Lampard starts by reporting Christian Pulisic is back in contention and Kai Havertz is available having played some minutes on Tuesday. ‘We’re in good shape,’ Lampard adds.
Lampard confirms there is an option to extend Thiago Silva’s contract by another year
Lampard says Diego Maradona was his idol growing up: ‘He was the player on the world stage that made me fall in love with the game. I was fortunate to meet him very briefly, he was a footballing god and it is very sad.’
Lampard says he is delighted there will be some fans back at Stamford Bridge for the Leeds game, and he hopes the numbers in stadia can quickly rise in the coming months if it is safe to do so.
Lampard says beating Tottenham twice last season is not relevant for Sunday’s game. He notes they strengthened their squad in the summer, and their start to the season – and their line-up last night – has shown the depth of it.
Lampard says healthy competition is vital to help players push each other throughout the season. He says if it is a problem for him to pick the starting XI, that is a positive.
On Sunday being Roman Abramovich’s 1000th game as Chelsea owner, Lampard says the best thing he and the players can do to mark it is to win on Sunday. Lampard adds a ‘huge thank you’ for everything he has done for Chelsea on and off the pitch.
That’s all for now.
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