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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard refused to confirm whether or not he plans to offer Timo Werner some rest for the visit of Sheffield United on Saturday evening. Werner was benched away at Burnley last week.
But the German started again in midweek and scored two penalties in the Champions League group stage win over Rennes at Stamford Bridge. The 24-year-old has seven goals and three assists in 11 appearances.
But Lampard has refused to say whether or not Werner will start against Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United this weekend.
“I’m not going to give the team away,” he said when asked if he plans to give Werner some rest against the Blades. “I’ll look to manage his minutes going forward, not just speaking about tomorrow.”
Lampard added: “In the last few games we’ve found a nice balance. There’s a versatility in the way new players play. We had a slight change in formation and the 4-3-3 worked well recently. There’s a balance with the system and the players need to adjust that as well.
“Defensively, individuals have made good performances in that period. The collective is reflection of that. It’s driven by the players, always will be. We must never relax. It’s such an important part of the game.
“I’m pleased we’re unbeaten [in the league] apart from one game with a squad coming together. We have to focus on ourselves. That’s how I see it right now.”