Chelsea FC

Allt om Chelsea Football Club

Jose Mourinho's Tottenham can book their place in the Champions League knockout stages this week
Jose Mourinho's Tottenham can book their place in the Champions League knockout stages this week

The draw for the Champions League round of 16 takes place in December, with four Premier League teams hoping to be involved.

When is the draw?

The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League takes place on Monday December 16 in Nyon, with proceedings set to start at 11am, UK time.

Who’s already qualified?

Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus booked their place in the last 16 with games spare Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus booked their place in the last 16 with games spare

Three teams have qualified ahead of the penultimate round of group fixtures – Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham and Manchester City could both join them on Tuesday, while Liverpool and Chelsea can follow suit on Wednesday.

Chelsea can progress due to their head-to-head record in Group H Chelsea can progress due to their head-to-head record in Group H

How does the draw work?

Manchester City can not face a Premier League rival in the Champions League until the quarter-final stage; that draw will take place on March 20 Manchester City can not face a Premier League rival in the Champions League until the quarter-final stage; that draw will take place on March 20

There will be two seeding pots – one consisting of the eight group winners and the other of the eight runners-up.

No team can play a club from their group – or any side from their own country, meaning there will be no all-Premier League showdown at this stage.

Seeded group winners will play the first leg of the two-legged ties away from home.

Champions League knockout stage – the key dates

Will Liverpool retain their Champions League crown? Will Liverpool retain their Champions League crown?

February 18/19 25/26: Round of 16 – first leg

March 10/11 17/18: Round of 16 – second leg

April 7/8: Quarter-finals – first leg

April 14/15: Quarter-finals – second leg

April 28/29: Semi-finals – first leg

May 5/6: Semi-finals – second leg

May 30: Final, Istanbul


Win £250,000 on Tuesday with Super 6

FREE TO PLAY: Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 jackpot for the fifth time this year.

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11870672/champions-league-round-of-16-draw-when-is-it-can-premier-league-sides-face-each-other

The latest headlines in your inbox

Frank Lampard is considering leaving out Ross Barkley for Chelsea’s Champions League trip to Valencia amid concerns over his behaviour and fitness.

The Blues were set to train before flying to Spain on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the crucial Group H clash, with Barkley hoping to feature for the first time since October 19 due to an ankle problem.

However, Barkley was pictured topless in a Dubai nightclub during the international break. The 25-year-old had permission to travel and was not caught up in any trouble, but it is the second time this season he has attracted off-field attention, following an incident with a cab driver in September.

On that occasion, Lampard opted to allow Barkley to travel with the squad to Lille but then dropped him from the matchday squad.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was facing a late fitness check on a hamstring problem.

Comments

{{#comments}}

{{/comments}}
{{^comments}}

{{/comments}}

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-midfielder-ross-barkley-facing-champions-league-axe-over-topless-nightclub-picture-a4296816.html

This would see Mount come in for one of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic or Saturday’s goalscorer N’Golo Kante.

However, the trio were excellent against City and would offer Chelsea some much-needed stability away from home.

Therefore, it is more likely that Mount would replace Christian Pulisic or Willian out wide, with neither able to consistently threaten the City rearguard at the Etihad.

Tammy Abraham will continue to lead the line while Olivier Giroud will hope to be given a chance off the bench, having been overlooked in favour of the disappointing Michy Batshuayi against the Premier League champions.

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1208793/-

The latest headlines in your inbox

N’Golo Kante has warned his Chelsea team-mates they cannot afford to slip up when they travel to Valencia in their crucial Champions League encounter this week after proving they can compete with the best on Saturday.

Chelsea controlled large parts of the game against Manchester City at the Etihad before a sloppy spell undermined a hopeful display. 

Frank Lampard’s side remain well in the race for the top four this season, though their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages hang on Wednesday’s trip to Spain.

Chelsea, Ajax and hosts Valencia all go into the penultimate round of fixtures on seven points, with Chelsea hosting Lille in their final group stage game.

Victory in Valencia would go a long way to securing progress through to the next stage and Kante is hoping that going toe-to-toe with City will stand them in good stead.

”It is what we want,” Kante said. ”We want to fight against every opponent, we gave our best on Saturday.

”I think even Liverpool was a tight game but this is the way, we need to believe that we can compete against everyone in the League and give our best, see what we can do and what we can achieve.

”Maybe this [Valencia away] is it for the qualification in the Champions League. Of course it is a game we mustn’t lose, three points are needed.

”We all have seven points and it is really important for us to win, it is what we are going to work for.”

Kante is now back fit after injury interrupted his start to the season.

The World Cup winner is enjoying continuing in the more advanced role first given to him by Maurizio Sarri last term and bagged his third goal of the season in Manchester at the weekend.

”I feel fine, I feel good on the pitch,” he said. ”I went with the national team and it was good for me and I hope that the difficulties are behind and I can give my best for the team.”

Comments

{{#comments}}

{{/comments}}
{{^comments}}

{{/comments}}

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-cannot-afford-slip-against-valencia-after-encouraging-man-city-display-warns-ngolo-kante-a4295766.html


Chelsea players celebrate N'Golo Kante's opener against Manchester City in the Premier League

Mateo Kovacic set up N’Golo Kante’s opener in Chelsea’s defeat at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Owen Hargreaves has heaped praise on Chelsea’s display against Manchester City and claims Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante ‘really frustrated’ Pep Guardiola’s with their performances in midfield.

Chelsea were on top in the early stages at the Etihad and Kante broke the deadlock in the 21st minute, sliding the ball past Ederson following Kovacic’s pinpoint aerial pass.

However, City responded like champions and drew level just eight minutes later as Kevin De Bruyne’s driven shot deflected in off Kurt Zouma before Riyad Mahrez beat Kepa Arrizabalaga with a superb solo strike.

The home team held on to their 2-1 lead to leapfrog Chelsea into third place in the Premier League table, but Hargreaves was impressed by Frank Lampard’s men in defeat.


Mahrez's stunning strike gave City the lead just before half-time

Mahrez’s stunning strike gave City the lead just before half-time (Picture: Getty)

‘I thought Chelsea in the first half were brilliant. They played so well, I thought Frank Lampard’s game-plan worked terrifically well,’ Hargreaves said.

‘De Bruyne was marked by Kovacic and Kante marked David Silva and that really frustrated Manchester City at the start of the game.

‘They wanted to sit in and absorb pressure but then when they got the ball they really tried to play and they caused City a lot of problems.

‘Pep Guardiola was on the side and he was not happy, he was up and down, he was arguing with Mikel Arteta about people in certain positions and Chelsea should have scored more in that first half. They were the better team.

