Frank Lampard 'sacked' LIVE: Tuchel favourite to replace him as Chelsea boss, players 'told NOT to attend training'

FRANK LAMPARD will be sacked as Chelsea manager TODAY, according to reports.

The club's record scorer has been under pressure in recent weeks, and faces the axe one day after their FA Cup win over Luton.

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  • Joe Brophy

    TWITS

    An ill-timed tweet from Chelsea has sent their fans into overdrive following reports that Frank Lampard is set to be sacked.

  • Joe Brophy

    DAY-UM IT

    Manchester United have received a blow in their pursuit of RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano as Chelsea have reportedly contacted him about a transfer.

    United were said to be front-runners to land the 22-year-old for £55million this month.

    But they could now be pipped by the Blues to the post, according to German outlet Kicker.

  • Joe Brophy

    TUCH AND GO

    Frank Lampard is to be sacked by Chelsea and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, according to sensational reports.

    The Blues boss has come under increasing pressure after a horror start to the Premier League season.

    Sky Sports claim Thomas Tuchel is set to take over from Lampard with a deal 'almost done'.

  • Joe Brophy

    BREAKING NEWS

    Frank Lampard is reportedly set be sacked by Chelsea.

    The Telegraph claim confirmation could come as soon as today.

    The report added that Chelsea players were told not to report to the training ground until this afternoon.

  • Joe Brophy

    WERNING LIGHT

    Frank Lampard told Chelsea forward Timo Werner to keep his head up after the German drew another blank in the FA Cup.

    He told talkSPORT: “To keep his head up. It’s clear the goals haven’t been going in for him. We’ve been getting him in front of goal a lot but there are periods in your career and life where it doesn’t quite go for you and maybe the penalty is the pinnacle of that.

    “Everything else he gave in the game. He was despondent at the end but I told him to keep his head up for those last few minutes because he showed a lot of intention, running in behind, getting in areas and giving a threat.

    “Teams will be scared of Timo Werner when they are playing and he’s playing on your shoulder and wants to run in behind because we’ve seen him do it.

    “That’s what has made him the player that we brought to the club.

    “It’s my job to lift his head up, and his teammates to support him. We’ve all been there. I’ve missed plenty of penalties in my career and the important thing is to bounce back.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DAN AND OUT

    Danny Drinkwater could miss his debut in Turkish football on Monday after suffering a freak swimming pool injury.

    The midfielder has joined Istanbul club Kasimpasa on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.

    In preparations for Monday afternoon’s home game with Sivasspor, he picked up the injury – believed to be a muscle problem – during an official club session at the pool.

    It will be a blow for Drinkwater, 30, if he misses the game as he is hoping to prove a point after a rotten few years in English football.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAGIC OF MALDINI

    Fikayo Tomori has revealed how a conversation with legendary defender Paolo Maldini convinced him to join AC Milan.

    Maldini, who is the technical director at the Italian side, played more than 900 times for the European giant before retiring and joining the backroom staff.

    Tomori told the club's website: "When I first got the call, I was a bit… I wouldn’t say confused, but I was surprised! I spoke to Paolo Maldini.

    "The best defender to ever play football was talking to me and asking me to come, so from there I knew that this is where I wanted to come and play football and to learn from him as well. I’m very happy to be here now.

    "Paolo Maldini, the best defender that ever played! When I was young and I was [playing as] a striker or a midfielder, Kaka was someone that I really enjoyed watching, [Clarence] Seedorf as well.

    "To be able to put on the shirt that they wore is a huge honour and if I have half the success that they had, I’ll have a good time here."

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Tammy Abraham struck a hat-trick to send Chelsea into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

    A trip to Barnsley awaits after the 3-1 win over Luton.

    The Championship club were unhappy with the nature of the first goal after Chelsea used a ball sat by the side of the pitch for a quick throw-in, rather than the ball kicked into touch.

    However, there were still negatives for the Blues.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga flapped at a shot for Luton’s goal and Timo Werner missed a late penalty.

    Frank Lampard said of his ailing striker: “I’m disappointed for him. He gave a lot to the performance today.

    “He was a threat behind, his link up with Tammy, his link up with people around him, it’s just one of those things. When it’s not going for you, it can happen. I missed penalties, I know the feeling.

    “I know he will feel despondent, maybe now and the last few minutes of the game, but he shouldn’t be. It’s my job and his teammates’ job to lift him and he will be fine.”

    The win will relieve some pressure on Lampard with Brendan Rodgers reportedly eyed to replace him.

    Leicester’s title charge is impressing Stamford Bridge bigwigs, according to the Sunday Mirror.

    And Fikayo Tomori has revealed a chat with Paolo Maldini was key to his decision to join AC Milan.

    The Chelsea loanee said: “It’s a club with great history, this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down

    “I was surprised, when I spoke to Paolo Maldini, the best defender who has ever played football, I knew this was where I wanted to be and where I wanted to play football.

    “I am very happy to be here now.”

  • Marc Mayo

    PRIZE MONEY

    Chelsea are into the fifth round of the FA Cup…

    Let’s check out what’s up for grabs if they go all the way.

  • Marc Mayo

    MARK YOUR DIARIES

    Some very big Premier League clashes coming up in the month ahead…

  • Marc Mayo

    MAN OF THE MATCH

    It was a very lovely Sunday for this fella.

  • Marc Mayo

    NEXT UP

    Chelsea face Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup after today's win.

    The trip to Oakwell takes place on the midweek commencing February 9.

    The Blues won their Carabao Cup meeting earlier this season 6-0 but lost in a famous FA Cup tie in Yorkshire back in March 2008.

