Chelsea boss Frank Lampard disappointed not to claim victory on his Stamford Bridge return

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Frank Lampard admitted managing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was the “stuff of dreams” but was disappointed his homecoming was not marked with a win.

The former midfielder, who played close to 650 games for the Blues, was taking charge at home for the first time since his summer appointment but had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Leicester.

After a 4-0 loss at Manchester United last week and a penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup in midweek, Lampard is still to taste victory and, as good as their first-half display was against the Foxes, their second-half struggle highlights the size of the task he faces.

It had seemed like a win was written in the stars as, after the pageantry of his arrival into the dugout, with chants of ‘Super Frank Lampard’ ringing around the stadium and banners held aloft, Mason Mount gave Chelsea a deserved early lead.

But Leicester, orchestrated by the impressive James Maddison, showed why they are tipped to make a challenge for the top six this season as Wilfred Ndidi made up for an error in the build-up to Chelsea’s goal with the equaliser after the break.

Lampard said: “It felt great, it is a special moment for me to come back to the club and manage them at Stamford Bridge, of course it is the stuff of dreams.

“For me it is a huge thing, but my focus today was on the match and trying to win.

“Thanks very much to the fans, I appreciate that, but I am here to do a job and here to try and win for the club and we can do better than we did today.

“We can do better than we did for 60 minutes today and we will do for sure.”

Lampard is the first Chelsea manager since Rafael Benitez seven years ago not to win any of his first three games in charge, but he is expecting patience.

“It’s a results business,” he added. “It’s strange because the performance against Manchester United overall made me happier than today even though it was a 4-0 result. We need both.

“There were frustrations. If there were frustrations in the crowd, there were frustrations in the team and on the bench.”

“We’re working in one way here and we want to do well. We know that in the circumstances that there are some tough elements this year.

“We couldn’t bring players in, I couldn’t as a new manager bring any players to help push the way I’m thinking, we lost Eden (Hazard) and he was so pivotal to this club.

“I think everyone’s understanding of that and we will be patient, but again I don’t want to use that as the huge factor.”

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Moving to Arsenal underlines my ambition, insists David Luiz

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David Luiz insists he chose the difficult option by leaving Chelsea to join rivals Arsenal during the summer.

The 32-year-old made his Gunners debut in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Burnley having swapped west London for north London.

New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who had played alongside Luiz at Stamford Bridge, allowed the Brazil international to leave as he was not part of his plans.

Luiz was warmly welcomed to the Emirates Stadium as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved enough to see off Burnley, who had equalised through in-form Ashley Barnes.

Luiz is expected to become a big part of Unai Emery’s plans for the campaign, playing alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos as he did at the weekend, and the South American is raring to go for a new chapter in his career.

“I am a guy with ambition and that is why I moved,” he said.

“I could choose a comfortable zone and get money and be cool and that is it. But I like a new a challenge and new things in my life.

“This is what gives me oxygen and gives me motivation and also to really enjoy this moment of my life. One day football will finish and you have to try to do things and improve every day as one day I will miss football.

“I am trying to be first honest with my heart and honest in the way that to try to feel new things. Everyone knows I was so happy at Chelsea and won many trophies there and had a real honest conversation with Lamps, and Lamps had different ideas for his plans for the year.

“So the best way for me to respect the club where I can was to move on and try to do a new challenge. And give him the opportunity to do his job.”

Luiz’s last game for Chelsea was last season’s 4-1 Europa League final win over his new employers as the former Paris St Germain defender lifted his sixth major honour in two spells at the club.

Now he wants to use his experience to help Arsenal get back amongst the elite – and feels it is all about the squad having belief in their capabilities to do so.

“In life you have to believe, if you don’t try things you are never going to know if you can do it or not,” he added.

“My philosophy on life is to be positive and to be a dreamer. But understand to dream is one thing and to achieve your dream you have a lot to do.

“I have my health, I can dream and we can fight for something big. That is always going to be my speech to everyone – it is possible for us and everybody.

“It is up to the team, the team is going to dream more, the team is going to prepare better, understand the game and that is it.”

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Premier League: Leicester leave Lampard feeling the 'blues' and other things learned from week two

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More dropped points for Chelsea and Lampard.

Liverpool and Arsenal lead the Premier League with the only 100 percent records after two games as VAR and Tottenham denied Manchester City in a 2-2 draw.

Frank Lampard is still waiting for his first win as Chelsea manager as the Blues were left holding on for a 1-1 draw with Leicester, while Norwich and Sheffield United got their first victories back in the top flight.

Here, we look at three things we learned from the second weekend of the English top-fight season:

Leicester give Lampard plenty to ponder

Frank Lampard was greeted as a returning hero when the Chelsea boss emerged from the tunnel ahead of his first home game.

But 90 minutes later the mood was decidedly gloomier at Stamford Bridge after Leicester earned a share of the points that left the Blues legend with plenty of work to do.

Battered by Manchester United in their Premier League opener and beaten by Liverpool on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup, Chelsea were in need of a morale-boosting success against the Foxes.

They looked well on course after young midfielder Mason Mount marked his home debut with his first goal for the club in the seventh minute.

Mount, an attacking midfielder in Lampard’s mould, had impressed under the Chelsea boss during their time together at second-tier Derby last season.

But the 20-year-old was one of the few positives for Chelsea as they faded badly after their bright start.

Perhaps fatigued by their midweek trip to Istanbul, Chelsea were lucky not to lose after Wilfred Ndidi’s equaliser, leaving Lampard with plenty of food for thought as he chases that elusive first win.

Chelsea were lucky to walk away with a point in the end.

Chelsea were lucky to walk away with a point in the end.

Norwich’s Pukki party

Of the three promoted clubs, Aston Villa were the big spenders, splashing over £100 million in the transfer market.

However, it is Sheffield United and Norwich who have made a brighter start to the season.

Norwich spent just over one million in the transfer window, but trusted in the likes of Teemu Pukki to make the step up to the Premier League.

Last season’s top scorer in the Championship already has four in two games in the top flight after becoming the first Norwich player in 26 years to score a Premier League hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Sheffield United were also worthy 1-0 winners against a toothless Crystal Palace in the first Premier League game at Bramall Lane for 12 years on Sunday.

By contrast, Villa’s first home game back in the big time ended in a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth with two of their 12 signings Tom Heaton and Douglas Luiz at fault for the Cherries two goals inside the first 12 minutes.

Pukki's three goals set up a superb win for Norwich.

Pukki’s three goals set up a superb win for Norwich.

No slip in City’s standards

Manchester City have become a relentless winning machine under Pep Guardiola in the past two seasons, yet despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham on Saturday, the Catalan lauded the Premier League champions’ performances as the best of his tenure at the Etihad.

City dominated the Champions League finalists with 30 shots on goal to Tottenham’s three and would have scored an injury-time winner through Gabriel Jesus but for the intervention of VAR.

“Better than this I don’t know if it is possible,” said Guardiola, normally known as an arch-perfectionist.

The manner in which City conceded two soft goals to Erik Lamela’s long-range effort and Lucas Moura’s header from a corner will give those hoping to end Guardiola’s men’s reign as champions hope.

But on the evidence of the first two weeks of the season after a 5-0 thrashing of West Ham, there appears no slipping of City’s standards.

City still look like the team to beat.

City still look like the team to beat.

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