Wednesday, September 30, 2020
"We were having some fun on the line. I get on well with Jose and I think he said that to me,"
"I commented on the fact that he seemed to speak more with the referee than he speaks with his players so it is just a moment with us.
"I have a huge respect for Jose, no matter what he says on the touchline. I think he was feeling the sense of the first half and how it was. All was well at the end of the game and that will never change."
Mourinho too was asked about the touchline verbally-mouthed incident
“With Frank the most important thing is my feelings towards him rather than any words we exchanged,"
"I owe him everything he gave me, he always gave me everything he had as a player and I never forget that. My feelings towards him will always be feelings of how much I owe him for how much of an incredible player, friend he was.
"The only thing I was telling him, just an opinion of an old coach to a young talented coach, which was when the players need us it is when they are losing, when they are winning we don't need to be the protagonists of the touchline, we need to be there when they are losing.
"In the last match when they were losing 3-0 I felt really sorry for him because he was sad and quiet in his chair. In terms of football I can't teach him anything, he knows football, it is just an opinion, stay on the touchline when your team is losing and stay calm when your team is winning."
“I thought he was very good. He made a couple of good saves, one particularly good save,"
"He came and caught a few balls, even the one where he came and didn’t catch, the idea that he wants to be positive is not a bad thing. Very, very pleased with every part of his game, really.”
Lampard thinks Mount will move on from his spotkick miss but laments his side’s inability to kill the game off when they had the chance.
“I don’t think a shattering blow is what it should be. A disappointing night to get knocked out of the Carabao Cup,"
"Mason will have many more nights for this club and for his country where he will play in games with huge importance on them and he will be the deciding factor on a positive note in them.
"He has my support for all times and the team and everybody around it. You miss a penalty, it is a collective when you get to a game like this.
"We were dominant and we want to score more goals at that point because of the amount of possession. Couple of good chances, Callum [Hudson-Odoi] had a good chance at the end of the first half.
"Tottenham will have felt that hard and they changed their game to go longer in their build which meant that our fantastic press in the first half wasn’t as relevant up the pitch.
"They turned us round and made us run backwards, rather than pressing forwards and that becomes really difficult to be fair to the lads. We could have been better on the ball in the second half, maybe dealt with the physical nature of the Spurs game but it slightly changed the case of the game.
"They had chances in the second half but so did we. At 1-0, the second goal finishes it for us and we didn’t get that."
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
"Mendy and Chilwell are in the squad tomorrow," "They are fit and we will see if they start or not. Ziyech and Pulisic are not far away but they are still in a recovery phase. It is too early for them both."
Lampard has also noticed good signs from Edouard Mendy and claims he has settled in well with the team.
"It is all very positive from the early signs and interactions," "Just as a man on the training pitch. He has settled very well in the first few days and we have made him feel welcome as always. It is competition. He is a good goalkeeper and we know a lot about him. We will see how we go."
"I wouldn't assume anything (on Rudiger) I will make no assumption," "At the moment Victor isn't in that position with us, he hasn't been part of the bubble. We will see how the week goes,"
Lampard believes there is always room for improvement after Westbrom almost stole victory from the hands of his side last time out.
"They were clear individual mistakes, you can't hide from them,"
"The players held their hands up. We have to take it on the chin. The positive we got a point from that position, but of course, we wanted more.
"I am not making excuses, but some of the work we put in last year was why we were successful. off the ball our work was great. We haven't had the chance to work as much this year. We are in a process, we have to fight through it. Every game is an opportunity to improve"
“It would be a big gamble to let him go because he is the most important player in that dressing room.
“We talk about what he is worth as an asset to the club financially but how much is it worth to stay in the Premier League?
“When you have got the back three and him and [Tomas] Soucek, and Noble to come in, all of a sudden you have got a nice solid base to build on there.
“We have talked about the disconnect between the ownership group and the fans and I think it will be a step too far if they let him go.
“I don’t know what’s in the lad’s heart or head, what does he want to do, but he is a fantastic player, a fantastic lad and a big asset to this club. He is so important to this West Ham team.”
Sunday, September 27, 2020
"Thiago Silva is going to be fantastic for us. He has been incredible in his career and absolutely, I will not look at him,"
"I can talk about the misses, they are clear and I am open and honest about that. We are a team but we have to react around that and, to be fair, the team did in the second half. But, there is nothing on Thiago, I am sure he will stand up and say it was a mistake.
"But other than that, I thought he was pretty faultless in the game. That’s his first Premier League game done and in the bank. We will get a lot more from him as well especially as he gets fitter and as the whole squad get fitter."
Lampard was also unhappy about how his team played on-the-ball thinking they didn’t put Westbrom under pressure in the first half.
"It was three defensive mistakes for three goals. They scored with their three attempts on target, which made it very difficult,"
"We controlled the game other than that. We had some chances and the question was how much character would we come out with second half. I always felt we could do it, but it is still two points lost.
"There was a lack of urgency in our game. We can move the ball quicker, the movement of the ball was slow in the first half. When we started to move it quicker and cut through them we became more dangerous.
