Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Nevin: Gilmour will be fine after wobble at Leicester

Former Blue Pat Nevin has backed his countryman Billy Gilmour after he experienced his first wobble in form against Leicester city last Sunday.

The Young Scot didn’t have the best of games in the Fixture and he was withdrawn at halftime but now blues Legend is backing the 19-year old to overcome it.

“ It may be that some of the younger players will have a dip in form, that is not something to be too concerned about, that has happened since the dawn of history in the game. It is part of the learning curve and they will be fine,” 

“Billy Gilmour had a tough afternoon at the King Power Stadium, but will that have a lasting effect? Yes it will, but in a good way.

“No one in the history of the game cruises through a career from day one without difficult times. You have to learn how to cope with it.

“He will be fine not only because of his talent and personality but also because of the management team and the kind of team-mates he has around him. He will be back on the pitch soon enough with their support and of course ours.”

Lampard rubbishes reported transfer rumours: “Until the end of the season, there is nothing to say”

Frank Lampard had his Pre-WestHam Press Conference this afternoon and he was asked about an emerging rumour about Chelsea tabling an offer for Angel Gomes and also a long reported interest in Declan Rice.

The Blue Boss has come out to rubbish reports of an offer for Angel Gomes saying he has not not heard of such from the club.

“I can elaborate to the point that it's never been mentioned at my end, so that's it.”

When Quizzed about Westham United Midfielder Declan Rice, he said: 

“Declan Rice is a good player you're right, and I've known him for a long time, he was in the Chelsea academy,” added the Chelsea manager.

“But there's no talk, I keep saying, about every player we'll be asked about.

“Until these games and this season is finished, there's nothing to say.”

Lampard also said the Club will formulate training workouts for new signings Ziyech and Werner because of their different physical levels.

 “I am in the process of arranging that plan now.

“You are right, they do become our players. They are also in different positions in the fact that Hakim hasn’t played for a long time because of the Dutch league situation and Timo finished at the weekend.

“We will formulate a plan for them that will look slightly different individually.

“We will decide in the meantime at Cobham in the training ground whether that means mixing with the squad or whether that means some physical work in the shorter term for themselves.”

ICYMI: Leicester 0-1 Chelsea

The two teams meet in one of the four FA Cup quarter-final matches played over the weekend.

Manager Frank Lampard rang the Changes as Emerson, Reece James, Gilmour, Barkley, Abraham all returned to the Starting XI while Bredan Rodgers was hoping his side will get back to winning ways in a tantalizing encounter.

It was Ross Barkley who got the only goal of the game getting on the end of a Willian delivery to send the visitors to through to the semifinal where they will face 12x Winners of the FA Cup Manchester United.

Ziyech bids emotional farewell to AFC Ajax

Chelsea’s Newbie Hakim Ziyech has sent an emotional farewell message to AFC Ajax and thanked them for the part that they have played in his career thus far.

The 27-year Old Moroccan International spent four years at the Johan Cruyff Arena and was involved in 110 goals across his time there.

He wrote on Instagram on an amazing four year spell spent in Netherlands

"The last 4 years were amazing. I don’t even know where to start for expressing how I’ve experienced this journey," 

"I guess making the Europa League final, making the Champions League semi-final, winning the Johan Cruijff Schaal, winning the KNVB Beker, winning the Eredivisie and becoming football player of the year says enough about how beautiful these years were.

"I want to thank everyone at Ajax for making this next step possible. You have all played a part in my progression over the last years. I hope you are proud of that, at least I’m proud to have worn the jersey of the best team in the Netherlands. Until we meet again."

Werner reveals how much Lampard wanted him

Timo Werner has revealed how Frank Lampard convinced him on a move to Stamford Bridge.

The German spoke to SkySports on how much Lampard made him feel important, how he valued him and that left an impression on him.

“The discussions with the board at Chelsea were so good that I ultimately chose them

"Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me and really wanted me to know that if I went to Chelsea, I could feel just as comfortable as I do with Leipzig.”

