Champions League & Frank Lampard

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Chelsea and the England national team. 5.0/5

Champions League Frank Lampard John Terry Bayern Munich Stamford Bridge Didier Drogba Premier League Manchester United Ashley Cole Roberto Di Matteo Jose Mourinho Petr Cech Fernando Torres Eden Hazard Manchester City David Luiz Europa League Gary Cahill Juan Mata

This photo of Frank Lampard smoking a cigar with the Champions League trophy is wonderful! 😂
Pelle-Green set for the chop! Your thoughts City investigated by Uefa over how group losses are shared Manchester City are being investigated by Uefa over how their parent company, City Football Group, and their subsidiaries may be sharing the club’s sizeable losses. Last season City were fined £16m and set a £49m net transfer spend restriction, along with having their Champions League squad reduced to 21, for failing to comply with Uefa’s financial fair play rules. Now, after City announced a £23m loss for 2013-14, a reduction of around half over the previous year, Uefa is examining the CFG structure. One aim is to discover whether some of the subsidiary companies may be soaking up losses made when executing business for City. A City spokesperson told the Mail on Sunday: “The examination of the club’s structure and subsidiary companies is a scheduled and routine part of the Uefa monitoring process.” The champions were embarrassed over misinformation regarding the Frank Lampard deal – last ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP Manchester United are keen on Atletico Madrid central defender Diego Godin with boss Louis van Gaal not ruling out meeting the 28-year-old's £28m buy-out clause with the Spanish side. (Daily Telegraph) An unnamed Qatari side have bid £9.5m for Abdul Majeed Waris, 23 - believed to be a target for Manchester United after assistant manager Ryan Giggs travelled to Turkey to watch the Trabzonspor striker in a Europa League fixture. (Daily Star) Diego Godin Uruguay defender Godin has 85 caps Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes is considering Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam, 28, as his first signing for Real Sociedad. (Fichajes.net - in Spanish) Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will not make a decision on seeking to extend 36-year-old midfielder Frank Lampard's loan spell from New York City beyond January until after the Etihad side's final Champions League group match against Roma next week. (Daily Telegraph) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to offload forward ...
Chelsea managers under Roman Abramovich - how they rated 1.Claudio Ranieri (2000-04) - The Tinkerman signed Frank Lampard and agreed a deal for Petr Cech before becoming Roman Abramovich's first sacking. He blew a Champions League semi-final against Monaco. 6 2. Jose Mourinho (2004-07) - Joined as a Champions League winner with Porto. Secured a first top-flight title since 1955 and then set a record Premier League points total. He won five major tophies in three seasons before falling out with Abramovich. 9 3. Avram Grant (2007-08) - He had already arrived as a director of football, which angered Mourinho, and then took over as manager. He got to a Champions League final in Moscow, but didn't win a single trophy. 5 4. Phil Scolari (2008-09) - Having turned down the England job, the Brazilian World Cup-winning manager arrived with a big reputation. But he never won the respect of the dressing room and didn't last a season. 3 5. Guus Hiddink (2009) - Job-shared as caretaker while he was Russia manager. He w ...
An empty Etihad Stadium awaits the intriguing Champions League Group E clash between Man City and Roma. City desperate to get back on track after three successive defeats in the CL whilst the Italians have started the season with six wins on the bounce in all competitions, including the 5-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in their opening CL fixture. Then we have the familiar face of Roberto Mancini in the Roma dugout who previously managed at City and won the Premier League title on this ground. On the field there is the prospect of two Former Chelsea players, discarded by the Blues in the summer, going head to head. Frank Lampard wearing the sky blue of City and Ashley Cole now with the Italians. Prediction 1-1
Ashley Cole looked forward to his reunion with Frank Lampard by warning Manchester City that the pressure is all on them in tonight’s Champions League game.
Frank Lampard beats Manuel Neuer from the spot in the 2012 Champions League final.
I miss lampard, my partner in crime- Drogba Chelsea forward, Didier Drogba is looking forward to the club’s game against Manchester City on Sunday not only because of its caliber of the opponent but also due to the fact that he will get to meet his former teammate, Frank Lampard. Drogba and Lampard were integral members of the side that won the club’s first league title in 50 years in 2005. They were also involved in the team that won the Champions League in 2012. The former England international is currently on loan to Manchester City from MLS side New York City while Drogba made a dramatic return to Chelsea this season after leaving the club in 2012. The former Ivory Coast international stated that it was unfortunate that Lampard is no longer at chelsea when he returned but insist that he is looking forward to seeing is friend and former colleague irrespective of the team he play for. “I can't wait to see him - my partner in crime. It is a pity that I came back and he's not here any more, but I wi ...
Manchester City have named veteran midfielder Frank Lampard in their squad for this season's Champions League
Samir Nasri : Chelsea and Manchester United will challenge Manchester City... NOT Liverpool 'I think our two main rivals will be Chelsea and Manchester United.' Samir said 'Chelsea have made some good signings and Cesc Fabregas will be the guy to replace Frank Lampard. He is a great player,I know that because I was with him at Arsenal.' 'Chelsea had a weakness up front last year but have signed Diego Costa. They will be really dangerous. 'United have a new coach, have strengthened as well and don't have any European competition -- so I expect them to come back stronger, too.' 'But Arsenal could be in there, too, and bringing in players like Alexis Sanchez will make them stronger.' 'Liverpool will find it tougher because they have lost Luis Suarez and they will be playing Champions League football so it will be different for them.' .!
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has welcomed the arrival of Frank Lampard on loan as a big boost to their Champions League hopes
Frank Lampard can be our Champions League saviour, says Samir Nasri:
Frank Lampard has ‘important’ job to do at Manchester City, says Pellegrini Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has described Frank Lampard as “very important” to the team. Pellegrini said the Former Chelsea midfielder will be part of Manchester City’s Premier League squad for the new season on a six-month loan from MLS expansion team New York City FC. He confirmed the deal after the club’s International Challenge Cup defeat on penalties against Olympiakos at the University of Minnesota. “From next week, on Wednesday, he’ll start working with our team,” Pellegrini said. “At the moment, he will start working with our squad because he is a member of the squad. He will be in the fight for a position. We have a very good team. He is one player more. We have a lot of competition, especially in the Champions League, so he is very important to our team.” Lampard signed a two-year contact with the New York club — owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees — last month. The M ...
36-year-old Frank Lampard leaves the EPL for the MLS side New York City FC. After spending 13 years at Chelsea, i think he has done more than enough to bow out. His career was indeed a blistering one. At Chelsea, he won; * 3 Premier League titles * the Champions League * the Europa League * 4 FA Cups * 2 League Cups * 2 Community Shield.
My worst momment in the world of soccer Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (6-5 on penalties) Our first Champions League final ended in Moscow heartache. Frank Lampard had levelled Cristiano Ronaldo's opener, and despite seeing Didier Drogba sent off, we held on for penalties. John Terry could have won it for Chelsea but slipped and his shot went wide, and when Nicolas Anelka's spot kick was saved, it was United who could celebrate. — in Champions League Final - 2008. What abt u?
No Ramires raid! Jose Jose Mourinho is not interested in selling midfielder Ramires and will reject the advances of Real Madrid to keep the Brazil star at Chelsea. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was preparing to raid his former club for the 27-year-old, who he signed in 2010 during his time in charge at Stamford Bridge. Following last month's Champions League triumph over city rivals Atletico, Ancelotti told Madrid president Florentino Perez that he wanted to bring Ramires to the Bernabeu this summer along with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. But according to reports in Spain, Mourinho will not entertain the possibility of letting Ramires leave the club having decided not to renew the contract of veteran Frank Lampard and sanctioned the £50m sale of David Luiz to PSG. Ramires has been a mainstay in the Chelsea midfield since joining from Benfica for £17m, making 196 appearances for the Blues. The Brazil international, currently preparing for the World Cup, is contracted at Chelsea until 2017 having signed a ...
YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS?THEN WAKE UP FROM YOUR DREAM!!! *Lampard out, Fabregas in: Is this Chelsea's line-up next season? Chelsea won nothing in Jose Mourinho's return to the club last season. They finished third in the Premier League and were knocked out of the FA and League Cups in the fifth round and crashed out of the Champions League against Atletico Madrid at the semi-final stage. Mourinho lambasted the lack of firepower at his disposal, which is likely to be remedied by the arrival of £32m Spain striker Diego Costa, with Atletico manager Diego Simeone confirming he would not stand in the player's way if he wanted to leave. In the middle, long-serving Frank Lampard has decided to leave the club after 13 years and as a result the Blues have been linked with a £30m transfer for ex- Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas , something Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter believes will happen. At the back, though Ashley Cole and David Luiz have left to seek pastures new, John Terry earned himself a new one-year contr ...
Arsenal and Man United target Cesc Fabregas passes medical at Chelsea Cesc Fabregas has passed a medical at Chelsea, according to reports in Spain. Starsport reported yesterday how the Barcelona star had agreed personal terms ahead of a possible switch. The two clubs are yet to agree a fee for the midfielder but Spanish newspaper Marca claim Fabregas has already had a medical at Stamford Bridge. He is said to have passed the tests and everything is now in place for the ex-Arsenal ace to replace Frank Lampard. Fabregas was in London last week and Marca allege Chelsea chartered a private jet to fly him in. Arsenal and Manchester United have both shown an interest in Fabregas too but it appears the Blues are in pole position to land him. The Gunners have a wealth of midfield options and will focus their attentions on signing a striker. United's hunt is hampered given they cannot offer Champions League football. Barcelona are holding out for around £29.2m for the 27-year-old
Highlights of Frank Lampard's career at Chelsea FC: On June 2, Chelsea mid-fielder Frank Lampard announced that he will leave the club. Lampard has been with Chelsea for 13 seasons, and during this period, he became Chelsea's all time top goal-scorer, won three Premier League titles, four FA cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields, one Uefa Champions League and one UEFA Europa League. Frank Lampard is the only player to score al least 10 goals in the Premier League for 10 consecutive seasons (2004-13). During this period, Lampard scored at least 20 goals in all competitions on 5 consecutive occasions (2006-10). Lampard has also made 164 consecutive Premier League appearances, a record for an outfield player. Frank Lampard has been Chelsea Player of the Year on three occasions. Lampard is one of seven players, and the only midfielder, to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He is behind Ryan Giggs in the Premier League's all-time assists table. In 2005, Lampard was voted FWA Footballer ...
Stamford Bridge will be missing a very familiar presence next season, as English midfielder Frank Lampard announced Monday that he is leaving Chelsea after 13 seasons. Lampard, who won the Uefa Champions League
Chelsea are preparing a €100million offer for Atletico Madrid trio Diego Godin, Filipe Luisand Diego Costaaccording to Spanish reports. Following a mediocre season which resulted in missing out on both the Premier Leagueand the Champions League, Chelsea are planning on making big strides next season. It is all set up for a busy summer in West London, with the departures of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Samuel Eto’o and David Luiz just being the beginning. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to build a new era at the club, and it appears Russian owner Roman Abramovich is on board and willing to back him heavily in the transfer market. According to the Spanish press AS, the Bluesare plotting a €100million raid on recent La Ligawinners Atletico Madrid. Here are the three names the Premier League club are reportedly preparing to break the bank for: Diego Costa: Brazilian-born Spanish international Diego Costa has been in lethal form for Atletico Madrid this season, scoring 36 goals in 52 appearances through ...
Frank Lampard, at one point the best midfielder on the planet, every Chelsea fan has been through so much with him, I cried when he scored that penalty against Liverpool and dedicated it to his mother... I cried when he captained the side to win the champions league, the call in to a radio station over his divorce, it's not just a game, he's not just a footballer... What a legend, good luck Frank! Chelsea Football Club won't ever be the same!
Atletico Madrid send striker Diego Costa for treatment using horse placenta in a bid to try and make him available for Saturday's Champions League final. Costa is is doubtful for the match against Real Madrid in Lisbon due to a nagging right thigh injury, but Atletico have sent him to Belgrade to seek treatment from Marijana Kovacevic, who reportedly uses fluid derived from horse placenta to repair damaged cells. Kovacevic has previously treated the likes of Robin Van Persie and Frank Lampard
Diego Costa SEEKS MIRACLE HORSE PLACENTA CURE Atlético Madrid are hoping that a visit to a doctor with controversial methods in Belgrade will help miraculously cure star striker Diego Costa in time for Saturday's Champions League final in Lisbon. The Brazilian-born forward,who has been selected in the Spain World Cup squad,has been struggling with an injury to his right hamstring,having been diagnosed with a grade-1 hamstring tear after his team's draw with Barcelona on Saturday, which secured the La Liga title. It is feared that the painful spasms Costa has been suffering with which could curtail his blossoming career,&in the short term manager Diego Simeone is desperate to have his key attacker back for the club's 1st Champions League final appearance,against city rivals Real Madrid. Players who have suffered a grade-1 hamstring tear are usually have to sit out for a fortnight,but Costa has travelled to the Serbian capital earlier this week to meet with 'miracle doctor' Marijana Kovacevic in the hope h ...
LONDON EVENING STANDARD Wayne Rooney will be fully fit for England's first World Cup warm-up against Peru on Friday week but Roy Hodgson is taking no risks with the striker. Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o has called Jose Mourinho a "puppet" and claims he can play in another two World Cups. Bobby Zamora knows he is playing for more than just a place in the Premier League when Queens Park Rangers face Derby in the Play-off Final on Saturday. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Manchester City's Champions League hopes next season have been given a boost after UEFA relaxed the terms of their squad restriction. City now only have to name five home grown players in their squad. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says he 'couldn't afford' to leave Martin Demichelis out of Argentina's World Cup squad after his 'great' season for Manchester City. Louis van Gaal's appointment at Old Trafford came the news that the Dutchman is bringing two coaches in with him - Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek. LIVERPOOL ECHO Liverpool remain keen on securing ...
On Wednesday Torres became our third all-time highest scorer in European competition. His 17th goal for the Blues in three different UEFA tournaments - the Champions League, the Europa League and the Super Cup - took him clear of the previous incumbent, Peter Osgood . Only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have more.
* Official Match Thread* Chelsea VS Norwich City 4th May 2014 Stamford Bridge Kick Off 8:25 p.m I.S.T Live Telecast Star Sports 3,4 HD 2 Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are available again as Chelsea return to Premier League duty in Sunday's clash with Norwich. The quartet missed the Champions League semi-final exit to Atlético Madrid – Lampard and Mikel were suspended, Matic and Salah ineligible – while Ramires serves the second of his four-match ban. Captain John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o featured against Atlético despite recent injuries, while Oscar was on the bench, with all four fitness concerns and goalkeeper Petr Cech out. Meanwhile, Norwich manager Neil Adams is hopeful of having defender Joseph Yobo at Stamford Bridge. The on-loan Nigeria international has not played since Adams replaced Chris Hughton in March but is back in contention following a calf injury. The trip to Stamford Bridge comes too soon for winger Anthony Pilkington (hip) as Adams lo ...
JOSÉ MOURINHO STEPS UP CHELSEA'S TRANSFER SURGERY WITH SUMMER SHAKE-UP INEVITABLE ~ Daily Mail Jose Mourinho will raid Roman Abramovich’s treasure chest this summer as he looks to put the finishing touches on his Chelsea grand plan. The Portuguese manager wants at least 3 ‘global stars’ to bolster his squad ahead of next season’s trophy assault. The Blues boss wants to sign 2 new strikers,a CM in the mould of Frank Lampard&a new LB. Atletico Madrid CF Diego Costa,who has a £32M release clause,is Mourinho’s 1st-choice striker option. The Spain intn'l,who scored a vital penalty in Atletico’s 3-1 Champions League semi-final win on Wednesday, is a long-term target for the Blues. Contact between both clubs about a summer switch to London for Costa has already taken place. The Stamford Bridge club are also monitoring Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic’s position. Robert Lewandowski’s pending move to the Allianz Arena has left Mandzukic’s future uncertain. Likewise,Chelsea are taking a wat ...
Good morning all ! Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers joked that in Chelsea's 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday, Jose Mourinho had "parked two buses." I doubt anyone would dispute that. But it really shouldn't be another excuse to open up the seemingly endless debate over "anti-football" or entertainment versus winning at all costs. Mourinho did what he's done before at Anfield: He went uber-defensive and tried to hit on the counter. Not because it's necessarily part of his footballing philosophy but because he felt the conditions and circumstances warranted it. The return leg of the Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid is around the corner. Mourinho and the club evidently prioritize that. And it makes sense because after the home defeat to Sunderland, it would take a minor miracle to swing the league. So he rocks up at Anfield with an XI containing no more than three first-team regulars but, more importantly, with Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel and a 35-year-old Frank Lampard in midfield. It's rat ...
MIND GAME. Chelsea manager considering changes for Liverpool match to prioritise second leg of Champions League clash Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he is considering fielding a weakened team against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday to prioritise the Champions League semi- final second leg with Atletico Madrid. Chelsea’s first-leg stalemate at the Vicente Calderon Stadium came at a cost on Tuesday night as goalkeeper Petr Cech was ruled out for the season with a dislocated shoulder and Captain John Terry suffered an ankle injury to rule him out of next Wednesday’s second leg. The injuries added to problems for striker Samuel Eto’o (knee) and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard (calf), while midfielders Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel will miss the second leg through suspension. Chelsea lost 2-1 to Sunderland in the Premier League last Saturday to leave the European Cup they won in 2012 their most likely trophy chance this term. Given Mourinho's men are five points behind the Reds with three games to go in ...
EPL: Chelsea return to top spot, hammer Stoke 3-0 (AFP)— Chelsea regained top spot in the Premier League thanks to a straightforward 3-0 win over shot-shy Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s late kick-off. Goals from Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian were enough for Jose Mourinho’s side to move ahead of Liverpool, who play West Ham on Sunday, by a point. Victory also ended a run of two successive defeats and maintained Mourinho’s remarkable record of never having lost at home in the Premier League. And it will also have acted as a timely boost ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final decider against Paris Saint-Germain, where Chelsea must overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit if they are to reach the last four. Fernando Torres, the Spain forward, was the early focus of attention after being restored to the Chelsea starting line-up. Wednesday’s defeat in Paris had seen Mourinho start with no recognised front-man and the Portuguese manager complained afterwards that he lacked ...
CHELSEA DUST AWAY STOKE AT Stamford Bridge HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED VIA UNPLUGGED SPORTS Jose Mourinho's men suffered a shock 1-0 league defeat to lowly Crystal Palace last weekend before losing 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in their midweek Champions League last-eight clash. But a return to Stamford Bridge proved welcome for the title chasers as Mohamed Salah scored on his full debut, Frank Lampard netted the rebound from his own saved penalty and Willian rifled home a stunner to preserve Chelsea's unbeaten home record in the top flight this season.The result also extends Chelsea's excellent record against Stoke on home soil, with City having lost on their last eight visits, failing to score in the last seven. It also settles a score for the London club, who were beaten 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium in December. Mourinho, who has repeatedly downplayed his side's title chances, rested some key players as Eden Hazard, scorer of Chelsea's goal at the Parc des Princes, and Oscar took up places on the bench. Ferna ...
TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V Stoke City Jose Mourinho gives a rest to Eden Hazard and with Oscar also on the bench, there is a full debut for Mohamed Salah. Fernando Torresis centre-forward and with Ramires unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension, Nemanja Matic returns to the midfield having been ineligible for the Champions League. Frank Lampard also starts with David Luiz making way. The defence is unchanged for the 10thgame. Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation: 1 Petr Cech; 2 Branislav Ivanovic, 24 Gary Cahill, 26 John Terry(c), 28 Cesar Azpilicueta; 8 Frank Lampard, 21 Nemanja Matic; 14 Andre Schurrle, 22 Willian, 15 Mohamed Salah; 9 Fernando Torres. Substitutes: 23 Mark Schwarzer, 33 Tomas Kalas, 3 Ashley Cole, 4 David Luiz, 11 Oscar, 17 Eden Hazard, 19 Demba Ba. Your prediction. # Emperor
TEAMS: Chelsea leave Hazard on bench as Stoke hand Palacios a recall CHELSEA make a number of changes to the side beaten by Paris St-Germain in the Champions League last Wednesday, with Eden Hazard being the most notable casualty. Jose Mourinho hands January signing Mohamed Salah a start in midfield as Fernando Torres starts up top in place of Oscar. Nemanja Matic and Frank Lampard pair up in midfield in place of Ramires and David Luiz. Stoke only make one change to the side which beat Hull last weekend, with Wilson Palacios replacing Stephen Ireland in the middle of midfield. Mark Hughes switches from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-5-1 as he looks to nullify Chelsea's attacking threats. Chelsea team to face Stoke: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Matic, Schurrle, Willian, Salah, Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Cole, David Luiz, Oscar, Hazard, Ba. Stoke team to face Chelsea: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Odemwingie, Whelan, Palacios, Nzonzi, Arnautovic, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Wilkin ...
Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard have become the latest players to reach 100 Uefa Champions League appearances in tonight's quarter-finals in Madrid and Paris.
RUN-INS REMEMBERED 'You don't want to look too far ahead. Concentrate on yourselves every week; never take a game lightly whether the team's at the top or the bottom of the league - they're all as potentially difficult at this stage. It's just about focus and taking that focus into every game. We have to get our own stuff right and give it everything. That's all we can do.' - Frank Lampard, March 2014 The current season is now in its final quarter, that uniquely exciting period for all football fans who have hopes for their team, and to whet the appetite for the weeks ahead, the official Chelsea website looks back on five of our more memorable and varied run-ins in recent years. We start with the 1998/99 season when we stood toe-to-toe for a time with Manchester United and Arsenal in the contest for the league title, and qualified for the Champions League for the very first time. Attention then turns to a season that ended in last-day drama in 2003 as we again hunted down a precious Champions League posit ...
DROGBA BACKS MOURINHO BUILDING THE BRIDGE Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has backed Jose Mourinho to build another great team at Stamford Bridge which can dominate in years to come. Drogba was brought into Stamford Bridge in 2004 at the start of Mourinho's 1st spell in charge of the club,which brought a haul of 2 Premier League titles,an FA Cup&2 League Cups in 3 full seasons. The Ivorian striker saw 1st-hand what the new Mourinho side can do when he returned to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League in midweek as his present team Galatasaray lost 2-0 to go out 3-1 on aggregate. And the 36yrs-old,who was given a hero's welcome,believes the Portuguese tactician can build another great team. He told the Daily Star: "They are efficient. They are playing well,playing good. It's like a new team&they will get better&better. "They are a good team. I don't see why Jose cannot make them better&build another great team here starting with these players. Why not? "They are intelligent&they are capable of good football ...
Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Oscar are in the team of the week in the Champions League. dd11
Three Reasons Why Chelsea Can Win The Uefa Champions League Chelsea’s domineering display against Galatasaray on Tuesday night proved Jose Mourinho’s men are the real deal in the Uefa Champions League. Relentless pressure in midfield, clever counter-attacks and clinical finishing all played out in front of a yet another stingy defensive display. (MORE: Chelsea cruise past Galatasaray, as Blues make Champions League quarters with 2-0 win) The West London club are likely to be the Premier League’s only representatives in the last eight of the UCL, (barring a valiant fightback from Manchester United against Olympiakos on Wednesday) so they’ll be flying the St. George’s flag in Europe for the rest of the season. But how long will that be for? Here are three reasons why Chelsea can go all the way and lift the ‘big eared’ trophy in Lisbon on May 24. Solid Defense Chelsea have only conceded four goals in eight UCL matches this season, and have kept five clean sheets. With John Terry and Gary Cahill ...
Fernando Torres celebrates his Champions League goal with Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard is glad to see Chelsea back at the top of the Premier League ahead of their crunch London derby against title rivals Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea have fallen short in recent seasons but Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge has injected new life into the team. "It's great to be in this position," Lampard said of Chelsea's current top spot. Back in 2005, Mourinho guided the London club to their first championship in 50 years and they defended the title the following season. However The Blues have won just one Premier League since, in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea won the 2012 Champions League and FA Cup, but finished the season 25 points adrift of winners Manchester City in sixth place.
Didier Drogba and the 20 Veterans Still Playing at the Highest Level 1) Didier Drogba, Galatasaray As mentioned, Drogba is a regular for Galatasaray these days and has scored 10 goals in 23 league appearances this term. He's also scored twice in the Champions League, and Chelsea will be hoping he doesn't add to that at their expense on Tuesday. Drogba has just turned 36 yet still looks as though he could play on for a while yet. 2) Ryan Giggs, Manchester United Ryan Giggs remains a part of the Manchester United first-team scene despite having turned 40. His participation in the coaching side of things naturally means that his long reign at the club as a player might finally be coming to an end, but he's still made almost 20 appearances this term. Giggs is United's record appearance holder and has won everything in the game at club level. 3) Andrea Pirlo, Juventus A minor technicality to get out of the way—Pirlo is still 34 but will turn 35 before the end of the current season. The graceful Italian playm ...
Every back page leads with Robin Van Persie coming to the rescue' for David Moyes as Manchester United booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Olympiakos. Daily Mail Tim Sherwood has told Tottenham to stop panic buying and says he alone will be responsible for deciding which players come in during the summer. Didier Drogba says the Premier League title is Chelsea's to lose, believing the know-how of John Terry and Frank Lampard gives the Blues the edge in a thrilling race. DAILY EXPRESS Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has brushed aside Louis van Gaal's comments that he wants to work in the Premier League. Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has backed Aaron Ramsey to develop into the next Steven Gerrard. Chelsea are ready to hand Eden Hazard a bumper new £200,000-a-week deal this summer to ward off interest from Europe's big spenders. Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea that just because Arsenal have little experience of winning the title, it does not mean they cannot last th ...
Chelsea climbed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after winning easy Wednesday evening at home to Galatasaray two goals without reply at Stamford Bridge in the second leg final price in London . Was the first leg between the two teams in Istanbul has ended in a draw with the aim to target in a match took place in the twenty-sixth of February last . Began coach Jose Mourinho Chelsea game today involving Samuel Eto'o from the outset, and a decision was successful player where he succeeded in opening the scoring for the owner of the land after he sent the Brazilian Oscar ball behind the defenders followed the first with his right foot in the heart of the goal in the fourth minute . Chelsea enjoyed by a large margin on the events, and the resolution of the result in the first half after he increased his lead ahead of its end shortly after receiving a corner kick on the left side carried out by Frank Lampard and watched John Terry header was blocked by the goalkeeper Uruguayan Fernando Muslera to G ...
2013-14 Champions League knockout round second leg of a focus on dialogue, sits at Stamford Bridge Chelsea a 2-0 victory over the Turkish giants Galatasaray, with a total score out of 3 to 1 opponent, qualify for the Champions quarterfinals. Eto'o and Gary - Cahill has scored for the Blues, Drogba's first return to Stamford Bridge failed accomplishment.     First, the Chelsea defense is still mired in a stable portfolio of goalkeeper Petr Cech, Ivanovic back four, respectively, Terry, Cahill and Azpilicueta . Frank Lampard and Ramires composed of dual lumbar, before their body was Oscar, William and Azar, Samuel Eto'o as a lone striker. Drogba Galatasaray biggest thing is starting debut, and Yilmaz up front, the first leg of devotion assists Sneijder also entered starter.   Because while Eto'o and Drogba starting, the game has also been rendered into a media battle between the African football's two great strikers. Lined up to shake hands before the occasion of Warcraft select Chelsea tail cheetah stan ...
UP CHELSEA FC!!! Goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill saw the Blues ease past Galatasaray to reach the quarter- finals, but Frank Lampard is cautious of his side's chances ahead of the draw Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea side belong amongst the "best teams in the world" after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals. The Blues defeated Galatasaray 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory and secure safe passage to the next round of the competition, along with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. And Mourinho is adamant his players deserve to play alongside the world's elite and has backed them to prove it in the coming weeks. "We are there. It's different than last season because last season was Europa League at a different level," he told ITV . "But to come from Europa League to the quarter-final of the Champions League is important for the players. Is important for the club. "We are a club of Champions League and now we are in the best eight, amongst ...
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Lampard content with first-leg draw - Frank Lampard left Turkey feeling a mixture of frustration and satisfaction after Chelsea drew their Champions League clash at Didier Drogba's Galatasaray. The Blues bucked the trend of Engli -
Chelsea’s Lampard: We should have scored more Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard believes the team were good for more goals in their 1-1 Champions League draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday night. The Blues scored inside ten minutes through Fernando Torres at the Turk Telekom Arena before Aurelien Chedjou equalised for the Istanbul giants with 25 minutes remaining in the contest. However, Lampard felt it could have been a different story if the West London club were able to express their dominance by scoring more goals in the opening 45 minutes. "We were disappointed at half-time we weren't more than 1-0 up because we played well, we controlled it,” he told Sky Sports after experiencing a passionate Cimbom crowd in Istanbul. "They didn't have many chances and we had four or five good counter-attacks and we're disappointed we didn't make more of them. "Certainly the crowd (played a part), I don't know about the tactics because you always expect them to have a period, and they had a big period in the second h ...
A squad of 21 players is travelling from London to Istanbul today (Monday) ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first- leg match. David Luiz and John Mikel Obi are both included. They missed Saturday's win over Everton due to injury and Oscar also travels. Jose Mourinho reported after Saturday's game that the Brazilian attacking midfielder, who was substituted at half-time, had discomfort in his ankle. Henrique Hilario is the third goalkeeper having been added, along with Tomas Kalas , to the Champions League squad A-List for the knockout phase. Nathan Ake is the one young player from the B-List travelling. January signings Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah cannot play for Chelsea in the Champions League this season having appeared in the group stage for their former clubs. The full squad is: Petr Cech , Mark Schwarzer , Henrique Hilario , John Terry , Gary Cahill , David Luiz , Ashley Cole , Cesar Azpilicueta , Branislav Ivanovic , Tomas Kalas , Nathan Ake, Frank Lampard , John Mikel Obi , Ram ...
Frank Lampard says Didier Drogba is 'delighted and nervous' ahead of a reunion with Chelsea in the Uefa Champions League.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City earned wins over Everton, Sunderland and Stoke respectively, while Manchester United beat Crystal Palace. Chelsea looked set to drop points for the second successive league match before returning Captain John Terry popped up right at the death to turn home Frank Lampard's cross and inflict a 1-0 defeat upon unlucky Everton. That late drama in the day's early kick-off put Jose Mourinho's men four points clear at the summit ahead of the 3pm fixtures, but Arsenal and City both responded with home wins of their own. They did so in wildly contrasting fashion though, unlike in midweek when they suffered almost identical 2-0 home defeats in their Champions League last-16 first legs. Arsenal, fresh from being beaten by reigning European Champions Bayern Munich, cruised to a 4-1 victory over Sunderland that took them back to within a point of Chelsea. The game was all but over by half-time with Olivier Giroud netting twice before Tomas Rosicky made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute. Ar ...
CHELSEA FC. Chelsea secured top spot in Champions League Group E as Demba Ba scored the only goal in a straightforward win over Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge. The Senegal striker, 28, turned in Oscar's flick-on after the hosts dominated the opening 10 minutes. Gabriel Iancu squandered a fine, and rare, chance to equalise for Steaua as he miscued when one-on-one soon after. Chelsea should have increased their winning margin, with Ba and Eden Hazard guilty of particularly glaring misses. The Blues will be paired with one of Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiakos, Zenit St Petersburg or AC Milan when the draw for the last 16 is made in the Swiss city of Nyon on 16 December. Top of the table Frank Lampard and the Champions League trophy This is the ninth time Chelsea have won their group in the Champions League. The last time was in 2011-12 when they topped a group ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, Valencia and Genk. They went on to lift the trophy. However they will need sharper form than was required agai ...
Chelsea recovered from a shock early Southampton goal to win 3-1 and close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to four points again. Stamford Bridge was silenced in the first minute of Sunday's clash when Jay Rodriguez punished an error from Michael Essien - making his first Premier League start since May 2012 - to put Saints ahead. But second-half goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry and substitute Demba Ba produced an emphatic turnaround and kept the Blues on the Gunners' heels. Jose Mourinho made four changes to his side, with midfielders Juan Mata and Essien, striker Fernando Torres and forward Eden Hazard all starting. John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Willian and the injured Samuel Eto'o were the players who made way following the 1-0 Uefa Champions League defeat at Basel in midweek. Saints showed two changes from the side which began last weekend's loss at Arsenal, with Dejan Lovren and Dani Osvaldo replacing Jos Hooiveld and Rickie Lambert.
FRANK LAMPARD: SEEKING A BIG WIN Ahead of today's game against Manchester City, Frank Lampard has underlined the importance of securing a first victory of the season against one of the teams expected to be challenging for the Premier League title. The Blues go into the game unbeaten in seven, and full of confidence following our 3-0 Champions League win against Schalke in midweek, our fourth consecutive victory. Having already drawn with both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur this season, though, securing three points against Manuel Pellegrini's side would send out a real statement of intent, as Lampard explained. 'It would be nice, you want to get good results in the big ones, you want to get good results week in, week out and I think we've done that,' he said. 'We've kept ourselves up there even though I don't think we've been flowing, we've got good results. 'I can see us improving and if we work hard we will do, starting with Man City, it's a big game for both clubs.' The Blues midfielder, who, ...