‘Second half, they just lost that impetus going forward but credit Frank Lampard.’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
browser that
supports HTML5
video

Chelsea’s impressive showing convinced Hargreaves that they will have no problem finishing in the top four this season.

‘They came here, came to play, kept the ball and they posed a threat,’ he added.

‘Pep Guardiola knows today was a tough game against a really good side.

‘Watching Chelsea up close there, they’re going to be a top-four team, there’s no question. They were really, really good.’

MORE: Paul Scholes reveals Frank Lampard’s big frustration after Man City loss and criticises Chelsea centre-backs

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/24/owen-hargreaves-picks-chelsea-duo-mateo-kovacic-ngolo-kante-praise-makes-bold-top-four-claim-11209551/?ito=newsnow-feed


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard at Manchester City

Chelsea gave another good display but picked up no points for their efforts (Picture: Getty)

Paul Scholes says Frank Lampard will be frustrated with Chelsea’s inability to convert good performances into wins against the top sides and questioned the team’s centre-back partnership.

The west Londoners gave another strong showing away to Manchester City on Saturday evening, taking the lead through N’Golo Kante, but ultimately succumbed to a disappointing 2-1 defeat.

Chelsea have made a habit of playing well without winning against their rivals and Scholes believes they need to start grinding out victories, while he feels Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma contributed to a nervousness at the back.


Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes

Scholes says Chelsea must find a way to start winning in big games (Picture: Getty)

‘They keep going to these big clubs, playing really well and not winning games. That will be frustrating for him I think, because he knows he’s got quality in his team but he’s missing something,’ Scholes told the Premier League.

‘He’s definitely missing something. He went to Manchester United, everyone said Chelsea were the best team, played really well, got beat 4-0. Played against Liverpool, played okay I don’t think they were anything great against Liverpool, got beat.

‘Played against Manchester City, everyone’s saying the best team, they were really good, they played well, they’ve lost the game. Now he has to find a way of changing that.

‘There’s no point coming away from these games saying you played really well but lost. Big teams win leagues through going to Manchester City, maybe not playing that well, but nicking a 1-0.

‘Like Manchester City have done today – not played very well but they’ve come away winning the game. That will be frustrating for him, he knows he’s got a good team.


Chelsea defenders Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma versus Man City

Scholes feels Tomori and Zouma project a nervousness to the rest of the team (Picture: Getty)

‘I’d be a little bit worried about his two centre-halves, the way he wants to play are they good enough on the ball?

‘I think defensively they’re okay but they look a bit nervous on the ball to me, which can create nerves throughout the team.

‘Are they a centre-forward short? We know they’re missing Eden Hazard from last year, who’s a big difference we know that, he’s got the quality in these big games to win them. [Lampard’s] got a really good team, but he’s got to find that way of winning in big games, and that will frustrate him for now.’

MORE: Frank Lampard warns Liverpool and Manchester City his Chelsea side are closing the gap

MORE: Jose Mourinho explains why he’s broken promise to Chelsea fans and managed Tottenham

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/24/chelsea-paul-scholes-frank-lampard-frustration-man-city-centre-backs-11208939/?ito=newsnow-feed

Manchester City kom från en förlust mot serieledande Liverpool och när de tog emot Chelsea, som låg ett snäpp ovanför i tabellen med en poängs marginal, var det med en fast beslutsamhet om att skapa bättre förutsättningar för klubben i serietoppen.

Trots flera bra anfall, och ett farligt avslut av Citys Kevin De Bruyne, var det Chelsea som tog ledningen genom N’Golo Kanté efter 20 minuter. Men Kevin De Bruyne fick ett försök till och lyckades kvittera – sedan vände City och tog ledningen genom Riyad Mahrez innan den första halvleken var slut.

Resultatet stod sig ända tills matchens sista minuter då det såg ut som att Manchester City skulle få med sig en 3–1-vinst på Etihad Stadium. Men målet dömdes bort och hemmalaget fick nöja sig med 2–1 i en match där de egentligen skapat många fler chanser än så. Med tre poäng passerade de därmed sina gäster i tabellen och ligger nu trea, en poäng efter Leicester.

På annat håll blev ett sent mål av Roberto Firmino avgörande när Liverpool spelade sin 30:e match i rad utan förlust i Premier League.

Innan dess hade nämligen Crystal Palaces Wilfried Zaha lyckats kvittera i mitten av andra halvlek, efter att Londonlaget fått ett mål bortdömt i slutet av första halvlek.

Liverpool tog ledningen efter halvtid genom Sadio Mané, som gjorde sitt åttonde mål på tio matcher i ligan. I och med segern fortsätter Liverpool att toppa den engelska fotbollsligan, åtta poäng före tvåan Leicester som vann borta mot Brighton med 2–0.

Arsenal klarade sig nätt och jämnt undan med ett kryss mot Southampton. Detta efter att Alexandre Lacazette genom sitt andra mål för matchen kvitterat till 2–2 i den sjunde tilläggsminuten.

Läs mer: Mourinho fick drömstart – vann mot West Ham

https://www.dn.se/sport/fotboll/city-vande-i-toppmotet-slog-chelsea/

Liverpool hade redan gjort jobbet och vunnit borta mot Crystal Palace.

Pressen sköts över på Manchester City.

De regerande mästarna fick dock en mardrömsstart i stormötet med Chelsea då N’Golo Kante skickade in gästernas 1-0-mål efter 20 minuters spel på Etihad Stadium. Där och då var City tolv poäng efter serieledaren Liverpool.

Men Pep Guardiolas gäng skulle komma tillbaka. Bara minuter efter kalduschen kvitterade Kevin De Bruyne och innan den första halvleken var över hade Riyad Mahrez dribblat sig in i Chelseas straffområde och iskallt placerat in 2-1.

Chelsea hade imponerat under de första 45 minuterna, men i de efterföljande 45 var det Manchester City för hela slanten. Sergio Agüero fick sånär in 3-1 efter rejält slarv av Chelsea, men avslutet satt klockrent i ribban.

Raheem Sterling trodde sen att han stängt matchen med sitt 3-1-mål på tilläggstid, men målet dömdes bort efter Var-granskning, som visade att stjärnans axel var offside då bollen spelades fram.

Sergio Agüero skadad i Citys seger

Manchester City vann matchen med 2-1 och tog tre minst sagt nödvändiga poäng i jakten på Liverpool. Samtidigt kan Pep Guardiola ha en del bekymmer att handskas med framöver.

Under matchen tvingades han nämligen utföra tre byten på grund av skador, dels Rodri, dels David Silva. Men frågan är om inte bilderna på Sergio Agüero, som haltade av planen med kvarten kvar att spela, oroar spanjoren mest.

