Frank Lampard predicts where Chelsea and Man City will finish in title race; while Tiemoue Bakayoko has insisted that N’Golo Kante not better than him. Chelsea want former Monaco chief Luis Campos to replace Michael Emenalo.
4. N’Golo Kante not better than me – Tiemoue Bakayoko
Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has insisted that club teammate N’Golo Kante is ‘no better than him’.
Bakayoko, 23, impressed during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United before the international break. But the Frenchman was not included in Didier Deschamps’s latest France squad.
It is thought that the former AS Monaco attacker faces a battle to make the France squad for the 2018 World Cup. But Bakayoko has claimed that he is ‘just as good’ as the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, including Kante.
“I am disappointed, I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal, I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour,” Bakayoko told reporters.
“I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me, I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends, I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I’m not worse than them.”
Bakayoko has scored twice and provided three assists in 15 appearances for Chelsea this season.
3. Chelsea want former Monaco chief to replace Emenalo
Chelsea have reportedly targeted Luis Campos to replace Michael Emenalo as the club’s technical director.
The Portuguese is regarded as one of Europe’s most accomplished talent spotters after his work transforming Monaco.
According to the Sunday Times claim that he is very much interested in the role at Stamford Bridge.
Campos played a huge role in identifying and recruiting a host of young talent to the French giants.
The 53-year-old developed Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Anthony Martial, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Fabinho.
The super scout helped Monaco to overthrown Paris Saint-Germain to capture the Ligue 1 title last season.
Campos, who discovered a number of stars such as Anthony Martial, left the Principality last year to join up Lille.
2. Lampard predicts where Chelsea and Man City will finish in title race
Frank Lampard has ruled out Chelsea or another Premier League club catching Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
The Blues have so far faced three defeats against Burnley, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
While Chelsea were 2-1 winners against title rivals Manchester United in their last Premier League game, Lampard has ruled out Conte’s men overhauling Manchester City.
“Man City, it’s what we’re all saying now but I can’t see them being caught,” Lampard told Copa90.
“Some people are saying ‘yeah but the last two years they started well and went away’… I think there’s much more to them this year.
“It’s great to see a team playing that way, we all want to see our own teams involved but when they’re playing that beautiful football it’s great to watch whether you’re a City fan or not.”
1. Chelsea given injury boost after latest scare
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez insists a knock Chelsea star Eden Hazard has picked up while on international duty is ‘nothing serious’.
Hazard, 26, played 85 minutes in Saturday’s friendly against Mexico before he was replaced by his brother Thorgan.
The Chelsea forward left the pitch carrying a slight knock which forced him to sit out of team training on Sunday.
Martinez, however, has moved to ease any concerns over the Blues star, however, telling a press conference on Monday: “Hazard did not train on Sunday but there is nothing serious. He was hit on Friday. But there is nothing to be worried about, we are going to assess the situation tomorrow, the reasoning is the same for Romelu Lukaku and the other players who played more than 45 minutes on Friday.”