About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Full Screen (Picture: Twitter)ICYMI: Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, who was Maurizio Sarri’s assistant manager at Stamford Bridge last season, claims the Blues WON’T make the top 4 this season.#beINPL #CFC pic.twitter.com/ZdLYRZUckh— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) August 10, 2019 Comment Video Settings Gianfranco Zola has predicted where Chelsea will finish under Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty)Gianfranco Zola expects Chelsea to drop two places in the Premier League table in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge.The Blues largely impressed last term under former manager Maurizio Sarri and assistant Zola, amassing 72 points to finish third in the Premier League.Sarri left Stamford Bridge shortly after the 2018-19 campaign ended to join Italian champions Juventus and club legend Lampard was named as his replacement.Lampard impressed in his first season in management, taking Derby County to the Championship play-off final where the Rams were beaten by Aston Villa.ADVERTISEMENT Gianfranco Zola predicts where Chelsea will finish in Premier League under Frank Lampard 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 10 Aug 2019 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link767Shares More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City The former England manager is working under a transfer ban and will struggle to guide Chelsea to a top-four finish, according to Zola.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It will be very close,’ the Italian legend told beIN SPORTS. ‘I think it will be a real fight for the final Champions League spot.’Chelsea begin their 2019-20 campaign on Sunday with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, who finished sixth in the Premier League last season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn Chelsea’s transfer ban and the new season, Lampard said: ‘We have to remain competitive while we are in this position.‘With the ban it has been easy to write off this squad, and I don’t write off this squad at all.‘I think that what is important is that you have a target within the group. What matters is how we approach things. We will see how we go.’MORE: Liverpool consider offering contract to free agent after Alisson injury scare PLAY Advertisement
In front of him, Vettel had slowed down for the flags, a decision that he believed cost him a shot at fastest time.Verstappen’s quickest lap beat Leclerc by 0.266 seconds – and his first run was 0.114secs faster than the Monegasque.Hamilton, who will win the championship one Sunday if he finishes 14 points ahead of Bottas, starts third, with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon still fifth but now right behind his team-mate.Hamilton improved his overall lap time on his final run, on which he was running behind Bottas and passed his crashed car, but crucially he did not go faster in the final sector – in fact, he slowed down.And Vettel expressed his dismay at the turn of events as he saw the flags, saying over the radio: “You’re kidding me. That was going to be a good lap.”Later, Vettel said of the incident: “For me it was clear it was double yellow. I saw Valtteri was in the barrier, people were jumping on the track to help. It was clear you had to lift.”Initially, stewards did not investigate the incident with Verstappen, even though television pictures showed him passing a yellow flag and Bottas’s car without slowing down.But after he admitted in the news conference that he was “aware Valtteri crashed” but did not slow down, he was summoned to see the stewards.Bottas crashed as he ran wide out of the final corner trying to make up time, sliding into the barriers and causing considerable damage to his car. The Finn was released from the medical centre after a precautionary check-up.It was a blow for the Finn as he tries to prevent Hamilton putting the championship out of reach. But starting third, it is still a big task for Hamilton to make as much of a gain on Bottas as he needs to clinch his sixth title.Hamilton needs to finish on the podium at least and hope Bottas’ results go his way.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has been demoted from pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix by a penalty for ignoring warning flags.The Dutchman was given a three-place grid drop and will start fourth, behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.Verstappen failed to slow down for yellow caution flags after a crash by Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The error cost Verstappen pole, as his first lap was also fastest of anyone.