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Chelsea celebrate first victory with a 3-2 win over Norwich City

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‘Super’ Frank Lampard and his men secured their first Premier League win last weekend against the strong and determined Norwich City.

It was Chelsea’s young stars, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount that were the Blues goal scorers. N’golo Kante was missing due to injury and so it was down to the youngsters, who didn’t disappoint, with Mount netting one and Abraham adding two to the scoresheet to send Chelsea to victory. A late hamstring injury to Pedro during the warm-up saw Ross Barkley make Lampard’s starting line-up, which had an average age of 24 years old and brought about some criticism regarding inexperience but after that performance at Carrow Road, the sound of cheers will have hopefully drowned out all that hate.

Blue is the colour, football is the game, we’re all together and winning is our aim, so cheer us on through the sun and rain, ’cause Chelsea, Chelsea is our name

Chelsea had gotten off to a slow start this season, losing 4-0 to Manchester United in their first fixture and drawing at Stamford Bridge to Leicester City, which Lampard plainly stated he wasn’t too pleased about. But now the ex-midfielder turned manager needn’t worry, with a win finally under his belt, he’ll be feeling pleased and proud of his players, and so he should as it was a fine performance from his side. Lampard has constantly spoken about wanting his team to press forward and have a more attacking style of play, which was exactly what was seen on Saturday.

After just three minutes, Chelsea opened the scoring with Abraham’s volley after finding a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta. It was a lovely set that started with Christian Pulisic, who maintained great control of the ball before passing it to Azpilicueta, to assist in a perfect start for the Blues. But Norwich City soon equalised as Emiliano Buendía got past Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho to find Pukki, who crossed it to Todd Cantwell and took it home for the Canaries. Carrow Road erupted under the British sun, though it was short-lived when in the 16th minute Mason Mount found the back of the net to score his second goal for Chelsea. And the away side were roaring.

The ball came from an impressive pass from Pulisic, which Mount then powerfully put past Tim Krul to put Chelsea back out in front. It marked Pulisic’s second assist of the game and the American was causing all sorts of problems for Norwich City. With the Blues demonstrating how aggressive they could be, Norwich’s defence could definitely feel the pressure as Chelsea seemed to be in their penalty box a lot more than the Canaries would have liked them to be. By the end of the game, Chelsea had amassed 23 goal attempts, with 8 of these being on target compared to Norwich City’s 6, with 5 on target, though that’s not to say that the Canaries weren’t causing problems of their own for Chelsea.

After Mount had restored the lead for Chelsea, Norwich soon equalised for a second time with goal scoring whirlwind Teemu Pukki, so it seems Chelsea’s defence also has room for improvement. Pukki goal was his fifth of the Premier League season thus far and Norwich were back in the race for the three points as well as the prospect of a 12-game unbeaten run on home turf.

In the second half, the game got quieter and Chelsea dominated with possession, having better control of the ball than their opponents. Both sides were eager to achieve the winning goal but Chelsea seemed to be pressing harder and digging deeper, with attempt after attempt and effort after effort coming from the Blues side.

At 61 minutes, Azpilicueta was sent down in the penalty area by a challenge made by Marco Stiepermann but both the referee and VAR dismissed it, despite it quite obviously being a clear foul. Understandably, Chelsea were upset by this as it denied them the opportunity to produce a third goal but in less than ten minutes their prayers were heard. Mateo Kovacic made a breakthrough, delivering a praiseworthy pass to Abraham who sprinted past two defenders and drove the ball into the bottom corner of Norwich’s goal. Chelsea took the lead once more!

Blue is the colour, football is the game, we’re all together and winning is our aim, so cheer us on through the sun and rain, ’cause Chelsea, Chelsea is our name

At 72 minutes, the tension peaked again when Ben Godfrey’s shot hit the cross-bar but luckily, Chelsea remained ahead. The Blues found the back of the net again with just less than ten minutes to go until full-time but VAR – the judge and jury of football – dismissed it as a goal once again, with the VAR officials stating that Olivier Giroud jumped into Norwich goalkeeper, Tim Krul. This matter is still up for debate.

