The energy of the Chelsea players who were drained after a 5-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday (09/14/2019), made Frank Lampard think hard. It seems that the rotation of players will be carried out by Frank Lampard when entertaining Valencia on the first matchday of Group H Champions League.
The match which will take place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday (09/18/2019) at dawn, feels very special for Lampard. Understandably, this is the first debut on the prestigious European stage. Realizing the importance of the fight against the representatives of the Primera Liga, 41-year-old tactician was trying to prepare his troops carefully.
Lampard even indicated it would not force the main players to appear if hit by fatigue. He chose to do some rotation by bringing down young players.
“I really need to set the players’ playing time. But, the nice thing after winning over Wolverhampton is seeing the bench and there are options, especially in attack, “Lampard said.
Lampard is not worried about most of the squad which is inhabited by young players. He said that anyone deserves to be a starter as long as they show the best performance when practicing or competing. So far, Chelsea have not been beaten in the last four Premier League matches by packing two wins and two draws. That made him sure the Blues were able to provide resistance to Valencia.
“I have the opportunity to rotate because of the size of the squad. But, at the same time I want to maintain consistency. After Wolverhampton’s counter-performance, we want to continue like that and get good results. My job now is to maintain the balance of the team to keep showing the best performance, “he said.
Lampard will rely on the best composition, especially on the front lines Tammy Abraham who scored a hat-trick against Wolverhampton will become the foundation. Callum Hudson-Odoi could be one of the substitutes after playing an hour for the Under-23 team against Brighton & Hoves Albion on Friday (9/13/2019).
That makes front-line options vary. Lampard’s ambition is supported by a slick record. Chelsea are unbeaten in the last six meetings against Valencia in the Champions League with details of three wins and three draws.
The direction of the wind seemed to lead to Chelsea because Valencia came after being defeated Barcelona 2-5 in the Primera Liga on Sunday (09/15/2019). That indicates the Los Che crisis continues after Marcelo Toral was fired. However, the new coach Albert Celades was reluctant to make the defeat of Barca as an excuse to sink.
He is determined to fix the mistakes that exist so that Valencia performs a better game. “This is just the beginning. Whoever does not want to lose, including us. We must rise and fight. We have another important game against Chelsea, “he said.