Chelsea are set for Wolves test later tonight at Molineux Stadium with a bounce-back in sight as they hope to commence another run of impressive results.
The Blues were high in spirits this morning at Cobham before making Wolverhampton trip with Frank Lampard’s intent all clear; maximum points.
We bring you the latest from the West Londoners this morning ahead of Molineux trip.
Kante Advises Teammates ahead of Wolves encounter
Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante urged his teammates for better outing tonight against Wolves.Embed from Getty Images
The 29-year-old Frenchman managed to distinguish himself from the flock in the disappointing loss at Goodison Park on Saturday, and has called on the team for improved performance tonight.
“We had it very difficult last week, didn’t give our best” The former Leicester man said to ChelseaTV after training.
“Its football and we can only keep improving. Yeah we need to play better against Wolves, one of the most difficult team in the league”
“Its important for us to win the game, we can. We just have to give more tonight if we’re to compete for the title”
“yeah, we dropped against Everton and hopefully a win for us tonight will surely help us stay in good shape for more ahead” Kante added.
Pulisic set for Molineux returnEmbed from Getty Images
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed the 22-year-old’s readiness for a return tonight, stating he’s fit to play but may not start tonight.
The American was greatly missed days ago at Goodison Park with Chelsea lacking ideas and inspiration going forward on the night.
Its good news for the Blues to have their American talisman in the squad for Wolves tonight, having trained successfully earlier today at Cobham.
Hakim Ziyech and Hudson Odoi latestEmbed from Getty Images
Lampard confirmed the duo are still recovering from hamstring injuries yesterday and would certainly not take part in tonight’s affair with Ziyech still eyeing a Boxing day return.
The Chelsea gaffer however insisted he wouldn’t be changing the way the team plays to adapt to Ziyech’s absence, whilst insisting on the team possessing the quality to find its way around without the 27-year-old.
“Not in the short-term no. We’ve playing well. Hakim has been pivotal and suddenly we’re short on wingers. It’s not the formation at the weekend – it was the way we executed. We have players to comfortably do that.” Lampard said.Embed from Getty Images
“At our top level we’d have found a way around it. We can’t make an excuse of not having wingers. It’s unfortunate but we have others capable of playing in those areas. Hopefully they are back soon anyway” The Blues boss added.
Cech makes a return to action
38-year-old Petr Cech made a return to action last night with the Blues U-23s as they came from two goals down to beat Tottenham U-23s .
It was Cech’s first game since retiring as an Arsenal goalkeeper before his return to Chelsea as the club’s technical and performance director in June 2019.Embed from Getty Images
The iconic goalkeeper has been training with the senior team this season and was named in Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad in September as an emergency goalkeeper.
His evening did not get off to the best of starts, though, as he conceded after just three minutes at the Kingsmeadow stadium after his first touch was inadvertently passed out for a corner which led to the opening goal from Spurs defender Jubril Okedina.
Fifteen minutes later, Cech conceded a second from Dane Scarlett’s header as Tottenham took a 2-0 lead.
Chelsea turned it around in the second half with two goals in three minutes; a penalty from Myles Peart-Harris and Marcel Lewis‘ strike.
With the scores level, both teams then had a man sent off when 16-year-old Alfie Devine lunged at Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater and the 30-year-old Premier League winner reacted by kicking out at the Spurs youngster.
With it now 10 vs 10, Chelsea went on to win the match as Peart-Harris struck the decisive goal in the 88th minute to make it 3-2.
Lampard: Cech’s PL inclusion an easy decisionEmbed from Getty Images
Frank Lampard said including Petr Cech in Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad made sense.
The Chelsea head coach named his former team-mate as an emergency goalkeeper.
Cech took up a position as a non-contract player in a precautionary step due to worries about selection which could be caused by Covid-19.
Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “We had a space in the squad, we know this year looks like no other because of COVID and what it might do to selection and isolation through the year, so it was a very easy decision.
“Pete (Petr Cech) still does his day job but he is there if we need him.
“He is very fit, he is still relatively young, he probably could have carried on playing.”
Cech won 13 major trophies, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his 11 years at Chelsea.
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