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Final Score: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea

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Cavani fired just wide with his first touch while Marcus Rashford went close late on. And down the other end Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire held Cesar Azpilicueta down. But ultimately nobody could argue the goalless draw wasn’t a fair result.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

12′ Cavani is watching the game on bench

27′ James’ free kick stopped by De Gea

31′ Fernandes’ long shot too straight

34′ Pulisic’s shot wide out

35′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

41′ Mata’s shot stopped by Mendy

58′ Cavani subbed on to make his Manchester United debut

59′ Cavani’s shot wide out

80′ Ziyech subbed on to make his Chelsea debut

90′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Mata, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay

Subs: Cavani, Matic, Pogba, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Greenwood

Chelsea XI: Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Jorginho, E. Mendy, Kante, Werner, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Kovacic, Rudiger, Ziyech, Abraham, Mount.


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Shocking: Messi wants to join Chelsea

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A remarkable claim by Gianluca Di Marzio on Sky Sports suggests that a FaceTime call was held between Lionel Messi and Jose Mourinho, back in the manager’s second stint at Stamford Bridge in 2014.

Chelsea were ready to pay the Argentine’s €700million release clause and the pair spoke on the phone to determine the suitability of the move. Messi was impressed by Mourinho, says the Italian journalist.

But Deco informed Messi’s father and agent Jorge of the call, which was facilitated by someone else entirely, and the entire deal collapsed.


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Breaking: Thiago Silva completes first training as Chelsea’s Player

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There was a new face at Cobham on Wednesday as Thiago Silva finally joined up with his Chelsea team-mates for the first time.


The 35-year-old Brazilian defender has signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge after calling time on his time at Paris Saint-Germain.

Silva made 315 appearances for the French champions over an eight-year stay in the capital.

He appeared in training with his new colleagues, taking part in small-sided matches and other drills

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Alongside him was Ben Chilwell, who has missed the start of Chelsea’s season with injury.

The full back joined from Leicester City in the summer in a £50million deal but has struggled with a heel injury he picked up towards the back-end of last season.


He is now back in training, and could be in line for his debut in the coming weeks.

Chelsea began their season with a 3-1 victory over Brighton on Monday evening.

Frank Lampard’s men take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this Sunday at 4.30pm.


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Officially: Chelsea completes the signing of Kai Havertz

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Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Germany wonderkid Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen

He becomes the club’s sixth major signing of an incredible transfer window, taking their total spending to an enormous £230million.

The move makes the 21-year-old the joint most expensive player ever signed by a British club, along with Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United in 2016. The Premier League transfer record is £145m, which Liverpool received from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.

Havertz is also the most expensive German player of all time, and his signing also sees Chelsea smash their own transfer record. The £72m previously spent on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is now set to leave the club having failed to live up to his price tag.

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This is the high-water mark on an incredible window for Chelsea, which has seen transfer chief Marina Granovskaia land all of the club’s top targets.

Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner had already been secured before the window had opened, the Morocco international joining from Ajax for £38million, while Germany striker Werner arrived from RB Leipzig for £53m.

Both made their debuts during the friendly with Brighton on August 30, which saw fans allowed into the stadium at the AMEX to watch Premier League sides for the first time since March.

Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva have both been brought in on free transfers, while Ben Chilwell has also joined for £50m from Leicester City.

Frank Lampard’s side begin their Premier League campaign on Monday September 14, when they visit Brighton once more.

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Officially: Chelsea signs Thiago Silva

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OFFICIAL: Ex-PSG captain Thiago Silva joins Chelsea as a free agent

During his eight years in the French capital, the Brazil international centre-back won seven Ligue 1 titles among the huge haul of 25 trophies he has collected with Les Rouge et Bleu.

Though he turns 36 in September, Thiago Silva was still in prime form in 2019-20, topping the division’s ‘passes completed’ chart with 95.5% of his attempts reaching their target.

With 204 league games, including 200 starts for PSG, Thiago Silva last season went past former teammate Blaise Matuidi to move level with Dominique Rocheteau in 14th on the club’s all-time appearance makers chart.

