Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action | Guardian sport

Lampard must hope young players can step up for Chelsea, promoted trio show they are up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at Selhurst Park 1) Howe keeping his options open Eddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been capped at youth level by England and shone in League One with AFC Wimbledon during the second half of last season, who got the nod ahead of Artur Boruc, Mark Travers and Asmir Begovic to make his Bournemouth debut against his former club, having left Sheffield United for around 800,000 on deadline day in January 2017. At the time Chris Wilder was six months …

Referee Stphanie Frappart: ‘Girls see me on TV and know it’s possible’

The official is regarded as one of Frances very best and will take charge of Liverpool v Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday Referees tend not to clapped on to the pitch, let alone greeted with purpose-made banners, but supporters of Amiens decided to make an exception before their match against Strasbourg in April. It was a historic occasion, the first top-flight mens match in France to be refereed by a woman, Stphanie Frappart. Welcome to the Stade de la Licorne, Madame Frappart, read a banner held aloft by home fans. Long live women in football! Maybe Liverpool and Chelsea fans are planning a similar display for when appointed for that Amiens versus Strasbourg match in April, the fixture suddenly received …

Arsenal in line to seal double signing of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney

David Luiz looks to be on his way to Arsenal after not training with Chelsea on Wednesday and Unai Emery is further strengthening his defence with Celtics Kieran Tierney for 25m David Luiz could be on his way to Arsenal, with Chelsea believed to be open to letting him join their London rivals as Unai Emerys side are also set to seal the 25m signing of the Celtic defender Kieran Tierney on a busy transfer deadline day. David Luiz signed a new two-year deal in May, having come within weeks of becoming a free agent in what was an unusual step for Chelsea, who have a policy of not offering more than one-year deals to players over 30. Yet with …

Modern football kits are stretching credibility they’re not worth the ballyhoo | Simon Burnton

Gone are the days when it was enough for a new strip to look good. Designers are obsessed with spinning a complex yarn In 1976 the groundbreaking choreographer Peter Darrell debuted Mary Queen of Scots, an attempt to tell the story of the doomed monarch entirely through the medium of dance. Darrells ballet is historically pretty accurate, James Kennedy wrote in his review for the Guardian. The events, as here transmuted into classical dance, did (more or less) happen. Why did Darrell and his lively company do it? Well, you can have marvellous historical plays and poignant, if imperfect, historical operas, so why not a successful historical ballet? Forty-three years have now passed since Darrells ballet opened to the public, …

Pulisic happy with Chelsea tune-up despite defeat by Kawasaki Frontale

Brazilian striker Damiao consigned Chelsea to a 1-0 defeat in Japan as J-League side Kawasaki Frontale claimed a famous pre-season scalp Brazilian striker Damiao consigned Chelsea to a 1-0 defeat in Japan as J-League side Kawasaki Frontale claimed a famous pre-season scalp. The substitutes late effort in Yokohama settled a game into which Frank Lampards men had gradually grown, but the Premier League side, who brought Christian Pulisic on as a second-half substitute, could not make the breakthrough. A Chelsea starting lineup which included Willy Caballero, Mason Mount, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi, struggled to break the hosts down with Pedro forcing an early save and sending another shot just over the bar before Kenedy blasted just wide from distance. However, …

Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Manchester United host Chelsea on opening weekend

Manchester United have an eye-catching opener to the Premier league season at home to Chelsea while Manchester City will start the defence of their title at West Ham Liverpool will raise the curtain on the Premier League season when they host promoted Norwich on the evening of Friday 9 August and if the release of the fixture list on Thursday felt early as it always does it has nonetheless generated the usual scrutiny and excitement. It was only 12 days ago that Liverpool were finishing what can now be called last season with Premier League (@premierleague) Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Chelseas waltzing wizard Eden Hazard hopes for one last dance

The Europa League final against Arsenal will likely be Eden Hazards farewell but he has always aimed to leave on a high Eden Hazards plan was always to go out on a high. That was clear even when times were toughest, a little over three years ago, as the incoming Chelsea head coach paid a visit to Cobham. Antonio Conte, still Italys national team manager, was not due to take up the reins at Stamford Bridge until after the summers European Championship, but planning for the role he would assume required reassurances from an ailing stellar player. Hazard was entrenched in the first prolonged slump in form of a seven-year senior career. He had endured 28 scoreless league appearances, stretching …

