Saturday, August 31, 2019

Lampard slams Chelsea's Disappointing draw to Sheffield united: "The game was under control; we should have won"

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard lamented two points thrown away on Saturday after Chelsea were pegged back in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United. 

It all started off well at Stamford Bridge as Tammy Abraham scored twice in the first half to give his side a 2-0 lead going into half-time. 

But Callum Robinson scored for the Blades immediately after half-time, increasing the nerves around the Chelsea home ground. 

And the newly-promoted side's comeback was completed in the 89th minute after Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma got the final touch on Robinson's cross to hand the Blades a huge point on the road.

The result leaves Chelsea with just one win from their opening four Premier League games under Lampard, with the Blues having drawn twice and lost once. 

Saturday's game also continued a worrying trend for Chelsea, who have struggled in the second half of several Premier League matches already this season.

Manchester United scored three times in the second half on the Premier League's opening day in a 4-0 win, before Leicester pegged Chelsea back in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge two weekends ago.

Lampard acknowledged after Saturday's game that his side's second halves need to improve quickly. 

"It was under control, it is our fault for gifting them a goal in the first minute of the second half. It's a similar story already," Lampard told BBC Sport

"The game should have been comfortable and we have dropped two points. We want to win games, the emergence of youth is one thing but winning games is another. When you are 2-0 up at half-time you should win the game.

"We had more than enough on the pitch to win that game from 2-0 up. There is no chance that that game should swing like that. We gave them the possibility to hurt us."

Abraham's play was a bright spot for Chelsea, with the 21-year-old now having scored a brace in back-to-back games. 

"Tammy Abraham is doing well, his all-round game was great and he needs to continue," Lampard said of the England striker.

Chelsea will return to action after the international break on September 14 when they travel to face Wolves at Molineux. 

Match Report: Chelsea FC 2-2 Sheffield United

Sheffield United earned a fantastic point in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, as they drew 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

After​ a largely uneventful opening to the game, Chelsea opened the scoring with their first chance of the game through Tammy Abraham. His initial header was saved by Dean Henderson, but as the Blades goalkeeper spilled the ball Abraham pounced on the rebound and fired home.

Abraham made it two for the Blues two minutes before half time, once again taking advantage of some poor defending. Some bad communication saw John Egan and Jack O'Connell both attempt to head the ball, and it was put on a plate for Abraham who swept it home for 2-0.
With not even a minute on the clock of the second half, Sheffield United got themselves back into the game thanks to Callum Robinson. Enda Stevens perfectly pulled it back for a free Robinson, who smashed the ball past Kepa Arrizabalga to give the Blades a glimmer of hope.

Sheffield United were on top in the second half, as they fought for an equaliser and a huge point. They deservedly levelled it up with one minute to play, as Robinson's cross was guided into Arrizabalaga's net by Kurt Zouma, as the Blades earned a huge point at the Bridge.

Chelsea FC vs Sheffield United: Match Preview

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will look to rack up his second win of the season when his side host newly-promoted Sheffield United in the Premier League this weekend.

The ex-midfielder wrote his name into legend at Stamford Bridge, but until he edged a 3-2 thriller against Norwich last week, was yet to taste success in the hot seat.

Arriving from Derby to fill the boots of the oft-maligned Maurizio Sarri, Lampard saw his side battered by Manchester United in their opening game, before a devestating penatly shootout loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup.

The one-time England star also faces the difficulty of a transfer ban and the loss of the talismanic Eden Hazard, but at the very least now looks to be on the right track - and another former Chelsea hero feels that the circumstances stacked against him could help be his making.

Ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot feels that the chances Lampard will have to afford young players this season could help them replicate the success of Ajax last year, who came close to conquering Europe in a team untested at that level.

"Chelsea are bringing in the former players to coach, who will help the push for youth that they want to bring through," he stated. "If I was a young player at Chelsea, then I would be so excited. You have a coach who will give you an opportunity.

"He can’t bring in new players for at least a year so he has to use what he has around him. I have been a long advocate that Chelsea should use their youth players because they win so much at youth level.

"I saw Frank Lampard was watching the Under-23s. He knows he might need those players. This is their chance. Chelsea are more like Ajax this season. They can’t make big signings but the smart thing to do is promote the young boys.

