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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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Chelsea are working hard to sign some new players before the end of this summer transfer window and Blues legend Frank Lampard believes the board have to listen to manager Antonio Conte and try to satisfy his requests.

There is a suggestion that Chelsea managers don’t have much say in signings, but that isn’t the case from what I understand about the club and Conte certainly deserves a big say in the signings that are made there”. – Lampard told Yahoo Sports Uk “The signings they have made have been positive, but some big players have left or are about to leave and he knows he needs a bigger squad. I think that is the reason for his frustration and we have seen that emotion coming out of him over the last few weeks. Of course Conte will have a big say on the players coming in. There will be a back and forward between the manager, his staff and the people in charge of getting the players in and you would hope that by the end of this transfer, everyone will get what they want. He is a very driven manager, we saw that last year and it is clear he wants to add to the squad and wanted more players in by now.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard considers Nemanja Matic to Manchester United “strange”.

The former Blues midfielder was surprised to see the Serbian midfielder moving to Manchester United, with Chelsea providing a key player to a rival.

Lampard commented this move speaking to BT Sport:

It’s a strange one.

“I think he was such a huge part of Chelsea’s play last year. Kante and Matic were the base of the midfield and let the wing-backs fly on.

“Obviously Fabregas was a big player for them too and [with] Bakayoko, it remains to be seen if he can be that positional player Matic was.

“One of the frustrations is that, and I think Conte will want to bring in someone else in midfield.”

 

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Speaking to BT Sport, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard hailed Victor Moses’ performance today at Wembley.

The Nigerian player scored The Blues goal but this wasn’t enough to defeat Arsenal at to win the Community Shield.

“He came at a young age, I think he had a year under Rafa Benitez when he got a few minutes but then he got loaned out for three years on the trot”. – Lampard said – “Antonio Conte came in and gave him a new lease of life. He gave him a role as a wing-back and you saw a player today who was a massively important player for them.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is a new BT Sports pundit.

The former Blues midfielder, who quit played football last year, announced the deal with the TV network on his Facebook page, as we can see in this screenshot.

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He will join TV presenter Jake Humphrey as well as other football legends like Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Gary Lineker and Robbie Savage.

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Chelsea legend John Terry left the Blues after 22 years among youth teams and first team: yesterday his signing for Aston Villa was announced, with the former Blues skipper admitting he didn’t want to join a Premier League side to not face Chelsea.

Now, Terry admits he would love to return at Stamford Bridge as a manager:

That’s a goal. Me and Lamps [Frank Lampard] have had those conversations. Do you dream too big? I don’t think you can ever dream too big. I’ve always wanted to be the very best and if that’s in management then Chelsea’s the one. That would be incredible but I realise as well you can’t go in somewhere like Chelsea as your first job.

“You need to go and learn, whether that’s in the academy like Stevie [Gerrard] is doing. It’s difficult to get jobs. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would get. So I think you need to go out and do your work and put your minutes in on the pitch and make your mistakes that no one sees so that when you do go in, you’re kind of ready.”

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