Chelsea face Sevilla tomorrow night in the penultimate Champions League group stage fixture. While both teams have already secured qualification for the next round, first place in the group is still up for grabs.
With a high intensity game against Leeds United waiting on the weekend, Lampard will want to rotate the squad as much as possible without a significant drop in quality. For the first time this season, Lampard has declared a fully fit squad which certainly bodes well given the relentless schedule.
"We are fully fit and ready to go.
"Yes, we will look at making changes to the side and I’ll have to do that for different reasons. Some players have been playing a lot and it’s been a hectic schedule and will be a busy period over the next few weeks.
"On the other side of that, the players who haven’t been playing as much recently have been training really well. We have players who are knocking on the door to play. I don’t expect a drop in level but there will be the chance for them to feature. We’ve already qualified from the group but we won’t be taking this game lightly."
Billy Gilmour's much awaited return from injury is the biggest positive of all. The 19-year-old looked set to lock down a place in the first-team last season before getting injured but he is sure to be provided more chances by the manager who has been impressed by his attitude in training from the very beginning.
Gilmour has built up on his match fitness by featuring for the Scotland U21 team and Chelsea's development team in the past few weeks and is set to add more competition in Chelsea's midfield.
"He’s in the squad tomorrow and it would be nice if he can get some minutes, in particular over these next two Champions League games.
"He has a great attitude and will compete with the rest of the midfielders. I see him coming back at the level just before he got injured, he made a great impact and there will be so much more to come from him at this club, just because of the sheer talent he has.
"Billy has a great attitude, he trains really well and he’s looking spot-on, so he comes into the squad to compete with the other players in that midfield area."
- Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea FC
Ready to go towards more good times.