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Jorginho Raves About Chelsea Youngster Mason Mount

Jorginho has tipped team-mate Mason Mount to go on and become a goal machine due to his work rate.

The youngster has been a fully-fledged member of the Blues first-team since the beginning of the 2019/20 season and was integrated into the first-team plans by former manager Frank Lampard, becoming a first-team regular ever since.

Mount did struggle for consistency towards the end of 2020, so much so that some cited this as a factor behind why Lampard was eventually sacked by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Since Tuchel was appointed as Chelsea boss, no player has scored more goals for the club than Mount.

“He works for the whole team. He’s not just focused on goals for himself.

“And that means the goals will just come naturally for him because he works hard, he is always in the right position.

“He needs to keep working like that and then of course he will get a lot of goals in his career.”

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Mount is certainly going to be an England first-team regular

At his current rate, Mount is most definitely going to play a key role in England’s Euro 2020 plans. He is one of the most active Blues team members when the team is out of possession, working extremely hard to eventually put the ball back into the control of his team.

He also uses his pace to his advantage, often using his speed in order to close down opponents who may be trying to launch attacking moves of their own.

One of Mount’s best qualities is his superb passing of the ball. He is also able to use difficult and unique angles as a means of distributing his passes through the lines of the opposition. When he takes possession from players, he challenges the defensive players that are around him.

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Mount has proven his critics wrong

Mount was accused by some critics of being a Lampard favourite but there is no doubt that he has proved those doubters wrong as he has gone on to star even more since Lampard departed the club.

It remains to be seen how he will progress in the future but he definitely does have the makings of a Blues club legend if he can continue to progress at a steady rate.

 

Football Legends Who Failed To Sparkle At Chelsea

There is an element of truth to the claim that the Premier League is a tougher league to shine in than the other leagues across Europe. There have been quite a few football legends who have not managed to emulate their world-class ability on a consistent basis in the Premier League as compared to the other leagues across the world.

The following are football legends who failed to sparkle in their time at Chelsea.

George Weah

Weah who is regarded as the greatest African footballer of all time joined the Blues on loan in 2000 from AC Milan. To date, Weah who is currently the President of Liberia remains the only African to have won the Ballon d’Or award.

Weah was past his prime when he joined the Blues but managed to score the winner on debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

Though he scored three goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, then manager Gianluca Vialli opted against making his contract permanent. Weah subsequently joined newly promoted Manchester City the following season.

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Andriy Shevchenko

The Ukraine football legend and 2004 Ballon D’or winner joined the Blues in 2006 following a successful spell with AC Milan which saw him win the Serie A and Champions League.

In three years at Chelsea, Shevchenko went on to net just 22 times in all competitions from 77 appearances. He showed flashes of brilliance but ultimately failed to find the type of consistency that is required of a player to lead the line for the Blues.

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Juan Sebastian Veron

Prior to the emergence of Lionel Messi in the mid-2000s, the midfield anchorman Veron was arguably Argentina’s most feared player. Veron earned a high-profile move to Manchester United in 2001. After a failure to get going at United, Chelsea opted to give Veron a chance to prove himself in 2003. He scored just one goal from 14 appearances in all competitions, Veron went on to join Inter Milan and then Estudiantes on loan.

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Who Are The Germans To Have Played For Chelsea?

Chelsea spent heavily on recruiting the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz prior to the start of the season. The duo have not enjoyed the best debut campaign in England so far, though, in their defence, they are still young players and may just need some extra time to adapt to the new country and culture.

Havertz and Werner are not the first Germans to play for the Blues.

The others are:

Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger joined the Blues from Roma in 2017. He has been a success in his time at Stamford Bridge and helped the club win a FA Cup and Europa League.

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Andre Schürrle

The 2014 World Cup winner joined the Blues in 2013 from Bayer Leverkusen. He was a first-team regular in his first season at the club, helping the Blues to land the Premier League title.

However, he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge the following campaign before returning to Germany with VFL Wolfsburg. Schürrle was unable to replicate the consistency which saw him become so highly rated in his early 20’s. He was last on the books of Spartak Moscow and ended up retiring from football in 2020, aged just 29.

