The relentless festive schedule of the Premier League is nearly upon us and Chelsea approach it in less than ideal fashion thanks to the 1-0 loss suffered against Everton on the weekend.
An opportunity to get over that disappointment comes quickly, but tomorrow night’s match against Wolves also highlights the challenge of player fitness. Chelsea had all three wingers injured against Everton. Fortunately, Lampard has declared Christian Pulisic fit enough to make the squad, though it remains to be seen whether he starts or not.
"He trained on the day we played against Everton and felt better. He’s in the squad tomorrow and it’s yet to be decided whether he starts or not. It’s obviously positive news from the weekend."
This Premier League season has been one of the most unpredictable ones since Leicester City's title-winning campaign in 2015-16. Any team can beat any other team on any given day, and those days have been happening quite often thus far.
Chelsea have felt this first hand, with high-scoring draws against the likes of Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, though at least we didn’t lose 7-2 to Aston Villa or drop points away to Fulham, like the defending champions have. Other 'Big 6' teams have had similar results to show — and in fact, Arsenal are almost flirting with the relegation zone.
Lampard has been urging consistency from the talented team at his disposal in order to cement ourselves as title contenders and win something substantial at the end of the season. One defeat after 17 unbeaten isn’t the end of the world, but the reaction of the team against Wolves must show our appetite for silverware and greatness.
"The Premier League is unforgiving. You saw that with different results over the weekend. We weren’t at our top level on Saturday and we got beaten. That’s it. We’ve been on a long unbeaten run playing some really good football, as well as winning games. We dropped our level for a game. It’s on us to pick up it again straightaway.
"It’s important for us to stay in the race. When people were touting us as title contenders, after the Leeds game particularly, I felt it’s a long race to win a Premier League. I did it as a player and I understand there are lots of elements of it."
"One of those is losing a game and trying to bounce back from it quickly which is what we need to do, and sustain performances and results over a period of time."
- Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea FC
Let's bounce back in style against Wolves!