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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ‘optimistic’ about having followers return to stadiums earlier than Christmas after Oliver Dowden’s talkSPORT interview


Frank Lampard is ‘optimistic’ about followers returning to stadiums within the UK earlier than Christmas.

The Chelsea boss was reacting to talkSPORT’s interview with the Secretary of State for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden on Thursday.

Lampard is hopeful about having fans back in stadiums soon

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Lampard is hopeful about having followers again in stadiums quickly

Supporters haven’t been in a position to attend soccer matches in full capability since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Requested about the potential for followers returning earlier than Christmas, Dowden stated: “There may be positively an opportunity [of that happening].

“Clearly in all of this we have now to be guided by scientific proof.

“We’re in shut discussions with the centre of presidency about what we might do as we return into the tiering system to see whether or not there’s a chance within the decrease threat areas.

“If we will simply open the door ajar a bit of bit and begin to show within the decrease threat areas that we will make this work then I’d love for us to have the ability to try this.”

talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams requested Lampard about Dowden’s feedback and the previous England midfielder replied: “I’m optimistic having heard him converse.

“I feel it’s one thing the place the federal government haven’t been vocal sufficient on for no matter cause.

Dowden’s remarks will be music to the ears of football fans in the UK

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Dowden’s remarks shall be music to the ears of soccer followers within the UK

“We as a public and within the sport need to know whether or not it’s optimistic or adverse. At the moment is essentially the most optimistic reply I’ve heard from the federal government.

“It wasn’t factual and I perceive why not as a result of it needs to be secure at the start earlier than we will have followers again within the stadiums.

“However if you see different areas of life for the time being the place we’re having gatherings which are managed and secure environments then, in fact, we have now to take a look at it and attempt to get it again as rapidly as we will.

“So I’m optimistic, I assumed it was an excellent interview. I appreciated listening to his phrases and let’s hope they’re acted upon and it’s secure to have followers again.”


Chelsea host Newcastle within the first Premier League recreation again for the reason that worldwide break on Saturday, which you’ll be able to take heed to LIVE on talkSPORT from 12.30pm.

Christian Pulisic continues to be sidelined with a hamstring harm, whereas Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva are doubts.

Lampard stated: “Havertz is again, his isolation [from coronavirus] is over and he has examined adverse so he’s coaching individually to get his health again.

“Thiago Silva has simply landed. He in all probability received’t go to Newcastle due to the size of the journey and the timings.

“We’re nonetheless ready on some Covid testing. Sadly some [players] are arriving again this afternoon, so with the 12.30pm kick-off, it brings numerous challenges.”





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