Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue | Chelsea’s defence has been described as ridiculous by former manager Glenn Hoddle.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told to solve ‘ridiculous’ problem to stop ‘long term’ issue
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard must tighten up his team’s defence to stop it from becoming a long-term problem, according to former Blues manager Glenn Hoddle. Lampard has surprised many with his impact at Chelsea since replacing Maurizio Sarri as head coach in the summer. The Blues are fourth in the Premier League, five points clear of Manchester United in fifth.

But Lampard’s side have been leaking goals at the back, conceding eight more than newly-promoted side Sheffield United.

It has not just been in the Premier League where Hoddle has been concerned with how open his former side are.

He joked the 2-2 Champions League draw away at Valencia last month could have ended 12-12.

And Hoddle says Lampard must look at that part of his team’s game going forward.

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Chelsea news: Glenn Hoddle says Frank Lampard must fix Chelsea's leaky defence (Image: GETTY/BT SPORT)

“They do need tightening up, Chelsea, as a team defensively,” Hoddle said on BT Sport.

“We saw them play against Valencia and it was like a schoolboy game, that game could have been 12-12. It’s ridiculous.

“They are [entertaining to watch]. Going forward it’s great and I’ll tell you what, in world football who knows how to get a clean sheet? No one knows how to get a clean sheet anymore.

“But Chelsea certainly, Frank’s got to look at that long term, to when to tuck the belt in, when to just say ‘Look, let’s play 5-10 minutes’.

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“[Cesar] Azpilicueta in the last [few] minutes [against Valencia] and seconds was doing overlaps - he was playing right-sided centre-back in a five.”

Germany international Antonio Rudiger is Chelsea’s most experienced and arguably their best central defender.

However, the 26-year-old has struggled with injury problems which has kept him out of all but one of their competitive games in the last seven months.

Rudiger finally returned from a groin injury for the must-not-lose Champions League clash against Lille on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea news: Frank Lampard's side have conceded eight more goals than Sheffield Utd in the league (Image: GETTY)

Hoddle says the centre-back’s return will be a boost for Chelsea but that they should not expect miracles from him straight away.

“[Rudiger] will [make a difference] but I think tonight he’s got to get his own house in order,” Hoddle added.

“He’s been out for a while, when you’ve been out for a while, whether you’re a defender or whatever, you’ve got to look after your own game and get the first one under your belt.

“So yes he will help out with the experience that he’s got.”

West Ham next manager: Manuel Pellegrini sack decision made before Southampton clash

West Ham next manager: Manuel Pellegrini sack decision made before Southampton clash

Manuel Pellegrini will be in charge during West Ham’s next match against Southampton on Saturday at St Mary’s. According to The Athletic, the Hammers’ 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Monday at the London Stadium hasn’t changed anything and so the decision makers are still backing Pellegrini as well as the players.

In our last five games at home we got one draw and conceded three goals in our last three

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini

The east Londoners only have one win in their last 10 matches in the Premier League but Pellegrini will remain in the dugout for now.

The club has been reluctant in previous years to change personnel in the middle of the season and that is why they are not keen on following in the footsteps of Arsenal, Everton and Watford.

West Ham are just one point above the Premier League’s drop zone but Pellegrini is confident his team won’t be dealing with a relegation struggle this season.

The Chilean manager is more focused on fixing the team’s problems and continues to back his team despite the rough start to the campaign.

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will remain in charge

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will remain in charge (Image: GETTY)

Pellegrini said: "In our last five games at home we got one draw and conceded three goals in our last three. I am more worried about that.

“For 65 minutes there was only one team on the pitch. But we must score the second goal to decide the game.

“If Arsenal had scored three times from seven chances, that would be different.

“The game was decided in three minutes. We need to concentrate more, be more consistent and more solid.

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is under fire

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is under fire (Image: GETTY)

"If you get one point from five games at home and concede three goals in three games, you can't expect them to be happy and not to boo.

"But I don't agree the fans are not behind the team. There are 60,000 here for every game.

“If they weren't behind the team, the stadium would be empty."

Following the dismissal of Unai Emery and Marco Silva from Arsenal and Everton respectively Pellegrini now poses as the likeliest manager to be sacked next.

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But the former Manchester City boss doesn’t pay too much attention to all the talk and just concentrates on the task at hand.

Pellegrini said last month: “You must be clear, it is game by game.

“We never talk about the future. It is the same question asked when we were winning.

“Football changes every game so we are working to beat Chelsea and improve.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Red Bull Salzburg’s talent treadmill on a night when it was former midfielder, Naby Keita, who starred as opposed to much-talked-about teenager Erling Braut Haaland.

Salzburg produced a performance brimful with heart, desire and quality but were undone by the defending Champions League winners to resign themselves to Europa League football in 2020.

That could have major repercussions over the future of the in-demand Haaland, for whom Manchester United had scouts in attendance at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night.

An £85million price tag has been mooted for the 19-year-old, who has scored 28 goals and laid on seven assists in 22 appearances this season.

Haaland came into this clash having scored in all of his previous five Champions League appearances, making himself the competition’s second-highest goalscorer with eight strikes. Confidence coursing through his veins, he vowed to score a sixth hat-trick of the season in a 3-1 win for the hosts.

