& # 39; I think he shows him who's boss & # 39 ;: Peter Crouch says that Jose Mourinho dropped Dele Alli for Chelsea game as a & # 39; coming & # 39; after Tottenham's angry reaction to his detention in the Champions League
- Dele Alli was furious after he on Wednesday
- was replaced against RB Leipzig. ]
- Mourinho has dropped Alli to the bank for Tottenham's match against Chelsea
- Chelsea will have to fight Barcelona signs Ajax keeper Andre Onana
- The Catalans want to offer competition for Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal
- The German has only kept six clean sheets this season in a sticky season for Barca
- Onana came through Barca & # 39; s academy and was sold on the Dutch side in 2015
- The keeper rejected the opportunity to return last summer when Barca
- Frank Lampard has a chance to finish in the top four with Chelsea
- However, all personnel changes hurt rather than help them
- He has less to complain about the negatives and learns to love his players
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Alli was deported after 64 minutes during a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to RB Leipzig on Wednesday, with the English international throwing his water bottle in anger and hitting his boots on the floor.
The 23-year-old has now been left on the bench of Mourinho for the crucial collision of his match against Chelsea while both teams pursue the Champions League qualification.
This is despite the absence of Tottenham & # 39; sb available attacking players with key figures Harr y Kane and Son Heung-min both out due to injury.
& # 39; I think he shows him who's the boss to be honest, & # 39; Crouch said during the pre-match reporting to BT Sport.
& # 39; I think there should be a response that there is a turnout and I think that Mourinho's comments after the game said they were improving when he went off and that we were at the game.
& # 39; Lamela and Ndombele were class when they came up. & # 39;
Colleague BT Sports expert Rio Ferdinand said he could see it from both sides of the argument.
He said: & # 39; Some managers would say : & # 39; I like to see that emotion and that pride and disappointment to be fired & # 39; and Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, clearly says: & # 39; I'm not going to let you do that when you get dropped off. you will see why while looking from the couch. & # 39;
When questioned before the game, Mourinho refused to clarify why Alli was deposed from the beginning of eleven.
& "I'm not sure if you ask every Premier League manager when a player stays away, you ask the same question," he said to BT Sport.
& # 39; Normally other managers leave out any player who wants to, and with me I make a decision of this type, it's also a big story around them, so I'd rather not answer. & # 39;
Tottenham & # 39; s start of their game with Chelsea did not go well, with Chelsea taking a 1-0 lead via a 15th minute goal from Olivier Giroud.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham, LIVE: Frank Lampard tries to get Blues back to ways of winning while trying to prevent the men from Jose Mourinho from jumping them into the Premier League top four
Frank Lampard & # 39; s men didn't win a league match in a month with their last loss coming against Manchester United at home.
Spurs have won only one of their last 33 away games in all competitions on Stamford Bridge that came in April 2018 as Jose Mourinho & # 39; s men watch to go above the Blues in the Premier League table.
Sportsmail & # 39; s James Ayles offers live Premier League coverage of Chelsea vs Tottenham including score, line-up and setup.
After 10 months there is some light at the end of the tunnel for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Loftus-Cheek has returned to the first team and manager of Chelsea Frank Lampard is just waiting for the right moments to give him the playing time he needs to get rid of are going to be fit to train to fit to fit the first team completely.
It has been a long way back for the 24-year-old since he sustained his serious Achilles injury to Chelsea & # 39; s end of season-friendly against New England Revolution just before the Europa League final.
The cause was an important one, Chelsea use the game to raise funds for the fight against anti-Semitism.
Although that could not at the same time reduce the frustration of losing a figure that began to become everything that Chelsea had hoped for as he rose through their ranks.
A lengthy back problem had hampered his start of the season, but Loftus-Cheek was strongly ending the campaign.
He penetrated Maurizio Sarri & # 39; s plans, played a particularly important role in Chelsea & # 39; s race to the Europa League final, scored four of his 10 goals in the league last season and watched at home at the highest level in the competition as the predictions always said he would.
Then his progress was cruelly curtailed in Boston when the injury struck again. The pain was immediate and etched on his face as soon as his left leg bent under him.
The disappointment was huge and the damage was serious, a complete break compared to the partial breakdown by teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi only a few weeks earlier, allowing him to come back considerably faster.