Eto'o too sharp for Schalke. A Timo Hildebrand howler helped Samuel Eto'o set Chelsea on their way to a 3-0 Champions League home win over Schalke on Wednesday night. The Cameroon striker scored his first goal in Europe for the Blues on 31 minutes after a bad mistake from visiting goalkeeper Hildebrand, and fired in a second nine minutes after the break. There was time for Eto'o's replacement Demba Ba to get on the scoresheet too seven minutes from time as Chelsea took control of Group E by matching their margin of victory in Gelsenkirchen on Matchday Three. Following Saturday's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Newcastle, Blues boss Jose Mourinho made six changes to his starting line-up. Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andre Schurrle, John Obi Mikel, Willian and Eto'o came in, with David Luiz, Ashley Cole, Juan Mata and Frank Lampard dropping to the bench. Fernando Torres was missing with a leg injury, but there was some confusion over why Eden Hazard was left out of the matchday 18. Before kick-off, Mourinho ...
LAMPARD: A NIGHT NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN Posted on: Tue 22 Oct 2013 It was 10yrs ago today that Frank Lampard made his 1st big impact on the Champions League. The midfielder,who was then a 25yrs-old in this 3rd season at Chelsea,had played in the competition before,but on 22 Oct 2003 at home against one of the big names of Italian football,Lazio,he scored a goal&Chelsea secured a victory that set the tone for many Champions League campaigns to come. It was the club's 1st season in the Europe's top club competition since our debut 4yrs earlier. Since then there had been some short&forgettable UEFA Cup runs but now Roman Abramovich had arrived on the scene&we were back in the continental big time. Having successfully negotiated a qualifier vs Zilina from Slovakia,the Blues under the management of Claudio Ranieri won our 1st group stage game,away to Sparta Prague. Lampard,along with John Terry,was named on the bench for that match but he came on at half-time&played an important part in an improved 2nd-half dis ...
Frank Lampard on their Champions League - 2003 campaign: "We had the players. We had the likes of Marcel Desailly and Franco Zola for the first couple of years I was here but we weren't really firing in Europe for some reason, but by 2003 our squad depth was so strong, and we had players used to playing at the top level in Europe." "I hit the bar(vs Lazio) just before half time and it was a left-foot shot I think. I was wearing new boots and I had never worn a different colour from black before. I wore silvery-grey boots and I was a bit nervous about that pre-game. I tried them on, hit the bar and scored a good goal so they stayed."
RUTHLESS BLUES Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea's performance against Steaua Bucharest was our best of the season so far, coming on the back of a brilliant second-half display against Tottenham Hotspur in an enthralling London derby. Anything but a win in the Romanian capital would have left us with an uphill struggle in the Champions League, but Ramires scored twice to help us to a 4-0 dismantling of Steaua, mirroring the score which our Under-19s recorded earlier in the day. It must have made tough viewing for Dan Petrescu, who is a hero to both sets of supporters, but he would surely have appreciated the excellent performance from Andre Schurrle - which earned the German winger the man of the match award. The trip also gave us another opportunity to invite children cared for by the Little People organisation in Romania along to our pre-match training session - a day which none of the children will ever forget. The only disappointment of the week was that it wasn't two straight wins for the Blues, as our ...
Ramires brace sinks Steaua Bucharest - Chelsea got their Champions League campaign up and running at the second attempt on Tuesday with a one-sided 4-0 win away to Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest. WRAP: Champions League Stunned 2-1 by Basel at Stamford Bridge in their opening game, Chelsea were eager to make up for lost time and the Europa League champions never looked in trouble beneath the closed roof of Bucharest's Arena Nationala. Ramires broke the deadlock in the 20th minute, with hapless Steaua right-back Daniel Georgievski putting through his own goal on the verge of half-time. Ramires added a third early in the second period, before Frank Lampard's low shot sealed victory in the 90th minute. The one false note for the visitors, beaten on this ground en route to success in the Europa League last season, was an injury to Fernando Torres, who left the fray after hurting his knee in the 11th minute. Schalke's 1-0 win at Basel in the other Group E game leaves them three points above Chelsea at the ...
Ramires scored twice as Chelsea recorded their first points of this season's Champions League group stage with victory over Steaua Bucharest. The Brazil midfielder opened the scoring when he poked in after initial good wing-play from Andre Schurrle. Daniel Georgievski then found his own net after a Samuel Eto'o shot was parried into his path before Ramires fired in the third after the break. Frank Lampard slotted in the fourth off the post in stoppage time. Away Blues Chelsea have won only three of their last 11 Champions League games away from home Chelsea lie third in the table, level on three points with Basel, who defeated the Blues in their opening Group E match. Schalke beat the Swiss side and have now won two out of two - the Bundesliga side face the Blues next in what promises to be a mouth-watering double header In Romania Chelsea produced an adequate performance against poor opposition, although the sprightly displays of both winger Schurrle and playmaker Juan Mata would have buoyed manager Jose ...
GBAM!!! Frank Lampard: Chelsea still adjusting Frank Lampard believes manager Jose Mourinho will need “two or three months” to get his ideas across but is convinced Chelsea can “do big things”. The Blues have endured a difficult start to Mourinho’s second reign, with the back-to-back defeats to Everton and Basel earlier this month causing concern. A much-improved second-half performance in the 1-1 drawat Tottenham on Saturday gives Chelsea some cause for optimism ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest, but Lampard does not think the Blues are yet firing on all cylinders. “It can take two to three months to develop, for players to follow a new manager’s idea,” the England international said. “It might be a matter of time in certain areas, but I certainly believe in the squad that we can do big things. It’s easy to talk about it, but we actually have to do it, starting from now. “I really believe in the squad we have and the young players we’ve got. ...
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has promised they will not take Steaua Bucharest lightly when they face them in the Champions League.
UCL: Jose Mourinho endures poor UCL start as Chelsea lose at home to Basel, Arsenal beat Marseille at Thursday, September 19, 2013 Not pretty watching: Jose Mourinho suffered only his second ever defeat at Stamford Bridge CHELSEA suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Basel in Jose Mourinho's first Champions League game back at the club. Oscar broke the deadlock for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time with a fine finish into the bottom corner after being played in by Frank Lampard. The Brazilian struck the crossbar with a wonderful effort early in the second period and there were also chances for Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, but Chelsea never looked fully in control and they were pegged back in the 71st minute by a curling shot from Mohamed Salah. Basel were not content to hold on for a point, though, and were rewarded for their adventure eight minutes from time when Marco Streller's near-post header from a corner crept past Petr Cech. Willian was brought into the starting XI for his debut after arr ...
Jose Mourinho confirms that Frank Lampard and Oscar will both start today's Uefa Champions League game against Basel at Stamford Bridge
Centurion Lampard's fine career in numbers Published: Wednesday 11 September 2013, 8.30CET After Frank Lampard became the eighth centurion in England's history on Tuesday, UEFA.com picks out the facts and figures that matter in the midfielder's phenomenal career. One of the most widely admired players in the game, Frank Lampard has been an England international since 1999. Fourteen years later, he won his 100th cap as Roy Hodgson's side drew 0-0 against Ukraine in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group H. A phenomenally consistent performer with an uncanny eye for goal, Lampard has chalked up all manner of impressive figures for club and country. UEFA.com picks out all the numbers that matter. 2: England caps won by Lampard's father, Frank Sr, during a career in which he made more than 600 first-team appearances for West Ham United FC. 2: Major European trophies – the 2012 Uefa Champions League and 2013 UEFA Europa League – won by Lampard in the space of less than 12 months. He was captain in both finals. 5: ...
Frank Lampard deserves to win another Champions League trophy.
LONDON -- Chelsea seized the third automatic Champions League qualification place from Tottenham on Sunday as Frank Lampard netted his 200th goal for the West London club.Authentic Ray Bourque Jersey . Lampard set Chelsea on its way to a 2-0 victory over former club West Ham, while Dimitar Berbatov also punished his old team as Fulham inflicted Tottenhams second successive loss with a 1-0 victory. While Manchester United has the title effectively wrapped up, the chase for the Champions League spots is still tense with Tottenham now just four points ahead of fifth-place Arsenal after having seen a 12-match unbeaten run end at Liverpool last Sunday. Chelsea is four points behind second-place Manchester City, whose faint title hopes appeared to end by losing at Everton on Saturday to fall 15 points behind United. The most heated game on Sunday was Wigans 2-1 victory over Newcastle, with coaches from both teams sent to the stands after a halftime scuffle over an ugly tackle on Newcastle defender Massadio Hai ...
On June 14 2001 a young Englishman named Frank Lampard made a move across London from home-town club West Ham for £11m and has since become a Chelsea legend. His Chelsea career has been glittered by the amount of records been broken and the trophies been won, an inspirational captain for club and country these are his top 10 Chelsea career moments. 10. Being named Chelsea Player of the Year in 2004 It’s fair to say when Lampard joined from West Ham he was not an instant hit with the fans like he is now, but with sheer hard work and determination he has turned into one of England’s best ever players and played a vital part in Chelsea's first Premier League title win in 2004. He scored what he calls his most important goals against Bolton at where he hit a dramatic second-half double to bring the title to Stamford Bridge. 9. Scoring the Penalty to take Chelsea to their first Champions League final The week after the tragic loss of his mother was a game of such importance: Chelsea against Liverpool. Wit ...
United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal circling Under 21 championship... but not England's flops The Premier League's top scouts are watching the current European Under 21 championship like hawks – but there's not much interest in Stuart Pearce's England flops. So far, the most sought-after ticket was Holland's clash against Germany, attended by 40 scouts; from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United as well as Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, and upwardly-mobile powerhouses such as Turkey's Galatasaray. As the group stages in Israel come to a conclusion on Tuesday and Wednesday, we look at the names who are top of the window-shopping list. Marco Van Ginkel (HOLLAND) Interest from: Chelsea, Ajax The 20-year-old Vitesse Arnhem midfielder is arguably the most sought-after player in the whole tournament and regarded by Chelsea as an ideal long-term replacement for Frank Lampard. At 6ft 1in, Van Ginkel has the energy to run from box- ...
World Football News Update! 1. Christian Eriksen is set to reject the advances of Manchester United and Liverpool in favour of a move to Champions League finalists, Dortmund.TalkSPORT. 2. Barcelona are preparing a £17m plus player swap bid for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata 3. Man United have made an inquiry on Barcelona midfielder Francesc Fabregas. 4. Real Madrid have given Tottenham a deadline to accept their bid for Gareth Bale, the Daily Star reports Spurs have until June 15 to accept a mammoth £60 million offer. 5. New Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is set to become the highest paid coach in Italy 6. Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini believes players have to learn to better distinguish racist chants from other personal abuse. 7. Everton are set to meet Roberto Martinez in the next 48 hours to discuss the vacant managerial position at Goodison. 8. Frank Lampard says Ashley Cole fully deserves the honour of captaining England at Wembley on Wednesday evening. 9. England boss Roy Hodgson is looking forward to ...
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben cannot wait for August's Super Cup clash against former employers Chelsea. The Dutchman produced a match-winning display at Wembley to help seal his side the Champions League title against Borussia Dortmund, laying on his side's first goal for Mario Mandzukic before reacing clear to coolly score the winner with 90 seconds left of normal time. After previous disappointments in the 2010 and 2012 finals, as well as the World Cup 2010 final with Netherlands, Robben is thrilled to get over his hoodoo, particularly as he wil reunite will old colleagues at the start of next season thanks to the Blues' Europa League triumph. "We have more games coming - the Club World Cup, the Super Cup against Chelsea," he told reporters. "Amazing. I'm looking forward to it. I already saw on my mobile I already had text messages from JT [John Terry] and Lamps [Frank Lampard]." "But this is the biggest one, it is the biggest night of my life for sure without a doubt. We spoke about this final for ...