Marko Marin

Like Schürrle, Marin was highly-rated as a youth before never quite living up to his potential. He joined the Blues in 2012 from Werder Bremen. He would remain on the books of the Blues for four years, serving loan spells in Turkey, Italy, and Spain.

The playmaker is currently a free agent. Aged 32, he was last on the books of Saudi club Al-Raed.

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Michael Ballack

After success with Bayern Munch, the German midfield dynamo joined Chelsea in 2006 at the age of 30. He went on to spend four successful years with the club, helping it to one Premier League title, three FA Cups, and one League Cup.

Ballack left the Blues in the summer of 2012, returning to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. He retired from football in 2012.

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Robert Huth

Huth had a rather interesting career. Though born in East Germany, the former German international spent his entire professional career in England. The former centre-back joined the Stamford Bridge club from FC Union Berlin in 2001 before graduating to the first team in 2002.

Though mainly a squad rotation option during his time with the Blues, Huth helped the club win two Premier League titles. He left the Blues in 2006 and joined Middlesbrough before having spells with Stoke City and Leicester City.

The highlight of Huth’s career was in 2015-16 as he was a key part of the Leicester team which claimed the Premier League.

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Sebastian Kneißl

Kneißl is definitely the most unknown player in this list and spent five years on the books of the Blues, though he never made a competitive league appearance for the club.

After leaving Chelsea in 2005, he had  spells with lower league teams in England and Germany and a loan spell with Westerlo.

He retired from professional football in 2013, having last been on the books of German club SV Heimstetten.

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Three Former Chelsea Players Who Betrayed The Club

Michael Owen may have been one of Liverpool’s best youth products and was adored by the Anfield club’s fans as a young striker.

However, it’s safe to say that the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner will not be considered a legend in the eyes of most Reds fans. He forced through a transfer to Real Madrid in 2004. Owen further insulted Liverpool fans in 2009 when he opted to sign for their arch-rivals Manchester United in 2009 after his contract with Newcastle ended.

The following are three players who insulted Chelsea in a similar way to how Owen insulted Liverpool.

Oscar

Oscar shocked the football world in 2017 when he opted to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG where he has remained ever since. The South American was a mainstay in the Blues starting xi during his five years at the club between 2012-17, helping it to win two Premier League titles, one League Cup and one Europa League.

By signing for the Chinese club in the prime of his powers, Oscar also sacrificed his international career with Brazil and he has not represented his country since 2015.

Though Oscar’s decision seems bizarre, he can also be considered a genius. The money that he is earning in China means that he won’t have to stress for funds after retirement.

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Diego Costa

The Brazilian-born Spanish striker joined Chelsea in 2014 from Atletico Madrid and was expected to be the heir to club legend Didier Drogba. Costa showed class at Stamford Bridge as he went on to score 52 Premier League goals from 89 appearances for the club.

Chelsea fans would have been relieved as karma appears to have caught up with Costa. His return to Atletico failed to yield success and ended on bitter terms in December 2020.

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Eden Hazard

During a seven-year spell with Chelsea, Hazard managed to become one of the best playmakers in English and world football.

He left Chelsea to join Real Madrid in order to take his career to the next level and win the Champions League, something which he failed to do at Chelsea.

Karma also appears to have caught up with the Belgian. He has been a shadow of the player that he was for Chelsea at Los Blancos.

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Three Players Frank Lampard Transformed At Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s tenure as Chelsea boss ended in January 2021 on less than ideal terms. The Blues club legend showed much promise in his first season at the helm of the club in his first season as he led it to a top-four finish.

However, his lack of experience started to show in the 2020/21 season as his lack of experience and man-management skills became apparent.

There were some positive developments in Lampard’s reign as manager of the club.

The following are three players that he transformed for the better.

Tammy Abraham

Prior to the start of the 2019/20 season, there were doubts over whether Abraham was good enough to play in the Premier League. Whilst, the striker had shone in the Championship in two different stints with Bristol City and Aston Villa, his only prior experience in the Premier League was a failed spell with Swansea City which yielded just five goals from 31 league appearances.

