Edouard Mendy officially number one goalkeeper at Chelsea / England / Chelsea / SOFOOT.com

We suspected it, but it’s now official.

During the press conference after the match between Chelsea and Sevilla (0-0), Frank Lampard confirmed that Edouard Mendy would be the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea. When a journalist asks him if Mendy will start this season in the London club, the coach of Blues simply answers: ” Yes. […] When he arrived, we knew he was coming to claim it, and his performances proved it, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t keep working. ” Arrived last summer from Rennes for 24 million euros (and six bonus), the Franco-Senegalese goalkeeper has already won on the side of Stamford Bridge.

Since Frank Lampard has coached Chelsea, his team has conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game (63 goals conceded in 43 games). A statistic which is not only explained by a feverish defense, but also by the level displayed by Kepa. The most expensive goalkeeper in history, who has chained the balls for several months, will therefore find himself on the bench for the benefit of the former Rennais.

Rennes and Chelsea, a love story that continues for the goalkeepers.
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Death of a former goalkeeper of the France team

Death of a former goalkeeper of the France team

Former France goalkeeper Bruno Martini died on Tuesday at the age of 58.

He succumbed to cardio-respiratory arrest a few days ago.

The former goalkeeper of Auxerre and Montpellier was also the preparer of the goalkeepers of the Blues, during the World-2006.

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Van Dijk injured for several months? / Premier League / J5 / Everton-Liverpool (2-2) / SOFOOT.com

The arbitration controversy of the day.

As the Mersey derby takes place this Saturday, the Reds quickly opened the scoring with the essential Mané. But for this tactical shock against his liverpuldien counterpart, Klopp was deprived of Virgil van Dijk. Criticized after a difficult start to the season, the defender of Reds suffered a kamikaze outing from Jordan Pickford.

A tackle at the knee in the area that could have led to the expulsion of the English goalkeeper, as Gary Neville underlined in the wake. Finally, the VAR remained silent and the game resumed without the doorman scooping a rusk. A few minutes later, Virgil van Dijk came out with a knee injury. Something to make them shiver Reds, who will surely have to do without their central rear for many months: the Dutchman would indeed suffer from a rupture of the cruciate ligaments of the knee, and will therefore give way to the Gomez-Matip hinge (unless Fabinho does not replace him ).

Six, seven or eight months? The predictions are launched.

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“We are on the right path” / Italy / AC Milan / SOFOOT.com

With the blessing of the idol.

Absent from the Champions League since the 2013-2014 season and in difficulty in recent years, AC Milan seems to be doing better since confinement. “We are on the right track. Finally, there is cohesion and sharing with the leaders, welcomed Arrigo Sacchi in the Gazzetta dello Sport two days after the inaugural victory against Bologna. I am happy that Paolo Maldini, a great elder and a person of great quality, has stayed. I hope we will let him sign new young players to make the team even more competitive. ”

“I’ve always thought that the club, with its history, skills and style, came before the team. Gazidis wanted to hire Rangnick, a good coach, but he would have lost Paolo (Maldini) and Pioli, who achieved excellent results. He changed his mind, like a smart person, he congratulated himself. And in parallel, he extended Zlatan Ibrahimović: in each young team there is a “old”, which is not only there to bring experience and personality, but also extraordinary quality. Congratulations Ibra, real Superman. ”

Since when did he wear a cape, Benjamin Button ?
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Liverpool, mercato express / Angleterre / Liverpool / SOFOOT.com

After weeks of calm, Liverpool sowed a storm on the transfer market: in the space of a week, the Mersey club spent nearly 75 million euros in the transfer market to achieve the big hits Thiago Alcântara and Diogo Jota. Enough to provide a solid response to other Premier League leaders, and show that the Reds will once again be serious customers.

It was understood: on the ground, Liverpool likes reversals and drama. Within a few days, the Reds have shown that the postulate was also valid outside. In fact, the board of the Mersey club had so far only obtained the signing of a 23-year-old Greek left-back: Kóstas Tsimíkas, from Olympiakos, for around fifteen million euros. In short, nothing flashy.

