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.
Australia seized the advantage on the opening day of the first Test when they bowled Pakistan out for 240 just before stumps at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday.
Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Delaney has been ruled out of the squad until January after being injured as the Bundesliga’s giants prepare to take on strugglers Paderborn on Friday.
Pep Guardiola is looking to put Manchester City faltering campaign back on track after the defending champions were defeated by Liverpool last week. Guardiola had a full week