Tammy Abraham reveals what Frank Lampard told them at half-time for Chelsea to defeat Crystal Palace

November 11th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has revealed what boss Frank Lampard said at half-time of last Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace.

Abraham and Pulisic scored the two goals that handed all the three points to Chelsea in the second half of the Premier League encounter.

The Eagles had frustrated the Blues up to that point, with the score level at 0-0.

Abraham told the Chelsea website: “It wasn’t our best game, but the most important was that we got the three points.

“It was hard work. Crystal Palace are a good side, they defend well as a team and in the first half, they frustrated our style of play.

“At half-time the manager said we needed to stay focused, and the chances would come. We came out, we believed, we didn’t change our style of play, we wanted to show our attacking football, and we got our two goals.”

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Arsenal disclose decision on embattled manager Unai Emery, insist results “need to improve”

November 11th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal have issued a stark warning to under-fire manager Unai Emery to checkmate the poor run of form of the club as the club chiefs have Arsenal chiefs have offered their backing to the beleaguered Spaniard.

Emery has been left fighting for his job following a dismal start to the season that has seen the Gunners win just two of their previous 10 Premier League games.

In their latest spate of recent poor results, the Gunners were defeated by Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday, with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison scoring two goals to add to Emery’s miseries at Arsenal.

And, Sportsmail report, on Monday morning the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham met staff at a pre-planned get together for 200 staff and underlined their support for Emery.

The Gunners supremos told staff: ‘We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season. We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.

‘Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place. We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will.

‘We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.’

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Jose Mourinho jokes about how he helped Manchester City win Premier League when he was Chelsea manager

November 11th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho joked that Vincent Kompany should have phoned to thank him after the Blues’ win over Liverpool in 2014.

Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip saw the Blues beat the Merseyside giants – which led to Manchester City winning the title.

Mourinho joined the Belgian in the Sky Sports studio ahead of Manchester City’s must-win match against Liverpool.

And, The Sun report, that the Portuguese boss suggested that he deserved some acknowledgement for helping City to win the league five years ago.

Kompany said: “In this case, if you look at the last decade or so, there have been numerous times where Liverpool were top of the league and there were numerous times where City were behind us as well.”

And Mourinho interrupted: “But City was the best team!

“When I gave you the title, you never told me thank you.

“When I gave you the title by winning here and you didn’t even call me to say thank you, you were the best team.

“They were not the best, they were there, they were almost there, but you were the best team, in this moment I don’t think there is that difference in power.

“Even in terms of statures, if statures play something. You are the champions of England but they are the champions of Europe.

“They know how to win, they know how to cope with the pressure, so for me, the game today is very, very important.

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Chelsea star’s loan deal set to be terminated, to return to Stamford Bridge in January

November 11th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

There are reports Burnley are set to terminate Danny Drinkwater’s loan deal from Chelsea in January.

The Clarets have the option to extend the former Leicester star’s terms in the winter transfer window, but are unlikely to exercise this option.

Chelsea would demand Burnley cover Drinkwater’s full £120,000 a week contract, and, according to Sportsmail, Sean Dyche’s men are instead believed to be looking for alternatives.

Drinkwater has struggled to force himself into Dyche’s first-team plans, and may now be forced to battle for his long-term future at Stamford Bridge once again.

The former England international has featured just once for the Turf Moor outfit, after being handed a rare appearance against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.

But it proved to be a debut to forget for the 29-year-old, but made an error which was pounced upon by Will Grigg for the League One outfit.

He had also been controversially sidelined after being attacked outside a nightclub in September, and Drinkwater had suffered ankle ligament damage.

Dyche recently confirmed that he would consider whether Drinkwater’s future would lie in Lancashire.

He said: ‘We weren’t thinking it was going to transpire as it has done.

‘That leaves it in a different place than it could have been if he’d been fit and well.’

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Jose Mourinho identifies what is lacking in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea despite recording their sixth straight victory in Premier League

November 11th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has drawn Frank Lampard’s attention to an aspect of the game his team must work on after praising the work of the club and their manager.

Chelsea recorded their sixth straight victory in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Lampard’s vibrant young side have recovered superbly from the 4-0 defeat they suffered against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the campaign and are currently thrid in the table, eight points behind current leaders Liverpool.

Youngsters Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James have thrived under Lampard’s stewardship, while the likes of Jorginho, Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta are enjoying new leases of life having struggled under Maurizio Sarri’s regime.

Despite their sensational form, Mourinho is worried about how Chelsea will perform in the heavyweight contests this season given their solid league form has been punctuated by worrying results in the cup competitions, report the Metro.

He told Sky Sports: “In the first weekend I was worried and I’m still worried with the big matches. I think fantastic work. The kids coming into the team are fitting amazingly well with the top class players like Willian and Kante.

“I think really, really great work by Frank. But, they lost twice against United, they lost against Liverpool at home.
“They conceded four goals against Ajax and I’m very, very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad.

“I’m curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism that the top teams must have to play against top teams.

“When they find that I think they have a great team for the future. I don’t believe in them to finish top two, but I believe very seriously for them to finish top four.”

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