Lampard: We Needed To Win To Stay In The Race

Frank Lampard has pledged his future to Chelsea for the remainder of his contract after helping them to claim a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Monday night. Lampard’s late penalty secured the points for Andre Villas-Boas’ side, who had earlier fallen behind to Mario Balotelli’s second-minute strike before equalising through Raul Meireles. Lampard has been in and out of the Chelsea side this season, giving way to speculation about…

December 13, 2011

Juan Mata: If We Win Against City, We Will Have More Confidence

Chelsea winger Juan Mata believes victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Monday night will put his club back in the title race. The Blues have fallen ten points behind City following a spell of poor form but Andre Villas-Boas side have won their last two fixtures 3-0 – against Newcastle United and Valencia – and head into the match full of confidence. A home victory…

December 12, 2011

Villas-Boas Insists Frank Lampard Still Has A role To Play

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists Frank Lampard still has a major role to play at Stamford Bridge. Lampard was the only player to lose his place in the side from their Premier League win over Newcastle for Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Valencia, which booked their place in the final 16 of the prestigious European competition. Lampard was an unused substitute for the midweek match, but the Portuguese manager…

December 7, 2011

Villas-Boas: Our form Has Not Been Good Enough

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has conceded that the form his side have exhibited against the big teams ‘has not been good enough’. The Blues have lost to Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool this season, with their second defeat to the latter coming in the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Villas-Boas has been criticised recently for Chelsea’s slump in form and the team’s next few games could prove vital in their chances…

December 3, 2011

Torres To Play Bench Warmer

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has suggested that misfiring striker Fernando Torres will be dropped to the bench again. Speaking in the wake of Chelsea’s 2-0 Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday, in which the Blues switched to a 4-4-2 formation in an effort to better suit the Spaniard, Villas-Boas said he would return to his usual system for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle – a move that is…

December 1, 2011

Villas-Boas: I Didn’t Come Here To Fail

Troubled Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas remains confident he can cure his team’s problems and get their season back on the rails. Last week’s loss to Liverpool meant it was the first time Chelsea had lost back to back home games since Roman Abramovich bought the club. And after the defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League the Blues have lost three of their last four games. It was a…

November 26, 2011