Chelsea manager Frank Lampard spoke about team selection for the Premier League match against Manchester City on Thursday.
The Blues picked up three points when they visited Aston Villa’s Villa Park on Sunday thanks to a goal apiece from Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud.
It was, however, a tougher game than Lampard may have expected despite their domination in possession.
Instead of resting some of his players, Lampard had to use four of the five substitutions available in order to turn the tide after trailing 1-0 at half time.
Asked about the possibility of using a “second team” against Manchester City, Lampard told the Express: “Yes, tentatively. I did before this game try and look at it.
“It is difficult because what happens in this game always affects the next one.
“But you have to plan and look forward so I have got an idea and I will look at how players recover first and foremost.
Lampard admitted that he didn’t expect some players to play 90 minutes at the Villa game.
The former Derby County boss also dropped a hint at his team selection for the big game against Manchester City.
“It will be a different type of game City. It will be a team who want to play possession so a big part of our game will be our pressing,” he said.
“Today, we couldn’t do it. It was more about recoveries and second balls against City we will want to be more aggressive in the work we do to win it back.
“We will look at the attributes of the players and we will see.”
Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante who played 90 minutes against Villa are two players that would fit the criteria of “a pressing team”.
Pedro Rodriguez could be another option considering his work-rate, especially now that he has reportedly agreed to a short-term contract with the club until the end of the season (The Telegraph).
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