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Chelsea's English head coach Frank Lampard watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2019.

Frank Lampard’s spending would go over R3.2b if he secures Kai Havertz

Frank Lampard has been on a post-lockdown spending spree. I guess he is one of the very few people who can afford to break the bank in times like these. I, on the other hand, have been ignoring my landlord’s phones calls. Enough about me and my pending eviction. Frank Lampard began his series of purchases with £50m (R950m) forward Timo Werner and midfielder Hakim Ziyech, who joined from Ajax for £37m (R570m), with the probable arrival of Kai Havertz taking spending to over £170million (R3.2b).

The fee, according to the Sun, would cost the London club £63million (R1.2b) upfront, with add ons taking the overall cost to over £90million (R1.7b).

After their transfer ban, Chelsea would have finally blown through the £150million (R2.8b) they received from Real Madrid for the sale of Eden Hazard.

Frank Lampard has done a good job for a rookie manager. He had to make do with a squad of talented but green youngsters, a few top-quality players, and older players who are past their prime. 


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Lampard’s team is currently third on the EPL log. With only a couple of games left, they are only four points away from a guaranteed champions league spot. The squad, with their new exciting talented young signings, is only going to get better.

However…

All three signings are attackers. Chelsea hasn’t had problems scoring goals. They have issues with keeping them out. Their current crew of centre backs of Antonio Rüdiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are good but not great. Frank may have been best suited to purchase two to three backline players. 

The transfer window isn’t closing anytime soon. But the Chelsea board won’t be eager to hand Lampard their credit card after he already put R3.2b on it.

Even though they are probably out of this year’s champions league, I’m confident Chelsea will qualify for next season’s competition. They are in the final of the FA Cup against a below-average Arsenal so I’m pretty sure they will win that trophy too. That would be a very good first year for a first-time manager in the EPL. Next year though, his Chelsea side needs to compete for league honours and go deep in the champions league. There will be no excuses of a transfer ban or being an inexperienced manager at this level. 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worried after loss to Chelsea in FA Cup semi-final

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘It didn’t work today…’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side got beat by 3 goals to 1 against Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup last night. His team was trash.

Solskjaer made five changes from the team that had won 0-2 against Crystal Palace during the week.

Not only did he make alterations to the team, he decided to make adjustments to the setup too. Abandoning the 4-2-3-1 formation and starting with a 5-3-2.

After claiming “We picked a team to give us a best possible opportunity to go through in the cup…” He admitted that his team selection “didn’t work”


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“We picked a team to give us a best possible opportunity to go through in the cup and be ready for Wednesday [against West Ham]. It didn’t work today. We had to change things at half-time when Eric came off but that will stand us in good stead for Wednesday. I picked the team today to go through.”

Before this loss, Manchester United shit didn’t stink. They were 19 games unbeaten and played their best football post-lockdown. Going on a run of 6 wins, 2 draws, and 0 defeats. Apart from the first game back against Spurs and an FA Cup quarterfinal game versus Norwich City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played with the same eleven.

The team was free-flowing and scoring goals for fun. This is why it came as a surprise to many when Ole changed the team and system so drastically for such a big game.

“Everyone has to perform and everyone has a chance to stake a claim,” Solskjaer said defending his decision to field his B team. 

The B Team

Manchester United’s first team has been brilliant but things most often fall apart once the substitutes are introduced. Players like Fred, Williams, and McTominay, who all have had great seasons pre-lockdown, now look like they should be playing for Norwich. And their goalkeeper…. Don’t get me started on David De Gea…

“David knows he should have saved the second goal, but that’s done now. It’s hard for a goalkeeper to make amends. It’s so much easier for outfield players. He showed in the rest of the game that he made a few good saves but David knows he should have saved that one.”

 

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David De Gea was at fault for the first two goals and should have done better on the third. De Gea has been bad for a couple of years now. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to make difficult decisions on the goalkeeping position.

United may have been overhyped. Chelsea were the first decent team they played against post-lockdown and they made them look average. Manchester United supporters should keep faith in their attacking talent. But their manager, defence, and goalkeeper shouldn’t inspire much confidence going forward.

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Leo Messi Doesn't Want To Sign New Contract

Former Barca President: Leo Messi Will Leave Barcelona

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta concerned that Lionel Messi could quit the Nou Camp due to beef in the boardroom. Leo Messi has less than 12 months remaining on his Barcelona contract. He hasn’t been impressed with how the team has been performing and he refusing to sign a new deal.

Joan Laporta who was Barcelona president between 2003 and 2010 thinks the guy who is currently in the position, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is whack.

“I want him (Messi) to stay in 2021 but I am scared that a bad decision of this board could result in an irreversible decision,” Laporta said at an event at Sant Joan de Deu hospital on Wednesday.

“It’s not BarcaGate, it’s BartoGate, I am worried about how the status of the club is being put at risk.”


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Leo Messi is said to hate Bartomeu guts. Okay, I may be exaggerating. But Messi is trying to politic Bartomeu out of his position as the Ramaphosa of Barcelona. The next upcoming Barcelona presidential election will take place in the summer (our winter) of 2021 – usually a date in June.

Messi is using his leverage, as the best player on the planet, to get this guy out of Barcelona. Messi’s current contract expires in June 2021. He is probably going to wait it out till the end of next season before he makes a decision. He may be playing a game of chicken or he may be dead ass serious. Barcelona right now is a middle table team without Messi. They cannot afford to left him, and worse for FREE!🙆🏾‍♂️

 

 

 

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