Abraham went on to score 15 league goals last season from 34 appearances. Whilst he has struggled to score regularly this season, he did prove under Lampard that he is more than good enough to play in the English top-flight.

Even if Abraham ends up leaving Stamford Bridge, it’s unlikely that he will return to the Championship.

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Mason Mount

Mount had no English Premier League experience prior to last season, however he did work under Lampard as the two worked together at Derby County in the 2018/19 season.

Lampard took a big decision by including the youngster in his Premier League plans for last season and moreover, playing him regularly.

Mount held his own in the top-flight and even went on to become a key part of the England team. After Lampard’s sacking, some suggested that Mount was a favourite of the former Chelsea manager.

However, he has held his own under Thomas Tuchel, proving the naysayers wrong.

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Jorginho

Jorginho was cited as being a problem when Maurizio Sarri was manager of the Blues and the club struggled to achieve consistency.

Under Lampard, he became more than a one-dimensional figure and became a key part of the club’s midfield.

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What Caused Frank Lampard’s Downfall at Chelsea?

Chelsea is one of the greatest football clubs in history. Although the team has had many ups and downs throughout the years, it has been a top contender for as long as we can remember. Currently, Chelsea is undergoing a period of transition after Frank Lampard was sacked and Thomas Tuchel was brought as his replacement.

The second season for Frank Lampard was very rocky and the club decided not to give him any more time, which is why he was sacked. This is exactly the topic that we wanted to discuss in this article. We are going to try and pinpoint the cause which led to Lampard’s failure. But first, let’s see how influential Chelsea as a football club is.

Chelsea’s Influence

Chelsea influence reaches numerous industries in every corner of the planet. The club has millions of supporters and young kids look up to the players as role models and use them as motivation to succeed in life.

One of the most interesting industries that are influenced by this club is the online casino industry, which is why we wanted to mention it. Research showed that Chelsea fans and football fans, in general, are fond of the idea of playing casino games online. Online casinos have had a massive surge in popularity recently due to the unique gaming experience that they provide the registered players with.

So, some of the most reputable game providers in the world started supplying online casinos with various Chelsea-themed games. Virtual sports, live dealer games, and slot games are the most commonly Chelsea-themed games. Online casinos such as www.casimba.com/en-gb/ feature these games and they are extremely entertaining.

Now, let’s check out what was the cause for Lampard’s failure.

Too Many New Players is The Main Reason

Many so-called experts will name tons of reasons as to why he failed. Ne was new to the game, lacked the experience, was too emotional, he is not fit to be a manager, etc., but these are false claims. Why? Because Lampard proved that he is worthy to be a Chelsea manager after the massive success he had with the club in his first year there.

The main reason as to why he failed is much simpler than that – too many new signings in the summer. Since Chelsea had a lot of money to spare, the board just decided to go all-in and buy every prospect. Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and Thiago Silva were just a few players that Chelsea brought.

While this may sound like a good thing because most of them are already proven players, the fact is that no club will ever succeed in creating a perfect harmony in which the players will know how to work as a collective if they are just getting to know each other. Their skills and talents don’t mean a lot if they cannot work together.

Creating the perfect team harmony takes time, patience, and steady development. That was the main problem that Frank faced and failed to overcome and that led to his demise and failure. Now, we only hope that Tuchel can fix this error.

Lampard Insists He Will Stick To His Principles

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has insisted that he will stick to his principles amidst the club’s current poor form. The Blues are currently winless in their last three games, having lost two of those against Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.

In the two defeats, Lampard’s lack of strategy and man-management appeared to manifest itself.  Lampard’s lack of prior managerial experience appears to be showing. It is important to remember that he lacked experience at the highest level prior to taking up the Chelsea job.

Prior to being appointed Blues manager, Lampard’s also previous managerial experience came when he led Championship club Derby County.

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Lampard is under pressure

Lampard was given massive funding to invest on strengthening the squad last summer. He spent heavily in order to bring in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. The German duo, in particular, appears to have struggled to so far adapt to life in England.