A 93rd-minute header from Branislav Ivanovic gave Chelsea a stunning 2-1 victory over Benfica in the Europa League final on Wednesday as the London club claimed the trophy for the first time in heart-stopping fashion. The game in Amsterdam seemed destined for extra time after Fernando Torres' superb 60th-minute opener for Chelsea was cancelled out by an Oscar Cardozo penalty, only for Ivanovic to net a dramatic winner with a looping header in stoppage time. Club Captain John Terry sat the game out with an ankle injury, but just as he had done after last season's Champions League final, which he missed through suspension, he donned his full kit to lift the trophy alongside fellow Chelsea stalwart Frank Lampard. "It's a great feeling," said Ivanovic. "This team deserved this, because we have had a very difficult season and a lot of games." Victory made Chelsea the first team to simultaneously hold the Champions League and Europa League titles, although they will relinquish their Champions League crown in 10 ...
Frank Lampard: Jose Mourinho can lead Chelsea to more success Frank Lampard says he is certain Jose Mourinho can repeat the success of his first spell at the club if he returns to Chelsea. Reports suggest the 50-year-old is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid to replace interim boss Rafael Benitez. Lampard told BBC's Football Focus: "There's no way he'll come back and rest on any laurels or rest on anything that happened before. "With him at the helm we are going to give it a great go." Mourinho first took charge at Stamford Bridge in June 2004 having just guided Porto to Champions League glory. Mourinho's six Chelsea trophies 2004-2005: Premier League; League Cup 2005-2006: Premier League; Community Shield 2006-2007: FA Cup; League Cup He won six trophies in three years, including two Premier League titles, but left in September 2007 after his relationship with owner Roman Ambramovich had become increasingly strained. The following June, Mourinho joined Inter Milan, where he won a second Champions League ...
Europa League FINAL PREVIEW English representatives Chelsea take Portuguese giants Benfica in the UEFA Europa League final in the Amsterdam ArenA hoping to create a little piece of history. The Blues face the prospect of winning back-to-back European trophies after their Uefa Champions League heroics 12 months ago. Not only that but victory in Holland would see them become just the fourth team in the history of European Cup competition to win all three club competitions - the others being Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich. The Stamford Bridge club are still on a high after their 2-1 victory at Aston Villa over the weekend. Frank Lampard bagged both goals to overturned Villa's opener which took him past Bobby Tambling's club record of 202 goals. This will be Benfica's first European final in 23 years and they head into the clash with an impressive pedigree having won the European Cup back-to-back in 1961 and 1962, although they have been runners-up in all six major continental finals since then - a trophy d ...
Frank Lampard has revealed he wants a new contract at Chelsea after his two goals at Aston Villa made him the club’s record scorer and effectively confirmed his side a place in next season’s Champions League.
Frank Lampard struck his 202nd and 203rd goal in a Chelsea shirt to pass Bobby Tambling's all-time goalscoring record for the club and virtually assure his side a Champions League place next season. With Chelsea trailing to Christian Benteke's first-half strike, the 34-year-old coolly collected a pass from Eden Hazard, switched the ball to his left foot and fired past Brad Guzan from 15 yards. His second of the match came after clever play on the left from Ashley Cole and Hazard, before the latter squared for Lampard to ram home from close range Lampard, whose first goal for the Blues came against Bolton in 2001, last scored in the 2-0 win against Swansea at the end of April. Some fans spilled onto the pitch to celebrate with the England midfielder after he broke the record. Lampard said after the game: 'It means everything, it's amazing. 'The support I've had from team-mates, you saw that at the end and I'm thankful to every one of them because they're the ones that put it on a plate for me sometimes. 'A ...
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MATCH DETAILS OF CHELSEA AND MAN U The first half was dominated by the Red Devils as Chelsea endured a torrid first 10 minutes, with Chicharito opening the scoring with a header, before Rooney extended the lead with a fortuitous free-kick. It was truly a tale of two halves, though, as Chelsea controlled the second period, eventually getting their just rewards with a stunning effort from Hazard and a smart finish from Ramires. Sir Alex Ferguson chose to retain the bulk of the side that fell to a disappointing Champions League exit on Tuesday, though he made four changes as Jonny Evans, Shinji Kagawa, Rooney and Chicharito came in, at the expense of Nemanja Vidic, Danny Welbeck, Ryan Giggs and Robin Van Persie. Rafa Benitez, meanwhile, made wholesale changes as only Petr Cech, David Luiz, Oscar and Frank Lampard remained from the side that fell to a 1-0 defeat against Steaua Bucharest on Thursday, with John Terry, Hazard and Fernando Torres amongst those notably excluded. It took just four minutes for the d ...
Dear collectors, customers and fellow sellers... I am not sure who knows what with recent SoccerStarz developments over the past few days but this is what I believe to be the plan having been in conversation with them recently. CHELSEA BLUE BASES There will be 9 blue base Champions League blisters available. There will be no more than 750 blisters produced per figure. This means the 23-man pack is now limited to 4250 units. Paulo Ferreira, Frank Lampard, David Luiz, Fernando Torres, Gary Cahill, Obi Mikel, Oriol Romeu, Ross Turnbull, Ryan Bertrand. This may be the reason why Bosingwa has a blue base although I would imagine there are a lot more than 750 made! The other 13 players (14 inc. Bosingwa) will be detained by SoccerStarz and used in the future in some way to be decided. ARSENAL NEW SQUAD NUMBERS Wilshere will NOT be available in blister pack but will be released in blind sachets. Szcesny will be released within the next month (possibly in limited numbers). MORE INFO Hugh from SoccerStarz has told ...
Here, GMF looks at five of the best Chelsea matches since Abramovich arrived at the club ten years ago... 5. Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (Stamford Bridge, Champions League, Quarter-Final, Second Leg) An amazing night at Stamford Bridge ended in a draw between two massive rivals but Chelsea went through 7-5 on aggregate. After beating Liverpool at Anfield 3-1, Chelsea were favourites going into the game. However, goals from Xabi Alonso from the spot and a cheeky free kick from Fabio Aurelio pulled the game level on aggregate. After the half time break, Chelsea came out positively and a Pepe Reina misjudgement, along with an unbelievable free kick from Alex, put Chelsea back in control. As soon as Frank Lampard hit the back of the net to make it 3-2 to Chelsea, it seemed like it was an impossible job for Liverpool to get back into the game. Then the real drama kicked in. Goals from Lucas and Dirk Kuyt set up a nervous end to the game. However, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard popped up with another fantastic goal to ...
Man City WINS IT 2-0, CHELSEA SWEAT ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLACES! Two beautiful second half goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez saw Man City deservedly win the 'battle of the "Sugar Daddies" of English football'. Man Utd's lead at the top cut to 12 points. Frank Lampard missed a penalty. Chelsea open the door to Tottenham and Arsenal for two remaining Champions League places.
Chelsea and City cruise Frank Lampard and John Terry scored in front of owner Roman Abramovich as holders Chelsea overcame stubborn Brentford 4-0 in an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge to set up a fifth- round clash with Middlesbrough. Juan Mata fired a clinical opening goal after 54 minutes and Oscar, who hit the outside of a post in the first half, tucked in his second goal in four days after 68 minutes. Mata was the provider for Lampard's 199th Chelsea goal before Terry headed in an 81st-minute fourth as last season's Champions League winners stayed on course for a fifth FA Cup triumph in seven seasons. Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City kept their season alive by breezing into the FA Cup quarter-finals 4-0 at the expense of Leeds. The Championship side were no match for the reigning Premier League champions, who responded to last week's title setback with a dominant display at the Etihad Stadium. Yaya Toure began the procession early on before Aguero added a penalty and a fine finish either ...
El Shaarawy could miss Barça clash The young striker is still suffering his knee injury. The Rossoneri will already miss Balotelli in Champions League, so Niang and Boateng are ready. Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport Terry hits back at Benitez Chelsea Captain John Terry criticized Rafael Benitez in front of the rest of the squad after being singled out following the 3-2 defeat to Newcastle. Source: The Sun Man City prepares bids for Fellaini Manchester City is willing to offer players plus cash for Marouane Fellaini. Everton boss David Moyes could be tempted if Gael Clichy is offered in exchange. Source: The People Galaxy willing to share Lampard LA Galaxy are prepared to let Frank Lampard leave on loan during the MLS offseason if he joins the club from Chelsea in the summer. Source: The People Barcelona to use Villa as bait in Vermaelen deal Barcelona is unsure of Eric Abidal's long-term future at the club and is targeting Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen as his replacement, with David Villa being used ...
Today's paper talk Leading football stories making the back pages of today's newspapers :- John Terry has had an amazing bust-up with Rafa Benitez. (The Sun) Under-fire Arsene Wenger said he had no regrets after Arsenal suffered another shock cup KO - (THE SUN ON SUNDAY) Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is emerging as a potential successor to Roberto Mancini if the Manchester City manager loses his job. Colin Kazim-Richards sensationally knocked Arsenal Rover & Out of the FA Cup at the Emirates yesterday - (Daily Star SUNDAY) LA Galaxy are so desperate to sign Frank Lampard that they are willing to share him with a top club in Europe. Arsene Wenger's nightmare season continued as Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup to Blackburn Rovers - (SUNDAY PEOPLE) Liverpool fear summer transfer raids on their star players like Luis Suarez. Arsene Wenger slammed his team after Arsenal's shock FA Cup exit to Blackburn Rovers - (Sunday Mirror) Arsenal will limp back into the Champions League this week a side wounded - (THE OB ...
Everton are planning a bid to tempt Frank Lampard to Goodison Park. They are willing to offer the Chelsea midfielder a three-year deal if he agrees to remain within their pay structure, which has a maximum of £80,000 per week. Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane wants Lampard to replace David Beckham at the Major League Soccer club. "Hopefully we can get him," said Keane. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama as a summer transfer priority and sent a scout to watch him in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Newcastle will buy from France again in the summer with Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23, and Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, 21, their targets. Blackburn manager Michael Appleton wants to sign the club's former winger David Bentley on loan from Tottenham. Striker James McFadden, 29, could re-sign for Sunderland, who he left last month, after the Scot's potential move to Nottingham Forest fell through. Saint-Etienne striker Pier ...
Frank Lampard, Andy Cole & Ian Wright (assuming it's only since it's been called the 'Champions League).
Chelsea will feel they have turned a corner. This contest had actually been fraught for a while, the home side's lead halved and Wigan Wigan outraged at the non-award of a penalty for handball against Ashley Cole, with all the memories of those recent capitulations to Southampton, Reading and Newcastle creeping back. There was panic in the ranks and anxiety in the stands, and yet they survived, regained composure and eventually prospered. Perhaps lessons are being learned. Rafael Benítez can sleep a little easier after this, any doubts among the hierarchy over his ability to deliver Champions League qualification during his interim stewardship presumably shelved for a while. This was a first victory in five games in all competitions, and keeps fifth-placed Arsenal at arm's length. The manager did roll his eyes in the post-match inquest, though only in a knowing way as the questions drifted inevitably back to a familiar subject. It was Frank Lampard who had eased the nerves and, if the veteran's class is ...
