Chelsea ‘long way’ from being title contenders, says Lampard

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea Manager, Frank Lampard, believes his side are a long way short of the levels of Premier League Champions Liverpool and Manchester City, who have set the benchmark in terms of consistency.Lampard’s Chelsea, currently third in the league, visit title winners Liverpool on Wednesday, chasing the three points they need to secure Champions League football next season. Liverpool go into the game having dropped eight points in their past five matches, but still remain 30 points clear of Chelsea.When asked how far his team had to go to compete with Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City, Lampard said: “A long way.“We have to be realistic about that as a club, as do many of the other clubs, because themselves and Manchester City, particularly Liverpool this year, have shown an incredible consistency that only comes through hard work and time with fantastic players and fantastic coaching.“We are at a different point in the curve. You are talking about probably the two best clubs, teams in world football, up there with a couple of others in European football.“The points don’t lie over the past few seasons. We are realistic but we have targets and we want to close that gap.” Chelsea have already spent big in the transfer market to recruit attackers Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for next season.The club have been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen playmaker, Kai Havertz, in the British media but Lampard refused to discuss transfer speculation.France midfielder, N’Golo Kante, will remain on the sidelines for the Liverpool clash, having already missed Chelsea’s last four matches in the league and FA Cup due to a hamstring injury.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ChelseaFrank LampardLiverpoolManchester Citylast_img read more

STAFF : Ross earns 400th career win as Syracuse softball sweeps 4 games on weekend

first_imgWith a 2-0 win over Jacksonville on Friday, Syracuse coach Leigh Ross earned her 400th career win early in the FAU Parents’ Weekend Tournament. Ross’ win total continued to climb throughout the weekend, as Syracuse won four consecutive games to win the tournament title.The Orange (17-8) defeated Jacksonville twice and defeated host Florida Atlantic twice in Boca Raton, Fla.Strong pitching helped SU to the victories. Senior pitcher Jenna Caira outdueled Jacksonville pitcher Sarah Sigrest in the first of four weekend wins. In that game, Caira struck out nine in a complete game shutout and surrendered only three hits.Caira one-hit FAU in the fourth game – a 4-0 SU win. She has won her last 10 decisions and now holds a 13-3 record on the season.Junior Stacy Kuwik and freshman Lindsay Taylor also contributed to the strong pitching weekend. Taylor earned her first career win and held opponents hitless on the weekend. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will play next weekend in an unusual spot: the Carrier Dome. The Orange will play two games against Canisius and Colgate indoors in the first Dome games in SU softball history. -Compiled by Nick Toney, staff writer, [email protected] Published on March 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Mourinho ‘open to shock Chelsea return’ for third spell as manager – Reports

first_imgJose Mourinho could return to Stamford Bridge as manager of Chelsea for a third time Mourinho won three Premier League titles during two different spells as manager of Chelsea The current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is edging closer to joining Serie A champions Juventus According to The Sun, Mourinho is seriously considering a third spell in charge of Chelsea.The Portuguese boss said in March that he hoped to be back in management in June.Blues legend Frank Lampard is still the favourite to takeover but the Chelsea board are looking at managers with top-flight experience.Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves and Watford’s Javi Gracia are also fairly high in the betting.Sarri is waiting for the final say from Chelsea before getting the go-ahead to complete his return to Italy, which is partly reliant on the Europa League winners finalising their own succession plan.Mourinho might now have provided a tempting offer for Chelsea, as he is eager to get back into work since being sacked by Manchester United in December.The 56-year-old has been doing some punditry work on beIN SPORTS while he waits for the right job. JOSE’S BLUES RECORD 1st spell: June 2004 – September 20072nd spell: June 2013 – December 2015Games in charge: 320Wins: 204Draws: 65Defeats: 513x Premier League titles3x League Cups1x FA Cup Jose Mourinho could be about to return to Stamford Bridge as manager of Chelsea for the third time.The Blues’ current boss Maurizio Sarri is edging closer to joining Serie A champions Juventus.This means the west London club are in a race against time to find the right person to take control. Mourinho had a row with then-club doctor Eva Carneiro before he was sacked in 2015 Mourinho has been doing some punditry work on beIN SPORTS while he waits for a new jobMourinho won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three League Cups during two spells at Stamford Bridge.His last stint in charge ended on a sour note as he was sacked following a poor start to his league title defence.This came on the back of his row with then-club doctor Eva Carneiro over her going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the season-opening 2-2 draw with Swansea.If Mourinho does return he may be hamstrung in the transfer market as the Blues are currently banned from registering new players for two windows.The London club have submitted an appeal to CAS to grant an interim ruling. Source: Daily Maillast_img read more