Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suggested his current team set-up could still change and said he is going to judge players during games.
As often happens when a new manager takes over, there are going to be winners and losers among the squad.
Thursday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur was only Tuchel’s third game in charge, but arguably, there are already a few Chelsea players who have been out of the picture.
Billy Gilmour, Emerson, and perhaps even Kurt Zouma who unfortunately missed out on the Spurs game due to injury, are just a few examples.
However, Tuchel insisted that the current team set-up is not final when asked about Zouma, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech’s lack of involvement so far.
“Yeah, but we need more experience to get to know them better, and they need more experience with me to get to know me better,” he told Chelsea TV after the game.
“This is not finished. But of course, there is no better way to get to know the players than in games and difficult situations.
“From there you can learn a lot about the characters, the team spirit, the quality and how to use them.
“Then you go on, this does not stop.”
Given the good performances recently, it is difficult for Tuchel to justify any drastic changes in the line-up.
Chilwell, Ziyech, or N’Golo Kante would not be happy about losing their spots after playing regularly under Lampard, but Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Jorginho have proved that they deserve to start.
Obviously, it is very difficult when you have just the final 10 minutes of a game to impress, or even worse, not in the matchday squad like Gilmour in the past three games.
But with games coming thick and fast, Tuchel will eventually need to rotate the team, and it is up to these players to make a case for themselves.