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Frank Lampard has made five changes to Chelsea that started the tie against Aston Villa ahead of today’s gigantic Premier League game against Manchester City.
The tinkering is not much of a surprise considering that the Blues legend rotated against the Villains both at halftime and as a result of their surprising 3-0 loss to rivals Arsenal on Boxing Day.
Lampard has put men at the heart of the defense, with Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva again in place of Andreas Christensen, who made a costly mistake against Villa, and Antonio Rudiger.
There is a change in the middle of the park when Mateo Kovacic enters the fray for Jorginho.
The two front-row changes will likely delight Chelsea fans, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner start in place of Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea have lost the creativity that Ziyech’s summer signing can bring, and thus the opportunity that can help pick Werner break out of the rut, due to injury problems so far this season.
Check out the Blues lineup below:
Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 3, 2021
Here’s how some of the Chelsea faithful have reacted to Lampard’s roster:
FRANK LAMPARD, GENIO
– The Chelsea Goat (@TheGoatOfCFC) January 3, 2021
Pulisic Ziyech Werner ??
– CFC Visitor (@cfcawayinfo_) January 3, 2021
Can I see W. Werner’s forward coming in?
– CFCRabbit (@CFCRabbit) January 3, 2021
TIMO WERNER LONE FORWARD LETS GOOOOO! 1 !! eleven !! 1! 1! 1! 1 ??
– MAH (@matissearmani) January 3, 2021
WHAT A WERNER TEAM FINALLY STARTS IN THE FRONT, Get Victory
– ??? (@Bau_CFC) January 3, 2021
CHO and Tammy deserved more, but it’s great to see Ziyech back in the starting eleven.
Werner vs. City’s slightly high line will play, this is your chance.
– Leo Sat (@SignEveryone) January 3, 2021
Seriously. Play Werner but don’t havertz. For the love of God.
– NS13 (@lethargichitman) January 3, 2021
WHATT A TEAMMMM actually, I’m not even excited about team news anymore. You excite us with a good team and then you disappoint us with the result. I’ll only believe it when I see it on the field
– Dubois (@CFCDUBois) January 3, 2021
While the Citizens are often the favorites for a Blues team coming off a loss and a draw, Pep Guardiola is missing several key players due to Covid-19.
With that in mind, as cynical as it may sound, Chelsea fans and experts alike may believe that Lampard’s team has to be winning this afternoon.
The Blues have a great opportunity this afternoon, they can make up the points they lost to another traditional ‘Big Six’ team at Arsenal against the Manchester team today.