2pm Chelsea news LIVE: Allegri could replace Lampard, Cech in Premier League squad, Mendy keeps clean sheet – The Sun

2pm Chelsea news LIVE: Allegri could replace Lampard, Cech in Premier League squad, Mendy keeps clean sheet – The Sun

10/21/2020

CHELSEA are reportedly mulling an approach for former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri if Frank Lampard is unable to turn results around..

And in other goalkeeping news, Petr Cech has been included in the Blues' Premier League squad, with Lampard labelling the decision a "no-brainer".

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Jack Figg

    GO WITH THE FLO

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said Chelsea's frailty at the back rules them out of challening for Premier League title contention.

    told Sky Sports: “No, Chelsea are not contenders [for the title].

    “They are leaking too many goals. It is a breath of fresh air to see them going forward with the likes of Mason Mount and [Timo] Werner.

    “But the defence is a worry, if they cannot improve the centre-backs and goalkeeper it is a concern.

    “Alisson wins Liverpool points, but that doesn’t happen with Kepa. Chelsea need to improve in that area.”

  • Jack Figg

    ED IN HANDS

    Zinedine Zidane has admitted Eden Hazard's injury is 'worse than first expected'.

    The ex-Chelsea winger is yet to play for Real Madrid this season and will be out for a further month.

    Speaking ahead of Real's home Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow, Zidane said: “His injury was more than expected.

    “But he has already stepped out onto the field.

    “I fully trust the people who work with him.

    “I hope that soon we can see Hazard forever. We want him to come in and be with us all season.”

  • Jack Figg

    SEEING RED

    Gary Neville has slammed the timing of a European Premier League.

    He told Sky Sports News: “The big issue that I have with it, is that at this moment in time, in the middle of a pandemic and when football is on its knees at so many different levels, the idea that a $6bn package is being put together to set up a new league when lower clubs are scrambling around to pay wages and stay in existence.

    “It's another wound for football. It doesn't feel like the right time to be talking about this.

    “The leak probably doesn't suit Manchester United or Liverpool at this moment in time as they're seen as the big, bad bullies.

    “I'm for progression of football, with new competitions and new formats, but we have got to look after the fabric of the game and what it means to the communities in this country.”

  • Jack Figg

    CHIL-ING OUT

    Ben Chilwell praised Chelsea for their defensive performance against Sevilla in the 0-0 Champions League draw.

    He said: “I think the important thing there was the clean sheet.

    “We knew people would be looking at us after conceding three goals on the weekend and defensively as a team we were solid today, against a very good team.

    “We’re a top team and when you’re playing for Chelsea you expect clean sheets and if you’re conceding a lot of goals you’re going to get criticism as a top team.

    “So for us it was important that we keep working hard on the training pitch.

    “I think we showed that defensively we’re a very strong outfit. They’re one of the best teams in Europe and to get a clean sheet against a very good attacking side was positive.

    “We didn’t give them a lot of chances. It would have been nice to get a win at home but we’ll take the draw and a clean sheet.”

  • Jack Figg

    NO HAK'S GIVEN

    Hakim Ziyech has provided Chelsea fans with a fitness update.

    The playmaker picked up a pre-season injury, but returned last weekend to make his debut against Southampton off the bench.

    He also came on in the Blues' 0-0 draw against Ajax last night.

    Ahead of Chelsea's trip to Manchester United on Saturday, Ziyech said: “I still have a way to go.

    “Obviously, I did not play for a long time even because of the virus, of course.

    “And then it has just been a bit unlucky that the injury came.

    “I just try to stay calm and then everything will come by itself.”

  • Jack Figg

    PUSH AND PUL

    Christian Pulisic insisted Chelsea can hold their heads up high for keeping a clean sheet against Sevilla – despite a drawing the game.

    Pulisic said: “It was definitely a tough game – not a lot of chances; a really hard-fought match. We did a lot of good defending. I think we can walk away proud with a point.

    “They’re a strong team and they definitely put us to the test. They move the ball really well and we defended a lot today.

    “We’re going to continue to work to improve as a team. It’s everyone’s job to be behind the ball at times and [the forwards] have to help out defensively. It will give us some confidence going forward, to come away with a clean sheet, so it’s not all bad.

