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Premier League
What does Barkley's uprise mean for Loftus-Cheek?
17:00 Friday 13th March 2020

Ruben Loftus-Cheek hasn’t had any luck with injuries. The most recent one ruled him out for almost a year. But the light is emerging at the end of the tunnel. He’s taking his time in making himself available for Frank Lampard…

Premier League
Could Willian leave Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal?
19:01 Tuesday 10th March 2020

As Frank Lampard carries out a rebuilding job at Chelsea, many players have been the subject of transfer speculation. Olivier Giroud's name is cropping up in the news pretty frequently, but the likes of Marcos Alonso, Willy Caballero,…

Premier League
Has Frank Lampard unlocked Ross Barkley?
08:44 Tuesday 10th March 2020

Jersey #8 was made iconic at Chelsea because one man chose to perform great exploits on the football pitch while wearing it. There’s precious little to say about Frank Lampard’s immaculate Chelsea career [as a player]. Such high…

Premier League
Has Chelsea ruined N’Golo Kante’s career?
09:01 Monday 3rd February 2020

Here’s a pop question for you. Is N’Golo Kante still the best defensive midfielder in the world? He was, between 2016 and 2018. Now, uncertainty usurps confidence. While Kante still struts about in his usual demeanour, questions…

Premier League
BeIn Sport must be stopped
17:00 Tuesday 14th January 2020

At last count [2018], the United Kingdom’s population stood at 66.44 million. When Stadium Maps ranked the 2019/20 Premier League sides by their Facebook followers, the combined total came to 267,986,614. Even though a few million of…

Italy
Can the new sturdy midfielders revitalise Napoli?
12:01 Tuesday 14th January 2020

New management, same old results. The miserable cycle doesn’t end for Napoli. As their former gaffer tackles a new burden in the deep blue of Merseyside, the new one tears his hair out trying to fix the problems. Gennaro Gattuso’s…

Premier League
Does Chelsea need a creative playmaker in January?
17:01 Friday 3rd January 2020

As Frank Lampard must’ve discovered, there are upsides and downsides to opting for a youthful front-line. Tammy Abraham’s coming-of-age stands a shining example of his managerial strengths. But Chelsea’s attacking…

Premier League
Blue It: Why are Chelsea struggling to string together results?
12:00 Tuesday 10th December 2019

Chelsea’s poor performance against Everton wasn’t surprising to ardent Blues fans. Even at their absolute worst, Everton’s uncanny ability to morph into 1970 Brazil for one game against their London counterparts,…

Premier League
Are Chelsea over Eden Hazard's departure?
08:00 Tuesday 26th November 2019

Chelsea endured a rollercoaster ride last season, concluding the campaign on a high note. Finishing third was a pleasant surprise but winning the Europa League was the main deal. The Blues dominated London rivals Arsenal in Baku to win the…

Capital One Cup
Were Norwich the perfect Chelsea tune-up for Manchester United?
08:01 Wednesday 30th October 2019

I am convinced that on some level, even if it was only subconscious, most of the Love United, Hate Glazers mob were rooting for Norwich City to run riot over the Red Devils at Carrow Road. The Canaries green and yellow kit recalls the old Newton…

European Championships
Are Mancini's Azzurri true blue?
09:01 Monday 14th October 2019

When Josh King put away Norway’s stoppage-time penalty on Saturday, snatching a draw at the death against Spain in Euro 2020 Group F after England had lost the previous night in Prague, only two perfect nations remained in the qualifying…

Premier League
Jorginho proving Chelsea fans wrong
09:01 Thursday 10th October 2019

Maurizio Sarri didn't expect such a rough ride when he left the San Paolo for Stamford Bridge in 2018. Neither did his poster boy. Brazilian-born Italian international Jorginho was the midfield engine in Sarri's Napoli…

Italy
Has Roberto Mancini struck gold in Azzurri midfield?
09:00 Friday 13th September 2019

When Roberto Mancini signed as Italy’s manager, the Azzurri were in dire straits. Fresh off a shocking failure to qualify for the World Cup, it wasn’t the job for the light-hearted. Since then, he’s executed exactly what…

Premier League
Lampard following Sarri's tactics with N'Golo Kante
09:02 Sunday 18th August 2019

Any comparison between Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard is ridiculous. Both came to Chelsea with questions about their readiness to take on a top-six Premier League side but one had far more on his CV to justify the opportunity. The Italian…

Premier League
2019/20 Chelsea Premier League preview
17:00 Wednesday 7th August 2019

For Chelsea supporters, they're experiencing the dreaded feeling of heading into a Premier League campaign unable to sign new players.  Frank Lampard’s litmus test begins on Sunday when taking his Blues squad to square up…