Pulisic calls for Chelsea to improve smartness without the ball

Christian Pulisic says that Chelsea have to be much smarter when they do not have possession so that they can start getting positive results. The American winger was speaking after the club suffered a 3-1 loss to Manchester City. This was the fifth the defeat of the campaign for the blues, who have been struggling for form in the last few weeks. The alarming dip in form has sparked rumours that Frank Lampard could be relieved from his role just after 18 months after being appointed. The three goals scored from City came in the first half with Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring a late consolation for Chelsea.

The quickfire goals from City did catch Chelsea by surprise, who did improve after the break. A postmatch analysis byPulisic, who has been one of the crucial players for Chelsea in the Lampard regime, reveals that Chelsea should have done a lot more smarter work when they did not have the ball against City. Pep Guardiola’s team were able to show a lot of intelligent movement throughout the first half and it was a crucial factor behind the flurry of goals scored by Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, and Kevin De Bruyne. Read more

VILLA CONFIRM FA CUP STATUS

Aston Villa have confirmed that their FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool will go ahead as planned despite the absence of manager Dean Smith and his first team players. The former European champions revealed earlier on Friday that the FA Cup third round tie billed for Villa Park on Friday evening will hold as scheduled. The FA Cup tie was initially in danger of being postponed after an outbreak ofCovid-19 at Aston Villa. The club took to Twitter on Friday morning to announce that the Liverpool game will be played later in the evening.


Aston Villa will have to prosecute the FA Cup tie with the Reds with the club’s u-23 and academy players due to the Covid-19 outbreak mentioned earlier. Aston Villa have had to close their training ground at Body moor Heath as a result of the significant Covid-19 outbreak. Aston Villa have been forced to turn to the youth players for the Liverpool game in the third round of the FA Cup as there’s no space for the match to be rescheduled between now and the fourth round ties in two weeks’ time due to fixture congestion. Read more

Kalvin Phillips heaps praise on West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has heaped praised on fellow England international Declan Rice, who has established himself as a regular for club and country. The 21-year-old has built up his reputation over the past few years and he is currently one of the first names on the team sheet for the Three Lions under Gareth Southgate.


He has been earning plenty of plaudits of late and Phillips, who only recently broke into the national team setup has hailed his compatriot, he told: “Declan’s obviously a very good player. He is younger than me as well. He has got a lot of experience in the Premier League, as I have not. For him to be playing for England so young is unbelievable for him. It’s very good for him.”
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KLOPP RECEIVES JOTA INJURY BOOST AS STAR NEARS RETURN

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is still waiting for the next time when his whole players will be fit and have his full squad at his disposal available for selection. The German coach has endured an injury-plagued season so far as the club continue to wallow deep into injury crises.

However, he may finally have a reason to smile as one of his stand-out performers this season who is sidelined with an injury has provided a positive injury update while away.
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LAMPARD INSISTS CHELSEA ARE NOT IN A HASTE TO OFFLOAD KEPA

 

When Chelsea paid a club-record and world-record fee to secure the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from the Spanish La Liga in 2018 under Maurizio Sarri, the feeling around the club was that they had finally laid their hands on a shot-stopper for the next decade.

During his first full season at Chelsea, Kepa impressed the club’s bosses and was then handed an automatic starting role given his good form. But the story began to change for the worse during his second season.
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SOUTHGATE PROVIDES INJURY UPDATE ON CHILWELL

 

England manager Gareth Southgate has given an update on Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell who picked up an injury in the last game against Belgium. The Blues left-back was subbed off in the first half of the UEFA Nations League clash after picking up a back injury. He was replaced by Arsenal player Bukayo Saka after 38 minutes.


Southgate talked about Chilwell in his pre-match press conference ahead of the UEFA Nations League meeting with Iceland at home. According to him, the Chelsea defender continues to receive treatment on the back problem as he failed toreveal the extent of the injury. Chilwell is facing a spell on the sidelines as a result of the back injury though it must be pointed out that the exact time is unknown.
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Cech reveals Edouard Mendy was the best of transfer targets

 

Petr Cech has revealed that he was the one who recommended Edouard Mendy to the club after keeping close tabs on him for several years. The former Chelsea goalkeeper has described Mendy as one of the best players they had targeted. The Senegal international was signed from Rennes in September for around £ 22 million. He has immediately made his mark in the first team after going on to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is the world’s most expensive goalkeeper at around £75 million. However, a string of poor performances has led to Kepa Arrizabalaga losing his first-team spot.


Mendy was expected to take his time upon coming to a new division, but he has made the number one spot his own in just a few matches. Chelsea have been able to register a string of clean sheets – after previously struggling to even pick up one – in the last few weeks. The latest of those clean sheets came in the 3-0 victory over Burnley. Mendy has now become the first Chelsea goalkeeper since Petr Cech to pick up three successive clean sheets in the Premier League. Cech created this record back in 2004 after similarly signing from Rennes.
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Merson: Partey is best signing of the summer

Gunners legend Paul Merson has described Thomas Partey as one of the best signings of the summer. Partey was brought in from Atletico Madrid for around £ 45 million. Thus, he has become one of the expensive acquisitions in the Premier League this summer.

Even then, the midfielder has shown excellent form in all of the matches. In fact, the Ghanaian has been a crucial asset for Arsenal in Europe and domestic matches. Partey has helped Arsenal breakup play like never before and it has allowed little space and time for the opposition. A recent example of his excellent performance came in the 1-0 success over Manchester United. Read more

Murray believes United should make a curveball signing in Luis Suarez

 

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray believes Manchester United should make a curveball signing in the form of Luis Suarez from Barcelona. The Red Devils experienced a mixed 2019/2020 season and they still achieved their objective of qualifying for the Champions League as they finished third in the league standings.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s next job is to take the team to the next level to challenge for trophies and Murray feels Suarez could be an option to compete for the striker’s role alongside the young trio of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, who netted a combined tally of 62 goals during the recent campaign.
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Alexander Arnold Wants To Be The Captain Of Reds

 

Trent Alexander Arnold wishes to be the captain of Liverpool football team when in the future and wants to have the same ambitiousness as that of Lionel Messi mad Cristiano Ronaldo. He is young and has plenty of time with him as he is looking forward to becoming one of the top right back of football. His current intentionis on becoming the leading player of the club and have become one of the finest right back in Premier League.

Alexander Arnold is one of the finest footballers who has stepped out from Liverpool’s youth academy. He has made good progress as a player and has been a contributor in the victory of Champions League and Premier League title. He will be continuing to achieve everything as in such a young age he has adopted the mentality of the top two players Messi and Ronaldo.
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