"It needed a couple of changes, both players who came on did that. There were positives in our performance.
"But I would be stupid to say we can make three mistakes, give ourselves a mountain to climb and be happy with that.
"We have to accept the fact that this is a process in real time."
"We have two big games coming up against Tottenham and Crystal Palace. I expect to see an improvement in our performances,"
"But in terms of team fitness, it won't be until after the international break that I expect to see us up to our real level, especially in terms of on the ball, because we haven't had time to work on that yet."
"It is two points lost at the end of the day - and that's no disrespect to West Brom.
You come here and you know the transition and any mistakes would be something they would jump on - that and set pieces. You can't legislate for the mistakes that there were today.
"It was mistakes, clear mistakes [that cost us]. You can have as many meetings as you want but with those mistakes you give yourself a mountain to climb. [We lacked] a bit if urgency in the team.
"We created two or three great chances in the first half. I felt we would create more, the only other problem at 3-0 was West Brom were going to protect their lead more. It is a big lesson for us. We will get a lot better, we're still finding our way with new players and a lack of pre-season. Today is part of the process of getting better.
"There is a lot we can keep getting better at. I'm not going to criticise every part of our game, I think they had three shots on target and got three goals. There were genuine mistakes. There was nothing tactically you can analyse again and again - there were just pure mistakes."
“We all went in and our heads were down and he had to lift us up”
"He said we didn't look like a team ready to go out and win and we needed to pick each other up in the second half.
"Thankfully Mason got the goal which meant we could believe. I knew we'd get chances but to come back from 3-0 is never easy. The boys deserve credit, they kept going."
Friday, September 25, 2020
“Most of the biggest African talent has played for this team.
“Drogba, Essien, Eto’o, Mikel. When you see that, you want to continue it. Regarding the goalkeeper, I am the first, so it really makes me very proud, and it’s also a big responsibility.”
Mendy cannot wait to get started for Chelsea believing he is raring to go
“When this story is discussed, then I realise the path I have been on in my career.
“It’s true that it’s incredible. People say hard work pays off, and it does. I have worked very hard; I haven’t taken anything for granted.
“I was at Marseille, and then Reims, and then Rennes, and now Chelsea. It’s been a constant progression, and now I am ready to continue on that upward path.”
“Lamps is a very good morale-boosting manager for his teams.
“I think he has a good support network around him obviously with Jody Morris, and his mate Joe Edwards as well. That will be important this year as he has had money to spend.
“This will be the year that he is judged. I know Frank said there was a lot of pressure on him last season, but there will be more now because he has spent money now which puts him in with all of the Premier League big boys in terms of managers who have invested in the team. I hope it goes well for him.”
“I don't expect anything in the window, because they are our players and that's a fact,”
“There are lots of rumours about those players and others too, so every player would always be a case-by-case situation, and one that would be a happy solution for the player, for myself and the club.”
When asked about Chelsea’s interest in Declan Rice, Lampard said:
“Again, they are rumours. I can't talk about these things. When players are ours it's not my position to speculate on what may be, and the same on the other side from players from other clubs.
“We have a game against West Brom and the biggest thing for me is getting the players ready for that game. I honestly don't have answers to the speculation of ins and outs going forward.”
"No, Christian isn't ready for the squad, nor is Hakim Ziyech, but they're both training with us now, which is good news,"
"We hope to have them with us in proper match contention over the next week or two."
"There's always a concern about a player's fitness when the history says there's been some injuries. Last season we did have them with Christian, I was questioned many times on him, when he did and didn't play,"
"Of course, when you look at a player with his recent record, you're trying to find the right balance of getting the best out of him, which we saw in big periods last year, and making sure you don't overcook him and leave him susceptible to injury, particularly with a player of his explosive pace and balance. It's a fine line.
"We're working on that and Christian's also very open to that. He wants to play, he's so hungry to play and he's very nearly fit now, but it's certainly something we have to manage with him this season.
"We've all seen the talent and it's something we want to get right. I'm not saying it's a fundamental, chronic issue because it's not, but we want to get as many minutes out of Christian – the really great Christian that we saw lots of last season – on the pitch."
Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are also in contention to start against Westbrom but Lampard insists both players have to be carefully managed during this period of fitness levels
"I believe they are fit enough to start, but I do also have to take into consideration the fact that we play another game with a pretty tight turnaround on Tuesday, then another on Sunday, and then the international players will maybe go and play three games for their country, so I'm managing that one,"
"Having come through that game the other day as they did, I think particularly Thiago did start that game and had 60 minutes in the bank, so that was good to see.
"With Ben, I'll maybe be a little more cautious just to make sure, his injury's been a bit of a challenging one, so I'll make those calls. But they're in a good place at the moment."
“Bertrand's come in tonight and put in a good performance for someone who hasn't played a lot - to come in and get the goal tops it off. He was excellent.
"I wouldn't say I pushed [for the transfer], I know my role at the football club. I advise and we want bigger and better players in the building. I've had previous with him and I gave a good character reference as well.
"He was someone at Chelsea who was very hungry. He had the desire to prove himself at the top and he went away and he's got that opportunity now at Aston Villa. Personally and professionally we're delighted to have him.
