The goalkeeper is not Frank Lampard's only problem at the moment. The shape of Chelsea spatters at home, they are vulnerable at home and the pursuit package closes quickly.
Suddenly he carries signs of fear like some of his predecessors. Where Antonio Conte walked and gesticulated and Maurizio Sarri pulled his cigarette butt tired, Lampard sinks deeper into his padded jacket.
The well-known threat of Jose Mourinho is on the way to Stamford Bridge next to Tottenham on Saturday.
There are problems to solve for the Chelsea boss and they start in the goal.
Lampard has been well aware for a long time, long before this competition when home fans unfolded a brand new banner in the Shed End in honor of legendary keeper Peter Bonetti.
The Bonetti flag attracted attention, green against a blue wall, fluttering in the wind while Kepa Arrizabalaga staggered on the couch.
Kepa was signed for £ 71.6 million and was supposed to be Chelsea & # 39; s number 1 to be for a generation.
When he was left out in the FA Cup and not recalled in Leicester, it seemed like it was a shock tactic designed to bring him back into shape and focus.
Willy Caballero was not particularly impressive against Leicester and cost his team a poorly assessed goal failure, but Kepa & # 39; s continued absence proves that it is something more.
This was a problem that the manager was not sed to have.
But veteran Caballero started again and was defeated by Manchester United's first attempt on goal, a header from Anthony Martial and the second header from Harry Maguire.
The 38-year-old might have expected better protection from his central defenders, but Chelsea failed in all areas.
Targets at the front are hard to find and at the back they are vulnerable. They have only won one in six in the Premier League. They have lost their buzz.
No wonder the manager wore the appearance of a man with the world conspiring against him.
Lampard & # 39; s desire for fresh blood in the winter transfer window was a sign that he knows that the young players who made such an impression in the first weeks of the season made some sense of their effervescence lost.
Perhaps it will be difficult to continue with their first full campaign at the highest level when pressure increases and mental fatigue plays a role. They have found it most difficult for an upcoming audience at home and turn into a fierce series of competitions.
Tottenham and Bayern Munich is the next on Stamford Bridge. Liverpool in the FA Cup and Everton, rejuvenated by Carlo Ancelotti, and champions Manchester City to follow next month.
With Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic all injured, Lampard & # 39; s front-three by Michy Batshuyi flanked by Willian and Pedro came out with a distinct retro feel.
Reece James was the only English start for Chelsea and it is perhaps no coincidence that he started the season late due to an injury.
James has been one of the most threatening players of his team in recent weeks and gave Manchester United an early start with the first serious attempt of the game, with a flashy drive across the goal and narrow wide.
Lampard turned on his heels and threw his hands on his head. Goals are hard to find without center-forward Abraham, who played for the winter minibreak despite an ankle injury in Leicester and still has to recover.
Mason Mount ran out quickly when N & Golo Kante again encountered a setback in a season devastated by injury problems.
Here's another mystery for Lampard to solve. The declining influence of Kante became a big part of the criticism of Sarri last season.
Yet his first season since Sarri has not been more fruitful. There has certainly been no immediate return to the player he was and he is clearly not yet aware of his fitness problems.
He walked out gloomy and confused, unsure why his body would fall back after those incredible years in which he won everything for him.
Mount looked clear and creative. He unlocked an opportunity that Batshuayi could not convert and forced a fantastic save from David de Gea only in the second half to discover that the whistle was blown for handball.
When they needed a bit of luck, they avoided them and the VAR decisions went against them. First a possible red card for Harry Maguire and then the goals of Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud excluded.
These are new tests for Lampard and Mourinho will enjoy the opportunity to put pressure on when he appears on Saturday.