With 154 wins in those 204 league games, PSG have won 73.5% of their matches with Thiago Silva in the side compared to 66.3% without him.

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Breaking: Chelsea confirms signing Ben Chilwell

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Chelsea have officially confirmed the signing of defender Ben Chilwell from Leicester in a £50million deal.

The Stamford Bridge outfit have been keen to recruit another left back this summer and identified the 23-year-old as their primary target for that position.

Chilwell’s arrival on a five-year deal comes during a remarkable summer of spending which has also seen both Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech snapped up, with German starlet Kai Havertz closing on a switch to join them.

Chilwell has penned a long-term contact at Stamford Bridge and will become a crucial part of Frank Lampard’s attempts to push for silverware next season.

The 23-year-old had missed the final five games of the last campaign with a heel problem, but his new club are believed to have held no long-term concerns over the setback.

His contract with Leicester was set to run until 2024, but it is believed the England international was keen to make the switch to west London and he has got his wish.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has previously insisted that Chilwell was not for sale, yet privately the club never ruled out allowing him to leave.

The defender’s departure will certainly represent a sizeable profit for Leicester on a player they developed through their academy system.

Chilwell still had plenty of time remaining on his deal at the King Power and also has 11 England caps to his name, meaning Leicester were in a strong negotiating position.

The club have also proven themselves difficult negotiators in the past, as demonstrated during Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United last summer.

Chelsea are attempting to bridge the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City at the Premier League summit and have laid out a remarkable statement of intent with their business.

The Blues narrowly pipped Leicester to a Champions League place on an action-packed final day of the 2019/20 campaign, forcing their rivals to settle for a spot in the Europa League, and have now sealed the deal for one of their prized assets.

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And their activity in the market shows no signs of slowing down, with Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr expected to arrive in the near future in what may prove to be an eye-watering £231m overall splurge.

On making the move to Stamford Bridge, Chilwell said: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club. I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”

It is Chelsea’s first defensive signing of the window, after spending vast sums of money on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. Kai Havertz is also expected to complete a €100m move to Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

Chilwell will hope to play alongside Thiago Silva in Chelsea’s backline. The Brazilian veteran’s contract at PSG has just expired and he is expected to join Chelsea for free on a two year contract in this transfer window.

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Chelsea’s EPL fixtures for 2020/21

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Chelsea will begin their 2020/21 campaign two days after the official start of the Premier League season, playing Brighton away on Monday September 14.

Blues head coach Frank Lampard had warned the Premier League’s return date of September 12 was too soon for his players to return after ending their season with a Champions League last-16 second-leg match against Bayern Munich.

“The 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again,” he said after Chelsea lost in the FA Cup final to Arsenal. “The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings [Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic] and had players pull out of the game before this.

“I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that and hopefully give us a fair start next season. We deserve to be, as a Premier League club competing in the Champions League.”

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He later said: “We will be ready to go come September 12 or whenever they give us our first league date… It has been the longest season ever, so it is important they have a break and we will be firing.”

Lampard has been granted a small reprieve on that front with Chelsea’s 2020/21 Premier League season starting two days after the official start date when they travel to Brighton on September 14.

That is followed by a visit of reigning Premier League champions Liverpool to Stamford Bridge before a trip to newly-promoted West Brom. Manchester United also feature in their opening seven fixtures.

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It is a short Boxing Day trip for the Blues as they visit Arsenal and Lampard’s team will not face west London rivals Fulham until January 16 at Craven Cottage. The return fixture will be played on May 1.

After this, Chelsea face a tricky end to the season with Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester in successive games before rounding off the campaign against Aston Villa on May 23.

