Frank Lampard reveals N’Golo Kante told him his legs were ‘dead’ during Super Cup… before Frenchman made 50-yard covering sprint

17 Aug

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has heaped praise on N’Golo Kante for his tireless performance against Liverpool in the Super Cup final.

The midfielder put in a stellar display on his return from injury for the Istanbul showpiece, despite the Blues’ eventual shoot-out defeat.

Kante played 120 minutes despite carrying an injury
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Lampard was delighted with the entire team, but singled out Kante in particular as the standout player.

He said: “He’s not trained that much, I’ve had to protect him because he’s played and played and played for years and he had a serious injury.

“He said to me at half-time in extra-time that his legs were finished, his legs were dead – and then he’s sprinting 50 yards to cover.

“We know how important he is to this club and we’re delighted to have him.

“And you saw the difference he made tonight.”

Last year, Maurizio Sarri was blasted for playing Kante in a more advanced role.

But the nimble midfielder has revealed he enjoys playing in that position.

“I like to play in this position, this is where I played last year,” he said. “The coach asked me to play in this position, I like to do it.

“I know what to do with my teammates and we played a good game tonight.”

Meanwhile, Lampard has insisted social media sites must do more to weed out online trolls after Tammy Abraham received racist abuse following the defeat to Liverpool.

The England international saw his penalty saved in the shoot-out and was targeted on Twitter as a result.

Abraham has been targeted by trolls online
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A Chelsea spokesman described the posts as ‘abhorrent’, with the club promising the ‘strongest possible action’ if any of their fans are proven to be involved, while Kick It Out also condemned the actions.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League visit of Leicester, Lampard said he was left ‘disgusted’ by one particular post.

“Obviously Tammy is disappointed,” he said. “Who wouldn’t be? He’s more than disappointed, that’s probably the wrong word. I am particularly disgusted by the (one) so-called Chelsea fan.

“To see the different ends of the spectrum of the evening: Tammy Abraham asked me to take the fifth penalty because he wanted to take it, wanted to stand up and be brave on a big night when the world is watching.

Lampard said he was disgusted by the abuse sent to Tammy Abraham
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“At the same time, within moments or hours afterwards, somebody sitting behind a keyboard or a phone has said the most disgusting things possible.

“I don’t know how these platforms are allowed that you can do it. It is too easy to be done. Something needs to be done as well as people changing their mindsets completely.

“That might not be easy with everybody but I am so angry for Tammy, angry for us as a club because that’s not what we are about.

“The club does a lot of work against discrimination of all levels and it is a setback when these things happen.”

Adrian injury: Video of fan damaging Liverpool goalkeeper’s ankle after Super Cup penalty save

16 Aug

Jurgen Klopp revealed Adrian could miss Liverpool’s Premier League game against Southampton.

The manager explained a pitch invader during the Super Cup celebrations injured him and left the no.2 with a swollen ankle.

New signing Adrian ended up being Liverpool’s hero in the Super Cup
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“A supporter jumped over something, slipped and kicked his ankle. It is swollen but we have to see,” Klopp said.

“[Thursday] it was swollen, today I spoke to him he said ‘it’s much better than yesterday’ but we have to see. Apart from that it was a brilliant night for him, not only because of the penalty but also because of the game.”

Adrian, who saved a penalty in the penalty shoot-out win against Chelsea, was only playing because first choice keeper Alisson is currently sidelined with injury.

Liverpool fan Reaaz Ahmed was at the game in Istanbul and appears to have caught the moment Adrian was hit by the fan.

He tweeted: “Did anyone see this slide tackle by some idiot after the shoot out… what the heck man!”

If Adrian is unable to play, Klopp will be forced to turn to Andy Lonergan or Caoimhin Kelleher.

Lonergan, 35, signed for the Reds last week on a short-team deal as cover, having left Middlesbrough in the summer.

When asked if Lonergan is ready to face Southampton, Klopp replied: “Yes. If we have to make a decision, then we make a decision.

“Caoimhin is a boy we are all excited about. He’s now in training, but not 100 per cent yet. He has to be in training today, then we will see.”

N’Golo Kante happy with position in advanced midfield role at Chelsea after impressive display in Super Cup loss to Liverpool

16 Aug

N’Golo Kante has admitted he is more than happy to play in a forward midfield role for Chelsea.

Making his first start under Frank Lampard, Kante earned rave reviews for his display in the Super Cup loss to Liverpool.

