Lampard says Abraham can ‘improve even more’ and provides huge injury update

first_img“[Reece] James, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and [N’Golo] Kante are fit, but not match fit. They might have another game in the Under-23s… N’Golo a bit more time. Everyone else is fit.”Leading Chelsea in Europe for the first time?“I will be proud to do it. I had some incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones. It’s the ultimate in club football.“There is something about Stamford Bridge, Champions League football and that music. I will be proud to do it.” Getty Images – Getty latest Tammy Abraham has seven goals in his last three Premier League games SORRY Have you spoken with the club’s youngsters about the difference playing in the Champions League?“I haven’t spoken to them in detail about it. It is different, the main thing is that the concentration levels throughout the game have to be spot on. The different level can surprise you. It will be that focus, will be the main point.” Napoli vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTBorussia Dortmund vs Barcelona (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Olympiakos vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORTShakhtar Donetsk vs Man City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTPSG vs Real Madrid (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Eintracht Frankfurt vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 3 appointed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday cracker ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Getty Images – Getty PAYBACK LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion getty images Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more LIVE on talkSPORT “I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him,” Lampard said on Monday. “He is in a good place and can improve even more.“I know a lot was made of the (transfer) ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.”As for the possibility of England missing out on Abraham should he opt to play for Nigeria, Lampard added: “That’s not a question for me. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Will Valencia be more dangerous because of the ongoing turmoil at the club?“I am aware of what is going on. At the same time, it doesn’t affect our and my approach. We are going up against a team of fantastic quality.“Every moment is different, but it can make a team tighter on the pitch. We are certainly ready for a team on the pitch. You need to know the details, so I won’t go into that.What is the target for this year’s Champions League?“I think the target is to qualify in the group; it’s a tough group, but I think we have talent that can blossom in the Champions League. There are two parts, pre-Christmas and if you get through then post-Christmas, but I know the dangers of the group.”Team news?“Toni [Rudiger] is injured. He aggravated a small groin problem [against Wolves], he will have a scan. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Tammy Abraham’s red hot form has come as no surprise to Frank Lampard, who says he has always ‘trusted’ the Chelsea youngster.Abraham thrust himself further into the spotlight with a hat-trick at Wolves which put him joint top of the Premier League goalscoring charts alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, with Lampard insisting he can get better and better. scrap 3 revealed Antonio Rudiger will be missing from the Chelsea squad to face Valencia owing to a groin injury Mason Mount is one of the Chelsea youngsters to have taken the Premier League by storm this season “He has put himself in a bracket by being a top scorer in England. It is one for Gareth [Southgate] but it is clear Tammy will be wanted.”Ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League opener against Valencia, Lampard also discussed his pride at making his European managerial debut, the club’s target in this year’s competition and the latest injury news.Here’s everything he had to say about all of that, plus more…last_img

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