The German has made a low-key debut with the Blues, but his new coach knows that he will be very good when he is in good shape.
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Still, Lampard has no worries about the 21-year-old, who he says is not fully physically ready. ” Kai has held various positions in his career, such as number nine, number eight and number 10 Lampard said at a press conference. “He played a lot on the right for Leverkusen and I have my own vision for the future. The key now is to get him back in shape. Kai, with the situation we are in, we are not able to” wait. We have to get him back in shape, and it will be very clear why he is here. ”
“Take advantage of this match to get back in shape”
Chelsea hope to recover quickly from their defeat this weekend when they play again this Wednesday in the Carabao Cup. Barnsley travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday hoping to create a surprise, but Lampard are delighted to have an extra game to allow their players to return to full fitness: ” We are in the position that this game for me of course is to qualify for the next round, it will always be, but I have an eye on the team’s physical shape because we are not in good shape now, this means that our games, our pressure and the speed of our game will be very difficult to reach the level we want with this form.
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“So I will use this game mainly to get the first team back in shape. As for Barnsley and respecting the competition, it’s a huge night for us for our team. We are. In a very difficult position. I want to not compare ourselves to any other team, but we had as short a break as possible due to our Champions League game against Bayern Munich, which took place two weeks after the end of the Premier League season, then we came back and played when everyone started , unlike some other Premier League teams. ” added Frank Lampard.
“We also had some new signings, we also had players in quarantine at the beginning of the preseason, so we are clearly in preseason mode and that is why you should not judge too much. too much for the team’s assessment at this point in the season as we lack physical fitness for the players on the team ” , concluded the Chelsea coach.