho for Miralem Pjanic, according to reports.

    The Blues have already secured the services of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for next season, and more star names including Kai Havertz could follow.

    But one man that appears unlikely to arrive at Stamford Bridge is Juventus midielder Pjanic.

    According to Calcio Mercato, the Blues have rebuffed Juve's advances and are reluctant to swap their Italian international – denying former boss Maurizio Sarri another reunion with the 28-year-old.

  • THE BLUES ARE BACK!

    The moment Chelsea fans have been waiting for as their side face Aston Villa at 4.15pm today.

    You can follow all the action on the SunSport live blog.

  • FRANK TALKING

    Frank Lampard has admitted the marquee signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will mean owner Roman Abramovich will expect more from him and his squad in the future.

    He said: “Yeah, it probably does [increase pressure], and I get that.

    “There's pressure in the Chelsea job whatever. There's expectations to whatever degree; we're a well-supported club, well-followed club and scrutiny is big as we know.

    “That's why we love the Premier League and why we're trying to do our best. So I don't mind the idea, I get it. We're trying to improve here.

    “I'm under no illusions. I want us to improve first and foremost. So I don't mind that pressure.”

  • NO-GOLO

    N'Golo Kante is happy at Chelsea and does not want to leave the club, according to ESPN.

    Contrary to recent reports, they claim that Kante has not been told he will be sold and is very much keen to stay.

    The 29-year-old is said to be delighted with the ambition the club have shown in signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and excited about the potential of the club's academy prospects.

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