Report: Lampard asks three academy players to be ready for Bayern Munich clash
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reportedly told three academy players to be ready for their trip to Bayern Munich amid injury and suspension problems.
As we’ve reported before, Chelsea have added five youngsters to their Champions League squad ahead of Saturday’s second-leg clash against Bayern.
Both Jorginho and Marcos Alonso will not be available due to suspensions (yellow card and red card, respectively), while the likes of Billy Gilmour, Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro are almost certainly out for this game due to injuries.
Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante could return after missing the FA Cup final against Arsenal (the latter was unused sub), but Lampard has reportedly taken some extra precautions and prepare some academy players for the trip.
According to a report from Goal, the manager has told Lewis Bate, Dynel Simeu and Ian Maatsen to be ready after being selected to help ease his selection crisis for Bayern game.
While the other two academy players who have recently been included in their CL squad; Armando Broja and Henry Lawrence will possibly travel along with the team, the report added.
Bate (centre-midfielder) and Maatsen (left-back) would arguably have the better chances of playing considering Lampard’s lack of options in holding midfield and left-back roles without Jorginho, Alonso, Gilmour, and possibly Kante.
While for Simeu (centre-back), should Lampard opt for a back-three system, he could be one of the backups.