“In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasised how much he wanted me, how much he valued me as a person," 

"Of course it's hard to give up an oasis of wellbeing like the one I've had in Leipzig for years, but you can only get ahead in a career if you take the next step.

“This season was the crossroads, otherwise I would always have stayed with Leipzig. I’ve decided on something new and I hope that my form will continue like this.”

Ferdinand criticizes Wilfried Ndidi for Chelsea’s goal

A Nigerian International is said to have been at fault for the goal Chelsea scored to eliminate Leicester City from the Emirates FA Cup.

Former Manchester United  Defender Rio Ferdinand has criticized Wilfried Ndidi for his poor defending in the build up to Ross Barkley goal.

The Englishman clearly felt the Nigerian should have done more better speaking to BTSport: "The gap between the centre-backs start to develop. When that happens, when that big gap comes, the big job is for Ndidi, who has had great reviews for how he’s played over the years, and rightly so," 

"Once you see the gap between the centre-backs when the ball’s wide, his job is to drop in, drop in here and be that guard in there. If you keep your eye on Ndidi here and look how many times he looks over his shoulder to see where Barkley is.

"One look, two looks - when he looks there - he has to drop in there and cover the run from Barkley. He knows he can get in behind Ndidi because he’s not looking.

"Jonny Evans, one of my old team-mates, sees this but he’s marking his man - Tammy Abraham - once he sees it he’ll come over to try and cover. But once this happens at this level, it’s too quick, the quality is too good, it’s a great cross and the timing eliminates defenders out of it.

"Barkley sees the space, darts into it, great ball, great finish. Bad defending from Ndidi and the midfield."

Coronavirus: One individual has tested positive in the 11th round of testing, Premier league confirms

The Premier league has confirmed that one unnamed individual has tested positive for Coronavirus in the latest round of testing.

2250 players and staffs were tested throughout the week beginning June 22 and one individual tested positive though no club has confirmed that the certain individual is from them.

This was the 11th round of testing since the premier league started conducted coronavirus tests in May.

Chelsea planning to submit offer for Angel Gomes

Chelsea are planning to submit an offer for Manchester United midfielder Angel Gomes, SOCCER PUNCH can confirm.

The Blues are prepared to present the 19-year-old with a contract at Stamford Bridge when he drops into the free agency pool at the end of the month.

Manchester United Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he has not received a feedback from Angel Gomes representatives about talks on a new contract yesterday in his press conference.

Friday, June 26, 2020

“he’s got so much talent”

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard is in awe of the talent his American winger possesses in the aftermath of Chelsea’s win against City.

The American starred with back-to-back goals against Aston Villa and Manchester City leading to his boss saying “there is more to come from him” and his young side.

The Former Manchester City Midfielder was asked about 2019 signing from Borussia Dortmund:  “Christian came in last summer. Lot of talk about it. He didn’t really get a break when he got in the team. He was playing really well and gets a really tough injury.

“I wanted to protect him a bit against Villa, see that he could make an impact. He did that.

“I always planned to start him against Man City because I know what he can bring in these sort of games and he brought it. He did really well.

“He needs to keep working, he’s a young player but he’s got so much talent and he can get better and better.”

Van ginkel signs new one year deal

Chelsea have extended the contract of Marco Van ginkel by a year, SOCCER PUNCH can confirm.

Ever Since his move to Chelsea from Vitesse in 2013 for £8 Million, the 27 years old Midfielder have had spells of loan moves and long-term injuries and spells out on the sidelines 

However, he has been handed another opportunity to prove himself in a Chelsea shirt for another year.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lampard: Mancity still the best team and a joy to watch

Chelsea were deserved winners in their win against Manchester city on Wednesday night according to the Chelsea Boss.

However, Manager Frank Lampard is not getting over the moon with the victory insisting that City are the best team at the moment while Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola considered to be the very best in his own opinion.

