Lampard urges Chelsea to stick with under-fire Mourinho

Chelsea should stick with Jose Mourinho despite the woeful start to the Premier League campaign, according to club legend Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to keep faith with Jose Mourinho despite the defending Premier League champion slipping to its ninth defeat of the top-flight season on Monday. Chelsea’s woeful 2015-16 campaign continued at the King Power Stadium as the side was beaten 2-1 by Leicester City, leaving Mourinho’s men 16th and just a point above the relegation zone. The defeat put the Portuguese – who said he felt “betrayed” and “ashamed” at the latest loss …

Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea: Ranieri’s side goes top and piles pressure on Mourinho

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez continued their fine form for Leicester City this season, both finding the net in a win over Chelsea. Leicester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea, leaving the defending champion just one point clear of the relegation zone. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez did the damage for Claudio Ranieri’s side, both finding the net to take their combined top-flight tally this term to 26 goals – 11 more than the entire Chelsea squad. Vardy…

Vardy equals Messi and Ronaldo combined

The Leicester City striker’s remarkable season continued with another goal against Chelsea, and he’s even with Messi and Ronaldo put together in terms of league goals Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has scored as many league goals as both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo combined this season.  The 28-year-old’s strike in his side’s win over Chelsea on Monday was his 15th in England’s top flight since August and helped Claudio Ranieri’s men move back above Arsenal at the top of the table.  That tally includes an 11-game scoring streak – a Premier League record – although that…

Arsenal-Barcelona, PSG-Chelsea among Champions League last-16 matchups

The Gunners meet Luis Enrique’s side again after being knocked out by the Catalan club at the same stage in 2011, while Juventus faces Bayern and Real Madrid takes on Roma. Arsenal has been drawn against Barcelona while PSG will face Chelsea in the Champions League last 16.The Gunners have been knocked out at the last 16 stage in the last five consecutive seasons and will have to overcome the holders, who they lost to back in 2011, having held a 2-1 first-leg lead, if they are to break that trend.Chelsea’s matchup against runaway…

Mourinho’s mockery coming back to haunt him

The Chelsea boss has made fun of the Leicester and Arsenal managers, but they’re challenging for the title while he’s near the foot of the table, writes Ben Hayward. Throughout his coaching career, Jose Mourinho has often had the last laugh. The most successful coach in the past decade along with Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, the Portuguese has relished putting down some of his counterparts. This season, however, it no longer seems so clever.On Monday, Chelsea travels to Leicester for a meeting with the Premier League’s surprise package in 2015-16 — and his old foe …

‘It was not a friendly game’ – Klopp explains Pulis snub

Jurgen Klopp says he did not shake Tony Pulis’ hand at the end of Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Brom as it was not a ‘friendly game’. Jurgen Klopp explained why he refused to shake hands with Tony Pulis after his Liverpool side drew 2-2 with West Brom at Anfield on Sunday. Klopp’s side needed a deflected Divock Origi goal deep into injury time to rescue a point, and the German said it had not been a “friendly game” in the Premier League. “I don’t have the biggest talent to remember things like this,” Klopp said. “I only talk…

Luis Enrique eyes year out of sport after Barcelona

Like Pep Guardiola before him, Luis Enrique expects to have “at least a year off” when his tenure as Barcelona coach comes to an end. Luis Enrique says he is ready to follow the example of predecessor Pep Guardiola and take a sabbatical when his time as Barcelona coach comes to an end. Last season, Luis Enrique emulated his former Camp Nou team-mate Guardiola by winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in his first campaign in charge. Guardiola went on to collect a…

Henry, Wright and…. Giroud? Olivier joins ranks of Arsenal greats

The striker became just the seventh Gunner to reach a Premier League milestone also achieved by Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Theo Walcott against Aston Villa. Olivier Giroud has been a divisive figure among Arsenal supporters since he joined the club in 2012 – but he joined some prestigious company on Sunday when he scored his 50th Premier League goal. The Frenchman’s confidence is sky high right now and he buried the penalty that put Arsenal 1-0 ahead against Aston Villa in the eighth minute at Villa Park. He has now scored 11 times …

Kiessling considering Leverkusen exit

The impressive form of Javier Hernandez has limited the striker’s game time and he says he needs to be playing football. Stefan Kiessling has admitted he is considering leaving Bayer Leverkusen in the January transfer window. The 31-year-old has only started nine Bundesliga matches this season, making six appearances from the bench as the impressive Javier Hernandez has hogged the limelight. The pair were on target in Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach, but the lack of game time means the German, who moved to the BayArena in 2006, may be forced to move on…

Ivanovic hopeful of new Chelsea contract

The defender hopes his improved play of late will earn him a new deal. Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is hopeful an improvement in form will see him rewarded with a new deal at Stamford Bridge. The Serbia international has been at the club since 2008 but his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 season. Ivanovic and Chelsea have endured a tough start to the season and sit in 15th in the Premier League table after 15 games. But the right-sided defender is hopeful he can help Chelsea turn their form around. “I know …