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 conference 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

NHL playoffs 2019: Maple Leafs cursed by Drake? Toronto drops Game 4 with rapper present

first_imgJust days after an Italian soccer team banned its players from taking photos with Drake, the Canadian rapper showed up to support his hometown hockey team and had the sports world talking about whether his so-called curse would extend to the Toronto Maple Leafs.With Toronto hosting the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of their first-round series on Wednesday, Drake could be spotted in a private box sporting a blue Leafs jersey with the No. 6.  View this post on Instagram With the 🦉 @champagnepapi 🙏🏽 📸 @bassforrealA post shared by Layvin Kurzawa 20 (@kurzawa_20) on Apr 12, 2019 at 9:23am PDTNot everyone believes in the Drake Curse, though. Boxer Anthony Joshua posed for a photo with Drake and showed little regard for superstition.Bout to break the curse 🦉 #June1st— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) March 21, 2019Is the Drake Curse real? After Game 4 it might seem that way for Leafs fans, but there’s still plenty of hockey left to prove otherwise. Kurzawa played in both games for PSG. Photos and video of the 32-year-old immediately started to spread on social media, with most referencing the so-called “Drake Curse” that befalls any team or athlete that the rapper shows support for.Is the Drake Curse about to affect the #Leafs? Find out in 2 more periods.(📽: @SNFaizalKhamisa)— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) April 17, 2019The curse seemed to be for real on Wednesday, with the Leafs going down 2-0 within the first 6:38 of the game. Toronto battled back with two straight goals of their own, but David Pastrnak scored twice in the second period before the teams traded a pair of goals each in the final frame to gave Boston a 6-4 victory and a 2-2 tie in the series.#NHLBRUINS WIN!!! 🙌6-4 over the Leafs. Series is tied 2-2!— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 18, 2019It’s not a great omen for Leafs fans, but Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen offered up a simpler reason for why his team lost: The Bruins were simply better.”They came pretty hard and were able to take advantage of some of their chances,” Andersen said. “They probably came out a bit harder than we did.”Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, caused a stir this week when AS Roma cheekily tweeted that it would not be allowing its players to take photographs with him through the rest of the season.All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 15, 2019Roma’s tweet was in response to a photo posted on Instagram by Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa three days earlier. PSG went on to suffer a 5-1 loss on Sunday, its worst loss in a decade, followed by a 3-2 defeat to 14th-place Nantes on Wednesday.last_img read more