& # 39; He gives you a boost of confidence and for another team it's not fun & # 39 ;: Joe Gomez warns Liverpool & # 39; s remaining rivals Sadio Mane & # 39; s return will provide them with a psychological boost
- Sadio Mane came off the bench to score Liverpool & # 39; s winner in Norwich
- The victory was the 17th consecutive victory over the first flight of Jurgen Klopp in Norfolk
- Mane could now start their Champions League match against Atletico Madrid
Senegal forward Mane climbed off the bench to deliver a nice winning goal as Premier League champion-elected Liverpool land past Norwich 1-0 in test conditions on Carrow Road.
The Reds won their 17th consecutive victory in the top flight in Norfolk, just as well as against Storm Dennis. the spicy Canary Islands.
Mane overcame a small knock to return to action and could now begin T Uesday & # 39; s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid, with defender Gomez singing the recurring impact of the dangerous striker.
What a player he is; he gives you a boost of confidence when he comes and psychologically for another team it is not fun, "said Gomez.
" He is huge and he has stood up for us so many times this year and done it again
All different ways and different forms of goals, it shows its quality and we were lucky to get off the couch, but that was clearly due to his injury. & # 39;
Liverpool racing to a first top title since 1990, while the Reds continue to hunt to maintain their Champions League crown and also pursue FA Cup glory.
With the World Club Cup already in the pocket, the side of Jurgen Klopp could still sweep everything – and Gomez now admits it's time to take advantage of the most robust groundwork.
& # 39; We have had the winter break and now it is along the entire route, & # 39; Gomez told Liverpool's official club website.
& # 39; We know how important this series of games is because it's an intense period of the season and it's really crunch time.
& # 39; It is the most important part and you just build the base from the start of the
& # 39; We are blessed with the team that we have and everyone will play their part have to play to get us over the line.
& # 39; The weather was difficult, it is clear that the wind is not pleasant when you jump at balls in the air, and so on, but both teams had the same thing.
& # 39; They had it in that direction in the first half and we had it in different ways in the second.
& # 39; It's just a part. Of course it is sometimes not comfortable and you can misjudge things, but it is part of the game and we both had to deal with it. & # 39;
Cellar club Norwich had to moan that he was getting closer to a Premier League exit, with boss Daniel Farke admitting that Lukas Rupp's one-on-one failure with Alisson was crucial.
Rupp tried to roll into Teemu Pukki when he was given the chance to shoot himself, whereby manager Farke admitted that no party admitted such a chance can squander against the imperious Reds.
& # 39; We are disappointed because it was a great achievement, "said Farke.
" We were so good in so many ways, but not the one that counted the most, because you have to be incredibly clinical.
& # 39; To be one-on-one with the goalkeeper against Liverpool, it must be a goal if you want to earn points against t zoom. & # 39;
& # 39; The feeling that I have physically and mentally is on a different level compared to last year & # 39 ;: Lewis Hamilton fires ominous warning to F1 rivals as he looks at Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles
- Lewis Hamilton has recorded and shared a video message with fans on social media
- The Mercedes driver is preparing for the coming season and feels in top condition
- ] He said: & # 39; The feeling that I have physically and mentally is on a different level & # 39;
Lewis Hamilton fired a warning shot to his rivals, saying that he & # 39; physically and mentally & # 39; at a different level for the Formula 1 season.
The first race at the Australian Grand Prix is on March 15 and Hamilton shared a video with his fans while Mercedes continues to prepare for a new tilt of the title.
& # 39; It has been an incredible winter, I have had a lot of time with family and friends, I would say one of the best times has been with my father, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Second, the training has been different this year, so the feeling that I have physically and mentally is on a different level compared to last year, so that's real positive.
& # 39; I know you are all hunting for number seven, but I think we have to do it step by step, we have no idea what we are facing, so we are still this year become more efficient in our test program, mainly because we have less time. We still have a lot of work to do. & # 39;
Hamilton rode to his sixth world championship last year and if he defends his crown, Michael Schumacher's record of seven would be the same.
The 35-year-old is fighting fit and is five kilograms lighter than this time last year.
Last week on Twitter, he posted a topless photo of himself with the caption: & # 39; Last year I started testing with a lot of water weight and about 78kg.
