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Champions League: What Lampard said after Chelsea’s dramatic 4-4 draw with Ajax

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has singled his forward Reece Jones for praise, describing him as a “real threat going forward” after they drew 4-4 with Ajax in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge last night.

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Lampard also said he is both “relieved” and “disappointed” at the night’s events.

He said he was glad his team responded to lift spirits in the second half, adding that “it’s a good result on balance.”

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“We could have won the game, with respect to Ajax. The performances in Lille and Ajax gave us confidence but Valencia will also feel they can qualify,” he told post game press conference.

“I’ve had some mad nights here as a player but that was up there.”

Lampard added that it’s a “little bit harder” to deal with these nights as a manager. Describes the game as “a mad one.”

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Lampard said, “A performance like today you need characters when you’re 3-1 down. We never gave up. Jorginho had such a cool head. Jones is real threat going forward.”

Lampard admitted he’s still getting used to VAR, but is mostly delighted by the spirit Chelsea showed in the game.

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Spanish Footballer, David Villa Announces Retirement

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Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer David Villa has announced he will retire from playing at the end of the Japanese season when he will be aged 38.

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Villa, who plays for J1 League side Vissel Kobe, will bow out having won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 with Spain, and the Champions League in 2011 with Barcelona.

The 37-year-old is Spain’s top scorer with 59 goals in 98 games, with four of those coming at Euro 2008 where he won the Golden Boot and was named in the team of the tournament.

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The former Valencia man said in a statement on social media: “After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season.

“Thank you to all the teams, coaches and team-mates that have allowed me to enjoy this dream career.

“Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me through good and hard times. It is my objective to put the cherry on top by winning the Emperor’s Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1st.

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“From then on, I will continue to enjoy football through all the projects that we’re currently developing with DV7 group. Thank you for all the love.”

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Wenger under fire as former Arsenal boss prepares to join Bayern Munich

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Former Chelsea and France defender, Marcel Desailly, has said Arsene Wenger is too old to be favourite for the Bayern Munich job.

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Wenger, 70, is set to replace Niko Kovac, who was sacked on Sunday following their 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

But Desailly believes his compatriot is no longer suited to life in the dugout.

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“No, he should not be in the dugout. It’s not for him any more,” he said on beIN Sport.

“He has great possibilities to restructure, to build up the philosophy of the club, towards the first team and the academy.

“But as a frontline, we don’t see him anymore. He’s 70 years old.”

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EPL: Three first team players to leave Chelsea revealed

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Chelsea are prepared to sell three first-team players in January as manager Frank Lampard looks to shake up his squad at Stamford Bridge, The Telegraph reports.

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Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Marcos Alonso are up for sell if the Blues receive worthwhile bids for them.

Giroud and Pedro’s contracts both expire in June 2020 and will be allowed to begin negotiations with foreign clubs in January.

Chelsea are willing to offload Giroud in January so they can recoup some money from him, rather than letting him leave on a free transfer in the summer.

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Giroud has fallen down the pecking order since Lampard arrived last summer.

The Frenchman has started just one competitive match this season and wants regular football to give himself a chance of playing for France at Euro 2020.

Pedro has also seen himself become less important within the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard’s preference to play younger players, as well as the summer arrival of Christian Pulisic, has meant the Spaniard is no longer a regular starter.

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Alonso has also been in and out of the Chelsea team and it may be time for him to call it quits on his Stamford Bridge career sooner rather than later.

Chelsea are said to be interested in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell next summer and that would leave Alonso seemingly ready to go.

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