But he couldn’t find the back of the net this time, drilling into the side-netting of Alisson’s near post with his best chance, as Liverpool survived Salzburg’s first-half pressure and produced an accomplished second-half performance to book their spot in the last 16.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland failed to score for the first time in the Champions League on Tuesday (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Keita has now impressed, and scored, in back-to-back games (Image: GETTY)

Crucial to the Premier League leaders’ victory, in testing circumstances against the Austrian champions, were two former Salzburg players in Sadio Mane and Keita.

The Guinean, starting just his second match in either the Premier League or the Champions League this term, rewarded Jurgen Klopp’s decision to keep faith in him by scoring his second goal in as many games.

And it was Mane who provided the assist, with goalkeeper Cican Stankovic racing off his line only for Liverpool’s in-form winger to dance round him and clip in a cross which Keita headed past a Salzburg defender on the line.

Mohamed Salah’s strike from an acute angle rounded off the evening as Mane himself went close to netting against his former outfit, and Klopp was full of praise for Keita and Mane in particular.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Naby Keita was on the scoresheet again for Liverpool (Image: GETTY)
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“It appears [Salzburg] produce some very good players. I think both played very well,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“Keita, in particular, was very good. In the beginning we used Naby a little bit on the wing and then we changed our system from 4-3-3 to 4-4-1-1 and used him in the No 10 position and he really played great.

"Both of them played great, fantastic."

Klopp was shown by the TV cameras approaching Salzburg’s American head coach Jesse Marsch after the final whistle enthusiastically clapping and saying simply, “Wow.”

And the German - whose side secured their spot as Group E winners with their 2-0 victory - revealed his “massive respect” for Salzburg, who alongside Haaland boast impressive young prodigies such as attackers Takumi Minamino, Dominik Szoboszlai and Hwang Hee-chan.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Naby Keita was excellent for Liverpool in Salzburg (Image: GETTY)

“I couldn't have more respect for what Salzburg are doing here, the way they play football, I really love it,” Klopp said. 

I love that my team are so smart, they listen and they put in a shift like that. Salzburg were unbelievably strong, especially in the first half but we were too, we were ready for that fight.

“We should have scored more goals. In the second half it’s not easy to keep that intensity; we scored the goals, could have scored more but really massive respect for Jesse and Salzburg for what they did here. 

"They began great, they began very quickly but then Haaland and Hwang saw it’s not easy to win a race with Virgil [van Dijk]. Jesse and his team worked great with their team and gave them a fantastic attitude.

"They used what they could use, but we also played very well in the spaces.

"When we started to play more intelligently and use the spaces we had in the second half then we used our opportunities. In the second half, how we played was very difficult for Salzburg.

"I saw we had 21 attempts on goal and we could have scored five or six times, so it was really difficult for Salzburg in the second half. But, once again, my highest respect for Jesse and his team."

Salah’s strike, again after Stankovic ill-judgedly came off his line, helped avoid the Egyptian boarding the plane back to England filled with frustration over failing to score the goal he craved - having scored twice in the reverse fixture between the two teams.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Both Keita and Mane shone against their former club (Image: GETTY)

He missed three excellent opportunities before finding the back of the net and Klopp laughed: “It was for sure the most difficult situation he had tonight.

"He played really well but didn’t score in the situations we expect him usually to score, but staying on track and making such a decisive and very difficult finish, that probably says much more about him than all of the other goals he has scored.

"So, staying concentrated, belief in the next moment, it was brilliant. A very, very difficult goal but a sensational finish."

The only blight on the night was Dejan Lovren’s injury, having also gone off against Bournemouth last weekend but returned to fitness in time for the trip to Austria.

Liverpool manager Klopp admitted they don’t know what the extent of the Croatian centre-half’s issue is, though the 27-year-old told journalists in the mixed zone that it was a hamstring problem - which the Merseyside club will hope is only minor.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Liverpool secured their spot as Group E winners with their win in Austria (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Red Bull Salzburg as Naby Keita outshines Erling Haaland

Jurgen Klopp's side could face Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in the next round (Image: GETTY)

But regardless of how bad an injury it is, it will not detract from what has been an immensely positive season for Liverpool so far.

From 26 games across all competitions, the European champions have now won 20 and lost just one - securing their spot in the next round of the Champions League and leading the Premier League table by eight points.

Asked what limits there are to the success of this Liverpool team, Klopp replied: “It is very difficult to measure. Of course there are limits. We have to work hard to achieve what we want.

"We wanted to move on to the next knockout phase, that was important, and it wasn’t in our plan to be the leader of the Premier League in December but it’s great to be there. B

"ut we need to use everything and we need to work very hard. Yes, there are limits and if the boys play like this then it makes it easier for us but they have to be ready and try to achieve their goals always like they did tonight."

With five games in the next 16 days, including Liverpool’s quest to win the Club World Cup for a first time out in Qatar, the challenges continue at blistering pace. But then so too do Liverpool.

Man Utd midfielder Lingard: Only the start for Rashford

Man Utd midfielder Lingard: Only the start for Rashford

Jesse Lingard says good friend and Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford has room for improvement.

The 22-year-old is flourishing this season at Old Trafford, having scored 13 goals in his 14 appearances.

His form has helped propel United up to fifth, and Lingard is expecting even more from the England international over the course of this season.

Lingard told Sky Sports of Rashford: "He's been doing really well. He's so humble and down to earth and he loves to work hard, and it shows in the matches.

"He's only so young, he's only 22, and the world is his oyster at the moment.

"Football's all about enjoyment and he loves scoring goals, he loves celebrating. That's what he's there to do, he's there to score goals."

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