NO FEAR OF PENALTIES

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.

REDKNAPP WANTS CHELSEA LOSS

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.

CHELSEA CAN WIN THINGS

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.

LAMPARD PRAISES NEW BOSS

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.

LAMPARD BLAMES FORWARD THINKING

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).

LAMPARD SHOULDERS THE BLAME

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.

HAMMERS WANT LAMPARD BACK

First team opportunities for Frank Lampard has been limited this season.

After having been a first-team regular for Chelsea since his £ 11 million move from West Ham United in 2001, Lampard is finding himself on the bench for the first time since a decade ago.

Because of this there has been a lot of speculation linking Frank Lampard with a number of clubs recently. It was not long ago that Manchester United expressed an interest in the Chelsea midfielder, although the interest was quickly rebuffed by Chelsea.

The latest rumour surrounding Frank Lampard is that West Ham United would be interested in bringing back the player, who was once central to their plans.

Lampard was one among the many youngsters who was key in the survival of West Ham United back then. Frank Lampard came through the ranks alongside Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, and Michael Carrick.

It has now been rumoured that the Hammers will be interested in taking back Frank Lampard from Chelsea, although how many West Ham fans will accept this move has not been clear yet - since, West Ham United and Chelsea see each other as rivals, Frank Lampard has often become the target of many abuse by the West Ham supporters.

Chelsea might be keen to keep Frank until the end of the season, especially with their European campaign hotting up - they now have the best online Champions League betting odds of everyone apart from Barcelona.

It remains to be seen if they will be willing to welcome Frank Lampard back to Upton Park. However, the addition of Lampard will be a major boost to West Ham United not only in their efforts to get back into the Premier League, but also stay in the top division as well.

Lampard would also boost the shirt sales at West Ham United, and it seems that new owners David Gold and David Sullivan have identified Lampard is a potential target. Sam Allardyce is yet to comment on this speculation.s

LAMPARD HAPPY AT CHELSEA

Despite not being able to get regular first-team place, it seems that Frank Lampard is very much happy at Chelsea. Frank Lampard is recognised as one of the best professional within Chelsea ranks, as he rarely complaints regarding an issue.

It has been the case once again as Andre Villas-Boas has decided to drop Frank Lampard from the starting line-up for a few matches this season. Earlier on in the season, Frank Lampard was dropped for a few consecutive matches, but he responded in style by returning to score a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers.

Now, it seems that the failure to get into the first-team against Wolverhampton Wanderers and against Valencia is certainly not going to trouble Frank Lampard, as Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that the England midfielder is looking for a possible contract extension with Chelsea.

The England midfielder has just 18 months left on his current deal, which is thought to be worth around £ 160,000 per week. Even though he is unlikely to get any pay raise, Frank Lampard is thought to be interested in staying with Chelsea beyond his current contract. Frank Lampard will be 34 in the summer and it will be interesting to see if Chelsea will offer him an extended deal.

Reports suggest that Frank Lampard is looking to sign a contract that will keep him until 2014.

"Ron Gourlay told me that [the agent] Steve Kutner contacted him recently. I'm not sure of the situation. And I think we haven't decided yet what to do," Andre Villas-Boas said when asked about Lampard's future at Chelsea. Another player whose future is also in doubt is Didier Drogba. The club is not willing to offer a two year contract for the striker, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

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