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Terry and Lampard in last year challenge beteween Chelsea and Manchester City © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard spoke to TalkSPORT ahead of the game between two of his English former clubs: the London Blues and Manchester City.

The New York City FC midfielder was surprised that he could properly follow the Premier League while in the USA:

“We get more games on TV here than in the UK,” he says over the phone from his New York home. “When I first got here, I wasn’t sure if I liked watching it. It was kind of fresh because I’d just finished, but as I’ve been here longer I’ve watched more.

“How would I sum up this season? A one-off. Refreshing. Just a crazy season.”

LEICESTER ON TOP –We all have our teams – I’ve got Chelsea strong in my heart, and a bit of Manchester City – but no one can say they haven’t been excited by the idea of a team like Leicester doing what they look like doing. Big teams have underperformed and Leicester are the fairytale. I thought they would be caught. But with the big results they’ve pulled off and the consistency they’re playing with, plus the lack of games left, I think it’s pretty much theirs. The only thing that can stop them now is the nerves that can come when a team isn’t used to being in that position. But they look like they’re enjoying it. There’s a difference between feeling pressure in a negative way and enjoying it, and at the moment the whole place is buzzing. Watching on TV you can feel the atmosphere. That might carry them over the line.”

RANIERI – “I’ve always followed Claudio Ranieri’s career because he was a huge turning point in mine when he took me to Chelsea. Leicester was a difficult job, though. I know he’s a good manager and a man who galvanises players, but I wasn’t sure what he had to work with there. He and every player have exceeded themselves. In recent weeks, when the pressure could have been tough for the players, he’s taken it off them with a smile and the way he behaves. It’s not just down to him, though. The players have come out of nowhere to look like world-beaters. Some are in their international teams now, when they were nowhere near them at the start of the season. They’re the ones who go out there and do it consistently, so credit to them.”

RELEGATION BATTLE –In recent years we’ve seen so-called big clubs, who believe they can’t go down, getting relegated. That’s when a club has to take a look at itself from top to bottom – from players to recruitment, owners and managers… Aston Villa have looked completely disjointed this season. In previous years they’ve consistently been at the higher end of the league, but now they look like one of the worst Premier League clubs we’ve seen.”

GUARDIOLA TO CITY – “When a club announces a new manager is coming in at the end of the season, it shouldn’t have any impact on the players. But history says it does affect teams. Manchester City will be the club that asks: ‘Was that the right time to announce it [Pep Guardiola’s signing]? They dropped from a title-winning position afterwards. When Chelsea announced that Antonio Conte was coming in they didn’t have much to lose, so for them it was wise to lay their cards on the table.”

CONTE TO CHELSEA – “Conte has a big job to do. There’s been a transition at Chelsea that looked like it was going in a good direction, but it’s gone in a completely negative one. They shouldn’t be where they are now. You can see Conte is going to take the bull by the horns and try to imprint his style and technique on the club. He might need to bring in players who will respond to that. There will be a change of personnel at Chelsea.”

CHELSEA SEASON – “Chelsea’s players have underperformed. Important players, too – ones who were at a really high level last year. I don’t know if that’s because of issues they have with the club, the manager; if it’s just form, or injuries. The players have to look at themselves and ask: ‘How can so many underperform to that level?’ You can have bad seasons, but you shouldn’t have a bad one where you finish in the bottom half. The big test is how they come back, because Chelsea can’t afford to be out of the top four for two years consecutively.”

JOHN TERRY’s FUTURE – “I imagined finishing my career at Chelsea, and I know John would have, too. But you do have moments when you wonder where your career is going, and I found that period difficult at the end of my time at Chelsea. It’s now the choice that John makes. If he doesn’t stay, where does he go? For me it’s been an amazing experience to go to Manchester and New York, even when I didn’t expect it. And it might be the same for John if it does go that way. But it’s a difficult situation – you’ve got a family and you’re wondering where you’re going to live. You go from being very stable and at a club you love to having to take in all these other variables. So it is not an easy time. John will be going through all that now.”


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Antonio Conte will have to make one of the most difficult decisions at Chelsea:  to tell probably the most significant player in the club’s history whether or not he has a future at the club.

The club says they do not see the value in extending the 35-year-old’s deal, but they will be swayed by whatever the new manager has to say.

Conte is tied up with the matter of Euro 2016, so he could potentially not arrive in London until July 10th. Nine days after the opening of the summer transfer window, and ten days after Terry’s Chelsea contract ends.

The defender spent part of this international break commuting to China, on a promotional visit for Chelsea sponsors Yokohama, where he has been linked with a potentially move to the Super League.

Conte has worked with older players before, he brought new life to the career of Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.

Frank Lampard said: “I think John’s a link with the Chelsea fans, but the decision will be made by the owners. Same as what happened with me. Eventually your time comes. I’m not sure now is John’s time.”

But it is not Lampard’s decision, it is Conte’s. He will be known as the man who either saved or axed John Terry.

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Italian coach Antonio Conte doesn’t give many details on his future.

