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Chelsea FC Boss Frank Lampard Wins Premier League Coach Of The Month Of October Award

The Blues legend has been acknowledged for guiding his side to three successive league wins last month, which saw them rise to fourth
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for October after masterminding wins over Southampton, Newcastle and Burnley.
The Blues have emerged as a major force in English football once again in recent weeks, putting a slow start to the 2019-20 campaign firmly behind them.
Lampard’s men are now fourth in the Premier League after 11 fixtures and boast a six-point lead over fifth-placed rivals Arsenal in the race for the final Champions League spot.
Chelsea have won eight of their last 10 matches across all competitions, with a flawless league run in October key to their recent resurgence.
The Stamford Bridge outfit kicked off the month with an impressive 4-1 triumph at Southampton, before earning a narrow 1-0 home win over Newcastle after the international break.
A trip to Burnley on October 26 was seen as a potential banana skin for the Blues, but a superb Christian Pulisic hat-trick helped wrap up a stunning 4-2 victory at Turf Moor.
Lampard has been rewarded for a perfect four weeks with the Premier League’s coveted manager of the month award, ahead of a crucial clash against Crystal Palace this weekend.
The 41-year-old head coach finished ahead of August and September winner Jurgen Klopp in the final voting, as well as additional nominees Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers and Dean Smith.
Lampard expressed his delight after winning the accolade on Friday, thanking the rest of his staff for their efforts before recalling his team’s “dominant” display at Burnley.
“Winning an individual award like this, my first one at the club, it is the perfect time to appreciate the close staff who have worked so hard since pre-season and the players, as they are the ones who go out and perform. I am delighted for everybody,” Lampard told Chelsea’s official website.
“I would probably say out of the Premier League games we played in October, the one away against Burnley was the highlight because of the way we were so dominant in our performance and Burnley is a very tough place to go.
“People may have questioned the fact that we are a young team and with the physical nature of the challenge, but we responded very well and played some really good football.
“It was a tight turnaround after a big performance physically for the lads at Ajax and with the travel back. To go up to Burnley at any time is difficult but we managed the game really well.”
Jamie Vardy, meanwhile, picked up the Player of the Month prize after scoring four goals in three appearances for Leicester City, including a hat-trick in the Foxes’ record-breaking 9-0 win over Southampton.

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‘I Did Not Speak About Racism Enough’- Chelsea Boss Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he did not speak up enough about racism when he was an England player.
The 41-year-old ex-midfielder, capped 106 times by England, praised how the national team responded to racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday.
He said the authorities should tackle the issue, and not leave it to players.
“I travelled with England in Europe and felt what we all felt and maybe didn’t speak about it enough,” Lampard said.
“The big progression from Monday night, and we need to try and take positives out of it, is where I think the governing bodies and organisations now have to make a big step.
“I don’t think we should rely upon individual players to make a step. I think it should be people in charge.”
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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Klopp reveals what he told Salah about Mane

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said Mohamed Salah was worried he wouldn’t get in his first-team ahead of Sadio Mane, when he first contacted the Egyptian to try to sign him.
The Reds splashed out nearly £40million on Salah from Roma in 2017.
He has since proved to be worth every penny, scoring an impressive 75 goals in 111 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Mane had joined Liverpool a year earlier and enjoyed an impressive debut season.
Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports, admits he had to assure Salah he would be an important part of the first-team before he signed.
“It’s incredible how they’ve developed together. The boys are brilliant characters – different but brilliant – but of course we signed (Salah and Mane) because they obviously had outstanding skills.
“I remember when we spoke to Mo the first time, he said ‘Yes, but Sadio is playing on the right wing and he’s not bad is he?’ and I said, ‘I know but he can play on the other wing as well’.
“It was clear it wasn’t just one pushing the other – they could play together. They’re a proper threat. It just works, with Bobby as the connector. Different games can mean different line-ups of course but to have these three in this shape is nice,” Klopp said.
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EPL: Lampard makes demand from Tammy Abraham ahead of Wolves clash

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has demanded more goals from his striker, Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea face Wolves in a Premier League clash at the Molineux, on Saturday.
Lampard said he wants more from the England U21 star who has scored four goals already this season.
Abrahim’s four goals came in his last two starts for Chelsea and the young star will be in line to make the XI against Wolves.
Lampard told reporters at the pre-match conference on Saturday, “Very good, and I am delighted for Tammy.
“His enthusiasm and the goals, similar to Mason I want more and he wants more. Everyone needs to be ready.”
Chelsea occupy the 11th position in the Premier League table.
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EPL: Chelsea star gives update on his injury ahead of Wolves clash

Chelsea left-back, Emerson Palmieri, has provided an update on his injury ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Wolves this weekend.
The 25-year-old limped off after just seven minutes of Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Finland on Sunday night.
Emerson, who has been in good form for Frank Lampard’s side so far this season, started alongside Blues team-mate Jorginho.
But he was replaced by Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi with the game in its early stages.
Providing an update on his injury, Emerson wrote on his official Twitter page, “Very important victory today guys.
“Unfortunately I had a small injury, but nothing serious. Let’s continue like this!”
Meanwhile, Italy coach, Roberto Mancini has already confirmed that Emerson’s injury was not serious.
Mancini told reporters after the match: “It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse.”
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EPL: Chelsea midfielder beaten up by 6 men at nightclub for trying to take another player’s girlfriend home

