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“Very tough games” – Lampard sends Champions League warning to Chelsea squad

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Frank Lampard warns Chelsea stars against Champions League complacency

Speaking to the club’s official website (h/t Metro), Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has warned his players to not be complacent in Europe.

The Blues were handed a favourable draw for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea will face off against Europa League champions Sevilla and newcomers Krasnodar and Stade Rennais.

While the Spaniards could prove to be tricky opponents, Chelsea will be expected to do the double over the other two teams in the group.

Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea players against complacency in the Champions League
Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea players against complacency in the Champions League

With our opener against Sevilla just over a week away, Lampard has urged his stars to not take it easy. The Blues boss is happy with the draw and has already analyzed the teams we are set to go up against.

“I am happy with the draw in the fact that we analysed straightaway the teams we are playing against.”

Despite the luck of the draw, no team makes it to the Champions League without being a formidable outfit in its own right.

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Bayern Munich outplayed us in the competition last season

Rising to the occasion

We have seen in the past that unheralded sides such as FC Porto in 2004 and Liverpool in 2005 have gone on to win after being considered as underdogs.

Although the prospect of our group rivals going on to do well in the competition is unlikely, it is not impossible. We only need to look at what Atalanta and RB Leipzig achieved last season.

It is heartening to see that Lampard is not taking any result for granted. This will ensure that we are ready to face whatever challenge is thrown at us.

Atalanta were last season's surprise package
Atalanta were last season’s surprise package (Getty Images)

“They are very tough games, all the teams that we play, especially when you are travelling in Europe you always know you are going to get very competitive games.”

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Chelsea crashed out of the tournament in the last-16 in the previous season. Eventual champions Bayern Munich outclassed us both home and away by winning both the legs.

Given the improvements we have made to our squad, fans will expect Chelsea to do a lot better this time around.

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Transfer News: Italian trio keen on signing Chelsea outcast

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Serie A trio keen on Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri

According to Sky Sports Italia via Calciomercato (h/t Mirror), A host of Serie A clubs are interested in Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri.

The Italian has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Ben Chilwell. While Marcos Alonso’s falling out with Frank Lampard could work in his favour, Chilwell is the undisputed first choice in the position.

The 26-year-old failed to make an impact when given opportunities last season. He was expected to leave the club this summer but eventually stayed put.

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Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, now at Inter Milan, was keen to reunite with the defender. Despite that not coming to fruition, Inter remain interested in Emerson.

They will, however, face competition from local rivals Juventus and Napoli. Emerson is familiar with the Italian league, having spent four years in the country with Palermo and Roma.

Juventus were keen on securing Emerson on loan last summer. However, the deal failed to materialize.

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Given the peripheral importance he has at Chelsea, him moving to Serie-A would give him more opportunities for garnering playtime. With the Euros set to be held next summer, it would surely help his case in being selected for the Italian squad.

Emerson has made 57 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions. During this time, he has scored one goal and assisted five more. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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One aspect that could scupper a deal is Alonso’s fall from grace. With the Spaniard somewhat sidelined, Emerson can be considered as the backup to Chilwell.

Unless Alonso’s stature is restored or we bring in another player, it remains to be seen if Lampard is willing to risk let Emerson go.

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“It’s just an absolute pleasure” – Chelsea new boy looking to club legend for inspiration

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Edouard Mendy pleased to work with Petr Cech at Chelsea

According to The Guardian, Chelsea new-boy Edouard Mendy is pleased to be working alongside club legend Petr Cech.

Brought in to solve our goalkeeping issue, Mendy has enjoyed a good start to life at the Bridge. He has so far kept two clean sheets, something neither of our other keepers have managed this season.

Remarkably, the 38-year-old Petr Cech was also included in the club’s squad for the Premier League. Cech retired in 2019 and currently works as a technical advisor at Stamford Bridge.

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While Cech is at best an emergency cover, the experience gained from working alongside a keeper of such repute would surely help Mendy.

