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Chelsea sack Frank Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, has been sacked after 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Former midfielder Lampard who took over the reigns in West London after the departure of former boss Maurizio Sarri, leaves his role with the club ninth in the Premier League.

It’s been reported that former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, is in line to take over at the West London club.

Frank Lampard’s job has been in jeopardy for some time, especially after looking like he hadn’t been able to motivate a squad that had £200 million injected into it over the summer.

Having said that in my own humble opinion, in a previous article, which can be found here;

https://ayyazmalik.com/2021/01/03/lampard-for-the-sack/

I feel it was a tad harsh to disperse of the services of manager Frank Lampard.

Thomas Tuchel, who himself was sacked by PSG, will be coming into the Stamford Bridge hotseat, with unfinished business at the highest level.

If Tuchel, is indeed appointed, this will mean another high profile manager will be hired, after the one before them was fired.

Tottenham, are through to final after Brentford win

Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the final of the Carabao Cup after a 2-0 win over Brentford. The West London side, did beat Premier League side Newcastle 1-0 in the last round to get here.

With that in mind, it was evident that The Bees would be no pushover in this game. Brentford have had to rebuild after the sales of Said Benrahma and star forward Ollie Watkins.

To their credit after an arguably slow start, are competing within the higher reaches of the Championship again.

Key to this, has been Ivan Toney, the 26-year old former Newcastle and Peterborough striker has scored and impressive 16 goals this term.

The homeside Tottenham, knew that if they were to progress in this one, they will need to keep Toney quite and star forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung Min will need to perform.

Perform they did. Despite Brentford having, bright moments in this game, Spurs through goals by Mohammed Sissoko and Son, are through to the final, at the expense of the visitors Brentford, who were in their first competitive semi-final in their history.

A red card for Brentford’s Josh Da Silva, effectively ended any chance that the visitors had in progressing to the final.

For Tottenham, this is their chance to get their hands in silver for the first time since 2008, when they won this competition by beating Chelsea 2-1 that day.

Despite losing this semi-final, Brentford exit this tournament, with their heads held high.

They have clearly shown by their performances this year in the Championship and Carabao Cup, they are a very capable team and are a match for any one.

Come May, they will be back in the promotion race for sure.

This Tottenham team, have gone some way to show that they’re now ready to move to the next level. Jose’s back, Manchester City or Manchester United … you’re next are you ready?

Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea; crisis what crisis?

Arsenal ended their seven game winless run in style with a 3-1 win over London rivals Chelsea.

The Gunners, who came into this game, in the bottom half of the table, move up a place a to 14th, with an important victory which was set up by two goals in the first half from the misfiring Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka.

A Bukayo Saka goal, effectively put the game to bed, with a three goal lead. Chelsea were able to get back into the game with a goal through striker Tammy Abraham, to potentially nervy finale, but this turned out not to be.

A weak Jorginho penalty was saved by German keeper Bernd Leno, which would have added an unfair reflection to the score line. For Arsenal, they will be hoping that this win, will give the renewed belief in their quest to finish towards the Europa League qualification places.

As for Chelsea, this defeat their third of recent times (Everton, Wolves, and now Arsenal) is a potential worrying sign, especially since their over £200 million outlay on playing talent over the summer. Arsenal, who have dominated the football headlines all season for all the wrong reasons, due to their precarious position, displayed the biggest gesture of support of under-fire Mikel Arteta.

With the news now emerging that German Thomas Tuchel is available after his sacking from French champions PSG, any more high profile defeats for the Spaniard Arteta, could have signalled the end of his reign in North London.

The Spaniard, however lives to fight another day.