Efter matchen ger tränaren en första uppdatering kring argentinaren.

– Jag tror att det är illa med Sergio, säger Guardiola enligt BBC.

Manchester Citys segerorganisatörer Kevin De Bruyne och Riyad Mahrez är nöjda med de tre poängen.

– Det var en svår match, men vi reagerade bra på deras ledningsmål. I de här matcherna är det tre poäng som är det absolut viktigaste. Vi kommer inte alltid att spela på topp, säger Mahrez.

De Bruyne, som bar Manchester Citys offensiv under matchen, fyller i:

– Vi hade ett par chanser i början, men fick inte avsluten på mål. Sen kom vi tillbaka efter deras mål på ett bra sätt och i den andra halvleken var vi stabila. De hade kanske mer boll, men vi skapade de bästa chanserna.

Angående titelkampen:

– Vi bryr oss inte vad som händer andra lag. Liverpool, Leicester, Chelsea… vi måste bara fortsätta jobba. Under de senaste två åren har vi lärt oss att vi måste jobba hårt.

https://twitter.com/JackSear/status/1198315889931833346

https://www.expressen.se/sport/fotboll/premier-league/orovackande-bilder-i-citys-tunga-seger/

Tottenham star Dele Alli will benefit from Jose Mourinho’s guidance as Spurs boss just like Frank Lampard did at Chelsea, according to ex-Blues forward Joe Cole.

Alli has struggled for goals all season, scoring just one from midfield when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge.

It was the Argentine boss who signed Alli and turned him into one of the most promising English talents in the Premier League.

But in recent months, his form has waned, just as Tottenham’s has. And earlier this week, Pochettino was sacked by chairman Daniel Levy.

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1208317/-

Chelsea have been backed to eclipse Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title, as well as being given a chance of winning the Champions League by former player Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Frank Lampard’s young guns have been firing on all cylinders recently, and sit above this evening’s opponents Manchester City in the table.

The Blues look set for a comfortable top four finish, and are expected to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

But ex-England winger and Stamford Bridge favourite Wright-Phillips has challenged his old side to push the boundaries even further this term.

When asked what he considered would be a successful season for Chelsea, Wright-Phillips told Sportingbet: “With the way that Chelsea have started the season, the sky is the limit.

“I do believe that if they can have a strong festive period, there is no reason that they can’t catch up with Liverpool – it is still a long season ahead.

“Saying that, even if they end up finishing in the top four this season, that would still be exceptional.

Lampard has inspired an exceptionally young team to success in his first season in charge
(Image: GETTY)

“With the new manager coming in and the transfer ban, that would be more than most people would have expected at the start of the season.”

Wright-Phillips doesn’t necessarily think the Blues will be limited to domestic success either, giving them an outside chance for Champions League success if things go their way.

“Chelsea have the quality to win the Champions League this season,” he continued.

Read More

Top Chelsea News

“If they get the luck of the draw, they could be in with an outside chance of progressing far in the competition.”

Man City vs Chelsea gets underway from 5:30pm at the Etihad this evening.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-backed-catch-liverpool-win-20942355

Efter SM-guldet 2017 lämnade Jonna Andersson Linköping och damallsvenskan för spel i storklubben Chelsea. Sedan ankomsten har hon spelat en stor roll i det engelska klubblaget. 

Trots att hon nyligen förlorade sitt tröjnummer när klubben värvade storstjärnan Sam Kerr väljer Chelsea nu att förlänga hennes kontrakt. 

– Det betyder jättemycket, det är en väldigt professionell klubb och jag har njutit av mina två år här. Jag är riktigt glad över att stanna till 2022, säger 26-åringen på klubbens hemsida. 

Tränaren Emma Hayes berömmer svenskan: 

– Hon är en intelligent och taktisk spelare och jag hoppas att vi kan utveckla henne ytterligare. Hon har haft en bra start här vilket vi hoppas kunna bygga vidare på och jag är väldigt glad att hon har beslutat att stanna hos oss framöver, säger Hayes till hemsidan.

I Chelsea spelar också landslagskollegan Magdalena Eriksson som nu gör sin första säsong som lagkapten för laget. Chelsea leder just nu ligan och är efter sex spelade omgångar obesegrad. 

https://www.expressen.se/sport/fotboll/skriver-pa-nytt-langt-kontrakt-med-chelsea/


Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will lock horns again in the Premier League after the form Man Utd boss was appointed by Tottenham

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will lock horns again in the Premier League after the form Man Utd boss was appointed by Tottenham (AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed Jose Mourinho as an ‘incredible’ manager following his appointment as Tottenham’s  new boss.

The 56-year-old replaced the outgoing Mauricio Pochettino, less than five months after the Argentine had led the north London club to the Champions League final for the first time in their history, beating City in the quarter finals en route.

Guardiola is confident Mourinho will succeed in his new job, despite the acrimonious end to his Manchester United tenure, but reserved a measure of sympathy for the man he has succeeded.

‘You know him better than me, said the City manager. ‘He was many years here in different clubs. welcome back.

‘An incredible manager and I’m pretty sure he’ll do a good job. I was a little surprised with Mauricio because he had done an incredible job and the club was better.


Man City will look to get their Premier League title defence back on track against Frank Lampard's Chelsea on Saturday

Man City will look to get their Premier League title defence back on track against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

‘Always the managers when they leave it is to know if the club and team are better than when they take over and I think it happened but decisions are made and there is nothing else to say.’

City return to Premier League action on Saturday against Chelsea, who are now Liverpool’s closest challengers, along with Leicester, at the top of the table following the champions 3-1 defeat at Anfield prior to the international break.

Given his lack of experience prior to taking the manager’s role at Chelsea, the club at which he established his reputation as world class midfielder during his playing days, comparisons have been made between Lampard and Guardiola, who enjoyed near unprecedented success at Barcelona as both player and coach.

‘Yeah in those terms it is quite similar,’ he said. ‘You could say a little bit but it is too early. He has been a manager for a year and a half and I am a little longer because I am a little older but he has his future in his hands.

‘From my experience, experience doesn’t count much. I would say that when you know the club it is a good advantage and Lampard knows Chelsea perfectly and everything behind the scenes – media, fans, players – so that is good. When I arrived not many people trusted me, honestly.

‘Few, few people. Maybe the president, sporting director and not many. Maybe Frank was similar at Derby. He didn’t take results and people said he didn’t have experience. At the start when nobody trusts you it is perfect because you win every game – you cannot lose more.

‘The problem is when you have won titles and nothing is enough. In case for Frank, it is perfect, an ideal situation.

‘At the big clubs you have incredible players so it is easier to do a good job in Chelsea or Barcelona than another club. If you work a lot and have patience, the results and success can come.’

