In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Jurgen Klopp discusses Frank Lampard’s impact in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge and United States head coach Gregg Berhalter shares his thoughts on Christian Pulisic’s uptick in form for the Blues since the restart.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Lampard is doing ‘exceptional job’: Klopp
Ahead of tonight’s match at Anfield, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken to his club’s official website and outlined his admiration for the job done by Frank Lampard in his first season in charge of the Blues.
‘Frank is doing an exceptional job - not only at Chelsea either, he did really, really well at Derby already,’ said the German.
‘[He] faced quite a challenge at Chelsea because I think when you are Chelsea manager… I don’t think anybody expected the title this year from them, but everybody expected them to qualify for the Champions League… and that, in a really, really strong league, is always a challenge.
‘I really think he did brilliantly. He is now in the FA Cup final obviously, which is a big one, and by the way, both managers in the FA Cup final, one of them will win their first major trophy this year so that’s really impressive.’
Klopp added his respect for Lampard in his ability to read the game and prepare for challenges.
‘Frank knows that he has a really good team there on the pitch, a proper team [with] a lot of talent,’ he added.
‘But he made some interesting decisions, he changed systems from time to time, even during games and that shows just that he used his playing time not only for moving his legs, that he really learned about the game and knew already about the game before he started managing.
“He looked really prepared for the job and I respect that a lot. Still young but he’s 100 per cent ready for the challenges out there and it’s nice for him, being a Chelsea legend, being there in the hotseat and I think everyone there wants him to succeed.’
US coach pleased with Pulisic’s form
United States manager Gregg Berhalter believes Christian Pulisic has become more assertive over the course of his first season at Chelsea and is delighted with his recent form for the Blues, ESPN.com reports.
Speaking from Orlando, where he has been watching the MLS is Back tournament, Berhalter said he had noticed the uptick in form by the 21-year-old since the resumption of the English football season.
‘You see now that [Pulisic] was picking the ball up in space, in pockets and just being really aggressive going at defenders, dribbling defenders,’ he said.
‘It's not just only on the sideline. Now he's getting it towards the middle of the field and he's had some really positive effects, taking players on.’
Berhalter feels there is now a greater level of trust between Pulisic and his Chelsea team-mates as has settled into playing in the Premier League.
‘If you watch the games, you can see the dramatic shift and how [Pulisic's] team-mates relate to him now,’ he added.
‘They actually look to him whereas there were times in the beginning, when you're thinking, “Wait, why aren't they passing him this ball?”
‘Now they get the ball, their first glance is to him. And you know he's really grown to be an important part of this group, important part of that team, and it's been fun to watch.’
Gosens being considered by Blues?
The Sun reports Chelsea are weighing up a move to sign Atalanta defender Robin Gosens this summer.
The German has been a key player this season for the Italian club, who are currently third in Serie A, and a report in Germany suggests he could be a good option at left-back for the Blues.
‘Kicker claims that Chelsea are in competition with three other teams in the race for the German's signature,’ states the paper.
‘Chelsea have already secured deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, with Lampard assembling a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.
‘And should they capture Gosens, he could turn out to be their shrewdest move this summer with the defender chipping in with 10 goals and eight assists in 38 games this term.
‘It has been suggested that the ex-Heracles star could cost just £27million - more than half of the £60m fee Leicester are holding out for Ben Chilwell.’
Serie A sides Inter Milan and Juventus and German Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin are the other clubs reportedly interested in the 26-year-old.