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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Lampard has confirmed that CHO and Reece James will return to action against Grimsby
Christensen and Emerson injury news
During Sunday’s game we lost Andreas Christensen to a knee problem and Emerson Palmieri to a thigh injury. Lampard gives an update on their condition.
‘Andreas is not too severe. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long but I can’t give a timeframe. Emerson now won’t be back until the other side of the international break [which is during mid-October]. It will be a few weeks because it is the reoccurrence of an injury so we have to be a bit careful with it.’
Two players who will be involved tomorrow are two back from injury –Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James. It will be a Chelsea debut for James who won Wigan’s Player of the Year by a landslide when out on loan last campaign.
‘He can play in different positions,’ details Lampard. ‘His favourite position is right-back or right wing-back and he played there a lot in our successful youth teams. He can also play in holding midfield as he showed at Wigan. He is strong, has really good quality on the ball in terms of the delivery he can put in from the sides. He is good in the tackle as he is a powerful boy. I was really impressed with him as a young player before he went to Wigan and also from how he responded to the Championship, so it is up to him now to try to make an impact on the squad here.’
Competing in the Carabao Cup
Lampard knows from his own experience how important this competition can be in a player’s career and how success in it can crystallise a team and make it ready for further triumphs. It was the first trophy he won at Chelsea, the start of a historic period for the club.
‘It will be an opportunity to blood young players in this game and it is a competition we want to be competitive in,’ he says. ‘It does give a good feeling. I saw Chelsea get to the final last year and beat Tottenham in the semi. I saw how Stamford Bridge was celebrating that, and the team was slightly unlucky to lose to Man City in the final. We will try to be competitive and at the same time as giving the youngsters a go, we will try to win, as a club like Chelsea should always do.
‘I have nice memories of the two finals I won. It is a competition that is difficult to win but we have to give it everything.’
The right approach
Stamford Bridge will have a full house for tomorrow evening’s game with Grimsby bringing a large following. Chelsea had a good record of negotiating ties against lower division opposition during Lampard’s playing days and he understands that attitude is key.
‘We appreciate the game being sold out and that is why the players must give their maximum. The fans will be there to support us and we must give them a spectacle to enjoy. The young players who are involved on the night plus players who are not so young but pushing for regular starts have a nice pressure so hopefully the fans will see a team that is really firing.
‘What is crucial is the mentality of how you approach the match. You have to be absolutely professional, with a desire to win the game and a respect for the opponent. Grimsby are bringing a lot of fans. It is a huge game for them and rightly so and we have to respect that completely and get our end right, which is firstly how we prepare for the game and then how we approach it, and that is what we will do.’