Frank Lampard to discuss who should be Chelsea’s penalty taker after Jorginho miss

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will speak with his players before deciding whether Jorginho remains the club’s penalty taker after the Italian missed his second spot kick of the season in their 4-0 win over Russian side Krasnodar in the Champions League.

Jorginho, who missed from the spot against Liverpool in the Premier League last month, hit the post with a penalty in the first half with the game goalless in Krasnodar on Wednesday.

“Jorginho has had an incredibly successful rate of scoring penalties in his career, particularly at Chelsea,” Lampard said.

“My feeling is when you take as many penalties as he does, there can be periods when you miss one, and sometimes there can be periods where you miss one or two. I experienced that as a player.”

Jorginho was substituted by the time Chelsea were awarded another penalty, which Timo Werner dispatched in the 76th minute.

“Timo Werner, I know he’s very capable to take penalties,” Lampard added. “We have other players that can as well, so I’ll talk with the players afterwards to see how we move forward.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic also got on the scoresheet as Chelsea sealed their first Champions League victory of the season in front of owner Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich has been unable to attend matches at Stamford Bridge because of UK visa issues.

“I always feel the support of the owner of the club, whether he’s here at games or not,” Lampard said. “A couple of my staff members spoke to him, but by the time I came out in the warm-up he wasn’t around.”


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Frank Lampard accused of having major doubts over Christian Pulisic at Chelsea

Frank Lampard had major doubts over Christian Pulisic’s ability to make an immediate impact at Chelsea, according to RB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch.

Pulisic was signed during Maurizio Sarri’s reign in a £58 million deal from Borussia Dortmund but the winger did not make the move to Stamford Bridge until the following summer when Lampard had taken charge.

Pulisic was eased in during his first few months in the Premier League, with Lampard dropping the United States international from his matchday squad on several occasions.

But the 22-year-old soon became a key part of Chelsea’s attack and has now established himself as one of the focal points in Lampard’s side.

However, Marsch has accused Lampard of being sceptical over Pulisic’s ability because of the winger’s nationality.

‘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,’ Marsch told Extratime Radio.

‘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.

‘Christian had to fight for that, which is the American quality, but he’s a damn good player. Same with Gio Reyna, same with Tyler Adams, same with Weston McKennie.

‘All of these players are now starting to show, born and raised in America, that they’re not only big talents, but they’re also more refined players that many think. Brenden Aaronson will show that when he’s here and I think more examples will change the perception of what the American player is.’

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Frank Lampard reacts to Van Dijk injury and sends message to Liverpool defender

Frank Lampard believes the loss of a player of Virgil van Dijk’s quality is likely to hit any team hard – but the Chelsea manager says it ‘remains to be seen’ just how much of an impact the injury will have on Liverpool’s season and the title race.

Van Dijk, 29, hobbled off the pitch after a horror challenge from Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park and subsequent scans showed the Netherlands international had torn his ACL and will be out for several months.

The news sent shockwaves across the Premier League, with Liverpool’s title defence now resting on the shoulders of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and makeshift centre-half Fabinho.

Van Dijk was on the winning team and came away with a clean sheet as Liverpool won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last month and Lampard is well aware of the Dutchman’s importance to the Merseyside giants.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League opener with Sevilla, he hailed Van Dijk as one of the ‘outstanding’ centre-backs on the planet before passing on his best wishes to the crocked Liverpool defender.

Asked about the significance of the injury at his press conference on Monday, the Chelsea boss said: ‘I think Virgil van Dijk is clearly an outstanding player.

‘He’s one of the outstanding defenders in world football and has been for the last two or three seasons.

‘The loss of a player of that quality and that size is going to affect any team because individuals and the quality of individual players like that make huge differences.

‘But we’re talking about Liverpool, we’re talking about a squad that’s been built, that are so strong, with a great manager so – of course nobody wants to lose a player like that and obviously I wish him my best when I see that sort of injury – but it remains to be seen how much it affects Liverpool.’

Van Dijk vowed to return stronger than ever in a defiant message on Instagram on Sunday evening.

‘This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday,’ he said.

‘I’m not fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.

‘Despite the obvious disappointment, I am a full believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help I am going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.

‘In football as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s important to keep level-headed, whether going through the highs or the lows.

‘With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool I am ready for the challenge ahead.

‘I would like to think everyone for the messages of support, it’s meant a huge amount to me and my family and I’ll now be doing everything possible to support my team-mates in anyway I can ahead of a big few weeks ahead as I take my own recovery day-by-day. I’ll be back’.

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Frank Lampard reacts to Kepa Arrizabalaga's latest mistake for Chelsea

Frank Lampard insists he will continue to support Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper’s latest mistake in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Southampton, while he expects Edouard Mendy will return within two weeks.

The West London club went two goals ahead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to a Timo Werner brace but were pegged back twice in the game, with Jannik Vestergaard striking in stoppage time to secure a draw for Southampton.

