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Chelsea are preparing to play an away Champions League game against Lille on Wednesday, October 2.
The Blues first group stage game of the season ended with a 1-0 defeat from Valencia.
Ahead of the game, Chelsea coach Frank Lampard spoke out on Lille, N’Golo Kante’s injury and many more.
“He has trained and got through it okay. One that we have to assess. We are positive. It doesn’t relate to the Europa League. The fallout of that meant he has had a broken pre-season. He has had a few niggles, some bad luck. Everyone is working to getting him fit.”
On young players
“That is my responsibility to do. I do it constantly, as do the staff in the academy. They live in a modern day, I don’t understand why, but people pick up their phone and video what happens. We have a very good bunch, good lads. I made mistakes as a player. I have confidence in them and they have to take on responsibilities on the pitch.”
On Tomori and Abraham
“Tomori, I worked with him last year and I have a lot of trust in him. I see it as four very good centre-backs. He has given himself a really good place in the race. He must keep improving.
“Tammy, he has been out on loan more, scored a lot of goals and taken his chance well. He has still got more to do but showing brilliant signs.”
“In the lack of clean sheets, to get one the person I was most happy for was Kepa He is very determined and wants to improve. Clean sheets are not just his responsibility, but he has worked to improve.
“In his role he can maybe become a bit more vocal and that is part of the process as well.”
On the game
“We have to be honest, I didn’t think Valencia was the worst game for us, we should have got a result. With Lille they have a lot of threats, speed and quality. It is not the be-all and end-all, we have to see it in the big picture, but it’s a game we have to be ready for.”