Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes
Mason Mount is ready to make the first-team after a strong showing against
Barcelona in pre-season. The England youth international started in the number
10 position against the Blaugrana and he managed to produce a commendable
performance without finding the net.
Speaking after the 2-1 friendly triumph,
Lampard said that Mount has announced himself into the first-team squad with
the display against the Spanish champions. He added that the Japan tour has
served the purpose of enhancing the fitness of the players and they need to
keep working hard before the season opener against Manchester United next
He said: “Mason’s had a great trip and he’s
announced himself into the first team squad.We’ve had two difficult games in
humidity. The tour has served its purpose. We need to be fit and ready for
Manchester United, and the clock runs down pretty quickly at this stage. Now we
just have to keep working. It’s been a good tour and it’s always good to come
to Japan. Most importantly it is work and both games have been good exercises
Mount, who penned a long-term deal with the Blues this month, has been a regular member of Lampard’s team for pre-season and he has started three of the club’s four matches. There had previously been doubts whether he could make the breakthrough with the Blues during the forthcoming campaign, but any uncertainty may have been erased with him being able to orchestrate the play with relative ease.
Still, the youngster cannot take his position for granted with the number of senior players in the club’s ranks and the remaining pre-season matches could decide whether he can command a starting role when the Premier League season begins. Chelsea face United on the road in the curtain raiser.
Chelsea winger Willian has hailed the
extraordinary qualities of Frank Lampard and said that he will be very welcome
to take over as the Blues next head coach. The west London side are without a
manager after the departure of Maurizio Sarri but they have been fancied to
seal the appointment of Lampard from Derby County.
Speaking to Football.London, Willian was
full of praise for the former Blues star and said that he would have the full
backing of the club, should he take over the managerial reigns, he quipped: “He
is a legend. He was an extraordinary player for the club, winning every
possible title. He deserves so much respect and backing for what he has already
achieved at the club. If Chelsea do bring him in, he will be very welcome. Is
he definitely going to be the next manager? I don’t know. But I think he would
be up to the task. He was a great player, and he is a great person. He’s only
starting his managerial career now, but he has everything it takes to be a
The Blues are currently under a transfer ban for the next 12 months and that means that they cannot register any players during the summer transfer window. Despite this, widespread report indicate that Lampard has given the green light for the project, considering the club are prepared to give him with the added time to cope with the embargo.
No official confirmation has been made
regarding the appointment but the same only remains a formality with the Blues
sorting out the compensation package with Derby. The Blues may not be able to
pursue new players but they have begun the work of extending the contracts of
players at the club. Ruben Loftus-Cheek has recently agreed on a bumper
five-year deal and reports suggest that he could be presented alongside
Derby County chairman Mel Morris has said
that the Rams are keen on keeping hold of manager Frank Lampard amid the
speculated interest from former side Chelsea. The Blues recently witnessed the
departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus and reports have since associated
Lampard with an emotional comeback to Stamford Bridge in a coaching capacity.
Speaking to Goal.com, Morris said that the
Blues may be without a head coach at the current point of time but there has
been no contact whatsoever from the side with regards to Lampard. He added that
the club are determined to keep the 40-year-old for the long-term and have
stated their ambition to the former England international.
He said: “There is no change except that Chelsea no longer have a manager. We’ve made it clear to everyone but most importantly to Frank, that we want to retain him for the long term. If Chelsea want to hire him, then it is in their gift to make an offer in pursuit of that. In the meantime, we’ll continue to put our best foot forward to continue with our plans for the coming season and work with Frank, (and) for him to know how much he’s wanted by everyone associated with the club.”
The Blues are currently not permitted to
make any signings for the next two transfer windows as they are serving a
transfer ban. Owing to this, there are likely to rely on the academy and
reserve players to enhance the squad performance next term and Lampard may find
success, considering he got the best out of some of the young players at Pride
Park. Chelsea have already placed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for
Sport for the embargo and they are now awaiting a potential date for the
hearing before deciding whether to apply for a freeze.
Chelsea boffins are already thinking about
the next season and there is a strong likelihood that Maurizio Sarri may not be
in charge of the team for the 2019-20 campaign. After a disappointing set of
results throughout the campaign, Chelsea find themselves once again in a top
four race and not in the title race. Sarri may have started out extremely well
but he has been hit by a number of critics in the last few months. The
Italian’s stubbornness to stick with the same starting lineup and tactics have
been a major disappointment in a division where managers are tactically astute.
The Blues had a strong look at Zinedine
Zidane and the likelihood of signing the Frenchman as the next Chelsea manager.
This would have been a great move for the club, who are fighting to keep Eden
Hazard from the sight of Real Madrid. However,Zidane’s decision to join Real
Madrid is a major blow for the team. Now, Chelsea are looking at two major
candidates who can potentially lead the club back to successful days – Frank
Lampard and Nuno Espiritu Santo. The former is a fan’s favourite and will
command a huge deal of respect, while the latter has been able to make a strong
impression in the Premier league with Wolves.
