Dealing without Jorginho, a new role for Marcos Alonso and Chelsea’s defence getting off lightly

Dealing without Jorginho

If it wasn’t bad enough being suspended for the Champions League last 16 second leg at Bayern Munich, Jorginho picked up another yellow card.

It was the Italy international’s tenth Premier League booking of the season, meaning that the midfielder will serve a two-match ban.

Jorginho will be eligible to face Liverpool in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, however he will then miss Everton, Aston Villa and Bayern.

It gives the midfielder a nice little second winter break, however for Lampard it will give him a massive headache for those matches.

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N’Golo Kante is still out injured, and there is no guarantee that he is going to be fit for those upcoming matches.

So it means we could see the return of four at the back, with three in midfield.

Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour are all going to be vying for a spot in the starting XI.

Losing Jorginho is a bit of a blow, but the biggest impact is the timing amid injury issues to Lampard’s squad.

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Can Chelsea see out the top four?

Whenever Chelsea have the chance to really tighten their grip on the top four, they somehow manage to throw it away.

The Blues had the chance to go within three points of Leicester after their defeat at Norwich City on Friday night.

They could have also moved further away from the chasing pack, but in the end they had to settle for just one point.

It begs the question over whether or not Lampard’s side can deal with the pressure and see out the campaign in the Champions League places.

“I don’t think it’s the pressure,” Lampard said. “I think it is in game. I don’t see that there is a team who is struggling with pressure. We are young, yes.

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