Lampard recalls his ‘surreal’ first encounter with Abramovich
During an exclusive interview with Alan Shearer, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard spoke about his earliest memories of owner Roman Abramovich joining the club.
lampard said Athleticism“My first memory of Roman in the flesh is that he flew into our old training ground near Heathrow and came and had a meeting with us as the helicopter quieted down.
“It was quite surreal. The first thing he said, through an interpreter, was, ‘Well, we need to improve the training ground.’ And straight away, you think, ‘OK, the standards will instantly explode’.”
Chelsea’s Premier League game against Tottenham on Sunday will be Abramovich’s 1,000th game since taking over the club in 2003.
Liverpool to welcome 2,000 fans to Anfield again for Wolves clash
Liverpool will once again welcome 2,000 fans for the game against Wolves next Sunday.
It will be the first time fans have attended a game at Anfield since March this year.
There will be an online ballot for fans who qualify for tickets to the game. The club will only accept applications from fans who live in the city area.
This follows Liverpool being placed in tier two by the government on Thursday.
Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso set for Chelsea clash
Giovani Lo Celso should be fit enough to play for Tottenham against Chelsea on Sunday.
The midfielder missed Spurs’ win over Ludogorets on Thursday night after picking up a minor knock in training.
Jose Mourinho, however, confirmed that the midfielder’s absence was only preventive.
Asked about Lo Celso’s availability at a press conference on Friday, Mourinho said: “I want to believe so. We could push but we didn’t want to take any risks, and those 12 players on the bench (according to the rules of the Europa League) give you space for everything.
Joleon Lescott considering offer from Spanish fourth division club
Former England international Joleon Lescott is considering an offer to come out of retirement to play just one game for Spanish fourth-tier side Racing Murcia.
The former Manchester City defender originally ended his playing career in 2017 after 17 years and 614 games as a professional footballer.
He has been invited to play in Murcia’s next Copa del Rey game against La Liga side Levante next month and Athleticism understands that he is weighing the offer.
Lescott is currently working as a loan manager at City and won’t leave that role if he accepts the one-off appearance.
Darnell Fisher banned for three games
Darnell Fisher has been given a three-match ban after appearing to grab Callum Paterson’s genitals in Sheffield’s Wednesday defeat at Preston.
The incident involving the right-back was caught on camera during the match.
The FA upheld the ban on Friday afternoon.
Freddie Ljungberg left Arsenal to become first-team manager
In an extensive interview with AthleticismDavid Ornstein, Freddie Ljungberg has revealed he left the Arsenal club to become first team manager.
The 43-year-old left Emirates Stadium at the end of last season.
In an insightful discussion, Ljungberg also touched on the start of his career, how Arsene Wenger spoke to him before taking on his first coaching role and his time as a coach under Arteta.
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