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EPL: Lampard makes vow on Chelsea catching up with Man City, Liverpool



Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has said his side will be looking to catch up with Manchester City and Liverpool this season.

The Blues finished 26 and 25 points, off top two, City and the Reds, respectively last season.

But Lampard is aiming high ahead of his first campaign as a Premier League boss.

“Manchester City and Liverpool showed there was a gap, everyone has to make it up.

“We will aim to win and of course we want to be in the Champions League every year. We are realistic and we just have to work our hardest.

“The gap [is bridgeable] because this is football. One of the beauties is that you start again fresh,” he told a press conference on Friday.

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Ex-Super Falcons player, Ifeanyi Chiejine is dead



A former Super Falcons player, Ifeanyi Chiejine, is dead.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, announced her death in a brief statement on Twitter on Thursday.

The football body said that she passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness.

NFF wrote in a tweet: “We are sad to announce the sudden demise of former @NGSuper_Falcons player Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine who passed on after a brief illness on Wednesday, 21st August 2019. Ifeanyi captained the first set of the U19 National Women’s team to the first U19 (Now U20) @FIFAWWC in 2002.”

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EPL: Solskjaer under fire after Pogba’s penalty miss in 1-1 draw with Wolves



Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince, has criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management skills, after the penalty debacle against Wolves on Monday, the UK Mirror reports.

Paul Pogba won a penalty in the second half, with the scores still at 1-1 and saw his kick saved by keeper Rui Patricio.

Marcus Rashford had scored his penalty in United’s Premier League opener against Chelsea the previous week, to lead to confusion over why he hadn’t stepped up against Wolves.

Solskjaer explained afterwards that United don’t have a designated taker and the players choose between themselves on the pitch.

And Ince claims this plan doesn’t reflect well on the Norwegian.

“In my time at Man United, if there was a penalty, Eric Cantona was taking it and that was that.

“There was no room for debate, no arguing between players, no drama – Cantona takes it, full stop.

“It didn’t matter if he’d missed the previous one or whatever, he was the man that would be taking the penalty.

“When Cantona wasn’t there, Dennis Irwin used to take penalties, but unless Cantona had specifically asked Sir Alex Ferguson or Bryan Robson not to take them, he was going to. It meant that we always knew, and it was always clear who would be on spot-kicks.

“It stops all the Oscar-winning theatrics and dramatics that we saw during the Wolves game. The issue is it never should have been a case of either of them two can take it, of course they both wanted to, they want the goal and the glory.

“So, it’s down to Ole’s management. He should be making it perfectly clear before they go on the pitch, he should be saying: ‘If there’s a penalty, Rashford you’re taking it. If you’re not on the pitch – it’s Pogba, and so on.’

“There’s a list of order there, it makes it transparent, and there’s none of this bickering about who scored when and who missed, it leaves no room for debate.

“It comes down to Ole and his leadership – all managers should know who their penalty taker is.

“That’s where it comes down to Ole. He should be making it crystal clear that there is one penalty-taker, and that’s it. He needs to show his leadership – and tell the players that it’s the end of the theatricals, there’s one person only for the job.

“I’d like to think that 99% of managers in the Football League know four things when their players go out: 1. Who they’re marking on set-pieces and free-kicks, 2. Who’s in the wall, 3. Who’s on free-kicks, and 4. Who is our penalty taker.

“I’m not talking just about the top leagues here, I’m talking non-league everyone should know this. Even when my son Daniel played in his Sunday League I and he knew who the penalty taker was. Even the kids weren’t squabbling about it. So, for me, Ole shouldn’t be coming out and saying he’s got two.

“When he spoke after the game, I can see what he was trying to say, but it can’t happen again. United are improving and they don’t need anything which might derail them.

“There’s been people suggesting that Ole is trying to appease Pogba by letting him take penalties, but as the manager at one of the biggest clubs in the world that shouldn’t even be a thought.

“You can’t work like that, you need to show that leadership. There’s no reason why he should feel the need to appease Pogba, if anything it should be the other way around,” Ince said.

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Chelsea receive bad news about Nigerian forward



Chelsea have received bad news from Fenerbahce, as Victor Moses who is on loan with the Turkish side, has picked up an injury.

Moses was replaced by Ferdi Kadıoglu in the 77th minute of Fenerbahce’s 5-0 win over Gazisehir Gaziantep FK on Monday.

And it has been confirmed that the substitution by Ersun Yanal was not tactical.

Fenerbahce have released a statement saying Moses has suffered ruptured muscle, which was detected after the medical examinations.

The Yellow Canaries have not disclosed the winger’s possible return date, but such injuries have a minimum recovery period of four weeks.

The 28-year-old has made 15 appearances in total in the Super Lig, since his arrival in Turkey in the January transfer window.

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