Frank Lampard sets his season aim with Derby County

Frank Lampard has stressed that Derby County will be aiming for promotion during his maiden season in management. The Chelsea great was handed the head coach position at the end of the previous month and he has since been away on media duties for the ongoing World Cup finals in Russia.

Despite this, Lampard is quite clear about his ambition for next season and he is hoping to guide the club to promotion at the first time of asking. He told The Derby Telegraph: “From the first day of pre-season, my aim when I talk to the squad is that we want to be successful, and that means promotion. I am not saying we will get there, but it has to be the aim at the start of the season. I’m here to succeed and be competitive, that’s something I’ve had in my career, fortunately, from being in very strong teams. At the start of the season, our aim was always to be the best we can be. Normally, that was winning titles.”

Frank Lampard backs Mikel Arteta for the Arsenal job

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard has backed Mikel Arteta to make an impression, should he be appointed as Arsenal’s next manager. The Spaniard is currently the leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger as the Gunners head coach despite having no managerial experience, barring his short time at Manchester City where he has acted as an assistant coach.

As such, there has been mixed reactions among the Gunners’ faithful, though Lampard is said to favour the prospective deal. “It is always encouraging to see a club give a young, up-and-coming coach a chance and Arteta has got what it takes to do a fine job,” he wrote in his Evening Standard column this week. “Some will question his experience but he knows Arsenal very well from his time there as a player, while he is an intelligent man with a huge interest in tactics. He has worked under Pep Guardiola as his assistant for the last two years and that cannot be underestimated. He will have learnt so much.”

Frank Lampard Believes Liverpool Are The Best European Team This Season

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard believes Liverpool have been by far the most impressive team in the Champions League this season. The Merseyside giants booked their place in the final of the competition against Real Madrid on Wednesday night after they beat AS Roma by a 7-6 scoreline across both legs.

During the game, Lampard spoke positively about the Reds on BT Sport, saying: “This Liverpool team in this competition, progressively so as it’s gone on more and more, they’ve found a way to really produce. No one can handle them so far.They’ve defended tight as a unit, they attack with blistering pace and support each other in attack.There’s no team that has matched them so far. If they keep that momentum, they’ve got every chance.They’ve played differently to everyone in Europe this year.”

Frank Lampard Compares Leroy Sane To Manchester United Legend

Frank Lampard has compared to Leroy Sane with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Liverpool. The Germany international has grown as a player during the ongoing campaign, and he has already amassed 13 goals for the club across all competitions.

Frank Lampard Believes Arsenal Have Been Punished For Transfer Decision

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard believes manager Arsene Wenger has been punished for his poor decisions during the course of the season. The French tactician has reinforced the Arsenal attack in the past two transfer windows, but this has not encouraged progress with the club still possessing vulnerabilities at the back.

Speaking on BT Sport, Lampard stressed that it is more of a mentality issue at the north London club, who have shown little interest to bolster their defence in recent seasons. He said: “I think it’s a mentality issue. I do think that sometimes a bad performance doesn’t get addressed and they have another bad performance.I think that lately they just haven’t been good enough.They haven’t recruited to get top-end defenders.”

Paul Pogba could 'damage' Manchester United - Frank Lampard

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard believes Paul Pogba could potentially damage Manchester United unless he manages to find the discipline in his game. The France international joined the Red Devils from Juventus during the summer of 2016, and he has since struggled to put in consistent performances under Jose Mourinho.

Ray Wilkins would like one of John Terry or Frank Lampard managing Chelsea

Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins believes John Terry and Frank Lampard should get a shot at managing the Blues at sometime in the future. Lampard called time on his professional career earlier this year whilst Terry is currently plying his trade in the Championship with Aston Villa., who are vying for top-flight promotion.

In a report covered by The Mail, Wilkins believes the club's legends should be offered a chance to impress, should the managerial vacancy prop up in the coming seasons, he said: "Why not?" They took a chance with AVB [Andre Villas-Boas] all those years ago. Why not give it to them and let them have a bash at it? They know the club inside out, they are absolutely adored by everybody at the football club and it can only be a good thing that those two are given half an opportunity."

Ruben Loftus-Cheek controversially picks Gerrard over Lampard

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has decided to put his loyalties with Chelsea aside by claiming that Steven Gerrard was a better midfield player than former Blues teammate Frank Lampard. The 21-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan with Crystal Palace believes Gerrard was superior to the likes of Lampard and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes owing to his additional leadership qualities.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I think most people would say Scholes. I think I’m going to say Gerrard because he could do everything. Obviously Lampard was top at what he did, and what he did was score goals, and no other midfielder can do that like Lamps. But the way Gerrard leads as well, I’d say Gerrard."

Is Chelsea's Wunderkind All Bark and No Bite?

Can Ross Barkley, the midfielder once labelled “the new Paul Gascoigne“, finally fulfil his potential? The player’s £15 million move to Chelsea seems like somewhat of a bargain in today’s transfer market. But it will only be considered money-well-spent if the 24-year-old can take his career to the next level at Stamford Bridge. The forthcoming months are set to be crucial in the making of Ross Barkley, as he looks to become a Chelsea regular and earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.

On 6th September 2013, Barkley made his England debut in a 4-0 victory over Moldova, after showing signs of progress in his game under Everton manager at the time, Roberto Martinez.

Lampard: Why Mohamed Salah failed at Chelsea?

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has given his opinion on why Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah failed to hit the heights at Stamford Bridge. The Egypt international has taken the Premier League by storm this season, scoring seven goals in his opening 11 matches. Salah has also contributed towards the Reds' Champions League campaign, netting four goals in as many appearances.

Speaking to BT Sport, Lampard explained that Salah did not have an easier passage to the Blues first-team with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar ahead of him in the pecking order. The Blues great also included Juan Mata in the list of Blues players, although Salah came in as a like-for-like replacement for the Spaniard in January 2014.


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