Frank Lampard has made a huge impact during his loan stay at Manchester City as the veteran midfielder is mostly being used as an impact substitute player but even with the limited amount of time that Lampard has on the pitch; somehow he manages to make the most of it by scoring goals and making noteworthy performances.
The experienced midfielder scored his 174 Premier League goal a few days ago when Manchester City defeated Southampton with a scoreboard of 3-0. One of those goals was netted by Lampard who entered the pitch at the 65th minute.
Lampard is expected to join the MLS side New York City in January but after having gone through such an impressive stay with Manchester City, there are rumors that his contract could be extended as Lampard has been receiving praise from players everywhere.
“For me, what makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training. You see him at training: He is the first to arrive on the training ground and the last to go home. He won everything with Chelsea, he’s a legend in football and he’s still playing like he’s 18 years old.” Pablo Zabaleta said as he praised his teammate Frank Lampard.
Sergio Aguero is another player that did not hesitate in expressing just how much of an impact Lampard has made since arriving to the Etihad Stadium a few months as the Argentine forward said:
“He’s been a really important player for us, a key player. Whether he starts the game or comes on in the second half, he’s played a really key role in most of the games he’s featured in. It would be fantastic if he could stay, he’s a Premier League legend and it’s been a real pleasure for me to line up alongside him’’ Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero said.
Fulham’s new permanent manager Kit Symons says that he wants to take advantage of the poor form at Blackpool to get another three points for his club. Blackpool have become the latest Championship strugglers after losing four games on the bounce. This has seen them part company with José Riga, who lasted just 15 games in charge of the club. They have appointed former Birmingham City manager Lee Clark as his replacement. He lost his first match incharge of the club after a 2-0 defeat against Ipswich Town. Despite this, Blackpool remain defiant that they can get away from relegation trouble even with all the financial problems.
It was only a few years ago that Blackpool were in the Premier league under the management of Ian Holloway. Even though they continue to receive the parachute payments, the club has been slowly slipping down the table. There is real danger of relegation after the rest of the pack have cut off in the last few weeks. Blackpool need to make up eight points just to get level with Bolton Wanderers in the 23rd place. They also have to come up with a further nine in order to catch Fulham, who have done well since the appointment of Symons.
“Good results at home give you a platform to build on and I remember when I was a player, we fancied ourselves against anyone at Craven Cottage. That’s the kind of atmosphere I want to create here again, it’s early days but we are getting there. We want to carry that on on Wednesday, it what will be a very tough game, and we will have to be on top form to do so,” said Symons. “Jacob’s very versatile and he’s got an abundance of pace and great attacking ability,” said Blackpool manager Lee Clark about the club’s new signing, Jacob Murphy, after his first match.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that he feels sorry for his counterpart at Newcastle, Alan Pardew. The former West Ham boss has had to undergo a lot of abuse from his own supporters, who have not been happy with him from day one. Pardew, however, has managed to take the club to great heights during the last few years. They almost managed to sneak it into the Champions League a few years ago. It is widely believed that Pardew maybe out of his job if results do not improve sooner rather than later.
They head into the weekend’s match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane still looking for the first win of the season. All of the points that they have collected have come through draws, which simply will not be enough to keep them in the division. They still remain in the relegation zone, albeit away from the bottom of the table, after a couple of draws in recent matches. Pochettino also has had a tough start to his life at Tottenham. He has been unable to get results on a consistent basis. While his team has been performing exceptionally well in the Europa League, they have struggled in the Premier League.
“I obviously feel sympathy for him. I don’t like it when every single manager is under pressure or is getting criticised. In your career, always you have ups and downs. It is important to get some respect because in this job it is always, always you go through moments with some difficulties. The best way to deal with this situation is to just be natural, be professional, try to deliver your best and, after that, in football everything can happen,” said the former Southampton boss. Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four appear to be slowly slipping after poor results.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is set to stay at the club beyond the current campaign irrespective of the results this season according to club owner Tony Fernandes. The Malaysian businessman invested a lot of money into the club when he first arrived a few years ago. However, even the lavish spending was unable to prevent the club from going down into the Championship. Redknapp was the manager of the club when they were relegated, but he had taken over from Mark Hughes only towards the end of the campaign. The former Tottenham manager was instrumental in getting the club back into the Premier league at the first instance.
After returning to the Premier League, QPR got their first victory of the campaign after a 1-0 win against Sunderland before the international break. This finally brought a relief to the club after they had suffered defeats in the opening two matches. The heavy defeat against Tottenham in the previous match was especially of huge concern for the club, who had once again made sizeable investments in the summer to bring in players like Rio Ferdinand. Fernandes has been rumoured to be considering the position of Redknapp, but the manager recently said that he has been offered a new two-year contract extension.
Confirming this news, Fernando stated that Redknapp will stay as the manager even if QPR are relegated this season. “What happens if we don’t win for 12 or 13 games? But I think we’ve made our mind up to stick – we’ll just stick with Harry come what may. We want stability, we want players to know he’s the manager. A different approach, I think. My whole life’s been stability. People who have worked with me have for a long time. I don’t believe football clubs can be any different,” said the QPR owner.
Atletico Madrid have got into the noses of their arch rivals Real Madrid by saying that their new signing Antoine Griezmann is much better than Madrid’s marquee signing of the summer, James Rodriguez. Griezmann has been signed from Real Madrid for a transfer fee of € 25 million, which would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago given the financial problems faced by Atletico. However, success in the league followed by an appearance in the Champions League final last season has boosted their revenues significantly. Further, the sale of players like Diego Costa and Filipe Luis has also provided manager Diego Simeone with significant transfer funds.
After spending on the likes of Mario Mandzukic in the last few weeks, Atletico recently brought in Griezmann. They also witnessed the arrival of James Rodriguez, who was the superstar at the World Cup with six goals. Rodriguez moves to Real Madrid just one summer after his € 30 million move to Monaco. The impressive World Cup campaign has boosted his price to € 80 million, which is reported as the figure paid by the Spanish club to the French outfit. This makes Rodriguez the fifth most expensive player in the world.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says that despite the price, he feels that Griezmann has the ability to become a better player.
“Antione is a player who is more tested across Europe and is the signing of the summer. [Griezmann] is comparable to players like Luis Suarez. He’s a great reinforcement for the club and we made a great effort to bring him in. Though I had many offers, he decided on a serious and important club like Atletico. We don’t know about James because he still doesn’t have a defined path,” said the Atletico Madrid president at the unveiling of Griezmann.