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4 Potential Replacement for Sarri

With Maurizio Sarri, now well and truly back in Italy, along with his almost famous ‘cigarette’ butt, which was permanently between his lips during Chelsea’s matches, who is in line to replace him.

There are 3 good, candidates, which include one outstanding one and no that does not mean Jose Mourinho, returning back for an impossible 3rd time. I think from a Chelsea fans point of view, that would be almost as bearable as

Rafa Benitez, returning for a second spell… when he was universally unpopular in his first term

So lets look at the first candidate, which is the man Sarri has replaced at Juventus

Max Allegri

There is no denying he is a very good contender for the job, a serial winner, like his predecessor at Juventus Antonio Conte, and would be a very good fit for Chelsea, however, as is the way with bosses at Europes top flight clubs, the very pressure of keeping the club at the top of their game and league, nearly always takes its toll

As is the case with Allegri, who after a good few years in the Juve Hotseat, has declared his intention to take a year out of the game, in much the same way that Pep Guardiola did, before he pitched up at Bayern Munich

Darren Moore

Yes the Ex West Brom manager / head coach, a surprise outsiders choice, but still none the less a very good coach, who did a brilliant job at West Brom under difficult circumstances and was very unfortunate to be sacked

John Terry

Chelsea, through and through and currently the assistant manager at Aston Villa to Dean Smith, who got Villa promoted back to the premier ship. Terry has been closely watching the methods of Smith and has stated his intention to return to the Bridge one day as manager, though he has yet to manage a club at any level, unlike …

Yes, you guessed it…

Frank Lampard

Like Terry, he stated his ambition to return one day to manage ‘his’ club, yet opted for the less glamourous surroundings of Pride Park with Derby County in EFL Championship and… against the odds, go them to the Play Off Final, where they lost to

Aston Villa!!

 

That said though, he has a years experience of club football under his belt and go the Derby Job, through his uncle Harry (Redknapp) who knows Mel Morris, the Derby chairman

In that time Lampard has shown himself to be an oustanding managerial candiate for A top job, though wether that is Chelsea at this time remains to be seen

Given the fact that he is a Chelsea Legend, in a different way to John Terry, he would certainly bring the Solksjaer effect to the Bridge and gives Chelsea a chance to bring through some of their outstanding Youth

Will he get the nod… Well he hasn’t said No!!

Derby Mounting a Strong Promotion Push

Derby County, currently sitting in the English Football League Championship, are Mounting a strong push for promotion, thanks in part to a midfielder , who before this season was not that well known outside of South West London.

Remember the name… Mason Mount, you’ll be hearing a lot of it in the next few weeks.

Mason Mount is the latest in a long line of Chelsea starlets who are trying to break into the Chelsea first team, but finding chances limited, but who has gone to Derby County, managed by Frank Lampard, assisted by Jody Morris.

Mount is a midfielder, who is showing some fine talent and skills, which remind you of, his manager in his hey day with Chelsea. Mount enhanced his reputation further at the Weekend, by scoring a scintillating hat trick, to help Derby to a 4~0 win over the hapless Bolton, who themselves are currently going through a turbulent time, brought on by the mismanagement, from years gone by.

Mounts skills and goalscoring exploits, which you can see below.

 

Will no doubt have the scouts watching him, from everywhere.

it also gives Maurizzio Sarri, the Chelsea Manager, more food for throught,  as he evaluates the form of Chelsea’s youngsters currently out on loan.

What is interesting with Mount, is that he didn’t follow the exodus to the Budesiga, favoured by many of his fellow young players, preffering instead to buy into the rams project, being built by Lampard and Morris, who are in with an excellent shout of promotion, albeit potentially through the play offs.

The fact that Mount chose Derby and the East Midlands, outside of the fact they are managed by Frank Lampard, should come as no surprise given the fact that Tammy Abraham is at Villa, who have John Terry as Assistant Manager and he himself, enjoyed a loan spell at Nottingham Forest,  in his early days with Chelsea.

So Remember the name

Mason Mount.

Hazard Hands in Transfer Request!

Well, there has been speculation for weeks as to whether he will sign a new contract or take up a new challenge elsewhere and today the news has been confirmed, that

Hazard has handed in a transfer request! ~ Yes it is official

Only things are not quite as they may seem, because the Hazard in question is

Thorgan Hazard, Edens younger, but equally highly rated younger brother

Currently he plies his trade as a number of players his age do, in the German Bundesliga, with Borussia Munchengladbach, however they have confirmed today that instead of taking up the option to extend his contract with them, he is keen to pursue as Gladbach put it

“Other Challenges”

So this throws the debate wide open again, and poses some interesting questions

As Gladbachs”s sporting director admitted, he doesn’t know where Hazard will go, Gladbach themselves lie 5th in the Bundesliga, and there have been links with another Bundelsiga side in Borussia Dortmund, who it is known Hazard Favours a move to

Equally, it is also known that Liverpool are interested in Hazard, as they are managed by former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, who is a known admirer and, having managed previously in the league has and still retains a strong interest in suitable players,  it is reported, though unsubstantiated, that they had made a 40,000,000 euro offer to take Hazard to Liverpool this summer

Should Thorgan move to the Premier league, it would make a mouth watering prospect of him playing against Eden, when Liverpool take on Chelsea.

Either way its an interesting space to watch

Fantasy League Picks For GameWeek 32

As the Premier League season draws to a close, the final eight games will be crucial for fantasy football fans to capitalise on games to gain the most amount of points as possible. This 32nd game week has various teams such as City, United, Watford, Wolves, Chelsea, Fulham, Cardiff, Spurs and Palace playing two games, so there is an increased chance of maximising your points tally by including players from these teams.