& # 39; This year I am 73 kg heavier. Must burn more fat and add more muscles, but on the road. & # 39;
Mercedes is working hard on their car for the season and will officially start testing on February 19.
This could be Hamilton & # 39; s last year with Mercedes and specul ation has had a lot about his future.
Team leader Toto Wolff wants to keep him from the clutches of Ferrari when his deal ends next year.
& # 39; It is the obvious combination that goes further. We want to be the fastest man in the fastest car and I know that Lewis wants to be in the fastest car & # 39 ;, Wolff said recently.
Arsenal & fights it out with Tottenham rivals to organize Anthony Joshua & # 39; s summer fight & # 39; against Kubrat Pulev as North London duo offer to organize fight
Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he has offers on both sides to organize Joshua & # 39; s summer fight with Kubrat Pulev at the Emirates Stadium or Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua will look to maintain his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts when he takes over the Bulgarian Pulev with the competition that continues in June.
Reports suggest that Emirates staff have been told to work at a major event in the summer, but it looks like Tottenham is winning the race to organize Joshua's upcoming showdown.
Hearn told the Mirror : & conditions are, I wouldn't say agreed, but we're in a good position.
& # 39; We have an agreement in principle for a fight in June.
& # 39; Spurs is our preference and now Arsenal has arrived.
& # 39; If you go to other countries, such as in the Middle East, you have Saudi Arabia, they hear Abu Dhabi or Qatar watching a fight.
& # 39; Well, it's just like Spurs and Arsenal. It has not been done before in Arsenal, but I don't see why not.
& # 39; If you want to establish yourself as a destination for sports entertainment, it's a pretty big coup to get this fight.
& # 39; It is the race in North London for this fight. Tottenham is our preference, but we talk to Arsenal and they came in and said, "How do we let this happen?" & # 39;
Tottenham & # 39; s £ 1 billion state-of-the-art stadium opened in April 2019.
The club has a 10-year partnership to host NFL matches in organize the regular season, but it seems that they would like to extend their current agreements.
Pulev can prove to be a tricky test for Joshua, as the experienced 38-year-old has only one defeat in 29 professional fights.
Enraged Premier League clubs after Liverpool and Manchester United were given special access to veterinary candidates to take over Richard Scudamore as new chief executive & # 39;
- Premier League reportedly Liverpool and Man have allowed United to treat vets
- A long search unfolded to find Richard Scudamore's successor
- Susanna Dinnage originally took before she decided against it later.
- Liverpool and United would have met Dinnage and two other candidates
Liverpool and Manchester United have furiously left their Premier League rivals after reportedly having had special access to weigh the candidates to become the new chief executive of the Premier League.
The two English giants met candidates for the position, which had initially been taken over by Susanna Dinnage before the Animal Planet president withdrew from the appointment.
It is allegedly Live rpool and United each met three candidates, including Dinnage together with NBC director Dave How and and David Pemsel.
As reported by the Times, the meetings are deemed to have taken place before any decisions were taken by the nomination committee.
The search had descended into something of a farce for the Premier League, which initially believed it had filled the void of Scudamore after Dinnage had accepted the role, before later changing her mind .
The decision of Dinnage, who was thought to be motivated just as much by concerns about the potential problems facing the Premier League, as a desire to stay in her current position with Discovery, was particularly embarrassing for Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck.
Buck led the nomination committee, along with Burnley chairman Mike Garlick and the chief executive from Susan Leelester City, Susan Whelan.
After Dinnage & # 39; s rejection of the role, Ed Woodward of Manchester United and Steve Parish of Crystal Palace were added to the commission as the search for a successor became more desperate.
Another candidate, CEO of the Guardian Pemsel, then had to resign from his post after it appeared that he had sent a series of text messages to a young female colleague .
Pemsel would go to work in February but withdrew from the position, after which Richard Masters was asked to continue as interim chief executive.
Masters was finally given the role on a permanent basis and officially appointed chief executive in December.
