Lampard opens up as Brazilian deal close, Lewandowski, Bakayoko, Rugani Video, Chelsea fans all smiles after Luiz gets ripped
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has suggested that Brazilian winger Kenedy will be leaving the club in the next few days.
Kenedy moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2015 and went on to appear 20 times in his first campaign in west London, scoring twice. He featured again sporadically under Antonio Conte, before spending the past year-and-a-half on loan at Newcastle, where he was a regular in the team.
But with Chelsea unable to acquire any players this transfer window, Lampard was keen to see just what the talented winger was capable of, and has been afforded chances to impress under the new boss.
And featuring on both the left and the right wing, he looked really lively during the summer, especially in the recent friendlies against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona when he came close to scoring, and he admitted that he wants to take his chance at the club.
But with Willian having returned from injury and Callum Hudson-Odoi close to getting back to full fitness, Kenedy is not now in a position to fight for a spot in Lampard’s side and Lampard has hinted that he could be leaving the club in the coming days, along with Monaco bound Tiemoue Bakayoko.
“It’s a possibility,” Lampard said
“We are getting to the point now where the window is closing soon. I am clear where my squad is, and they’re our players as it stands.
“In terms of Bakayoko and Kenedy, yeah, for sure, we’ll see how it goes.”
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Gunners legend Martin Keown has claimed that former Chelsea star David Luiz needs to be taught the basics of defending.
Despite spending some serious money during the summer transfer window and improving the Gunners side enough to warrant a good chance of getting Champions League football next season, Unai Emery’s side are still lacking serious quality in key areas of the pitch.
The Gunners slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield at the weekend with Mohamed Salah producing a sparkling display for the hosts, and highlighting the problems that Emery has to deal with in the coming months, while also showing just how big the gap between the two clubs are.
And Keown believes Luiz needs to be taught the basics of defending to cut out the errors at the Emirates.
‘David Luiz needs one-on-one work with a defensive coach. That is what I would do if I was on the staff at Arsenal,’ said Keown.
‘Luiz is 32 but you are never too old to learn. When Arsenal signed the Brazilian from Chelsea, I feared it would come back to bite them. That is what happened at Anfield last week.
‘Liability Luiz gave away a cheap penalty by pulling on Mohamed Salah’s shirt. He failed to anticipate the movement of the Egyptian, then his ego caused him to tug back Salah rather than wait to see if the Liverpool man would score.
‘Later, he was made to look foolish on the wing by the same man. Luiz could not foul Salah because he had already been booked for giving away the spot-kick. But he committed, he went for the ball, it was all or nothing, and he got zilch. Salah skipped by him and scored.
‘Luiz dealt with that situation all wrong and this has long been a habit. When defending, you have to make yourself favourite for the ball. Stay goal-side of your opponent. Don’t get too tight or over-commit. Give yourself the chance to drop off. That is what Virgil van Dijk does. Luiz didn’t and Salah exploited it.
‘As a player, I would take things like this personally. I would not want to pick up the newspaper and read about how the man I was supposed to keep quiet took me to the cleaners. I’d find that embarrassing and I’d want to improve.’
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