Chelsea face Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League and the confirmed team news is in from Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard‘s side are looking for their first win in their six matches following a run of five games in all competitions without victory.
It’s been a tough first week for Lampard since returning to Chelsea. He has overseen a 1-0 defeat to Wolves in the Premier League and then a 2-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek
Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time as head coach since leaving in January 2021, a moment the 44-year-old is relishing.
Pre-match, he said: “I’m delighted to be back. It never falls short for me, the honour of being manager, head coach in whatever capacity. I’ve done it before for a season and a half and pretty much loved every minute of it. I’m happy to be back.
“My overriding feeling is, I’ve performed at Stamford Bridge in one way or another for a long time over the years, my overriding feeling is a focus on the job and trying to get wins. I appreciate being back but I’ll have my serious face on.”
Here is the confirmed team news from London as Chelsea take on Brighton.
Starting XI: Kepa, Chalobah, Fofana, Badiashile, Chilwell, Gallagher, Enzo, Zakaria, Pulisic, Sterling, Mudryk
Bench: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Cucurella, James, Kovacic, Mount, Felix, Ziyech, Aubameyang
Brighton & Hove Albion
Starting XI: Sanchez, Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan, Gross, Caicedo, March, Mac Allister, Mitoma, Ferguson
Bench: McGill, Welbeck, Enciso, Undav, Gilmour, van Hecke, Buonanotte, Offiah, Moran
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