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Southampton welcome Chelsea to the south coast as Frank Lampard’s side look to climb back into the Premier League top four.
The Blues head into the weekend just a point behind fourth-place Arsenal, emboldened after winning their third game on the bounce in the Champions League against Lille on Wednesday.
Ahead of the game, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has faced the press.
“Very happy. I think it is well deserved, scoring goals regularly for us and everybody knows that his form is very good. I think he has been in the equation for Gareth all season with the way that he has played. It is a natural progression for him. So I’m delighted. He is a proud lad, as he should be, proud to get a call-up,” said Lampard on Tammy Abraham’s England pick.
On Fikayo Tomori he added: “I am delighted, absolutely delighted for Tomori because of all the stories. I think Mason and Tammy have taken a lot of the headlines this season, and rightly so, but Tomori, seeing him turn up at Derby, quite quiet. Lots of talent in him but quite raw, having a loan at Hull that went so-so before, and then to see him play the full season last year, where I relied on him hugely.
“Then to come here, so people would have easily doubted if he could step up to the Premier League yet because he is young. But what he has shown is that he has great qualities and he has shown that in the Premier League. Another natural progression and I am really pleased, he deserves it. He has been a dream to work with day in, day out for the last 15 months or so.”
The Blues boss also provided an injury update.
“That’s something we will have to watch over the next 24 or 48 hours to make sure he is still on a semi-recovery as they all are from the trip to Lille and the game,” Lampard said. “The fact he hasn’t played much obviously. In terms of the injury, he is fine. There is no fall out from that from the game. It is just making sure he is fit and ready and that’s a call for myself.”