MORE: Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren backs Tottenham’s decision to hire Jose Mourinho as Mauricio Pochettino replacement

MORE: How much Jose Mourinho will be paid if he delivers Tottenham Hotspur top-four finish

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/22/pep-guardiola-jose-mourinho-tottenham-11199764/?ito=newsnow-feed

Former Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright Phillips has admitted youngster Mason Mount is “playing like one of the best midfielders in the league” but concedes he will need to continue his excellent start to stay at that level.

New Blues boss Frank Lampard has put his faith in Mount after the 20-year-old starred on loan with him at Derby County last season.

The midfielder has started every single one of Chelsea’s Premier League games so far this season, netting four goals and providing one assist.

His early form has earned him senior international honours with England and Wright-Phillips is clearly a big fan of Mount.

Speaking to sportingbet, he said: “The two Chelsea players that have impressed me most this season have been Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. They’ve both come back from loan spells and grabbed the chance that Frank has given them with both hands.

“Growing up as a young kid, I was always taught that it’s not all the time that you’re going to have chances and if you get your chance you have to be ready to grab it. They’ve both done that tremendously well.

Former Chelsea star Shaun Wright-Phillips has praised Mason Mount
(Image: GETTY)

“I think it is too early to call Mason Mount one of the best midfielders in the Premier League but he is certainly playing like one of the best midfielders in the league.

“He needs to show this level of consistency over a number of years and then we can categorise him in that bracket but he does need time to establish himself. Certainly, he’s been outstanding this season and a delight to watch.

Read More

More must-read Chelsea FC news

“I don’t see too many similarities between Mason Mount and Frank Lampard in terms of playing styles; the main thing that they have in common is their ability to strike a ball. They both hit the ball incredibly cleanly.

“Otherwise, I think Mount is more of a dribbler than Frank, he is happy to take people on, whereas Frank’s main quality was being able to switch the ball – he was dream for the likes of myself, Damien Duff and Arjen Robben as we knew we just had to run and he would find us.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/chelseas-mason-mount-told-what-20935469

avFrida Fagerlund

Jonna Andersson, 26, har etablerat sig i Chelseas startelva.

Nu belönas svenskan med ett nytt kontrakt som sträcker sig till 2022.

– Det betyder väldigt mycket, säger Andersson i ett pressmeddelande.

Chelseas tränare Emma Hayes skräder inte med orden när hon ska beskriva Jonna Andersson.

– Hon är en eftertänksam, intelligent och taktisk spelare som jag nu hoppas kan ta ännu fler kliv, säger Hayes och tillägger:

– Vi vill fortsätta bygga på den starka start hon har haft här i Chelsea och jag är väldigt glad över att hon har gått med på att stanna längre.

”Njuter”

Jonna Andersson, vars nya kontrakt löper ut om tre år, säger att hon är i bättre form av någonsin.

– Jag njuter av att spela lite högre upp i planen. Det är det jag gillar, jag försökte springa upp och ner och hjälpa till i anfallsspelet men inte glömma bort att försvara, säger Andersson.

– Samtidigt känner jag att jag kan utvecklas ännu mer.

”Allt är tuffare”

Mycket har hänt sedan hon först anlände till Chelsea från Linköping.

– Om jag jämför med hur det var när jag kom hit för två år sedan så är allt mycket tuffare. Förut kunde man se skillnad på toppen och botten av ligan, säger Andersson.

– Men när man spelar en ligamatch nu vet man att den kommer bli både tuff och svår.

Londonklubben, som än så länge är obesegrade den här säsongen, toppar just nu WSL-tabellen.

18:08 | 2019-11-21

Härnäst väntar West Ham för Tottenham i Premier League. Inför lördagens match tog José Mourinho, ny tränare i Tottenham efter nyligen sparkade Mauricio Pochettino, tillfället i akt att under en tidvis munter presskonferens inte bara förklara varför han är lämpad att ta sig an laget och hur han ska göra det – utan passade också på att hylla sin företrädare.

Jag måste gratulera honom för det arbete han genomfört, sade Mourinho och fortsatte:

Den här klubben kommer alltid att vara hans hem. Han är alltid välkommen tillbaka.

Lärt sig av misstag

José Mourinho sparkades av Manchester United för elva månader sedan, efter en dålig start på säsongen. Under presskonferensen poängterade tränaren att han efter det har tagit sig tid för att reflektera och analysera.

Jag kommer att göra nya misstag. Jag kommer att vara starkare. Ur ett känslomässigt perspektiv är jag avslappnad, motiverad och redo och jag tror att spelarna har känt av det de två senaste dagarna, sade han.

Tottenham ligger just nu på 14:e plats i Premier League, men enligt Mourinho har laget stor förbättringspotential. Lite av det hoppas han kommer att synas i mötet med West Ham, även om han belyser problematiken med att kliva in som ny tränare mitt under säsongen.

Jag kan inte komma hit och tro att jag ska ändra saker jag inte har erfarenhet av efter två eller fyra dagar. Jag måste lita på grunden, och grunden har lagts tidigare. Jag ser det mer som att vi kan göra en uppgradering, inte en förändring, sade han på presskonferensen enligt Sky Sports.

Spelarna hans julklapp

Samtidigt som Mourinho flera gånger lyfte sin egen ödmjukhet inför uppdraget och berömde spelarna i Tottenham så till den grad att han kallade dem ”julklappar”, lyste självförtroendet igenom. Han konstaterade bland annat att han aldrig förlorat en final i Champions League och hävdade även att Tottenham kan vinna Premier League, inte den här säsongen, men nästa.

Han lovade även att han inte är ”Mr Chelsea”, utan beskrev sig själv som en man med hjärta för många klubbar.

Chelsea ligger i det förflutna. Ett bra förflutet, men fortfarande, det förflutna, sade han.

Rättat: I en tidigare version fanns ett felaktigt årtal i faktarutan. Rätt ska vara 2015.

Fakta

Fakta: José Mourinho

Född: 26 januari 1963 i Setúbal, Portugal.

Klubbar som tränare: Benfica 2000, União de Leiria 2001–2002, Porto 2002–2004, Chelsea 2004–2007, 2013–2015, Inter 2008–2010, Real Madrid 2010–2013, Manchester United 2016–2018, Tottenham 2019–.

Meriter: 25 titlar totalt varav två i Champions League, med Porto 2004 och Inter 2010. Ligatitlar i Portugal, England, Italien och Spanien.

https://www.eposten.se/sport/mourinho-jag-ar-inte-mr-chelsea-unt5456655.aspx

18:08 | 2019-11-21

Härnäst väntar West Ham för Tottenham i Premier League. Inför lördagens match tog José Mourinho, ny tränare i Tottenham efter nyligen sparkade Mauricio Pochettino, tillfället i akt att under en tidvis munter presskonferens inte bara förklara varför han är lämpad att ta sig an laget och hur han ska göra det – utan passade också på att hylla sin företrädare.

