Chelsea boss Lampard declares Rudiger ready for Lille

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

Frank Lampard believes Tuesday's Champions League clash with Lille will be a defining moment for Chelsea's youngsters. "I am pleased we're playing".

"If we're going to do anything good here, we're going to have to have lots of these nights". But when you play well at home, but don't score for 45 minutes, you kind of add the pressure on yourselves.

"We have wanted more in our home games".

"But you do learn from your players in tough times, not just in terms of what they do on the pitch but how their personality is".

There is also the issue of Chelsea's home form.

Not that Lampard will take anything for granted after the 4-4 draw with nine-man Ajax last month and the wild 2-2 with Valencia a fortnight ago.

Now, though, Lampard has confirmed that he is back and available for selection, noting: 'He is in the squad. "And this means going into the next stage of the Champions League".

Chelsea's young-guns have played with fluency and without fear this season, however, the capital club are now in the midst of their first real problematic phase of the season to date - having only won once in their last five matches across all competitions.

"So it's an opportunity for the team, and particularly the young boys, because it's quite new for them".

"It's a big game and they are coming thick and fast". And then see what he can bring for us'. Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen were terrible in central defence and Lampard, whose side have kept one clean sheet in their last nine games, is anxious about the form of his goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Lampard said his side's poor run had not yet altered his view on January recruitment plans after the club's Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban had been lifted.

Rudiger recovered from knee surgery to play 45 minutes of the Premier League victory at Wolves in September, before suffering a separate groin injury.

The Londoners latest setback came on Saturday at Goodison Park when manageresses Everton put Lampard and Co to the sword on an afternoon that once again demonstrated Chelsea's well documented defensive deficiencies. "We have managed to create some things behind the scenes here in training that look like matchplay, and some pure running as well".

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