Frank Lampard is set for a hero’s welcoming in his first home game in charge of Chelsea against Leicester on Sunday.
The Chelsea legend has had a tough start to life as Blues boss after being humiliated by Manchester United on the opening day of the season and losing to Liverpool on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup.
But Lampard will have the chance to bounce back when his players host a good Leicester side this weekend.
The former England midfielder returned to Stamford Bridge with his Derby side in the Carabao Cup last season, but has not represented Chelsea in west London since leaving the club in 2014.
Following their 4-0 humbling to Manchester United last weekend, Lampard could be tempted to change his starting XI.
Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud, who were both left on the bench at Old Trafford, impressed against Liverpool in midweek.
Giroud opened the scoring for the Blues after latching on to Pulisic’s clever pass, and the latter thought he had doubled his team’s lead, but his solo effort was ruled out for offside.
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Both players will be pushing for starts this weekend.
N’Golo Kante was arguably Chelsea’s best performer in the UEFA Super Cup and played the full 120 minutes, despite being only fit enough for the bench against United.
The World Cup winner could partner Jorginho and Mason Mount in midfield, while Pedro is likely to support Giroud and Pulisic in attack.
Giroud’s involvement would give Tammy Abraham a chance to be taken out of the firing line.
The England Under-21 striker missed the decisive penalty in Chelsea’s shootout defeat and was then subjected to online racial abuse.
Lampard spoke of his ‘disgust’ at the abuse Abraham has received.
He said: “Obviously Tammy is disappointed. More than disappointed, that is probably the wrong word.
“I am particularly disgusted by the so-called Chelsea fan.
“I have spoken with Tammy, he is a strong character. I love his character and he is infectious around the place.
“He is a great, great young lad and his football career is ahead of him. It will be a test of his character that he doesn’t need.”
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Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger, who has returned to first-team training following knee surgery, could replace Kurt Zouma in the heart of defence.
Zouma gave away a penalty, which allowed Marcus Rashford to open the scoring for United, and endured a torrid time against the England forward and Anthony Martial.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson are expected to operate the full-back positions with Kepa in goal.
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