Jag måste gratulera honom för det arbete han genomfört, sade Mourinho och fortsatte:

Den här klubben kommer alltid att vara hans hem. Han är alltid välkommen tillbaka.

Lärt sig av misstag

José Mourinho sparkades av Manchester United för elva månader sedan, efter en dålig start på säsongen. Under presskonferensen poängterade tränaren att han efter det har tagit sig tid för att reflektera och analysera.

Jag kommer att göra nya misstag. Jag kommer att vara starkare. Ur ett känslomässigt perspektiv är jag avslappnad, motiverad och redo och jag tror att spelarna har känt av det de två senaste dagarna, sade han.

Tottenham ligger just nu på 14:e plats i Premier League, men enligt Mourinho har laget stor förbättringspotential. Lite av det hoppas han kommer att synas i mötet med West Ham, även om han belyser problematiken med att kliva in som ny tränare mitt under säsongen.

Jag kan inte komma hit och tro att jag ska ändra saker jag inte har erfarenhet av efter två eller fyra dagar. Jag måste lita på grunden, och grunden har lagts tidigare. Jag ser det mer som att vi kan göra en uppgradering, inte en förändring, sade han på presskonferensen enligt Sky Sports.

Spelarna hans julklapp

Samtidigt som Mourinho flera gånger lyfte sin egen ödmjukhet inför uppdraget och berömde spelarna i Tottenham så till den grad att han kallade dem ”julklappar”, lyste självförtroendet igenom. Han konstaterade bland annat att han aldrig förlorat en final i Champions League och hävdade även att Tottenham kan vinna Premier League, inte den här säsongen, men nästa.

Han lovade även att han inte är ”Mr Chelsea”, utan beskrev sig själv som en man med hjärta för många klubbar.

Chelsea ligger i det förflutna. Ett bra förflutet, men fortfarande, det förflutna, sade han.

Rättat: I en tidigare version fanns ett felaktigt årtal i faktarutan. Rätt ska vara 2015.

Fakta

Fakta: José Mourinho

Född: 26 januari 1963 i Setúbal, Portugal.

Klubbar som tränare: Benfica 2000, União de Leiria 2001–2002, Porto 2002–2004, Chelsea 2004–2007, 2013–2015, Inter 2008–2010, Real Madrid 2010–2013, Manchester United 2016–2018, Tottenham 2019–.

Meriter: 25 titlar totalt varav två i Champions League, med Porto 2004 och Inter 2010. Ligatitlar i Portugal, England, Italien och Spanien.

https://www.vt.se/sport/mourinho-jag-ar-inte-mr-chelsea-om6394727.aspx

18:08 | 2019-11-21

Härnäst väntar West Ham för Tottenham i Premier League. Inför lördagens match tog José Mourinho, ny tränare i Tottenham efter nyligen sparkade Mauricio Pochettino, tillfället i akt att under en tidvis munter presskonferens inte bara förklara varför han är lämpad att ta sig an laget och hur han ska göra det – utan passade också på att hylla sin företrädare.

Jag måste gratulera honom för det arbete han genomfört, sade Mourinho och fortsatte:

Den här klubben kommer alltid att vara hans hem. Han är alltid välkommen tillbaka.

Lärt sig av misstag

José Mourinho sparkades av Manchester United för elva månader sedan, efter en dålig start på säsongen. Under presskonferensen poängterade tränaren att han efter det har tagit sig tid för att reflektera och analysera.

Jag kommer att göra nya misstag. Jag kommer att vara starkare. Ur ett känslomässigt perspektiv är jag avslappnad, motiverad och redo och jag tror att spelarna har känt av det de två senaste dagarna, sade han.

Tottenham ligger just nu på 14:e plats i Premier League, men enligt Mourinho har laget stor förbättringspotential. Lite av det hoppas han kommer att synas i mötet med West Ham, även om han belyser problematiken med att kliva in som ny tränare mitt under säsongen.

Jag kan inte komma hit och tro att jag ska ändra saker jag inte har erfarenhet av efter två eller fyra dagar. Jag måste lita på grunden, och grunden har lagts tidigare. Jag ser det mer som att vi kan göra en uppgradering, inte en förändring, sade han på presskonferensen enligt Sky Sports.

Spelarna hans julklapp

Samtidigt som Mourinho flera gånger lyfte sin egen ödmjukhet inför uppdraget och berömde spelarna i Tottenham så till den grad att han kallade dem ”julklappar”, lyste självförtroendet igenom. Han konstaterade bland annat att han aldrig förlorat en final i Champions League och hävdade även att Tottenham kan vinna Premier League, inte den här säsongen, men nästa.

Han lovade även att han inte är ”Mr Chelsea”, utan beskrev sig själv som en man med hjärta för många klubbar.

Chelsea ligger i det förflutna. Ett bra förflutet, men fortfarande, det förflutna, sade han.

Rättat: I en tidigare version fanns ett felaktigt årtal i faktarutan. Rätt ska vara 2015.

Fakta

Fakta: José Mourinho

Född: 26 januari 1963 i Setúbal, Portugal.

Klubbar som tränare: Benfica 2000, União de Leiria 2001–2002, Porto 2002–2004, Chelsea 2004–2007, 2013–2015, Inter 2008–2010, Real Madrid 2010–2013, Manchester United 2016–2018, Tottenham 2019–.

Meriter: 25 titlar totalt varav två i Champions League, med Porto 2004 och Inter 2010. Ligatitlar i Portugal, England, Italien och Spanien.

https://www.nt.se/om6394727

Dedryck Boyata wearing Michy Batshuayi's shirt during Belgium vs Russia
Dedryck Boyata wearing Michy Batshuayi's shirt during Belgium vs Russia

Belgium have been charged by UEFA after Dedryck Boyata wore Michy Batshuayi’s shirt for part of their European Qualifier against Russia on Saturday.

Boyata, who was officially named on the team sheet as No 4, appeared for the second half with the correctly numbered shorts but combined with Batshuayi’s No 23 top.

November 23, 2019, 5:00pm

Live on

Players sometimes change into a fresh shirt at half-time and Sky Sports News has been told that Boyata mistakenly picked up the wrong one in the changing room.

The error was not spotted by Belgium’s backroom staff until some time after the teams kicked off and the former Celtic and Manchester City defender only switched back to his assigned number in the 57th minute.


