Lampard x Chelsea

Lampard x Chelsea. Reunited.

In what could be the most nostalgic moment of the sporting calendar this year, it looks like Derby manager Frank Lampard could make a return to Chelsea in the dugout in the coming weeks.

The Englishman who made over 400 appearances for the London based club, has just guided his Derby side to the play-off final where he eventually lost out to Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side; resigning the Rams to another season in the second tier of English football.

Lampard has gained many plaudits this season, most notably for his perceived over achievement with an average Derby side made up of young, inexperienced players. Perhaps the reason for their downfall at Wembley not too long ago.

With Maurizio Sarri recently announced as manager of Juventus, it leaves a vacancy in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge that Lampard has long been touted to take. But could it be a step too far too soon for the Chelsea icon?

It is perhaps understandable that people may question Lampard’s managerial ability after only one season in the Championship. However, it must be remembered that he took over a Derby side that under former manager Gary Rowett played in a very different style to the one Super Frank implemented, yet within the ‘transitional’ season Lamps still guided them to a top six finish.

The rumours continue to float about on social media and in the INTERNATIONAL press, but time will tell. If Frank takes the job, it is likely he’ll be given the rarely afforded (especially at Chelsea) gift of time and guide them back to the dizzy heights of the top of the Premier League with the same ethics and style he has so heavily relied on at Derby.

United&Spurs x UCL

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United travel to Paris after they lost 0-2 to the French champions at Old Trafford three weeks ago.

It’s a mountain which even the club renowned for it’s comebacks won’t be expected to climb. United have 10 first team squad members missing with enigmatic Frenchman Paul Pogba, who was sent off in the loss in the first leg of the last 16 tie, among them.

Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were enough to stun United, who themselves expected to beat the Parisians due the absence of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier and Adrien Rabiot, but the impressive defence and silky attackers did the job for the French champions.

United have been doing superbly under Solskjaer, no one can deny that and impressive wins against Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea prove that the man known for United’s most famous comeback in the Champions League final of 1999 is no stranger to a big win and could possibly pull off the unlikely in Paris. But it will take a lot of effort from his very thin squad.

Dawson Football predicts: PSG 2-1 Manchester United.

Borussia Dortmund however have an even bigger mountain to climb, with Spurs leading the German side by three goals with no reply after an impressive display at Wembley.

A flurry of second half goals from Tottenham stunned BVB, and Spurs with their desire to win and hunger to get further in this competition out-played a Dortmund side that lack the attacking prowess to expose the back line of the English team.

Borussia’s star man Marco Reus is back on a more positive note for BVB, but the Bundesliga leaders did lose away to Augsburg on Saturday, and will need to improve massively in just a few days if they are to overturn a three goal deficit in the space of 90 minutes at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night.

Dawson Football predicts: Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur.