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Chelsea players will play their 19th league game of the season on Boxing Day as the Blues host Southampton on Thursday evening.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has revealed that his players must take the sacrifice of being without their families during the holiday to prepare for games.
Lampard wants Chelsea’s form to continue from the deserved victory against Tottenham, and he expects a better home form from his side, starting with a win against the Saints on Boxing Day.
“As footballers we have a lot of benefits in this life, and this is one of the periods where you have to sacrifice a bit of family time,” said Lampard.
“The lads will train this morning, the lads will train tomorrow morning and we’ll be in a hotel in an evening before the match, and prepare as we would do.
“The points on offer over this busy period when they come thick and fast are important to us, we know that, so we’ll do everything right in our preparation.
“We need to, particularly on the back of the few games before Tottenham, show another side to our game. Can we get our home form where we want it to be against Southampton?”