4:00
Highlights of the Euro 2020 qualifier between Russia and Belgium

The Belgian FA has been charged under article 43 (1) of the competition regulations which state: ’Before each match, each team shall indicate in the relevant match sheet the numbers, full names, dates of birth and, if applicable, shirt names of the 23 players in the squad’.

Belgium have also been handed a ’delayed kick-off’ charge relating to the same game but there is no confirmation whether this is related to the shirt error.

Dedryck Boyata in his regular No 4 shirt Dedryck Boyata in his regular No 4 shirt

Batshuayi later joked about the error on his twitter account by posting a picture of Boyata in the kit with the caption ”happy to have realised this kid’s dream.”

And the Chelsea striker also responded to Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour’s message on Twitter regarding the charge with a ”for real? Come on now…”


Soccer Saturday Super 6

FREE TO PLAY: The Premier League returns, with all six games featuring in Saturday’s £250,000 round.

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/29908/11866215/dedryck-boyata-and-michy-batshuayi-shirt-mix-up-belgium-charged-by-uefa


Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic has been in great form for Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

Christian Pulisic is a major doubt for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday as he continues recovery from a hip injury.

The American could not play in his country’s fixtures against Canada and Cuba over the international break, staying in London instead.

USA manager Gregg Berhalter said ahead of those matches in the CONCACAF Nations League: ‘Christian is officially at this stage ruled out.

‘We just got that information. This was a collaborative decision with the club looking after the best interest of the player

‘These decisions are always difficult because this group and the coaching staff want nothing more than to have Christian here, but it was a risk we weren’t willing to take at this time.’

Pulisic also tweeted ahead of the Canada clash: ”Good luck to the @USMNT tonight against Canada! Really sad that I’ve had to sit out these important games because of injury but I’ll be supporting from London. Let’s get the W.’

The 21-year-old was substituted in Chelsea’s last match, the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, which manager Frank Lampard played down at the time.

‘The only frustration is he comes off with a bit of an injury,’ said Lampard. ‘He was going to be subbed before he scored his goal, he’s got a bit of a hip issue, but I’m hoping it’s not too bad because the way he’s in full flow at the moment is great to see.’

Pulisic has been in superb form of late for Chelsea, scoring five goals in his last three Premier League games including a memorable hat-trick against Burnley.

The Sun are reporting that he will not be available for the trip to the Etihad on Saturday, although Chelsea are yet to confirm this and Lampard may be tempted to risk one of his form players against the champions.

MORE: Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta sends best wishes to new Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

MORE: Ashley Cole shocked by ‘Chelsea man’ Jose Mourinho joining Tottenham

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/21/christian-pulisic-hip-injury-leaves-major-doubt-chelseas-trip-man-city-11193045/?ito=newsnow-feed

Under kvällen spelades ny gruppspelsomgång av den engelska ligacupen. Både Amanda Nildéns Brighton and Hove Albion samt Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Erikssons Chelsea var i farten och bägge lagen tog stora segrar.

Nildén blev matchens första målskytt när Brighton till slut komfortabelt kunde slå London Bees med klara 5-0 på bortaplan. Svenskan skruvade läckert in bollen från kanten av straffområdet och fick in bollen via stolpen en stund innan halvtid, vilket betydde 1-0 i paus. Segern var Brightons tredje på fyra matcher i gruppspelet av ligacupen, vilket tar de upp på åtta poäng och ledning i Grupp B innan tvåan och trean Arsenal och Bristol möter varandra på torsdagen.

Chelsea hade en nästan lika stor seger när de vann med klara 5-1 mot Tottenham. Både Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Eriksson spelade hela matchen och Eriksson var inblandad i ett av målen, när hon slog en frispark i ribban som Bethany England kunde stöta in returen på. Vinsten var Chelseas fjärde raka, vilket också tar laget vidare till kvartsfinal av turneringen.

Lotta Ökvists Manchester United spelar sin fjärde match i cupen först på torsdagen, när de tar emot Leicester.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/nilden-malskytt-for-brighton-i-ligacupen--svenskornas-chelsea-enkelt-vidare/

Under kvällen spelades ny gruppspelsomgång av den engelska ligacupen. Både Amanda Nildéns Brighton and Hove Albion samt Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Erikssons Chelsea var i farten och bägge lagen tog stora segrar.

Nildén blev matchens första målskytt när Brighton till slut komfortabelt kunde slå London Bees med klara 5-0 på bortaplan. Svenskan skruvade läckert in bollen från kanten av straffområdet och fick in bollen via stolpen en stund innan halvtid, vilket betydde 1-0 i paus. Segern var Brightons tredje på fyra matcher i gruppspelet av ligacupen, vilket tar de upp på åtta poäng och ledning i Grupp B innan tvåan och trean Arsenal och Bristol möter varandra på torsdagen.

Chelsea hade en nästan lika stor seger när de vann med klara 5-1 mot Tottenham. Både Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Eriksson spelade hela matchen och Eriksson var inblandad i ett av målen, när hon slog en frispark i ribban som Bethany England kunde stöta in returen på. Vinsten var Chelseas fjärde raka, vilket också tar laget vidare till kvartsfinal av turneringen.

Lotta Ökvists Manchester United spelar sin fjärde match i cupen först på torsdagen, när de tar emot Leicester.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/nilden-malskytt-for-brighton-i-ligacupen--svenskornas-chelsea-enkelt-vidare/

Under kvällen spelades ny gruppspelsomgång av den engelska ligacupen. Både Amanda Nildéns Brighton and Hove Albion samt Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Erikssons Chelsea var i farten och bägge lagen tog stora segrar.

Nildén blev matchens första målskytt när Brighton till slut komfortabelt kunde slå London Bees med klara 5-0 på bortaplan. Svenskan skruvade läckert in bollen från kanten av straffområdet och fick in bollen via stolpen en stund innan halvtid, vilket betydde 1-0 i paus. Segern var Brightons tredje på fyra matcher i gruppspelet av ligacupen, vilket tar de upp på åtta poäng och ledning i Grupp B innan tvåan och trean Arsenal och Bristol möter varandra på torsdagen.

Chelsea hade en nästan lika stor seger när de vann med klara 5-1 mot Tottenham. Både Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Eriksson spelade hela matchen och Eriksson var inblandad i ett av målen, när hon slog en frispark i ribban som Bethany England kunde stöta in returen på. Vinsten var Chelseas fjärde raka, vilket också tar laget vidare till kvartsfinal av turneringen.

