Lampard: Salah made himself into a superstar after leaving Chelsea

first_imgFrank Lampard believes that his former team-mate Mohamed Salah has proven himself to be a ‘superstar’ after overcoming a Chelsea spell in which some labelled him a failure.Chelsea allowed Salah to join Roma on an initial loan in 2015, having only given him a fringe role before that under then-manager Jose Mourinho.Salah’s form in Serie A quickly earned him a €42 million move to Liverpool to work under Jurgen Klopp. The Egyptian scored 32 league goals in 2017-18, breaking the Premier League record for goals in a 38-game season, while he managed to win the Champions League the following season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ahead of Chelsea’s match against Liverpool on Sunday Lampard hailed his colleague of six months, saying that he could see the talent that was present despite Salah’s lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge.”It is hard because everyone has their own pathways,” the Chelsea manager told reporters at Cobham Training Centre. “Unfortunately for Mo, it didn’t work out here but it is great credit to him. He went to Italy and then came back and now he is a superstar.”As for his path, it is hard to compare to what may have been. I had an overlap with him. The talent was obviously there. At the time, I think we had a lot of options in attacking areas. Number 10s, wingers and he didn’t get as many opportunities for whatever reason but yes you could see the talent was there.”But the player that he is now or that came back to Liverpool I think you have to say huge credit is due. You don’t have to search for anything more than look at Mo himself. You have to say what professionalism and work ethic to leave a club like Chelsea is not easy.”People then cast you aside and say you won’t make it there. He went onto be the superstar he is now. It is completely credit to Mo himself.”Liverpool have won all of their first five league games, opening up a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City at the top of the table.Klopp’s side’s last won away at Burnley where Salah and Sadio Mane were involved in an on-pitch argument. Mane was furious that Salah didn’t pass to him during a second-half attack but Lampard thinks it is good to have friction between competitive team-mates from time to time.”They were both in the right. They are competitive lads. I played with players that demanded balls to their feet and I shot and visa versa, I demanded a pass and they shot,” Lampard said.Sadio Mane, Liverpool“I think that edginess about football and that professional competition, as long as it doesn’t overstep the mark which is the job of the manager and that only happens behind the scenes, but I like it. They both want to score goals. They are hungry. They are competitive. They want to be winners.”When they play like that, that’s the answer. If they are not playing well enough or not performing and you see that going on then as a manager, you ask more questions but these boys are really driven. I like it.”I remember being in the dressing room with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. After I scored at Southampton, he complained that I hadn’t passed to him in the game and he said I should have passed to him in the game and in a different moment from my goal.”He said, ‘You scored one. There you go you just want to score again and not pass to me.’ This is from a man who shot 20 times a game. That’s it! That was Jimmy, that’s what football is about, it is different personalities.”That’s what strikers should be and have to have an element of selfishness about them. I had it as a midfield player. I wanted to be good individually and to be part of a winning team. You can’t have the perfect ambience around at all times around the squad.”It is good for players to test each other – if you didn’t, it would be a relaxed nature in the group. I don’t know Mane but I know Salah. He is a really good lad. He is just hungry and I think that’s one of the reasons because of his elevation we spoke about as a player.”Chelsea and Liverpool have already faced each other this season as the Blues lost out on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.The Champions League winners overcame the Europa League winners in the end but they couldn’t be separated over 120 minutes of football. Lampard thinks it was one of his side’s best performances of the season.”I think it was a really good performance, yes. When you take into account the opposition then it is certainly up there with the best,” Lampard said. “We had a few. Wolves last week and Norwich in the league. Other than that it has been parts of games.”It has not been quite good enough and that’s what has lost us points. Being good for 45 minutes and not the other half. The idea of having to be good because you want to raise your level because the other team is good is not something I love.”I want us to be good every week. It was a test we had in Istanbul and it was something we did rise to. We will have to rise again because the difference with what City and Liverpool are doing now is they are hitting those heights in every game pretty much.”It is a surprise when City don’t hit it against Norwich. That’s why they are where they are and what we are working towards as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Aguero is outrageous’