"If they qualify again for Europe, it is a big success. Even the Europa League. Asking to win the league is silly. They can build on a European finish. They will build on the young players, then sign more alongside a group of successful homegrown talent.

"Bringing through homegrown talent is a success in itself. You see Chelsea’s youngsters won a lot of trophies but the real trophy is now that they are being used."

Friday, August 30, 2019

#CHESHU pre-match conference: Lampard talks about the blades, the champions league draw and lots more

The boss delivered his customary pre-match press conference at Cobham this afternoon before chelsea's first Saturday 3pm kick-off the season. Sheffield United, who came second in the Championship last season, are the visitors to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard ruled Pedro and N’Golo Kante out of the fixture. He reported Toni Rudiger will play for our development squad against Tottenham tonight in a game that can be watched live on the app and this website.
With the European transfer window still open the boss didn’t rule out further outgoings and said we must wait and see what will happen in the coming days. Among a number of other questions, he was asked for his reaction to the England squad which was announced yesterday.
‘Delighted for Mason,’ responded Lampard. ‘It’s great recognition. He had it at Derby and unfortunately got injured and missed out. I’m delighted for him after the start he’s had.
‘With Tammy, there is competition up front. He’s had a good start, good goals last week. Hopefully it’s a matter of time, that’s Gareth’s choice and with the competition that’s tough.
‘I’m really pleased for Mason, and Ross who is there as well.

It was put to Lampard we had been handed a pretty tough Champions League draw…

‘Yeah, I think so. I saw the early reports saying all the English teams had had pretty good draws. There never is an easy draw in the Champions League.
‘One team [Ajax] was a semi-finalist last year, Valencia are a very strong team always, and in Lille we have another strong team. It’s certainly no walkover of a group, far from it, they’re quality teams that we will have to be fully on guard for, and be at our best to get through the group.’

Lampard scored on our last visit to Valencia in September 2011

‘Happy memories of that, but also an awareness of a difficult stadium to go to, not hostile as such but very much behind the home team, tight. If you go there and you’re not at it or ready, it will be a particularly difficult game. I’m very aware of how hard that will be.’

Lampard knows Sheffield United from the Championship last term

‘They have started well. I was hugely impressed with them last season, their style of play and formation.
‘The job Chris [Wilder] has done there can’t be underestimated, and I don’t think it is. The recognition he has got is very well deserved - to take that club from where he has, to play with a style and identity he has, when he is a man who feels deeply about the club. I felt that when we went to Sheffield United last year on the line next to him.
‘I look forward to going up against him, against a good team who have stuck to their principles and who will give teams in this league a lot of problems.’

The Blades’ 3-5-2 formation, with overlapping centre-backs, has caught the eye

‘We have to give credit where it’s due. There’s always something nice about being a leader rather than a follower, and that caught a lot of teams in the Championship cold.
‘I really enjoyed the tactical battle of going up against them twice. It is certainly something you have to applaud and it gives a lot of threats against you. You have to work out how you can damage them from the way they play yourselves.
‘From watching their first games, there’s not just a tactical edge to the way they play. They are also physical and there is a spirit about the way they play. That may have grown with trusting the players who have got them up.’

Lampard said the whole squad and staff felt an uplift after the win at Norwich

‘I have watched the game back and there is lots and lots for us to improve on. The players know that. That’s a good sign. We got a result, we played pretty well, but I believe there is a lot more to come. We can’t rest on that – it’s important we back it up.’

Tammy Abraham scored his first Chelsea goals at Carrow Road and Lampard was asked how he felt the striker had handled the pressure.

‘Really impressed. His character and how he dealt with the Twitter situation was brilliant. He had to rise above it which wasn’t easy. He certainly did with his response.
‘He has this character which is enthusiastic. He trains with a smile on his face and a work ethic. In terms of what I see on the outside and how he reacted to that, and the competition to try and get in to the first XI, I can’t complain.
‘That must stay and improve all the time. Two goals doesn’t make or break him. It’s just the start and he needs to push on. 
There’s competition up front and I’m not playing young players for the sake of it. Tammy is playing at the minute because he deserves it, but he will have to continue deserving it.’