Worse, the residents of Anfield had not really sent the signals by passing next to Timo Werner (although a time strongly linked to the Mersey club, but left on the side of Chelsea). Except that finally, Liverpool reversed the table: by recording the arrivals of Thiago Alcântara and Diogo Jota, the King of England reassured all observers. Better, he hit a big blow.

Wind of freshness …

A big reasonable move, at least for Thiago. Snatched from FC Bayern in exchange for 30 million euros, the midfielder arrives for an amount that seems almost derisory given the level displayed by the Spanish midfielder this season (especially in C1). For Diogo Jota, Liverpool spent more, as the 23-year-old Portuguese winger cost nearly € 45million. But if the sum may seem high for a supersub (even a holder to replace the three furious in front, although Klopp is not a fan of rotations), he should not forget that the now ex-player of Wolverhampton is a safe bet (sixteen goals and six assists in 48 games all competitions, last season) whose room for improvement is still substantial and whose contribution could be significant when fatigue is felt.
Moreover, the arrival of new faces had become almost essential for the Liverpool dressing room. Who, let us remember, did not register any arrivals last year. With the exception of Takumi Minamino (recruited in the winter transfer window), and the relative incorporation of young shoots from the training center (especially Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott). For a workforce that has won multiple major titles over the past two seasons and that has never experienced really fierce competition for the starting positions, the new wind brought by Tsimíkas, Thiago Alcântara and Diogo Jota (while perhaps waiting other players, why not in central defense) can do a lot of good to Reds. In particular by bringing mental freshness, as much as physical: last season, fatigue had appeared in some such as Robertson or Salah who had no lining and whose putting to rest will be easier this year.

… and weapons of mass destruction

Suddenly, the Reds have so far managed their transfer window almost perfectly. Precisely because they have, overall, resolved the shortcomings of their workforce. The past season has shown that Liverpool can be fair in some positions, including full-backs and the offensive line. By unearthing Tsimíkas, Liverpool offered themselves a young player, performing in his former club and who will be able to help out by growing up in the shadow of Robertson. As for Diogo Jota, he brings precious depth to the attack of Reds, since the former Wolve has the ability to play almost all offensive positions (except, perhaps, the right lane where he has never played). Finally, the most visible contribution remains that of Thiago Alcántara. Who, at 29, is no longer very young, but still offers guarantees for several years. The proof with his first appearance this Sunday against Chelsea, already signing a record of assists in a single half. Enough to foresee the announced departures of two important elements: retired James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum to other skies, he who is coveted by FC Barcelona of Ronald Koeman.

In addition, Jürgen Klopp now has new tactical weapons and he gave a glimpse of them during the victory of his team against the Blues (2-0) by moving Fabinho back to the heart of the central hinge. An option that has proven itself, since the defensive midfielder devoured Timo Werner throughout the game. An option that could be renewed in the future, the association of the Brazilian and Virgil van Dijk showing that it could be reassuring and that the competition in the middle is now indecent. Better: depending on the opponents, Klopp could alternate systems in the middle. By opting, perhaps, for a high point. But with one certainty, that Thiago will bring all his creativity to a team that has sometimes lacked last year (especially against Atlético, in the Champions League). That, too, that Jota will bring a different register offensively while speed and percussion. That, finally, that by strengthening themselves in a week like never before, Reds will once again be ready to compete.

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OM-Lille, new desert / Ligue 1 / J4 / OM-LOSC / SOFOOT.com

The shock of this fourth day of Ligue 1 between OM and Lille opposes two interesting teams, but who seek each other offensively. Difficulties in scoring illustrated by their two center-forwards, not yet fully launched in this new season. A position that is however the subject of a lot of attention, in both clubs.