Kante played 120 minutes despite carrying an injury
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Many Chelsea fans had expected the midfielder to be moved back to a more naturally defensive position following the departure of Maurizio Sarri, who used the Frenchman in an advanced role last season.

However, the World Cup winner excelled on Wednesday and despite talk of an injury, played the entire 120 minutes and made eight dribbles, more than any other player on the pitch.

“I like to play in this position, this is where I played last year,” Kante said.

“The coach asked me to play in this position, I like to do it.

“I know what to do with my team-mates and we played a good game tonight.”

Lampard was quick to hail the performance of Kante, calling him a ‘machine’.

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“Well, he’s an amazing player. Amazing character, he just comes to play, he’s humble in his life but when he gets on the football pitch he’s a machine,” said the Blues boss.

“Of course he’s going to be hugely important. And this is a player that hasn’t trained much, had a swollen ankle two days ago when we played on Sunday evening and he’s wanted to play today and managed to cover 120 minutes and I think you saw what he brings to the team today.

“And there will be more because as I say he hasn’t trained much.

“But I’m delighted to work with him, I respect him so much as a player, and now it’s really nice to work with him and he’ll be big for us.

“He said to me at half-time in extra-time that his legs were finished, his legs were dead; and then he’s sprinting 50 yards to cover.”

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The diminutive midfielder also showed his manager that no job was too big for him when he decided to try and mark Liverpool’s towering defender Virgil van Dijk.

It’s not just the manager he is popular with, both fans and his team-mates think a lot of him and Kante will face his former side, Leicester, on Sunday where Chelsea will be aiming for their first win of the season.

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Adrian was clearly off his line before penalty save in Liverpool’s Super Cup triumph over Chelsea, so why didn’t VAR intervene?

15 Aug

For better or worse, VAR is designed to ensure football objectively follows the laws of the game. It just turns out some laws are more important than others.

In the game-defining moment of Liverpool’s penalty-shootout victory over Chelsea, Adrian was clearly off his line before saving Tammy Abraham’s crucial spot-kick.

VAR could’ve easily penalised Adrian for encroachment
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So, why wasn’t VAR used to order a retake? Let’s take a look at UEFA’s criteria.

Clear and obvious error? Check. The rules state goalkeepers must have part of one foot on the line when the penalty is taken. Adrian, quite clearly, did not.

Match-changing situation? Check. It literally decided the game.

The incident begs the question: what is VAR actually for? If it takes such a microscopic approach to offside, then why does it ignore goalkeeper encroachment?

You could argue Adrian didn’t gain an advantage by edging forward, but you could also say that Raheem Sterling didn’t benefit from having his armpit in an offside position on Saturday. Common sense isn’t relevant anymore. VAR simply asks, ‘Is that against the rules?’

It’s just weird that in this new technologically advanced world, with such intense and explicit detail involved in every decision, some rules are simply disregarded for no apparent reason, while others are placed under the strongest possible magnifying glass.

Mason Mount had a goal disallowed last night when he just as far offside as Adrian was off his line. What’s the difference?

I’m not actually of the opinion that VAR should look at goalkeeper encroachment. Everyone does it and I’m not sure it affects the outcome of a penalty enough to warrant a retake.

Everyone encroaches the box, too, but Declan Rice was still penalised on Saturday, with Sergio Aguero subsequently getting another chance from the spot.

The point is, whether it’s a good thing or not, we’ve decided that VAR is going keep the game explicitly in line with the rules, even if it’s a matter of millimetres.

Once you subscribe to that method, you can’t simply pick and choose which laws to implement. It has to be all or nothing.

Scotland crashed out of the Women’s World Cup when Argentina were allowed to retake a saved penalty due to goalkeeper encroachment
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Three penalties were retaken in the Women’s World Cup when VAR spotted goalkeeper encroachment. Are the rules of football suddenly different for the UEFA Super Cup?

The Premier League has already come out and clarified its stance on goalkeeper encroachment for VAR’s debut season in the English top-flight, insisting it will be left to on-field officials.

But Pierluigi Collina, a member of the UEFA Referees Committee, warned the Premier League it must enforce the rule.

“The laws of the game are the same all over the world,” he said. “If the law exists, it must be respected.”

Well, apparently not.

‘Jurgen Klopp is already a Liverpool legend’, claims best man and ex-Huddersfield manager David Wagner

15 Aug

Jurgen Klopp’s best mate David Wagner believes the manager has already achieved legendary status at Liverpool.