Both managers lack a significant amount of experience at the top level. Lampard has just begun his managerial career with Derby County, while Nuno is experiencing a taste in the Premier League only for the first time. Sarri appears to have fallen out with most of the players with striker Olivier Giroud claiming that the favouritism in the squad is starting to affect him. Chelsea are no stranger to changing managers, but it remains to be seen if Roman Abramovich will sanction a move for two inexperienced managers.
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has reportedly turned down a move to the Chinese Super League his summer.
The star was offered a mega deal worth £147 million to move Far East but he turned it down without batting any eyelid, preferring the competitive European football.
Marca reports that the player would have earned almost £30 million in annual wages for five years had he agreed to the deal. The player is an interest of Premier League giants Chelsea. Coach Antonio Conte managed him while he was on loan at Juventus and they could reunite at Stamford Bridge after this season.
Morata has netted 20 times in all competitions this term, despite Coach Zinedine Zidane favouring Karim Benzema in the pecking order. If the Spaniard stays at Madrid, he could get to take over from Benzema but he would get fewer chances before then. At the Bernabeu, he is assured titles too while leaving Spain might be a gamble.
With the future of Blues striker Diego Costa not certain, and with Chelsea set to play more competitions, the club requires a top striker. Morata has the youth and experience and he would be a good fit but for now no definite decisions seem to have been made. Continue reading
Cesc Fabregas has denied suggestions that he is looking for a move away from Chelsea.
He has categorically deny these rumours and says that he is only focused on the blues. Since coming to Chelsea in the summer of 2014, the midfielder has been an immense part of the squad. He was a major factor behind of the club winning the league title in the 2014-15 season. Even though he has not been a regular starter this season, largely due to the lack of Champions League football, Fabregas has played a crucial role in Chelsea remaining top of the table for much of the campaign.
The blues midfielder, though, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in the last couple of weeks. Both clubs are ready to make an offer of around £25 million for the 30-year-old. Chelsea would not be in the mood to lose him, as it is extremely difficult to replace a player like Fabregas. Continue reading
Antonio Conte has confirmed that John Terry may not play much in the remainder of the campaign.
The Chelsea defender recently announced his exit from the club at the end of the season. This comes as a major news considering that Terry has been at the club for over two decades. He has also been the captain of Chelsea since 2004. It has always been difficult to replace a player like Terry in all these years, but age has been catching up with the former England captain in the last few years. He has played very little football in this current campaign. There appears no room for sentiment as Conte is not prepared to give the player a Wembley send-off by giving him a starting line-up position against Tottenham this weekend.
Chelsea take on Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinals. Gary Cahill is unavailable for the game due to a minor injury problem. The club are also coming on the back of a poor run of form which has seen them suffer two defeats – against Crystal Palace and Manchester United – in the last three matches. Continue reading
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma says that manager Antonio Conte is a perfectionist when it comes to preparing the team for the games.
Conte has managed to transform the fortunes of Chelsea from a team that struggled to even qualify for the Europa League last season into title contenders once again. A 10 point advantage at the top of the table sees the team classified as favourites to win the league title for a second time in three seasons. One of the reasons for this excellent form in the campaign appears to be the meticulous preparation taken up by the manager.
Zouma spend a significant chunk of the campaign on the sidelines, but he recently returned to first team action. Even though he has been unable to establish itself in the starting lineup, Zouma remains an integral part of the squad. Continue reading
Chelsea have been given the permission to build a £500 million 60,000-seat stadium by the mayor of London, according to reports.
This means the club can demolish or rework the current state of the stadium to increase the capacity from the current 41,600 to 60,000.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council approved the plans earlier in the year but the mayor – who makes the final decision – has given the go-ahead.
“Having taken a balanced view of the application, I’m satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections.
“I’m confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London’s sporting crown and will attract visitors and football fans from around the world,” the mayor Sadiq Khan said.
The Premier League side was elated at the permission to proceed. Continue reading
When it comes to winning the Premier League title of the current season, Chelsea are the favorites as Antonio Conte has led his team to the top of the English League with 56 points secured from the 23 opening league matches that they have played so far.
Tottenham Hotspur is sitting in 2nd
place with 47 points, Arsenal in 3rd
also with 47 points, Liverpool in 4th
place with 46 points, Manchester City also has 46 points and Manchester United is slightly behind the rest of the table-toppers with 42 points.
Eden Hazard believes that despite Manchester United falling behind in the English Premier League standings, they are one of the main teams that Chelsea should be worried about along with Arsenal.
‘’I think Arsenal and Manchester United are the biggest title rivals. United had a bad first part of the season and I think for a couple of games now, they played well. They drew against Stoke, but they have good players and the squad is very good. The manager is good, so they will be second or third. Tottenham also are strong. We lost there, but for me it is more Manchester United. They are more experienced. That is my opinion, maybe I’m wrong’’ Chelsea’s Eden Hazard said. Continue reading