The worst case scenario was that he would be out for a year, although there was also some initial hope that he could play again before 2019 was out. The reality is somewhere in the middle.
There have been no major setbacks along the way, only an understandable desire to be back before him and the unusual normal period of frustration when progress in attempting to return from a serious injury does not happen so quickly as hoped.
Instead, he just got his head down and rehab done, taking the day-to-day process and not looking too far ahead.
& # 39; Not a single day did he complain, & # 39; said a source from Chelsea.
Loftus-Cheek discovered that he had lost a considerable amount of size in his left lower leg when he removed his protective shoe in the summer, but there were never too many worries about it.
Loftus-Cheek has always been physically strong and large.
Muscle memory started quickly when he stepped up his rehab, a process in which he and Chelsea regularly gave fans insight on social media, and his injured leg returned to the same size as his right leg.
The appointment of Frank Lampard was a new mid-rehabilitation boost for Loftus-Cheek.
The Chelsea manager has always been an admirer, so knowing that he was now the boss at Stamford Bridge gave Loftus-Cheek further incentive to come back.
Chelsea and Lampard have been patient with Loftus-Cheek, by allowing him to train slowly again, first with the team under 16 and then with the first team.
And after an injury as serious as the one he suffered, there is an acceptance of all involved that it is not quick and easy for Loftus-Cheek
Lampard eagerly anticipates his return though and with good reason.
The Chelsea manager has used every weapon in his armor and has repeatedly had the same problems to break defensive parties, create opportunities and take risks.
Unlike many managers, with targets to chase but the transfer window now closed, Lampard still has the option to call a new addition to his squadron.
The only weapon he has not yet used is Loftus-Cheek and, increasing the expectation around his return, is the fact that he is so different from all other options in midfield that Lampard has already tried .
In fact, Loftus-Cheek is unique not only among Chelsea midfielders and demonstrably in the Premier League, but also among the options available for manager Gareth Southgate in England, who also wants to see the Blues star return.
Paul Pogba is perhaps the only other midfielder of the top flight blessed with the same combination of technical qualities and physical qualities that Loftus-Cheek possesses, both players are just as capable of producing a trick, smart touch or pass to open a team as they just have to run straight through their opponents or score from outside the box.
Loftus-Cheek did the last of those good results last season and Lampard believes he will eventually be able to double-digit every season.
& # 39; Ruben has never been a man with many figures, but I will certainly talk to him, & # 39; said Lampard. & # 39; Can he get 15, 20 goals in a season? He has that in him. & # 39; For now, Lampard and Chelsea will just be happy to have him back.
Does anyone want to qualify for the Champions League this season? Based on the current state of the competition, it doesn't seem.
The race to finish in the top four is as wide open as it has ever been, with only 10 separating points Chelsea in the fourth and Newcastle in 13th.
Although the Blues may be leading the race to qualify for next season's group stage, they also have the joint lowest score of a fourth-placed team in this stage of the season.
The previous lowest total after 26 games was Newcastle in 2003-04, which also had 41 points, but with a better goal difference. The Magpies were fourth to Liverpool in that season, finishing with just 60 points.
The magic point to finish in the top four has historically been around 70, but in recent years that was not enough to guarantee you a place.
In this campaign, the total required will most likely be much lower than the usual target of 70, and since Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal fail to consistently produce results, the will of Sheffield is United and Wolves ready to beat them.
Sportsmail elaborates on the contenders for the top four, their chances of making it and the challenges they face.
Chelsea – 4th
tough fight for Frank Lampard & Chelsea this season after a two-window transfer ban, forcing club legend to bring in some youth faces from the youth team to freshen things up.
The Blues have exceeded expectations for much of the campaign, with youth stars such as Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Mason Mount stepping up to deliver and keeping Chelsea in the top four.
But the young guns of Lampard have also shown their weaknesses at the rear.
The team is winless in their last five and has conceded 36 goals – the highest of all parties in the top seven.
Their home form is particularly alarming, with seven defeats at Stamford Bridge in all competitions, most since 1994-95. They have generally been defeated nine times – the second most in the top 10.
Lampard was not supported by Chelsea in January after their transfer ban was reduced to one window, and he was unable to recruit a new attacker and defender as he had hoped.
Meanwhile, Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal have all made additions to their squad, and Lampard said Chelsea were now the underdogs.
& # 39; I think that at the start of the season nobody had us in their top four, & he said after the window was closed. "But the reality is that now … it will be a really big fight.
