Chelsea manager Frank Lampard. (Reuters Photo)Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting the new Premier League season on September 12 is too early and his players run the risk of sustaining injuries given the short turnaround between campaigns. Chelsea trail Bayern Munich 3-0 heading into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Saturday and even if they fail to overcome the deficit Lampard's side will have little over a month to recover before the new season begins. "I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we go against Bayern," Lampard told British media on Sunday. "It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern - the players need
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (AFP Photo)LONDON: Frank Lampard accused his Chelsea flops of complacency after they blew the lead in Saturday's FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal. Lampard's side made the perfect start at Wembley as Christian Pulisic fired them ahead. But Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised from the penalty spot before half-time and made it 2-1 with a fine finish after the interval. "We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and had other chances. From that point, we can only blame ourselves in football terms," Chelsea boss Lampard told the BBC. "We decided to take control as in being complacent, let's try and play short passes like it is a bit of a stroll. A
Frank Sinclair. (TOI Photo)MUMBAI: Since the start of the millennium, no other side has enjoyed as much success in the FA Cup than the two teams who will contest Saturday's final at Wembley Stadium. When it comes to the world's oldest football competition, Arsenal and Chelsea have each stood on the winner's podium on six occasions since 2000. Going into their latest showdown, though, former Blues defender Frank Sinclair believes it is Frank Lampard's team that are better placed to get their hands on the trophy once again. Speaking to TOI through a Zoom call, Sinclair, who was part of Chelsea's FA Cup-winning side in 1997, said: "The psychological edge that Chelsea have is that they have completed the season
LONDON: Frank Lampard insisted Chelsea must not rest on their laurels after qualifying for the Champions League because they have improvements to make before chasing Premier League winners Liverpool next season. Lampard's side needed one point from their last game of the season to be sure of featuring in the Champions League and they achieved that target with a 2-0 win against Wolves on Sunday. First half goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge ensured they held onto the top four berth that had been theirs for most of the season. The Blues had not ended a round of fixtures outside the top four since October 6. Chelsea can cap an encouraging first season in charge for
(Reuters photo)LONDON: The Premier League's longest season is set for a dramatic finish on Sunday as Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester compete for Champions League places, while Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth fight to avoid relegation. At a time of year when Premier League clubs are usually jetting off for lucrative pre-season tours, the 2019-20 top-flight campaign will finally come to an end after the three-month coronavirus delay. Liverpool have been presented with the Premier League trophy, second placed Manchester City are guaranteed a Champions League spot and Norwich have been relegated, but there are several key issues still to be resolved. In a thrilling conclusion, top four places, Europa League berths, relegation spots and the Golden Boot have to
Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Phil Noble/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at his Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard by suggesting the Blues boss still has a lot to learn after branding the new English champions "arrogant." During Liverpool's 5-3 win between the sides on Wednesday, Lampard became embroiled in a row with Klopp's assistant Pepijn Lijnders over a foul that led to the free-kick from which Trent Alexander-Arnold scored to make it 2-0. "Fair play to Liverpool Football Club, they've won the league, but also don't get too arrogant with it," Lampard said in a post-match interview. Klopp rejected that suggestion and said Lampard should learn to let any confrontations during the 90
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates after winning the Premier League. (Reuters Photo)LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said having the opportunity to lift the Premier League trophy at Anfield meant the world to him despite having to do so in an empty stadium with fans shut out due to coronavirus. The Reds sealed a first top-flight title for 30 years last month, but had to wait until after a thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea in their final home game of the season to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time. "You make the best of what you can," Klopp told Sky Sports. "Today our families are allowed to be there which is incredible. It means the world to me.