    “Of course that’s the goal, to find the balance. Obviously, we want to create more chances and I want to help with that, but we have to find a way to do both.”

  • Jack Figg

    CECH THAT OUT

    Petr Cech's inclusion in Chelsea's Premier League squad has delighted Blues fans as they believe he is still their club's best goalkeeper.

    The 38-year-old – who retired following the 2018-19 season after four years at Arsenal – was surprisingly named in Frank Lampard's 25-man squad.

    Cech – who is Chelsea's technical and performance advisor – has taken up the role as a non-contract player.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy and Willy Caballero are all understood to be ahead of him in the pecking order.

    But in an exclusive SunSport poll, supporters were given their say on who they believe is their best goalkeeper.

    And just under 60 per cent of fans would love their former star between the sticks.

    Summer arrival Mendy was second in the list with over 28 per cent, with veteran goalkeeper Caballero third with eight per cent.

  • Jack Figg

    ON THE MEND

    Frank Lampard confirmed Edouard Mendy is Chelsea's No1 keeper – in a blow to Kepa.

    Lampard said: “The way he’s played in his three games so far, he’s played very well.

    “He had a good game today.

    “We knew his qualities when he came in.

    “As it stands he is (No1), but it is always up for grabs.”

  • Jack Figg

    SILVA LINING

    Frank Lampard heaped praise on Thiago Silva after Chelsea's clean sheet against Sevilla.

    The Blues were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge, but Lampard was left pleased with his side's defence display, led by Silva and keeper Edouard Mendy.

    He said: “Thiago Silva was very good today. He brought both quality and experience as we hoped and he affects others around him. He was a big plus and a part in keeping the clean sheet.

    “I will manage his workload this season.

    “I have a very close relationship with him already and I remember being in that position towards the back end of my career so I will be very aware of his maintenance and training and game selection, to try to have him at his optimum.

    “In the three games Edouard Mendy has played since he has been here he has played very well.

    “He made a good save today and that is two clean sheets. When he came in I said he will be great for competition, we knew his qualities and he has shown them, so at the moment he is first choice but that is always up for grabs and that is why you have competition.”

  • Jack Figg

    FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Frank Lampard explained the decision to include Chelsea legend and currenttechnical and performance advisor Petr Cech in his Premier League squad.

    Lampard said: “He’s taken on his role at Chelsea, which he does very well and is very helpful to me and we work very closely together.

    “But he trains very regularly, he’s fit and whether we’ll see much of him this season I’m not sure.

    “As I mentioned before, it depends on how the season goes with Covid and isolation.

    “We felt – or certainly I felt – that it was a no-brainer to have Pete in the squad for that reason.

    “And it also helps me that he trains every day – when he’s in such good form it can only help the goalkeepers we have to see one of the world’s best in recent years, in the modern era, amongst us.”

  • Jack Figg

    COLE REALITY

    Chelsea legend Joe Cole accessed individual errors that are costing his former team-mate Frank Lampard.

    But the BT Sports pundit highlighted the importance of Thiago Silva in defence.

    Chelsea did keep a clean sheet against Seville, but were held to a draw.

  • sstreet

    CECH MATE

    Frank Lampard has called his decision to name Petr Cech in his Premier League squad a “no-brainer”, particularly given the Covid crisis.

    He told the Chelsea website: “We had a space in the squad, we know this year looks like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection and isolation through the year, so it was a very easy decision.

    “Pete still does his day job but he is there if we need him.

    “Whether we will see him [playing] much this season I am not sure. It depends on how the season goes and on Covid and isolation, but I certainly felt it was a no-brainer to have Pete in the squad for that reason.

    “It can only help the goalkeepers we have to see one of the world’s best in the modern era amongst us.

    “It is definitely not done for the romance.”

  • Jack Figg

    AMERICAN'T

    Frank Lampardunderrated Christian Pulisic when he first arrived at the club 'because he was American'.

    Marsch, 46, told Extratime Radio: “The perception in Europe, mostly, is that the American player is willing to run, willing to fight, has good mentality, but technically they're not very gifted and tactically they're not very aware and their experiences aren't very big.

