FRANK LAMPARD has spoken out about his failed 18-month spell as Chelsea manager for the first time, refusing to hit out at Roman Abramovich for sacking him. The Blues legend, 42, was sacked by the Russian owner in January with the club down in ninth in the Premier League. The decision was widely questioned by Chelsea fans who believed Lampard just needed more time to implement his philosophy. But Abramovich and the rest of the Stamford Bridge board decided to pull the plug and installed Thomas Tuchel - who was himself sacked by Paris Saint-Germain a month earlier - as boss. Despite the slightly bitter exit, Lampard has chosen to look back on his brief stint as Chelsea chief fondly. Speaking for the first time in a in the exclusive Q&A in aid of the Willow Foundation , Lampard revealed: "I'm absolutely appreciative of the opportunity I had to manage Chelsea. "It was an incredible time. Everyone knows how I felt about the club." Despite sacking Lampard, … [Read more...] about Frank Lampard refuses to slam Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and hails ‘incredible’ 18-month spell after brutal axe
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S purs boss Jose Mourinho welcomes his former employer Manchester United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and is in need of three points to maintain their push for a top-four finish. United are aiming to cement their position in second place, behind runaway leaders Manchester City. When is it? The match is on Sunday April 11, 2021. What time is kick-off? Referee Chris Kavanagh will get the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under way at 4.30pm (BST), while assistants Adam Nunn and Sian Massey-Ellis will run the lines. Andre Marriner is the fourth official, while Craig Pawson will be in Stockley Park on video assistant referee duty, sat with his deputy for the day Harry Lennard. What TV channel is it on? The match will be broadcast in all of its technicolour glory by Sky Sports, with their programmes on their Main Event and Premier League channels starting at 4pm. Alternatively, if you do not subscribe to Sky Sports you can follow all the the action right here — … [Read more...] about Spurs vs Man Utd, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
A somber mood descended on the British capital at lunchtime on Friday as the news of Prince Philip's death made the rounds. Flags were lowered to half-mast across the UK, and reactions poured in from around the world. Just two months shy of turning 100, Philip died at Windsor Castle just west of London in the early hours of April 9. He had long been suffering from a heart condition and had only been released from hospital three weeks earlier. A death notice for Prince Philip has been displayed at Buckingham Palace Crown and country Prince Philip, whose highest official title was Duke of Edinburgh, was regarded as much more than just a prince consort to Queen Elizabeth II, as was acknowledged by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a message. The duke's "selfless service to the country" and career in the Royal Navy during World War II were among the qualities that Johnson pointed out in his tweet, changing the banner of his account to an image commemorating Philip. … [Read more...] about Prince Philip’s death evokes mixed reactions
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 Wolfsburg, Deutsche Bank Park (Kamada 8', Jovic 27', Silva 54', Durm 61' - Baku 6', Weghorst 46', Philipp 85') Following a week in which Germany's current Champions League representatives both suffered frustrating quarterfinal first leg defeats, it was the Bundesliga's likely representatives for next season's competition who stole the show at the weekend. Intricate midfield play, clinical finishing, lethal counterattacks, plot twists galore — and even supporters chanting outside the stadium — Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg offered it all from start to finish as they demonstrated just why they are both increasingly likely to be in the Champions League next season. For the Eagles, who eventually tamed the Wolves by virtue of sheer firepower, it would be a first foray into Europe's elite competition since they reached the final of the old European Cup in 1960 — although the historic run to the Europa League semifinal in 2019 certainly provided a … [Read more...] about Fast and furios Frankfurt are Champions League ready
Germany 5-2 Australia, Brita-Arena (Nüsken 11', Hendrich 48', Brand 63', Freigang 65', Dallmann 90+1' — Gielnik 82', 90+2') Germany’s clash against Australia was meant to be an opportunity for the hosts to measure their mettle against another top side. Instead, increasingly common COVID-19 complications forced fresh faces to step up in Wiesbaden. Just hours before the match, Germany announced defender Felicitas Rauch had tested positive for COVID-19, while teammates Lena Oberdorf, Sara Doorsoun and Svenja Huth had to quarantine despite testing negative due to their close contact to Rauch. "We know that despite the protocols there is always a slight risk [of infection] , but the timing of cases occurring on matchday is not ideal. It makes it harder to react, but the health authorities and medical team at the club did an excellent job to act quickly. Credit to them, and above all the players, who have handled it very well," said Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg … [Read more...] about Germany overcome late COVID-19 crisis to dominate Australia