Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he’s been impressed with Sheffield United when he’s faced them.
Lampard was in charge of Derby County last season and took on the Blades twice in the Championship, winning once and losing once.
Now the 41-year-old is the Blues boss and has had an indifferent start to the new campaign. Like his opponents today, the West London side have four points after three Premier League matches. They also lost the UEFA Super Cup final to Liverpool.
Today they host Chris Wilder’s men at Stamford Bridge and Lampard is expecting a physical battle.
“They have started well. I was very impressed with them last season, the job Chris has done can’t be underappreciated. He feels deeply about the club and I felt that last year. I look forward to going up against them,” he said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by football.london.
“You have to give credit where it’s due. It is where they caught the eye last season and I enjoyed the tactical battle. It gives you a lot of threats.
“In terms of the Premier League, we will see if they adapt slightly and how people adapt to them. There is not just a tactical edge, but a physical edge and that might have grown slightly. I like the style of letting last season’s players have a go.”
Frank Lampard discusses injuries
As expected, Lampard also confirmed that N’Golo Kante and Pedro will miss the visit of the Blades to the capital.
Antonio Rudiger remains a doubt and played for the Under-23s on Friday in a bid to get back to full fitness.
“N’Golo Kante is not fit. Continuation of his ankle injury. Pedro is not fit, but should be the other side of the international (break),” Lampard continued.
“It is a setback (for Kante). My focus then is to make sure that he is okay. We certainly had to get it right. We must cope as a squad and we should show that.”