Latest EPL News & Transfer Gossips : - Stevan Jovetic replaces David Villa on the top of Arsenal's summer striker shopping-list. - Stoke's Jack Butland faces spending all of next season out on loan if Asmir Begovic isn't sold. - West Brom and Peter Odemwingie are in secret peace talks that could lead to a transfer. - Liverpool failed in attempt to loan Dinamo Moscow winger Balazs Dzudzsak in January. - Manchester United face competition from Bayern Munich for Robert Lewandowski. - James McCarthy admits being 'flattered' by interest from big clubs - Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton. - Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has played down talk of a move for West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie. - Frank Lampard has not been offered a contract extension at Chelsea and no talks have been help, according to The Sun. - Frank Lampard would prefer a switch to Manchester United when his Chelsea contract expires. - Tottenham must qualify for the Champions League to keep Gareth Bale away from Real Madrid, claims Andre Villas- ...
Today Morning Paper Talk Frank Lampard fired England to famous victory then claimed Roy Hodgson's side can beat any team in the world. Luis Suarez admits he may quit Liverpool if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season. Sir Alex Ferguson is auditioning Benfica's Ezeqiel Garay to become Manchester United's next big money cntre-half - Daily Mirror. Roy Hodgson hailed his heroes as he became the only England manager to boast a 100per cent record against Brazil. Yaya Toure last night warned bitter rivals Manchester United: The title race is far from over - THE SUN. England showed off some samba style of their own to score a stunning win at Wembley last night. Roberto Mancini will face a battle with 10 European giants this summer for the signature of Edinson Cavani - Daily Star. Frank Lampard was the Wembley hero last night as he fired England to euphoric win over Brazil's superstars - Daily Mail. Frank Lampard believe that Jack Wilshere's performance in England's impressive 2-1 victory again ...
One half of Chelsea?s on-going contract saga has seemingly come to a conclusion with Ashley Cole agreeing a one year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth just short of ?200,000 per week and it stops interested clubs Man United and PSG pursuing the best left back of his generation. Chelsea should now concentrate on negotiating a new deal with Frank Lampard, who has arguably been one of the most consistent Premier League players over the past decade. The fact Lampard has offered to reduce his wage by ?100,000 per week shows the players commitment and loyalty to the club and now its time they show it to him. The fans have been vocal in supporting Lampard, 34, who scored his ninth goal of the season from the penalty spot against Arsenal on Sunday. Since his ?11million move from West Ham 12 years ago, Lampard has scored more than 20 goals a season on five occasions. A total of 130 assists and 195 goals have been instrumental in helping Chelsea to success in the Champions League, Premier League, FA ...
World Sports News Arsenal frozen out as Chelsea win Chelsea put Arsenal's top-four challenge on ice with a 2-1 win over their London rivals at snowy Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Rafael Benitez's side raced into a two-goal lead within the first 16 minutes thanks to Juan Mata's strike and a Frank Lampard penalty and then weathered the storm in freezing temperatures as Arsenal threatened a second half fightback. Theo Walcott's cool finish gave Arsenal hope of salvaging a point, but the Gunners now languish 11 points behind third placed Chelsea and six adrift of fourth placed Tottenham, who could extend that advantage when they face Manchester United later on Sunday. Arsene Wenger's side have won only one of their last five matches and another frustrating season looks set to be reduced to a struggle to qualify for the Champions League. With heavy snow settling across London throughout Sunday morning, it was briefly feared the match may have to be postponed, but it went ahead as scheduled, giving Chelsea a chanc ...
We begin with the never-ending and never-interesting story regarding Chelsea's perpetual search for a new manager. The revolving door's been spinning round since the days of Danny Blanchflower and Geoff Hurst, you can't just pin this one solely on Roman Abramovich. OK, with the Mears family long gone, you probably can. Whim Boy's decided that this Rafael Benítez experiment could be going better, and will replace the Champions League-winning, Uefa Cup-winning, two-time La Liga-winning, FA Cup-winning, World Club Cup-winning manager with Gianfranco Zola of Watford and formerly, of course, Chelsea. It won't be so long before John Terry, Frank Lampard or Winston Bogarde gets the job for a couple of months, will it? Also in the frame, should the club wish to go down a more sensible route, are Borussia Dortmund's Jürgen Klopp, Swansea City's Michael Laudrup, Atlético Madrid's Diego Simeone, José Mourinho's José Mourinho, former Saudi Arabia boss Frank Rijkaard, and the Ron Noades de nos jours, Roman Abramo ...
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- Frank Lampard is agonising over whether to break Chelsea hearts by signing for Manchester United this summer. - Rafa Benitez suffered a torrent of abuse from Chelsea fans as Swansea inflicted a humiliating Capital One Cup defeat. -Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has warned his team-mates they are by no means favourites to win the Champions League this season. - Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish could make a shock return to Anfield in his old ambassador role. - Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao is ready for an approach from Tottenham. - Sylvain Distin is set to become the latest Everton star to commit his future to the club
Tuesday 8th Jan – Chelsea transfer gossip round up Marouane Fellaini could yet leave Everton despite suggesting he is staying at Merseyside after reports in the Daily Mail claimed that there is a £22 million buy-out clause in the contract Fellaini signed in 2011 but only a Champions League playing club can trigger it which has put Chelsea top of the list of the clubs chasing the Belgian. Frank Lampard could swap the Chelsea blue for the red of Manchester United as the Sun reveals that the Old Trafford outfit have made contact with the player’s representatives to sign him at the end of the season when he becomes a free agent as Chelsea have refused to extend his current contract and United are keen to nab the midfielder who is willing to move to Old Trafford. Roman Abramovich has a thing for managers as he has overseen 8 managerial changes at Stamford Bridge in the last 5 years and the Russian could finally land his long-term target Pep Guardiola after the former Barcelona coach revealed to the Daily ...
Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp says only "a real dope" would fail as manager of West London rivals Chelsea. Ahead of Wednesday's game between the sides he said: "You'd have to be a real dope to mess it up with [the likes of] Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Frank Lampard. "He [Rafael Benitez] has walked into a squad of players there who are Champions League winners - you've got a chance, haven't you?" QPR are bottom of the Premier League, while Chelsea are fourth. Former Liverpool manager Benitez took charge of the European Champions in November after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked. Since he took over, Chelsea have lost only one league game, a 3-1 setback at West Ham United on 1 December, and have won their last four. "He's a clever guy," said Redknapp of Benitez. "Even in the West Ham game that they lost, they could have been out of sight at half-time." QPR start 2013 eight points from safety with 18 games remaining.
Transfer window opens on Tuesday. Expect fevered speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa, Wesley Sneijder, Frank Lampard and Theo Walcott to be doing the rounds for the next month. Yes, the "Silly Season" has arrived. European football's January transfer window opens for business on Tuesday, giving clubs a month-long opportunity to strengthen their squads for the second half of the season. Top teams operating with strategic transfer plans, such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, rarely do major deals in this period, with their likely targets usually cup-tied for the Champions League and their managers put off by inflated prices. However, an inspired January signing could make the difference between winning the title, getting into Europe or surviving relegation, meaning plenty of deals will go through over the next 31 days.
France international Yann M’Vila will be the target of a renewed £16m transfer bid from Chelsea in January. The midfielder was expected to leave this summer but is now seeking a new challenge in England. Boss Rafa Benitez is keen to stamp his authority on the West London club and is making the troubled Rennes midfielder his number one target. M’Vila, 22, has made 110 appearances for Ligue 1 club Rennes since 2009 and is thought to be keen to move to the Champions League winners in January. Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of the running after expressing trepidation at signing a player with such a volatile attitude. This opens the door for Chelsea to sign the Frenchman. The defensive midfielder is out injured until the New Year after a knee injury suffered against PSG a month ago- but would be ready to come straight into the starting XI once the frantic January period begins. Benitez is know to prefer the 4-3-2-1 formation and sees M’Vila as the missing piece in his midfield puzzle. Frank Lampard ...
It's the last minute of the Champions League final, you're 1-0 down and you get a Penalty! Who would you want to take the penalty? 1 Cristiano Ronaldo 2 Leo Messi 3 Robin Van Persie 4 Neymar 5 Andre Pirlo 6 Ricardo Kaka 7 Sergio Aguero 8 Ibrahimovic 9 Steven Gerrard 10 Frank Lampard 11 Falcao 12 Wayne Rooney -Ash
Chelsea will be without Frank Lampard (calf) and John Terry (knee), with both expected to be available to face Sunderland at the weekend. Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) is also a doubt but could make the substitutes’ bench. Rafa Benitez has so far appeared to be keen to shake up the trio behind the misfiring Fernando Torres, with Victor Moses and Marko Marin both involved in recent weeks. However, with the Blues in dire need of a victory, the Spaniard could resort to the supporting three that started the season so well. For Nordsjaelland, Jores Okore – who has played every Champions League game for the visitors this season – will sit out after picking up a thigh injury against Esbjerg in November. Ramires, David Luiz, Patrick Mtiliga and Ivan Runje are all one yellow card away from incurring a suspension.
BENITEZ: CONCENTRATING ON US ALONE| Rafael Benitez returns to the Champions League tomorrow evening, a competition both he and the club he now manages have won... The permutations needed for Chelsea to remain in the running this season have been well documented, but naturally the Spaniard is concentrating solely on his side defeating Danish champions Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge. He does however believe Shakhtar Donetsk will go all out to beat Juventus, as we need them to do, but also warns we cannot take our own three points for granted. Squad News Benitez has ruled John Terry (knee), Frank Lampard (calf) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) out of the final group stage game although all three are now very close to a return. 'Sturridge on Thursday will maybe start training with the team so we will see what he can do,' the interim manager reports. 'Lampard has trained with the group for two days, but they weren't full sessions, they were light training sessions. He was fine but tomorrow is still too early ...
Premier League News & Transfer Gossips - - QPR is delighted to confirm the appointment of Harry Redknapp as the club’s new manager on a two-and-a-half year deal. -Rafael Benitez has revealed he expects Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave Chelsea in the summer. -Harry Redknapp: 'I can’t wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season.' -Harry Redknapp will hit a jackpot of more than £1million if QPR manages to stay up. -Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Andre Ayew, Demba Ba and Alex Song named on five-man short-list for African Footballer of the Year award. -Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has attracted significant praise from manager Arsene Wenger after a string of consistent performances. -Atletico Madrid striker and Chelsea target Radamel Falcao believes his football career will not be complete until he is part of a Champions League winning team -Jack Wilshere says he is studying Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in order to boost his goal return from the Arsenal midfield. -New ...
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is considering whether to drop striker Fernando Torres ahead of the Blues' crunch Champions League clash with Juventus tomorrow. It was deja vu for one of football's most trigger-happy club today as Di Matteo became the latest Blues manager to face serious questions about his job security following a slump in results. And defeat in tomorrow night's huge Group E encounter in Turin could lead to his exit. Speculation is rife Di Matteo has finally lost patience with Torres after hauling him off during Saturday's Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom after another miserable performance. The Chelsea boss admitted after the game he would consider dropping the Spain striker but said tonight: ``I'm not going to disclose my ideas about tomorrow. ``I'll make the final decisions tonight.'' Ashley Cole should return after recovering from his hamstring injury, as should several other rested players but John Terry (knee) and Frank Lampard (calf) were left in London. Defeat would lea ...