The ex Juventus manager is very close to sign a deal with Chelsea, but he doesn’t want to reveal anything:

“The only decision I took is that I won’t be an international coach.

“My will is to return to be a club manager.

“Chelsea? It’s not a mistery [I had contatcs with them] but I can speak also about some Italian clubs.

“These choices cannot be done with superficiality, let’s see what future will bring to me, in Italy or in some foreign country.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is undergoing a disappointing season with the Blues and he is far from the top level he let him won the Best Player of the Year Award in the last campaign.

He was rumoured to join soon Spanish giants Real Madrid, where yesterday Zinedine Zidane– his chilhood idol – took charge as the new manager.

A swap with some of the Blancos top-players like Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez or Isco is possible, but according to The Sun Hazard will decide his future when the next Chelsea permanent manager name will be announced.

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Jose Mourinho
Ex Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Piers Morgan had his say on Mourinho’s sacking on the Mail Online.

The journalist, an Arsenal fan, states the sacking of the Special One is “the worst decision in football history”.

Let’s read some of the most significant parts.

His reaction to the news:

“Few things have ever been madder than Chelsea’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho – the single greatest football manager on Planet Earth, and arguably the greatest ever.

When the news broke at 2pm, I was lying on my sofa preparing for an appearance on tonight’s Question Time.

Within seconds, mainstream news bulletins and social media ditched all interest in the possible collapse of the European Union, the war on ISIS, and even Donald Trump.

THIS story was so big, so sensational, that like the man himself only top billing would suffice.

Everyone had a view on the downfall of the charismatic Portuguese coach with the silver hair and even more silver tongue.

All of it was extreme.

None of it was calm, measured or vaguely sensible.

Grown men either wept, howled, laughed dementedly, or did congas round their offices.

Even women with zero interest in the game itself mourned the loss of their Jose, the guy with the twinkling eyes, the sharp suits and a rakish smile to melt a thousand King’s Road ice queens.

My reaction?

Well, as an ardent Arsenal fan I should have been thrilled at the failure of a man who dubbed our own manager Arsene Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’.

But I wasn’t.

Instead, I was flabbergasted.

This is the single worst decision in the history of the sport.

Jose Mourinho isn’t just a winner. He’s THE winner of the modern game.

In just 12 years as a manager he’s won an astonishing 21 trophies.”

Critics to Chelsea FC:

Today, his reward for this unprecedented CV was to be unceremoniously sacked because he had a rough four months.

And whilst many will chuckle at the exit of football’s most brash, arrogant personality, the self-acclaimed ‘Special One’, I find it utterly preposterous.

Yes, Chelsea have had a bad season.

Yes, they’ve lost nine of their 16 League matches.

Yes, they’re languishing in 16th place, hovering in the relegation zone.

Yes, they’ve been a walking basket case on and off the pitch, ever since Mourinho screamed abuse at a female physio during a game.”

But this is still a manager who won Chelsea the Premier League title just SIX MONTHS AGO, for God’s sake!

What kind of insanity determines that a man with such a prolific record of success, who is in charge of the REIGNING CHAMPIONS, is thrown into the gutter after the first difficult patch he’s ever endured as manager?

To put this nonsensical decision into perspective, consider the status of the aforementioned Arsene Wenger, who hasn’t won the Premier League for 11 years and has never won the Champions League, but is widely lauded as an unsackable genius.

I don’t know what’s gone wrong at Chelsea, but I do know this: Jose Mourinho didn’t suddenly go from the best manager in the world to the worst.

Then Morgan goes on with an harsh critic on the players, to him the ones to blame instead of Mourinho:

“If you want to blame anyone for their disintegration, then why not start with the players? A more arrogant, haughty, over-paid bunch of spoiled prima donnas it would be hard to find in the annals of the game.

Each week, after more and more defeats, we’d read leaks from this group of under-performing reptiles informing us that it was all Mourinho’s fault.

He’d ‘lost the dressing room’ apparently.


Or could it be that many of these so-called superstars had lost their heart, their hunger, their bottle and their commitment?

Remember that these guys each get paid up to £200,000 a WEEK to kick a football.

The very least their fans might expect for that is that they give every game 100%.

But no, we even heard that certain players were feigning injuries because they refused to play under Mourinho.

Imagine the sheer , breathtaking audacity of that attitude?

No wonder he finally snapped and publicly berated the treacherous ‘rats’ in his midst.

Football managers who don’t win enough games for long periods of time deserve the sack.

But managers like Mourinho, whose win ratio is so stupendous that it dwarfs almost any of their rivals, have earned the right to more time and to more loyalty from their players.

Tonight, Chelsea announced his replacement until the end of the season is Dutchman Guus Hiddink – the manager who presided over Holland’s recent disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.

If he’s a better bet to revive the club than Mourinho, then I’m Darth Vader.

Football has been descending into the abyss of greed, corruption, selfishness and impatience for years now.

But it wasn’t until today that I genuinely shook my head in wonderment at how stupid it has become.

Shame on you Chelsea for what you’ve done to Jose Mourinho today.

