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Lampard: “Football is not as simple as assembling”

Coach Frank Lampard admitted, adding six quality recruits in the summer of 2020 made him struggle to find the right strategy for Chelsea.

“Part of the reason for Chelsea’s success last season came from the training ground,” Frank Lampard told AFP ahead of a match against Tottenham in the fourth round of the League Cup on September 29. “When there are new players, the coach needs more time to watch. We didn’t get that chance earlier this season. Chelsea’s problem is not just in the defense, it’s the whole way it works.”

Chelsea opened the new season with a 3-1 away win over Brighton, but then lost 0-2 to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Questions about their strength grew after Lampard’s teachers and students drew a 3-3 draw against West Brom last weekend, losing three goals.

Similar to the 2019-2020 season, Chelsea lacks defensive certainty. In the defeat to Liverpool, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to help “The Kop” secure a 2-0 victory. Going to the match against West Brom, experienced rookie midfielder Thiago Silva slipped and gave his opponent a goal to increase the score to 2-0.

Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard (R) speaks to Chelsea’s Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero after the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Nick Potts / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

“Football is not just about putting together what you think is the right thing. It always has potential surprises, otherwise we wouldn’t have had successful coaches outperforming the rest. Me. saying it was not an excuse, but the truth was right, “Lampard said.

Three of the six new faces of Chelsea this summer are in the defense. Lampard did not hide his intention to improve the quality of this line, when in turn welcoming Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and the latest goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Their appearance puts veterans like Kepa at risk of losing their place and being sold for the remainder of the transfer window.

“This is a difficult time for Kepa. I think he knows, but I still want to repeat. Kepa is young and looking at him too much is a loss,” Lampard commented on the Western goalkeeper Spain. “I always protect Kepa because I know his abilities. He is a professional, always wanting to give the best to the club. Let’s not rush to conclude anything.”

Four days after Tottenham’s visit to the League Cup, Chelsea will host Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the Premier League. After that, the players will return to the army with the same team.

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Chelsea draw 2-2 in the 25th Premier League round

Defender Antonio Rudiger scored a brace to help Chelsea draw 2-2 at Leicester Stadium in the 25th Premier League round on 1/2.

The match was tense when it greatly influenced the race to win the Champions League next season. Leicester, after losing their breath in recent rounds, is gradually under pressure from Chelsea and Man Utd.

Brendan Rodgers’ teachers and men will increase the gap with the fourth team Chelsea by two numbers if they beat the opponent. But two goals from Rudiger’s goal in the second half kept the distance between the two teams still maintained at eight points.

Rudiger’s two goals came from fixed situations, and were created by Mason Mount. The German center-back opened the scoring in the 46th minute, then scored a 2-2 draw in the 71st minute. After seven years since John Terry scored twice against Fulham, Chelsea saw a defender score twice. in a Premier League match.

Both teams welcomed the return of the main goalscorers, when Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham promptly recovered from injury. Concern was also given to Chelsea’s goalkeeper position, where Kepa, despite having no physical problems, had to prepare for Willy Caballero.

Caballero, in his second major start in the Premier League this season, cannot return the trust of coach Frank Lampard. Fumbling in and out of the 38-year-old goalkeeper helped Chelsea not get all three points, although the away team played better in the whole match.

After 64 minutes, Caballero dropped the goal to chase an opponent’s excessive cross. Youri Tielemans watched quickly and horizontally for Ben Chilwell to cushion the ball into the near corner. Caballero, due to the far distance, did not make it in time to make a clearance.

After Chilwell increased the score to 2-1 and Rudiger equalized thanks to the second header in the match, the two teams played tit-for-tat. Leicester, thanks to a better physical platform, created more threatening shots in the last 15 minutes.

They were close to the third table, but Jonny Evans and Harvey Barnes finished outside in an empty position just standing about 10 meters away from goal. At the end, Rudiger let the ball touch his hand, but the referee said no to the penalty in the blockade of the host players.

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Man Utd – Liverpool and the matches worth waiting for this week

Man Utd is the only team that makes Liverpool split points in the Premier League, before the reunion at Anfield.

Liverpool – Man Utd -Sunday, January 19

Since the beginning of the season, Man Utd was the only team that made Liverpool drop points in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s teachers used a reasonable strategy in the first leg and almost won, without Adam Lallana’s 1-1 equalizer at the end of the match. But the problem with Man Utd right now is that their midfield is completely inferior to the opponent.

Liverpool doesn’t have real stars floating in the middle of the pitch. But they have a stable and uniform framework. Every player who plays comes to know they have to perform well if they don’t want to be a substitute. With a gap too big for the second team, Liverpool has one hand on the championship. But if you can not win against Man Utd on the journey to the throne, it will be a minus point for teachers and students Jurgen Klopp.

Man Utd have defeated Wolves and Norwich recently. But their somewhat lackluster gameplay was gradually caught, no longer surprising the opponents that they could take advantage of the counter-kick. A back injury left Marcus Rashford’s ability to play open. If the striker is absent, it will be a great loss for Solskjaer’s army.

Juventus – Parma – 2h45 Monday, January 20

Juventus is not in the best form in Serie A this season. But they returned to the top of the table after beating Roma 2-1, while Inter were held to a 1-1 draw by Atalanta in the previous round. Next to the seventh team – Parma – this weekend is the opportunity for Maurizio Sarri’s army to win the fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.

The “old lady” is entering a pivotal period of the season. In the middle of next week, they face Roma in the National Cup before being a guest of Napoli on January 26. The Champions League will return next month. Therefore, Sarri needs to help the home team to create a certain distance in the race in Serie A to be able to focus for two matches against Lyon in the continental arena.