Three changes that Lampard needs to make against Liverpool
Chelsea will head into yet another titanic clash on Wednesday night against Liverpool, in the battle for the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul, Turkey.
The turnaround for the Frank Lampard-led charges is quite short, with the match coming three days after the 4-0 mauling by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
Lampard was partially criticized for his team selection against United, despite the Blues dominating the match for long spells.
The former midfielder went for young players for the fixture, even though his hands were forced owing to lack of transfer business in the summer and injuries to some of his key players.
The team, however, showed hunger through the match and can battle on all fronts for titles this season. It will not be any different in tonight's match against the Reds.
Lampard will, however, need to make some changes if he will stand any chance of challenging Jurgen Klopp's men for the continental trophy.
Lampard can stand a chance against Klopp in Istanbul, but only if he can make some changes;
1. N'Golo Kante to start
Kante has been recovering from a niggling injury he suffered last season and only made the bench at Old Trafford with Lampard taking time to get him back.
The manager has revealed that he suffered another knock during the United match but will be a key addition in the middle of the park alongside Jorginho if selected from the start.
He trained with the team on Tuesday at the Besiktas grounds and might be in line for a start.
2. Olivier Giroud for Abraham
Abraham showed his potential once again on Sunday and was only unlucky not to be on the scoresheet after rattling the post after only four minutes. He also showed good holdup play through the match and troubled United's defense from time to time.
But against an experienced backline led by Van Dijk, arguably the best defender across Europe at the moment, Giroud's experience in big matches will be much-needed. Abraham can be introduced later, but for Chelsea to trouble the Reds' backline, Giroud should start.
3. Christian Pulisic for Mason Mount
It was a surprise that Pulisic started on the bench against United. Mount was key in most Chelsea attacks, but he fizzled out in the second half when United totally controlled the match.
The American showed in his short cameo what he can do, with and off the ball, and his tricky runs can prove the difference.