And shame on all football fans who see his demise as something to celebrate.

He will be a massive loss to our League and we will all, whether we admit or not, miss him enormously as a personality.

As for Chelsea’s players, doubtless many of whom are popping open their Cristal tonight, I have one thought for them: isn’t it time managers were given the right to sack THEM when they persistently fail to play to the standards expected of them?

That might take the smug little smirks off their pampered little Ferrari-driving faces.”

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is convinced that today’s victory over Chelsea is the best individual result in club history. The 38-year-old has praised his players for their commitment to the game against the Blues.

Howe said:

”I think it’s at the very top”

“We’ve never been in the Premier League before so when you come to the champions and beat them, I think it must rank the best individual result in club history.”

“I’m really pleased with both the result and the performance of the players. I thought we were magnificent. We had to be to win here and I’m incredibly proud of the players.”

“It was only one game but it gives us a huge boost going into the Christmas period.”

On referee Mike Jones’s decision not to award Chelsea a penalty:

“Simon’s committed to his slide”

“His arm has not moved towards the ball. I think to award a penalty would have been extremely harsh.”

On his comparison’s to Mourinho:

”I don’t want to call myself anything to be honest, just really pleased with the result,’”

”It gives the players some reward for how hard they’ve worked. We’ve been hit with a lot of things – the injuries and dominant performances that haven’t won games. It’s been tough. The players have kept going – they’ve not lost their honesty.”


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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has revealed that he turned down a move to Chelsea when he was a teenager.

The Croat admitted that when he was 16 he received an offer from the Blues.At that age, Rakitic was already a player of the Swiss team Basel and he snubbed the move at Stamford Bridge because he preferred to become a regular first-team player in Switzerland before joining such a big club as Chelsea.

Rakitic told The Daily Telegraph:

It was important for me to do it step by step. First of all to arrive in the first-team in Switzerland because I had, at 16 years of age, a big offer to go to Chelsea. And another offer from Juventus.

”At that time, when I was 15, 16, I decided it was important to have my family. It might not have been the best decision for everyone but it was the right one for me.”

‘It was important for me to say ‘the money is there but the money will come with time”

”Also there was another player like me and he went and today he is playing in the fourth division in Switzerland.”

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has suggested that Pedro slightly hurried with his decision to join Chelsea and he may regret his decision.

Pedro joined Chelsea during the summer transfer window, his transfer cost £21million but the Spaniard (besides his debut game) has struggled to make an impact at Chelsea .

According to Blaugrana coach Pedro’s arrival has coincided with Chelsea’s worst start to a season since many years. And that can cause the Spaniard begins to regret his decision to join the Blues.

Luis Enrique said:

“We know what the situation was with Pedro, we understand it, it’s logical, he wanted to play more and over the course of a player’s career you have to make decisions.”

“Perhaps now he might want to change that decision I don’t know.”

“It’s not a question of us missing him, that’s what life in football is like.” 

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Nemanja Matic was a key player for Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

During last match with Southampton Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic started from the bench but then entered after half time, when the score was 1-1.

But lasted less than half an hour, coming off the pitch when the Saints went 3-1 up: his manager José Mourinho insisted he wasn’t humiliating the 27-year-old:

“It was not humiliating. It was not the case. I do not do that to anyone, in football and in life.

“With the players, it is not easy. I like them, I trust them. I know they are good players but some of them are in a difficult moment – Matic is one of them. 

“So I decided to take off Matic but I like the player very much, I have a fantastic relationship with the boy. Humiliating him? For sure, I was not.”

Anyway, Matic refused to comment on this when pressed by the journalists in Serbia ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers:

This is what happened with Mourinho and I can’t comment on that. What happened, it happened, we move on.”

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Many people were disappointed when José Mourinho took off Willian, the best player on the pitch until that moment, in the second half again Southampton.

The fans at Stamford Bridge also booed Mourinho for the decision, but the manager then explained it in the post-match press conference:

When the supporters booed the Willian decision, I would so the same as them if I didn’t know Willian was ill and vomiting at half-time and the doctor said it would be difficult for him to continue. If they have a negative reaction I would do the same because the results are not the results we want.”

Nemanja Matic was taken off having been introduced at half-time, some people were shocked by the decision and thought could be humiliating for the Serbian player.

Mourinho explained also this decision:

It was not humiliating [for him]. I don’t do that to anyone in football or in life. It’s something if I do, I do without any intention. I like the players, I trust them and I know they are good players but some of them are in a difficult moment, and Matic is one of them. He is not playing well, he is not sharp, defensively he is making mistakes.

“I played him because Ramireas was doing a great job on Mane, but with a yellow card and an inexperienced referee I was afraid of a second yellow card, so I changed him for Matic. With the second goal I needed to make a change, play another striker for a player from midfield.  

“I kept Oscar because he creates more, I kept Fabregas because, maybe because of his formation at Barcelona, he copes better with the pressure. Even not playing well his emotional stability is high. I decided to take Matic off, but I like the player very much. I have a fantastic relationship with the boy.”


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