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EPL: Lampard reveals why Mount started in 4-0 defeat to Man Utd

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EPL: Lampard reveals why Mount started in 4-0 defeat to Man Utd

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has said Mason Mount started at Manchester United “on absolute merit”, following criticism from Jose Mourinho on Sunday.

Mourinho criticized Lampard’s decision to start the inexperienced Mount and Tammy Abraham at Old Trafford, after the Blues lost their Premier League opener 4-0.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Super Cup match against Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday, Lampard said 20-year-old Mount started on merit, adding he has “no fears” to field young players.

“With regards to the squad and picking experienced or inexperienced teams, I completely pick the best team to win the game regardless of age.

“It’s very important to have a competitive team.

“If young players have shown what they can do in training, and deserve their chance, for example Mason Mount deserves his chance completely on absolute merit as opposed to age, I will have no fears to play young players because it’s important for a club like Chelsea that we do that.

“They need to deserve their chance. In terms of how we set-up as a team, I liked our aggressive off-the-ball work against United, we won the ball back a lot, and it was more that we didn’t finish off our opportunities that we got from that that lost us the game.

“We have to be adaptable, respect the strengths of the opponent, and Liverpool is a different challenge than United. It doesn’t mean we are prepared to concede ground or defend our own box, but there may be subtle changes in how we approach.

“The main thing that has to stay is the intensity of our work-rate to win the ball back,” Lampard told a press conference.

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FIFA takes decision on transfer ban for Manchester City

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FIFA takes decision on transfer ban for Manchester City

FIFA have decided not to impose a transfer ban on Manchester City, despite finding the Premier League side guilty.

The English champions have instead being handed a fine of 370,000 Swiss Francs, which is equivalent to £314,670.

City’s offences relate to the transfers and registrations of players under the age of 18, which break FIFA’s overall regulatory framework.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

“Manchester City FC was found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

“The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000.

“The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“The decision issued by the Disciplinary Committee was notified today,” a FIFA statement read.

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UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea squad against Liverpool revealed [Full list]

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UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea squad against Liverpool revealed [Full list]

Chelsea have released their squad that will tackle Liverpool in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash in Turkey.

The UEFA Europa League winners released a list of 23 players to face the UEFA Champions League holders, according to Football London.

Frank Lampard’s men head to the game after their 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, while Liverpool defeated Norwich City 4-1.

Below is Chelsea’s squad against Liverpool:

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming, Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta, Fikayo Tomori, Kenedy, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian, Christian Pulisic, Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham.

The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.

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