Frank Lampard. (Reuters Photo)LONDON (UK): Chelsea manager Frank Lampard warned his side will have to make huge strides to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next year, despite already making big moves in the transfer market. Lampard's men travel to the champions on Wednesday hoping to get the win they need to guarantee Champions League football next season. Liverpool's form has tailed off since clinching a first title in 30 years last month, but Jurgen Klopp's men remain 30 points ahead of Chelsea. "A long way," said Lampard when asked how far off his side from the consistent standards of Liverpool and Manchester City. "We have to be realistic about that as a club, as do many of the
(Reuters photo)LONDON: Frank Lampard saluted Chelsea's "character and personality" as they powered into the FA Cup final with a 3-1 win over woeful Manchester United on Sunday. Lampard's side were gifted their goals by an error-strewn display from United goalkeeper David De Gea, but Chelsea were deserved winners as they dominated the semi-final from start to finish. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring late in the first half and Mason Mount got the second after the interval at Wembley. Harry Maguire's own goal killed off United before Bruno Fernandes' late penalty. After some shaky performances in recent weeks, including a 3-0 hammering at Sheffield United, Lampard was impressed with the spirited way his players out-classed in-form United at Wembley. "I can't
Christian Pulisic. (AFP Photo)LONDON (UK): Ahead of the FA Cup semi final against Manchester United, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes midfielder Christian Pulisic has improved his all-round game and become a better player now. The 21-year-old USA international has played 31 games for Chelsea in the 2019-20 campaign, with nine goals and as many assists recorded across those outings. "Well I have seen a real improvement in his all-round game. Coming to the Premier League is very difficult because of the physical nature of the league and we have to remember how young he is and the summer he had," Goal.com quoted Lampard as saying. "I think he found those physical demands pretty strong in the beginning and now you
Frank Lampard. (AFP Photo) Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Frank Lampard after his Chelsea counterpart suggested Video Assistant Referees (VAR) have favoured United his season. Lampard said United benefited from contentious VAR decisions and poor on-pitch decisions, commenting on how a "clear and obvious decision" went their way on Thursday when Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha was fouled but no penalty was awarded. Ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, Solskjaer suggested United have also been unlucky with decisions. "I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this. It looks like there's a narrative, it looks like people want to influence whoever is making the decisions," the Norwegian told reporters on
Frank Lampard (AFP photo)LONDON: Frank Lampard has warned his Chelsea stars not to get distracted by talk of revenge against Manchester United when they clash in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final. Lampard's side have been beaten three times by United already this season. Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 at Old Trafford in Lampard's first Premier League game in charge. They also suffered a 2-1 loss to United in the League Cup fourth round, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team extended their dominant run against the Blues with a 2-0 league victory at Stamford Bridge in February. Lampard conceded United were largely the better team on those occasions and the Chelsea manager is focused only on getting his side set up right this time.
Frank Lampard. (AFP Photo) Chelsea's defence will have to be on their toes when they are up against Manchester United's in-form attacking trio which is the most potent in the country in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, manager Frank Lampard said on Friday. United forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have scored 22 goals each in all competitions this season while 18-year-old Mason Greenwood has also had a breakthrough season with 16 goals so far. Lampard also said the mid-season addition of midfielder Bruno Fernandes has vastly improved United's attack as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side look to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 20 games. "We know they are playing well, they've got a very potent front three, the
Frank Lampard. (AP Photo) LONDON: Olivier Giroud was singled out for praise by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for his contribution since the resumption of the Premier League, after the French international's winner against Norwich City on Tuesday night. "He deserves a lot of credit and just before the lockdown he came in and was part of a couple of big results too," Lampard said. The 33-year-old World Cup winner netted just before half-time to consolidate Chelsea’s third place in the Premier League, as they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and moved closer to securing a Champions League berth. Giroud has scored four goals since the league’s return to action last month and six overall this season – all since February.