Lotta Ökvists Manchester United spelar sin fjärde match i cupen först på torsdagen, när de tar emot Leicester.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/nilden-malskytt-for-brighton-i-ligacupen--svenskornas-chelsea-enkelt-vidare/

https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/chelsea/11865501/joses-best-presser-moments

Under kvällen spelades ny gruppspelsomgång av den engelska ligacupen. Både Amanda Nildéns Brighton and Hove Albion samt Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Erikssons Chelsea var i farten och bägge lagen tog stora segrar.

Nildén blev matchens första målskytt när Brighton till slut komfortabelt kunde slå London Bees med klara 5-0 på bortaplan. Svenskan skruvade läckert in bollen från kanten av straffområdet och fick in bollen via stolpen en stund innan halvtid, vilket betydde 1-0 i paus. Segern var Brightons tredje på fyra matcher i gruppspelet av ligacupen, vilket tar de upp på åtta poäng och ledning i Grupp B innan tvåan och trean Arsenal och Bristol möter varandra på torsdagen.

Chelsea hade en nästan lika stor seger när de vann med klara 5-1 mot Tottenham. Både Jonna Andersson och Magdalena Eriksson spelade hela matchen och Eriksson var inblandad i ett av målen, när hon slog en frispark i ribban som Bethany England kunde stöta in returen på. Vinsten var Chelseas fjärde raka, vilket också tar laget vidare till kvartsfinal av turneringen.

Lotta Ökvists Manchester United spelar sin fjärde match i cupen först på torsdagen, när de tar emot Leicester.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/nilden-malskytt-for-brighton-i-ligacupen--svenskornas-chelsea-enkelt-vidare/


Belgium star Eden Hazard makes Chelsea prediction

The Belgium star has been impressed by the work Frank Lampard has done (Picture: Getty)

Eden Hazard believes Chelsea’s young side are capable of pulling off an upset when they take on Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday evening.

The west Londoners’ first game back after the international break is a very testing trip to the Etihad Stadium, where they lost 6-0 on their last visit back in February under Maurizio Sarri.

But Frank Lampard’s young side are flying at the moment and currently sit a place and a point higher than City in the table.


Eden Hazard looks downcast as Chelsea are hammered by Man City

Chelsea were hammered on their last Etihad visit and lost the Carabao Cup final to City (Getty)

Hazard has spoken highly of Lampard’s impact at Stamford Bridge already and he believes Chelsea’s young, fearless side can go to the Etihad with genuine hopes of getting the win.

Asked if Chelsea can beat City, Hazard told Sky Sports: ‘Of course I think so. It’s not going to be easy. It’s hard to play there.

‘Last time we played them we lost 6-0, so bad memories for me and for Chelsea as well.

‘But I think this season they are really good. They are really young, but they are really good, so why not go there and win the game?

‘When I watch them, no Hazard but it’s a party! They can score, they score a lot of goals, the fans are happy, they are third in the league, so it’s going to be a great season. They just need to stay there, win games and that’s it.’

Hazard is currently on international duty with Belgium, who take on Cyprus in their final group game on Tuesday having already qualified for Euro 2020.

England also booked their place in the tournament and will be seeded in Pot 1 for the draw after scoring 38 goals in qualifying, and Hazard believes the Three Lions will be one of the main contenders next summer.


Eden Hazard celebrates scoring in Belgium;s win over Russia

Belgium beat Russia to secure their place at Euro 2020 with Hazard scoring (Picture: Getty)

Asked if he sees England as one of the favourites, Hazard continued: ‘Yeah definitely. I think they are quite similar to Belgium, they have experienced guys with young players – especially Chelsea players!

‘But I think they are very good, so top players, they can score every time, in defence they are good, in midfield they are good. So I hope for Belgium if we play them in the Euros we can beat them, but it’s not going to be easy.’

MORE: John Terry pulled plug on Chelsea’s move for Sergio Aguero before he joined Manchester City

MORE: Didier Drogba snubbed Chelsea coaching offer to pursue top Ivorian FA job

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/19/eden-hazard-chelsea-manchester-city-premier-league-11179118/?ito=newsnow-feed


Former Chelsea defender John Terry

It was suggested that Terry hadn’t been impressed by Aguero’s movement (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea captain John Terry has rubbished suggestions he told his old club not to sign Sergio Aguero shortly before the Argentine striker made his move to Manchester City.

Aguero has been prolific in front of goal ever since moving to England and sits in sixth place in the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorers chart with 173 goals in 250 appearances.

However, things could have been very different had Chelsea followed through on their interest in Aguero a decade ago, having enquired about the forward several times.


Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Chelsea defender John Terry

Aguero moved to Man City in 2011 and hasn’t stopped scoring since (Picture: Getty)

But a recent article in The Athletic claims skipper Terry held enormous influence at the time and gave a less than flattering appraisal of Aguero to Chelsea’s hierarchy.

The defender was not overly impressed by the then Atletico Madrid forward’s movement – despite scoring twice against him in the Champions League – and favoured a move for Valencia’s David Villa.

But Terry has hit back at the claims he effectively vetoed the deal on social media, posting on his Instagram story: ‘Where do these get the stories from?

‘If they bothered calling players’ agents it would solve an awful lot of nonsense!’

In the end, Chelsea signed neither Aguero nor Villa and had to settle for Daniel Sturridge, who arrived somewhat ironically from City in a £5million deal.

Aguero will get another opportunity to highlight the error Chelsea made in not signing him when the two sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.


John Terry responds to claim he blocked Chelsea's move for Sergio Aguero

Terry insists he did not block Aguero’s move (Picture: Instagram / @johnterry.26)

The 31-year-old has scored 15 goals against the west Londoners in the Premier League – there is no side in the division he has been more prolific against – and bagged a hat-trick the last time they met in the league in a 6-0 victory for the hosts.

Aguero has won the Premier League title four times since joining City, as well as the FA Cup, and needs just two more goals to equal Thierry Henry in the all-time scorers list.

MORE: Chelsea warn Jody Morris about social media conduct after mocking of Jose Mourinho

MORE: Eden Hazard backs Chelsea to beat Manchester City in Saturday’s Premier League clash

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/19/john-terry-responds-sergio-aguero-chelsea-block-transfer-manchester-city-11180655/?ito=newsnow-feed


Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero

The Argentine striker came very close to moving to Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea were working on a deal to bring Sergio Aguero to the Premier League before he joined Manchester City only for skipper John Terry to advise against signing him.

The Argentine striker moved to Manchester in 2011 and has been one of the division’s all-time most prolific players, scoring 173 goals – he is just two goals behind Thierry Henry in sixth place, and four behind Frank Lampard.

He has helped City win four Premier League titles and the FA Cup, but he very nearly moved to Stamford Bridge instead of the Etihad.


Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates his first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium

Only five players have scored more Premier League goals than Aguero (Picture: Getty)

According to The Athletic, Chelsea made their first enquiry for Aguero two years before he joined City, though were initially put off by the transfer fee and salary demands.

