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Injury pile-ups concerning for Chelsea

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Injury pile-ups concerning for Chelsea
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Chelsea began the season extremely undersized on the squad front. 

They had a transfer embargo which meant that the Blues could not sign any player. They were also under fire since their best player Eden Hazard had left. Frank Lampard, the new boss had come and was doing his best to work out the way.

He had done pretty well until December when things started falling apart thanks to injuries and bad form. 

The Chelsea season has been plagued with injuries. Chelsea missed their senior centre back Antonio Rudiger for a majority of the season. Zouma, Tomori, Christensen has gone through injuries in bits and parts. James was missing the first part of the season. Kante has been injured no less than 4 times this season and is currently out. 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not yet back from the injury he suffered last April. In attack, Tammy Abraham is clearly burned out and now injured. Callum Hudson-Odoi is out now and was out in the beginning of the season as well. New signing Christian Pulisic has missed close to two months via injury.

Whatever training is happening and the medical staff is doing, Chelsea need to keep a better check on their system.

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John Terry slams Christensen as well as Rudiger for defensive errors in United’s 2-0 loss

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John Terry slams Christensen as well as Rudiger for defensive errors in United's 2-0 loss
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The Blues have lost the grand Premier League derby.

And now the English legend has criticized the defensive duo.

Former Chelsea captain John Terry has blamed defender Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for his side’s loss to Manchester United at the Stamford Bridge on Monday. Rudiger failed to track Anthony Martial for United’s first goal and Terry wasn’t pleased with the German in his post-match analysis.

Terry said on DAZN: “Got to think disappointed. Two in the box against six is disappointing to start with. But I think if you look at Rudiger in the build-up to that, the ball goes wide and he kind of gets sucked out into an area where he’s not really going to affect it. He can pass him on.

Asked if a knock to Christensen impacted him stopping Martial, Terry added: “Quite possibly. Listen it’s good movement, it’s a great ball into the box and a great header.

“But can he more aggressive? Yeah, ideally I’d like to see that from him. Does this [the bloody nose] affect him? Clearly because he goes off and he’s kind of holding it seconds before Wan-Bissaka gets his cross into the box.

“But I was just saying to the lads, they’re ones where you want to get up and not even go off the pitch, just stay on the pitch with a little bit of blood running down your face and get on with it.”

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What is going wrong for Frank at Chelsea?

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What is going wrong for Frank at Chelsea?
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When the season started, Chelsea were all but written off for even top 6.

Transfer ban, inexperienced squad, novice manager, Hazard gone – Chelsea’s worst state in the last 15 years. Lampard stepped up with the same coldness he had on his face during the numerous penalties he took for the club and much like from the spot, even from the dugout, he has slotted it home for the first four months despite the odd defeats.

However, over the last two months, further injuries, player fatigues and limited resources have seen Lampard’s men slump down to collect 15 points in 13 games. What is going wrong?

As a Chelsea fan, this is what I feel. 

The pressure to make top 4 is actually going to make it more difficult for these kids. They should be just sent out to play the good one touch and free flowing stuff without over emphasizing on results.

I think we’re digging our own graves by hammering it into the players to play good and deliver results. They’ve been told for 6 months to play to a style. Now suddenly we can’t expect them to switch modes like top pros. It’ll take time for this team.

What do you think?

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What Lampard biggest problem is at Chelsea

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What Lampard biggest problem is at Chelsea
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Jamie Carragher highlights what problem exactly Lampard is facing at Chelsea.

“I said at the start of the season, I felt if Chelsea finished in the top four and got Champions League Frank Lampard would have done a brilliant job,” he told Sky Sports prior to Chelsea’s Premier League game against Manchester United.

“And they’re fourth in the table now.

“Even listening to Frank’s comments before the game, he’s still slightly disappointed in that he feels they should be away from the rest of the sides in that fourth position.

“They’ve been inconsistent very up and down, certainly in the last 12 or 13 games.

“They just sign a winger from Ajax for next season, there’s talk about them speaking to Jadon Sancho and even another striker. And yes, I think they do need all that.

“But the biggest problem for me, from day one for Chelsea and this Frank Lampard Chelsea team is defensively.