"He's proven himself at Chelsea, making an immediate impact at such a young age when he came in. He has everything: the pace, strength and the willingness to go and prove himself at the very top.
"He has that quality, pace to run in behind. He can isolate people in one-on-one situations. We have that over on the other side with Jack [Grealish].
"He can produce that and that can free Jack up as well, especially when we get that switch of play through quickly during games. He's got that potential to beat players, score amazing goals and, hopefully, we'll see a bit more of that.
"I said to him in the dressing room [his goal] was a cross but I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt!"
Thursday, September 24, 2020
“I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff,”
“I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.”
Chelsea Sporting Director also spoke about the new signing and praised Performance Adviser Petr Cech for his part in the conclusion of the deal
“As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in,”
“Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
“I would be lying if I said it wasn't like that.
"The 3-0 home defeat of Chelsea in the first leg against Bayern hadn't exactly spoken in favour of going to London.
"I have to say that openly, because with Leipzig we always played very good and close games against Bayern."
“I think when you get to a certain age, the tendency is that you sign this type of contract and at times there are maybe doubts and, like with me and the expectations of Chelsea, that is to be expected,”
“But I have no doubt that I will give everything, do my best and will contribute. I am prepared to work really hard in everything I do. I love football, I love preparation. It’s not a case of preparing on Friday for Saturday - my type of preparation goes way back.
“I’m totally relaxed about the contract and whether Chelsea will want to renew it or not, I don’t know. If I haven’t met expectations or contributed then we’ll sit down and talk about that. But I’m not worried at all.
“I will do my best possible and really contribute to this team, this new project. I’ve accepted this new challenge, it’s going to be really good for me. Everyone knows that my ambition is to play in the World Cup in two years’ time when I’ll be 38. That’s a great responsibility.”
Monday, September 21, 2020
"What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win. To win everything within my reach,"
"Coming to the Premier League, my main goal is to win the league title and I’m certain that we’ll be fighting for that every step of the way. The team is really strong, we’ve got a great coach and I’ve come here to contribute in whatever way I can to ensure that we get as close as possible to achieving those aims.
"That’s what motivates me: stepping out onto the pitch, and then winning, winning, and winning some more. I don’t think about anything else.
"As I’ve said before, the prospect of playing at the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me. I’ll be more or less 38 years old by the time of the next World Cup and I’m hugely motivated to be in good shape for it.
"The work that I’m putting in to make this a reality already started a while back and now Chelsea have given me a great opportunity to continue playing at the highest level.
"What Chelsea represents to me is a source of great happiness and motivation to be a part of a new project, a new family and I hope that this will be a very special year together."
"We know that Kepa is an experienced goalkeeper, he will look at it and he knows where he needs to look at it and improve but we are all going to be behind him,"
“We all make mistakes, I make mistakes, I give the ball away but it’s just in their half and I can give the ball away and it’s different when it’s the back four, but as I said, we are all behind him, we all support him and it doesn’t matter because now we need to look towards the next game now."
Mount also admitted that the expectations have changed for Chelsea this season on the back of a summer spending spree.
“The game against Liverpool could have been different but it is what is. We look at the game and we know where we can improve,"
“We have definitely got better expectations than last season. We know we can do very well, we’ve got a very good team, but probably it takes some time to bond and to click together.
“We’ve got quite a few new players coming in and, as I said, it takes time sometimes to gel and we know it’s going to take a couple of games to understand each other and understand the way other people play.
“When we get our full rhythm, I think we’ll be firing and we’ll be scoring goals and hopefully get as many three points as we can. For me, if I look at the team we want to do better. We don’t want to accept fourth place; we want to push to the top.
"I think we can do that with the team that we’ve got, as I said. We just need to keep getting better and better and hopefully, we can do that.”
“How much quality they have there is frightening and exciting at the same time.
“Yes, we’ve added loads of quality into the team. With Thiago Silva, we’ve added experience as well.
“We’re going to have to be patient at times to wait for them to gel. It’s definitely looking way more exciting than it was towards the late stage of last season.”
Cole is also unfazed that Havertz has failed to impress in his first two games for Chelsea.
“He’s a very, very high quality player.
“It was his first game against Brighton where he had just two days of training with the team, so it’s tough.
“He’s just finding his feet, getting into the team, understanding the way Frank wants to play, but we’re definitely going to see great things from this guy because he’s such a great talent.”
“He cannot play, his head is on another planet.
"He doesn’t feel football, he doesn’t even live football, he’s just wondering if he is still a goalkeeper. He shouldn’t play, he should see a shrink.
“It’s maybe the first mistake from Frank to keep putting Kepa in goal. The guy has lost his confidence completely.
“It reminds me of Fernando Torres. But when you’re a striker, you miss a chance and they give him another game. But with a keeper you make a mistake and you concede a goal.
“Comparing to Kepa, Mendy is much better than that and has had a very good season at Rennes and much better than Kepa.
"For that money, Mendy is a very good keeper, he’s much taller, very agile and better than Kepa at the moment.”
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