Negotiations resumed while Carlo Ancelotti was in charge, but captain Terry – who, along with a number of key personnel at the time, wielded a huge amount of influence – vetoed the deal.

Terry was reportedly not a huge fan of the diminutive Argentine having played against him twice in the Champions League.

The English centre-back is said to have been unimpressed by Aguero’s movement and passed on his critique to Chelsea’s hierarchy.

He also suggested that the club should sign David Villa – who was still at Valencia at the time – ahead of Aguero and even namechecked the Spaniard after winning the FA Cup Final in 2009.


Chelsea defender John Terry battles with Sergio Aguero

Terry had not been overly impressed by Aguero when they faced off in Europe (Picture: Getty)

But Villa moved to Barcelona, winning the Champions League, while Chelsea’s interest in Aguero cooled after Terry’s assessment – though they did try and sign him again before he opted for City.

Ironically, Aguero had scored twice against a Terry-led Chelsea defence with Atletico before moving to City and has been prolific against the west Londoners ever since, scoring 15 times against the Blues in 18 appearances – there is no side in the Premier League he has scored more times against.

MORE: Chelsea fines list shows just how strict Frank Lampard is with his young squad

MORE: Chelsea warn Jody Morris about social media conduct after mocking of Jose Mourinho

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/18/john-terry-chelsea-sergio-aguero-transfer-manchester-city-11173463/?ito=newsnow-feed

Eden Hazard’s incredible talent on the ball made him a must-start player at Chelsea, but that ability wasn’t matched by work rate on the training pitch, says John Obi Mikel.

The Belgian international was the star man in west London, spending seven years at Stamford Bridge before moving to Real Madrid in June.

His dribbling, eye for goal and consistency all made Hazard the team’s most vital performer – but that was in stark contrast to his efforts at the Cobham Training Centre, where his lack of application was noted by midfielder Mikel. That said, he was still full of enormous praise for the attacker’s all-round quality.

Download the new Indpendent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

The Nigerian spent five years in the same side as Hazard, who has just now started to find form at his new club after a start marred by fitness concerns.

“The laziest player I have played alongside is Eden Hazard,” Mikel told BeIN Sports.

“He didn’t like to train hard. While we were working he was waiting for us to finish training just standing there. But on Sundays he was always man of the match, it was unbelievable.

“Hazard has an incredible talent, maybe not as good as [Lionel] Messi, but he can do whatever he wants with the ball at his feet.”

At the other end of the scale to Hazard’s work rate, Mikel named Frank Lampard as the hardest-working team-mate he has played alongside.

Mikel departed Chelsea in 2017, continuing his career with short spells in China and with Middlesbrough, before moving to Turkey with Trabzonspor in the summer.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/eden-hazard-chelsea-news-real-madrid-transfer-john-obi-mikel-a9206931.html

18:57 | 2019-11-17

Svenska landslagsduon Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson fortsätter att rada upp vinster i Chelsea.

Hemma mot Super League-nykomlingen Manchester United satt det långt inne – men till slut blev det en fjärde raka seger för London-laget, den här gången med 1–0.

Matchens enda mål kom efter 65 minuter på straffspark. Detta efter att Manchester Uniteds mittback Millie Turner med en vårdslös glidtackling skickat ned Francesca Kirby i gräset. Fram klev norska högerbacken Maren Mjelde som via handsken på målvakten Mary Earps satte bollen i nätmaskorna.

Artikelbild

|

Magdalena Eriksson, här i landslaget, ledde sitt Chelsea till en ny seger. Arkivbild.

Upp i serieledning

Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson spelade hela matchen i Chelseas försvarslinje och höll tätt resterande minuter. Vinsten gör att laget tar tillbaka serieledningen från Manchester City med en poängs marginal.

Svenska försvararen Lotta Ökvist satt på bänken för Manchester United utan att få göra ett inhopp.

4 790 åskådare var på plats på för att se matchen på Cherry Red Records Stadium i sydvästra London. Publiksiffran bleknade dock i jämförelse med den som Tottenham kunde presentera senare på dagen hemma mot lokalrivalen Arsenal.

Publikrekord i derbyt

Hela 38 262 personer kom till Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, där klubbens herrlag vanligtvis spelar, och såg Arsenal vinna med 2–0. Detta efter mål av skotskan Kim Little och nederländska stjärnan Vivianne Miedema.

Åskådarantalet innebar ett nytt publikrekord i Women’s Super League (WSL), det tidigare låg på 31 213 från när Manchester City tog emot Manchester United i säsongens öppningsmatch.

Samtidigt attraherade även ett annat derby, högre upp i landet, storpublik när 23 500 åskådare såg Everton besegra Liverpool med 1–0 på Anfield.

https://www.unt.se/sport/publikrekord-i-wsl-chelsea-kvar-i-topp-5453596.aspx

The latest headlines in your inbox

Mateo Kovacic has hailed Frank Lampard’s leadership skills following a fine start to life as Chelsea manager.

Lampard’s reign got off to a rocky start on the opening day of the Premier League season with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, but the Blues have rallied since then to collect eight wins from their opening 12 games.

Chelsea now sit third in the table – a point ahead of champions Manchester City – while Lampard has won plaudits for blooding in a number of academy graduates, with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount making their mark as regular starters.

Given Lampard’s hero status as the club’s all-time top goalscorer, and with the club currently dealing with a Fifa transfer ban, the 41-year-old was always likely to have been an extended grace period with the 2019/20 season viewed as a transition year for the club.

However, such an impressive start is no surprise to midfielder Kovacic, who sees Lampard’s potential to become a top coach up close in training every day.

Regarding Lampard’s start, Kovacic told the club’s website: ”It’s been nice, nice of course. Now I see why he was such a great player. His mentality is really strong.

”That’s what he wants to bring to us: to have a strong mentality, a winning mentality. He always won a lot of trophies.

”He has a great connection with every player. He is a great guy, he likes to joke, he likes to laugh. He’s the perfect teacher for us.

”We need to learn from him, and for now we are enjoying it, he is as well enjoying it, so it’s a nice connection.

‘Now the moment is good, when the tough moments come it will be a test for us and for him, but we need to keep training as we are doing.

”We are working really hard. Four months he has been here, and every training was hard, and that’s important being at such a great club like Chelsea.”

Comments

{{#comments}}

{{/comments}}
{{^comments}}

{{/comments}}

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/why-frank-lampard-is-the-perfect-teacher-for-chelsea-a4289031.html

Nyhetskategorier

League table powered by WhatstheScore.com

League table powered by WhatstheScore.com

Chelsea FC på facebook