Chelsea boss Lampard provides updates on Werner & Pulisic ahead of Liverpool


Chelsea see off Brighton

Chelsea and Brighton would round of the first week of 2020/21 Premier League action on Monday evening.

There was, understandably, some excitement around the Blues on Monday as this was the first chance many fans would get to see some of the club’s marquee summer signings.

And though injuries prevented the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell from travelling to the Amex, Chelsea were still able to start German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz from the off.

The former was arguably Chelsea’s best on the night, with his blistering pace playing a key role in his winning of a penalty in the first half.

Jorginho would step up to convert the ensuing spot-kick in his typically calm fashion.

The Londoners went in with a comfortable 1-0 lead at the break, but Brighton started the second half in much the better form.

This eventually resulted in the Seagulls’ levelling things up nine minutes after the interval, via a long-range effort from Leandro Trossard.

Chelsea hit back almost instantaneously, though, with a thunderbolt of their own – this one coming from Reece James.

A Kurt Zouma strike 10 minutes later, which took a big deflection to wrong-foot Matt Ryan, then killed the game off and ensured Chelsea were heading home with all three points.

Highlights: Brighton 1-Chelsea 3

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Lampard on Pulisic & Werner

Lampard and co. must now turn their attentions to what should be a much tougher test vs Liverpool this coming Sunday.

Ahead of the clash, Lampard has moved to provide updates on a few of his stars.

First up, the Englishman confirmed that Werner took a knock when winning the aforementioned penalty on Monday, which they hope is just a dead leg.

Should it indeed just be a dead leg, Lampard seems confident the German will be ok to face Liverpool:

“He took a knock when he won the penalty which we hope is a dead leg. I would like to think if it is that we have a bit of time to get him back [for the Liverpool game].”

Lampard sounded less optimistic when speaking about Christian Pulisic, who has taken a few steps back in his recovery recently:

“Christian was training with us last week but he had a bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to be in contention for today. It would have been a big ask for today and he has had to take a few steps back and we will have to see.”

The Chelsea boss also confirmed that Jorginho, who was withdrawn after 85 minutes vs Brighton, is just tired:

“Jorginho is just tiredness. A lot of players are not fully fit at the moment and that is just the way it is. I thought they dealt with the rigors of the game very well in terms of how tough it is to come to Brighton when you are not quite there.”

Quotes via Chelsea’s official website.

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