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Chelsea host Russian team Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday for a Champions League game that means relatively little in the grand scheme of things for the Blues.
Frank Lampard’s men have already sealed the top spot in their group and can therefore afford to relax for their sixth and final group stage match, and the boss has confirmed in his Press conference He plans to use the game to give some of the players on his team a few much-needed minutes.
This is what Lampard had to say before the game.
“[Hakim Ziyech] he’s going to have a scan this afternoon so I will have more information about his hamstring injury. He’s out and Callum Hudson-Odoi is out. He also had a hamstring problem yesterday in training.
“I was not worried [about the long-term fitness of Ziyech] because I thought it looked cool. He came to us quite a long time ago, and his injury was obviously disappointing and he missed a few weeks, but he quickly showed his intensity to train in the gym and on the training ground.
“I hope this is a minor injury. We will know from the scans, but the feeling he’s had since the game is that he doesn’t feel that bad, which I hope means we’ll be talking for a couple of weeks. But I’m not too worried.” .
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recently claimed (via Mirror) that the talent and depth of the Chelsea squad make the Blues seem favorites to win the Premier League title.
“I’m not sure anyone has gone that way. Liverpool and Manchester City seem to be everyone’s favorites when they perform as they have for the past three years and make the teams they have.”
“Even with injuries, when you look at Liverpool and the team they pulled out, they have a great team. Most of the teams at the top of the Premier League have it. Tottenham is in the equation, as are Manchester United and others. .
“Kepa starts. It’s about attitude and how you approach the game. Of course, Kepa’s position is slightly different because goalkeepers have to be patient when they are not opening matches, and obviously Edou [Mendy]Its shape has made it a regular choice of me.
“This is a game for Kepa, who is training brilliantly well, performing brilliantly well. These periods will happen in the players’ careers, and sometimes they make you stronger and better at the other end.
“It has been a great support [with Mendy]. I’ve seen that. I watch him from afar and he has been quietly supporting him and training well. That is the main thing I look at. The goalkeepers have to push each other as a group. “
“Billy will start tomorrow. I don’t want to have that conversation [about a loan] until the window opens. I really appreciate it in this template. We may have a lot of options in midfield, but that can change quickly, as we’ve seen with the winger situation at the club. “
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