Chelsea (possible, 4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Oscar, Mikel; Mata, Torres, Hazard. Out: Lampard (calf), Terry (suspended). Manchester United (possible, 4-3-1-2): De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs; Rooney; Welbeck, Van Persie. Out: Jones, Kagawa (both knee), Lindegaard (thumb), Smalling (match fitness), Vidic (knee). Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches 5, R2 Y24. Team News Frank Lampard will be sidelined for at least a fortnight with a calf problem, manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed on Friday. Lampard limped out of Tuesday's Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk with a recurrence of the injury he suffered before the international break and will miss Sunday's game against Manchester United, the Capital One Cup clash with the same opponents, a trip to Swansea and the Champions League return against Shakhtar. John Terry will serve the remainder of his racism ban in the first three of those games while Marko Marin is back after a minor injury. Mean ...
Frank Lampard will miss at least two weeks with the calf injury he picked up in the Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk
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Leadership Newspapers shared the following link: midfielder Frank Lampard faces a race for fitness against Premier League rivals Manchester United after limping out of the club’s Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donesk.
Frank Lampard could miss Chelsea's top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United on Sunday after limping out of his side's Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk after only 18 minutes.
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The calf injury picked up by Frank Lampard during Chelsea's Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday could be serious enough to keep him out of...
Mwengwe c nkandu Fan Page shared the following link and had this to say about it: Roberto Di Matteo says Frank Lampard and Chelsea must now win their next two Champions League matches! Read more: [from GMF]
Chelsea Football Club wrote: Frank Lampard and Victor Moses started the win in the Champions League yesterday. Here they talk about the game:
Chelsea routed Norwegian outfit Nordsjaelland with Juan Mata's double, an unstoppable free-kick from David Luiz and a Ramires strike earning the Blues a 4-0 victory which kick-started the defence of their Champions League title. Frank Lampard was involved in the build-up for the first after the hosts gave away the balldeep in their own half and Mata made no mistake from 10 yards out with 33 minutes of the contest gone. Deefnder Luiz struck a stunning free-kick from 25-yards out with 11 minutes remaining and three minutes after that Mata popped up to double his tally for the night. And the holders' night was rounded off in style in the last minute by Ramires. The Blues were by no means the dominant side but will be happy with a job well done before they head to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk later this month in matchday three. More to follow... Mata of fact: The Spaniard scored two for Chelsea as the holders edged past the Norwegians
No one deserved to win that Champions League more than Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech... No. One.
Chelsea's Cahill backed to cover Terry absence for England Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is ready to step in for the missing John Terry as England prepare to face Ukraine. Frank Lampard has backed Cahill to fill the void. "Gary has grown completely. I have nothing but massive things to say for Gary," he said. "To come to Chelsea after the season we had last year, fit in and play the games he did against Barcelona and then the (Champions League) final he has proven he is a top centre half in world football. Internationally he can go on and play for a long time."
Goal.com wrote: Frank Lampard takes time out of his Premier League schedule to pose with the new Champions League ball. Can he help Chelsea achieve back-to-back European title glory??
Can Chelsea Retain The Champions League Title? Since being rebranded from the UEFA Champions Club Cup to the Uefa Champions League in 1992, no club has ever repeated as European Champions – not even Lionel Messi’s Barcelona. But Marko Marin believes Chelsea is in a good position to make history after defeating Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to winning Europe’s top prize last season. “Yeah, [I believe Chelsea can repeat],” the Blues’ new midfielder told Goal.com. “The team changed a lot, but there’s a lot of high quality here.” Marin is one of the major additions to Chelsea this summer, joining Eden Hazard and Oscar as the club’s newest key members. But while the Premier League team certainly improved its roster, veteran Frank Lampard points out that other contenders have boosted their squads as well. “Every year is very tough and we had an amazing year last season. We will try our best to do it and of course, it’s a possibility but every other team will be stronger,” Lampar ...
Lampard hails progress of Chelsea fullback Bertrand Chelsea ace Frank Lampard is impressed by young teammate Ryan Bertrand. Stand-in England skipper Lamps was hugely impressed by the Chelsea youngster, who came on as a sub in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Italy. Lampard said: “Ashley is the best and will carry on playing but it is great to see people coming through. “You need a squad with players to push each other and players like Ryan and Leighton Baines can do well. I’m really pleased for Ryan. He can do anything as a left-back. He is so composed, he makes the game look really easy. “It’s unfortunate for him that he is behind Ashley because Ashley has been the best for a long time. Ryan will get more opportunities this season and next. “He has probably learned a lot from Ashley and he will go on and have a great career for club and country. They are good friends. The example of the way Ashley plays is enough to learn from. “But as you saw in the Champions League final, Ryan can play in front ...
Gilberto Silva was, together with Paul Scholes of Manchester United and Frank Lampard of Chelsea, one of the few midfielders in England to attain "the elite Champions League level" of performance. The Sunday Times
Chelsea's Champions League triumph was the icing on the cake for a core of older players that have enjoyed sustained success since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club in 2004, but with Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou departed from Stamford Bridge and Frank Lampard 34 years old, the Blue...
the most successful captain in the club's history ended the season by holding the Champions League trophy aloft alongside Frank Lampard, a moment he could have been forgiven for thinking may never come. Terry began the campaign in typically bullish fashion, and scored the opening goal in our 2-1 win at Sunderland back in September. However as the defence attempted to adapt to an altered strategy under Andre Villas-Boas, the meaness at the back so characteristic of the recent past was lost for a period and when a costly slip allowed Robin Van Persie to score Arsenal's fourth goal in their 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge back in October, a game in which Terry had earlier scored in, some critics rounded on him. Villas-Boas soon decided to deploy his rearguard deeper and Terry got back to his best, with an outstanding performance in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in December, which was capped by a goal-line clearance in the last minute. Confidence was back. His penchant for popping up with vital goals showed no s ...
Frank Lampard (R) and David Luiz of Chelsea celebrate with the Uefa Champions League trophy after hi
The sacked Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas is today confirmed as the new Tottenham Hotspurs manager. This was following the resignation or the refusal to sign a new contract by the former manager, Harry Redknapp. AVB would have wished Chelsea losing the Champions League now because the Spurs will not be playing the next European's most prestigious game, even though finishing fourth in the Premier League last April. However, the former manager Redknapp, had prayed as much in spite of being Frank Lampard's uncle. But Chelsea qualified to displace Tottenham after winning the cup against Munchen last May.
" Frank Lampard is the only Englishman in Paddy Power's book which is perhaps a surprise given his absence from Euro 2012 through injury. He did however play a key role in leading Chelsea do a first ever Champions League title although his odds of 100/1 (101.00) reflect his chances of winning the award." Atleast someone recognizes his genius
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The England squad selection process is an absolute farce.. Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill get injured and you replace them with Jordan Henderson and Martin Kelly???... Leaving out Champions League winners Carrick and Ferdinand, EPL champs Micah Richards and Adam Johnson. Wow.
Moussa Dembele's agent insists the Fulham midfielder can replace Frank Lampard at local rivals Chelsea. Dembele's current deal at Craven Cottage runs out at the end of next season and he is reportedly being chased by Chelsea and Manchester United over a possible £10 million transfer. When asked about Chelsea's interest, Linse said: "It fits Mousa’s ambitions perfectly to become the replacement for someone like Frank Lampard one day, just as playing in the Champions League does as well." The former AZ Alkmaar player moved to Craven Cottage from Holland in 2010 and could now make the short trip to Fulham's local rivals at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are also close to signing Dembele's countryman, Eden Hazard, as they look to rebuild their squad with Europe's top young talent.
Roberto Di Matteo has been faultless in his three months as temporary coach of Chelsea and the players will go all out to give him the Champions League trophy his efforts deserve, Frank Lampard said .
Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole & Carlos Mozer are the only players to score in penalty shootouts in TWO European Cup/Champions League finals.
David Luiz led the crowd through a more traditional 'Blue is the Colour', Gary Cahill announced he was going to bounce in a minute and 'Happy Birthday' was sung to penalty shoot-out hero Petr Cech who turned 30 today. Frank Lampard took the mic to say that Saturday had been the best night of the players' careers and that Chelsea was the best club in the world, before John Terry told the fans how much they deserved to win the Champions League. And then it was off to the end of the parade and a full stop on a truly historic season, with the players now away from the club until July with mix of well-earned holiday and international matches between now and then.
Didier Drogba scored his ninth cup final goal for Chelsea in Saturday night's Uefa Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich. Here, Sky Sports details how the Ivory Coast striker shines on the biggest stages of all. 2005 CARLING CUP FINAL Liverpool 2 Chelsea 3 (aet) Drogba put Chelsea ahead in extra-time as the Blues won their first trophy under Jose Mourinho. 2007 CARLING CUP FINAL Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 Drogba scored both goals, including the winner six minutes from time, as Chelsea came from behind to beat Arsenal. 2007 FA CUP FINAL Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0 Drogba scored the winner with just four minutes of extra-time remaining after playing a one-two with Frank Lampard. 2008 CARLING CUP FINAL Chelsea 1 Tottenham 2 Drogba became the first player to score in three League Cup finals when he put Chelsea ahead with a free-kick. 2009 FA CUP FINAL Chelsea 2 Everton 1 Drogba's equaliser set Chelsea on the road to victory after Louis Saha had put Everton ahead with the quickest FA Cup final goal. 201 ...
Ken Bates confessed he was thrilled for Roberto Di Matteo and Chelsea’s fans as they won the Champions League. The former Blues owner, who signed Di Matteo as a player for Chelsea in 1996, said: “Robbie is a great individual. “He showed tactical nous under difficult circumstances. “Was it very emotional? Not really. I was watching it dispassionately, curious as to how it would go. “But I’m delighted, for the club for Robbie and the fans. “The supporters were magnificent. Cech had a great game. Drogba was the man of extra time and Frank Lampard is a great captain.
Post match, Geoff Shreeves says to Frank Lampard "Very well done on winning the Champions League. So, do you miss your mum?"
Is not satisfied watching the Champions League finale and wants to see it again n again n again...Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard n John Terry hugging each other is d best moment post winning. Roman picking up d cup more satisfying. RDM u restored d confidence n trust in d players - all credit goes to u. KTBFFH always n always!
Frank Lampard celebrates his Champions League Final win in style. (update of Charlie Adam one)
There has been endless debate about Chelsea's fate once Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba move on, but young defender Ryan Bertrand proved at Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) Champions League final that the future is bright at Stamford Bridge.
"Football, and life, is sometimes unpredictable and crazy. I don't think anyone could have predicted this. We've had a difficult season" and to finish off like this is incredible. I'm very happy for the players, they've worked so hard for this for so long. Obviously when Bayern scored there wasn't much time for us but the heart and passion these players have shown in this competition has been immense. To equalise and get into extra time was a good feeling. Our preparation was very difficult with the suspended players and two defenders out for three or four weeks so it wasn't an ideal situation for a Champions League final but the desire and motivation of the players has shown again tonight. [Didier Drogba] has been a fantastic servant for this club over eight years and brought a lot of success but we focus on the group and it was a great effort from all the players tonight. Ashley Cole was immense, also Frank Lampard and Petr Čech – to be able to pull off this victory took a big team effort. I don't kn ...