So far, the Blues have not shown signs of significant improvement from last season. Should they fail to attain a top-four finish this season, it is unlikely that Lampard will remain at the helm of the team beyond this summer, especially considering how harsh the club has been with managers before.

“I’m not stupid, I know that we need to get results. We want to get results. Do I change things? Sometimes, a little bit. I tweak things. You have to search, but you also have to stick to your principles.” said Lampard as reported by Sky Sports. 

Lampard can still pick things up

It is still a bit too premature to make a fair judgement that Lampard is not the right man to lead the West London club. After all, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on the verge of being sacked by Manchester United a couple of times before managing to string together a good run of results. Lampard needs to do the same.

Forget Mendy, Chelsea Must Eye Italian Keeper

After watching Kepa Arrizabalaga make error after error, Chelsea eventually realized that they had to make a change in goal, bringing in Edouard Mendy from Rennes last summer.

Mendy arrived at Stamford Bridge at the prime of his powers, at 28-years-old and following an impressive Ligue 1 season. The Senegal international initially showed some strong signs in England, however, some of his recent mistakes have led to concerns about whether he will truly ever be a world-class keeper.

The Blues need a world-class keeper between the sticks if they want to challenge for major silverware, they simply cannot have an ordinary keeper in the position.

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Donnarumma is now an elite keeper 

It’s safe to say that Donnarumma is now one of the best goalkeepers in world football. It’s hard to believe that the keeper dubbed the “modern-day Buffon” has already amassed nearly 200 appearances in the Serie A. He is still just 21-years-old and most players his age are still working their way into first-team football.

With keepers now playing well into their 40’s, especially Italian’s, Donnarumma could potentially have more than 19-years left in the tank. Gianluigi Buffon is still going strong for Juventus at 42 and if Donnarumma is to follow the example of the former long-time Italy first-choice keeper, he will play for another two decades.

Mendy seems like a decent enough goalkeeper to play in the Premier League. But is he good enough to help Chelsea win major trophies? Thus far, the signs have not been promising but time will tell.

Every side needs a top goalkeeper. Manchester City have that in Ederson, Liverpool have it in Alisson and Bayern Munich have it in Manuel Neuer.

During their heyday, Chelsea had that in Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois and since the departure of the latter to Real Madrid in 2018, they have been unable to win the Premier League.

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Chelsea Players Whose Contracts Expire Next Summer

Every year players come and go from football clubs. The following are players from the club whose contracts are due to expire at the end of the 2020/21 season as per Transfermarkt.

Olivier Giroud 

Giroud has made no secret of his desire to play for France at the rescheduled European Championships this summer. He arrived at the club in January 2018 as an emergency transfer when the Blues were struggling to find a consistent player to lead their line and amidst the struggles of Alvaro Morata at the time.

Giroud has done his bit for the Blues. With Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in Frank Lampard’s squad, it is unlikely that he will be staying at the club beyond this summer, this time for real.

It remains to be seen whether Giroud also wants to play in the 2022 World Cup. If so, his next destination may be another club from Europe’s top five leagues.

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Willy Caballero

The Argentine joined the club during the summer of 2017 on a free transfer and his duty was to act as a cover option. The 39-year-old has done a professional job whenever called upon and has gone on to make 11 Premier League appearances in his time at Stamford Bridge so far.

Caballero may opt to continue his career elsewhere but his position will be better served going to a younger keeper who can challenge Edouard Mendy for the first-choice goalkeeping position.

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Thiago Silva

From all the players on this list, Silva is the most likely to remain at the club next season. After joining the Blues this summer, he agreed to sign a one year contract with the club, with a clause to possibly extend his stay at the Bridge by a further year.

Silva has so far been a hit in England. It will not be surprising if Lampard wants to keep him for a further year.

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The Chelsea Legends Who Were Mainly Squad Rotation Players

Achieving legendary status at a club is an honour bestowed on few players, ordinarily requiring a long and successful tenure in which they capture the imagination of the team’s faithful. While Chelsea’s roll of honours is full of more recognisable names, there are two players who stand out when it comes to having legendary status at Chelsea but who were admittedly mainly used as squad rotation players.

