Paul Merson suggest Chelsea are missing the services of David Luiz

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson suggests Chelsea are missing the ball-playing abilities of David Luiz at the heart of the defence. The Brazil international has been an influential performer for the Blues over the years, but he is no longer in their ranks after he made the surprise move to Premier League rivals Arsenal before the transfer deadline.

Since then, the Blues have opened their Premier League campaign with a disappointing 4-0 loss to Manchester United on the road and Merson believes the departure of Luiz from the club’s ranks has reduced the quality in the club’s backline. Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson indicated that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga prefers to play out from the back and that may not necessarily suit the current central defensive combination of Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.

Kovacic looking forward to scoring goals under Frank Lampard

Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic is hoping to learn to score more goals under the guidance of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. The midfielder spent the previous campaign on loan with the west London giants and he managed to sufficiently impress during the 51 appearances to secure a permanent move to the club.

Despite this, the 25-year-old was disappointing on the creativity front with not a single goal scored but he is hoping to make amends under Lampard, who is currently the club’s all-time scorer with 211 goals, he said: “I’m looking forward to working with him a lot. He was an amazing player and he showed last season that he is a good coach as well. I’m looking forward to learning how to score from him because he scored quite a lot and me not so much last season! I’m maybe not exactly the same type of midfielder as he was but he had some strong abilities, especially scoring goals.”

Dennis Wise worried about Lampard’s expected recruitment at Chelsea

Former Chelsea star Dennis Wise is unsure over the recruitment of Frank Lampard as the new Blues head coach. The west London giants recently ended their association with Maurizio Sarri and reports have since claimed Lampard will take over at the helm with talks at an advanced stage to release him from Championship side Derby County.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Wise said that Lampard could be afforded with more time in the head coach role, considering the club will be under a transfer ban for the next year. He added that the move has been much fancied among the Blues’ faithful, though he is fearful about the response, should the Blues drop off from competing for potential silverware next term.

Frank Lampard speaks on Eden Hazard’s situation at Chelsea

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that Eden Hazard is irreplaceable at Chelsea amid speculation that he could join Real Madrid this summer. The Belgian has just 13 months remaining on his current deal with the Blues and reports suggest that he has already made his mind up to join Real Madrid during this summer’s transfer window.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Lampard hailed Hazard as one of the top players in the world and said that his former club may not be able to replace him in their ranks. He went further to suggest that the Blues may have to cope his absence by promoting youth, given they are currently under a two-window transfer ban.

Frank Lampard satisfied with point against Birmingham City

Derby County boss Frank Lampard has said that he is satisfied with the point gained during the Championship meeting against Birmingham City on the road. The Rams had the opportunity to secure a second league win on the bounce, but that was not meant to be againsta Birmingham side, which produced a quality performance with limited possession.

Speaking after the game, the former Chelsea man acknowledged that the Blues are always a tough opposition at St Andrew’s and he is pleased with the eventual outcome from the game, he said: “It was a point won as Birmingham is a tough place to visit. It was a hard-fought game with two different styles of football. I was pleased with what we did because we dealt well with a lot of their stuff other than the two corners from which they scored. We are not a big team and we have to deal with these sort of situations. They are bigger than us but we have to compete and make it difficult for them. Of course I am disappointed as we should deal better with these situations.”

Frank Lampard expects plenty of ups and downs

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that there could be plenty of ups and downs in the final weeks of the season. The Rams are currently five points behind the playoff places but Lampard remains optimistic about the club’s chances of making the top six before the campaign concludes next month.

Speaking to Rams TV, the former Chelsea star said that the club must bounce back from the disappointing result in midweek and they have plenty of positives, given fifth-placed Aston Villa and sixth-placed Bristol City are prepared to tackle each other this weekend, he said: “We have to win games. We are in the race and come off the back of a disappointing performance and result against Blackburn Rovers in midweek but there are many twists to come.

Frank Lampard: Eden Hazard’s exit must be right for him and Chelsea

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has admitted that he is unsure whether Eden Hazard will remain with the Blues beyond the ongoing campaign. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid since the return of Zinedine Zidane at the helm and they have been reports indicating that a transfer could be finalised regardless of the Blues ongoing transfer ban.

Speaking to Sport360, Lampard hailed the qualities of his former teammate and suggested that any team in the world would prefer to utilise the services of the Belgian. He added that he has no idea regarding the player’s position, although any decision should be best for the club and the player himself.

Frank Lampard hands warning to Derby County players after FA Cup exit

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that the team can forget about promotion to the Premier League, if they replicate the first-half performance against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup fifth round. The Rams were hugely disappointing during the first half of the Cup tie where they went two goals down but the game still produced a tense finish with Ashley Cole scoring a late goal which eventually proved nothing more than a consolation.

Speaking after the game, Lampard bemoaned the team’s first-half display against Brighton, where they were found out defensively on numerous occasions without any response on the opposite end. However, the former Chelsea star was pleased with the comeback during the second period and suggested that the team must go with that kind of mindset to end their Premier League drought.

Frank Lampard confirms Derby County are close to signing Efe Ambrose

Speaking to reporters, Lampard was pleased with the character of the Nigeria international, who has previously won four Scottish Premiership titles with Celtic. He added that the versatile defender is not entirely up to shape and he may take some time to make an appearance irrespective of signing for the Championship side.

"I have found him very nice, very good, very friendly, so as a character I think he would be great for us anyway. I watched a lot of him, I know his strengths. He is a tall defender, very committed, wants to play on the ball, and quick. It is just about making sure about his level of fitness and that both sides are happy it is going to work. Now we are talking about Efe Ambrose, who hasn't been playing, so that will be a challenge but if it feels a challenge worth taking to improve the squad, I have no fears about doing it," he said.

Frank Lampard reacts after Derby County’s FA Cup triumph over Southampton

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has praised the mentality of his players after the team came from 2-0 down against Southampton to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Rams had found themselves trailing by two goals in the 70th minute of the replay but they managed to level the scores with Harry Wilson and Martyn Waghorn before eventually winning the penalty shootout.

Speaking after the game, Lampard was pleased with the comeback where the team showed the perseverance despite trailing during the backend of the game, he said: “It takes a lot to come back against Premier League opposition and show that fight. They made me proud. At 2-0 down it was easy to give up and they didn't. I've got a really good dressing room with great characters. They wanted to play, to run when fatigue kicks in and we thoroughly deserved to win the game.”

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