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Chelsea make the trip to take on West Ham United in a capital derby of huge significance at both ends of the table on Wednesday night. The visitors have returned from lockdown in winning form, whereas the Hammers have lost two from two.
Ahead of the game, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has faced the press. Lampard started his conference with an injury update on Christian Pulsic and Andreas Christensen.
“Christian has felt a bit of tightness in the calf. We are managing him, but no answer yet. Christensen is in the squad, but we’ll have to check tomorrow,” he said.
It has been reported today, that the Blues are interested in Angel Gomes. However, Lampard rubbished the rumours: “It’s never been mentioned in my end, so that’s it.”
The boss also spoke about their opponents West Ham and ex-Blues star Declan Rice.
“It is a special game in terms that we want three points. Declan Rice is a good player, but there is no talk. Until these games are finished I will have nothing else to say on players,” he said.
Asked whether he will bring-up deferent team against West Ham, Lampard answered: “It will be different as we have all seen how different it is with no fans. It makes it more about an 11 vs 11. A London derby should always back their team and give them the edge, but it doesn’t bother me. We have had a few games and we know what it is.”
The boss also spoke about N’Golo Kante’s position.
“It’s a different position from Makelele, with eras it changes. With N’Golo I wanted to have fluidity to us. He has capacity for high-intensity running. He has done it well and we can improve as a unit. It is new for N’Golo, but he is an incredible player. He will be huge for this club for years to come. He is doing a really good job,” he said.
Asked whether the new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will train with the club, Lampard said: “I am in the process of arranging that now. Hakim hasn’t played for a while, but we will formulate a plan for them. Whether they can mix in the squad or by themselves. That will be up to the way we arrange the plan. Our focus now is to finish the season, and when I feel it is the right time to bring them in to the squad then I will look to do that.”