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Fourth place Chelsea are set to tackle West Ham United tomorrow night time as our quest for a top-four (and even top-three!) end continues. Final Thursday’s win in opposition to Manchester Metropolis helped preserve a five-point hole to Manchester United whereas Leicester Metropolis at the moment are only a level forward.
For sure, a win on this London derby could be essential not simply due to the rivalry, however for strengthening our maintain on the Champions League spots.
Sadly, we would should do it with out the star of the Challenge Restart to date, Christian Pulisic, who’s dealing with a health take a look at after selecting up a small difficulty in his calf in Sunday’s FA Cup quarterfinal. Christensen, too, is dealing with a health take a look at.
“Christian felt a little bit of tightness in his calf when he got here off in opposition to Leicester. We’re managing him. I haven’t received a solution for him but, it feels higher than it did on the finish of the sport, so we’ll see by tomorrow.
“Andreas Christensen likewise is within the squad, however we must see with one other 24 hours due to the tight turnaround.”
– Frank Lampard; supply: Chelsea FC
Becoming a member of tomorrow forward of the sport will likely be Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, who will formally turn into Chelsea gamers on July 1. Whereas they gained’t be eligible to play for Chelsea in any competitors, in both England or Europe, till subsequent season, Lampard would possibly take into account pulling them into the squad for coaching.
On condition that Ziyech hasn’t performed in a couple of months because of the Dutch league’s cancellation and Werner simply completed enjoying final weekend within the remaining spherical of the German league, they’ll comply with particular person plans to realize and preserve correct health ranges forward of September, when subsequent season is predicted to begin.
“They’re each in numerous positions in the truth that Hakim hasn’t performed for a very long time due to the Dutch league state of affairs [being abandoned and declared void in April] and clearly Timo completed on the weekend.
“We are going to formulate a plan for them which is able to look barely totally different individually. I’ll resolve within the meantime the way it appears to be like on the coaching floor, whether or not which means mixing with the squad or whether or not it means some bodily work within the shorter-term.
“They are going to have an extended break than the gamers we’ve already received within the squad so I’ll take that firmly into consideration and after I really feel it’s the best time to carry them in and across the squad this season, I can try this. If not, absolutely the precedence is ensuring they’re prepared for subsequent season.”
-Frank Lampard; supply: Chelsea FC
However first, we should concentrate on the present season at hand!