" This is not to talk ourselves down, because we are clear six points in the fourth, [but] now we are probably the underdogs … because the teams around us have been strengthened. & # 39;
Tottenham – 5th
Spurs have had a roller coaster ride of a season with many loops and bumps along the way.
Mauricio Pochettino got the heel in shape after a relapse and the team stopped halfway through the table, while his replacement Jose Mourinho was only able to bring about a temporary improvement in the results before it all got old again. .
Tottenham has also not been helped by their rising injury list.
Although they dragged themselves on the table and are only one point behind Chelsea before they played them Saturday, they have no key names.
Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko are all out, and while Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes came in last month, Mourinho is now without a senior center to lead him through the rest of the season .
A huge cloud hung over Tottenham after the & # 39; Special One & # 39; coming in, with the future of players in the air and a top four finish looking past them.
Toby Alderweireld has dedicated his future to the club, but Christian Eriksen was sold to Inter Milan with his contract that expires this summer, and now Jan Vertonghen remains the last rebel who still has to sign.
There is a feeling that Mourinho has slowed the tide in North London, but some incoherent versions and slow start of games indicate that he still has work to do.
Spurs face a series of crucial games, first in a crunch collision with Chelsea on Stamford Bridge on Saturday, before facing Wolves and Manchester United at home in March.
Five victories in their last seven had made them one of the favorites for the top four, but with a lack of firepower to complete the campaign, it will be a difficult question for Mourinho & # 39; s men to get the job done.
Sheffield United – 6th
Not much imagined Sheffield United to stay on, let alone To secure a European finish this season after promotion of the championship, but they continue to mock the odds of the bookmakers.
Chris Wilder's team relies on solid defense – they have only let in 24 goals this season, which is the third but the lowest after Liverpool and Leicester.
That stubbornness will come in handy if they are serious about a push for the Champions League spots, but if there is one thing that disappoints them, it is their quality on the other side of the field.
They only scored 28 times in the league this season – six less than relegation threatened Aston Villa and only four more than bottoming out Norwich. Their top scorer is midfielder John Fleck, who gives some insight into their goal scores.
But despite a lack of deception at the top, the results continue to come in, with three wins in their last six and only not beating Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool at the time.
They are on the hunt for both the Europa League and the Champions League, only two points from Chelsea in fourth place with favorable matches on the horizon.
Their next three games are Brighton and Norwich at home, followed by Newcastle for two major tests against Manchester United and Spurs. That should tell us what we need to know about the Blades credentials this season.
Manchester United – 7th
Where to begin? According to media reports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had lost his job several times after overseeing the club's worst start for a 30-year season.
The United squad looked thin for much of the season and was summed up by an inability to beat the teams they should beat, and then come up with results against the top games in the division .
The Red Devils lost eight times this season and only one of those games was in the top 10.
They lost 2-0 to Arsenal and Liverpool, but Solskjaer also won victories at Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea, and became the only team to score a Liverpool point this season.
But their other six losses have fallen against people like Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Watford and Burnley. If United could have turned those gloomy results into victories, the photo in the top four could indeed be very different.
At the end of March, United sees a fight against Manchester City, Spurs and Sheffield United, a series that breaks or breaks their season.
Solskjaer will also have to juggle his attack on the top four with a push to win the Europa League and FA Cup.
United strengthened in January with the signatures of Bruno Fernanda's and Odion Ighalo, increasing their options in midfield and in attack, which could give them a head start on their rivals. The £ 68 million acquisition of Fernandes – which can open teams and enhance team creativity – is a sign of their intention.
But the team must show that they are able to string together results for the rest of the campaign.
This time they failed to win more than two games in a row and often follow a big result with an overwhelming performance.
Champions League football revenues are vital for a club of United & # 39; s status and they cannot afford to miss the first competition again after the sixth last season.
The outsiders …
Wolves are still within reach of the top four and only five points away from Chelsea in eighth place, but the men of Nuno Espirito Santo have a fragmentary form that does not help their cause.
They will be sure that they will give a push to the Europa League, where they are currently in the knockout phase, but a top four will be a big question.
Revived under Carlo Ancelotti, Everton have risen to the top half and are also five points from Chelsea, and three wins in five makes them feel good about their chances of a European finish.
