Chelsea host Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday night and it is crucial that the Blues pick up three points to ensure their progress to the last-16 of the competition.
Lille cannot qualify for the next stage of the competition but will be keen to put up a fight against Lampard’s men and spoil the party. If the Blues draw with the French side, they will rely on results elsewhere to determine their fate.
Here is the lineup Lampard should name to give Chelsea the best chance of getting all three points and qualifying for the next stage in the competition.
Kepa – James – Zouma – Rudiger – Azpilicueta
Despite some criticism of late, Lampard is likely to stick with Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal. He has the ability to make top saves in big moments.
Reece James is likely to keep his spot at right-back, and Lampard may stick with captain Azpilicueta at left-back. His experience could be key on a big Champions League night.
After a poor performance in Saturday’s defeat to Everton, Christensen may well lose his place in the lineup to the returning Antonio Rudiger. He should partner Kurt Zouma, who has arguably been the clubs best defender this season.
Jorginho – Kante – Kovacic
N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are likely to retain their places in the starting lineup for the game against Lille. The latter particular impressed in the loss against Everton.
Mason Mount may lose out to Jorginho, who has not played in the last two. It may be time for Lampard to bring the Italian back into the side to help the team remain organized throughout.
Willian – Abraham – Pulisic
Lampard is likely to name the same front three that he did against Everton, despite a lack of chances being created.
The Chelsea boss does not seem to fancy Pedro on the right-hand side, and it would be a huge game to throw 19-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi into ahead of Christian Pulisic. The American has been one of Chelsea’s top performers in recent weeks and will want to keep that going against Lille.
Providing Abraham is fit, expect him to lead the line for the Blues.