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Chelsea manager Lampard looking forward to Real Madrid encounter: “Anything can happen”



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Chelsea surprised everyone by appointing Frank Lampard as the interim manager after sacking Graham Potter earlier this month.

Lampard has rejoined the club as manager until the end of the season. His first spell at the club came between 2019 and early 2021, during which the Englishman was in charge of 84 competitive matches.

With Chelsea dawdling in mid-table, Lampard has a monumental task ahead of him, as he looks to steer the sinking ship. His second spell at the club did not start on the right note either, with the Blues suffering a defeat to Wolves.

An even bigger challenge awaits them in the UEFA Champions League, where Chelsea have been drawn against defending champions Real Madrid.

Speaking to the media after a defeat to Wolves, Lampard talked about the upcoming Real Madrid tie in the UCL quarterfinals, offering a rather diplomatic response.

“It’s a different competition, it will be a different type of game and it’s up to us to prepare in the right way and anything can happen. We respect the fact we’re playing the current holders so we have to focus on that now and cannot be too despondent,” he said (h/t TalkSport).

Chelsea will be heading into the tie after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate, in the Round of 16 stage. Real Madrid, on the other hand, swept aside Premier League giants Liverpool 6-2 on aggregate.

While the odds certainly favour the Spanish giants, it is worth noting that the club have performed rather poorly in domestic competitions.

Although Real Madrid’s confidence will be boosted following a 4-0 drubbing of rivals Barcelona in Copa Del Rey, it is apparent that the team has looked far from perfect this season.

Only time will tell what transpires between these two clubs as they take each other at Santiago Bernabeu next midweek.

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Official: Marco Asensio leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer



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Real Madrid have officially announced that winger Marco Asensio will be leaving the club as a free agent at the end of the season. The Spaniard was between a contract extension and departure for a very long time, and eventually decided it was best for him to leave.

Asensio joined Madrid eight years ago, as a 20-year-old, and was loaned out to Espanyol during his first season in the top flight, where he scored four goals and gave ten assists across 34 appearances.

He has since been a key member of Real Madrid’s team, often dropping in and out of starting lineups, though. During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Asensio has won three UEFA Champions Leagues, four FIFA Club World Cups, three La Ligas, and three European Super Cups.

“Real Madrid fans will never forget their path and their exemplary behaviors during all this time. Madrid is, and will always be, his home,” the farewell announcement said.

Now, rumours suggest that Asensio will heading to Paris to join PSG on a Bosman move.

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