Chelsea host Brentford in the Premier League in midweek and are looking to record their first win under caretaker boss Frank Lampard.
Since the 44-year-old’s appointment to succeed Graham Potter on a temporary basis, Lampard has overseen four defeats from four in all competitions, which has seen Chelsea crash out of the Champions League and remain in 11th in the Premier League.
There are now seven games of Chelsea’s season left and Lampard wants his team to give everything they’ve got to finish strongly ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s expected arrival as the club’s new head coach.
Chelsea were held to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture back in October and sights have been set on claiming all three points at Stamford Bridge to close reduce the gap to the Bees, who sit five points ahead of the Blues in 10th, and to put an end to their losing streak which hasn’t seen them win since March 11.
“I don’t have a mentality that there’s nothing to play for,” responded Lampard on the final seven games of the Premier League season. “You won’t compete absolutely every season. It comes down to personal pride and responsibility. The run-in is really tough, so my interest is to see how the players react to that.”
Here is all the information for the league encounter:
Date, kick-off-time and location
The Premier League clash between Chelsea and Brentford will kick-off at 7.45pm (UK) on Wednesday 26th April 2023, with the game being played at Stamford Bridge, London.
How to watch Chelsea vs Brentford
For those based in the United Kingdom, it will be available to watch live on BT Sport.
Chelsea team news to face Brentford
Reece James (hamstring) has been ruled out for the rest of the season, while Mason Mount will undergo minor surgery and is likely to have played his final minutes this term.
“Reece James is unavailable, probably for the season,” confirmed Lampard. “Mason Mount the same, potential for the last game of the season but probably not. That’s obviously disappointing for us.”
Lampard added: “Mason has been carrying this pelvic injury for quite a while, definitely pre-dates myself, so he’s been trying typically, medical staff have been trying. But we’ve got to a stage now where he will have minor surgery. Then, probably a four-week recovery where we know where that gets us to.”
Kai Havertz will also miss the game due to a knee problem but is hoped to return in time to face Arsenal next week.
Lampard revealed: “Kai is still struggling a little bit with his knee, so won’t be available for tomorrow but the good news is he should be training by the end of the week.”
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