Head Coach Frank Lampard and our number one Kepa Arrizabalaga spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Valencia at Stamford Bridge, for the return of Chelsea back in the UEFA Champions League.

Here’s what both had to say to the media…


On the absence of Antonio Rüdiger –

“Toni is injured. It bothered a small groin problem he has been carrying for a couple of weeks at the weekend. All three are fit but not match fit [Kante, Hudson-Odoi, James].”

On Tammy Abraham exceeding expectations –

“I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him. I know a lot was made of the ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.”

On Tammy’s England future –

“Not a question for me, you can translate that quickly [laughs]. He has put himself in a bracket by being a top scorer in England. It is one for Gareth but it is clear Tammy will be wanted.”

On making his UEFA Champions League debut as Chelsea manager –

“I will be proud to do it. I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, but it is the ultimate for me.”

On the current turmoil at Valencia –

“I am aware of what’s going on. At the same time, it doesn’t affect our approach as we are going up against a team of fantastic quality. My experience of moments like this of a problem of a team against the world. It makes a group tighter.”

On Valencia players not turning up for their press conference in protest at the political situation at the club –

”You need to know all the details. I can’t say it without knowing all the details.”

On the club’s target in the Champions League this campaign –

”The target it to qualify from the group. It is a tough group but I believe in the players.”

On his analysis of Valencia –

“I did see the match and it is not always easy to analyse a match against Barcelona because they have a different style to anyone.”

Lampard then ends his press conference with confirming that Emerson is not fit and will not feature in tomorrow’s game.


On Chelsea’s season so far –

“This year we are playing with a more direct style. The games are more end to end and we are showing perhaps more energy in our play.”

On Valencia –

“Valencia will always be a dangerous team. The circumstances with changing your coach are not the best going into this game. The circumstances could lead to them showing their rage inside.”

On Chelsea’s expectations in the Champions League this season –

“Many of the players in the team will be playing their first UCL game. We have been waiting for this a long time. We fought for this all last season. We can’t wait for this.”

On Chelsea’s young team –

“At the start of the season we have had teams with the average age of the youngest in our Premier League history. That says a lot about our future. Tammy, Mason Mount and Tomori have come in and done very well. It is great for the fans.”

On the team’s defensive record so far this season –

”It’s true we’ve scored goals but haven’t been able to get a clean sheet. We really want to address that as a team because clean sheets make winning football matches much easier.”

On missing David Luiz –

“Since last year we lost Hazard and Luiz, I don’t think it is good to speak about players not here. We have total confidence in the squad. We have to improve but we have new players and a new coach. We have full confidence that the ones here are the best ones.”

And concludes the press conference.

Terry Sazio

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