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Raikkonen to give Vettel Ferrari fight

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first_img0Shares0000MILAN, November 27- Kimi Raikkonen promised new Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel a tussle on the track next year when they will target a long-awaited Formula One world title for the struggling ‘Scuderia’.Ferrari have undergone a major overhaul in recent weeks with four-time world champion Vettel coming in to replace departing Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Maurizio Arrivabene succeeding sacked Team Principal Marco Mattiacci. Raikkonen, who won Ferrari’s last world title in 2007 during a previous spell with the team, ended his disappointing 2014 season with a day of testing at Abu Dhabi before returning to the team’s Italian base at Maranello.Vettel, who won four consecutive world titles with Red Bull before deciding to join Ferrari on a three-year deal, spent a day at the Ferrari garage in Abu Dhabi.“It was nice that he joined us in the garage for the first day of testing, although I have to say that didn’t surprise me, because I know what he’s like and his approach to work,” Raikkonen said in a team statement.“I think we can enjoy ourselves on track together, both of us fighting to be ahead of the other, while also working as a team to reach the common target of progressing in order to get the Scuderia back to the level it should be at.”Raikkonen said testing had “produced a lot of useful data” as the team set about producing a more competitive car for next year.Ferrari finished the season winless for the first time since 1993, with former two-time world champion Alonso finishing sixth in the drivers’ standings over 200 points behind British champion Lewis Hamilton.“I am sure that thanks to the knowledge we acquired over the course of the season, we will be able to develop a more competitive car,” added the Finn, who finished 12th overall on just 55 points.“Clearly, how much progress we make depends on the time available and the possibilities presented by the regulations, which for the moment, impose certain limits for everyone, but I have every confidence in the ability of the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Frank Lampard explains why he is glad Jose Mourinho has taken the Spurs job

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first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ on target rookie error Lampard faces the biggest test of his managerial career so far on Saturday Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ stalemate Frank Lampard joked that Jose Mourinho taking the Tottenham job would at least keep him off the TV as a pundit.Earlier this season, Mourinho criticised Lampard’s tactics while working as a pundit during Chelsea’s 4-0 drubbing by Manchester United.The current Blues boss told talkSPORT how they exchanged texts following the game where he ‘had a little go’.In his press conference ahead of their trip to face Man City, which is live on talkSPORT, Lampard revealed he had been in contact with his former manager again. LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti AFP PEP TALK Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Lampard also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…On taking the Spurs job in the future“I can firmly say no. We have to respect his [Mourinho’s] right to work. I played here for 13 years, I am very proud to manage this club. I have friends who are Tottenham fans, it is not on my list.”On Man City clash“The levels they have reached have been incredible. For us to be in that position, I am pleased with. But I want more.“It’s not the end story, they are a strong outfit. I won’t make huge judgements on tomorrow, our story is three months in the making.“I had a great year at City, I go there with nothing but good feelings. But I am Chelsea manager and I want to win.”Will this match show where Chelsea are at?“Yes, in a way. We went pound for pound with Liverpool. In the so-called tougher games we have performed well without the results.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “We had a couple of messages to congratulate him on his new role,” said Lampard. “I think history and results speak for themselves.“He has done that consistently. It’s what we measure him and us as managers.“It keeps him off Sky Sports for a while!“He has got a good team. They were a lot of people’s favourites to be in the race.“[Mauricio] Pochettino did a great job. They have the structure there and will be a threat. They are in the top four race. When you look at the quality, the strength they have, Kane and players like that.” appointed Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week On Chelsea’s midfield dilemma with N’Golo Kante fully fit“I want it to be a positive issue. We have [Mateo] Kovacic as well, it is great for me. It is something we have done pretty well.“We have fluidity in our midfield. I think we can use them all collectively.“You have to give Jorginho the freedom to leave his position. He has a perception for the press.”On Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount scoring for England“Brilliant for them. That is a continuation of their form. It boosts your confidence and Mason feels at home at that level.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Man City vs Chelsea at 5:30pm Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 update Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship statement latest targets 1 LIVE on talkSPORTlast_img read more