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Frank Lampard has said that he’s growing concerned about the situation on and off the pitch at former club Chelsea.

The ex midfielder is worried about the uncertainty surrounding the future of head coach Antonio Conte, who last week was strongly linked with replacing Unai Emery at PSG:

“The worrying thing is the negative talk around the club: the manager, the recruitment,” Lampard said on Match of the Day.

“They haven’t gone forward since last season and other clubs have.

“Yesterday [the win over Palace] will have been good for them but Barcelona will be a totally different task, they have the team to go there and defend and get them on the break but against Lionel Messi & Co. it will be very difficult.”

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Former Chelsea and Wimbledon midfielder Vinnie Jones claimed that Blues players stopped to play for Antonio Conte because they are aware he won’t be at Stamford Bridge next season:

“I don’t think he wants to be there,” he told talkSPORT.

To me, it looks like he doesn’t want to. I think he knows he’s going to go, I think the players know he is going to go, so the players are like ‘all right, we’ll regroup next season’.

“They don’t have a [Frank] Lampard and a John Terry to sort the dressing room out now.”

Jones does not believe Conte should be criticised for the ultra-negative tactics he used against Manchester City, losing 1-0 and collecting the third away defeat in a row:

“If you go up there, it’s a fortress at Man City, the way they are playing – they are invincible at the moment,” Jones concluded.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard won the Champions League with the Blues and the former midfielder believes Antonio Conte‘s side have now a chance to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou and continue the chase for this trophy also this season.

Can they win against Barcelona? I think so. Lampard told TalkSport.  “Chelsea were fantastic in the first leg and, of all the English teams in the Champions League, Chelsea do have the capabilities to be really organised and they have dangerous players on the counter-attack, particularly Eden Hazard  and Willian in his current form. If they can try and play the way they played at the Bridge, they’ve got a chance. It’s going to be a very tough game. When you go to the Nou Camp, Barcelona and especially Lionel Messi make it so difficult for you. But there’s certainly a fighting chance for Chelsea. They do have the ability to go there and get something.”


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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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