Nevertheless, Super Frank got his first win as a Chelsea manager. It was a tough game and Norwich have definitely proved that they are a team that shouldn’t be underestimated, pulling back to equalise twice with the Blues but Chelsea were the more impressive team on Saturday. Chelsea’s young players shined at Carrow Road and Tammy Abraham will have definitely silenced the critics now after landing two goals for his side, which will do wonders for his confidence. It is evident that Lampard has a great relationship with his players, as after Abraham scored his first goal, he ran straight up to his manager to embrace him. Morale is high at Chelsea and the players are hungry to do themselves, Lampard and their team proud, which is good motivation during play.

Chelsea will be looking to get another three points this weekend when they meet Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge. Could it be another goal-thriller?

Premier League: 10 Talking Points from the 2nd Matchday

Manchester City hit with VAR again, Frank Lampard unsatisfied with Chelsea draw & Wolves equalised with Manchester United.

 

MAURICIO POCHETTINO’S SPURS END MAN CITY’S WINNING STREAK AT HOME

In the 2018/19 Premier League campaign Tottenham Hotspurs lost both their home and away game to Man City, unable to get a single shot past the Citizens ballproof defence. In their first game of the 2019/20 campaign against the current Champions, Spurs got two!

Man City started out in front after an incredible header by Raheem Sterling before Erik Lamela drew the equaliser, curving the ball around Ederson to score a stunning goal. Sergio Aguero slotted another one home for City and then substitute Lucas Moura drew Spurs level again within 16 seconds of coming on the pitch.

Pochettino’s strengthened squad exhibited their determination to equal Man City and Liverpool as genuine contenders for the title, even if VAR did save them from losing the match. New boys, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso made big impacts on the pitch, with Ndombele dominating in midfield against Man City, achieving 100% tackle, dribble and duel success.

Spurs walked away from a 2-2 draw on Saturday 17th August. Pochettino must be delighted with the way his new team are progressing and committing themselves.

FRANK LAMPARD WAS HAPPIER WITH 4-0 LOSS TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge but Frank Lampard wasn’t impressed. The former Chelsea midfielder admitted to being happier with Chelsea’s 4-0 loss against Manchester United and that his side need to be tougher and show more personality.

Chelsea had played against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday which went all the way to penalties but Lampard didn’t want tiredness or fatigue to be an excuse. He hopes that in their away game to Norwich City, the team will do more to control the ball and prevent chances for the opposition on the counter-attack.

The Blues boss now has a loss and a draw under his belt as manager and still waits for his win.

NEW ARSENAL TEAM LOOKS A WORLD APART FROM LAST YEAR

Arsenal spent big £££ on their transfers and signings this season and its certainly been worth it as the Gunners are producing some fine performances. New additions Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe have shifted the dynamics in the team.

In the game against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, dangerous duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put in work to put two home for the Gunners but it was Ceballos and Pepe that helped shake things up on the pitch.

Ceballos dominated in midfield, covering more ground than any other player and no doubt has become a quick fan favourite with his pace and technicality. £72M signing Pepe appeared from the bench after half-time but his late start didn’t stop the former Lille star from tearing through Burnley.

Arsenal lost their opening two matches last season and have won their first two this season. The Gunners seem to be on the right track for top-of-the-table success but will face a bigger challenge this weekend when they meet Liverpool and play under the shadow of the Kop.

LIVERPOOL CLIMB TO THE TOP AFTER SOUTHAMPTON WIN

Liverpool sit in the number one spot on the Premier League table after their 2-1 win at St. Mary’s against Southampton and with Manchester City being denied a goal thanks to VAR, the Reds are two points ahead of their Northern rivals.

Jurgen Klopp, with three ex-Southampton players in his midst (Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane) had to thank them along with the rest of the team for their glorious efforts against the Saints.

