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Why Lampard should have Willian, Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic all starting against Palace

Callum Hudson Odoi


Why Lampard should have Willian, Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic all starting against Palace

Chelsea are still recovering from an emphatic match against Ajax on Tuesday evening, an eight goal thriller that saw them come back from 4-1 down just after half time, to draw the match 4-4.

There will be a lot of heavy legs in training this week, but preparation has started for their next match on Saturday, the early Premier League kick off against Crystal Palace.

Palace currently sit 9th in the league and have lost their last two matches, but still present Chelsea with a real challenge.

Frank Lampard will be contemplating his next starting line up, and the Blues boss has some decisions to make.

Mason Mount is nursing an ankle injury after picking up a knock against Ajax. The Independent report that he is going for a scan and is expected to be out until after the international break at least.

Jorginho is suspended after reaching his limit for yellow cards so far this season.

Lampard should absolutely be looking at using a front four of Christian Pulisic, Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham.

Willian or Pulisic will comfortably slot in the Mount number ten role behind Abraham and in front of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

Reece James has earned a start on merit, and if there is continued issues with Emerson’s fitness after being left out of the Champions League squad this week, then Cesar Azpilicueta must start at left back.

The back two right now should stay the same, and here you have a total winning formula.

Willian or Pulisic would be very effective in the ten role, both having good experience of playing there, you’d then have Hudson-Odoi’s direct pace and skill on the wing, with the added energy of James bursting up and down the right flank delivering pinpoint crosses to Abraham in the middle.

This still gives you the legs and energy to press high, and also gives you the goal threat in attack still.


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