Friday, February 21, 2020

Lampard's pre-match conference ahead of Spurs

Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard has spoken to media ahead of tomorrow's game at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Lampard told reporters when offering his latest fitness update: “N’Golo is not fit, muscle injury. Similar to Arsenal. Hopefully three weeks.

“Pulisic not fit, no exact date. A difficult injury.

“Ruben is in the squad. Not fit to start, but in the squad.

“Andreas went to get a mask and has trained with it. Available for selection.

“Tammy has trained the last two days. Probably 70%. He is in the squad.”

Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019-20

Injury issues have been a problem for Chelsea throughout the 2019-20 campaign, with Lampard eager to point out that he has had to shuffle his pack on a regular basis.

He added: “This season is a transitional year, and fans appreciate that.

“Not many teams have had our injuries. Kante has played 50% of the games. The fans respect that and they see what we try to do. They will be there to support us.

“It is tight at the moment and we need the fans behind us. The players will give everything.”

Little was expected of Lampard when he returned to Stamford Bridge in a managerial capacity last summer, but he is aware of the need to deliver Champions League qualification.

Quizzed on whether he feels under pressure, the Blues legend said: “I always feel it, because this is top sport. I thrive on it.

“I have enjoyed this week. It was disappointing to lose on Monday [against United], but this is the challenge for us.

“Everyone probably wrote us off for top four. It is a process and the pressure is always there.”

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