  • Marc Mayo

    POSITIVE SPIN

    Frank Lampard was keen to point out Chelsea’s decent run of results amid the pressure heaped on his back.

    Today’s beating of Luton made it three wins in four – albeit with two of those in the FA Cup at home to lower league opposition.

    The manager told the club media: “That’s three wins in four games, I’m happy to quote that one because in the modern day people will very much look at these short-term stats and they can be flipped in different directions. 

    “It’s nice for us in the short-term that we have done that. You’re talking about two cup games, a league game that we won and one that we lost and at a big club like Chelsea the scrutiny is normal.

    “The good thing for us to do is not to get too caught up in how many games we won recently or where we’re at in the table. 

    “When you’re off it slightly, which we have been, the focus can only be on changing the form and I thought today the individual uplifts in form and the collective uplift in form was a big positive. So I’m very happy with that side.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ANOTHER ONE FOR THE COLLECTION

  • Marc Mayo

    SOMETHING TO IMPROVE ON

    Frank Lampard was largely happy with Chelsea’s performance today.

    But, the Blues boss felt that the lack of a clean sheet is a disappointment.

    He said: “We got it right in pretty much every sense other than two sloppy moments, one for their goal, one to give them a chance, but other than that everything was nailed on.

    “It was a general team moment of complacency at how comfortable we were at 2-0, which is not good enough. 

    “We got back from that quickly, we dominated the game, all that made it was slightly nervous that we didn’t have the two-goal lead that makes it very comfortable. 

    “Once we got that back again, which we should have got a lot earlier, then the game was comfortable.”

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    BARKING MAD

    Jamie Carragher believes Ross Barkley will have been unhappy with his treatment during Aston Villa’s win on Saturday night.

    The Chelsea loanee was subbed off and Sky pundit Carragher felt he and Jack Grealish would have felt hard done by.

    He said: “Two of them will be muttering saying, ‘the manager doesn’t know what he’s doing. What’s he doing taking us off?’.

    “He’ll be alright when he gets back to the dressing room. Another three points for them.”

  • Marc Mayo

    MOUNT DELIGHT

    Mason Mount has spoken of his pride at captaining Chelsea today.

    In a heartwarming social media post, he shared pictures of himself in Blues kit as a lad and today, with the armband.

  • Marc Mayo

    MOUNTING A CHALLENGE

    David Coote was shown the red card on social media after he TACKLED Mason Mount as the Chelsea midfielder prepared to shoot against Luton in the FA Cup today.

    Fans fumed as statuesque Coote unwittingly did a better of stopping England star Mount than many Premier League defenders have managed.

    Mason cut back sharply onto his left foot just outside the box – but straight into Coote, who was doing an awkward-looking 180-degree turn when caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The ref immediately blew up and raised his hands in front of him to admit his mishap.

  • Marc Mayo

    TOM OF THE WORLD

    Fikayo Tomori has spoken of Paolo Maldini’s influence in bringing the defender to AC Milan.

    Loaned out by Chelsea, he called it a ‘surprise’ to hear of the Rossoneri’s interest.

    The centre-back said: “It’s a club with great history, this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down

    “I was surprised, when I spoke to Paolo Maldini, the best defender who has ever played football, I knew this was where I wanted to be and where I wanted to play football.

    “I am very happy to be here now.”

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    NOT HIS TIM

    Frank Lampard has given his thoughts on Timo Werner after the German missed a penalty against Luton.

    The boss said: "I’m disappointed for him. He gave a lot to the performance today.

    "He was a threat behind, his link up with Tammy, his link up with people around him, it’s just one of those things. When it’s not going for you, it can happen. I missed penalties, I know the feeling.

    "I know he will feel despondent, maybe now and the last few minutes of the game, but he shouldn’t be. It’s my job and his teammates’ job to lift him and he will be fine.

    "It was almost a sign of what’s going on for Timo at the minute, it’s not quite dropping for him. But there will be a time when he takes penalties without thinking about it and hits the back of the net without thinking about it.

    "At the moment that’s not quite the time for Timo, but it will come and hopefully soon."

  • Marc Mayo

    JON'T GO THERE

    Nathan Jones has hit out at Chelsea's first goal – which came after the Blues used a different ball to the one that had been kicked out of play.

    The Luton boss said: “The reason the ball’s are on the sidelines is because if they go into the top of the stand, there’s no crowd there to throw it back, so you use another ball, but there’s no multi-ball.

    “I asked the referee if it was multi-ball and he just kept quoting the rule book to me, so I have no idea, I couldn't get clarification.

    “I waited 30 minutes and he actually got changed and has gone, so I’m baffled, I don’t know what's going on as I did not know."

  • Marc Mayo

    MOUNT A CHALLENGE

    Catch Simon Phillips’ verdict on Chelsea’s game today.

    As has been the case in recent weeks, Mason Mount continues to earn top praise, this time for his role as a potential leader in the club.

    Check out Simon’s column here.

  • Marc Mayo

    SHAKE THE FROST OFF

    A bitingly cold day in West London…

    And one red-hot striker to thaw off those frozen limbs.

  • Marc Mayo

    PLAYER RATINGS

    A couple of 8/10s, a nine and even a four…

    Check out how Simon Phillips rated each player from today's game here.

  • Craig Mahood

    GILMOUR LOAN, POSSIBLE

    Frank Lampard refused to rule out a loan deal being struck that would see Billy Gilmour go out for more minutes.

    The young Scot was brilliant again for Chelsea today and had a big hand in the third goal.

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