Speaking to BTSport after the game, Lampard reflected on his team’s victory: “It was tough,” 

“When you come up against a team of Manchester City’s quality – in individuals, in the way they’re coached – for me, they’re the best, in terms of the way they play football, so great to watch.

“Pep and Jurgen Klopp are different class, hence why Liverpool are winning the league tonight!

“We had to work every bit that we ccould to try and get a result. We had to work defensively so, so hard and we did it, and we created the better chances on the night.”

Having said that, Lampard was also pleased with the way his players punished Manchester City’s mistakes 

“You always try and limit your errors, which there have been issues with at times, and you always try and capitalise [on your opponents’] but when you’ve got pace and you’ve got players like Christian who can get away from people and drive with the ball, you can do that,” 

“We’ve had the ball more than any team I think, regularly this season in games, the bigger percentage.

“But today against Manchester City when they play a false nine and they’ve got bodies in midfield, it’s really tough so we had to tweak a little bit at half-time, suffer in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but I think we deserved the win on chances.”

Guardiola: Liverpool played every game liked it was their last

Liverpool won their first League title in 30 years as Manchester City failed to beat Chelsea on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Manager Pep Guardiola has admitted his side were way short of expectations this season as they couldn’t match the reds’ passion.

The Catalan clearly pointed out in his post-match conference about his side’s recent success over the past few years which couldn’t be matched this season.

“We won eight titles in a row which had never happened before in this country,”  “It can happen to miss one. We lost Vincent Kompany to Anderlecht and had Aymeric Laporte injured. 

“After we won those titles maybe we didn't have the same passion as Liverpool.

After two seasons the gap is big. We were not consistent like the previous seasons. Liverpool won the Champions League and were given confidence. They played every game like it was their last game. In the beginning, we didn't play like that way.

“Congratulations to Liverpool for this great season. We still have five or six weeks to play but we won a lot in the last few years and of course we want to close the gap.

“We cannot forget we are still second in the league so we are better than a lot of the teams.”

When asked about the citizens performance tonight, he said: “In terms of the game, we played good. Not a lot of pressure in the box. But we play in general a good game but our mistakes...” 

Liverpool FC are Premier league champions for the 2019/2020 season; their first premier league title

The Reds have won their first premier league title and their 19th League title in their history.

Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 on Wednesday night to confirm a first league title since the 1989/1990 season.

Manchester City will face Liverpool on July 2 as the 2018/2019 premier league champions battle the new 2019/2020 premier league champions 

Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

Chelsea and Manchester city meet on Thursday night in the biggest game of Match day 31.

Pulisic scored in the 36th minute after an awful mistake between Gundogan and Mendy with the American colly slotting 1v1 against Ederson.

Kevin debruyne scored a fabulous freekick in the 55 minute after N’golo Kante gave the Set piece away.

An incident occurred in the 77th minute when Fernandinho handled a goal-bound effort; the Brazilian was sent-off Willian took the penalty and scored to hand Chelsea the lead again for the second time in the game.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lampard on harvertz: “He’s obviously a top player but no bids have gone in for him”

Frank Lampard was quizzed about Bayer Leverkusen’s star Kai Havertz during his Press conference today. 

The Blues boss acknowledges the 21-year old performances for the German side this season but insists “no bid” from Chelsea has gone in for him.

Lampard replied reporters when asked about kai havertz:

 "He's obviously a top player, but to carry on from my answer before I'm certainly not going to comment on other players at other teams. And it cannot be our focus. So, nothing to say."

He was also asked if any bid has gone in for him, Lampard replied firmly: "No. No bids have gone in."

In addition, Frank Lampard confirmed that Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi are out of tomorrow night’s game at home to Manchester City.

Lampard: “I was always confident they will stay”

Frank Lampard today in his Pre-match conference said he always felt confident that Willian and Pedro will extent their contract on till the end of this current domestic season.

The two winger’s contract was set to expire on June 30 but they have now signed a contract extension to keep them till the end of the season. 

