Before we embark on yet another international break that no one asked for, Chelsea take on Crystal Palace, making this match all the more important. Chelsea are two points behind Manchester City who are in second and same points as Leicester in third. Both Manchester City and Leicester have tough matches in Liverpool and Arsenal. respectively, giving Chelsea a very good chance of going into the international break in second — if we win.
Hence, we must win.
Adding to this game’s importance is the fact that after the international break, Chelsea have a most difficult fixture, away to Manchester City at the Etihad. But the focus is firmly on Crystal Palace, as Manager of the Month Frank Lampard made it quite clear in his pre-match press conference.
“I have had both of those emotions already. I get that completely, I take it firmly. We all have to think that way, the team have moved up the table but things can change quickly. We have to respect every game and Crystal Palace. By no means will it be easy. We’re looking in the mirror at ourselves, You can’t control those [other teams]. Look at Crystal Palace, international break and then Manchester City.”
Unfortunately, for Chelsea, quite a few of our players will be missing tomorrow, with Ross Barkley, Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek still on the mend — Lampard confirming reports that Rudiger will indeed miss at least three weeks after undergoing surgery earlier this week.
One surprising name not on that list is Mason Mount, who had limped off against Ajax after 60 minutes with an apparent ankle injury, but it would appear that he’s indestructible.
“Ross is not in the squad tomorrow, he has an ongoing issue. Mason is in the squad. We will give him another 24 hours and make a call on that.
“[Rudiger] had an operation, he is out for three weeks and then we will see about his match fitness. Hopefully in three weeks’ time we will know more. You do well to cope without big players.
“[For Loftus-Cheek it’s still] a long road, it is going to be a while. I feel for him, he might say next week or month, but it might not be the case.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London
Here’s to our 6th Premier League win in a row.