Mane’s superb opening goal put the Reds out in front before Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead with a low finish past Angus Gunn – he celebrated in true Bobby Firmino style. Either way, Southampton gave Liverpool a good game and should be proud to have only conceded two goals to the Champions of Europe.

Liverpool walked away from the game having had 63.8% possession and 6 shots on target compared to Southampton’s 3. This victory also propelled the Reds on to a club-record win, though it was a near triumph as the Saints almost equalised with Ings attempt in the final minutes.

LEANDRO TROSSARD MAKES A THRILLING PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUT

Leandro Trossard started for Brighton & Hove Albion in their game last weekend against West Ham and the Belgian netted twice for Albion, though one was denied by VAR (VAR has been catching out a lot of players this season).

The score remained 0-0 until Javier Hernandez put the Hammers out in front in the 61st minute but after four minutes Trossard equalised with a fine goal from the edge of the box. The Seagulls continued to create chances for them to take the lead, determined to get Graham Potter a win against West Ham but just fell short.

Trossard, named ‘Man of the Match’ should be happy with his performance and is even hoping Eden Hazard will be proud of his goal!

NORWICH CITY V NEWCASTLE – TEEMU PUKKI’S HAT-TRICK

Daniel Farke must be ecstatic with the Canaries performance last weekend, especially in knowing that their lead goal scorer was a free transfer. There’s been no better bargain!

Teemu Pukki must be on every football enthusiast’s dream team by now as he continues to light things up on the pitch. In the Championship last season, he helped propel his team to the title, scoring 29 league goals and he seems to be heading in the same direction in the Premier League.

Pukki left Newcastle’s defence spinning, scoring a hat-trick for his side and earning Farke his first three points for this season. The striker has proved to be a revelation. Though that’s not to stay the rest of Norwich sat back and did nothing, Farke’s men surged forwards, were innovative and strong on the attack.

Next, they take on Europa League winners, Chelsea, which could be a thrilling game with the Blues set on those three points and Norwich looking to extend their winning streak.

SOUTHAMPTON STILL HAD REASON TO CHEER

The hosts were down 0-2 until Liverpool goalkeeper, Adrian, blundered and allowed his attempted clearance to deflect off Danny Ings shin and into the net, edging the Saints a step closer to the Champions of Europe.

Alisson Becker had done the same thing last season against Leicester City, though more fear seems to have sparked around the back-up goalkeeper’s error. It’s said that there have been talks over his reliability and consistency despite his crucial save in the UEFA Super Cup.

Though the Reds were victorious, Southampton still have much to smile about. They suffered a harsh defeat to Burnley but against Liverpool they stepped up, taking the initiative to drive forwards and gave the Reds a good game. The Saints almost equalised four minutes from time when a wonderful ball from Yan Valery fell in Ings path, who just failed to capitalise on the cross. Nevertheless, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side certainly shouldn’t be disappointed.

Let’s home to see more play like this from the Saints!

MAN CITY DÉJÀ VU WITH VAR HANDBALL

Manchester City were denied a late win in their game against Spurs due to VAR. Spurs equalised with their only two shots on target, whereas City had 30 shots on target, an unfortunate result for England’s reigning Premier League champions at Etihad Stadium last weekend.

The dismissed shot came after an infuriated Sergio Aguero was taken off the pitch for Gabriel Jesus. He and Pep Guardiola were seen to be in a heated discussion over his substitution, which was quickly forgotten about when Jesus netted the ball to give City, what they thought was the win. City had even ended their celebration by the time news came back that the goal had been ruled out, ending City’s 15-match winning run.

Pep described it as déjà vu as a similar matter happened between the two teams during the Champions League quarter-finals. In injury time, Sterling put one away for City in the last minute igniting a euphoric celebration at Etihad Stadium, only for it to be chalked off by VAR deciding Aguero, who crossed the ball was offside.

