The Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that he is extremely disappointed to lose the final of the Club World Cup. Chelsea lost the match and the opportunity to win the tournament for the first time in the history.

The 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Brazilian team Corinthians meant that Chelsea will now be returning to England disappointed after having travelled such a long distance to take part in the competition. Frank Lampard has said that Chelsea created enough opportunities and chances over the 90 minutes to warrant them at least a draw from the match. Indeed, the opposition goalkeeper was the best player in the match.

The Corinthians goalkeeper saved a number of shots from the Chelsea players like Fernando Torres and Gary Cahill to keep his team in the match, while they managed to score with one of the very few opportunities they created. As a result, the Brazilian club will be holding the title as the world champions of clubs. Frank Lampard was captaining the team after recently returning from more than two months out with a calf injury. Chelsea created several opportunities over the course of the 90 min, with the likes of Fernando Torres being guilty of missing great opportunities to score and put them in the lead.

"It was always going to be a tough game. They are a very good team. It is tough to come away with a bad feeling. We had enough chance to at least draw the match. They were very organised, I think Brazilian teams at club level can be like that. We knew what they were going to bring. It is disappointing to come all this way and not win it. We have to move on," said Lampard, whose contract with the European champions comes to an end in the summer.


The new Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has revealed that he expects both the English duo of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave the club at the end of the season. Frank Lampard is one of the longest serving Chelsea players at the moment.

He is the face of the club alongside John Terry after having joined the club back in 2001. He is right to the holder of numerous records at the club, but his contract comes to an end in six months. Similarly, Ashley Cole is also out of contract. The defender joined the club in 2006 and is regarded as one of the best left backs in the world.

The 34-year-old Frank Lampard is thought to be offered only a one-year extension to his contract, with the midfielder demanding around two years. This is also the similar situation with the defender Ashley Cole. The new Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez thinks that the situation is not going to change in the last six months, as he expects the pair to leave the club at the end of the season. This would complete an astonishing breakup of the Chelsea team that managed to win the Champions League title in the summer. Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, and José Bosingwa have already left the club.

"I think so, that is the case at the moment. I am only here for seven months. If it is for two or three years then maybe I would have an influence. Sometimes you are in a difficult position as manager because there's too much to decide on, so it's better to have a technical director sometimes," said Benitez after taking charge of the first time. Rafael Benitez becomes the 10th manager of the Roman Abramovich era, as he prepares to replace Roberto di Matteo at the helm.


Frank Lampard has backed the young players in the England squad and said that the youngsters should be given a bit of time to prove their worth in the team.

The England team had started their World Cup qualifying campaign in a fine fashion with a blistering win over Moldova. Roy Hodgson’s boys were clinical in their approach against Moldova.

The team won that match by 5-0. But, the English team didn’t manage to carry on the momentum in the second match against Ukraine. The relatively weaker Ukrainian team didn’t let England sneak in a victory in that match. Both the teams found the net once in the match and the scorecard was saying 1-1 when the final whistle was blown.

But, Lampard didn’t seem to be worried too much about the form of the youngsters. As per Lampard, it’s not easy for the young players to start performing straight away. They need to be backed.

They did pretty well against Moldova. They struggled a bit against Ukraine, but, that might be due to nervousness. When you play at such a big stage at a young age, you tend to get nervous at times. The team is in the rebuilding phase and the fans should remain patient. The youngsters would definitely start to deliver at some point of time.

Lampard also praised the Ukrainian players for their performance in the match against England. As per Lampard, the Ukrainian team is not that weak. There are some extremely talented players in the Ukraine side. If the Ukrainian players keep playing like that, the Ukrainian team can upset some big teams in the competition. Lampard was pretty hopeful of his team’s chances in the further matches. England’s next World Cup qualifying match will be against San Marino on 12th of October.

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has dismissed suggestions that is likely to leave the club at the end of this season. The 34-year-old Chelsea midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.

He confirmed a few days ago that there was no offer on the table, but also acknowledged that the club are unlikely to speed up things given his age. He was recently linked with a move to MLS, with the LA Galaxy showing a lot of interest in pairing the Chelsea midfielder with David Beckham. The pair were also spotted watching the LA Galaxy match together. Even though Lampard has said that he would one day like to play in the MLS, he wants to extend his Chelsea contract.

