MORNING, BLUES FANS
Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge tonight with just six points separating the sides. A win would see the Red Devils complete a Prem double over Frank Lampard’s men.
But the Blues boss used the Prem table to motivate his players in the week in the hope it will spur them to victory against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
United legend Paul Parker claimed Lampard is under silent pressure and he’d rather be in Solskjaer’s shoes than those of Chelsea’s legendary former midfielder.
Reports linking Jadon Sancho with a Stamford Bridge switch refuse to go away despite suggestions the West Londoners has cooled their interest.
Alleged “seduction business” started by the Blues led to suggestions the club had edged ahead of the Red Devils in the £ (m race for the Englishman.)
And another midfielder said to be on the way in is £ (m rated man Matias Vecino from Inter Milan.)
Having been linked with the club when Maurizio Sarri was in charge, the Blues are said to have kept tabs on him and will complete a move for him to join in the summer.
160 hours ago (th February) TO BE FRANK
Frank Lampard cannot take his eyes off how the table is turning.
The Chelsea boss has admitted a daily obsession with studying the league table as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.
The Blues boss said: “I don’t think it’s the worst motivational tool for all of us to really understand the situation, because I have a deep sense of pride about wanting to get fourth.
“I remember having that as a player.
“We were fighting generally for first and second for a good period when I was here and that’s how you should be. So I don’t mind referencing that to the players.
“I look at the league table two or three times a day, sometimes. You can become obsessed.
“That’s for me to do. For the players, reminding them sometimes is fine. ”
William Pugh (hours ago) (th February) BARK- ING UP THE WRONG TREE Frank Lampard’s decision to promote Scottish youngster Billy Gilmour to his first-team squad could mean the writing is on the wall for Ross Barkley at Chelsea, according to the Express.
Former Derby boss Lampard had no choice but to promote youth after Chelsea’s transfer ban but his decision to insert the – year-old into his squad is a ringing. endorsement of Gilmour’s talents.
However, it could be bad news for Barkley. The former Everton midfielder has started only 6 Premier League games this season and is already behind Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount in Chelsea’s pecking order.
David Moyes was rumored to be trying to bring Barkley to West Ham in the January transfer window but a move never materialized.