A very warm welcome, Blues fans.
The Premier League is finally back this week and we can look forward to seeing Lampard and the boys every few days or so.First up is a trip to see JT at Aston Villa – a game where three points could see us go five points clear of fifth and where no points could see us drop out of the top four. Straight back into the deep end, basically.
PICKING UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF
It’s hard to imagine what life was like before the Coronavirus outbreak but let’s give it a try.
Cast your minds back to March 8th… the Blues had just torn apart Everton at The Bridge to make it two wins from two.
Our top four hopes were burning bright and we had just beaten the unbeatables in Liverpool to book an FA Cup quarter-final game against Leicester.
Billy Gilmour was playing like a prime Andres Iniesta and Ross Barkley was running games like a peak Yaya Toure.
Those blissful times have passed and so has that form. The only training the players would have done is with family members throughout lockdown. It is crucial the players are in the right mindset and physical condition as each game is more important than the last from here on in.
We have had bad patches throughout Frank’s first season, along with the good times. However unusual the end of the season is, there is so much for this team to play for and if we were to blow a Champions League place it would really sting.
Let’s hope the lads can pick up where they left off…
DO WE HAVE A BEST XI?
Choosing 11 players from our squad is hard work and you have my sympathies, Mr Lampard.
From the keepers to strikers there are only one or two players who we can probably guarantee will start.
Kepa had a wobble but Lamps will surely start the Spaniard in front of a back four of Azpi, Rudiger, Christensen/Zouma/Tomori and Alonso. We could get James in the side if we went with five at the back but we tend to play four against beatable opposition.
Marcos has never really looked at home in a back four but his goals and set piece attributes should earn him a spot, especially as Emerson has failed to get into Lampard’s plans. We could even see Azpi return to left-back so James starts.
Zouma, Tomori and Christensen face a battle to see who gets the nod alongside Rudiger.
The three in midfield are so hard to predict. Gilmour and RLC will probably have to wait for a start but we will be seeing the pair coming off the bench in most games. What a duo of substitutes to have…
I think two of Barkley, Kovacic and Jorginho will get a game joining Kante. Barkley was playing so well before the break and seemed to play well alongside Kovacic.
Jorginho will know a lot more about his future at the club over the next few weeks as Lampard looks set to make further changes to the squad over the summer. The Italian might just fall victim to overpopulation in the squad.
Up front I can see Willian, Mount and Abraham lead the line on Sunday with Pulisic as another option out wide – it’ll be interesting to see how sharp the American looks after a long break.
I think Giroud will have his chance but Lampard will want Tammy to know he is still number one looking forward.
This took me longer than I’m willing to admit and I still couldn’t choose my XI. Good luck with that one, Frank.
The Bundesliga’s early restart has clearly been vigorously watched by Lamps and Chelsea.
We have seemingly pipped Liverpool to the signing of Werner and now there is serious talk we could be about to purchase another German international in Kai Havertz.
The dynamic midfielder can play anywhere across the middle of the park and has been one of the standout players since top flight football returned in Germany.
Man United and other European giants are keen on the 21-year-old so this is far from a done deal but I am loving the signs from this transfer window.
Ben Chilwell still looks like it could be done over the next few weeks as well. Roman is at it again!
I hope that players like Mount and Abraham don’t lose game time with the new arrivals coming in and they are in fact replacements for the ageing Pedro and Willian.
If the latter is the case, our youngsters could well challenge for the league next season.
19 YEARS OF FRANK
It is a year shy of two decades since we signed a fresh-faced Frank Lampard from West Ham.
The majority of my life has been spent idolising the man who has won it all with the club. Our number eight holds a special place in the heart of every Chelsea fan.
From Moscow to Munich, the title-winning brace in Bolton to the FA Cup winner against Everton, it was an honour to have him play for Chelsea for so long.
It still feels like a dream to have him as our manager and he has done far better than most predicted in only his second year of professional management.
With the club backing him in the transfer window and with another year in the Champions League in reach, this could just be the beginning.
Here’s to 19 more years of Super Frank.
DREAM TEAM IS BACK
The hours are counting down towards relaunch day in the Premier League and, of course, the return of Dream Team.
Regular readers will know my team have failed me throughout the season – it has nothing to do with the amount of Chelsea players I have in the team… I hope.
Still, like the players, we have had time to recuperate and reflect on what went wrong and where to change things round.
I have Mount and Tammy in the side, the pair performed well last time we played Villa so I’m hoping for more of the same.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling are my other big hitters up top.
I am treading water in the lower regions of mid-table in the Chelsea Chatter mini-league with no fear of relegation and no hope of Europe!
It is incredibly tight at the top of the mini-league with Joe Forshaw leading Garry Brown by just one point! It looks like a two-horse race with third place sitting 80 points behind second.
Head on over to Dream Team website to make the key changes you need to.