Speaking at his Pre-match conference ahead the game at home to City tomorrow, he said: "We are still talking with the players, and Willian in particular, we are talking with him," 

"It was hard for me to comment too much because it was announced yesterday. But I was always felt confident that they would remain, they've been fantastic professionals for the club, and servants in all senses.

"And when you have that level of professionalism within you, I think it's a sign that they wanted to stay and see out the season at least.

"So we'll carry on talking and see. But I think everybody's focus now is on these next games, the individuals themselves and us as a club."

“I'm pleased, negotiations were relatively easy, because both sides wanted the same thing," 

"The two players wanted to make sure they could see the season out with us.

“At this point we need them in the squad, they are both important players for us, so I'm happy.”

Jorginho’s agent rules out transfer move

Jorginho’s Agent Joao Santos said his client won’t be leaving Chelsea for the forseeable future because his price tag has gone up and no club will be able to afford him in this financial climate.

The Italian is considered to be an important member of the Chelsea squad and he is the current vice captain of the team and so his agent doesn’t think his client whose contract expires in 2023 will leave.

Speaking to Italian website Calciomercato, he spoke about his client’s future: 

 “His price-tag has certainly gone up over the last two years, as he has done well in London and become a regular for Italy.

“He is now the vice-captain at Chelsea and has amassed a great deal of experience playing in the Champions League and Europa League. I think it’s very unlikely an offer will come in for Jorginho, because nobody can afford to make that kind of investment in the market right now.

“Because of the pandemic, nobody knows when we can return to normal or even play with fans in the stadium, so that’s a big problem for the transfer market.”

“Gilmour is in the perfect environment”

Gus poyet said Billy Gilmour is an perfect environment to hurn his potentials to being an outstanding player in the future.

The Former Blues Midfielder believes the young scot has experienced heads he could learn from in the midfield department and also a Manager who for sure likes working with youngsters and was also a fantastic midfielder.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: I had the chance to know him the other day through a sponsored thing with Chelsea. He loves the game.

“He’s got people in front of him that he can learn from. There are spectacular midfielders at Chelsea, people who have played at the highest level; players who have won the World Cup in [N’Golo] Kante, and players who have played for Real Madrid in [Mateo] Kovacic.

“So, there are plenty of things he can learn.

“On top of that he’s got a manager who was an outstanding midfielder – okay maybe a bit more offensive – but also an assistant manager who played in exactly the same position in Jody Morris.

“It’s like the dream club for Gilmour right now, because if he really looks around and pays attention and listens, which is what I see him doing, the ability is in him [to go far].

“Depending on how quickly he gets all that, he’s going to be an important part of the club. I’m looking forward to seeing him play in the next few games.

“Obviously he’s fighting for that place with very good players and it’s not like he needs to be in, because the other ones are very well recognised players. But in this period of many games, for sure, he’s going to have a chance.”

Bredan Rodgers turning deaf ears to rumours

Bredan Rodgers said Leicester city are not losing sleep over reported interests in likes of Chilwell and Maddison.

He added that the club are looking to keep the players together over summer and he is aware of interests in his players unsurprisingly because they are good players.

When quizzed about the subject on SkySports, He said: The club have got good experience of situations where bigger the so-called bigger clubs come in.

We're always aware that while there are good players, that will always be of interest to other teams that have more money than us.

"We don't lose sleep worrying about it. We're here to develop players and improve the standard of the team. Of course, if we're doing that then that will be taken note of by other clubs.

"We just have to continue with our work and always try to have a pipeline in place where if you lose one, you can have the next one in.

"We're certainly not actively looking to move anyone on that's for sure. We want to keep everyone together but we'll see what happens in the summer."

ICYMI: Chelsea agree contract extension with Willian & Pedro

Willian has agreed an extension to his chelsea contract until the end of this domestic season.

The Brazilian’s deal was set to expire on June 30 after talks of a contract extension has since broken down in recent months.

