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Chelsea probable line-up against Manchester United, Pulisic starts

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The Premier league kicks off effectively this weekend but how will Chelsea line-up against Manchester United in their league opener?

Frank Lampard will lead the Blues to their first outing of the 2019/20 against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Lampard inherited a thin squad from Maurizio Sarri and he has been restricted to working with no new players but he has integrated the youth set-up into the first team.

Chelsea had a pre-season of ups and downs but Lampard will be hoping to lead the Blues to a top four finish in the league at least.

The former Blues midfielder wants Chelsea to play in a 4-2-3-1 system that will involve the team pressing high up the pitch, which will be a complete deviation from the Sarri-ball system.

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Lampard has quite a chunk of his key players out with injuries.

Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger are all nearing full fitness after sustaining various injuries.

Willian and Ngolo Kante are expected to be a part of the league opener.

The imminent move of David Luiz to Arsenal means Lampard will have a selection headache in his back-line.

But EPLVAR thinks, Chelsea will line-up this way against Manchester United.

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Two Clubs In Contention For Chelsea Star Who Had An Eventful 2018-19 Campaign

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France international Tiemoue Bakayoko is reportedly one of Chelsea players who could leave Stamford Bridge this summer as two Ligue 1 giants are trailing his situation under Frank Lampard.

Bakayoko, who had a great loan spell at AC Milan last season, is surplus to requirements as he is not rated by Frank Lampard.

With some days to the end of the European summer transfer market, the Frenchman is hoping to dump the Blues in search of regular first-team opportunities to rediscover his form.

Luckily, two clubs from his country PSG and Monaco are keenly interested in him as both clubs want to add homegrown talents to their respective squads.

Monaco were first linked with the player but latest report via the Daily Express has it that the Parc des Princes outfit are set to compete with their rival for the player.

Despite acquiring the services of  Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye from Manchester United and Everton respectively, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel still desires to add one or two new signings to his midfield setup.

If Transfermarkt’s evaluation is anything to trust, then, PSG should be ready to release nothing less than €35m to Chelsea for the midfielder.

Meanwhile, the  Blues recorded their first stalemate of the season after playing a 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Sunday.

A seven-minute goal from Mason Mount gave the Blues a first-half lead but Wilfred Ndidi equalized for the visiting Brendan Rodgers’ men in the second half as both sides settled for a draw.

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Jurgen Klopp reveals the question Frank Lampard’s asked him during Super Cup clash

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Liverpool  boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he was quizzed by Frank Lampard about Liverpool next fixture.

Chelsea were held by Liverpool to 2-2 draw after 120minutes but it was the Reds that smiled away with the trophy after the game was decided by penalties.

Most pundits and fans did not give Chelsea any chance in the game following their shambolic defeat against Manchester United in the league last season.

Olivier Giroud had put the side in the lead in the first half before Liverpool Sadio Mane equalised and they ended up playing extra time.

Tammy Abraham became the villain for Chelsea after his penalty was saved by Liverpool new boy Adrian.

Liverpool take on Southampton over the weekend and Klopp is ruing the fixtures.

“Actually we don’t have time for that!” he joked when asked if his players will now be able to touch the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign.

“We play on Saturday again, we have to find a way to be ready for that game.

“After 90 minutes, I think, when it was close to the final whistle, Frank Lampard asked me: ‘Where do you play and when do you play [at the weekend]?’ And I said ‘Southampton on Saturday – congratulations!’

“Nobody wanted extra-time tonight, they play Leicester at home on Sunday but they played last Sunday so there was no advantage tonight but for the next game for both it will be pretty tough.

“But we have to be ready again and that’s my present to the players to help them recover so that they are ready for the game.

“It was a big fight tonight and I didn’t know before the game how good it would be when you win it, but it’s brilliant, it’s really big.

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Chelsea advance talks to sell Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Monaco are in talks with Chelsea over a potential move for midfield flop  Tiemoue Bakayoko, this is according to reports.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard does not feature Bakayoko in his plans for the season and he has asked the French star to leave.

Bakayoko enjoyed what was adjudged as a fine form while he was on loan with AC Milan last season  and he returned to the Blues this summer with high hopes.

Alas, his best bet at playing regularly this season is away from Chelsea.

He has been linked with a move to the Turkish league but it appears that he would end up lacing his boots for his former club.

French newspaper L’Equipe, as quoted by Metro, claim Monaco have taken knowledge of their former player and they have proposed a loan move for him, with the option of buying him permanently at the end his spell.

Bakayoko joined Chelsea with the pedigree of a top-notch player but his stock has reduced greatly.

The signing of Mateo Kovacic and Lampard’s belief in Mason Mount has been his undoing at the club.

He may find his form at Monaco.

 

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