Tuesday, August 13, 2019
"Kante has a small injury, Willian and Rudiger will be on the bench for tomorrow" , Says Lampard
The Chelsea boss told reporters ahead of a meeting with Liverpool in Istanbul when quizzed on whether he plans to name a more experienced side than he did at Old Trafford: “Kante was purely [on the bench] because he had an injury. I am very aware of how important he is.
“He picked up another small injury in the game, so we are assessing that.
“I pick the best team to win the game, regardless of age. [Mason] Mount deserves his chance on merit, I won’t fear to play young players.
“In terms of how we set up, I really liked some of our aggressive off-the-ball work. We have to be adaptable and respect the strengths of our opponents.
“There may be subtle changes of our approach.”
Lampard reiterated that Kante is a doubt to face Liverpool when offering an update on his other walking wounded.
Brazil international forward Willian and Antonio Rudiger are expected to be involved in some capacity against the Reds, but neither is ready to step back into Chelsea’s starting XI.
Lampard added: “Kante has a small injury and I will make a decision with that with him.
“Willian and Rudiger are here and they are in different stages.
“Willian is not far from fit, to put him in a high intensity match is tough. He will be working through this week on fitness. Tomorrow he will be on the bench. Similarly with Rudiger.”
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