Lampard ‘proud’ after ‘brutal’ sacking as Chelsea manager

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Lampard ‘proud’ after ‘brutal’ sacking as Chelsea manager

Frank Lampard has suggested that his sacking as Chelsea boss sums up the “brutal reality” of top-level football, but he is “proud” of the job he did.

spent a year and a half as Chelsea boss between 2019 and 2021. He took over at the start of the 2019/20 season after he enjoyed a successful term in charge of Derby County.

The Englishman was unable to bring in new signings that campaign as the Blues had a transfer ban. Instead, he had to rely on Chelsea’s youngsters.



The likes of Mason Mount and Reece James performed well as enjoyed a strong season as they finished fourth in the Premier League.

The Londoners spent big last summer. They brought in the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz for significant fees.

Chelsea started the term strongly but they dropped off at the start of 2021. Lampard was sacked after his side dropped down to ninth in the table.

As cited by , during the BBC’s coverage of , Lampard was asked how he feels now about being sacked. He insisted that he is “proud” of the job he did:

“Well obviously you never want to lose a job, I’m in pretty good company at Chelsea. It happens. It’s the brutal reality of football at the top level.

“With reflection, I’ve had a few months out now, it’s been nice to spend some time out of the game. I’m pretty proud of the job I did, it was an honour to manage the club.

“I came in at a tough time with the ban and the loss of Eden Hazard and worked really hard to get into the Champions League and Mason [Mount], developing the younger players was a huge deal to me.

“I’m happy. You don’t want to lose your job but it’s a huge experience for me.

“I will say when I watched [the Champions League final], first I’m a Chelsea person, Chelsea fans are happy and the club deserves.

“But secondly to see Mason and Reece perform at that level. People like Mendy, Thiago and Chilwell, who came in in my time makes me pretty proud. But again that’s a great achievement by them and well managed.”

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Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine: Dumfries grabs late winner

Holland made a dramatic return to major tournament football, snatching a late 3-2 victory over Ukraine having squandered a two-goal lead in their Euro 2020 opener.

The Netherlands had failed to qualify for the previous European Championships and the 2018 World Cup and began their return to the big stage looking like they were desperate to make up for lost time.

But having gone 2-0 up with less than an hour to go through Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst they collapsed, conceding twice in four minutes to Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk.



However, they were rescued by PSV defender Denzel Dumfries who headed home his first international goal at the far post with five minutes remaining, having earlier wasted a great chance with the game goalless.

side registered seven shots in the opening 15 minutes alone with two of their most experienced players, Mephis Depay and Wijnaldum, running the show.

But a combination of ineffective finishing and goalkeeper Georgiy Buschan meant they were frustrated for 52 minutes before the previously impeccable goalkeeper pushed Dumfries’ cross straight out to the former midfielder and he calmly passed the ball into the net for his 23rd goal in 76 appearances.

Coincidentally, the new Paris St Germain signing was the last player to score for Holland at a major tournament, 2,528 days ago at the 2014 World Cup.

Weghorst, who had been relatively ineffective, fired home his first international competitive goal seven minutes later but the celebrations in Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena were cut short when West Ham winger Yarmolenko curled home a brilliant effort before Yaremchuk’s powerful header levelled up the Group C encounter.

At that point there was the potential for the hosts to implode completely but the 25-year-old Dumfries picked the perfect time to open his Oranje account and make it a memorable return after a seven-year absence.

Such was their dominance De Boer’s side should have cruised to victory.

Lyon’s former Manchester United forward Depay set the tone with a one-man counter-attack from 15 yards inside his own half with barely two minutes on the clock, forcing the first of a number of saves from Buschan.

With both wing-backs in the 3-5-2 formation pushing on it was no surprise to see the right-sided Dumfries regularly appearing in the final third but there was no excuse for him missing a free header from Depay’s cross five minutes before the interval.

It was, merely, a prelude to what turned into an exciting finish in which Ukraine’s goalkeeper had played his part, making the save of the match as, wrong-footed, he stuck out a left hand to keep out Wijnaldum’s deflected first-half volley.

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