However, they face an impending ru n-in in their next four games while they play Arsenal directly below them before they Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool play.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are playing looking far away from a top four finish now that Mikel Arteta is in 10th place with seven points that separate them from Chelsea.
The Gunners do not seem to be victorious, but ended a series of four in a row with an unbridled 4-0 win over Newcastle after their international break.
Barcelona & # 39; join Chelsea in the race to sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana in the summer & # 39; … a year after the former Barca B-stopper REJECTED Nou Camp return
Both sides look lightly between the sticks, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen confronted in the competition for his place and Kepa Arrizabalaga out of shape in West London .
The Spanish giants have had a rocky season so far, losing the La Liga lead to title rivals Real Madrid and being forced to change manager.
Barca has this season Granted 13 more goals than Madrid, with ter Stegen only six clean sheets in 23 league games. According to Sport Barca is looking forward to Onana to come in and compete with their number one.
Ajax is reportedly after £ 35 million for the Cameroonian international, a prize that Chelsea could be reluctant after splashing £ 72 million on Kepa just 18 months ago.
Onana came through the Barcelona academy and rejected the opportunity to redraw last summer for the Catalans and said: & # 39; It's my home, but it wasn't the right time to return. & # 39;
The towering 23-year-old keeper signed on the Amsterdam side until 2022, but Barca & # 39; s approach could be stronger this time.
They chose to sign ex-Valencia goalkeeper Neto after being rejected by Onana last summer, but he did not make enough impression to challenge Ter Stegen.
Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since they take over their rivals, knowing that if Spurs win they will overtake Chelsea in the race for a place in the Champions League next season.
Lampard was in charge of Derby last season when Leeds was caught spying on their training sessions and Mourinho claimed he knew Chelsea would bet three middle back – as with the reverse arrangement in December.
& # 39; I was told they were back to back five, what they normally do if their results aren't the best & # 39 ;, said he.
When asked how he knew that, he replied: & # 39; In the same way that journalists have a lot of news and you don't tell the sources. & # 39;
To increase the pressure on his former midfielder, Mourinho insisted that Lampard should not change his plans despite the alleged leak.
His comments set fire to a game that could be crucial to deciding who finishes in the top four.
The Blues are in pole position, one point ahead of Spurs, despite having won only one league match this year. But after he had not recruited any players last month, Lampard insisted that his side be underdogs in the Champions League qualifying race.
Mourinho rejected that suggestion with the statement: & # 39; Of course, Chelsea is currently favorite for fourth place. & # 39; He added: & # 39; Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Wolverhampton, Everton – we are the underdogs. Chelsea has an advantage over all of us. That is obvious. & # 39;
Tottenham goes to Stamford Bridge without a recognized striker. Harry Kane (hamstring) and Son Heung-min (broken arm) are not expected to play much this season.
This week Mourinho compared the fate of Tottenham with & # 39; going to fight with a gun without bullets & # 39; and he has since insisted on the other team in Europe facing such injury problems.
Lampard disagrees. & # 39; I'm not sure if many Premier League teams have sustained our injuries. We had big ones at the start of the season, big ones now in the season. Big, big players for us, & he said. & # 39; He has attacking players, let's do well. Dele Alli, for me, his best season in Tottenham played occasionally with Harry Kane.
& # 39; Lucas Moura last year scored a hat trick in the semifinals of the Champions League and is an incredible talent on the ball. & # 39;
Lampard now misses N & # 39; Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, while Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi have doubts.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is this season or first in the team, while Antonio Rudiger and Reece James have also fought for fitness in recent months.
We all feel the same as managers. When you have injured big players, you know how much you miss them. But Tottenham also has a large team, "Lampard said.
" I understand his feelings because you want all your top players to be fit. But it doesn't make me think they're weaker, whatever Jose says. I know we have a tough team. & # 39;
Despite his games, Mourinho tried to downplay the meaning of his return, suggesting that it was no different than a visit to another major side. He rejected suggestions that he likes to be the bad guy and liquidate people.
During recent visits to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho experienced hostile receptions and the Spurs boss said this time he & # 39; the usual & # 39; expected. & # 39; That's football, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; On the street I am approached every time by fans of all different clubs – not just the clubs where I have worked before – with care, respect, great feelings. "
In 2018, while in charge of Manchester United, he raised three fingers to the Chelsea crowd, indicating the number of titles he won as Chelsea boss.