Chelsea midfielder, Danny Drinkwater was beaten up by six men outside a nightclub after flirting with another footballer’s girlfriend, last night, according to The Sun.
Drinkwater is currently on loan at Burnley and is out of action for six weeks due to injury.
The newspaper revealed the England international was the victim of an assault at Manchester’s Chinawhite club in the early hours of Sunday.
Drinkwater clashed with Scunthorpe United’s Kgosi Ntlhe after trying to take the League Two defender’s girlfriend home.
It is claimed the pair were kicked out by security, before six men reportedly pounced on Drinkwater and beat him with a blunt object.
A source told The Sun: “At one point he was curled up in a ball on the ground, as they repeatedly jumped up and down on his ankle and shouting, ‘Break his legs’.
“They knew he was a Premier League star and it was his livelihood. There was blood everywhere, and it was all incredibly nasty.
“He will address the concerns of those at the club privately, and honestly.”
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Teams will suffocate Chelsea without David Luiz – Paul Merson

Paul Merson believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made a mistake in selling David Luiz to London rivals Arsenal, suggesting teams will now be able to ‘suffocate’ them as they attempt to play out from the back.
The Brazilian defender, 32, forced his way out of Stamford Bridge to join Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium, filling the void left by the departed Laurent Koscielny.

And, following Chelsea’s humiliating 4-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester United in their opening game, Merson has suggested that the options Lampard has to replace Luiz at the back are not able to break the press in the same way he could.
“I go to Stamford Bridge a lot, and Chelsea’s defence are asked to play out nearly all the time,” Merson said to Sky Sports.
“Kepa doesn’t kick anything long. Luiz was the best player on the ball by a million miles. Now all of a sudden, you’ve got players who can’t play out, and teams will suffocate them.
“Frank Lampard has got to be careful. Chelsea have let their best ball-playing defender leave to go to their rivals, not just in London but in the top four. None of their defenders can play out from the back.

“I can understand if Chelsea pushed everyone up to the halfway line, the goalkeeper kicks it, and they play in the other half, but if you’re asking them to start playing out from the back, they’re going to get beaten left, right and centre.
“Kurt Zouma just didn’t look ready. He didn’t look ready before this, which is why he went out on loan. It’s a dangerous, dangerous game. The fans liked David Luiz. They need to get results quickly, because the fans won’t be happy watching them play out and lose the ball.
“It looked like Frank looked at the situation and thought: ‘I need it quiet here, I can’t be having problems’, so Chelsea let Luiz go. Sometimes that’s the way it is, and great managers have a high-maintenance player and get them to perform.”
Chelsea play Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup next, before taking on Leicester City when they return to Premier League action.

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Lampard hails one player after Chelsea draws 2-2 with Monchengladbach

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has hailed Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper, Yann Sommer by describing the 30-year-old’s performance as ‘fantastic’ following his side’s pre-season friendly 2-2 draw against the Bundesliga side on Saturday at Borussia-Park Stadium.
Lampard noted that Sommer’s brilliant display prevented his players from scoring more goals against Monchengladbach.
Alassane Plea and Jonas Hofmann had given Monchengladbach a 2-0 first-half lead before Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley scored two second-half penalties to ensure Lampard’s side got a point.
“I think we should have won,” Lampard was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying after the match.
“I was not happy with the first-half performance, we conceded two bad goals, one was our mistake, the other was a counter-attack, and we weren’t as we should be in the first half.
At half-time, I asked for a reaction and the team gave a big reaction. We could have scored a lot more goals, their goalkeeper has been fantastic for them. I think we should have won but it was a very tough game, a good exercise for us against a very good team.”
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EPL: Lampard identifies Chelsea player that gave him problem

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has identified midfielder, Mason Mount as the player that has given him a problem at the club ahead of the 2019/20120 season.
Lampard admitted that the 20-year-old England youngster has done a lot for Chelsea during pre-season, adding that he could force his way into his plans.
Mason, who has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Stamford Bridge club, was impressive during their pre-season.
He scored a brace against Reading last weekend and was outstanding against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
“Mason done a lot,” Lampard was quoted by Daily Mail as saying after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against after the draw against Monchengladbach on Saturday.
“I’m really happy with how he’s training, how he’s playing and his status in the group coming back here.
“The players recognise quality instantly but they also recognise work rate and character — and Mason has all of those. He has given me a problem.”
Lampard added: “Ross Barkley also had a good pre-season and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be back later on. It’s good, as they’re all adaptable. It doesn’t have to be just one. They can play in a variety of positions.
“I couldn’t ask for more from what Mason has done.”
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EPL: Lampard compared to Guardiola

Former Chelsea assistant coach, Bolo Zenden, has compared manager Frank Lampard to Manchester City counterpart, Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola was only 37 when he took over at Barcelona in 2008 but went on to lead the LaLiga giants through one of its most trophy-laden eras.
Lampard took the Stamford Bridge job this summer at 41, becoming the first British manager under Roman Abramovich.
Zenden, who joined the Blues from Barca in 2001 – the same year Lampard arrived at Stamford Bridge from West Ham – insists his old team-mate is ready for the job and that he can be a success.
“I know Frank did very well at Derby County, so it was a good time for him to go to Chelsea.
“Guardiola was only young when he was appointed at Barcelona, so I don’t see why this is any different.
“He can do well, he is a clever guy and earned his stripes as a player. Who knows how it will go? But he is bright and deserves a chance,” Zenden said according to the UK Mirror.