Kepa made several good stops as Saints dominated the second half, but was at fault for the away side’s second goal; Kurt Zouma under-hit his pass back to the keeper, who made a meal of his attempted tackle and allowed Che Adams to rifle home.

Lampard was disappointed for Kepa that the mistake overshadowed an otherwise decent display – also noting that he was not the only player at fault – and still hopes he can get through this difficult period of form.

Asked if Kepa is mentally strong enough to deal with yet another error, Lampard said: ‘He has to be strong enough, that’s part of the job we’re in when you’re playing top-level, elite sport.

‘All eyes are on, how competitive it is we know that, and the goalkeeper and their role means they have to really deal with that and these sort of moments. And that continues with Kepa.

‘He has to deal with that, he will feel the support of myself and he will feel the support of his teammates. And it’s unfortunate, because he did make a couple of good saves today.

‘Of course, when you’re a goalkeeper, typically people will judge you on other moments sometimes as well. But he has to keep working, there’s only one way through those kind of periods and that’s work and to feel the support around him.’

Asked a follow up question about Kepa’s future when Mendy returns from injury, Lampard continued: ‘Well I was just talking about Kepa there. He made two really good saves in the match today, but of course people’s eyes will be drawn to the second goal and I understand that.

‘But it wasn’t just Kepa who was involved in that goal. So that’s the unfortunate world of being a goalkeeper.

‘And it’s clear that Mendy at the moment is injured and will probably be fit in the next week or two weeks, and then that will be the decision for me to make about who plays.’

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Frank Lampard confirms Edouard Mendy will not feature Southampton

Frank Lampard confirms Edouard Mendy is OUT of Southampton clash due to a thigh injury… but Chelsea boss remains tight-lipped on whether Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero will start in goal this weekend

  • Frank Lampard has confirmed that Edouard Mendy is out with a thigh injury
  • The Senegalese goalkeeper will play no part against Southampton on Saturday
  • Lampard refused to say whether Arrizabalaga or Caballero would start instead

Frank Lampard has confirmed that Edouard Mendy will play no part in Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Southampton this weekend.

The Blues’ summer-signing picked up a thigh injury while away on international duty with Senegal, which leaves Lampard with either Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero in goal.

Mendy is likely to face a two-week spell on the sidelines but it remains to be seen who will take his place at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard has confirmed that Edouard Mendy will play no part against Southampton

Blues’ summer-signing picked up a thigh injury while away on international duty with Senegal

‘Mendy won’t be fit for the match tomorrow, we hope it won’t be too long,’ Lampard confirmed.

When asked who will be feature in his place, Lampard refused to pick between his two keepers, saying: ‘I’ll make that decision myself for tomorrow.’

The injury blow comes after Mendy made a promising start to his Chelsea career, keeping their first clean sheet of the season in victory over Crystal Palace on his debut.

There are hopes the 28-year-old will be fit enough to return for the club’s Champions League opener against Sevilla on Tuesday.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (left) and Willy Caballero (right) are both in line to feature on Saturday

Kepa, who was dropped for last month’s 3-3 draw against West Brom after a series of high-profile errors, kept a clean sheet in Spain’s goalless draw with Portugal last week.

And he has backed himself to reclaim the No 1 shirt at Stamford Bridge, saying: ‘I feel fine, strong, with confidence. 

‘The situation is not ideal, I wasn’t expecting it, but we are footballers and have to live through situations like this. I am confident I can turn the situation around.’ 

There are also injury worries for Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante.

Hakim Ziyech (R) is in line to make his first appearance for Chelsea but isn’t fit enough to start

However, Hakim Ziyech is in line to make his first appearance for the club following his move from Ajax this summer – but may not be fit enough to start.

‘Thiago Silva after his trip is not ready to play because of the travelling,’ Lampard added. ‘Chilwell is in the squad. He has got over some of the feeling he had in the squad.

‘Pulisic and Ziyech are in the squad. Ziyech not it to start, but hopefully to get some minutes.’ 

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Lakers coach Frank Vogel feels ‘bad calls’ led to late Jimmy Butler free throws

Frank Vogel should find his checkbook. He will be getting a call from the league office soon.

The Lakers coach didn’t hold back when discussing the officiating crew’s performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Heat narrowly escaped with a 111-108 win Friday night to extend the series, and Jimmy Butler earned plenty of praise following a 35-12-11 triple-double in 47 minutes of play.

Vogel told reporters the referees gifted Butler a few points with some generous whistles late in the fourth quarter. Vogel felt fouls called on both Markieff Morris and Anthony Davis with less than a minute remaining should have been “play on” situations.

“I felt two bad calls at the end put Butler to the line, and that’s unfortunate in a game of this magnitude,” Vogel said. “Anthony Davis has perfect verticality, and it should be a play on. And the time before that, Markieff Morris has his hand on the ball. That should be a play on. They were given four free throws and made it an uphill battle for us.