Sunday May 20, 02:41 PM Bayern Munich's German midfielder Toni Kroos (L) and Chelsea's British midfielder Frank Lampard (R) vie for the ball during the Uefa Champions League final football match between (FC) Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. AFP ...
Frank Lampard insists Champions League glory doesn't have to be the end of an era at Stamford Bridge! Read more:
Parsons Green with John Terry (Daily Mail father of the year 2006) and Frank Lampard and the Champions League trophy!!
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Chelsea striker Frank Lampard has hailed Didier Drogba for the club's dramatic win in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena
Frank Lampard hailed Didier Drogba as Chelsea's 'main man' after the Ivorian scored an equaliser and the decisive penalty in the Champions League
Oops, some of you'll are getting Mistaken. Frank Lampard has Won a Medal which Gerrard hasn't. It's the Premier League. Posted this now because Liverpool Fans would start of with their Champions League and Ancient History. Cheers.
UP BLUES!!! CELEBRATION CONTINUES "One of the greatest days of my life" was Frank Lampard's description of the Uefa Champions League final after he captained Chelsea FC to their first European crown by way of a penalty shoot-out victory against FC BayernMünchen. The English international slammed in the third of four successful spotkicks for the Blues, who had dramatically cancelled out Thomas Müller's late opener for Bayern through Didier Drogba's 88th-minute header to force the final into extra time. Petr Čech then repelled an Arjen Robben penalty in the first additional period before denying both Ivica Olić and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the shoot-out as the Blues' long search for glory in the competition finally came to aclose. "I'm pleased we haven't won it before because it feels even more special," Lampard said. "It took so long. I've been here for 11 years so I've been waiting for this baby for a long time. EXCERPT FROM UEFA.COM
Interim Chelsea captain, Frank Lampard says Chelsea is set for the epic Champions League final against Bayern Munich. He admitted that playing in Germany will certainly give the Germans an edge, adding however that winning the coveted trophy away from home makes it even more exciting. He says difficult as it may seem, the feat is achievable if the Chelsea players believe in themselves. Manager, Di Matteo believes his wards have all the qualities needed to win d competition.
Chelsea's date with destiny: the occasion when their Roman empire can finally achieve its aim. Comrade Abramovich fell in love with football when famously watching a Champions League match and everything since arriving at Stamford Bridge has been aimed at the lifting of that famously oversized trophy, the European Cup. He has been within an inch of the post, a slip of Luzhniki sod, and for a time that had looked like his last chance. An ever-revolving cast-list of coaches has been and gone since John Terry's moment of truth in Moscow. Since then, the players who took them to the brink of a dream becoming reality have aged and agued. This was supposed to be a season of rebuilding. A young coach with new ideas was hired to sweep out the old guard. Yet they remain, and Andre Villas-Boas is jobless, only recently reappearing as a possible suitor for the vacant Liverpool position. Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech take their place, but the suspended Terry will not, as penance for his stup ...
The title was bought, some say. Understandably, Manchester City disagree and, if they want to construct a case for the defence, they can cite Chelsea. In the ninth year of Roman Abramovich's ownership, they are the reminder money has not bought everything: not the Champions League crown the Russian desires or the popularity that has eluded them. The former may be acquired on Saturday night in Munich and the latter, more surprisingly, could be experienced, too. While silverware has been won in the eight most successful seasons of their history, the battle for hearts and minds had been a resounding defeat. For many onlookers, Chelsea have had too much money, too many egos and too misplaced a sense of entitlement. Their cast list has featured plenty of people - John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant - that, fairly or not, many have loved to hate. While the three-letter abbreviation ABU (Anyone But United) was coined to describe those who wished the worst on Manchest ...
Frank Lampard says we can take heart from our turnaround in form during the second half of the season, but it will be in vain if we do not lift the European Cup on Saturday...
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Lehmann aid: Ex-Arsenal keeper backs Chelsea to win Jens Lehmann has tipped Chelsea to pull off a major Champions League shock, writes John Cross. The former Arsenal keeper believes the Blues can surprise Bayern Munich because they are perfectly suited for a big, one-off match. Ex-World Cup star Lehmann said: “Chelsea are a team for a day. They can go into a one-off match and get a result because they have big-game players who have experience, determination and they know how to win. “I had some problems with Frank Lampard on the pitch, we didn’t always get on. But when you see what he is still capable of with his passing, then you know Chelsea can get a result.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard feels that winning the Champions League against Bayern Munich on Saturday would be the club's greatest achievement.The Blues have never lifted Europe's premier trophy in their 107-year history but must attempt to win it at their opponent's home ground with several key personnel missing.
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Di Matteo urges veterans to take last CL chance Date Posted: May 16, 2012: 11:46 Source: ESPN .inShare.0Roberto Di Matteo has told his Chelsea veterans that this is likely to be their last chance to lift the Champions League trophy - and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger admits the German side are concerned by that state of affairs. Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard are all the wrong side of 30, and if Chelsea do not beat Bayern in Saturday's final, they will not play in the competition next season - so the door is closing on that trio. "We've got a fantastic group with quality and experience and that has shown in games," Di Matteo said. "That's shown by them carrying us to this final. To reach a Champions League final is very, very difficult. "Even for younger players, they do not know when they'll have the chance again to be in a final like this. For some of our older players, it might be more difficult to be in another final, or win it." Meanwhile, Germany international Schwein ...
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has stated that the desire of Chelsea's veterans to win a big trophy toward the end of their career could cause problems for the Bavarians in Saturday's Champions League final. Players such as Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Ashley Cole have all been with the Blues for several years without winning European club football's elite competition.
Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger spoke of his respect for Frank Lampard but, warned Chelsea it will be hard to win Champions League.
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Andres Iniesta of Barcelona is challenged by Frank Lampard of Chelsea during the Uefa Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2012 in London, England.
Frankly, I hope you lose Harry Redknapp has a message for his nephew Frank Lampard: Hope you lose in Munich. Tottenham’s Champions League bid depends on Lamps’ Chelsea losing to Bayern Munich in Saturday’s final after Arsenal nicked third place. Spurs boss Redknapp insists football comes before family as he bids to lead his team back into the big time next season after they finished fourth despite a 2-0 win over Fulham. Redknapp said: “Frank knows there’s no love lost. My allegiance is only to Tottenham. He understands that. “I want Tottenham in the Champions League next year. We’ve done all that we can and I couldn’t be more pleased. “If people start getting carried away with what Tottenham should achieve they need a reality check.” Manu Adebayor and Jermain Defoe got the goals to sink Fulham. Scott Parker faces a make-or-break injection today on the Achilles injury which threatens his Euro 2012 spot.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he will attend next week's Champions League final in the hope of witnessing a Chelsea defeat. Redknapp's nephew Frank Lampard will be playing for Chelsea in Munich but only a Bayern Munich victory will allow Tottenham to qualify for next season's Champions League. "It's difficult but that's football – we are professional and Frank knows I want Tottenham to play in the Champions League" "There is no love lost. When we play Chelsea I want to beat Chelsea, whether Frank plays or not. When I was manager of West Ham and we played Liverpool, I wanted us to beat Liverpool even if Jamie (Redknapp, his son) was playing for Liverpool.T
The second half is underway. If Roberto Di Matteo does plan to introduce any of his substitutes,he's going to wait a little bit longer first. No changes at the break. Interesting situation for Roberto Di Matteo. He has the likes of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku on the bench, but I imagine the plan was to rest the former two for as long as possible. Chelsea still have a chance of finishing fourth, of course, but it is now looking very distant. It might be wise to go for damage limitation and focus on securing Champions League qualification by winning the final in Munich. What a half for Liverpool - the Reds lead by three goals despite Stewart Downing's missed penalty. Chelsea have notplayed well and they will be even more disappointed with the manner in which they have shipped goals - an own goal, a disastrous slip by John Terry anda corner kick. Fernando Torres has also hit the bar - nothing hasgone right, Downing's penalty miss aside, for the Blues so far. 45′ +4 HALF-TIME! Liverpool 3-0 C ...
Chelsea ace Frank Lampard wants a complete set of trophies. Lamps, 33, has won every domestic honour going during his 11 years at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard felt we controlled the game for thefirst hour at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup Final, andfully deserved a fourth victory in six years in the competition. Ramires and Didier Drogba gave us a two-goal lead before Liverpool sub Andy Carroll brought them back into the game, but he could not prevent the Bluesfrom lifting the trophy on amemorable May evening for the Stamford Bridge faithful. 'It's been a brilliant competition for us. It was atough game and coming into it with the game in two weeks on people's minds, it feels as good as ever to win it,' Lampard said afterwards. 'They get sweeter as you get older because you know they don't keep going forever. Today we enjoyed it very much, it's been a tough season and itmakes it special to win. 'We got a great start, Ramires has been brilliant all season and scored a good goal. To get your nose in front is massive and we controlled it. We could have killed them off, then maybe got a bit over-confident and they got the goal and it was backs to the wa ...
John Terry revealed he and Frank Lampard plan to lift the Uefa Champions League together if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich.
Frank Lampard says Chelsea's resurgence under Roberto Di Matteo will mean nothing if they lose both the FA Cup and Champions League finals.
Chelsea's Frank Lampard warns his team needs to regroup after losing four players for the Champions League final, but praises the quality of goals by Ramires and Fernando Torres
This is Roberto Di Matteo's record since taking over in March: P16 W11 D4 L1 Gs37 Ga14 P=Played W=Wins D=Draws L=Losses Gs=Goals scored Ga=Goals against He beat Napoli 4-1 when everyone including Chelsea fans had ruled it out! He beat Benfica home & away! He eliminated world's best team,Barca, from the Champs League winning at Stamford Bridge & picking a draw at Nou Camp! He led Chelsea to its 2nd Champions League final in 4yrs! He led Chelsea to the FA Cup final! He's hopeful of finishing in the top four! Players like John Terry, Frank Lampard,Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou, Ashley Cole etc have improved. Does Chelsea Football Club need another manager???!
Champions League 2012: Chelsea’s achievements deserve to be among greatest in English football (Henry Winter, Telegraph) Call off the dogs of dogma. The joy of sport is that it teaches myriad lessons in life. Any youngster tuning in to the remarkable scenes at the Nou Camp will have learned about the importance of never giving up, of perseverance rewarded for the tireless likes of Frank Lampard.
Frank Lampard has claimed Chelsea’s ability to defy expectation is what makes him and team-mates such as Didier Drogba “top players” and denied that the Champions League finalists are on their “last legs”.
Cheik Tiote will move to Bayern for the Champions League final so he can severely injure Frank Lampard.
Petr Čech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba all deserve to win the Champions League. Old guard!
Barcelona want to win every game playing beautifully, to triumph with football alone. But, under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola - who was speaking to the media ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Chelsea at Camp Nou - the Catalan club's devotion to those aesthet...
Frank Lampard says Chelsea can beat Barcelona if they believe in themselves. Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will be chasing a lifelong ambition if he lines up against Barcelona tonight. The Spaniard's boyhood dream of winning the Champions League will move a step closer if the Blues overcome the holders in the semi-finals. And the man who boasts World Cup and European Championship medals is desperate to add cl
CHELSEA v Wigan: John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole ruled out of Latics clash Terry will not be risked due to his cracked ribs, while Lampard (knee) and Cole (ankle) picked up knocks in Wednesday night's Champions League win over Benfica.
how many champions league goals have Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba scored?
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