& # 39; These guys have proven to have great strength and guts & # 39 ;: Antonio Conte greets his Inter-stars after a stunning comeback against rivals AC Milan while Romelu Lukaku in & # 39; beautiful & # 39; second half enjoyed after scoring again
Conte & # 39; s team is at the top Series A where they are tied to points with Juventus but they had to fight back after AC Milan leading two goals had been built thanks to the efforts of Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Inter showed a great spirit to grab all three points, with Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku all scoring, much to the delight of Conte.
As reported by Football Italia Conte said: "It was a special evening for sure. The first half put us in great trouble, perhaps more than ever this season, and there was a risk of hammering.
& # 39; Instead, we did well to find the balance, to understand where we needed to improve, to have faith in what we did and the honor goes to these boys.
& # 39; Aside from the result, I am happy to see them resisted by strokes and to resist because that means they are preparing for something very important. & # 39;
We cannot achieve everything from one day to the next, but we are building. These guys proved today that they have a lot of strength and guts. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Lukaku was delighted when he scored his 22nd goal this season in 30 games in all games this season.
As reported by Football Italia Lukaku said: & # 39; The second half was great. I think we have allowed them too many spaces in the first half and Milan deserves congratulations for their performance in the first half, "the Belgian told Sky Sport Italia.
& # 39; We played with a different level of intensity after the break and in the end we deserved it.The first half was tough for us, but everyone in the stadium saw the mentality of this Inter, our refusal to give up and our wish to win.
I always say that the most important thing I do is work for the team. I am here to win, we won this evening and I am very happy. Now we prepare for the following competitions. & # 39;
There is another important game for Inter next weekend as they travel to third place Lazio.
Prior to that, Conte & # 39; s team are in Coppa Italia action as they organize Napoli in the first leg of their semi-final.
Recent arrival Christian Eriksen only appeared as a replacement and Conte emphasized that it is important for the 27-year-old to build up his condition.
Conte said: & Ashley Young and Victor Moses, because they are wing-backs, don't need as much guidance during training. Plus Moses was already playing with me in Chelsea.
& # 39; It is more complicated for midfielders, because I always request something in advance and in memory for both offensive and defensive movements. Christian knows football well, he reads it, but is also not entirely 100% fitness.
& # 39; I had thought to use Eriksen behind Lukaku, but then decided not to transform things too much, because it is important for us to play with the two strikers.
Barcelona leads the race to re-sign Adama Traore for fear of rivals Real Madrid landing in Wolves form
- The Catalan giants consider a summer movement for Wolves & # 39; Adama Traore
- It is clear that there has been no formal approach to Wolves from Barcelona
- But the fine form of Traore persuaded Barcelona to to increase their interest
- The La Liga giants are supposed to be wary of losing him to rivals Real Madrid
It is clear that there is no formal approach to Wolves from Barcelona.
But the fine form of Traore has persuaded them to boost their interest, with the La Liga giants believed to be be wary of losing him to rivals Madrid.
Traore is under contract with Molineux until the summer of 2023 but he recently admitted: & # 39; If Real Madrid or Barca were to come calling, I would certainly think about it. & # 39;
Sportsmail was told that Barca had a buy-back option on Traore, who left Spain for Aston Villa for 2015, but that disappeared when he moved to Middlesbrough a year later
Since Traore joined Wolves for £ 18 million in 2018, Traore flourished under Nuno. He has five goals and 10 assistants to his name this season and is expected to work enormously with the Portuguese coach – who himself has attracted admirers throughout Europe for his work at Molineux.
However, with three years to run on the current Traore contract, Wolves are not under pressure to sell and would demand enormous compensation for the winger.
But Barcelona is likely to strengthen in the summer after injuries to attackers Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.
They could face an intense competition for Traore, praised by Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho for his screenings against their teams this season.
Although happy in Wolves, Traor, he was born in L & Hospitalet de Llobregat near Barcelona and said he would one day return to Spain.