“Very disappointed in that aspect of the game, but our group’s fine. We’re going to bounce back strong. We’ll have a better performance in Game 6.”

When asked about the Davis foul, LeBron James thought Davis had good defensive positioning, but it didn’t seem to bother him as much as Vogel.

“I thought AD made a heck of a play at the rim,” James said. “I felt he was chest to chest with Jimmy, making him change the trajectory of his shot, and the call didn’t go our way. I felt like at that point in time, it was a tough call, but they made the call. We still had an opportunity to win.

“But we felt like with AD, with him at the rim and him contesting things like that, we felt like it could have swayed our way. But it didn’t.”

James is absolutely right about the Lakers having an opportunity to win the title. After Butler hit two free throws to give the Heat a one-point lead with 16.8 seconds left, James found Danny Green for a wide-open look at the top of the key. He missed short, and Markieff Morris corralled the offensive rebound only to fire the ball out of bounds.

Vogel may not be happy with the calls, but the fact is the Lakers allowed Butler to get into the paint and put defenders in bad positions. On the Morris foul, Butler split two Lakers and got his body into Morris. On the Davis foul, the Lakers failed to communicate on a screen and gave Butler a free runway to the rim.

Plus, Vogel didn’t have a challenge left because he used it earlier in the game on a James offensive foul that had no real chance of being overturned, and Los Angeles blew multiple chances to close it out.

This was an incredible Finals battle, and it will be remembered for the haymakers being thrown back and forth by Butler and James, not a couple calls that weren’t even particularly egregious. On to Game 6.

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Holland 0-1 Mexico: Frank de Boer loses his first game in charge

Holland 0-1 Mexico: Frank de Boer loses his first game in charge of the Netherlands after taking over from Ronald Koeman when he left to join Barcelona

  • Holland lost 1-0 to Mexico in their first game under new manager Frank de Boer
  • De Boer hoped to prove the doubters wrong with his return to the Netherlands
  • However, Gerardo Martino’s side deprived him of that with a 60th minute goal 
  • Raul Jimenez was taken down in the box and scored a penalty to put them ahead

Holland lost 1-0 to Mexico in their first game under new manager Frank de Boer, who took over last month after Ronald Koeman left to join Barcelona.

De Boer had hoped to prove the doubters wrong with his return to the Netherlands but Gerardo Martino’s side deprived him of that opportunity with a 60th minute goal.

It was 29-year-old forward, Raul Jimenez, who found the net from the penalty spot to see Mexico triumph over the Oranje in the second half of the game. 

Jimenez was initially taken down in the penalty box in the 57th minute before being awarded a penalty to put Mexico ahead at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

It is clear Mexico have found stability under head coach Martino since he took over in January 2019. 

The result against Holland has seen the 57-year-old claim a victory in his first game in Europe at the national team’s manager.

Holland lost 1-0 to Mexico in their first game under new manager Frank de Boer (above)

Raul Jimenez was taken down in the box and scored a penalty to put them ahead in the 60th


Netherlands XI: Krul; Hateboer, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Wijndal; Koopmeiners, Wijnaldum, Van de Beek; Berghuis, Babel, Memphis

Mexico XI: Talavera; Luis Rodríguez, Montes, Héctor Moreno, Gallardo; Edson Alvarez, Guardado, Héctor Herrera; Pizarro, Raúl Jiménez, Corona 

Goal: Raul Jimenez (60)

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Frank Lampard explains why Edouar Mendy is speaking in French to Chelsea defence

Frank Lampard insists he has no issue with Edouard Mendy communicating in French to his Chelsea defenders after watching his new signing keep a clean sheet in Saturday’s resounding win over Crystal Palace.

Second half goals from Ben Chilwell and Kurt Zouma, allied to a brace of penalties from Jorginho, helped Chelsea bounce back from their midweek Carabao Cup defeat against Tottenham.

Mendy made his debut against Spurs and was unable to play the starring role in a disappointing penalty shootout loss that was ultimately settled by Mason Mount’s costly miss.

The Senegal international was hardly troubled on his Premier League bow with Roy Hodgson’s obdurate side unable to muster a shot on target.

With fans, however, still absent from Stamford Bridge it was easy to hear the 28-year-old direct his backline in French, despite the presence of England international Ben Chilwell.

Asked about the potential communication issues after the match, Lampard replied: ‘I don’t know about Ben learning it, it’s been a long time since I learned French at school.

‘I think it’s a position we’re in at the moment. Edou speaks good English as well to be fair.

‘I think it makes sense obviously with Kurt and Thiago in front of him that he can speak French, Azpi does as well. I think we’ll get there very quickly with that.

‘The organisation and focus of the back four plus Edou was very good today, regardless of language and that was a big bonus for us.

‘We’re bringing new players into the team, the back five is where you want to be solid, you want to see if it settles very quickly and today it looked good.’

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