    “But we're seeing that change. We're seeing more and more of these players develop themselves.

    “Even Frank Lampard, when I spoke to him in pre-season a year ago now, I was talking to him about having Christian Pulisic and he was kind of like, 'Yeah, he's got a lot to learn so we'll see how he does'.

    “I said to him, 'Listen, he was at Dortmund, and they had a high level of tactical thinking, of playing, and he was very successful'.

    “He was considered one of the best young players in Germany and that's in a group of players with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Joshua Kimmich, these kinds of players.

    “He was in a group with those players, and it's not just because he was talented but it was because he understood the tactics and understood how to fit in the game and he was developing a real astute way of how to play.

    “I could see right away that Frank Lampard's idea of Christian Pulisic was shaped a lot by the fact that he was American and not that his football education came a lot from what has happened in Germany.

    “Since then, I think Lampard has learned that Pulisic is a lot better than he gave him credit for.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Frank Lampard has claimed he was pleased with a point after the Blues opened their Champions League campaign with a 0-0 draw with Sevilla.

    He said: “[The clean sheet is] something you strive for always. Thiago showed experience and quality. Mendy had one save to make and he made it. It was a very organised defensive performance from us.

    “We dealt with all the things they threw at us. We had a few moments ourselves as well. It was cagey, a matter of two really good teams cancelling each other out in the first game, and we take the point and move on.

    “I think both teams will be pretty happy with that. We’re going to get better, I keep saying the same thing, we haven’t had the personnel in there, playing regularly, getting relationships, working off each other.

    “The more we do that, we’ll get better naturally.”

    The result came just hours after the Blues sensationally named 38-year-old club legend and director of football Petr Cech in their 25-man Premier League squad list.

    Although Chelsea have well-documented keeper issues, naming Cech in the list will raise many eyebrows.

    The Czech star retired at the end of the 2018-19 season after a four-year spell with the club's London rivals Arsenal.

    But Cech was revered around Stamford Bridge and was brought back as director of football by chief exec Marina Granovskaia.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea wanted a £5million loan fee and Antonio Rudiger's entire £150,000-a-week wages to be paid during the summer window, reports say.

    The German centre-back was desperate for a late move away from Stamford Bridge having been frozen out of Frank Lampard's squad this season.

    But according to The Athletic, clubs were put off by the cost of taking Rudiger on loan.

    With Chelsea not offering to pay any of the 27-year-old's wages combined with the loan fee, it would have cost £12.5m to take the defender for a season.

  • Joe Brophy

    TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has claimed he was pleased with a point after the Blues opened their Champions League campaign with a 0-0 draw with Sevilla.

    He said: “[The clean sheet is] something you strive for always. Thiago showed experience and quality. Mendy had one save to make and he made it. It was a very organised defensive performance from us.

    “We dealt with all the things they threw at us. We had a few moments ourselves as well. It was cagey, a matter of two really good teams cancelling each other out in the first game, and we take the point and move on. 

    “I think both teams will be pretty happy with that. We’re going to get better, I keep saying the same thing, we haven’t had the personnel in there, playing regularly, getting relationships, working off each other. 

    “The more we do that, we’ll get better naturally.”

  • Joe Brophy

    Kai Havertz – 8

    One of the only Chelsea players who looked like he could make things happen tonight. Havertz was always composed on the ball, and looked to try and create whenever he could.

    Mason Mount – 5

    Always struggles and looks un-natural out wide. He had a poor game and failed to effect the play at all. Mount was put out of his misery on 61 minutes when he came off for Ziyech.

    Christian Pulisic – 5

    He has yet to find the spark that he had before his injury last season, but another good outing getting some minutes in the tank. Struggled out on the right and always looked more of a threat when he drifted over to the left.

    Timo Werner – 5

    Should have done better with a couple of half chances and he struggled to make an impact as the lone striker. It was far from his best game, and he was largely cancelled out by the experienced Sevilla back line.

  • Joe Brophy

    Thiago Silva – 7

    Similar to Zouma, Silva did a good job when called upon but he was never really under a lot of pressure from Sevilla, who were happy to keep possession in less dangerous areas.