Paulo Ferreira

The former Portugal international was one of the players that followed Jose Mourinho from FC Porto to Chelsea in 2004 after the self-proclaimed “Special One” started his first stint with the Blues. Ferreira went on to spend nine years at Chelsea as mainly a squad rotation player. Ferriera served as cover for players including Juliano Belletti, Michael Essien, Jose Bosingwa, Ashley Cole, and Branislav Ivanovic during his time with Chelsea. In retirement, Ferreira serves as trade as loan player technical coach at Stamford Bridge, and he could even be an outsider to take the Blues hot seat one day; calculate your bet on bonuscodebets.co.uk to work out the next manager odds.

The former full-back was a regular during his first season with the West London club as he went on to play 29 Premier League games during the 2004/05 season which the Blues won. Ferreira helped the Blues to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups,  one Champions League and one Europa League. Indeed, despite not being one of the most memorable stars, he is one of the most decorated Blues players in history.

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Carlo Cudicini

Cudicini was perhaps one of the most unlucky players in Europe during the mid-2000s.  The Italian was Chelsea’s undisputed number one goalkeeper between 2000-2004 and what many people forget is that he was actually Chelsea’s Player of the Year in 2002. However, Cudicini went on to spend the last five years of his stint with Chelsea as the club’s second-choice goalkeeper after Petr Cech joined the club in 2004.

Cech went on to establish himself as one of the greatest Premier League goalkeepers in history and Cudicini never really threatened the legendary goalkeeper’s position. Not only was Cudicini unlucky at club level but he also had bad luck at international level. After turning out for Italy in U-18 and U-21 football, he never made a single appearance for the senior Italy team. Had Gianluigi Buffon maintained a stronghold of the Italian first-choice goalkeeping position for nearly two decades, Cudicini may have played international football as well.

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Chelsea Star Kai Havertz Raves About Billy Gilmour

Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz has revealed that he has been impressed by team-mate Billy Gilmour.

“We all know that Billy is a very talented player with a lot of qualities,” Kai Havertz told Chelsea’s official site.

“He is still very young like me, but in the Champions League he played very good, and we are all very happy with him. He has a big future ahead of him.

“We know we created a lot of chances but we have to score the goals, but we didn’t do that. We have to practice for that of course.”

After missing the first two months of the season following knee surgery in the summer, Gilmour made his first start of the season last week in his side’s 1-1 Champions League draw against Krasnodar.

The Scotland U21 international is one of the most highly-rated young prospects within the Blues first-team. He was introduced to the first-team picture last season and made 11 appearances in all competitions.  His advanced skills for his age have led to him being dubbed “the Scottish Messi” and he has been playing for the Scotland U-21 team since he was just 17-years-old.

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Gilmour will be aiming to become a first-team regular

Gilmour has attracted praise for his composure on the ball and drawn comparisons to Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.  After getting his first start of the season, Gilmour’s target will now be to go on and become a first-team regular in the side this season.

As a manager, Frank Lampard has never shied away from giving youth regular playing time. It will now be up to Gilmour to prove himself in training and impress the boss.

Gilmour does not face an easy task, especially as the Blues spent £220 million on bolstering their squad last summer. If he does not become a first-team regular by the end of this season, he should seriously consider a loan spell in order to gain more experience at the highest level.

Chelsea Should Let Olivier Giroud Leave In January

It is safe to say that Olivier Giroud is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The striker has become the Blues third-choice striker since the arrival of Timo Werner at the club last summer.

The third choice striker usually does not feature much for the club. It would be better if the Blues had a young striker occupying the third choice striker role, someone who would be able to feed off the knowledge of Tammy Abraham and Werner whilst providing them with stuff competition.

He memorably finished as the leading goal scorer in the 2018/19 Europa League as he banged in 11 goals to guide the Blues to the trophy. The trophy was a welcome relief for the club after they had struggled that season.

