Giroud finally issues update on his Chelsea future amid transfer rumours


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started with Bruno Fernandes and Rashford on the bench in an attempt to keep two of his star men fresh for Tuesday's crucial Champions League trip to RB Leipzig.

For that reason, Manchester City played in an empty stadium for its 2-0 win over Fulham and Burnley's Turf Moor also had no spectators for the team's 1-1 draw with Everton. United fell behind at the London Stadium, but for the fifth consecutive away league game came back to win as a three-goal blitz from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford turned the tables in a 13-minute spell after half-time. "At the end of the season you don't care about the performance". "I felt it when I came to the club, I knew there were a lot of circumstances at the beginning that were going to make past year transitional and maybe slightly hard", quoted Lampard as saying.

Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard would like to manage the England national team in the future. "It's a tentative step but pleased to have them back".

After a transitional first season under Lampard which followed a transfer ban, the west Londoners look to have moved to the next level and are looking to improve on last season's fourth-placed finish, a long-term project which the English manager wants to be a part of.

Asked if Chelsea fans are right to consider them title contenders, Lampard told reporters: "There's certainly nothing wrong with the fans thinking that".

Giroud, 34, marked his first league start of the season - reward for his four goals in Chelsea's thrashing of Sevilla in the Champions League - by stretching to turn in a whipped cross by Reece James in the 27th minute.

Zouma headed in a corner from Mason Mount, before Pulisic slid in to convert a cross from Timo Werner and complete Chelsea's comeback in stoppage time.

Only a string of superb saves from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola denied City a bigger win after Sterling fired the host ahead and De Bruyne converted a 26th-minute penalty. Guardiola bemoaned his side's wastefulness in front of goal but was pleased to notch up a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

While Liverpool were six points clear at the top this stage last season, this term they have had to cope with a congested fixture list and several injury setbacks. "Everyone can beat everyone". At the minute, I think we're working towards something and people are getting very excited and mentioning us being in a title race this year. "It will be a long season".