Starting off with the defence, Manchester City have games v Fulham and Cardiff, in both of which they should be keeping clean sheets. Therefore, Ederson (£5.6m) and Walker (£6.4m) look good value and would be the picks of this week. Bearing in mind City have a double game week which could bring a solid amount of points, especially against these teams who have been battling relegation. Our good value pick at the back would be Doherty from Wolves (£5.3m), who is playing Burnley and Manchester United. The Irish wing back likes to get forward and usually provides an assist or a goal, so with this double game week he has a chance to put some points on the board for your side.

Moving onto the midfield, the two star picks of the week would be our captain, Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), and Eden Hazard (£10.9m). Sterling is currently the man of the moment and is in the form of his life, and with games against Fulham and Cardiff, we wouldn’t be surprised if he can reach the 20 goal mark by the end of this game week. Hazard is also up against easy opposition, Cardiff and Brighton. Against both teams, he should be having a influential impact on the game, and being the penalty taker in the side gives a great chance for him to get on the score sheet. Our good value tip would be Deulofeu, the Watford winger (£5.7m). He has 12 goal contributions in 23 games for Watford this season, and up against Manchester United and Fulham, could add to that tally.

Finally, the strike force. Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) would be our top picks for this game week. Aguero has 18 goals in the premier league this season, and whilst going for the Golden Boot, he will be looking to bolster his goal tally with games against Fulham and Cardiff. Kane has a tough game at Anfield on Sunday, where he scored a 95th minute equaliser last season and 2 in the last 3 visits against Liverpool. In addition to this, Spurs play Crystal Palace in their new stadium on Wednesday, and Kane will be looking to open his tally as the Stadium is due to hold its first competitive game. Our good value pick of the week is Raul Jimenez (£6.5m). The Mexican has had a great first season in the Premier League, and will be hoping to help Wolves achieve the Europa League spot in 7th place with a couple of goals this game week against Burnley and Manchester United.

Quarters come to a close!

Tonight is a huge night for the Women’s Champions League, as the quarter finals draw to a close.

PSG vs Chelsea- 18:00
1st Leg (0-2)

Tonight’s game will take place at Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, where Chelsea will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg against Paris Saint-German. With goals from Erin Cuthbert and Hannah Blundell at Kingsmeadow, the girls have an advantage for tonight’s game and will go in with full force. Chelsea will however have to go forth without Cuthbert as a result of suspension, meaning a recall for Fran Kirby may be on the cards, who came on and assisted both goals in the first leg as a super substitute. Emma Hayes (Chelsea Ladies manager) told BBC Sport “I wouldn’t say we were comfortable,” and that she expects “to go through some difficult moments” within the game. The winners of this tie will see either Wolfsburg or current holders Lyon in the semi-finals. Chelsea women are expecting a hostile environment tonight and have not issued any special travel advice to their supporters, despite a coach full of PSG fans being turned away from Kingsmeadow in the first round as a result of a police search revealing weapons and Class A drugs on board.

Photo credit: BBC

Wolfsburg vs Lyon- 17:15
1st Leg (1-2)

Whilst there are no French teams left in the Champions League and Europa League, it is now up to the ladies to bring something home. The first leg match saw Lyon win at the Groupama Stadium 2-1 and must maintain this lead under the threat of Wolfsburg in tonight’s game. Despite their lead, Lyonnaises should look to score in Germany and give themselves a little more air to breathe. The team go into it quite confident but know that there will be difficult periods throughout the game against a very strong Wolfsburg. Reynald Pedros stated that “It was important to identify the mistakes made in the first leg, we unfortunately conceded on set pieces.” Both Lyon and Wolfsburg will do everything they can to try and qualify and I have a feeling that Wolfsburg will try and take revenge for last year’s Champions League final where they lost out to Lyon. Lyon and Seattle Reign player Jess Fishlock stated “I think it’s the biggest test we have had all season, it is going to be one hell of a game and I’m very excited for it. Lyon, winners of five finals in eight years, including the last three, and Wolfsburg, winners in 2013, 2014 and runners-up in 2016 and 2018 are both among the favourites to win the tournament, so tonight’s game will be epic.

Photo credit: VFL Wolfsburg

LSK vs Barcelona- 17:30
1st Leg (0-3)

Barcelona have one foot in the last four as a result of Toni-Duggan’s brilliant performance and 2 goals, helping them to overcome Norwegian side LSK Kvinner 3-0 in the first leg. Barcelona started on the front foot, perhaps due to them being buoyed by their win over Atletico Madrid in a sold out Wanda Metropolitano. The Champions League is very special and is something Barcelona are working hard for. Whilst Barcelona didn’t add to their tally, an away goal tonight could mean that they had booked their place in the last four for only the second time in the clubs history. Barcelona are currently on a 5 game winning streak and even though they may not be the biggest favourite to win the entire competition, I am definitely expecting them to reach the semi-finals without any issues. The winner of this game will play either Bayern Munich or Slavia Praha.

Photo credit: fcBarcelona

Bayern vs Slavia Praha- 18:30
1st Leg (1-1)

Now, this will quite possibly the most interesting game off all tonight. The Czech side will head to the German city level at 1-1, after the first leg in Prague was played in front of the biggest crowd fir a Women’s Champions League game in the Czech Republic. Both teams are eyeing their first ever semi-final in the competition and therefore, I will be happy seeing whichever team going forward, as a semi-final position is a testament to them in itself. Slavia have previously fallen to Barcelona, Rosengard and Wolfsburg in Europe, so I’m hoping they come out in full force and with determination, making for a great game. The winner of this game will either play Barcelona or LSK in the Semi-final stage.

Photo credit: UEFA

Tonight’s games will be full of talent, as we see a wide range of players who will feature in the Women’s World Cup for their national teams in June, I am excited to see the level of talent on display and I hope the ladies will impress.