(AFP photo)LONDON: Chelsea opened up a four-point cushion over Manchester United and Leicester in the race for a place in the Champions League next season despite making heavy weather of beating already relegated Norwich 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Olivier Giroud's header in first half stoppage time secured the Blues a much-needed three points with a trip to champions Liverpool and sixth-placed Wolves visiting Stamford Bridge on the last day of the season to come in Chelsea's final two league games of the season. Leicester can narrow the gap when they host Sheffield United on Wednesday, while United travel to Crystal Palace on Thursday. Frank Lampard was furious with his side's lack of fight in surrendering to a 3-0
Frank Lampard. (Reuters Photo)Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says his players have to make themselves heard and take more responsibility on the pitch as they chase a top-four finish to secure a Champions League spot. Chelsea, who are third in the Premier League, lost 0-3 at Sheffield United on Saturday and Lampard said all he could hear were the opposition's voices in the empty stadium. "When you talk about players, it's easy and natural to look at talent, but you also have to look at attitude and character within the team. It's something that we can improve," Lampard told reporters ahead of Tuesday's game against Norwich City. "Younger players can be more vocal and can grow as they go along. Older
Frank Lampard. (Reuters Photo)Chelsea's Champions League hopes are firmly in their own hands and winning their final four Premier League games will cap off a successful season, manager Frank Lampard said on Friday. Chelsea, third in the standings with 60 points, two ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, travel to Sheffield United on Saturday looking to strengthen their top-four credentials with a fifth win in six league games since the season's restart. "It's easy to bring up momentum but I don't believe in it. You're only as good as your next game," Lampard told reporters in a virtual news conference. "I didn't know what the expectations would be at the start of the season but our destiny is now in our
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard. (Reuters Photo)Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Christian Pulisic has taken his game to another level after the forward scored in Tuesday's 3-2 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace. The 21-year-old, who became the most expensive American soccer player when he joined Chelsea in January 2019 for 64 million euros ($72.18 million), has shaken off an adductor injury to score three goals in his last five games. Asked how important Pulisic was, Lampard told Sky Sports: "Hugely important. He has great talent, we know that. He came here at the start of the season in difficult conditions ... hadn't really had a break. "But he started to play really well for us and now he has moved
Frank Lampard. (AFP Photo)LONDON: Frank Lampard told Chelsea to embrace the pressure of the race for a place in the Champions League next season after his side edged two points back in front of Manchester United and into the top four with a comfortable 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday. After a bitterly disappointing 3-2 defeat at struggling West Ham in midweek, in-form United's 5-2 thrashing of Bournemouth earlier in the day saw Chelsea slip outside the top four before kick-off. But there was never any doubt the Blues would move back into fourth as goals from Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley capped a dominant display and left the Hornets still precariously placed just one point outside the relegation
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta greets Watford's Tom Cleverly at the end of their Premier League match. (AP Photo)LONDON: Chelsea retook their place in the Premier League top four as goals from Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley capped a dominant display to beat Watford 3-0 and leave the Hornets still precariously placed just one point outside the relegation zone. Manchester United's 5-2 thrashing of Bournemouth earlier in the day saw Chelsea slip outside the top four before kick-off, but the Blues bounced back with very little fuss as Watford failed to exploit the hosts' defensive frailties. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reacted to the bitter disappointment of blowing a lead to lose 3-2 at struggling West Ham on Wednesday by making four
Frank Lampard. (Reuters Photo)LONDON: Apart from Liverpool wrapping up the Premier League title the only other inevitability about the restart of the season has been VAR controversy, and this week has provided it in spades. West Ham United manager Davis Moyes was "spewing" after Tomas Soucek's strike was chalked off for an offside decision that took close to four minutes for VAR to sort out. A day later it was Jose Mourinho's turn to look flabbergasted after Harry Kane's equaliser at Sheffield United was wiped off as VAR official Michael Oliver decided that Lucas Moura's arm had made contact with the ball in the build-up. Brazilian Moura had actually been fouled, and was sliding headlong across the turf when a
Chelsea reached the FA Cup semi-finals as Ross Barkley came off the bench to secure a 1-0 victory at Leicester City on Sunday. Barkley, one of the three changes manager Frank Lampard made at halftime, slid home the winner in the 63rd minute as Chelsea joined Manchester United and Arsenal in last four. Leicester were the better side before the break and had the bulk of the chances against a lethargic Chelsea, but the visitors were a different proposition after the interval. Tammy Abraham had a goal ruled out for offside and then Barkley found space in the area to clip in Willian's measured cross past Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester, missing the creativity of James Maddison who was missing with a
Chelsea midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour scored twice each in a 7-1 friendly win over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday as Frank Lampard's side stepped up their preparations for the Premier League restart. Mason Mount, Willian and Olivier Giroud also got on the scoresheet as Chelsea improved on a 1-0 victory over Reading in a similar warm-up friendly last week. French midfielder N'Golo Kante, who made a return to full contact training on Tuesday after expressing concerns over his safety due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, started the game against Championship (second-tier) side QPR. Lampard's side are fourth in the league with 48 points from 29 games ahead of the resumption of the season on Wednesday following the COVID-19
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he is hopeful players whose contracts expire in June will sign short-term deals and finish the Premier League season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the novel coronavirus outbreak bringing world soccer to a standstill, global body FIFA last month recommended extending players' contracts that are due to end in June. The deals of Brazilian midfielder Willian and French forward Olivier Giroud will expire on June 30 and Lampard said he wants to finish the season with all the resources he began it with as fourth-placed Chelsea look to seal a Champions League spot. "We have big players in that position so that's obviously something I'm looking at carefully," Lampard told the club's website. "The ones out of contract