Willian will also play a part in Chelsea’s FA Cup Matches but it remains to be seen if he will participate in August’s Champions league matches.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have also confirmed on their official website that Pedro Rodriguez has also signed a contract extension.

Burley: Lampard under pressure to close gap

Competition for places can be found in every department at Chelsea which lead to Craig Burley saying that Frank Lampard has to get the Job at Chelsea now that Owner Roman Abrahamovich is splashing the cash.

The Former blue believes Lampard is under pressure to deliver expectations and no player is guaranteed an automatic place in the Chelsea first team even with their commercial rakings.

Speaking to ESPNFC, Craig Burley said: 

Anyone who thinks they are going to get in this team because they might sell a few jerseys is living in cloud cuckoo land because Lampard knows he is under pressure to close that gap, get Chelsea back to the top,” 

“Abramovich will expect it, he’s gone out with the cheque book already and given him Timo Werner – one of the best forwards in European football – and he’ll expect results.

“None of that frontline, or any other player in the Chelsea team, will play next season or beyond unless they are deserving of a place in the starting XI. It’s as simple as that.”

Monday, June 22, 2020

Arsenal looking to sign hart as emergency Goalkeeper

Arsenal are weighing up a possible move for Joe Hart after seeing Bernd Leno suffer an untimely and horrific injury against Brighton and Hove Albion last Saturday.

The England international goalkeeper is currently on the books at Burnley, where he remains out of favour, but could be drafted into Mikel Arteta's plans as an emergency signing.

Should incase the Gunners sign him, it will be on a short term deal and he will come in to replace Leno temporarily with Emiliano Martinez as his back-up.

Boga on leaving Chelsea: “I have no regrets”

Former Blues attacker Jeremie Boga has said he doesn’t regret a move away from Stamford Bridge but admits he is open to a new move next season.

Boga believes he had to make the move away from Chelsea under some circumstances which he clearly said speaking to Telefoot"I am ready for a new chapter,"
 "I have no regrets, as I made the right decision in leaving Chelsea. I think that was the best choice I could’ve made in the circumstances.

"Nothing is definitive yet. I spoke to coach Roberto De Zerbi to have a better understanding of the situation. I am ready for a new challenge, whether it is in Italy or abroad, but I could remain at Sassuolo too.

"I think Serie A football is suited to me and I am having the best season of my career so far."

Chilwell told Chelsea is a “step-up” from Leicester

Ben Chilwell is just one of the numerous players Chelsea have been linked with in their search for a new left back.

Joe Cole believes Chilwell coming to Stamford Bridge will be a good signing and he would fill in perfectly at the left back berth.

The Ex-Chelsea Winger told the Dailymail about how the signing will be good for the current foxes man in terms of his development: Similar to [Timo] Werner, he fits the ethos – he is young, he’s hungry, he’s explosive and athletic,” 

“I think he’s got a lot of talent, if he comes to Chelsea, working with the group there – in Brendan [Rodgers] he’s got a great manager and a great team up at Leicester. But Chelsea’s a step up from Leicester.

“I know they are sitting above Chelsea in the table at the moment but having the opportunity to work with Frank and improve would be immense for him.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Super Sunday Premier league match report.

The magpies and the blades meet in the first game of a packed Super Sunday Fixture list.

The firsthalf was bereft of chances but joelinton will be guilty of messing up a great chance 1v1 against Dean Henderson.

In the Second half, John Egan was shown a second yellow card in the 50 minute before Newcastle United took control of the game with Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Richie and Joelinton all scoring respectively in a comfortable victory.

              ASTON VILLA 1-2 CHELSEA
Chelsea went to Astonvilla in search of win to continue their good run of form which has been blooming before the coronavirus outbreak.

In a largely dominant firsthalf for Chelsea, it was astonvilla who took the lead minutes before the first half as hause slots a loose ball which fell to him to put the villians in the lead.