CHELSEA’S PREMIER LEAGUE 2020/21 FIXTURES
September

14: Brighton (a)

19: Liverpool (h)

26: West Brom (a)

October

3: Crystal Palace (h)

17: Southampton (h)

24: Manchester United (a)

31: Burnley (a)

November

7: Sheffield United (h)

21: Newcastle (a)

28: Tottenham (h)

December

5: Leeds (h)

12: Everton (a)

15: Wolves (a)

19: West Ham (h)

26: Arsenal (a)

28: Aston Villa (h)

January

2: Manchester City (h)

12: Leicester (a)

16: Fulham (a)

27: Wolves (h)

30: Burnley (h)

February

3: Tottenham (a)

6: Sheffield United (a)

13: Newcastle (h)

20: Southampton (a)

27: Manchester United (h)

March

6: Everton (h)

13: Leeds (a)

20: Liverpool (a)

April

3: West Brom (h)

10: Crystal Palace (a)

17: Brighton (h)

24: West Ham (a)

May

1: Fulham (h)

8: Manchester City (a)

12: Arsenal (h)

15: Leicester (h)

23: Aston Villa (a)

The key dates of the Premier League 2020/21 season
The Premier League has revealed the 2020/21 season will start on Saturday September 12.

The season is scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament kicks off.

The transfer window opened on Monday July 27 and will close on Monday October 5 at 11pm. An additional domestic-only window will run from October 5 to 5pm on October 16 but Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs.

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Willian says goodbye to Chelsea; reveal his misson at Arsenal

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Brazil star, Willian has said Arsenal is a big club and he has come to help the team win trophies.

Willian, 32, on Friday, joined the North London side on a three-year deal after his contract expired with Chelsea.

He said Arsenal is a big team and deserve to win trophies, pledging to give his best to the club on the pitch.

“I come to try to win trophies because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game,” he told Arsenal’s website.

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“I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 per cent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well.”

He joins Arsenal on a free transfer with Chelsea unwilling to offer the multi-year contract he desired and is reportedly set to earn £200,000 ($261,000) a week.

The 2012 Champions League winner said Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta is having a “new project” with the Gunners which he wants to be a part of.

Arteta himself believes Willian’s experience will make a “difference” for the 2003/2004 Premier League winners.

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“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bringing the club where it belongs,” the Spaniard explained, saying he is impressed with the talks he had with the player.

File photo: Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds the winner’s trophy as the team celebrates victory after the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. Arsenal won the match 2-1. Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP

Arsenal’s technical director, Edu described his compatriot as a player with a “lot of fantastic attributes” and said he has known Willian “very well, since a long time ago” from working together with the Brazilian national team.

Willian was on the bench earlier this month when Arsenal defeated the Blues 2-1 to win their 14th FA Cup.

He won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League in his seven years stint with the Blues.

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Chelsea makes official approach for Vinicius JR

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Frank Lampard’s desire to overhaul his attacking options this summer has reportedly seen Chelsea make an approach for Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior.

The 20-year-old Brazilian played no part in the Champions League last-16 second-leg away to Manchester City and there have been questions raised as to his long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

NobleSports reported that Chelsea have approached the LaLiga champions about a potential switch and initial contact was made over Vinicius as early as November.

Both Arsenal and French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with an interest in the Brazilian previously.

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Zinedine Zidane has proven ruthless when it comes to his selection in attack, freezing out Gareth Bale and often overlooking Vinicius.

Eden Hazard arrived last summer and has been the preferred option when fit alongside Karim Benzema and Rodrygo.

Vinicius, who joined the club from Brazilian side Flamengo in 2018, is under contract in the Spanish capital until June 2025.

He has a reported £630million release clause but having yet to really establish himself – Vinicius has eight goals in 69 appearances for the club to date – Zidane could move him on for the right fee.

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Lampard has already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig for a combined £90m and also has a firm interest in £90m-rated Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz.

After a 7-1 aggregate defeat in the Champions League to Bayern Munich this week, Lampard was coy when asked if there could be further business done to improve his side.

‘I wouldn’t expect anything but it’s our job to go away and see what happens and see where we can improve,’ he said.

‘In a footballing sense, I feel like I know where we can improve but now it’s time to look at that.’

