Ross Barkley has shed some light on Frank Lampard’s man-management skills, with Chelsea’s new boss having asked the England international to take more risks on the pitch in an effort to add more goals and assists to his game.Lampard, a former midfielder like Barkley, is Chelsea’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals in all competitions and is very much a role model for the former Everton man, having gone down in history as a Blues and England icon.With Eden Hazard having departed for Real Madrid in the summer, Lampard needs to replace the Belgian’s goals and is looking to players such as Barkley to further improve their game. And the £15 million ($18m) former Everton man has done well in pre-season, scoring twice in his last two games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now 25 years old, Barkley is hoping to get to the next level in the coming season under his new boss and is relishing every moment of working alongside a childhood hero.“As a kid at nine or 10 you get stickers of players, so to go from watching him on Match of the Day to playing with him for England and then have him as a manager… time flies! It shows anything can happen in football,” he said.“He’s been saying ‘express yourself on the pitch, take risks, don’t be too safe, shoot, try to create chances’. It’s something I can do and it’s what he has been putting into me in training and the pre-season games.“I’ve seen what he was capable of as a player when I played with him for England a few years ago. He has brought the work ethic that he had as a player to his management – we have been working really hard.“You don’t want to play in your shell. You want to be playing off the cuff sometimes to take chances and make something happen. That’s what players like myself, Mason, Ruben when he’s back… that’s what we want to express on the pitch.“As a player you can’t be too worried if you take a risk and whether it’s not going to come off. You have to try to make things happen and, hopefully, that’ll start happening on the pitch. I’m looking forward to taking my chances.“All managers are like that but some managers like discipline as well, which I have added from previous managers. It’s about getting the right balance and knowing on the pitch when is the right time to take risks.”Barkley has been wearing Lampard’s number 8 shirt since joining the Blues, but has been pushed further forward under his new gaffer into more of a number 10 role.The latest of Chelsea’s five pre-season matches was a 4-3 win away at Championship club Reading. They next face RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach before the first competitive game in the Premier League – a trip to Manchester United. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Next Reuters ManchesterJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 12:09 IST Manchester United have won their last 8 matches across competitions. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSolskjaer said for Manchester United, the aim should always be a Premier League winManchester United are still in contention in the FA Cup, will face Chelsea in 5th roundManchester United are currently placed sixth in the Premier League tableManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he will not be satisfied with a top-four finish in the Premier League as he targets success in two cup competitions in the second half of the season.Sixth-placed United have won all six league games since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho to close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea from 11 points to three, while they are still in the FA Cup and Champions League contentions.”For Man Utd you should always aim to win the league,” he told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s league clash against Burnley.”We can’t do that this year, but we have to get back to the challenge. We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say we’ve got top four and that is it.”United’s last trophy – the Europa League – came in 2017 but they have not won the Premier League since former coach Alex Ferguson’s final season at Old Trafford in 2012-13.Although Solskjaer admits a league title challenge is unrealistic this season, he backs the squad to catch Tottenham Hotspur, who are seven points ahead in third place.”We are sixth at the moment, so we are a way off the top teams. We are challenging to be top three at the moment,” the Norwegian added. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United need to be ready to challenge for Premier League trophy next season. (Reuters Photo)”It’s about reorganising and just starting next season to be ready to challenge and get more points.”advertisementUnited will play defending champions Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Febuary 16, four days after they take on French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.UNITED VS CHELSEA IN FA CUPHolders Chelsea have been drawn to face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round, a repeat of last year’s final.With Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool already out of the competition, Monday’s draw means that, at most, only two of the top six will progress to the quarter-finals.Chelsea won last year’s final at Wembley 1-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard penalty.Giant-killers Newport County, who play in League Two (fourth tier), could face Premier League champions Manchester City if they can win their replay against Middlesbrough.Newport, who have already knocked out top-flight Leicester City, drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough on Saturday and host the replay on Feb. 5.Doncaster Rovers, who play in League One (third tier) and are in the fifth round for the first time in 63 years, will host Premier League Crystal Palace.League One AFC Wimbledon, who knocked out top-flight West Ham United, take on Championship (second-tier) Millwall, who eliminated Everton in the fourth round.Also Read | Manchester United not satisfied despite winning run, says David de GeaAlso Read | Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says Sala tragedy most difficult week of his careerAlso Read | Solskjaer delighted with ‘classic’ Manchester United display in FA Cup vs ArsenalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Premier leagueFollow FA CupFollow UEFA Champions League Solskjaer has eyes on trophies, top 3 finish in Premier League for Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United are looking to challenge for a top 3 finish in Premier League and aim for trophies in FA Cup and Champions League.advertisement
Mr. Ban told reporters that he had “a frank and honest exchange of views” last Thursday about these subjects during a telephone conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, where the runner-up candidate in January’s presidential elections, General Sarath Fonseka, was subsequently arrested for alleged “military offences” and the parliament was dissolved.The Secretary-General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have both voiced concern about the situation in the island nation, and Mr. Ban said last month that the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe will soon head to the island nation for talks with senior Government officials.Speaking at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban said today that he was “concerned with the lack of progress of the joint statement,” particularly political reconciliation, the condition of IDPs and the need for an accountability process.Government forces defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May last year, ending a civil war that had flared on and off for more than two decades. The conflict left hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced.“I made clear to President Rajapaksa that I intend to move forward on a group of experts which will advise me on setting the broad parameters and standards on the way ahead on establishing accountability concerning Sri Lanka,” Mr. Ban said.That accountability concerns possible breaches of international humanitarian law or abuses of human rights carried out during the conflict. 8 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concerns about the lack of progress on political reconciliation, the treatment of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the setting up of an accountability process in Sri Lanka since the United Nations signed a joint statement with the Government last year in the wake of the end of its civil war with separatist Tamil rebels.