“They’re not good enough defensively. And this is a player that played in some of the strongest defensive teams under Jose Mourinho.

“Clean sheets is really poor, five in the Premier League. They’ve actually got seven clean sheets in 36 games this season in all competitions, nowhere near good enough.”

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John Terry Outlined Rudiger’s Faults In 2-0 United Loss

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John Terry Outlined Rudiger's Faults In 2-0 United Loss

John Terry was called into the studio to analyse Chelsea’s game against Manchester United on Monday night.

Unfortunately for the Englishman, the result went against his former team. Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire led the Red Devils to a win at Stamford Bridge.

Of course, some of the Blues fans were singled out for criticism. Frank Lampard was without the likes of Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic which meant he was limited with his options on the bench. But one player who disappointed many, according to Terry was Antonio Rudiger. 

“I think if you look at Rudiger in the build-up to that, the ball goes wide and he kind of gets sucked out into an area where he’s not really going to affect it. He can pass him on,” the former Blues captain noted. “If you could have Rudiger just outside the six-yard box, just to stop that run across, Martial then can’t make that run across and that just allows that second centre-half to go touch-tight and be more aggressive with him.”

John Terry certainly voiced the feelings of many Chelsea fans as United completed a double over them for the first time since the 1987-88 season.

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Maguire should’ve been sent off: Lampard

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Maguire should've been sent off: Lampard
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Harry Maguire was a lucky fellow to be on the pitch, according to Frank Lampard.

Maguire was clearly the guilty party for kicking into Batshuayi for no reason on the touchline but the referee decided to ignore the action.

“Harry Maguire should have been sent off, that’s clear, and that obviously changes the game.

“[Cesar] Azpilicueta gets shoved [into Brandon Williams] so [Kurt Zouma’s] goal should stand. Giroud was a toenail offside and that one I understand. That’s the rule now.

“I don’t get why they aren’t looking at the monitor. It should be used.”

Lampard also bemoaned his side’s failure to turn the chances into goals.

“It was a tough night for Batshuayi,” Lampard said. “Strikers are judged on goals, it’s a fact.

“We need goals from forward areas and we haven’t had that this season. We can’t rely on Tammy Abraham all season. You get judged as an attacker on goals.”

“It’s tough to take on lots of levels, some footballing, some others. It’s football and it’s life. I’m not complaining about any work ethic from the lads, their heads are down in there. It’s a tough night for us.

“It’s not a 2-0 game. We have a feeling of Groundhog Day in the stadium. I don’t know how many shots we had but it was a lot. If we don’t score, you can’t win football games. They get clearer every week. We are fourth and the season starts here. People didn’t expect us to be fourth but we are.

“We are fourth because of some of the good stuff we have done and because of the nature of the league with everyone taking points off each other. I’m not soft, I can criticise the team. We can bemoan our luck sometimes, yes, but if we are not finishing chances we can’t win games. I feel like a broken record.”

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Frank Lampard Says Chelsea’s ‘Season Starts’ After Controversial Defeat To Manchester United

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Frank Lampard Says Chelsea's 'Season Starts' After Controversial Defeat To Manchester United

Frank Lampard stated that Chelsea’s season has to start now after a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United brought their fourth position under serious threat.

The Red Devils collected the double over their arch rivals through goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire at Stamford Bridge.

The game was surrounded by VAR controversy when the referee decided to ignore Maguire’s kick out at Michy Batshuayi near the touchline. “It’s tough to take on lots of levels, some footballing, some others,” Lampard told Sky Sports.

“It’s frustrating, but that’s life. I’m not upset with the work ethic or input. Their heads are down in there and I have to correct that. It’s not a 2-0 game but the reality of football is that it is a 2-0 game because of moments. We have a feeling of Groundhog Day, whatever you want to call it. There are footballing things, which get clearer every week.

“There’s always work to do every day. At the minute, we’re fourth and the season starts here. There are things I can criticise; I’m not soft. If we’re not going to have productivity to finish, it’s very difficult to win games.”

“Maguire should get a red card and then he scores the second goal, and the game changes off that,” Lampard continued. “That’s a major part of what VAR was for. The referee can’t see all the angles and if you’re not going to use the monitor, I don’t understand it.

