IT'S all hands on deck for Frank Lampard as Chelsea welcome Man Utd on Monday night.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to be given the number one spot back, after being dropped for Willy Caballero before the winter break.
Meanwhile, the weekend saw big developments on the potential transfer of Jadon Sancho in the summer, while Matias Vecino could be joining from Inter Milan for £23m.
Follow all the latest Chelsea gossip, updates and news below…
'UNITED STILL IN IT'
Frank Lampard believes Man Utd will still be able to catch Chelsea, even if the Blues win tonight.
The Stamford Bridge outfit currently sit in fourth place, six points ahead of United down in ninth.
Yet, Lampard is wary of another twist in the campaign.
As reported by the Independent, when asked if United are out of running for top four with a defeat, the Chelsea boss said: “No, not on nine points.
“Not at this time with the amount of points to play for and the way the Premier League is, certainly not.”
Ex-Man United defender Paul Parker believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in a better position than Frank Lampard going into their clash tonight.
Chelsea take on the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge with both sides challenging for a Champions League spot in the Premier League.
Speaking to the Racing Post, Parker said: “Although a lot of people are saying United are the club in trouble, I would rather be in Ole's shoes.
“I think Ole is in the better position because he's managing a massive club and Chelsea are still trying to get to that level.
“So I think if he can qualify for the Champions League, or win a trophy, he's in a much better position going forward with more potential to achieve.”
MORNING, BLUES FANS
Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge tonight with just six points separating the sides.
A win would see the Red Devils complete a Prem double over Frank Lampard's men.
But the Blues boss used the Prem table to motivate his players in the week in the hope it will spur them to victory against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.
United legend Paul Parker claimed Lampard is under silent pressure and he'd rather be in Solskjaer's shoes than those of Chelsea's legendary former midfielder.
Reports linking Jadon Sancho with a Stamford Bridge switch refuse to go away despite suggestions the West Londoners has cooled their interest.
Alleged “seduction business” started by the Blues led to suggestions the club had edged ahead of the Red Devils in the £100m race for the Englishman.
And another midfielder said to be on the way in is £23m rated man Matias Vecino from Inter Milan.
Having been linked with the club when Maurizio Sarri was in charge, the Blues are said to have kept tabs on him and will complete a move for him to join in the summer.
TO BE FRANK
Frank Lampard cannot take his eyes off how the table is turning.
The Chelsea boss has admitted a daily obsession with studying the league table as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.
The Blues boss said: “I don’t think it’s the worst motivational tool for all of us to reallyunderstand the situation, because I have a deep sense of pride about wanting to get fourth.
“I remember having that asa player.
“We were fighting generally for first and second for a good period when I was here and that’s how you should be. So I don’t mindreferencing that to the players.
“I look at the league table two or three times a day, sometimes. You can become obsessed.
“That’s for me to do. For the players, reminding them sometimes is fine.”
BARK-ING UP THE WRONG TREE
Frank Lampard's decision to promote Scottish youngster Billy Gilmour to his first-team squad could mean the writing is on the wall for Ross Barkley at Chelsea, according to The Express.
Former Derby boss Lampard had no choice but to promote youth after Chelsea's transfer ban but his decision to insert the 18-year-old into his squad is a ringing endorsement of Gilmour's talents.
However, it could be bad news for Barkley. The former Everton midfielder has started only 6 Premier League games this season and is already behind Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount in Chelsea's pecking order.
David Moyes was rumoured to be trying to bring Barkley to West Ham in the January transfer window but a move never materialised.
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