MANCHESTER UNITED UNDER FIRE AFTER 1-1 DRAW WITH WOLVES

Manchester United are under fire with a ton of criticism for their game against Wolves yesterday. With Man Utd and Wolves level at 1-1 and twenty minutes to go it didn’t look there was much chance for either side to get ahead until Conor Coady tripped Paul Pogba in the penalty area.

Outrage sparked over the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left it down to Pogba and Marcus Rashford to decide between them who should take the penalty. A great number of people have stated that it is Ole’s duty as the manager to designate that responsibility and in not doing so has left a taste of bad management in the mouths of some.

But Pogba has scored 7 of 11 penalties in the Premier League, whereas Rashford has scored 1 of 1 and only just last week. However, many seem adamant that the two deciding between themselves is an embarrassing look for Man Utd by implying that there is a lack of leadership.

But if Pogba hadn’t missed the shot, would people have as much to say? What are your thoughts?

SHEFFIELD UNITED DEFEAT CRYSTAL PALACE

Hosts, Sheffield United impressed manager Chris Wilder with their “full-blooded and committed” performance against Crystal Palace. Wilder’s men gave a strong performance and deserved to secure the win, which was their first Premier League win in over 12 years.

Crystal Palace did have a higher possession rate but failed to cause any real damage and thanks to John Lundstram, the Blades got off to the perfect start! There was an early scare when Christian Benteke fired a shot into the palms of Dean Henderson but things picked up and started to look promising for the hosts there after.

Baldock especially was causing a lot of stir on the pitch as the Eagles struggled to get past him down the right. England International manager Gareth Southgate was also in attendance for the game, perhaps on the lookout for some talent as Wilder’s squad is largely made up of British players.

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The Next Gen: Chelsea’s Rising Stars

The Next Gen: Chelsea’s Rising Stars

(Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Despite a heavy loss in their first Premier League fixture, Chelsea have a number of up-and-coming stars that could help the Blues take the Premier League by storm.

MASON MOUNT

The under-21 England International impressed Frank Lampard during his time at Derby County and has fast become the new Chelsea starlet. In the Summer of 2017, he went out on loan to Eredivisie side Vitesse and quickly became a key player, going on to win the club’s Player of the Year award.

He joined Chelsea through the academy at the age of six and has climbed through the ranks. Mount made his top-flight debut for the Blues in their opening Premier League game against Manchester United and despite their 4-0 loss Lampard hailed the youngster’s performance.

Mount has an exciting future ahead of him at Chelsea, who are delighted with the his development and dedication to the sport.

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI

Callum Hudson-Odoi has quickly become a household name across Europe. The 19-year-old teen attracted interest from Bayern Munich earlier this year and rumour had it that a transfer was on the cards but Chelsea F.C., who were eager to keep the talented winger managed to convince him to stay.

Hudson-Odoi had doubts over his playing time, as under Maurizio Sarri he was often benched and that must have been a big factor in him re-signing for the Blues. Unfortunately, he ruptured his Achilles in April and has since been side-lined but he, Chelsea fans and Lampard are eager for his return, which is looking to be soon as he has returned to training.

There’s hope for this young star to ascend to greatness and there’s no doubt he could be a key player for Chelsea and England in the years to come.

TAMMY ABRAHAM

Tammy Abraham rose out of the Chelsea youth system and was a storm on the pitch for Aston Villa during the 2018/19 Championships where he was out on loan. The talented striker is already an England International and his tally of 25 goals in 37 appearances during his time in the Championship resulted in all eyes on him.

During a pre-season game with Chelsea he even scored a goal against Spanish giants Barcelona and is thought to be a real asset for Chelsea this season. In his Premier League debut, he narrowly missed out on scoring for the Blues in their heavy defeat to Manchester United but Chelsea captain and teammate Cesar Azpilicueta sang his praises, insisting that the 21-year-old deserved to be with the team.

Members and fans of Chelsea believe he could be one of Chelsea’s brightest sparks with his physicality and pace.

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a pivotal member in Sarri’s starting plans and for Chelsea’s 3rd place success in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign. He’s another that came out of the academy and has been with Chelsea from a very young age.

