Frank Lampard might be trying to get one over on his old mentor Jose Mourinho all over again on Tuesday when his Chelsea facet face Tottenham Hotspur within the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
The Blues journey to North London off the returned of a 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday – a disappointing result at the face of it but one that may had been appreciably worse once they fell three dreams down interior 27 minutes.
Lampard will be demanding greater from his aspect for this derby, even though, as they appearance to exploit a Spurs agenda which sees them play 3 times in the area of simply five days.
Out: Christian Pulisic (thigh), Hakim Ziyech (knee), Billy Gilmour (knee), Marco van Ginkel (knee)
Doubtful: Edouard Mendy (fitness)
Chelsea have a ways much less want to rotate than their overworked hosts, but changes are nevertheless expected because of both the concern stage of the EFL Cup and the overall performance degree on the weekend.
The shielding line specially can be completely unique to the only which shipped three desires in an error-strewn horror 1/2-hour at the Hawthorns on Saturday, together with a debut for brand new signing Edouard Mendy.
The goalkeeper changed into no longer deemed equipped for the weekend as Kepa Arrizabalaga changed into dropped and Willy Caballero took his area, however Lampard may see an EFL Cup fit as a very good opportunity to provide his side’s latest arrival his first taste of English soccer.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell can also come into the defence – the latter for his full Chelsea debut – with Thiago Silva and Marcos Alonso possibly to sit out having been mainly culpable for the West Brom dreams.
Other gamers who’ve been on the fringes currently, such as Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi – the latter of whom scored off the bench in opposition to the Baggies – will also be hopeful of a start.
Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick inside the last round and could hold his region as a result, even though he has commenced all of Chelsea’s games to date this season and so can be due a relaxation.
Tuesday’s fit is expected to return simply too quickly for Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, at the same time as Billy Gilmour and Marco van Ginkel are longer-time period absentees.