Three games, respectively seven and six points taken – including a resounding victory at the Parc des Princes, for the Marseillais -: this OM-Lille opposes two teams with an encouraging start to the season. But, there is a but. A big but, even. Because the two formations are still struggling to fully express a particularly provided offensive potential, on both sides: three goals for the men of Christophe Galtier against four for those of Villas-Boas, and especially center-forwards not yet in the rhythm . In the North, the arrival of Jonathan David raised important hopes, not yet rewarded even if the time of adaptation of the Canadian to Ligue 1 is far from illogical. On the Canebière, Darío Benedetto is no longer indisputable. Evidenced by his non-tenure against PSG, the club again considering investing in a position that has been debated for several seasons.

A dynamic that leaves much to be desired

Against Metz, Lille dominated and overall mastered its subject in the game by hitting sixteen times on goal. All this to win by the smallest of margins, on a pawn of Luis Araújo in the last minutes. The Mastiffs give the impression of struggling in their collective offensive performances and of relying on individual exploits to make a difference, as was the case with Jonathan Bamba a week earlier in Reims. Solidly supported by a very effective Osimhen-Rémy duo last season, Lille must now reinvent themselves in this position. Burak Yılmaz and Jonathan David landed at Luchin Estate surrounded by many hopes, but they are still slow to materialize. “He is young, he seems to be quite impervious to the pressure linked to the amount of his transfer. He knows he is far from his level, but that he can count on me and his partners, assured this Friday Christophe Galtier at a press conference, about the twenty-year-old Canadian international. He had a truncated preparation: while waiting for a transfer, in training we are less in it. He arrived with a deficit of everything, which means that he needs sessions and especially games. ”
No worries therefore for the former coach of the Greens, despite an influence in the game still largely perfectible for his new recruit who has only struck three times on goal in 216 minutes of play so far (only touching around twenty balls on average, per game). On the Olympian side, the debut of Darío Benedetto’s second season is also complicated, although the reasons are partly different. Author of only four goals in 2020 and while he has not shaken the nets since February 28 (treble against Nîmes), the Argentinian was little inspired during the resumption match in Brest where we especially saw Florian Thauvin take the game on his own. Replacing in Paris on a tactical choice of Villas-Boas, his expulsion at the end of the meeting deprived him of the reception of Saint-Étienne in the wake and of an opportunity to finally succeed in convincing. Behind the scenes, OM does not hide its intention to find a competitor by the end of the transfer window.

Darío and Jonathan at the center of attention

“We are ready to make an investment in the attacking position, we need it. (…) If we invest in a striker, he will come to compete with Benedetto, and competition is an essential principle of sport. ” The statement, signed new head of football local Pablo Longoria, beginning of September. It has, in any case, the merit of being clear: no, the formergoal scorer de Boca Juniors has no reserved place in the starting XI and will have to roll up their sleeves. After attempts by Valère Germain, Kóstas Mítroglou or Mario Balotelli, OM finally thought they had found their Grantatakan with the Argentinian? Everything is now called into question, with a year 2020 that is too little prolific. Even André Villas-Boas recognizes it, an arrival at this post would not be a refusal: “In the next few days, maybe the next few weeks, I hope to bring in the striker we have chosen. ”
In Lille too, this post received the greatest attention. Last summer already, LOSC separated from Rafael Leão, heading for AC Milan, and offered themselves the good pick Victor Osimhen from Charleroi. The shattering debut of the Nigerian, sold at a high price a year later in Naples, contrasts today with those more winded by Jonathan David, also a revelation of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. Especially since the Mastiffs have put the means to convince the leaders of La Gantoise, reluctant to release their nugget at any cost. Result of the races: a transfer to 30 million euros, the most expensive in the history of the club, and therefore a status that goes with it.

A match to start it all?

