Frank Lampard explains the main challenge he has faced to get Chelsea players ready for restart
The Blues have been stepping up training ahead of their first match back on June 21, when Lampard’s side head to Aston Villa.
They then host current Premier League champions Manchester City the following Thursday in an intense restart to the 2019/20 campaign.
With their final nine Premier League games plus any remaining FA Cup matches all set to be crammed in before the beginning of August, it is going to be a very busy period for all the clubs.
And Lampard, whose Chelsea side have struggled with muscle injuries this season, is being cautious not to overdo the training ahead of football’s return.
“The transition from non-contact to contact was good,” Lampard told the Chelsea website.
“It had to happen. The players were excited to get in the big groups and train with contact. It has allowed us to work at a level that is much more relevant to match play.
“We are getting there. We have another two weeks to go. Normally we would have more time than that but we know what it is.
“The players have worked very hard in training when asked to, to try to bridge the gap a bit quicker than we normally would do. As coaching staff and medically we have to have the balance right to make sure we don’t push too much.
“There have been challenges along the way, but that’s what football is. The players are getting fitter and we hope come Aston Villa we will be ready to go, with the mindset and the physical side of it to take on the games which are going to come thick and fast.”
Werner could be announced this week
Timo Werner could officially be announced as a Chelsea player this week,
That’s according to Matt Law at The Telegraph, who explains that Leipzig are not listed on German stock exchange so the clubs are free to announce the deal at a point agreed by both clubs.
That could be as early as this coming week, though Leipzig could push that back to the end of the Bundesliga season or – perhaps even later – when their Champions League run ends.
Either way, the deal is going through.
Blues to battle Everton for Dragowski
Chelsea are prepared to go hammer and tongs with Everton for the signature of Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomej Dragowski, reports in Italy suggest.
Having already tied down Willy Caballero to a new contract, the Blues may be searching for a goalkeeper to provide competition to Kepa Arrizabalaga for the number one jersey.
Tuttomercatoweb suggest their favoured target could be 22-year-old Dragowski, who made 13 appearances for the Viola this season.
But with Everton also interested, the Blues may face a struggle to convince the Poland Under-21 international to head to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Timo Werner arrival ‘likely to seal Michy Batshuayi exit’
Michy Batshuayi is reportedly expected to be sold by Chelsea this summer as the Blues close in on a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Liverpool were long considered to be the favourites for Werner, but Frank Lampard’s side have seemingly moved into pole position for the Germany international.
The 24-year-old is expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, and according to football.london, the deal is likely to seal Batshuayi’s exit.
The Belgium international has only scored once in 16 Premier League appearances during the 2019-20 campaign, while he has managed just eight league goals in 48 outings for his current club since arriving from Marseille in July 2016.
Batshuayi has recently enjoyed successful loan spells with both Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace, but the striker has been unable to show his best form for his parent side.
West Ham United are allegedly at the head of the queue for a player who could command a £40m fee during this summer’s transfer window.