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Declan Rice praises the progress made by fellow England teammate

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has heaped praise on Mason Mount, who has made a bright start to his Chelsea career. Mount had spent the past two seasons on loan with Vitesse and Derby County respectively and he has now been offered with the chance to impress for the Blues under manager Frank Lampard.
Speaking in a press conference, Rice said that he is pleased with the progress made by Mount with the Blues and believes the midfielder has the credentials to succeed with the club on a long-term basis, he told: “He’s pretty much immaculate. He’s playing the same way Lamps used to play. I am not surprised he is doing that for Chelsea and he is going to keep doing that there for years.”

Frank Lampard reveals one concern over Chelsea’s early season form

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that the Blues need to improve on one aspect in order to return to winning ways. The west London side have yet to win under the management of new boss Lampard and they have managed one draw and two defeats from their opening three games across all competitions.

Speaking after the 1-1 league draw against Leicester City, Lampard said that the fans may need to show more patience towards the team’s performances, given there is the room for improvement. He added that the players could have put the game to bed after the early strike and the lack of clinical finishing remains a concern at the current point of time, he quipped: "It's very early for us. We have to be patient as we are working towards something. Two or three nil would have taken the game away from them but we didn't take those chances. That's the story of our season so far. We need to be more clinical, for sure. It is defining."

Jorginho insists he is committed to Chelsea for the long-term

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has said that he is committed to the west London side for the long-term. The Italian has been regularly linked with a reunion with former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus but the midfielder has stressed that he is clearly content with the Europa League holders, he said:“He was my manager, he wasn’t my friend.

“We worked together for four years but now it is another time and another page. Another time in my life. I look forward to that now. I left him but I stayed here and I look to work for our team now, at Chelsea. I have a four-year contract. I am very happy in London and to be at Chelsea. I hope to be here for a long time.”

Frank Lampard unperturbed with the difficulty of the job at Chelsea

Frank Lampard has said that he is prepared to risk his legacy after becoming the new head coach at Chelsea. The 40-year-old was widely fancied for the role after the departure of Maurizio Sarri and the move has finally been made official after the Blues agreed on a compensation package with Derby County.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Lampard acknowledged that he may be risking his legacy with the job, but he is nonetheless prepared to prove himself, he said: “Maybe it is a risk. I am quite bold. You have to be in football because the minute I stepped into management, what did I want to do? This is no disrespect to Derby, a fantastic club for me, I was ambitious as a player, I wanted to manage at the top. The opportunity to come here, having had my link here, this is an obvious club I would love to manage, simply that. The minute I started management, the minute I realised this could be the case, if I am fortunate and do okay, I get the job at Chelsea and I risk it.”

Nelson keen to impress for Arsenal after loan stint in Germany

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is determined to impress for the Gunners first-team next season following his season-long loan spell with Hoffenheim. The 19-year-old had a stop-start campaign with the German side due to injuries but he still made an impact with seven goals from 23 league appearances and was nominated for the Rookie of the Year award.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Nelson said that he is keen on making a comeback with the Gunners this term following a testing challenge in the Bundesliga, he said: “Arsenal is my main goal. After the Euros I’ll look to go back to pre-season, do that very strong and hopefully play for the team I love. “I haven’t spoken to him [Unai Emery] yet. The recruitment team said I need to concentrate on the Euros and then we’ll get back into Arsenal later on.

Petr Cech focused on winning the Europa League with Arsenal

Petr Cech has indicated that he is focused on winning the Europa League with Arsenal and would thereafter decide on his future. The 37-year-old has already confirmed that he would be retiring from the game at the end of the season and recent reports have linked him with the sporting director role at former club Chelsea.

Ahead of the Europa League final against the Blues, Cech has clarified that he is focused on securing European silverware with the Gunners and any speculation regarding his future would be sorted following his final game in professional football, he tweeted: “Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before, I’ll make decision about my future after the last game. Now my sole focus is to win the EL with Arsenal.”

Petr Cech aiming to beat Chelsea in final professional game

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is determined to beat Chelsea when the sides face in the Europa League final this month. The 36-year-old has already announced that he would be retiring from the game at the end of the season and he has the opportunity to go on a high by securing trophy success with the Gunners.

Speaking to Evening Standard, Cech said that he is determined to have a happy ending to his career and would not have expected a better script with a chance to beat the Blues to the Europa League crown, he said: “If somebody wrote the script for me, then that would probably be in it. If you’re about to win a European trophy you have to beat any opponent anyway, so for me it would be an extra special game but regardless of that you want to win the trophy for yourself. My dream is to go all the way to the final and play the last game in the final with a happy ending, with a trophy in my arm and a medal around my neck.”

Aubameyang acknowledges he prefers a two-striker partnership

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has acknowledged that he prefers to play alongside Alexandre Lacazette upfront, though he would not want to anger the manager by stating his opinion. The Gabon international has formed an excellent bond with Lacazette during his time at the club and the duo have contributed 38 goals together during the ongoing campaign.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Aubameyang admitted that he likes to work together with Lacazette in the frontline, but he can’t change the perspective of the head coach, he said: “Everybody knows that I like to play with Laca because we have a great partnership. Sometimes one plays, the other is on the bench. It’s like that. You have to fight for the team. I think you know that I like to play with two strikers but I don’t want to say it because the coach will be maybe a bit angry.”

Emery wants better control from Arsenal after Watford win

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that the players should learn to control the game better after a slender 1-0 win over Watford on the road. The north London side took the lead fortuitously after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pounced upon Ben Foster’s poor clearance and they were thereafter handed a man advantage with Troy Deeney sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Lucas Torreira.

Despite this, the Gunners were not clearly in control of the game through the 90 minutes but they eventually secured the maximum points after some last-gasp defending towards the end. Speaking after the match, Emery said that his team were competitive on the night but should have done better in controlling the proceedings of the game.

Petr Cech positive about overcoming Rennes in the Europa League

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that the Gunners are capable of making a comeback despite suffering a 3-1 defeat to Rennes during the away leg of the Europa League round of 16. The north London giants benefited from a fortuitous Alex Iwobi goal in the opening three minutes and they could have quite easily doubled the advantage with the chances thereafter.

However, in a moment of madness, Sokratis saw himself sent out for a second yellow card and this changed the tide with Rennes scoring from a free-kick before the break. Following the interval, Rennes were the better side with the man advantage and they managed to make it count with a Nacho Monreal own goal and a late Ismaila Sarr strike to secure a comfortable triumph in the end.

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