Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban certainly makes things interesting for the start of Frank Lampard’s era at the club.
The former club-legend midfielder arrived this summer from Derby County, taking charge instead of the outgoing Maurizio Sarri who returned to his beloved Serie A, replacing Max Allegri at Juventus.
Lampard will have to rely on what talent is already at Stamford Bridge until next summer at least.
So, what is Lampard’s strongest eleven from the players available to him? The Blues lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer so it really does feel like the dawn of a new era at the club. Continue reading →
There is quite a bit of Premier League football to see this week, with games every day bar Thursday. For the purposes of this week’s list we will be looking more at the matches taking place between Friday 5th and Monday 8th, so Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s fixtures won’t be considered too heavily here. Friday sees Southampton hosting Liverpool in what should be an entertaining game, while Saturday’s best match sees Newcastle welcoming Crystal Palace to Tyneside. On Sunday, Arsenal travel to the blue half of Merseyside to do battle with Everton, and Chelsea host West Ham on Monday. With that in mind, let’s adopt a 4-3-3 formation this time around and look into our crystal balls to see which players could be worth your consideration.
This weekend’s Premier League fixture list promises another round of tension, goals, celebration and despair. Proceedings get underway Saturday lunchtime with the north London derby, Spurs welcoming Arsenal as their guests at Wembley. We also have a relegation clash as Brighton host bottom side Huddersfield, while on Sunday we have a west London derby – Fulham vs Chelsea – and the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Manchester City look to continue their bid to retain the Premier League crown when they travel to Bournemouth 24 hours before Liverpool’s trip across Stanley Park, and with both of those fixtures proving potentially slippery for the top two this weekend could well start to shape the landscape as the domestic season rolls on.
Chelsea have not had the best of seasons in recent memory – that is one of the safest statements that can be made. The reigning champions, off the back of a wonderful debut season for manager Antonio Conte in 2016/17, have underwhelmed to the point of criminality at times. New signing Alvaro Morata started the campaign brightly but began to tail off as the months rolled on by, and persistent rumours that former Juventus boss Conte could be on his way back to his native Italy in the summer didn’t help matters. The empassioned boss visibly began to lose his cool at times, and all too often these off-the-field distractions translated to disappointing performances on the pitch.