Lampard explains frustration in ‘twitchy’ Chelsea win over Lille

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admitted there will be “bumps in the road” as the Blues lost composure in the second half of their 2-1 win over Lille which saw them through to the last 16.

Tammy Abraham opened the scoring for the home side, tapping in after an excellent team move, before Cesar Azpilicueta doubled their lead before half-time. Read more

Even giddy, green Chelsea cannot halt English march…

Little more than four years ago, John Cross of the Daily Mirror was urging Liverpool fans to cheer on Manchester United in the Champions League as there was a real fear that England would lose its fourth place trophy; the previous season, Liverpool had dropped out at the group stage and the Premier League’s other three representatives had only cleared one more hurdle. Read more

Kovacic reveals touching message behind ‘silly’ Chelsea celebration

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has revealed his ‘silly gesture’ goal celebration is for his two nieces, one of whom has Down’s syndrome.

Kovacic, who signed for Chelsea on-loan in the summer of 2018 before making the move permanent in the summer, failed to score throughout the entirety of last season. Read more

Lille boss clears Chelsea’s path to UCL last 16 with ‘rested side’

Lille gaffer Christophe Galtier has revealed he will be playing a ‘rested side’ for French club’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League tonight.

Chelsea need a result to guarantee a spot in the last 16 of the competition with Valencia and Ajax hot on the heels of the Blues. Read more

F365’s early loser: Frank Lampard’s flimsy Chelsea

I won’t profess to know anything about how a Premier League manager scouts an opponent. My experience is limited to an assistant sending me an e-mail on the eve of the match, informing me that this team plays on the counter-attack with fast strikers. I drag my ‘defensive line’ marker to ‘deep’, nod sagely, rename myself Arrigo Sacchi and reload the game after suffering a 5-0 defeat. Read more

Report identifies five Chelsea targets as Lampard handed £150m war chest

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will reportedly be handed £150million to strengthen his squad in January after their transfer ban was overturned by sport’s appeal court in Switzerland.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport partially upheld their case by reducing the transfer ban to one window rather than two, meaning the club has now served its punishment in full. Read more

Chelsea boss Lampard allays Abraham injury fear, provides update on RLC

Frank Lampard has allayed injury fears surrounding Tammy Abraham, with the Chelsea striker considered to be “alright” after coming off in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

The England international striker had only just returned from a hip injury and was withdrawn seven minutes from time, on this occasion with a knee complaint, but Lampard claims it was merely a precaution. Read more