New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard holds up a shirt during a press conference at Stamford Bridge in London on Thursday. Reuters
Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy.
Eden Hazard’s magnificent double earned Chelsea a 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday and moved Maurizio Sarri’s men up to third in the Premier League. Reports continue to link Hazard with a summer move to Real Madrid with the Belgian refusing to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge beyond 2020.
Arsenal will play Chelsea in the Europa League final after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the hat-trick that ended Valencia’s hopes of another dramatic European comeback on Thursday. Chelsea entered the Europa League final after scraping past Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 semi-final, second leg draw on Thursday.
The iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium witnessed the carnage of CSK bowlers, who were reduced to mere cannon fodders, as Rajasthan batsmen trampled over the ambitions, if any, of the toothless bowling attack.
KKR will open their IPL 13 campaign against the Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal remains ‘number one favourite’ for Roland Garros, rival Novak Djokovic said on Monday, despite saying the Spaniard’s last-eight exit at the Italian Open showed he can be beaten on clay.