Pat Nevin said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is blessed with well-balanced squad depth but could have a problem making sure all his players are ready when needed.

The Chelsea manager faces a team selection dilemma almost twice a week.

Take the attacking spots, for example. The likes of Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been struggling to make the line-up despite their quality.

The level of competition is just that good.

Nevin even believes Chelsea could make a different XI using players who didn’t start against Spurs and would still be able to compete.

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He told Chelsea’s official website: “Is there one player who we absolutely couldn’t do without in a crisis?

“Of course you always want N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva in the side, but can we cope without them?

“I reckon the answer is yes most of the time.

“You can say the same for Liverpool without Salah, Spurs without Kane.”

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Lack of match sharpness among fringe players

However, the former Blues forward also pointed out one potential problem when Lampard has to make a few changes in his line-up.

The Chelsea manager tends to stick with a consistent line-up to maintain current good form, which is good.

But it would also mean the fringe players might lack sharpness due to a lack of game time.

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“There is only one downside to having such an incredibly well-balanced squad – making sure as many as possible stay match fit,” he explained.

“For that reason alone I expect, and to a degree hope for, Frank to make quite a few changes on the team sheet from the weekend [against Sevilla].”

Lampard has also talked about this issue previously.

He highlighted that the first-team bubble during the Covid-19 pandemic means giving some players minutes in academy games becomes more difficult.

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