The Senegalese international now has the chance to see the Blues legend in action. If anything, it should give him an idea of the standards expected of him as Chelsea’s first-choice keeper.

“It’s just an absolute pleasure to work with him every day. Training allows me to watch how he works and to analyse his game.”

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Chelsea were without Kepa Arrizabalaga for their match against Manchester United. The Spaniard has been sidelined with an injury.

Mendy remains confident that despite this setback, the Blues will not have to call up Cech. Reserve keeper Willy Caballero was on the bench, with Mendy starting in goal.

“We already have three very good goalkeepers and that should be enough.”

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Despite having taken over as the first-choice keeper immediately upon arriving, Mendy admits there is no friction between him and the other keepers.

If Mendy is able to replicate what he learns from Kepa, there is no reason to assume he won’t cement his spot as the starting keeper.

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Chelsea face a major obstacle in getting rid of £150,000-a-week struggling star

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Chelaea star Kepa Arrizabalaga has been ruled out for the clash against Manchester United

Chelsea struggling to get rid of Kepa Arrizabalaga

According to Estadio Deportivo via Sport Witness (h/t Mirror), Chelsea have a major obstacle in their efforts to sell Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spaniard has struggled to impress and is currently behind Edouard Mendy in the pecking order. It is a difficult position to place the world’s most expensive keeper in a backup role just two years after signing him.

Bu Kepa has failed to make use of the opportunities given to him. He has struggled time and again and has been at the end of some major blunders. The latest being his error that led to Liverpool’s second earlier this season.

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However, his wages are proving to be a stumbling block when it comes to getting rid of him.

A major example of it was seen in the summer. Spanish side Sevilla were keen to take on the goalkeeper on loan. They were however priced out of a move owing to Kepa’s wages at Chelsea.

While Chelsea are ready to offload the player, they must be ready to take a hit on their £71million investment.

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According to the report, Kepa too will have to lower his wage demands if he is to seek a move elsewhere. He currently earns an impressive £150,000 per week at Stamford Bridge.

This makes him the fourth-highest earner at the club. It is an incredible amount to pay a player who is out of favour.

To put it into perspective, Kepa’s wages are more than that of Hakim Ziyech, Cesar Azpiliciueta, and N’Golo Kante. The Blues placed a lot of faith in him to replace Thibaut Courtois in 2018. It is fair to say he has not delivered.

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It will come as no surprise if Kepa’s time at the club is truly over. In fact, as a non-performing asset, moving him on even at a loss would be a sensible thing to do for both parties.

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“There was something” – Chelsea star lifts the lid on his links with Arsenal in the summer

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Chelsea star Jorginho opens up on talks with Arsenal

Speaking to ESPN Brasil (h/t Mirror), Chelsea star Jorginho has opened up on speculations linking him with a move to Arsenal.

The Italian international was linked with a move away from the Bridge earlier this summer. Arsenal was touted to be one of the potential destinations. We have now heard from the horse’s mouth regarding it.

Jorginho has hinted that there were talks that took place but in the end, he chose to stay back and commit to Chelsea.

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“I believe there was something they talked about. And in the end it was decided that I remain here.”

He also reiterated his commitment to the club and is fully focused on helping the Blues succeed. So far, he has done just that by scoring three goals and assisting another in just six appearances.

The vice-captain, Jorginho has led from the front as the Blues look to kick off a new era at the club. With the new players still settling in, the presence of Jorginho in midfield has been a calming influence.

“Now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.”

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Had Jorginho moved to The Emirates, he would have been the second Chelsea player to do so in the same summer.

Blues star Willian chose to move to Arsenal once his contract at the club was up this summer.

In many ways, the Blues have also benefitted off the pitch by the Italian choosing to stay. In fact, Jorginho has taken it upon himself to help new signing Thiago Silva pick up footballing terms in English.

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Chelsea are building a young hungry team that could potentially dominate for years to come.

At the core of it, however, a number of veterans, including Jorginho, have their parts to play. The midfielder may divide opinion among fans but for now, he has a role to fulfil at the club.

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