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Chelsea latest transfer Fables

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This transfer window is likely to throw up some tough decisions for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to make.

Lampard is experiencing his first summer window at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s transfer ban, and the Londoners have already made positive moves in the market.

Both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will add world-class qualities in attack with Kai Havertz also believed to be on the cusp of signing for the club.

Elsewhere, defensive issues will most likely need addressing, and entering the transfer market could be the most logical way of doing that. Liverpool demonstrated a few years ago just how effective the right players can be, with Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker transforming the club into title contenders.

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Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.

Chelsea eye Atletico defender
Chelsea have reportedly made Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez the club’s top defensive transfer target this summer.

report states thatLampard is eager to sign the central defender to address issues at the back.

The 25-year-old is understood to have a release clause of £110m but Football Insider claims Chelsea hope to land their man for £60m this summer.

Gimenez’s arrival at Stamford Bridge would mark a significant step in the direct direction for Chelsea as they look to balance out the squad after multiple attacking arrivals.

Blues in ‘advanced talks’ with highly-rated Madrid left-back
Advanced talks are reportedly underway between Chelsea and Real Madrid over the transfer of Sergio Reguilon.

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According to NobleSports, the 23-year-old left-back is already in advanced talks to join the Blues this summer after an impressive loan spell with Sevilla.

The report also states that a fee of around €25m (£22.5m) could be enough for the west London side to secure the full-back’s services before the end of the transfer window.

Chelsea were believed to have made Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell the main target to address problems at left-back but Reguilon would certainly be a more cost-effective option for the Blues to explore.

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Gallagher transfer stance outlined amid Premier League interest

Conor Gallagher is reportedly available for another loan move next season as Chelsea look to continue the youngster’s development.

According to football.london, the Blues are open to loaning the 20-year-old out next season as long as the destination matches Chelsea’s style of play.

Crystal Palace and 11 other clubs are believed to be chasing the highly-rated midfielder’s signature after he impressed on loan in the Championship last season.

Impressive spells with both Charlton Athletic and Swansea City demonstrated Gallagher’s capabilities and a loan move to the Premier League could be the natural next step in his personal development.

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Bayern 4-1 Chelsea: (7-1 agg) Chelsea suffers double defeat

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Game is over and the final score is Bayern 4-1 Chelsea. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 UEFA Champions League
4-1
Lewandowski (10′ PEN)
Perisic (24′)
Tolisso (76′)
Lewandowski (83′)
Abraham (44′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

1′ The match is about to start!

10′ Penalty Goal! Bayern 1-0 Chelsea (Lewandowski)

14′ CHANCE! Muller’s shot over the bar

24′ GOAL! Bayern 2-0 Chelsea (Perisic)

28′ OFFSIDE! Hudson-Odoi’s goal disallowed

39′ Muller’s back-heel flick stopped

44′ GOAL! Bayern 2-1 Chelsea (Abraham)

49′ Mount’s shot too straight

61′ Muller’s shot over the bar

67′ Alaba’s long shot too straight

72′ Coutinho’s shot over the bar

76′ GOAL! Bayern 3-1 Chelsea (Tolisso)

83′ GOAL! Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (Lewandowski)

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Line-ups
Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Perisic, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Kimmich, Alphonso Davies

Subs: Martinez, Ulreich, Coutinho, Sule, Tolisso, Odriozola, Lucas, Cuisance, Hoffmann, M. Tillman, J. Musiala, B. Arrey-Mbi

Chelsea XI: Caballero, Barkley, Kovacic, Zouma, Emerson, Christensen, Kante, Abraham, Mount, Reece James, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Giroud, Batshuayi, Rudiger, Kepa, Tomori, Cumming, D. Simeu, Maatsen, L. Bate, H. Lawrence, A. Broja.

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Bayern Vs Chelsea starting Xi’s revealed

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The line-ups of Bayern vs Chelsea have been announced.

Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Perisic, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Kimmich, Alphonso Davies

Subs: Martinez, Ulreich, Coutinho, Sule, Tolisso, Odriozola, Lucas, Cuisance, Hoffmann, M. Tillman, J. Musiala, B. Arrey-Mbi

Chelsea XI: Caballero, Barkley, Kovacic, Zouma, Emerson, Christensen, Kante, Abraham, Mount, Reece James, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Giroud, Batshuayi, Rudiger, Kepa, Tomori, Cumming, D. Simeu, Maatsen, L. Bate, H. Lawrence, A. Broja.

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Chelsea in delima as Azpilicueta and Pulisic sets to miss Bayern Clash

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Frank Lampard confirmed that Christian Pulisic and César Azpilicueta will miss the 8 August quarter final after picking up injuries in the FA Cup final.

Christian Pulisic and César Azpilicueta will miss Chelsea’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich after picking up hamstring injuries, manager Frank Lampard confirmed.

Chelsea suffer setback ahead of Last 16 return leg
Full-back Azpilicueta and forward Pulisic limped out of Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Chelsea will visit German champions Bayern Munich on 8 August, trailing 3-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie.

“I don’t know the full extent of the injuries,” Lampard told reporters in his post-match press conference. “But I know the hamstrings with Azpi and Christian – they have to be scanned and assessed over the next few days. They clearly won’t be fit for next week.”

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It’s simple, Chelsea weren’t good enough for the Cup

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Frank Lampard admitted his Chelsea stars deserved their historic FA Cup Final defeat by Arsenal.

A Chelsea win in the first ever behind closed doors Final would have ended a remarkable first season in charge for Lampard following his side’s top our finish against the odds.

But, just like in 2017 against Arsenal, they failed as favourites and Chelsea boss Lampard was left to rue a below par performance.

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Asked to pinpoint the reasons he said: ‘We did not play well enough.

‘We had a great start and had control of the game but at that point we started to get sloppy and not take that control and continue to move the ball quickly. We did not ram home our control, got slower not moving it so well and winning it back so quickly.

‘That changed the tone of the game and it was very hard to get it back after that.

‘But we did start the second half brighter. And if Christian goes through and scores instead of pulling his hamstring then… There were certainly circumstances in the game that conspired against us.

‘In terms of football we didn’t play well enough.’

Reflecting on Arsenal’s penalty equaliser to Christian Pulisic’s opener and Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic’s double yellow card sending off, he added: ‘I thought it was a penalty and not a sending off. I think that was pretty clear.’

Lampard also admitted defeat was also down to his side’s inability to cope with Arsenal’s brilliant goalscoring captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

‘He scored two goals. One was the penalty which he earned, but it was frustrating because we had talked before the game how Arsenal play long balls behind you into those channels and yet we showed them in so easily.

‘He is a top class player and the second goal showed the speed and class of a player who wins games like this.’

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Lampard also laid blame at the long season Chelsea have endured, with a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich still to come.

He added: ‘I refuse to criticise my players or their desire to win, but we lost Willian and Rueben Loftus-Cheek with hamstring injuries in the 24 hours before the match and then Pedro looks like he has a dislocated shoulder.

‘It has been a busy period for us and the players have given everything. The last 20 minutes was a really difficult challenge.

‘But we need to look at the season as a whole. Coming fourth in the league was a huge plus for us and today would have been the icing on the cake but it wasn’t to be.’

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Chelsea Vs Arsenal starting Xi’s for FA cup confirmed

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The line-ups of Arsenal vs Chelsea have been announced.

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Bellerin, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Ceballos, Holding

Subs: Sokratis, Kolasinac, Macey, Torreira, Nelson, Willock, Nketiah, M. Smith, Saka

Chelsea XI: Azpilicueta, Caballero, Giroud, Alonso, Kovacic, Zouma, Jorginho, Rudiger, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James

Subs: Pedro, Barkley, Emerson, Kepa, Christensen, Kante, Tomori, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea starting squad leaked

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The FA cup starting Xi’s unrelevantly revealed see the stats below …

A source pull it all to NobleSports this evening.

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