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Crystal Palace welcome a Chelsea in a London derby at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening. The hosts go into the match having lost their last three games, whereas Chelsea made an immediate return to winning ways against Watford on Saturday.
Ahead of the game, Frank Lampard has faced the press and he confirmed that N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Fikayo Tomori will miss the clash.
“Kante won’t be in squad, a low level hamstring injury. Kovacic trained but won’t be ready for tomorrow. Tomori has had a set back, hopefully back next week,” he said.
Asked, if Manchester United are the biggest threat for Chelsea, Lampard said: “In good form, really good individual players and momentum in their game. Front three are all scoring, lots of goals. They are the biggest threat from behind. It looks that way today but about how our team finishes the season.”
On pressure, he added: “It ramps up game by game. We had both ends of that against West Ham and Watford. I enjoy it. That’s what we’re in it for, what it’s all about. Need to get everything right that we can control. Those rules remain the same. We need to handle the pressure.”
Lampard also gave an update on Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s form after injury.
“For Ruben this period has been great for him to get fit but reality is next season will be one he is really firing. That’s not to say he won’t be contributing now. Callum the same but he needs to work hard daily in training and when he gets his opportunities really show input in games. We’re seeing what Christian Pulisic and Willian are doing. Callum needs to show something similar. They can make impacts in their own ways,” he said.
Asked if Jorginho will replace Kante in the squad, Lampard said: “He has been professional. He wants to play, every player does. He always trains well. What I’d expect. Important players are in squad to support players without. We’ll see without my selection tomorrow. I don’t want to go into details of why I pick a team – they are just my choices.”
At the end of the conference, Lampard has spoken about the difference between Eden Hazard and Christian Pulisic.
“Having played with Eden, he had special talent straight away and draw players towards him to open up space to others. Christian more direct at times, which I like. He has an ability to break the line and run forward. In terms of comparison, I stay away because Eden has been here and done it. Christian has it in his hands to make a real impact over time. Great to see him but a lot of development to come.”