Ashley Cole will return to Chelsea to take charge of the Under-15s

Ashley Cole has confirmed he will be returning to his former club Chelsea to take up a coaching role.
Cole, who recently announced his retirement from professional football, has revealed he will return to Stamford Bridge to work under his former team-mate Frank Lampard and take up the role as Under-15s coach.
Acting as a guest of UEFA for theEuropa League draw in Monaco on Friday, Cole outlined that it was time for him to enter the next chapter of his career.

'I've worked under some great managers, took a lot from them so I will go back to Chelsea and work with their under-15s and see where it goes from there,' said the former England international.
After coming through the youth ranks at Arsenal, he made a controversial switch to rivals Chelsea in 2006 before finishing his career with spells at Roma, LA Galaxy and finally Derby at the end of last season. 

Pre-Match Conference: Lampard talks about Mount and Tammy Abraham

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard laughed off a comparison between Mason Mount and James Maddison being called up by England and his own experiences with Steven Gerrard.

Uncapped attacking midfielder Mount has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign at Chelsea, having excelled on loan under Lampard at Derby County last term,and was rewarded with a place in the England squad to face Bulgaria and Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifying 

Mount and Maddison, who is also yet to make his first senior international appearance, were named in the group for Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain in October 2018 but went unused.

Lampard does not believe the duo will have any problems playing in the same team, brushing aside a suggestion there could be a situation similar to when critics stated he and Liverpool star Gerrard were unable to feature in the same England XI.

"I can't believe you've gone Lampard and Gerrard. I thought we'd moved on!" Chelsea's head coach said to chuckles at a news conference ahead of the Blues' clash with Sheffield United on Saturday.

"There's been a lot of talk of my generation with England. Now, sitting on this side, we have intelligent players.

"We had Mason and Ross [Barkley] in the same team on the same side of the pitch last week. We played against Maddison a few weeks ago and I was hugely impressed, two intelligent footballers who can adapt to positions."
Lampard also has no concerns over Mount's selection coming too early.

"We're delighted for Mason. Great recognition, delighted he's got this chance again," Lampard said.

"I'm not concerned about it. I'm confident in his strength of character, desire and hunger. Those things won't affect him. Everyone has to keep their feet on the ground."

Mount's team-mate Tammy Abraham did not make the cut, but Lampard believes the striker, who had to withstand racial abuse on social media following his penalty shoot-out miss in the UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool, will earn his first cap since 2017 soon enough.

"It's a matter of time for Tammy, hopefully," Lampard said. "Really impressed [with his maturity].

"His character and how he dealt with the situation was brilliant in terms of the Twitter nonsense. He dealt with it first-hand and rose above it, which isn't easy."

Eden hazard beats Giroud and Jovic to UEL player of the season for 2018/2019

Eden Hazard has been crowned the Europa League Player of the Season for his performances with Chelsea last term.

The Belgian was the Blues' star man during the 2018-19 campaign and scored two goals in the final as they lifted the trophy in Baku.

Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1, with Olivier Giroud and Pedro also getting on the scoresheet, before substitute Alex Iwobi - now of Everton - hit a late consolation.

Hazard made eight appearances in the competition, starting four, three of which were in the knockout stages.

He beat former team-mate Giroud and new club-mate Luka Jovic to the prize, with the Serbia international having shone for Eintracht Frankfurt in their run to the semi-finals.

Hazard made a big-money move to Real Madrid this summer after a stellar campaign in London in which he scored 21 goals and recorded 17 assists from 52 appearances across all competitions.

Alongside winning the Europa League, the Blues made it to the final of the Carabao Cup and lost to Manchester City on penalties, as well as finishing third in the Premier League.

Hazard managed 110 goals and 92 assists from 352 games in a Chelsea shirt across all competitions and was a key performer for the Blues after joining from Lille in 2012.

Since arriving in the Spanish capital, his progress has been hampered by injury and he has yet to make his competitive debut for Los Blancos.

However, expectation weighs heavy on the new signing to replace the goalscoring output that was sorely missed after Cristiano Ronaldo left to join Juventus last summer.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

More on the Champions league group stage draw for the blues.

