Lampard could use academy players v Bayern Munich amid injuries and suspensions
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could use some of his academy players amid injuries and suspensions for Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
The Blues could be without several of their first-team players for their trip to Germany this weekend.
A few of them will certainly not be available; Jorginho and Marcos Alonso who will serve their suspension after the yellow card and the red card in the first leg, respectively, and Billy Gilmour who underwent knee surgery will be out for several months.
Lampard also previously ruled out Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro who suffered injuries in last Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.
The manager will provide further updates in his press conference on Friday.
Chelsea also missed several players for the cup final; Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as well as N’Golo Kante who was not fit enough to feature although he was on the bench.
With these potential absences, it makes sense if Lampard may want to have a look at the academy players, particularly Lewis Bate.
Since the three players Lampard has used in the holding midfield role; Jorginho, Gilmour and possibly Kante could be unavailable, Bate would be one of the obvious choices, alongside Mateo Kovacic.
The 17-year-old has regularly trained with the first-team since the lockdown period and Lampard has since named Bate in his squad on several occasions.
Bate has been learning from N’Golo Kante as he admitted he enjoyed playing with and against the France international.
“N’Golo Kante is a central midfielder like me and I’m learning from him – the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch is good,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“I trained with them four times during the normal season and the tempo and quality is high but training with them day-in, day-out just highlights how much quality they have – even after three months without playing.”
Other academy players who have been training with the first team are: Armando Broja, Henry Lawrence, Tino Anjorin, Lewis Bate, Tino Livramento, Dynel Simeu, and Ian Maatsen.