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JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel revealed that he was scared when he first arrived at the Blues because of the stars he was sharing the dressing room with:

“I came into the dressing room that day literally shaking,” he recalls while he speaks to Chelsea official magazine.

“I saw the players that were in there – the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, Geremi, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko – it was crazy. And I was just 19.

“I was shaking the whole day because I couldn’t talk to any of them. I didn’t know what to say to guys like that. They were really nice guys, but it was scary. It can be tough coming into a dressing room like that as a younger player. You had to earn the right to be among them.”

Speaking about his playing style he said:

“I love doing my defensive duties, but at the same time I love having the ball and always trying to be available so we can play out from the back,’ he said.

“This is something we’ve talked about, something the manager has stressed – trying to play out from the back so we can always be in control of the game. I think doing this we have much more possession of the ball.

“I like having the ball and making the team play. When I was young, my natural position wasn’t as a defensive midfielder so maybe that gives me a bit of an edge.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry revealed one very strange superstition of the Blues dressing room:

“I am very superstitious and, for me, if we win a game then I add it on to my next superstition,” said Terry.

“Last season, as you can imagine, it built up to quite a lot.

“Me and Frank [Lampard] started it a long time ago; in the Chelsea dressing room we have three urinals and me and Lamps started weeing in one. We won the game and, for me, that was it, the next week there was a queue of me, Frank and Ash [Ashley Cole].

The next week there were four of us and the week after there were five.

And even now, up until today, you have Cesar Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas, we are all there in one big queue.

A few months ago the club secretary said to me: ‘we have had a few calls from the FA complaining because we have been going out late’ and I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was because we were all waiting to go for a wee.

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Chelsea legend Frankie Lampard spoke to the Mail on Sunday and revealed that he wondering if today’s the Blues got some real leaders in the dressing room:

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are,” he claimed.

“To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.

“I don’t want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.

“Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.

“The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It’s nice football at times but it’s not that nice and it’s not really winning games. It’s not beautiful, beautiful stuff.

“They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.”

Last season Lampard played for Manchester City prior to his move to current club New York City, so he gives his opinion also on Citizens’ next manager, Pep Guardiola:

They will be a huge force under Guardiola. I think, yes, Man City can push on in a massive way. He’s an innovator.

There are two geniuses: Jose Mourinho and him. What a great rivalry that will be if Jose goes to Old Trafford.”

Speaking about his future he said:

“I don’t know yet whether this will be my last year as a player – but whether it is or not, I don’t want to go out with a whimper.”

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Speaking to ESPN Chelsea legend Frank Lampard analysed the situation of the Blues, claiming that the squad need a revamp.

Lampard is sure Chelsea will come back to be a great team and he studied them when he watched some games at the stadium in the past month:

“From seeing some of the games I saw when I was back in England over the Christmas period, I think they need a new injection around the team.

“And it’s strange because a year ago, you’re thinking, ‘They’ve got a great squad and if they add to it they can really go.’ Now you’re thinking, ‘They need to revamp, to change some players.’ I think that will happen in the summer. I think there will be three or four or five players and positions in the team that change around.

“We’re not used to it [seeing Chelsea in 14th spot of the table]. I was really fortunate to be part of a really good era. A bad season was like second, third, or fourth at the most, so I think it’s shocking.”

Lampard also expressed his opinion on Mourinho’s sacking:

“I think it was a difficult call. It’s not easy to say whether it was the right or wrong solution until you look back and how it goes in the future, the next two or three years. Nobody was happy at Chelsea. The players wouldn’t have been happy with its position. Jose Mourinho himself wouldn’t have been.

“Sometimes that means a change. Chelsea are very used to change, but what they’ve always had is results, so I’d like to see them get back to the top half of the table very soon.”

“I think the club will come back. They’re a huge club and there’s obviously been issues there. You see that when they fire the manager who won the league six months before. I know a lot of people at the club. They will come back.”

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Frank Lampard and John Terry at Stamford Bridge during Man City V Chelsea last year © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard paid tribute to his old pal John Terry on his Instagram account after the Chelsea skipper scored the equaliser with Everton at the last second of the game.

