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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard gave starting opportunities to a couple of youngsters in our season opener against Manchester United on Sunday.
Despite a good performance at Old Trafford on Sunday, Chelsea were beaten 4-0, and Lampard was criticised by Jose Mourinho for fielding youth ahead of experience.
Lampard defended himself by saying that he used his best squad against United and that the senior players who missed the game weren’t fit.
The new boss has now revealed that both Willian and Antonio Rudiger who are both returning from injury will be on the bench against Liverpool.
Lampard said in his press conference: “Willian and Rudiger are here with us but they’re in different stages of recovery. Willian is not far from being fit, his injury has healed but it’s tough to bring him back for such a high-intensity match. He’ll be working through this week to build his fitness and will be on the bench tomorrow.
“It’s a similar situation with Rudiger but we felt it was important for us to bring them here because they were a big part of the success last season.”
Despite the heavy loss on Sunday, Lampard believes that his side will bounce back tonight.
Lampard said: “In terms of the defeat, I think you always learn as a manager along with your players. We played very well for 60 minutes but if you make defensive errors against good teams then it will cost you. We have to be adaptable and accept the strengths of our opponent so there may be subtle changes in our approach but one thing that won’t change is our intensity to win the ball back.
“I’m optimistic because I believe in the players. We’re here in the final because we deserve to be due to the achievements of the players and the club last season. We understand the quality of an opponent like Liverpool because they deservingly won the Champions League this year.
“They have a good manager and players so it will be a test but I know if we play at our best then we can win the match.”