9/28/2019

Lampard surprised Leeds won FIFA's Fair Play award
Lampard surprised Leeds won FIFA's Fair Play award
Frank Lampard admitted he was stunned to see Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds win the FIFA Fair Play Award despite the 'Spygate' scandal that rocked the Championship club.

Leeds boss Bielsa and his club were recognised at the world governing body's annual award ceremony in Milan for allowing Aston Villa to score an uncontested goal during a second tier match last season.
However, Leeds were also fined £200,000 and given a severe reprimand by the English Football League last term after Bielsa sent a member of his staff to spy on a Derby training session.
Chelsea boss Lampard, who was Derby manager at the time of Leeds' undercover operation in January, branded the Fair Play decision "strange".
Asked on Friday if he choked on his breakfast cereal when he heard the news, Lampard replied: "I did smile. Do we know who votes for these things?
"What happened with Spygate was very well documented, and then they got fined, the rules changed slightly because of it. I felt it was improper.
"To get a fair play award off the back of that is. I thought it was irony at first.
"It was a strange decision for them to win that. I think everyone had the same reaction (to the fair play award), to be fair, because a lot of news was put to Spygate.
"And I think quite rightly so and it got dealt with in the right way, so when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year then I don't think it's right."
In April, Leeds allowed Villa to walk the ball into their net at Elland Road.
Angry scenes had broken out minutes earlier after Leeds looked set to stop play because of an injury to Jonathan Kodjia before playing on and scoring through Mateusz Klich.
But Lampard didn't think that was enough to justify the FIFA prize.
"It was quite right that they give Villa the opportunity to score, quite right to level out the balance of what had happened," he added.
Guardiola struggles with strikers
Guardiola struggles with strikers
Keeping strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy is proving a challenge for Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits it is almost impossible to keep strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy.
Guardiola's preferred system has space for just one out-and-out striker which means he regularly has to leave one of Aguero or Jesus on the bench.
Ahead of Saturday's clash with Everton at Goodison Park, Argentina forward Aguero has eight goals in six Premier League outings.
Brazil international Jesus has netted three goals in five appearances with one each in the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup.
Despite the obvious quality of both players, Guardiola suggested he is loath to revert to a different formation which means one - most likely Jesus - looks likely miss out against the Toffees.
Guardiola said: "Both guys are incredible. It's difficult for me. I try to move them and play both.
"Never any player will be happy if they don't play regularly. He plays he will happy, he does not play he will not be happy. 
"But I try to let them both play as much as possible. Sometimes when they're injured, Gabriel or Sergio, the other one plays.
"In some games Gabriel gives me something Sergio cannot give us. And the other games, Sergio gives us what Gabriel cannot. That is the quality.
"Normally I don't play with two strikers. I played with two against Norwich, in the last minutes, and it wasn't good. Our control isn't the best, we're not solid enough."
Guardiola acknowledged he has to handle the striking dilemma sensitively, especially when both players are fit and in good form, and often finds himself apologising to one of the pair.
"They're upset if they don't play, of course," he added.
"You play a Champions League game, a semi-final or a quarter-final, and they are fit and they are strong. 
"They want to play, and the manager says, 'You don't play'. How can they be happy? It's impossible. All I can say with the players is I'm sorry - I have to choose 11. 
"Sergio could have scored five goals against Watford. Gabriel the last game against Preston could have scored three or four. 
"We have many, many games, four competitions and of course everyone is necessary".
Meanwhile, Guardiola dismissed suggestions of strained relations between himself and Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The 28-year-old was left on the bench for City's 3-2 defeat at Norwich and responded with a commanding display in their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.
Guardiola said in the aftermath of the win over the Hornets he was "frustrated" with aspects of De Bruyne's game but subsequently dismissed any notion the player had an attitude problem.
"When he's happy, his performance is incredible," Guardiola said. 
"Like when I do my job, I'm happier so my job I do it better. I communicate better to my players. 
"Sometimes I'm a bit down, I speak few words because not all the days I'm good. Sometimes I'm a little bit sad. It happens to me, it happens to you."
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
Callum Hudson-Odoi should follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to use Raheem Sterling as a role model to aid his development.
Hudson-Odoi, 18, re-signed with the Premier League club earlier this month, extending his stay at Stamford Bridge until 2024.
A two-time England international, the attacker scored five goals last season and netted in Wednesday's thrashing of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup.
Lampard wants the teenager to follow in the footsteps of Sterling, who has developed into a star for England and Manchester City.
"I know Callum's talent and he has got huge talent, hence why the club were so keen to get him signed up. We're all delighted with that, but there's a lot of work for Callum to do, lots of work," he told UK newspapers.
"You can look around and look at fantastic examples and not even at this club.
"I don't like to talk about other club's players but Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent, whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication, has seen him become a complete player, who we are all wowed by.
"He is a great model for Callum because Callum has those talents. I want him to be the absolute best because he has the potential to do that and some of it is about hard truths and I saw some hard truths in the game the other day – ways that he can improve.
"He needs to listen to them and he will. Then he can be that player for us."
Sitting 11th in the Premier League, Chelsea host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.