Frank Lampard backs Chelsea stars to deliver Champions League football with top four finish

first_imgFrank Lampard backs Chelsea stars to deliver Champions League football with top four finish Coral BarryFriday 27 Sep 2019 1:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Advertisement Lampard isn’t worried about Chelsea’s top four credentials (Picture: Getty)Frank Lampard has predicted Chelsea will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season despite a difficult start to their campaign.Chelsea are yet to win at home under Lampard and sit in eleventh place in the table, three points off the final Champions League spot.With Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United all vying for a place in the Champions League, Lampard was asked if he saw any reason why Chelsea wouldn’t finish in the top four.He replied: ‘Of course not. I think from the way that we have played and there are lots of moments where we have showed confidence. We’ll have to push, because of all these teams.’ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea are yet to win at home in the Premier League under Lampard (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have won just twice in the league this season, against relegation battlers Wolves and Norwich, and appear to be feeling the effects of being unable to sign any new players during the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementLampard has placed his faith in Chelsea’s young stars, with academy graduates Tammy Abraham (7) and Mason Mount (3) currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts. Chelsea v Brighton: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:28FullscreenChelsea v Brighton: Frank Lampard press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/chelsea-v-brighton-frank-lampard-press-conference-2014878/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.center_img More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChelsea have already suffered defeats to league leaders Liverpool and top four rivals United, but Lampard insists his targets for the Blues have not changed.‘No [my targets] haven’t, and it’s always hard to set out your ambitions at the start [of the season]. Lampard is backing his young stars to deliver Champions League football (Picture: Getty)‘It might be two months, but we haven’t played many games. That’s the way with a stop start season with the international games.‘There’s a long way to go. Of course there’s a gap between us and Liverpool and City, which many people predicted.‘It’s come earlier than we expected, but look at the other teams around us. Arsenal, Man Utd – we understand we’re in and amongst it.‘Having seen the young players, I’m as confident as I was before. We want to be competitive and get into the top four.’MORE: Chelsea made ‘unofficial’ move for Mauricio Pochettino before appointing Frank LampardMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Other Sports Australia’s Graham Reid set to be appointed India’s new men’s hockey coach

first_img New Delhi: Australian Graham Reid is set to be named the Indian men’s hockey team chief coach till the 2022 World Cup after the national federation and the Sports Authority of India gave their go-ahead to fill the position lying vacant for nearly three months. Reid’s name was finalised in a meeting between Hockey India and SAI officials on Tuesday. He was picked over a number of candidates, including Jay Stacy, another Australian and a three-time Olympic medallist.Reid’s name has been forwarded to the Sports Ministry for final approval and according to a source in the ministry, an official announcement would be made by the end of this week.”Reid’s contract is expected to be till 2022 but as has been the case in the past, the NSF will review his performance after every tournament,” the source told PTI. Australian Graham Reid is set to be named the Indian men’s hockey team.He was picked over a number of candidates including Jay Stacy.Reid is expected to draw a salary of USD 12,000 per month. The Indian men’s team is without a chief coach after the unceremonious sacking of Harendra Singh in January following a less-than-impressive quarterfinal exit at the World Cup in Bhubaneswar last year. A veteran of 130 international matches, Reid was a member of the Australian team that won the silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. A disciple of the legendary Ric Charlesworth, Reid was his assistant in the Australian team for five years before being elevated to the top position in 2014. He was Australia’s coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics but quit after the Kookaburras failed to finish on the podium. In 2017, Reid took up the post of head coach of his former club Amsterdam as well as assistant coach of the Netherlands team. But earlier this month, he was dismissed as Amsterdam coach following which speculations started about him taking up the India job. The ministry official said that Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who returned to the national capital on Tuesday night after campaigning in Rajasthan for the upcoming general election, will give his nod by this week.”The Sports Minister is very busy with the general elections and a decision in this regard is expected to be taken at the Sports Secretary level after discussions with the Minister,” the official said.”But from our side, Reid’s appointment is now just a formality as we always go by the recommendations of the National Sports Federations and SAI in this matter,” he added. Even though Reid would be given a long rope till 2022, a federation source said qualifying for next year’s Tokyo Olympics would be the Australian’s biggest test and his future with India would depend on it.Reid is expected to draw a salary of USD 12,000 per month. Once finalised, Reid is expected to join next month after the conclusion of the ongoing Azlan Shah Cup, where India is playing under High-Performance Director David John and analytical coach Chris Ciriello both of whom are also Australian. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Spotlight on the £10m starlet Liverpool could sign ahead of Man United

first_img1 Sane celebrates scoring a goal for Schalke but he could well be on the move soon to the Premier League Video evidence: talkSPORT’s transfer spotlight focues on Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane, who has been linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United.Name: Leroy SaneDate of Birth: 11th January 1996Birthplace: Essen, GermanyPosition: Right Winger/ Attacking MidfielderClub: Schalke 04International appearances: One (Germany)What’s the latest?German media are reporting that Liverpool have made a £10 million bid for Leroy Sane as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad in January, with the versatile German teenager one of his transfer targets. Klopp has few options on the right wing outside of Jordon Ibe and, though raw, 19-year-old Sane plays primarily in that position and has undoubted talent. But the alleged bid came amid reports from the English press that Manchester United have previously sent scouts to watch the youngster. United manager Louis Van Gaal, who has lost Antonio Valencia to long-term injury, has complained that his side have lacked pace in recent weeks and a move for the speedy Sane would certainly help to remedy that. Did you know?1. Sane made his international debut this season, aged just 19, coming off the bench in his country’s 2-0 defeat to France.2. He comes from a sporting family; Sane’s father is former Schalke and Senegal forward Souleyman Sane and his mother is former German rhythmic gymnast Regina Weber.3. Sane scored against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu after coming on as a substitute for Schalke for his Champions League debut. Schalke won the game 4-3 but lost the tie 5-4 on aggregate.4. Though he has only made 26 Bundesliga appearances at time of writing under Schalke manager Andre Breitenreiter, he has seven goals and is clearly highly regarded in his homeland enough to be fast-tracked to the national team.5. Sane made his debut under former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo and is now a key member of a youthful Schalke side.6. He was involved in a serious car accident in which he wrote off a €100,000 Mercedes and Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt has said the player is understandably yet to mature.He says: “I trust my instincts, it has worked every time so far”“I never wanted to be an astronaut… When I was 16 or 17, I didn’t go to parties. I had only one hobby – the ball.”“You shouldn’t drink two litres of Coca Cola every day… My favourite meal is Penne Carbonara – that’s good for an athlete, right?” They say:“He has a way of playing that can make all the difference. He isn’t put off if things aren’t going as expected; even if he loses the ball, he can complete a well-run counter in the next moment.” – Sporting director Horst Heldt“A lot of players don’t keep their heads on the ground, because they know they can earn money quickly. Leroy won’t do that. He is grounded.” – Souleyman Sanélast_img read more