    Jorginho – 5

    Silly booking after a poor touch early on in the game and a few edgy challenges after meant he could not really do much of a break-up job in the middle. It was a poor game from the captain on the night and he was taken off for Kovacic midway through the second half.

    N'Golo Kante – 5

    He looked rather out of sorts and struggled in a pivot with Jorginho. Although doing the basics fine, this was a game to forget for someone of Kante's quality.

  • Joe Brophy

    RATINGS

    Edouard Mendy – 8

    Came back in after his injury and made a fantastic reaction save after a deflected header in the first half. Not only did he make a few saves, he just provides that really calming presence that Chelsea really lack at the back when he isn't there.

    Reece James – 9

    Chelsea's star man, James was one of the only players shining bright for Chelsea tonight and looking to make things happen. He was always a threat from the right and excellent defensively.

    Ben Chilwell – 7

    It was a solid performance from Chilwell on the left, he didn't do a lot wrong and always looked to threaten in attack.

    Kurt Zouma – 7

    Zouma had a reasonably quiet game tonight and defended well when needed to.

  • Joe Brophy

    FRANK BLANK

    SunSport's Dave Kidd says: “This would not have been a compelling advert for an expanded European Super League.

    “The American investment bankers at JP Morgan are supposedly trying to fund a new invitation-only competition to replace the Champions League.

    “This was the first goalless draw of Lampard’s Stamford Bridge reign as Chelsea cured their defensive incontinence against European football royalty.

    “This clean sheet will have felt almost as good as a victory for the Blues boss, such had been the growing discontent with his team’s defending.

    “Here though, was a first true glimpse of the new Chelsea – with all six of the club’s major signings on the pitch at once for the same time.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FT: CHELSEA 0 SEVILLA 0

    The Blues huffed and puffed but ultimately couldn't find a winner at Stamford Bridge.

  • Joe Brophy

    CHELSEA 0 SEVILLA 0

    The away side have looked the more threatening side so far this evening and are more composed at the back than the Blues.

    Frank Lampard will want more going forward from his side, they've only had one attempt on target in the first half.

    Keep up with live updates on SunSport's Live Blog HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    CECH MATE

    A bad day for Chelsea's most expensive signing when Petr Cech is being forced out of retirement as emergency cover…

  • Joe Brophy

    AMERICAN'T

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard underrated Christian Pulisic because he was American, according to RB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch.

    He told Extratime Radio: “The perception in Europe, mostly, is that the American player is willing to run, willing to fight, has good mentality, but technically they're not very gifted and tactically they're not very aware and their experiences aren't very big.

    “But we're seeing that change. We're seeing more and more of these players develop themselves.

    “Even Frank Lampard, when I spoke to him in preseason a year ago now, I was talking to him about having Christian Pulisic and he was kind of like, 'Yeah, he's got a lot to learn so we'll see how he does'.

    “I said to him, 'Listen, he was at Dortmund, and they had a high level of tactical thinking, of playing, and he was very successful'.

    “He was considered one of the best young players in Germany and that's in a group of players with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Joshua Kimmich, these kinds of players.

    “He was in a group with those players, and it's not just because he was talented but it was because he understood the tactics and understood how to fit in the game and he was developing a real astute way of how to play.

    “I could see right away that Frank Lampard's idea of Christian Pulisic was shaped a lot by the fact that he was American and not that his football education came a lot from what has happened in Germany.

    “Since then, I think Lampard has learned that Pulisic is a lot better than he gave him credit for.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ON THE MEND

    Edouard Mendy has returned from injury to start for Chelsea against Sevilla tonight.

  • Joe Brophy

    CECH THIS OUT

    Chelsea have sensationally named 38-year-old club legend and director of football Petr Cech in their 25-man Premier League squad list.

    Although the Blues have well-documented keeper issues, naming Cech in the list will raise many eyebrows.

    The Czech star retired at the end of the 2018-19 season after a four-year spell with Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal.

    But Cech was revered around Stamford Bridge and was brought back as director of football by chief exec Marina Granovskaia.

    A statement on the Chelsea website attempted to explain why the goalkeepeing great had been brought out of retirement.

    It read: “Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover.

    “This is a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

    “He takes up a position as a non-contract player.”

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