“The Zouma goal should have stood. Azpilicueta gets shoved in the first place. It’s certainly not clear and obvious. It’s just a wrong decision, isn’t it, which is harder to take with the presence of VAR than it would have been before. Love it or hate it, if something happens and they don’t make the right decision, it’s very confusing to say the least. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said the same thing.”

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Lampard does not like to lose after 2-0 United defeat

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Lampard does not like to lose after 2-0 United defeat
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Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard had clearly stated he doesn’t like to lose.

Monday’s match saw Chelsea lose out 2-0 to Manchester United, and Lampard isn’t very happy about it – especially since this is such a crucial point for the Champions League qualifications.

“I don’t like losing games,” he told a news conference.

“I don’t like the way we are losing games because we’re losing games that clearly, particularly at home, where we have had big share of possession, big chances in the game, lots of shots on goal, at goal, around goal and we’re not finishing them and it is a reality that is getting clearer all the time.

Tammy Abraham has had only one goal in 2020, whereas in contrast, he had 13 Premier League goals in 2019.

“We are not getting enough goals from striker areas. Tammy [Abraham] had his period earlier in the season, now we are not getting enough. We’re not getting enough goals from wide areas. That is a fact.

“It is hard to win games. You can dominate them as much as you want, but this Premier League not many teams can keep clean sheets week in, week out.

“You have to score goals to give you a feeling of superiority in the game and we start a lot of games very well. I can hardly ever really look at the team and go ‘started slow, bit sloppy today’. There was a couple of games but not that many.”

Lampard added: “We start pretty well but if you don’t score you leave teams in the game.

“Obviously we made a couple of silly moments in terms of allowing them headers in our box, particularly the set-piece that obviously changed the result.”

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Chelsea interested in former PSG & Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne

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Chelsea interested in former PSG & Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne
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The defender has emerged as a target for the Blues.

But they face have a stiff Premier League competition.

Chelsea and Manchester City are considering Everton left-back Lucas Digne as they look to solve their left-sided defensive issues this summer. Digne joined Everton in the summer of 2018 from Barcelona and he impressed during his first season at the club, sharing the club’s Player of the Season award with the departed Idrissa Gueye.

The Frenchman has continued to shine this campaign, starting 25 of the Toffees’ opening 26 Premier League games. In total, he has featured in 29 matches in all competitions in 2019/20, scoring once, while he has also providing an impressive six assists. 

Digne’s continued good form has seen him attract attention. According to Sportlens, Chelsea and ​Manchester City have been checking on the defender and Everton’s resolve could be tested this summer. While both the west London side and the Citizens are keen on ​Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell – ​who could cost as much as €120 million – they are also looking elsewhere at secondary targets. 

As a result of his fine form, both clubs’ scouting teams have identified Digne as another option. Any deal won’t come cheap either, however. ​The Toffees paid around €20 million for his services, but they would demand more than double that figure for the 26-year-old. Despite City and Chelsea’s interest in Digne, a summer move for Chilwell is certainly still on the cards. ​

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Lampard is confident of United still qualifying for CL

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Lampard is confident of United still qualifying for CL
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Head coach Frank Lampard is confident that even if Chelsea secures a win on Monday against Manchester United, United can still qualify for Champions League.

“It’s tougher, in terms of picking up points as you can see,” said Lampard, on Sky Sports. “It’s just a changing of the Premier League slightly, teams now can invest a lot of money.

“Teams can get promoted to the Premier League and spend £100m and it doesn’t guarantee success.

“That’s the kind of challenge we are talking about but challenges are a good thing, and it’s a challenge for us.”

Asked whether he discusses league-table scenarios with his players, Lampard continued: “I would do at certain times, I don’t think you should speak about it too much, because you end up with your eyes everywhere, up and down the table and around yourself.

“And we can only affect ourselves first and foremost. But I don’t think it’s the worst motivational tool for all of us to really understand the situation.

“Because I have a deep sense of pride about wanting to get fourth place, and I remember having that as a player, we were fighting for first and second place for a good period when I was here and that’s how you should be.

“So I don’t mind referencing that to the players, I look at the league table probably two or three times a day sometimes. You can become obsessed with it, but that’s for me to do.

“For the players, I think reminding them sometimes is fine, it’s a good tool.”

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