It took only two minutes for Chelsea to turn the game on its head with a quick-fire double from substitute pulisic and Olivier Giroud.  Azpilicueta assisted both goals 

The Game finished in favour of the blues as they go five point clear Manchester United in Fourth

                EVERTON 0-0 LIVERPOOL 
The Merseyside Derby ended a Sunday full of Premier League action.

The Game finished in a drap, uninspiring and underwhelming goalless share of the spoils as Jurgen Klopp’s Men were made to wait for a first league title in 30 years.

Although the reds could go one win short of winning the title if Manchester City lose to Burnley on Monday night.

Lampard “pleased” with win and “hungry” pulisic

Frank Lampard has heaped praised on “hungry” Pulisic in his role in helping Chelsea to victory at Aston Villa.

The Blues were dominant in the first half but it was the hosts who went ahead at halftime against the run of play.

The blues came back stronger in the second half thanks to a Pulisic equaliser and a Giroud winner.

Speaking Post-Match, The 42-year-old Manager said: He was hungry, I know that and I felt for him. He has trained well. The ability to arrive in the box is a big thing.

"It is a difference between being a very good player on the flank and a top-class player.

"With Christian and Ross [Barkley] they both have trained well, I have selection problems, good ones. I had them on my mind to come on early in the second half."

Lampard was also delighted seeing Ruben Loftus Cheek back on the pitch after over one year out of action.

"I am delighted for Ruben to be back in the fold," he said. "He got in the team on his own merit with working well. 

In training, he has looked good and strong.

"We need to give him time to adapt. I thought it was a game for his physicality. There is more to come."

Lastly, Lampard said the players needed to more clinical but won’t cut them the slack just yet

"I am really pleased with the performance. Villa had the opportunity to do it one time more.

"It was new for us. We moved the ball well, dominated but we need to be more clinical.

"I can give leeway on that because it has been a long time out."

Pulisic “glad” to help blues win at Aston Villa

Christian Pulisic is delighted at an exciting future to look ahead to Chelsea.

The American who scored Chelsea’s equaliser away to Aston Villa on Sunday evening is looking forward to what lies ahead with the lives of Werner and Ziyech joining the blues in July.

“I think we already have a very strong team with strong players, but to add players like Timo Werner is incredible. We're focused on this season for now, but excited for what's to come too,” 

When asked about his performance today,  he said to SkySports:

“I'm really glad that I could come in and help the team,” he said. “Luckily today it was with a goal and helped us get a good result. [Manager Frank Lampard] said go in and help us win the game, nothing special really, just use my talents to see what I can do. 

“I don't think I hit it perfectly with my left, but i got enough on it to steer it on target.”

“Abraham and Werner can play together”

Former Blues Midfielder Gus Poyet believes Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham can play together in the blues first team.

Chelsea completed a £47.5M deal to sign Timo Werner on a five year deal which many think will hinder Abraham’s chances next season as the main striker.

However, Gus Poyet doesn’t think that will happen speaking to talkSPORT media outlet in the UK.

“They can definitely play together because he’s been playing, in his team, with the big fella upfront. So, it’s not new for him,” 

 “It’s just a matter of the system you play and how you prefer to play. I think it’s options. For any manager to have different options is very important.

“I think Tammy has done very well and I hope he finishes the season in the same way because that’s the best way to give somebody a decision to make. You’ve done your best and then it’s down to Frank Lampard to pick.”

Tammy Abraham Chelsea

Joe Cole: Lampard will lead Chelsea to a top four finish

Former Chelsea winger Joe Cole has hailed his former colleague Frank Lampard for the unbelievable work he has done with the blues this season.

Speaking to 90min, Cole believes his former teammate will lead the blues to a top four finish and predicts the premier league top four positions will be the same as it is come the end of the season.

"I'm going to stick with the four teams that are there, but I think Man Utd will push all the way," 

"I don't think Chelsea will fall, Frank will have enough. I think Leicester could fall because of their lack of experience, as a club at the top, top echelons. I know they won the league a few years ago, but I think if you're going to ask if any of the teams would fall out, I think possibly it could be Leicester. I think Chelsea will be fine, I think Frank will be fine."

