Lampard convinced exciting times ahead for Chelsea after new signings | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Frank Lampard is convinced about the quality of Chelsea’s summer signings.Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden and Thorgan Hazard and Marko Marin have all arrived since the end of last season.

Frank Lampard is convinced about the quality of Chelsea‘s summer signings.

Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden and Thorgan Hazard and Marko Marin have all arrived since the end of last season.

“This year maybe we are slightly different because we have more new young players coming in so there might not be the settled togetherness that we had on the pitch at that side because we had been together a long time but there is an excitement about our team as well and that’s probably the main difference,” Lampard told chelseafc.com.

“Everyone is trying to impress, and you never lose that in pre-season, there’s not one manager I’ve met yet who will close the door on any player. We are all playing for our season at this stage trying to show Robbie that we are fit and ready regardless of last year. We have to perform at a high level to stay in the team because of the quality of the squad we have.”

Chelsea boss Di Matteo disappointed with MLS Allstars defeat | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo was disappointed to lose to the MLS Allstars.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo was disappointed to lose to the MLS Allstars.

Chelsea had come from behind to lead in Philadelphia, only to concede an equaliser and then an injury-time winner against the pick of the US league, which included both David Beckham and Thierry Henry.

“We’re disappointed with the result, we are always looking to win and we were a little bit stretched in the second half,” Di Matteo told chelseafc.com. “I made some changes and the team was maybe not as together as in the first half where it was a bit more settled.

“The MLS team looked very sharp and were obviously in season so looked sharper than us. For us it was important to get players on the pitch and as many minutes as possible. We have to look to improve the way we play a little bit but I was happy with the play in the first half and it was a good test for us.”

Chelsea boss Di Matteo admits new signings will force tactical change | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo admits he faces a test to find the right balance in midfield after their rash of summer signings.

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo admits he faces a test to find the right balance in midfield after their rash of summer signings.

Oscar becomes the fourth young attacking midfielder to have joined the club this summer, following Kevin De Bruyne, Eden and Thorgan Hazard and Marko Marin, and Di Matteo admits it will be a challenge to bring balance to the line-up, though the signing can only help our push for honours.

“It will be a challenge to make sure we have the right balance within the team so we will have to see how we fit the team together with all the players.

“The club has always been competitive, looking to improve, get better and fight at the top end of the league so it will only give us a better chance in the Premier League.”

Sunderland waiting for Gyan to make promised donation to Charity Foundation | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Sunderland are waiting for a promised donation to their Charity Foundation from former striker Asamoah Gyan.

Sunderland are waiting for a promised donation to their Charity Foundation from former striker Asamoah Gyan.

The Daily Mail reports the former African footballer of the year, and Sunderland’s record signing, was allowed to join UAE club Al-Ain in a £200,000-a-week tax-free deal at the beginning of last season.

As part of the lucrative move, Gyan agreed to make a sizeable donation to the club’s own community scheme which has ploughed millions into the region through education and football programmes for the last nine years.

Gyan, whose total earnings in the last year will top £10.4million, has failed to pay the donation, believed to be in the region of £100,000.

A club spokesperson confirmed: “The donation has not been received to date, however we are hopeful that this is merely an oversight on the part of Asamoah and his representatives.

“The Foundation does a tremendous amount of work with young people in the North East region and a donation of this kind will help to fund some fantastic programmes and support youngsters from some of the most vulnerable areas of society.”

Tottenham rival QPR for Liverpool youngster Sterling | Transfers | Tribal Football

Tottenham are interested in Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.The teen is set to be made available for loan this season.

Tottenham are interested in Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.

The teen is set to be made available for loan this season.

The Daily Mail says Spurs maintain an interest in Liverpool winger Sterling, 17, who is wanted on loan by QPR.

Liverpool swooping for Wolves keeper De Vries | Transfers | Tribal Football

Liverpool are swooping for Wolves goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.The Daily Mail says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is poised to sign keeper De Vries in a £750,000 deal.

Liverpool are swooping for Wolves goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.

The Daily Mail says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is poised to sign keeper De Vries in a £750,000 deal.

De Vries, 31, joined Wolves on a free transfer last summer.

Great Britain womens skipper Stoney shocked by Olympics snub from Tottenham's Bale | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Great Britain Womens captain Casey Stoney is surprised Tottenham ace Gareth Bale has skipped the Olympics.

Great Britain Womens captain Casey Stoney is surprised Tottenham ace Gareth Bale has skipped the Olympics.

The Wales winger made a goalscoring return for Tottenham on the club’s US tour despite declaring himself unfit for Olympic duty.

After leading her team to victory over New Zealand in GB women’s Olympic debut, captain Stoney, of Lincoln Ladies, said: “I don’t understand it — he wouldn’t want to miss this.

“We’ve been in close contact with the guys and they’re as overwhelmed by this as we are. They’re amazed and ecstatic as well.

“Don’t think just because they’re pros they’re not (ecstatic) because, speaking to them, they really are.

“It was a dream come true today. You have so many ups and downs in your career and you have to fight so many obstacles, especially as a female playing football. Nobody’s had it easy. You don’t get to the top by taking it easy.”