Paul Merson criticises Frank Lampard after Bournemouth stun struggling Chelsea

first_imgBournemouth secured a narrow victory in west London (Picture: Getty)Lampard brought on Callum Hudson-Odoi and Michy Batshuayi before Bournemouth scored – with Jorginho one of the players to make way – and Merson felt the Chelsea manager got his tactics wrong.ADVERTISEMENTAsked about Bournemouth’s performance, the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports: ‘They definitely didn’t deserve to lose but they didn’t dominate Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I watch Chelsea a lot and if you can get through the first 20 minutes against them, their confidence seems to go.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They’ve got a lot of young players and they are easy to play against sometimes. The pitch looks so small for the way they want to play, it just looks to easy to defend against.’Moving on to the Chelsea manager, Merson said: ‘With Frank, it’s not a good day at the office for him. It was 0-0 and sometimes you have to swallow the pill and settle for a draw.‘He takes off Jorginho and brings on Hudson-Odoi and Batshuayi. Tammy Abraham was already on so he has all these forwards on, everyone is bumping into each other. Paul Merson criticises Frank Lampard after Bournemouth stun struggling Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Dec 2019 5:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Comment Frank Lampard’s Chelsea suffered a defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson criticised Frank Lampard after his struggling Chelsea team were stunned by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.Injury-ravaged Bournemouth clinched a 1-0 victory in west London on Saturday as Chelsea slipped to their fourth defeat from five league games.The Premier League clash appeared to be heading for a goalless draw but Dan Gosling scored Bournemouth’s winner on 84 minutes after a VAR review.center_img Paul Merson felt Lampard got his tactics wrong (Picture: Getty)‘I think Chelsea will need to go into the market next month. This is a crisis now. If other results go the wrong way for them, their lead [over the top-four] could be down to two points.‘They’ve got Tottenham away next. It’s hard for them now. I think they have to go in the market. This squad, for me, doesn’t get into the top four.’Lampard, meanwhile, reflected on a disappointing performance from his Chelsea side.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesHe said: ‘It’s a home loss. Not good enough from us which is the story at the minute. We need to be better.‘We needed more urgency and we have to make it more difficult for them.‘Top teams show consistency and that’s what we’re striving for. There’s a lot of work to do.’MORE: Jermaine Jenas sends surprising message to Chelsea board after Bournemouth defeat Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Sharks’ Erik Karlsson undergoes successful surgery for groin injury

first_imgKarlsson, who has already started the recovery process, is expected to be ready by the start of the 2019-20 season.#SJSharks defensemen Erik Karlsson underwent successful surgery to address a groin injury suffered during the 2018-19 season.https://t.co/6EOVwqebzt pic.twitter.com/hveFQtXBwf— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) June 5, 2019What remains unclear, however, is where Karlsson will start the campaign; he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. As per Sportsnet, he is expected to make a decision soon whether he will remain in San Jose.Elliotte Friedman reported that Karlsson is taking a “long, hard look” into signing an extension, but there are also reports that he is looking to sign an NHL deal with a Canadian team, per the Ottawa Sun. Overall, he missed 29 regular-season games for the Sharks, but he was able to make it back in time for the team’s regular-season finale and the start of the 2019 NHL playoffs. He looked good in his 19 playoff appearances and put up 16 points, but in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues, he again appeared to be in pain and left the game during the second period. He ultimately missed the decisive Game 6 with an injury.RUMOR ROUNDUP: Could Erik Karlsson end up with the Rangers? San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson underwent successful surgery to address a groin injury on May 31, the team announced Wednesday.The 30-year-old blueliner appeared in 53 games with the Sharks this season, registering three goals and 45 points. Karlsson started having problems with his groin in mid-January and missed nine games. After returning for four games in mid-February, he reinjured his groin and was sidelined until early April.last_img read more

‘Where have you been hiding!?’ – Tottenham fans elated after star man breaks season duck against Man City

first_imgHe’s back!Harry Kane ended his personal domestic drought with a tidy finish against Manchester City to put Tottenham 3-1 up at White Hart Lane on Saturday.Spurs looked all set to stun the Premier League leaders, with Kane’s strike doubling their advantage over Manuel Pellegrini’s side.The 21-year-old reacted quickest to Christian Eriksen’s free kick which rattled the woodwork, pouncing to convert the rebound into an unguarded net after 61 minutes.Understandably, Spurs fans went into meltdown on Twitter as they heralded the return of their star man – and some of the best reactions are below: Harry Kane 1last_img