Lampard: Chelsea don’t need a Drogba despite goalscoring issues

first_imgChelsea have scored the fewest goals of any of the top-six sides in each of the last two seasons and have since lost top scorer Eden Hazard, with new manager Frank Lampard admitting that goals could be a problem going forward. The new Blues boss is searching for his first win away at Norwich City this weekend after failing to find a victory in his first three competitive games in charge. Lampard has experimented with both Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham upfront, while Michy Batshuayi is being kept at the club after his loan spell at Crystal Palace. But Lampard doesn’t believe his three strikers should be required to carry the load alone.   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? Instead, the former midfielder is hoping to get contributions throughout the team as his side looks for the right answers in front of goal.  “Look at Liverpool. Across the front three, they scored 60-something goals last season between the three of them but every team is its own entity and it doesn’t have to be one way to win a game or to score a goal,” Lampard told reporters. “We have to score from different areas of the pitch and that’s pretty clear. We need to score more goals at this moment, for sure. That’s work for the squad. We will have to find it among the group. “I know those stats and I know how many goals Eden Hazard was part of, in terms of scoring and assisting. So, they are facts that are real and ones we have to try to address with work. Which means, can we score goals from other areas of the pitch? “Can we be more clinical upfront? And then the challenge is clear for the strikers and the attacking players. Can you be the players to score those goals? Because I agree the top teams in the league tend to have players that are scoring regularly. “They do win games that are tight, who do make you clear in games in good periods, that you score enough goals to put the game to bed. And that’s a challenge for us because it’s something we aren’t doing and we need to do.” Lampard, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, admitted that replacing Hazard would be particularly difficult. The Belgian provided 16 goals in the Premier League last season to go with 15 assists as Chelsea finished third behind only Manchester City and Liverpool. “The Eden thing, we all know the reliance in terms of his output was huge and he is in the top bracket of players in world football, attacking players in world football, so you have to accept that,” he said. “But I haven’t considered that, and the players should just play as they play. There is enough quality in this team to win games for sure without Eden. “I understand certainly [Mateo] Kovacic, he has the ability and quality in his game and talent to chip in with goals, but I can’t ask them to be all things in one at one point, [like expecting] Jorginho to set the tempo from midfield and knock in 10 goals a season. “That would be tough. But as a team and from the wide areas and certainly from the striking areas, if players like Mason [Mount] and Ross [Barkley] have those attributes. Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] when he was in the team last year has those sorts of attributes. “Those players, of course, I would ask for a contribution from them. Goals are important from the modern midfield player to try to reach double figures and more. I have belief in Tammy and Oli and Michy, our wide players, from midfield. to score goals. “It is certainly not the way we should be looking at it, ‘I wish we had a Didier Drogba.’ No, this is 2019. We need to try and score goals and look at the problem ahead of us.” Lampard forwardsChelsea’s rivals Man United missed a decisive penalty on Monday which would have likely seen them earn another three points. Paul Pogba took the ball off Marcus Rashford, who had just struck from the spot against Chelsea one week early. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since come out and said that the pair are allowed to discuss who takes the penalty with no preferred taker between them. Lampard has gone for a different approach than his opposite number and has a clear penalty taker at Chelsea. He is no stranger to penalty controversy though. having argued with Paulo Di Canio at West Ham and Drogba at Chelsea over them during his playing career. “The Di Canio situation, I think he had been injured, I had taken one and scored it, and he came back into the team and he was the man,” Lampard added. “Probably quite rightly he took the ball in the end there. I was probably trying to make a little mark and I got put in my place by Di Canio, which was fine. “That was a little lesson there. And actually, it happened a few years later with Didier at Chelsea, and we had a penalty and me and Didier are like that, we are very close, and it was dealt with very quickly. “I watched the game and I saw the comments around it on the television straight after, and I can see all sides of that story. It can happen. People feel competitive, feel confident in the moment, where you have a penalty taker and you also have a second pen taker if things happen in games. “I think it is really important to do that, especially if you are really confident, and someone is your man. But that is not always the case. So, it is very easy to comment from the outside, where you have a couple of players that are vying for it and that are confident in games then you can have issues. The issues only arrive when the ball does not go into the net.”last_img read more

