Lampard explains why Werner will have a huge Chelsea career

‘As I keep saying about all the players who come from foreign leagues, they have to be given some time to adjust. I’m confident they will adjust quickly. We will work towards that. I will like to see Timo coming up against a fantastic Liverpool defence tomorrow. I have no worries with how he will approach it in terms of the size, speed and strength of Liverpool. I’m sure Timo will back himself and give everything.’

Like with all new prospective signings, Lampard said research had been done into Werner the person as well as Werner the player. What was discovered provided further proof the attacker is going to be a huge hit at Stamford Bridge.

‘I asked some people about him. We had a player who was on loan at Leipzig last year, Ethan Ampadu, which was an obvious connection. There are easy ways to look in to player’s lives in the modern day with social media and all of that.

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PL2 report: Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Lucas Bergstrom; Henry Lawrence, Dynel Simeu (c), Levi Colwill, Ian Maatsen; George McEachran (Lewis Bate 76), Jon Russell; Tino Livramento (Dion Rankine 79), Myles Peart-Harris (George Nunn 85), Marcel Lewis; Thierno Ballo
Unused subs Karlo Ziger, Jack Wakely
Booked Peart-Harris 24, Maatsen 56
Scorers Russell 2, Ballo 16, Peart-Harris 21 72

Southampton Harry Lewis, Pascal Kpohomouh, Christoph Klarer, Will Ferry, Callum Slattery (c), Tom O’Connor, Josh Sims, Caleb Watts (Jake Hesketh 70), Dan N’Lundulu, Ramello Mitchell (Enzo Robise 62), Allan Tchaptchet (Alex Jankewitz ht)
Unused subs Tommy Scott, Kegs Chauke
Booked Ferry 28, Simms 56
Scorer Sims 7
Sent off Ferry 88

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Quiz: How well do you remember last season’s games against Liverpool?

After getting our 2020/21 Premier League campaign off to a winning start, we face a tough task at Stamford Bridge this weekend when we host the champions in west London, but judging by our meetings last season it should be a tight match with plenty of entertainment.

In 2019/20 we played the Reds four times between three different competitions – twice in the Premier League and once each in the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup – with those games producing 17 goals, a penalty shoot-out and no shortage of excitement.

See how much of it you remember by taking on our quiz about those four matches and if you fancy trying to use your knowledge to win some fantastic prizes while competing against your fellow Chelsea fans, don’t forget to enter the Play Predictor for Sunday’s fixture. Good luck!

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Lampard on Liverpool challenge, finding the right balance on and off the pitch, and his support for Loftus-Cheek

‘As a player I always felt that adrenaline and feeling for a game at this level, and it’s the same for a coach. I know we’re going up against a great team, I’m going up against a fantastic coach, so you want to do well.

‘When I was playing the games were ultra-competitive and very difficult for us. In modern-day terms it looks slightly different because Liverpool have been fighting to win the league, and last year they did. We are now trying to improve and close that gap, and that competitiveness is what the Premier League is all about.’

Lampard played down any sort of personal rivalry with Jurgen Klopp after a touchline incident in July, saying he ‘had a huge amount of respect for him, and always has done’. Lampard is seeking to emulate the German by building a title-winning group of players, and getting the best out of them.

‘It’s a challenge for any coach in the Premier League, but any squad has to have 20-plus players to be able to fight on all fronts, and handle the endurance test that is the season.

‘Trying to find the right balance for the squad was something we were searching for a lot last year because I couldn’t make changes, which might have changed how we looked slightly and maybe brought us better balance.

‘This season we hopefully will move towards having a really good balance in the squad, but we must give that some time. We’ve brought players in, we haven’t had a pre-season, and it will take time to get the team working in the direction I want it to.’

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London derby if we beat Barnsley

The draw was made tonight (Thursday) in advance of the third round fixtures to help with scheduling and broadcast arrangements, with the tie due to take place the week commencing 28 September.

League Two Leyton Orient came from 2-0 down at home to Plymouth to win 3-2 in the second round and book a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham a couple of days before their Europa League third round qualifier away to Macedonian side Shkendija.

Fourth round ties will be played the week commencing 28 September. If Tottenham beat Shkendija, they would have a Europa League play-off to contend that midweek.

We last played Leyton Orient in 1982 in the old Division Two, that game a 2-2 draw at the Bridge. We won 2-1 at Brisbane Road earlier in the season. We have never met the O’s in this competition. 

The same cannot be said of Tottenham. We last played them in the Carabao Cup in January 2019, winning that semi-final tie on penalties after the two legs couldn’t separate the sides. 

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