Werner defended by his agent Karlheinz Forster

Timo Werner has been defended from criticism by his agent Karlheinz Forster

The German has been signed from RB liepzig for a five year contract and he has opted not to be included in RB liepzig squad for the remainder of the champions league season.

However, this has attracted criticism from some quarters but his agent has come out to defend him speaking on sport1: "What annoys me is that Timo is now being put in a corner and portrayed as a bad sportsman who lets his team-mates down,” 

 “I have to contradict that very clearly and I can only agree with what Oliver Mintzlaff said yesterday before the game!

“It would have been anything but a good start for Timo at his new club if he had to return to Leipzig for the preparation and the Champions League after the break.

“It was the joint vote of all parties involved - and not just Timo's decision - that he should move to Chelsea on July 1, and not until mid or late August.”

Friday, June 19, 2020

N’Golo is so important to us as a team going forward.

Rumours emerged that Chelsea might be looking to sell N’golo Kante to fund Timo Werner’s transfer fee.

Frank Lampard meanwhile today in his teleconference via zoom said Kante is an important member of his team and he hopes to see more from the fit-again Midfielder.

"In terms of N’Golo, I’ve seen some talk and reports about him and his future at the club. I’ve said it a lot of times about N’Golo - one of the best midfield players in the world. I would have loved to be able to play with him," 

"The type of player he is, he has everything. Coming back to Chelsea and getting the opportunity to manage this club and having N’Golo Kante is something I really want to appreciate and work with. This season, unfortunately, because of injuries, it’s been tough for N’Golo.

"It’s nice to see him a little bit fresh. One of the silver linings with this is we’ve managed to get a few players fitter and fresher. N’Golo is so important to us as a team going forward. We need him regularly and, hopefully, we will have that now."

"He’s fit and he’s been training," 

"He trained for a period with the small sessions, socially distanced type training, but he’s been training with us as a group for a while now. He’s fit as anyone else in the team and he’s naturally fit anyway.

"Was it a difficult situation( When he said he wasn’t going to train? Yes, because I was very sympathetic as I think the reaction was everywhere. But I have to deal with it at close quarters, with N’Golo and his feelings. It was very genuine.

"He wanted to be clear with how it was going to work around the training ground. As I say, that’s been sorted out in the short term. He’s training and he’s happy."

Lampard hoping Willian and Pedro will stay put

Frank Lampard has told reporters that he hopes Pedro and Willian signs a contract extension until the end of this coronavirus-hit season.

Both players contract expires in nine days time but according to the new rules, Clubs can seek for an extension for players to stay put at the end of the season.

Frank Lampard meanwhile told Zoom conferencing call that he has spoken to the players and he hopes they make a decision soon.

We want them to extend their stay and make sure they can see out the season,"

 "I see both sides. I see the individual player because I was one, and I respect that they have both been great servants to the club.

"I’ve had nothing but open conversations with them. We’re just trying to make that extension happen. The players have to be happy. We have to be happy. Hopefully, we can get there before the 23rd of June, next week, because that’s the day we have to get it done by.

"Anyone around us knows that. So we will keep talking and hopefully they stay on."

Tottenham 1-1 ManUtd Norwich 0-3 Southampton

Norwich and southamption kicked off a packed fixture list of Matchday 29 in a Friday Night Fixture at Carrow Road.

The First half finished goalless as both as Drmic wasted a chance early on and Southampton’s Danny Ings struck the crossbar before the break.

In the second half, Danny Ings, Armstrong and and Nathan Redmond scored respectively as the saints cruised to a comfortable victory over a lacklustre canaries.

A bumper Friday Night Fixture ended in a stalemate as the red devils got a point away at the Tottenham hotspur stadium.

Manchester United dominated proceedings in the first half and were perhaps unlucky to go behind to a powerful solo effort from Steve Bergwign which found its way easily from the despairing hands of David de gea.

