No need for Chelsea to panic yet – Cole

first_imgThere is no cause for panic at Chelsea just yet, says Ashley Cole, but there are issues for new boss Frank Lampard to address.A club icon has taken in three competitive outings as a coach back in familiar surroundings.He is still waiting on a first win, with Premier League and UEFA Super Cup frustration endured so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Results have improved steadily, with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United followed by a penalty shootout reversal against Liverpool in continental competition and a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester.Lampard now has a first Premier League point on the board, but had been hoping for more at Stamford Bridge.Leicester battled bravely to claim a share of the spoils in west London on Sunday, with Cole admitting that the Blues need to find a spark in the final third before serious questions are asked of them.The former defender, who has announced his retirement at the age of 38, told Sky Sports: “Chelsea’s start was very good. From minute one, they had their game plan to press, to make runs in behind and it worked. Then after that, it was a little bit disappointing.”We spoke a lot about where the goals are going to come so when you take a 1-0 lead, you need to try and get another one because you don’t feel like you’re going to get enough chances.”In this game, they had enough chances but they didn’t finish them. That would be the main concern for Frank – are they going to be good enough to take their chances and score more than one per game?”Chelsea have got the players and everyone expects them to be in the top four or six, but the Premier League has changed. The manager needs time, the players need time and I don’t think everyone should panic yet.”Christian Pulisic Chelsea Leicester CityChelsea took the lead against the Foxes through Mason Mount, but were pegged back by Wilfried Ndidi.Cole admits that the Blues struggled to contain their opponents at times, with more expected of them on home soil.The ex-England international added: “Leicester were a different animal.”I think [James] Maddison started to get on the ball further up the pitch and start affecting the game. Ndidi was controlling the game from behind, and they just seemed to step up a few gears, and Chelsea didn’t know how to react to that.”Chelsea should be happy [with a point], but you’re playing at home and you should be winning these games.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sweden celebrates their first ever quarterfinals

Sweden went on to make history at the Arena Leipzig after the victory over Slovenia for 33-21 and advancing into the quarter-finals for the first time ever in a World Championship. The match itself lacked a bit of excitement as the Scandinavians outplayed the Balcanics.“It’s not today’s game that counts, it’s the eight-finals”, said Henrik Signell on Friday after the great victory against Norway for the last match of the group round, and he emphasized: “It gives us nothing more than a good feeling”. And although he said they should forget about it as soon as possible and focus on the next match, it’s clear to see that such a good victory had it’s positive consequences. The Scandinavians took control of the match and after 12 minutes they were leading 7-2. But three consecutive goals by Krim’s right wing Alja Koren put Slovenia back in the match (7-5, 15’) and Signell called the first timeout. When the match resumed, Sweden went on to set the record straight and established a +8 within the following 10 minutes. Slovenia was creating the chances, but whenever hey could surpass the tough Swedish defense, they encountered a very solid Johanna Bundsen, who’s brought with her the great level displayed in Bietighem-Bissingen during the group phase. The first 30 minutes finished with a score of 18-12 in favor of the Swedish.On the second half Slovenia continued to struggle while the captained by Sabina Jacobsen were widening the gap via fast breaks (26-15, 15’). The top scorer of the competition until yesterday, Ana Gros, was having a hard time trying to score (4 of 11) and that didn’t help the spirits of the team, who was finding it hard to break through both the defense and Bundsen. The final score was a comfortable 33-21 for Sweden who will now face Denmark. The top scorers of the match were Slovenia’s Koren and Sweden’s Johanna Westberg, both with 8 goals, while the MVP was awarded to Bundsen (48% of saves, 19/40).Isabelle Gulldén is probably one of the most determining players on this Swedish squad. She understood exactly the meaning of this match, but confessed that the fact that a pass into the quarter-finals would be historic for them was not exactly on their minds: “It was in some way, but we knew it would be a very hard match so we were really focused because we lost against them last year, and they played really good on this match. But we also knew that they had a really good starting 7 and if we could run with them and tire them, we had a good chance, and that’s what we did”. When asked about the boost of confidence they took from the win against the defending champions she said: “Of course beating Norway, and playing good gave us confidence, but we also knew that we can be a little bit like this (moves her hand up and down like in a wave), so we needed to forget about the win because if we lost against Slovenia the win against Norway didn’t matter so much. But you can see it gives us self confidence and you everyone is performing”.Denmark will be Sweden’s next rival in the quarter-finals, and they faced each other in two matches just before the championship. Regarding their next rivals, Gulldén said: “It will be a fight. The tactical things will be important, but we also know that they play really offensive in their defense and they have good shooters. On the second game against them we played really good, so we will look into both games and see what we did wrong and we will also look at what they did now (in the eigth-finals)”.Signell’s girls can now celebrate, but they will put on their game faces on Tuesday at 17:30 at the Arena Leipzig. Alja KorenAna GrosGermany 2017Henrik SignellIsabelle GulldenSimplyWunderbarSloveniaSweden ← Previous Story Les Bleues are through to the quarter-finals! Next Story → GERMANY OUT: Biegler specialist for national disasters… read more