& # 39; I won three Premier Leagues, which is nothing special, & he said before the game. & # 39; I know that if I want to go (to Chelsea), I just have to pick up the phone and I will are treated as I deserve … the way the club respects me and people like me who belong to their past.
& # 39; I have no problem with the club at all. & # 39;
Keown talks tactic: Frank Lampard is too ruthless, and all chopping and changing hurts Chelsea
I worked for a year with the great Arsene Wenger and he had a golden rule. I remember he told me: & Martin, in life it's always easier to see people's weaknesses than their strengths. Love your players, don't hate them. & # 39;
Lampard must now follow that advice. He has to turn a blind eye to the bad habits, the mistakes, the missed opportunities. Less complaining about those negatives and more looking ahead to what you can achieve together.
After their 2-0 loss against Manchester United on Monday, Lampard said their season & # 39; now starts & # 39 ;. If that is the case, there must be a clean slate. They had their winter break, and the Chelsea boss said last week because it was good to get away from each other, charge and restart & # 39 ;.
Now it's time for them to come together again.
Lampard has been ruthless with his team selections and seemed to take poor performance personally and drop everyone who abandoned him. He shot Kepa Arrizabalaga, the goalkeeper who cost £ 71 million, for 38-year-old Willy Caballero.
He has worked on his defense, using back three and back four. Who are his first choice middle back? Kurt Zouma started with 18 Premier Leagues games, Fikayo Tomori 14, Andreas Christensen 13 and Antonio Rudiger 11.
So many chopping and changing can cause nervousness in the camp. It feels like there is no forgiveness with Lampard, but with a young group you get inconsistency. Christensen and Rudiger have started the last five league games – and managed to score only one out – but I would like to see Lampard stick to those two.
Work with them, make them better. Don't call a problem area a & # 39; weakness & # 39 ;, like their difficulty in dealing with crosses, call it a & # 39; development area & # 39 ;.
Lampard said earlier that his best performance this season was in Tottenham. There was an atmosphere of superiority over the visitors that day, with the side of Jose Mourinho seemingly surprised by the use of Lampard from a back three.
Rudiger was one of the starters and he is perhaps the most natural leader in the defensive ranks of Lampard, but it is true that he must be more dominant in his own profession. Harry Maguire became the last to make him better last week, on his way home to complete the United victory.
That blew open the race for the Champions League. The fourth position remains in the hands of Chelsea – and we do not know what the potential European ban of City could mean for the fifth – but their form is a concern.
They lost their momentum and won only once in 2020. Now Mourinho returns as a Tottenham boss to Stamford Bridge, an area where he previously went to 77 unbeaten league games.
Lampard then manned his midfield, and the high standards that he set himself as a player can disrupt his thinking as a manager. It is great to set high goals, but you cannot expect young people to perform as consistently at the same level as you might have. They need time.
Totteham visits Chelsea on Saturday in a competition that will have huge implications for the Champions League qualifying race.
The fight to qualify for next season's tournament could be a little easier with the fifth potential enough if the European ban of Manchester City was maintained.
both London teams know they have to finish the season strong. Here Sportsmail looks which is better equipped to get a place in Europe & # 39; s upcoming competition.
Spurs may have suffered a disappointing defeat on Wednesday night against RB Leipzig, but their domestic form has certainly gone in the right direction.
Jose Mourinho's men have won their last three league games, an impressive win over reigning Champions Manchester City intervening wins over Aston Villa and Norwich City.
They also passed Southampton in the FA Cup during their run while their last defeat outside of Europe came six weeks ago in the hands of runaway Liverpool leaders.
In the meantime, Chelsea has really gone through a difficult period, the team failed to win one of their last four league games.
Frank Lampard's side was beaten home by 2-0 by top four rivals Man United, that loss after a draw against Leicester and Arsenal and a defeat for Newcastle.
Who has the lead? Tottenham
Tottenham doesn't feel sorry for themselves, injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min leaving them without lag behind their two main target threats.
Kane does not expect to return to a hamstring injury until April, while Son will probably miss the rest of the season with a broken arm.
That leaves Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Troy Parrott as the club's only recognized attacker, with Mourinho admitting that their current injury situation could be & # 39; worse. & # 39 ;.
Giovani Lo Celso's new signature, however, is beginning to have real effect, but Dele Alli will be out of shape in the coming weeks.