He came through the La Masia Academy in Barcelona and made the first of four first-team appearances on 17
Arsenal hopes to steal march on rivals for Orkun Kokcu while planning a £ 15m Feyenoord asterisk
- Orkun Kokcu is seen as one of the emerging talents of European football
- Turkey under 21 international is watched by the Gunners for eighteen months
- Arsenal hopes to make a deal for pip rivals before Euro 2020
Arsenal are interested in Feyenoord & # 39; s talented midfielder Orkun Kokcu.
The 19-year-old is considered one of the best upcoming talents in European football and the gunners are excited about the Turkish Under 21 international as they start planning for the summer transfer window
Arsenal scouts have extensively viewed Kokcu in the past 18 months and are ready to make their move. Kokcu is a regular player for Feyenoord despite his young age.
Kokcu & # 39; s existing deal expires in 2023, but it is understood that Feyenoord is willing to let its younger leave this summer, although it is more than £ 15 million would demand
The teenager is expected to be included in Turkey's Euro 2020 team – and Arsenal is concerned that Kokcu could become the target of their rivals after the tournament.
With that in mind, Arsenal would like to close a deal for the tournament, especially with a number of clubs in Spain being considered sharp.
Bitter Superclasico rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors meet in semi-final of Copa Libertadores just months after attack on Boca team bus that had to move the final to Madrid
River Plate and Boca Juniors meet in the semifinals of Copa Libertadores
Reigning champion River conquered the Paraguayan team Cerro Porteno 3-1 together in the quarterfinals to set up the mouth-watering rematch with their Superclasico enemies.
River took a 2-0 first leg lead in Thursday's second leg thanks to goals from Ignacio Fernandez and Rafael Borre last week in Buenos Aires.
But they quickly saw their advantage halved in Paraguay when former Borussia Dortmund moved forward Nelson Valdez Cerro Porteno with a look
River secured their passage for seven minutes in the second half when midfielder Nicolas De La Cruz went home on the volley.
It came after Boca secured their passage to the semi-final 24 hours earlier with a total win of 3-0 over LDU Quito of Ecuador.
The first stage of the semi-final is scheduled for River & # 39; s Estadio Monumental on October 1, with the return to Bombonera on October 22 in Boca.
The winners play one of the Brazilian duo Gremio or Flamengo in the final, scheduled for November 23 in the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.
In the final of last year, the second leg was moved to the Bernabeu in Madrid after the Boca team bus was attacked by fans of River further on from the second leg.
A number of Boca players were injured by broken glass from the windows and by inhaling pepper spray, which led to widespread condemnation and the relocation of the game to Spain.
River won the second stage 3-1 after extra time to secure a 5-3 aggregate t riumph.
Rennes seals incredible late victory against rivals Nantes while scoring TWO deep in standstill time … with the winner awarded by VAR to ignite fiery scenes
- Rennes came from 2- 1 down to crazy mad 3-2 victory against Nantes in Ligue 1
- Damien Da Silva own goal set Nantes ahead before Raphinha leveled game
- Moses Simon recovered lead, but Benjamin Bourigeaud and Raphinha won contest
- Raphinha & # 39; s 97-minute branch was excluded from offside before VAR him
Two goals late in stoppage time sealed an incredible comeback win for Rennes home for rivals Nantes in Ligue 1 .
After falling behind Damian Da Silva's own goal and then leading through Raphinha, the hosts seemed to beat when Moses struck Simon with 10 minutes to go.
But with five minutes of downtime, Benjamin Bourigeaud led the match.
The hosts shot ahead looking for a dramatic winner when M & # 39; Baye Niang fired a shot in the box that opposed Alban Lafont alone.
When Raphinha tapped, the assistant referee immediately raised his flag for offside. A painful wait followed when the decision went to VAR to check the decision.
Tempers almost reached the boiling point, because opponents had to be celebrated before order was restored and the game ended.
The shock victory makes Rennes third in the table, 12 points over Paris Saint-Germain leaders, while Nantes remains sixth.