Frank Lampard will make wholesale changes for tonight’s game against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, with the Chelsea head coach evaluating which players recovered best from Saturday’s dismal defeat away to Arsenal.
Hakim Ziyech remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell faced Arsenal despite being troubled by knee and ankle issues.
Speaking after the 3-1 loss at the Emirates, Lampard said that he would have a conversation with striker Timo Werner over whether the Germany international feels that he needs a rest. The 24-year-old has now gone 10 games without a goal but was substituted at half-time.
Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi are likely to start having improved Chelsea’s performance in the second period, while Kai Havertz will could come into midfield.
Lampard said he brought N’Golo Kante off in North London with Monday’s game in mind, suggesting there could potentially be a shift in formation due to the freshness of available personnel.
Olivier Giroud could replace Tammy Abraham up front and Thiago Silva may not be risked at centre back with Lampard previously saying that they needed to manage the Brazilian veteran’s playing load.
The squad were at Cobham yesterday for a recovery session. “We will have to prepare for the game as we always would, but it will be a lot of recovery for players that have played minutes,” Lampard said.
“Some of the players that haven’t played today have done some work on the pitch afterwards and will prepare for Villa as we normally would and we are looking at them.”
Chelsea team vs Aston Villa: Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Toni Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount; Olivier Giroud.
You can follow all the action from Stamford Bridge in our live blog on football.london this evening., with the game kicking-off at 5:30pm.