The final matchday of the 2019-20 Premier League season arrives in less than 48 hours and as it so often does, it’s promising to bring a lot of drama with a relegation battle and a top four battle going down to the wire.
Chelsea face Wolves needing at least a draw to confirm a Champions League spot. If we lose, then all hopes would be on Manchester United beating Leicester City. Wolves meanwhile are fighting for their sixth and final Europa League position, just one point ahead of Spurs.
Needless to say, this game has a lot at stake and we will require all our best and most important players to play at their best. Kanté's injury status getting upgraded to a game-time decision is certainly welcome news.
"There is a possibility he will feature.
"He has trained for the first time towards a match pace this morning, so it’s a decision I’ll have to make, talking with him and the medical team, to see if he’s ready to start."
While a draw would be enough for Chelsea to finish fourth and thus meet the minimum expectations for this season — just as it would’ve been on Wednesday — Lampard is apparently not changing his approach. He’s going to fight fire with fire, just as we have all season.
Brave? Foolhardy? We’re about to find out.
"No, we will approach the game to win it. There is no other way to approach a game of football. We will do that, prepare right, respect our opponent. They are very good, we have seen that all season, we are aware of the situation but we will try to win.
"The goal was to get in the top four and improve this squad and try and develop and be as good as we can be. Now we have the opportunity of top four and it’s a huge game. I’ll approach it as I see right in terms of what I say to the players and how we set up on the day.
"I know how strongly I feel about this weekend and how up for it I am. I will try and convey that to the players, and the rest is down to them on the pitch. I have a real sense the players understand the position we’re in. I have seen that in our last two performances, and I expect more of the same on Sunday."
Unfortunately, what our last two performances have also shown is that the squad’s inconsistencies and massive issues on the defensive side of the ball continue to be major weaknesses for our domestic and European ambitions.
Alas, there’s no time to fix that now. We can only roll the dice and hope for the best.
"If you want to become a top coach, you have to be try and be very aware of all parts of the pitch. Some of the greatest coaches will come from different positions on the pitch. It’s more how aware you are of how you want your team to be collectively.
"We have a coaching staff here who work very hard all the time to try and be as defensively good as we can be. There are mitigating circumstances around that. We have conceded too many goals, I’m aware of that. I know a lot of the reasons why, and we need to keep working to get that down."
-Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea FC
The equation is clear. Chelsea must not concede more than we score! Good luck to us. On to Sunday!