Second half Substitute Paul Pogba won a penalty for the visitors in the 81st minute, Bruno Fernandes stepped up and slotted a cool penalty to level matters.

The Match Finished in a draw as both teams shared the spoils.

Leroy Sane rejected new Mancity Contract

Leroy Sane has rejected a new Manchester City Contract on Multiple Occasions, SOCCER PUNCH confirms.

Manchester City Manager Josep Guardiola in his press conference earlier today has confirmed the German is looking to leave.

 "Leroy has said he doesn't want to extend the contract," 

"It means he wants to leave. It's going to happen this summer or at the end of his contract. The club have offered him two or three times and he rejected so he's going to play for another club.

"Leroy rejected to extend the contact and everybody knows that. If at the end of this season we agree between the two clubs he is going to leave, if not he is going to stay another year."

Nagelsmann defends Werner amid criticism

Julian Nagelsmann has come out to defend his departing superstar after he received criticism from some quarters for apparently refusing to play a part in the RB Liezpig’s remaining CL matches of the season.

The German will depart from Germany to England in July after Chelsea forked out £47.5 Million to sign him.

Nagelsmann said when asked about the striker’s criticism in a news conference:  "I would like to defend him. 

"I don't like the way he's portrayed right now. I read some reports yesterday where it was said that he was not a sportsman, since he does not want to play in the Champions League for us anymore.

"He is a great sportsman who will give his all for us in the last two matches and who certainly will score in the last two matches. 

"If he stays healthy he will play for sure and be a normal member of our team even though he will leave us. 

Giroud not worried about Werner’s signing

Olivier Giroud has said he doesn’t feel worried about the signing of timo werner to Chelsea from RB liezpzig.

The Frenchman says he is relishing the competition for places and he wants to give Manager Lampard selection headaches.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said and SOCCER PUNCH can confirm:  “He [Werner] is going to be a very good signing and will provide more motivation for strikers.

“I’ve been the super sub but I want to make the gaffer’s choices even more difficult.”

Lampard:”I’ve been tracking Werner for a long time”

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard had his first press conference today since over three months ago as he faced news reporters via the Zoom teleconferencing.

The blues are back in premier league action this Sunday away to Aston Villa.

When asked about Chelsea’s new signing, Lampard said: I think he's clearly a player that we liked. 

"I've certainly followed him for a long time myself, individually, just as a talented player, even before I had this job. But as a club, clearly we went for him, and he certainly will strengthen us in my opinion

"He's got huge talent, had a fantastic season this year but before that as well. Where we probably couldn't do as much business in the last couple of windows for whatever reasons, it's given us a chance to see some youth have more time in the team. 

When asked about why Timo Werner choose Chelsea instead of the likes of Liverpool, he replied: I don't know, that's probably a better question to ask Timo himself. 

"We worked as hard as we could. I had good conversations with him personally, where I think he hopefully understands what I want to do here with the club, how we work, how we play. 

"It seemed that it came across as a really exciting prospect for him, because he obviously had some very, very good options. We're happy with that, it was very joined up from our end as to how we went about it, and we're just pleased that Timo has decided to come to us.

"I did speak to him [after confirmation he was joining Chelsea] and he was excited, which is great and I am certainly excited to have him here. We will have to hold our breath slightly because we have business at hand and so does he, finishing their league.

"He is the type of player we are looking at to come here and have a big impact. We will have to give him a bit of time, the Premier League is a different animal to other leagues in world football.

“Obviously I’m very happy to have him here at Chelsea”

Thursday, June 18, 2020

OFFICIAL: Chelsea have signed Werner for £47.5 Million

Chelsea have signed Timo Werner for £47.5 Million, SOCCER PUNCH confirms 

The 24-year old German who has scored 31 goals so far in this coronavirus-hit season told Chelsea’s official website:  "I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club.

"I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us."

Sporting director Marina Granovskaia also said of the signing: : “We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. 

“He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven”

“We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.”