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Giroud has done his fair share for the club

The Frenchman surprisingly joined the club in January 2018 from Arsenal. He joined at a time when Alvaro Morata was struggling to score goals for the club. Most people would not have expected Giroud to remain at the club for the almost three years.

He ended up being a good servant to the club since then. The transfer ban which the Blues were slapped with last season meant that the club had to keep Giroud for longer than they would have anticipated.

The 2018 World Cup winner still has international ambitions and wants to play in the rescheduled European Championships next year. It is safe to say that Giroud will probably not make the France Euro squad if he does not play regularly.

The criteria for gaining selection to Les Bleus is incredibly difficult. The French will go into the European Championships as one of the favourites.

Giroud could still have a lot to contribute to the French squad even though he is now 34-years-old. His skills and experience mean that young players can learn a lot from him.

 

Kai Havertz Gives Insight Into Why He Opted To Join Chelsea

During his four years with the first team of Bayer Leverkusen, Kai Havertz went on to establish himself as one of the most highly-rated young prospects in European football.  Despite being just 21-years-old, he had already boosted more than 100 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen before his arrival at Stamford Bridge prior to the start of this season.

Due to his displays last season, Havertz became the target of a number of big clubs across Europe. He was even linked with a move to Bayern Munich- the club where most of the best German talents spend the majority of their careers.

Now, he has revealed that Blues manager Frank Lampard was a motivating factor behind his decision to join the West London club. Havertz is hoping to also emulate Lampard’s midfield heroics as a player for the club.

“I was always impressed with his scoring threat”, said Havertz to Sportsbild.

“I found that outstanding for a midfielder. That’s what I want I want to measure myself against. The fact that he was so successful and at the same time so personable impresses me,” added the youngster whose performances have been impressive so far.

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Chelsea have an enterprising young side

With the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Ben Chilwell, and Callum Hudson-Odoi on their first-team ranks, the Blues have one of the best young but talented sides in the Premier League.

Whilst they may not be among the favourites to challenge for the Premier League title this season, Lampard can use this term as a platform upon which to lay the foundations for future success. The side is also certainly capable of challenging for the Cup trophies that are on offer.

The youngsters in the team can draw upon the experiences of more senior players such as Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, captain Cesar Azpilicueta and striker Olivier Giroud.

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Chelsea’s Champions League Ambitions

The 2019/20 season presented Chelsea with the opportunity to show the world of football their ambitions. It was manager Frank Lampard’s first attempt on the European front, but, honestly, not much was expected from the rookie manager and his young team. Coming only a year after the previously-installed sanctions had been lifted, any new signing would mean Chelsea needed a little time to gel.

Rookies Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Christian Pulisic, and co, were pooled in the same group as the ultimate champions Bayern Munich. The first leg was a home tie for the prodigies, but again, nothing much was expected. Expecting the boys to pick a point off the German heavyweights, let alone beat them was a big ask. The Bavarians visited London and beat the home side 3 goals to nil – just what many punters with Betway sports betting had predicted. 

The 2020/21 Season

After a busy transfer window that saw major signings join Lampard, hopes are high. Chelsea fans will be forgiven for not believing too much, yet. But one of Chelsea’s new boys thinks otherwise. 

Former RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner moved to the Bridge only this season, and is optimistic this could be their year. Chelsea has 7 points from their opening three fixtures, the latest being a 3-0 win at home against French minnows Rennes. 

“Every team, not only us, that plays Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday – it’s difficult.” Werner said.

“But we have a big squad of good players. We have so many players and so many good players and I think with this we have to have the goal to come very far in this competition. We are not here to say ‘we will get in the next round and we will see’ we are here to win the Champions League in the next years.”

Frank Lampard already boasts a lot of experience in his ranks. He has ramped up his defence with the experience of Brazilian and former PSG stalwart Thiago Silva. Silva was a losing finalist in the August final in the hands of Bayern Munich, but his experience and his backline command should be massive for the Blues. 

If Christian Pulisic can pull through his injuries, Lampard has someone to take him forward. The young American struggled with injuries towards the end of last season, but he showed what he’s made of in his limited appearances. Bet on the remaining fixtures with Betway, plus other sporting events taking pla