Frank Lampard describes rumours over Chelsea job as an easy link

Derbys manager, Frank Lampard, has fended off questions over reports linking him to the Chelsea job in the lead-up to the Championship play-off final, calling them an easy link Frank Lampard will hold crucial talks with Mel Morris, the Derby County owner, about the clubs future in the wake of Mondays John Terry, the Villa assistant head coach and a former Chelsea teammate, said he would not be seeking assurances from Morris when he meets the Derby owner. He did, however, admit their conversation would be critical when it comes to what the immediate future holds for the club. Theyre crucial [talks] because we all know the situation, Lampard said. Contracts are running out for some players, some naturally. The …

Petr Cech: ‘Abramovich didnt want to see me in an Arsenal shirt’

The keeper on being in a coma, not watching back his greatest moment and the prospect of facing Chelsea in his final game Petr Cech begins at the end. The hope is a playing career that has spanned two decades will extend for another fortnight, that Arsenal progress beyond Valencia and, in far-flung Baku, their veteran goalkeeper is 3-1 advantage from the first leg, but there would be something splendidly appropriate about Cech bringing down the curtain with a 15th winners medal after a collision with Chelsea at the Olympic stadium. After all, he had moved to Arsenal in 2015 intent upon guiding the club to European success, emulating in part what he had achieved over that glittering 11-season stint …

Hell be the best striker in Europe the stunning emergence of Luka Jovic | Nick Ames

The 21-year-old Serbia striker is being chased by clubs such as Real Madrid and Liverpool as he prepares to face Chelsea in the Europa League semi-final Eintracht Frankfurt had just beaten Schalke 3-0 and, among the smiling faces inside Commerzbank Arena, Fredi Bobic had particular cause to feel satisfied. Their young loanee striker, Luka Jovic, had scored two of the goals; he now had a dozen for the season and it was not even mid-November. Luka has found his way here, said Bobic, the clubs sporting director. He disappeared at Benfica, but we remembered him. That was a little modest, because Bobic knew he was witnessing the fruits of a personal pursuit that began at the start of the decade. …

Mohamed Salah downs Chelsea and keeps Liverpool ahead of City

Sadio Man and Mohamed Salah scored second-half goals as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 to stay two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League It was an arrow into the top corner of Chelseas goal and potentially the hearts of Manchester City from Mohamed Salah. The great players rise with pressure and the striker chose his moment and his spot to perfection to drive Liverpool over the most daunting hurdle remaining in their pursuit of the title. We can finally close the slipping book, Jrgen Klopp reflected. A greater sense of closure is tantalisingly within reach should City falter now. Parallels with the Chelsea visit that derailed Liverpools title pursuit in 2014 ran only as far …

Alonso strikes late to secure Chelsea victory against Slavia Prague

Alonsos 85th-minute goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 away win in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Slavia Prague This ended up a timely reminder of the resilience, and ruthlessness, Chelsea can still command on this stage. A tie that might have veered away from them, particularly while they laboured to contain Slavia Pragues urgent intent, was claimed late on by a marauding full-back, breaking late into the box to meet an inviting centre. That, at the very least, was an indication of this teams underlying ambition. Marcos Alonso has not been himself since the onset of winter so it was reassuring to see him galloping untracked between defenders again, even in the dregs of the game, to …

Liverpools title charge driven by Champions League pain, says Klopp

Jrgen Klopp believes his Liverpool team are fired by their Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season rather than a league slip-up against Chelsea five years ago Liverpool are driven in their pursuit of the Premier League title by the pain of last seasons 2-0 defeat derailed the title ambitions of Brendan Rodgers team. Klopp admits a determination to make amends is a factor in Liverpools challenge this season but cited defeat by Real Madrid last May as the source, not a different team under a different manager falling into Jos Mourinhos trap. It is not important to talk about what happened. It is too long ago, the Liverpool manager said. We have enough reasons to be positive …

Olivier Girouds perfect hat-trick fires Chelsea into Europa League last eight

Chelseas Olivier Giroud scored a perfect hat-trick in a 5-0 romp at Dynamo Kyiv for an 8-0 aggregate win and a place in the Europa League quarter-finals This ended up more like a bye into the Europa League quarter-finals than the perilous encounter Maurizio Sarri had rather warily foreseen. Chelsea barely broke into a sweat in dismissing a desperately naive Dynamo Kyiv, with the uneven playing surface probably representing more of a threat than overawed opponents. The occasion lacked a competitive edge, though given Chelseas toils over recent months Sarri will have welcomed such a stroll. His team feel like contenders in a competition that carries the considerable prize of Champions League qualification. Their younger players are making their mark …