The blues have been drawn against Ajax, Valencia FC and FC Lille in the Group stages of the 2019/2020 champions league.
The draw was made in Monaco on Thursday evening and has also established the teams Chelsea Under-19s will be playing in the UEFA Youth League, which has groups mirroring those of the senior competition.

After a season away playing in the Europa League, which we won, we were in the pot for the top Champions League seeds thanks to our triumph in Baku in May, and it was our own Petr Cech who was one of the former star players chosen to pull the balls from the pots and set up the group-stage rivalries.

He helped select games for the Blues against Dutch champions and last season's Champions League semi-finalists Ajax, whom we have never previously played in a competitive fixture and were in Pot 2. Familiar opponents for Chelsea in this competition, Valencia, came from Pot 3 and from the pot of the lowest seeds came French runners-up Lille.

The dates of our six Champions League fixtures are:
Matchday 1
Tuesday 17 September - Chelsea v Valencia, kick-off 8pm UK time
Matchday 2
Wednesday 2 October - Lille v Chelsea, kick-off 8pm UK time
Matchday 3
Wednesday 23 October - Ajax v Chelsea, kick-off 5.55pm UK time
Matchday 4
Tuesday 5 November - Chelsea v Ajax, kick-off 8pm UK time
Matchday 5
Wednesday 27 November - Valencia v Chelsea, kick-off 5.55pm UK time
Matchday 6
Tuesday 10 December - Chelsea v Lille, kick-off 8pm UK time

Breaking: Mason mount and Ross Barkley earn call-ups to Gareth southgate's latest 25-man England squad.

Gareth southgate has named two Chelsea due Mason mount and Ross Barkley in his 25-man squad for upcoming matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
 Mason mount has played every single minutes of Chelsea's premier league campaign thus far and has provided two assists in three games as the blues made a stuttering start to the 2019/2020 session.
 Ross Barkley returns to the England setup having found his place under severe threat in the Chelsea team due to the impeccable form mount has shown in recent weeks.

England squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Tom Heaton.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Declan Rice, Harry Winks.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Frank Lampard on the Champions league: "its a big challenge for me and the team"

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admits that the club's two-window transfer ban makes the challenge of competing in this season's Champions League that much harder, but insists he and his squad intent to go as far as they can with what they have at their disposal.
The Blues will learn their European fate for this season on Thursday, when UEFA hold the draw to find out who will face each other in the competition's group stages.
The strongest teams on the continent will face each other for club football's most coveted award, and Lampard hopes that the strength of the Premier League will put his young Chelsea side in good stead for handling those pressures.

“It's a big challenge for us as a team,” Lampard said ahead of the draw. “We know that with the difficulties of the ban and where we’re at. But it shouldn’t take away from the great challenge that it is to try to do well in [the Champions League].
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“I think the Premier League is so strong and that is clear when you have two teams [like Man City and Liverpool].Manchester City are clearly absolutely a top team in world football.

“I think the English teams are strong at the moment and I hope that continues, because I think that's great for us inEngland and the Premier League.”
The Stamford Bridge side find themselves in pot 1 for the draw, meaning they can avoid various league champions, while they also cannot draw another English side.

And, having won the Europa League while taking third place in the Premier League during a positive 2019-20 for the club, the former midfielder is glad to have his side back in the mix with football's biggest names after a handful of uncertain seasons in London.

“It’s important for us, it’s where we want to be,” Lampard added. “It gets tougher every year, coming third last year and winning the Europa League gets them that [elite] status. It is where we want to be.

“I had some great nights in it, great moments and great memories. Talking about the players, they want to play in it and show what we are about.
“It is nice that we are there. It means that we need to keep our league performances up now to be there next year and tackle it head on. 
“It is the greatest club competition in football and I was lucky enough to win it once. I’m looking forward to working in it as a manager.”

"I'm fortunate to have jorginho", says Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted he is 'fortunate' to have midfielder Jorginho as his disposal – with the Italian appearing to have finally endeared himself to supporters. 
The 27-year-old had been much maligned last season for consistently below-par performances and often suffered the brunt of abuse from the club's disgruntled fan base. 
But the Brazil-born star appears to have shaken off his stuttering start at Stamford Bridge, and boss Lampard has lavished praise on an integral member of his side.