He also plays for England’s senior team. Manager, Gareth Southgate was impressed from his first appearance in the game against Germany during the Toulon tournament, which earned Loftus-Cheek the man of the match award.

He is currently recovering from a severe Achilles tendon injury but will hopefully be returning to the pitch very soon. Both Frank Lampard and Maurizio Sarri have been extremely praiseworthy about the 23-year-old, with Sarri going on to say he is a “more than important” player for Chelsea.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Some have deemed the 20-year-old midfielder as the most talented player in America’s soccer history. Pulisic is not only quick on the ball but manages to keep the ball extremely close to his feet, leaving defenders from opposing sides stumbling in his wake.

At Dortmund he made his debut into the first team in less than a year and was quickly labelled as the club’s wonderkid. There is an immense amount of pressure on the young star, given his American background and as his signing with Chelsea makes him the highest paid American football player ever, expectations are high.

Lampard believes Pulisic has a strong and empowering future with Chelsea. Many look at the up-and-coming midfielder as a replacement for long-term star Eden Hazard, who transferred to Real Madrid in the summer. But there’s no doubt that Christian Pulisic will be looking to make a name for himself.

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Chelsea suffer 4-0 loss to Manchester United

Overcome with ‘blues’, Frank Lampard encourages his players to maintain perspective after their loss to Manchester United.

The man, the ‘legend’ Frank Lampard and his Chelsea players came out of an unfortunate Premier League opening. The Blues lost 4-0 to their northern rivals, Manchester United at Old Trafford and currently sit one from the bottom on the league table.

Although the majority of Chelsea’s fanbase are giving him a free hall pass, ex-Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho questioned and criticised the ex-midfielder’s strategy. Mourinho accused the new Chelsea team as being too “soft” and that Lampard was naïve to leave more experienced players on the bench or out of play.

Frank fired back by stating: “Well, I can’t drag players out of the medical room to play if they are experienced or not, so these are the players that played in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45-60 minutes.”

In the first half The Blues dominated and looked the better team, narrowly missing out on two goals. Kurt Zouma did make a couple of crucial mistakes, fouling Marcus Rashford in the penalty box. It gave Man United their first goal and put the Red Devils out in front.

In the second-half the goals flowed for the Red Devils, who were creating destructive play. Former Chelsea player, Gianfranco Zola seemed to think that Chelsea lacked balance, especially in their defence and that they will need to drastically improve upon that should they want to advance through the league table and be perceived as a top-of-the-table threat.

Eden Hazard on the pitchPerhaps though, the Blues were at a disadvantage in their opening game as the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger were unable to play. We should also remember that Chelsea have been hit with a transfer embargo, sold David Luiz to rivals Arsenal at the last minute and star-player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The Blues had to rely on their less experienced, younger players who are having to adapt to top-flight football very quickly.

It’s a shame that Chelsea faced such a heavy loss as in play it was evident that elements of a strong team were there. Lampard did account for the fact he was missing key players and was humble enough to let the press know that he wasn’t using that as an excuse but instead stated that there was much to learn from their 4-0 defeat.

In the end Man United’s ruthlessness got the better of Chelsea and as Roman Abramovich isn’t one to give managers time to cultivate a successful team, Frank Lampard will have to produce results quickly.

On Sunday 18th August, Chelsea will face Leicester City, who have also lost one of their most crucial players, Harry Maguire, to Manchester United for a world-record signing of £80m. This hasn’t seemed to faze Leicester who are aiming to break into the Premier League’s top six and with new additions Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet and James Justin it seems possible. The hosts seem very comfortable under Brendan Rodgers and the odds are leaning towards The Foxes, especially with the Blues competing for the UEFA Super Cup just a few days before this match, Chelsea players might struggle with fatigue.

But there’s no doubt Chelsea could make an epic comeback!