Under Klopp, the Reds become European champions for the sixth time, crowning a brilliant season by beating Tottenham in the final, and followed that up by beating Europa League winners Chelsea to win the Super Cup.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson holds another European trophy aloft after the Reds’ victory over Chelsea
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Klopp was already adored by the Anfield faithful – as well as plenty of non-Scousers – but the team’s recent success, and another penalty shoot-out win in Istanbul, has seen the German’s popularity rise even more.

His laugh is contagious and his hugs highly desirable. Every week at Anfield more and more fans are seen wearing scarfs and shirts dedicated to ‘The Boss’, baseball caps have become popular again and there’s even a huge mural of him in the city.

Wagner knows all about his fellow German’s charms – the pair have been friends for 25 years since they played together for Mainz, and Wagner was later best man at Klopp’s 2005 wedding.

And, asked if he has already has secured his place in the Anfield history books, Wagner – formerly manager of Huddersfield Town and now in charge at Schalke – told talkSPORT host Jim White:

“Yeah I think so and he absolutely deserves it.

“What he has done for the club in this period is amazing and it’s interesting what will be around the corner in the future for them.

“I think he showed last season that he’s able to compete with Pep Guardiola and fight with his team for the title, so hopefully he can do it this season as well. They have a great group together.

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“I’ve known him long enough to know, he will do everything and work as hard as possible to try and win a trophy.

“Sometimes you need a bit of luck as well to win a trophy, but he absolutely deserves it.

“It was always a pleasure to spend time with him and I’ve spent a lot of time with him in the past.

“He’s a great character, a good guy and he is exactly like he is on TV when you are with him in private.”

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Adrian reacts to ‘crazy’ first week at Liverpool following penalty heroics in Super Cup triumph over Chelsea

15 Aug

Adrian has admitted his first week at Liverpool has been ‘crazy’ after helping his new club to Super Cup glory against Chelsea.

The shot-stopper was without a club this summer after his contract expired with West Ham before Jurgen Klopp opted to bring him to Anfield as a back-up to Alisson Becker.

Adrian was the hero in the shootout
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But when the Brazilian was injured during the 4-1 win over Norwich, Adrian came in and then started the Super Cup match against Chelsea in Istanbul, picking up a winner’s medal after saving Tammy Abraham’s spot-kick as the Reds won the shoot-out 5-4 following a thrilling 2-2 draw in Istanbul.

Adrian told BT Sport: “Welcome to Liverpool. It was a crazy week.”

Adrian praised his team-mates, adding: “With them, it’s so easy to play at the back.

“I’m really happy to play for Liverpool and really happy for their fans.”

Adrian revealed he had tried to pull out of the challenge on Abraham which led to the penalty for Chelsea’s second equaliser during extra time.

He said: “I tried to stop when I saw him. I touched him but he was looking for that.”

The game had gone to extra time after a Sadio Mane double had cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s opener for Chelsea before Jorginho’s penalty took it to a shoot-out.

Adrian was a free agent last week
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Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson both praised the part played by Adrian.

Klopp said: “It’s so nice for him. I don’t think he won a lot in his life so to win this big one is so nice for him.”

The Liverpool manager paused his TV interview to call out the keeper’s name and referenced a scene from the hit film Rocky.

Klopp shouted: “Adrian! It’s like in Rocky.”

Henderson added: “I’m delighted for Adrian who’s just come into the club and he’s the hero.”


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N’Golo Kante marks Virgil van Dijk at a corner in Chelsea vs Liverpool Super Cup game

15 Aug

American writer Mark Twain famously said: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

And Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante certainly was not about to let his 5ft 6in height get in the way of him marking Liverpool’s towering defender Virgil van Dijk at a corner during the Super Cup.

The Dutchman stands at an imposing 6ft 4in and while Chelsea had far bigger men better suited to go up against him, the diminutive Kante decided he would take on that role, regardless of the 10 inch size difference.

 

Visibly dwarfed by the centre-back, Kante wrapped his arms around Van Dijk in a gallant attempt to stop him advancing into his penalty area.

Arguably Chelsea’s best player on Wednesday, Kante played 120 minutes in Istanbul, despite Frank Lampard saying he had picked up a knock at the weekend.

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The World Cup winner was his usual industrious self and despite Chelsea losing out to Liverpool on penalties, with the game ending 2-2 after extra-time, Kante once again proved he was was more than willing to do what was necessary for his team, no matter how big the challenge.

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Jorginho has name spelled incorrectly on Chelsea shirt for Super Cup game against Liverpool

15 Aug

Chelsea’s kit staff were left red-faced when midfielder Jorginho’s name was spelled incorrectly.