If the start of the season for the two fellows leaves something to be desired, it would nevertheless be quickly forgotten if they were to launch the machine in the coming weeks. And what better way to do this than a clash between contenders for Europe, at the Vélodrome? Not much. “There will be a reaction of pride, it’s always like that. This time around, the coach will start with a real top striker. Which was not the case, in the two previous matches, still analyzes Christophe Galtier, after two games started without a real point by the Portuguese. There will be more intensity and aggressiveness on the part of Marseille. ” Symbolized by a revengeful return of the Argentine international?
Revenge, there will also be opposite where the doublet Yılmaz-David will finally want to demonstrate its full potential. “I want to progress, and become better. Frankly, it was time for a new challenge, launched the Canadian, during his presentation in his new colors to the media. I know how to find positions to score goals, it is one of my strengths and I believe that I can play in any system. ” The time has come to demonstrate it … With, at random, a double?

By Tom Binet

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“I never wanted to make Chelsea a training club” / England / Chelsea / SOFOOT.com

The eternal problem of English football.

Forced to rely on young people during his first season at the head of Chelsea, Frank Lampard managed a convincing first lease despite the recruitment ban. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and many others took the opportunity to find a place in the London workforce. But after an XXL transfer window this summer, their places are no longer guaranteed.

Asked by Sky Sports about the place these young players would occupy this season, the former midfielder sent a clear message: “I really liked their contribution last season, but I never wanted Chelsea to become a training club. These stories go well for five minutes. Finishing fourth last year was a great achievement, but we are looking to see if we can improve as a club. ”

English youth will have to come back.
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“There is a plan A, no plan … / England / Manchester City / SOFOOT.com

Pep has his convictions that the reason of the field ignores (sometimes).

At the end of a season in which Manchester City lost its title of champion of England and again disappointed in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola has not been spared by critics. In particular, a philosophy and an approach from which the Catalan technician almost never stands out, with mixed results in recent years, have been questioned. In an interview for the Daily Mail, Kevin De Bruyne wanted to defend his coach by explaining his way of working.

“The way he looks at football is different from a lot of people, justifies the Belgian. He has his philosophy, he follows it and does not change. There is a plan A and a plan A. There is no plan B. For a lot of people, it’s hard to understand. It can happen in your mind [de vouloir jouer différemment], but you know Plan A usually works for us. I think everyone really trusts [dans le plan], although you will always say at some point in a game that you want this or that. Or we should do this. But it happens in all clubs. ”

Plan A far too easy to read for a coach like Rudi Garcia.
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Batshuayi returns to Crystal Palace / England / Crystal Palace / SOFOOT.com

Batsman is back.

Helmed by Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and rookie Timo Werner on the side of Stamford Bridge, Michy Batshuayi was loaned by Chelsea to Crystal Palace. No wonder then that the Belgian striker was started only five times by Frank Lampard last season. Batshuayi returns to a club he knows and where he left good memories in 2018-2019, with six goals scored in thirteen games. The former Marseillais will be all the more keen to shine with the Eagles that he will play a place at the Euro in the coming months.

Yes go on Michy, Michy!
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Napoli justifies the use of trash cans for cryotherapy / Italy / Naples / SOFOOT.com

Yellow bin or green bin?

In full preparation for the new season, the Napoli players have been spotted in trash cans for cryotherapy. A source of mockery for some, a subject of questioning for others. Faced with the reactions, the club explained itself on Twitter, not without tackling the transalpine media. “It’s embarrassing to see how the media, even very important ones, reports the news that the Napoli players are using trash cans to do cryotherapy, without at all checking the reasons for this initiative and whether it is Gattuso’s idea or a common practice ” , deplores the Neapolitan club.

The Parthenopei therefore did the job of the journalists by organizing a question / answer session themselves: “We are doing the job that was not done. Question: Why do you use trash cans? Because they are very wide and very high and the players are submerged above the waist. In addition, the tanks meet the requirements of the Covid protocol which requires each player to dive alone. Question: Are the bins clean or dirty? Of course, not only are they clean, but they are also new, never used, and are sanitized three times a day. Question: are you the only ones doing this activity with bins? No, many teams do. Question: So this is not Gattuso’s idea? No. ”

Authentic quality. And There you go !
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