He told Sky Sports: 'What I see in Jorginho is a quality of pass and I want to see him use his range.
'He played some great through-balls against Liverpool and I know he can do it. He can do what's asked of him and he is eager to do it.
'I love his spirit, how he trains and how he plays. I keep going on about that but it's infectious and it's important.'

After a dominating display in the Blues' maiden Premier League victory at Norwich last weekend, the Chelsea away contingent could be heard chanting Jorginho's name.
But just a few months ago, the Italian had been heavily criticised for failing to influence games from his deep-lying midfield position. 
The fractured relationship between the player and club's supporters was also made worse by the stubbornness of ex-manager Sarri. 
The 60-year-old tactician, now at the helm of Juventus, persisted with fielding Jorginho in the anchor position typically filled by fan favourite N'Golo Kante. As a result, the Frenchman was shunted into a more unfamiliar position.
But Sarri's successor, Lampard, admitted he has been impressed with Jorginho's quality.

He added: 'I watched him last year and I thought he finished the season really well but you only really know a player when you see them day in and day out.
'From the first day of training he showed me instantly his quality and his attitude.
'I am actually fortunate to have Jorginho.'    

Kante and Pedro to be assessed in the coming days

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that key senior players N’Golo Kante and Pedro will be assessed in the coming days, with the international break after the next round of fixtures a potential blessing.

Kante has struggled with different injuries since the end of last season and was forced to miss the 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday after also only being fit enough for the bench when Chelsea faced Manchester United on the opening weekend of the new campaign.

Pedro, meanwhile, had played every minute this season until missing the Norwich game. The Spanish World Cup winner has been an important player for Lampard after only being something of a bit-part rotation option under former boss Maurizio Sarri.

“Pedro picked up a hamstring injury and we will assess the severity of it over the next couple of days, but I think it will be tough for him to be back for next week at first glance,” Lampard said of Pedro’s absence in the wake of the weekend’s first win of the season,

“We obviously then have the international break, so that might help, but we will be trying to get him back as quickly as possible because he’s an important player.”
As for Kante, Lampard added that the international break could also be important in giving the French international extra time off in order to fully recover.

“It’s a difficult one with N’Golo because he’s had four years of constant playing,” the boss said.

“We knew he had that injury from the Europa League final last season, which affected his pre-season, and then he picked up an ankle injury last week. He’s trying and we are trying to get him through it, but the [Norwich] game just came too quickly and he was in too much pain.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tiemoue bakayoko is nearing a return to AS Monaco

​Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is finally closing in on a loan move to Monaco after the Blues accepted that there are no other suitors for the Frenchman.

Bakayoko failed to impress Frank Lampard in pre-season and is believed to have been made available for transfer but, with the summer transfer window nearing an end, he still remains at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had hoped to find a permanent move for Bakayoko, or at least send him on loan to a side playing Champions League football. However, no offers have arrived, and RMC Sport (via Get French Football News) state that Chelsea are now prepared to do business with Monaco.
Paris Saint-Germain were thought to be keen, so Chelsea were likely waiting for a substantial offer from them, but the Ligue 1 champions ultimately declined to make an offer after sealing a deal to sign Idrissa Gueye from ​Everton.

Talks with Monaco are ongoing, although it is believed that Bakayoko is not even their primary target. ​AC Milan's Franck Kessie is highest on their wish list, but the Ivorian's high wage demands have forced them to consider other options.

Bakayoko has quickly emerged as an alternative, and it is thought the midfielder would be keen on a return to Monaco, with whom he emerged as one of the most exciting midfielders in Europe.

He was part of the side who stunned PSG to win the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title, whilst he also helped steer Monaco to the Champions League semi-final that year. He was in fantastic form that campaign, prompting Chelsea to spend £40m to sign him that summer.

However, an abysmal debut campaign saw Bakayoko quickly loaned out to Milan, and there appears to be no way back for the underperforming Frenchman.
The likes of Jorginho, Mason Mount, ​Mateo Kovacic and ​N'Golo Kante have all impressed this season, whilst ​Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also close to returning from his Achilles injury. 

Lampard has plenty of options at his disposal, so there appears to be no place for Bakayoko at Stamford Bridge anymore.