The midfielder was known as ‘Jorghino’ for the duration of the Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.

Jorginho converts his penalty in extra time
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While he wore his usual no.5, closer inspection showed the error stamped across his back.

It made no difference to the 27-year-old, who was excellent in Istanbul and coolly converted a penalty deep into extra-time to bring Chelsea level and force a penalty shoot-out, which they lost 5-4.

Adrian kept out Tammy Abraham’s spot-kick and manager Jurgen Klopp channelled Rocky Balboa in the celebrations, as Jordan Henderson lifted another trophy as Liverpool captain.



Jorginho arrived at Chelsea along with Maurizio Sarri from Napoli last year but had no desire to follow him out the door this summer.

“I was a little sad seeing people thinking I arrived here only because of the coach [Sarri]” he told Brazilian broadcaster Esporte Interativo afterwards.

“I arrived here because of my hard work, my day to day work, my sacrifices.

“It’s a challenge for me to show the fans that thanks to my work it’s why I got here.

“I want to take this opportunity to have a good season and also for my name to be recognised by Jorginho who plays for Chelsea, not Jorginho who only works with Sarri.”

Jorginho isn’t the first player to wear a shirt with the wrong name printed on the back…

At LA Galaxy, Steven Gerrard’s shirt was spelled incorrectly
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Anderson at Man United was another victim of spelling errors or was that another unknown Brazilian – Andesron?
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That’s not even close! In case you were wondering, that is supposed to say Kuszczak, as in former Man United goalie Tomasz
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Frank Lampard labelled David Luiz a ‘hugely important player’ for Chelsea in Super Cup programme despite the defender playing for Arsenal

15 Aug

An error in Chelsea’s pre-match Super Cup programme saw David Luiz labelled a ‘hugely important player’ by manager Frank Lampard.

The boss had clearly been interviewed before the transfer window closed as Luiz was allowed to leave the club for Arsenal in a deadline day move following an ‘honest conversation‘ with Lampard.

Lampard accidentally praised Luiz in his UEFA Super Cup programme notes
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However, prior to the showpiece in Istanbul, where Chelsea were defeated 5-4 on penalties following a thrilling 2-2 draw, Lampard praised the Brazilian, hailing him as a crucial member of his squad for the upcoming season along with captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Luiz is yet to appear for Arsenal following his £8million move across London, having been left on the bench for their Premier League opening-day victory over Newcastle.

Following Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool, Lampard admitted he was a terrible loser but praised his side’s performance in the match.

He said: “I’m the worst loser in the world and I hate it. The way they played, the spirit, the desire, the quality.

“I know we lost and that’s it but (we take) confidence for the season. We have got real quality in there. Sometimes football is little moments of luck.

Arsenal brought in Luiz on deadline day for just £8million
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“I don’t want to look like I’m moaning but it clearly affects preparation, it’s unfortunate they have two day extra recovery.

“I respect Liverpool, but I felt we were the stronger team. I’m a terrible loser but the feeling for me is one of pride.

“If we keep playing like that then we’ll be okay. I saw a lot of things I want to see.”


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Frank Lampard not happy Liverpool had two extra days to prepare for Super Cup game against Chelsea

15 Aug

Frank Lampard was not happy Liverpool had more time to prepare for the Super Cup than his Chelsea side.

A thrilling match in Istanbul that ended 2-2 after extra-time saw the Blues redeem themselves following their 4-0 weekend thrashing against Manchester United.

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After 120 minutes of action on Wednesday night, it was Liverpool who triumphed 5-4 on penalties, as recently signed reserve goalkeeper Adrian denied Tammy Abraham from 12 yards.

Liverpool, however, began their Premier League campaign at home on Friday and had two extra days rest and Lampard admitted he was not best pleased with that.

“I’m the worst loser in the world and I hate it. The way they played, the spirit, the desire, the quality,” he said.

“I know we lost and that’s it but [we take] confidence for the season. We have got real quality in there. Sometimes football is little moments of luck.

“I don’t want to look like I’m moaning but it clearly affects preparation, it’s unfortunate they have two day extra recovery.

Chelsea had two less days rest compared to Liverpool
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“I respect Liverpool, but I felt we were the stronger team. I’m a terrible loser but the feeling for me is one of pride.

“If we keep playing like that then we’ll be okay. I saw a lot of things I want to see.”

Chelsea must now prepare for their first home game of the season, when they host Leicester City on Sunday.

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