Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reacted to the Christian Pulisic and Andreas Christensen minor injury sustained against Leicester City in the FA Cup game.
The boss will be returning to the club where he made his name, albeit in a stadium he never played in and without any home supporters wishing to make his life uncomfortable. Today Lampard was quick to stress his own personal history bears no significance to another crucial fixture for the Blues in our hunt for a top-four spot. He also spoke about the immediate plans for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
As in now the norm, he responded to journalists’ questions posed via Zoom, and started by giving the latest injury news regarding Christian Pulisic and Andreas Christensen.
‘Christian felt a bit of tightness in his calf when he came off against Leicester,’ said Lampard.
‘We’re managing him. I haven’t got an answer for him yet, it feels better than it did at the end of the game, so we’ll see by tomorrow.
‘Andreas Christensen likewise is in the squad, but we will have to see with another 24 hours because of the tight turnaround.’
‘I’m happy to win games and with elements of the games we’ve played, particularly the first two. We have to keep working along the same lines. We have to focus on every part of our game, particularly the defensive and work ethic aspects.
‘It’s been a mixture of coming to terms with new surroundings, and the very short pre-season we had. It’s not normal. I know from being a player myself the first one or two games of pre-season you’re normally feeling your way in. Sharpness is not always there, and sometimes it takes players a bit of time to get up to speed for those fine margins in the game, the extra five per cent that maybe makes games more sharp in the attacking sense.
‘We have to focus on what’s ahead rather than what’s gone before. We’ve had a good week but we’ve got a lot of work to do.’