first_imgSergio Aguero is an “outrageous” talent, according to former Manchester City star Michael Brown, with the Argentine considered to be one of the best strikers to have played in the Premier League.A prolific South American frontman has been in England since 2011, with a £35 million ($45m) deal taking him to the Etihad Stadium.That price tag has been made to look like quite the bargain, with Aguero now the all-time leading goalscorer in City’s illustrious history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Questions were asked of whether he could thrive under Pep Guardiola when the former Barcelona boss took over, but he has succeeded in taking his game to another level.“He’s struggling isn’t he! He’s outrageous,” ex-City midfielder Brown told Goal.“You watch him and I thought two years ago he would have been one to probably miss out, I didn’t think he’d be for Guardiola, but he’s changed to how Pep thinks. You can see in his game that out of possession he gets into positions better, he looks a little sharper and a little bit fitter.“But there’s no doubt that his finishing ability is there for all to see. When a chance comes, he finds that little bit of space and puts the ball in the net. He’s brilliant, how he can have that composure in front of goal in tight spaces, that no backlift goal he can do. He’s a special player.”Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2019Pressed on whether Aguero could be considered the closest man to Alan Shearer when it comes to the best out-and-out goalscorers to have graced the English top-flight in the modern era, Brown added: “Possibly. There aren’t many that you can say are better than Sergio Aguero.“Alan Shearer was different but their goals speak for themselves. When you’re playing for a top team as well, like Aguero is, then you are going to get opportunities and minutes and you can see now that it’s hard for him to be left out.”Aguero currently has 172 Premier League goals to his name, placing him sixth on the all-time list.He is only three adrift of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and five behind Chelsea icon, and current boss, Frank Lampard.Shearer sits well clear at the summit on 260, but Aguero should be setting his sights on joining two ex-England captains as members of an exclusive 200 club – with Manchester United great Wayne Rooney the only other man to have passed that mark on 208.Michael Brown was a pundit on EFL on Quest live from The University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, the home of Bolton Wanderers. Watch all the highlights every Saturday at 9pm. Also available via desktop and app on QuestOD. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Football Ryan Day goes back to assistant role following time in the

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the start game against TCU on Sept. 15. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor three games, all the focus was on Ryan Day.As acting head coach for the No. 4 team in the country following a three-game suspension to head coach Urban Meyer, Day’s temporary promotion from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach moved his name to the front of college football headlines.Day said the experience, specifically last Saturday in Arlington, Texas against TCU, is one he will never forget.“Saturday night was a little surreal going through that, what a great atmosphere, it was almost like a bowl atmosphere just being there, so that was, that was one of those experiences we’ll look back on,” Day said. “It goes to show you what this place is and how powerful it is, and how fortunate my family and I are to be here.”After taking over for a three-time national champion, Day went 3-0 in his time at the helm, easily handling the likes of Oregon State and Rutgers, while handing the Buckeyes a statement win over a ranked opponent, defeating then-No. 15 TCU 40-28.The 3-0 record leaves Ohio State at No. 4, one spot higher than where it started, and exactly where Day said he wanted the team after he left: in a great spot for Meyer’s return.Going back to his original position, Day said it will be a bit of a weight off his shoulders.“It’s one less thing to worry about,” Day said. “But, you know, the job of coaching the quarterbacks and working with Kevin and the rest of the guys on the offense is still a major task, it takes a lot of work.”Day goes back to the offense after three weeks as the guy for Ohio State, and he comes back to a terrific situation. Day returns his focus to the quarterback room, where redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins has left any doubt of his capabilities.Throwing for more than 300 yards in two of his first three starts and earning 12 total touchdowns with only one interception, Haskins has stepped up and proven himself through the first three games of the season.This week, and against Tulane on Saturday, Day is on his way back to normal. But looking back at his tenure, he said his experience as head coach changed daily.“Every day it was a little different, honestly. I mean early on, it was overwhelming, and then every day it became a little bit more normal,” Day said. “Every day brought on a new challenge and there were certain things I wasn’t ready for, certain things I was ready for and I think every day was an opportunity for me to get an experience in that role.”Regardless of the controversy, what he did or didn’t know or what he did or didn’t do regarding the domestic violence allegations made against a former employee, Meyer is back. But Day more than handled his time as acting head coach, bringing Meyer back to the sideline with an undefeated Ohio State team with a top-10 offense in the nation.Now, Day will go back to being an offensive coordinator, joining Meyer on the sidelines for the rest of the season.He said, of all the moments through the first three weeks of the season, coming out of the tunnel at AT&T Stadium is the one that remains at the top.“Really, of all of the things on Saturday night, the greatest part was coming out of the tunnel that first time, and seeing the Ohio State fans there going crazy, I mean it was like, you had chills all over you, and, I mean, tingling like in your scalp, like just to see those guys going crazy for us,” Day said. “Really cool experience, something I won’t forget.” read more