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Frank Lampard

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Chelsea's Frank Lampard, left , chases after Barcelona's Lionel Messi during their Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium in London,Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Frankie Lampard faced Leo Messi more than once during his career and the Argentine star has never succeeded in scoring to Chelsea in all the previous encounters, where Lampard was present as well.

The Blues legend knows how to stop him and, besides this, he  rates Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, as the greatest player of all time, admitting his former club will need luck to stop him in his tracks.

However, Super Frank believes N’Golo Kante holds the key to try to stop him in this tie:

“Whoever is nearest to him has to take the responsibility to take that space because the minute you let him get his head up and run freely at you, you won’t get near him. I can say that from experience.

“There will be periods when you just have to back off. The problem is that being at home, there will be people wanting to see Chelsea have a bit of a go at them.

“But their players are that good, you have to back off to deny them the space where they can really hurt you.

“It is a fine line for Chelsea. They need to sit back but at the same time put pressure on him so he doesn’t become relaxed on the ball.

“This is where I think N’Golo Kante will be key. He is the one in Chelsea’s midfield with the abilities you need because he is so quick into the tackle.

“But it is important all 11 press their opponents, starting with those players at the top of the pitch.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard belives the Blues must change their strategy in the next summer transfer window if they want to compete to win the Premier League.

In particular, Lampard claims, Chelsea have to follow the two Manchester’s clubs example. “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that”.  Lampard said. “There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing. It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run. There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.”

 

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According to the Chelsea legend Frank Lampard Blues star Eden Hazard is in Premier League top three players along with two Manchester City world class strikers, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne:

“I wouldn’t quite go as far to say that yet because he’s really lit up the last few games for me and he’s towards his best,” said Super Frank.

“But when you look at the season and the way Kevin De Bruyne‘s played at Manchester City from the start and considering where they are and how far ahead they are in the league.

“He’s been so pivotal for them. Raheem Sterling‘s got to have a shout for scoring such important goals.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes tonight’s draw vs Atletico Madrid could make more difficult the Blues’ road in the Champions League: in the last 16 stage, Antonio Conte‘s side will now face one of the winners of the other groups.

“The story of the night is the chances that Chelsea squandered in the second half”. – Lampard told BT Sport – “It was a competent display. In the first half they were OK, in the second half they were OK again and responded well to going one down. But when you create four or five guilt-edged chances, that’s what you’re going to rely on. When that draw comes out, if they get one of the bigger teams, they could look back and regret tonight.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard praises Blues star Eden Hazard, who was one of the protagonists in tonight 4-0 win against Qarabag with one goal, on penalty, and one assist but it was his performance, as a real top player and team leader, that impressed Lampard:

“When Chelsea play well Eden Hazard plays well, it’s been a constant over the last few years and he creates so much,” the former midfielder told BT Sport.

“Goals is the one question mark really, we speak about him regularly and the number of goals he gets.

“I do like seeing him in this central role though. When he does get in these central positions he can finish.”

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With Michael Emenalo having left Chelsea, now the London club are looking for the right profile to take his role.

In the last few days Frank Lampard has been linked with the role of technical director at Chelsea, but now, according to The Sun, another strong candidate could be Blues legend Gianfranco Zola who spent seven years at Stamford Bridge during his career.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes the Blues are still in the Premier League title race even if Manchester City are top of the league and Antonio Conte‘s side is fourth with a gap of nine points.

“It’s a possibility”, – Lampard told Ominsport about Chelsea chances to retain their title – “but this year’s going to be difficult because Manchester City have started so well. The reality is that they’ve opened up a lead and have a very strong squad. I think for Chelsea, they’re fighting not just in the Premier League but in the Champions League and more games. I think Chelsea, for sure, will be competitive. Chelsea have to be established to stay in the top four every year because they have to play Champions League football. We’ll see. Manchester City have played very well but the performance against Manchester United from Chelsea was very impressive. If they play at that level, Chelsea can beat any team.”

 

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Tomorrow night Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid in their second match of Champions League group stage.

The Blues have just sold Diego Costa to their rivals, but the Spanish striker will not play with the Colchoneros until next January, so he won’t be a problem for Antonio Conte‘s side tomorrow.

Moreover, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes the London club was right when he sold Diego Costa:  “Most of the talk before the Atletico game, though, has been about a player who won’t even be allowed to take part, Diego Costa,” Lampard wrote in his Evening Standard column – “He has agreed to rejoin Atletico Madrid from Chelsea but is not eligible to play for them until January. It is likely Costa will attend the game but it won’t be a distraction to the Chelsea players. I know he is well respected by the players and was a popular member of the dressing room. If he is unveiled on the pitch or is simply there to watch, I’m sure the lads will wish him well and get on with it. Costa leaving will be a relief to Conte and Chelsea – it is the best thing for all concerned. If it was just a case of selling a talented striker, then we’d be talking about what a great loss he is to the club. But he had to go. There was no way he could stay at Chelsea, given the events of the summer and the sooner he went, the better. It’s great for Costa, too. He needs to go and train properly before starting playing again in January. He couldn’t carry on staying in Brazil like he was, it wasn’t helping anybody.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill speaks about Alvaro Morata saying he is not feeling the pressure and he demonstrates it by scoring a lot of goals in the Premier League.

“It’s great that, after Diego, we have another striker coming in and scoring straight away”. – Cahill said – I’m sure Alvaro wasn’t surprised by the pressure. He knew that it would be there when he joined and he came from a huge club anyway. Being a striker for Chelsea comes with a lot of pressure, but he has played with big players and big teams. He knows how to handle that and I don’t think it has been an issue at all. The easiest thing I found when I joined was that I knew a few people beforehand. It was early doors but I was in there with Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry. A few familiar faces helps and there are obviously a few Spaniards that Morata knows here. He is a fantastic guy, down to earth. His personality makes it very easy to get on with him. You can see from his performances that he is enjoying life at Chelsea.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is convinced the Blues have got an advantage on their Premier League rivals to face Champions League.

According to the Stamford Bridge legend, who was one of Chelsea heroes in Champions League success back in 2012, the Blues structure is better than other English teams – Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs – facing the same competition:

“When I look at the other English teams in the Champions League, some of them will struggle at the back, whereas Chelsea have a great base.

“The structure that Conte set up last season with three at the back clearly works as they won the title and they have added a few players in midfield”.

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