Chelsea recently saw the departure of the 34-year-old Didier Drogba after he was not offered an contract extension. The club are desperate to reduce the age of the squad. This is probably the first season in which the club have signed a number of young players, who are ready to step into the first-team, for a total outlay of £ 60 million. Chelsea's last spending spree was back in 2004 and it was enough to get the team running up until now. Lampard has said that he wants to commit to Chelsea and wants a new deal on the table.

“I’ve got a few more years in terms of top football left in me. We had such great success at the back end of last season with that player behind the front man, it gave us a new lease of life. A lot of the players we’ve brought in fit that role, so it means I play a slightly different role, which I did last season and I’ll do it. It’s no problem. It’s an evolution of the team and not a complete revolution," said Lampard.


England midfielder Frank Lampard has said that the players should have the utmost concentration if the match goes into penalties, according to the Chelsea news website. England will be facing Italy in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012 in that there is a possibility that the match will be settled by the penalty shootout.

England have always been extremely of luck in the penalty shootouts, as is the same case with Premier league club Chelsea. However, they managed to do the unthinkable by winning the penalty shootout against German team on German soil in the Champions League. Frank Lampard was one of the successful converters for Chelsea in the penalty shootout.

The 34-year-old will be missing from the England national team, , along with David Beckham, after pulling out prior to the tournament due to injury. He has always been one of the reliable penalty takers for both Chelsea and England. Due to the fact that he will be missing for the penalty shootout, the England national team will hope to find another reliable penalty taker.

Lampard has stressed that confidence and concentration are the two main characters required to take a successful penalty. If it goes to penalties, England will be hoping that they get the same luck as Chelsea got in the Champions League.

"It is the most nerve-racking experience in football and you need the balls and the confidence to handle it. The pressure is just so intense. Taking a penalty in a game is bad enough but, normally, if you miss in a match there's still time to try and put it right. In a shoot-out there are no second chances. That's it - it is the be all and end all and that adds to the pressure. Your mind is racing. You know the penalty taker is always expected to score," said Frank Lampard.


Frank Lampard's uncle and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he hopes his nephew loses the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 19.

Tottenham finished the season in the fourth position, but there is every chance that they could miss out on the chance to play in the Champions League next season if Chelsea win the title. Harry Redknapp said a few weeks ago that is one of the most absurd rules by UEFA.

Liverpool's win in 2005 coupled with an Everton finish in the top four meant that there were five English teams in the competition that season. Since then, the rules have been changed in order to accommodate no more than four teams from England.

Harry Redknapp said ahead of the match with Fulham on the final day of the season that he would be willing to support Frank Lampard and Chelsea only if you finish in the third position, which will guarantee an automatic entry into the group stages. However, a 3-2 win for Arsenal over West Brom meant that Tottenham were unable to finish in the third position despite their 2-0 win over Fulham at White Hart Lane. As a result, Harry Redknapp has come out with the statement saying that he hopes his nephew Frank Lampard, who is expected to start the final, loses the match.

“Frank knows there’s no love lost. My allegiance is only to Tottenham. He understands that. I want Tottenham in the Champions League next year. We’ve done all that we can and I couldn’t be more pleased. If people start getting carried away with what Tottenham should achieve they need a reality check,” said Harry Redknapp after the 2-0 win over Fulham. Tottenham finished just one point behind Arsenal in the fourth position.


Following the hugely impressive 5-1 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that this victory alone shows that Chelsea are capable of matching Barcelona in the two clubs face each other in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.

Chelsea have been drawn against Barcelona in a repeat of the hugely controversial 2009 Champions League semi-final.

Chelsea are undefeated in their last five matches against the Catalan club. Barcelona knockout Chelsea back then after the English club were denied numerous clear-cut penalty shouts. Even though Frank Lampard insisted that it was not about revenge, he would like to beat Barcelona this time around.

Chelsea opened the scoring in the match against Tottenham with a hugely impressive strike from Didier Drogba. The Ivorian collected a pass from Frank Lampard and managed to outmuscle former Chelsea defender William Gallas before hitting a powerful shot past former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

Mata then scored a controversial goal, although Tottenham soon brought the game in the balance the goal from Gareth Bale. Following the goal, however, Tottenham collapsed after Ramires managed to score in the 77th minute. Lampard then found the net with a wonderful freekick before Florent Malouda completed the rout by scoring from a smart pass from Mata, to make Chelsea favourites to win the FA Cup trophy for the sixth time in their history (according to the latest fa cup final odds)

“Beating Tottenham like this has given us a real confidence boost. It’s not like we’re going from a bad defeat to a game against the best team in the world. We have a lot of belief in ourselves. We have to take them on over two games, it’s going to be very tough but if we play with the same focus and ability we showed against Tottenham we have a chance," Lampard said after the match. Fernando Torres was rested for this match and is likely to start against Barcelona.


Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has praised the approach of current interim manager Roberto di Matteo, which has led to a resurgence within Chelsea since taking over from Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas at the start of March.

Chelsea were really struggling under the Portuguese, who was appointed by Roman Abramovich in the summer. It was quite clear that Andre Villas-Boas had lost the dressing room – especially the senior players within the squad. The appointment of Roberto di Matteo following his sacking, though, has rejuvenated Chelsea. They are now having the possibility of qualifying for the semifinals of the Champions League, which looked improbable only a few weeks ago.

Frank Lampard has credited the recent success within Chelsea to the approach by interim manager Roberto di Matteo, who has taken a different approach when it comes to dealing with players according to Lampard. Lampard was one of the crucial figures during the Andre Villas-Boas reign, but all for the wrong reasons. Lampard was continuously dropped by Andre Villas-Boas without any explanation according to the midfielder. Even though Lampard has not been a regular under Roberto di Matteo, the England midfielder has said that the former West Brom manager at least conveys his decision unlike Andre Villas-Boas.

"Yes, that is fair to say. I spoke with Robbie and certainly had no issue with it. I was delighted to get the result we got. I came on in the last 20 minutes anyway. He has kept it very simple. It's a case of getting a confidence and passion through the team and, in the results we've had, you'd say he has done that," Lampard said in an interview given to the British tabloid Independent. Lampard could feature in the second leg match against Benfica – a tie in which Chelsea lead 1-0 from the first leg.


Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that one of the main reasons for the failure of Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea was the fact that he concentrated more on the future with a disregard for the present.

Frank Lampard had a strained relationship with the ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. Despite being the first team player for Chelsea over the last decade, Lampard was dropped without any explanation by Andre Villas-Boas, although Lampard proved him wrong over this issue many times over.

Finally, Villas-Boas left the club recently after a string of poor results left them in the fifth position with a real fight to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Players like Drogba and Lampard were extremely crucial in helping Chelsea get past the daunting task of Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions league. Speaking after the win, Lampard said that he is extremely thankful for the work done by Andre Villas-Boas, but the Portuguese did not see the merits within the current crop of players.

Villas-Boas was extremely keen on rebuilding the team in such a way that he lost sight of the present problems. Villas-Boas is the seventh manager for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in eight seasons.

"His plan was long term. But somewhere in the middle of that, the present didn't go so well – and that's where the problems came. To be fair to AVB, that was part of the remit and I get that we need to move on and change. But you can't lose sight of the present. I wasn't disrespectful. I just told him I thought I should be playing," Lampard said in a recent interview.

Lampard also revealed that Villas-Boas got in touch with him after getting the sack and said that he was extremely professional. Frank is now hopeful that he can regain his form to be part of the England team this summer (the best Euro 2012 betting odds are 4/1 on England to win it outright).


Chelsea star Frank Lampard has said that the players are very much responsible for the poor form shown by Chelsea in recent weeks, as is the manager Andre Villas-Boas.

It has been reported that Chelsea paid up to £ 25 million in order to secure the services of Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas in the summer.

However, the 34-year-old manager has struggled to cope up with the demands of dealing with some of the biggest players and characters in the world.

As a result, Chelsea are now fighting to finish in the top four, which is a situation that exactly resulted in the sacking of Brazilian manager Scolari.

Andre Villas-Boas has come under intense criticism after failing to help Chelsea stay in touch with the title race between Manchester City and Manchester United. Chelsea lost their latest Premier League match at the hands of Everton.

Following the match, Andre Villas-Boas accepted the blame for the defeat. His tactics in recent matches has come under intense criticism, but Frank Lampard has said that the players should also share the responsibility of the blame. Chelsea were devoid of any creativity in the match. Frank Lampard had one of the best chances in the match, but failed to convert it.

"Of course we do, it's a group thing. It was a bad performance from start to finish. When you come to Everton, the one thing you know they're going to do is fight you, press you and make things tough and we didn't react to that. We created two or three chances and that's not up to standard," Frank Lampard told Chelsea TV.

As a result of this defeat, Chelsea have now slipped out of the top four after Arsenal have sneaked into their place. The latest football betting makes them slim favourites to qualify for the Champions League, though they have some work to do - they are now 10 points behind third placed Tottenham.


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