Butterfield & Robinson covers more ground by water with Rhine River Cruise Biking

first_imgB&R extends Uniworld partnership with multi-country Western Europe tour beginning May 2018   TORONTO, May 24, 2017 – Expanding its luxury river cruise portfolio, Butterfield & Robinson, the world’s premier active travel company, announces Rhine River Cruise Biking 2018. Departing from Basel, Switzerland with port stops through France and Germany, the eight day trip explores terraced wine regions, medieval castles and UNESCO heritage sites along 1,000 kilometres of historical river bends and bike trails. Rhine River Cruise Biking is the latest in a partnership between B&R and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line. “In addition to unique, unforgettable active travel itineraries, B&R is committed to providing travellers with cultural experiences underscored with luxurious settings,” says Norman Howe, president & CEO, Butterfield & Robinson. “As such, we’re very pleased to encourage our travellers to ‘unpack once’ as they make their home aboard Uniworld’s luxury fleet of beautifully-designed ships for a week of active travel.” The newly announced biking tour also complements B&R and Uniworld itineraries along the Danube and Rhône rivers, launched earlier in 2016 and offering unprecedented onboard comfort, fine dining, personalization and first-class service. “We partnered with Butterfield & Robinson to fulfill our shared desire to provide guests with unforgettable and unique travel experiences,” said Ellen Bettridge, president & CEO, Uniworld. “In 2018, we continue to expand this partnership across more of Uniworld’s most popular Rhine itineraries, pairing the best of river cruising with curated and active exploration by bike.” The voyage by port and pedal includes a stay aboard the S.S. Antoinette, Uniworld’s first “Super Ship” with 67 uniquely designed staterooms and nine suites. Daily biking excursions will lead travellers through the Black Forest and Wiese Valley in Germany, along the river to Obernai and Strasbourg and to the colourful foothills of the Vosges Mountains in France. The last stops through Heidelberg, Koblenz and Cologne reinforce the reach of the Rhine, a former trade route dating back a millennium. “Not only can our travellers immerse themselves in touring the cities and valleys along the Rhine, but we’ve designed an unbeatable week of biking routes,” said Chris Mark, director, Central & Eastern Europe, B&R. “Cyclists can choose their level of activity and still enjoy the well-deserved renaissance of this ancient trade route, its attractive landscapes and friendly residents.” Rhine River Cruise Biking Highlights • Explore Germany’s Black Forest and Wiese Valley, as well as France’s Alsatian wine country by bike within the first two days. Both days offer hillier routes, while the latter has rewarding views of the Vosges foothills.• Ride a gorgeous uphill loop to the panoramic Chapelle des Larmes on Mount St-Odile in Obernai, enjoy a glass of locally-brewed Kronenbourg in the Alsacian capital of Strasbourg, and marvel at the famous, soaring Notre-Dame cathedral.• Glide through the lush valley of Neckar River en route to Heidelberg, itself a UNESCO heritage site for its Old Town, medieval castle and eye-catching baroque architecture.• Following a quick visit to Johannisberg Castle and its winery in gorgeous Middle Rhine, cyclists have the choice of embarking on a 106 km Century Ride along a flat riverside lane all the way from Rüdesheim to Boppard. Activity Level • Recreational: Much of the riding on this trip will be on the flat Rhine biking path, however hillier routes may present challenges, especially on Day 2 and Day 6.• Daily cycling options are available for travellers, including more casual downhill and riverside routes to rewarding climbs through western Germany, as well as an option for a Century Ride on Day 6. Accommodation • Guests will spend seven nights aboard Uniworld’s elegant S.S. Antoinette in a stateroom of their choosing, serviced by the ship’s crew of 57. Built in 2011, the S.S. Antoinette’s rooms are all uniquely decorated and all B&R cabins have French balconies to accommodate endless town and riverside views.• The restaurant aboard the S.S. Antoinette uses fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients and offers a breathtaking panoramic backdrop. The ship’s luxurious décor features fine Brazilian marble, 19th-century Venetian glass and a collection of original artwork. Availability • The 8 day / 7 night Rhine River Cruise Biking tour runs in May, June and September 2018, from US$6,995, with single supplements starting at US$1,700.• For more information or to download the itinerary, visit  About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Uniworld Boutique River Cruise—the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line—features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, exclusive excursions, gourmet cuisine, and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers truly all-inclusive itineraries in Europe, as well as voyages in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, India, and Egypt—a total of 22 rivers in 26 countries worldwide. In 2018, Uniworld will launch U by Uniworld, a new brand designed exclusively for 21 to 45 year old adventure seekers, featuring two renovated ships that will sail to cities such as Amsterdam, Budapest and Paris. Uniworld is a member of CLIA and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts, having most recently been named the #1 River Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 readers’ survey.About Butterfield & Robinson As the world’s premier active travel company, Butterfield & Robinson has been designing incredible journeys in the world’s most amazing placesfor over 50 years. From the start, B&Rhas encouragedtravellers to “Slow down to see the world,” executing itinerariesfocused on activity, adventure and cultural immersion for generationsofguests.Withoffices in Canada,France and Italy, B&R offersover90 innovative itineraries in 60 destinations worldwide. Formore information visit Media contact:Johnny SantillyButterfield & Robinson1-800-678-1147 x [email protected]last_img read more