The message, with a photo of Terry’s celebration with the fans, read:

Sometimes you need the big boys to stand up. Centre half and captain in the box in the last minute to score the equaliser.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes the club should have waited before sacking manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was sacked earlier in December, just seven months after lifting Chelsea’s fourth and his third Premier League title.

Lampard, who won two of those titles, has however said that although new boss Guus  Hiddink was a good choice of interim boss. the decision to sack Mourinho should have come at the end of the season:

Guus Hiddink will be a fantastic manager in the interim but they should have waited until the end of the season,” Lampard said.

If they could have recovered they would have had a great manager and a successful future ahead.

“Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world and with that status they can’t be 16th in the Premier League in December, so there’s clearly a problem.”

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José Mourinho seems to have already overcome the disappointment of his recent Chelsea’s sacking.

The Portuguese manager was spotted this morning around Knightsbridge, not far from his London’s home, taking a relaxing stroll with a baseball cap on his – shaved- head and big smile on his face.

It seems the Special One turned back to be the Happy One right after he abandoned all the tensions and the pressure of the last months at Chelsea.

Mourinho is supposed to have stayed in London also to attend Frank Lampard’s wedding with tv presenter Christine Bleakley this evening in St. Paul’s church in Knightsbridge where other Chelsea legends like John Terry, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech were present.

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Legendary Chelsea player Frank Lampard, married his longtime partner Christine Bleakley in Knightsbridge. Former Chelsea player’s wedding was attended by numerous football stars such as John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Petr Cech, Harry and Jamie Redknapp. It is believed that recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also attend the ceremony.

 

 

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Legendary Chelsea player Frank Lampard admits that he is completely surprised by the disastrous results of Chelsea, but in his opinion, sacking Mourinho right now does not make sense at all.

Former Blues believes that Chelsea need a strong jolt to make the team come back on track and tried to save the season. Lampard admits that he can not get out of surprise that Chelsea is fighting to not find themselves in the relegation zone. However, he believes that only Mourinho is able to help the team, and his release would be a mistake.

Lampard told Sky Sports:

“They are good players, but far too many of them are under-performing and they have been for a while,”

”This is Chelsea we are talking about now.”

“Chelsea on a bad year should be top six. They should still be there or thereabouts, but where they are just above the relegation zone is impossible.”

“I don’t know whether he’s lost them, but something has to change. It has to change right now – whether it’s attitude, or performance, or something else, it has to change,”

“That’s only one man’s decision and that will be Roman Abramovich.”

“He’s probably looking at it very closely. Obviously, we’ve been here before with Chelsea, when managers change midway through the season.”

“I don’t know how many times you can do that. We had some good results from doing it before, but we had a different set of players at that point.”

“But I have to say that what they set out to do when Jose Mourinho came back was to have a long-term plan. What can they gain by getting rid of him now?”

“They are probably not going to make the top four anyway. Or the top six. They’re not going to get relegated, if we are honest, so I’m sure there’s a view from Roman Abramovich to say ‘hang on – let’s see what happens at the end of the season’.”

“Why make a rash change that can’t really affect the year that much? See where we are at the end of the season.”

 

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Former controversial Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has slammed Jose Mourinho calling him selfish and fake person. The Romanian is mainly remembered at Stamford Bridge because he was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after failing a drugs test.

Ex-Blues has stated, that in his opinion Mourinho’s position at the club is under threat not because of his results but because of his way of being as the Special One is unable to communicate with his players on a personal level.

Mutu told Mirror Football:

”He has been a great coach in the past, but as a person, he is fake.”

“He only looks after himself, and has no consideration for how his players are feeling and thinking. You could not go and talk to him.”

“As a coach, he is finished. There is no way back for him. How do you come back from something like this [current form]?”

“You can see now how many of his players look unhappy. Why? He is the reason,” 

”He cannot talk to players like they should be spoken to.”

“The first thing he does is he goes to the biggest player in his team, and tries to make him angry.”

“No matter who it was, John Terry, Frank Lampard, it is just what he does for fun. That was just his way of doing things, and he won’t change for anyone.”

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