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The Big Exit With No Entry For Chelsea Transfers

Transfer Window Open For Business

Next week marks the start of the football pre-season and there’ll be one less star at Chelsea this season. Eden Hazard one of Chelsea’s star players who won 6 major trophies with the club, including the premier League trophy, made his way to Real Madrid as the transfer window opened. The striker was sold for an estimated whopping £88 million, being the sixth most expensive transfer in football. Hazard’s move to Madrid will see him play with the likes of Benzema, Marcelo and Varane. But does he have what it takes to be the next big star at Madrid or just another transfer blooper.

There won’t be many new faces at the Chelsea training ground this season with the club getting a transfer ban over their overseas dealings. And a shock departure from manager Maurizio Sarri, after his Europa League win at the club. After failing to win the Champions League or Premier League Sarri made his exit form the club and headed to Juventus. But If there’s one man who can take the manager position at the London club it’ll be Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard! The former Chelsea FC player is in talks of becoming the appointed manager, with the club willing to pay the £4million compensations clause. But Lampard is also wanted by current club Derby County who he managed in 2018/19 season, taking them to the Championship final play offs. Could Lampard be back at his stomping ground helping Chelsea add to their trophy cabinet or is Lampard’s new challenge to get Derby County into the premier league.

It’s a game of countdown for Mateo Kovacic as his loan spell is nearing an end at Chelsea, but with no renewal in sight for the Croatian Midfielder it looks as if he will be back at Real Madrid this season. Kovacic would be the only transfer for Chelsea in the summer window with less than a week to go before the loan spell ending and no movement from Chelsea it seems as if it’ll be another exit for the team.

Another Chelsea player staying in Europe, Ola Aina made his 2018/19 season loan permanent with Italian Series A club Torino, after the club paid around £9 million to keep the youngster. Aina had an excellent start at Torino with 30 appearances for the club, and continues to be a frequent start for national team Nigeria, recently assisting a 1-0 win over Burundi in the African Cup of Nations 2019.

The Blues have also released defender Gary Cahill who joined the club seven and a half years ago, with Cahill contributing to the victory of 2 premier league titles and the champions league. Rumours have it that Cahill is a wanted man at Inter Milan where former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte managers the Italian club, interest also from Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Burnley, also championship side Fulham. Is the Italian league looking bright for Cahill or will he be looking into staying in England.

London > Japan Pre-Season

It’s flights to Japan for the Chelsea team for their pre-season friendlies, as they prepare to face J1 League champions Kawasaki Frontale on the 19th July. The Japanese side have won their league for two consecutive years, and haven’t lost a game in their last six fixtures. The two teams will meet at Kawasaki Frontale home stadium in the south of Tokyo for the Meiji Yasuda J.League World Challenge 2019. A football match helping to enhance the sport over in Japan, creating an international community, giving the Japanese community a chance to see two high profile teams go head to head. This will be Chelsea’s second visit to Japan after playing in the FIFA club world cup in 2012, which saw them lose 1-0 to Brazilian side Corinthians. Fans hoping for a better result then last time in the country.

The second friendly in Japan will see The Blues facing La Liga champions Barcelona on the 23rd July at the renowned Saitama Stadium, which hosted the 2002 World Cup. The two teams haven’t united since the sixteenth leg of the Champions League in 2018, which ended in a win for the Spanish giants. With both Messi and Suarez at the Copa America, is the bar set higher for Chelsea to bring home a win against the Spanish team.

The last two pre-season fixtures see Chelsea head back to home soil for one of the games playing championship team Reading on the 28th July at the Madejski Stadium. Before heading overseas to play their last game in Austria, where they’ll be playing at the Red Bull Arena home ground of FC Salzburg on the 31st July. The home side have won the Austrian Bundesliga six times consecutively, and has won last season’s Austrian Cup, a top flight Austrian team for Premier League side Chelsea to face, preparing them for their 2019/20 premier league campaign.

After their final pre-season match The Blues will head back to Stamford Bridge for the beginning of the premier league season, with a new manager and one of their top players missing can Chelsea bring more trophies home this season.

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