As Liverpool prepare to take a look at Chelsea on Sunday, are Blues supporters confident of becoming the 1st side to take points off the Reds in the Premier League?
Jurgen Klopp‘s suffered their 1st defeat of the campaign on Tuesday evening, losing two- away to Napoli in their Champions League opener.
There really should be no panic with regards to the outcome, nevertheless, and it is time to concentrate on Premier League commitments once again.
Liverpool take on Chelsea this weekend, with Frank Lampard nonetheless settling into life as manager, but obtaining a lot out of some talented young players.
Ahead of the game, we spoke to Stamford Bridge frequent Richard Lengthy (@Chelseafan_Rick) to get his thoughts on each sides’ seasons to date and how Sunday’s game could pan out.
Chelsea sit sixth in the Premier League – how content are you with their commence to the season?
In quite a few methods our commence is what I anticipated.
You can see the way Lampard is attempting to play and it is going to take the group a couple of months to have an understanding of his approaches.
Chelsea supporters knew this going into the season, so there’s no excellent stress on the group or manager from the fans, which is truly fairly refreshing.
We’ve been truly unlucky with injuries, as well, and there are players who will increase the group after back.
The absence of N’Golo Kante is specifically noticeable.
How has Lampard fared as manager?
The vast majority of Chelsea fans are content material with his commence.
He has managed to unite the fans following final season, exactly where the atmosphere in the stadium and opinions of quite a few became toxic at occasions.
Every single supporter desires players from their academy to push by way of to the 1st group, so to see Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori not only becoming offered their possibility, but also taking it, is unique.
There’s been some lazy commentary from pundits blaming youth for our stuttering commence, but it is just poor punditry.
The younger players have truly impressed and it is the extra skilled folks such as Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro that need to have to step up.
I do feel Lampard requires to increase the defence, even though.
We’ve got Antonio Rudiger and Reece James to come back for us which will enable, but we just appear like we are going to concede each and every time there’s an attack against us.
Azpilicueta, in unique, has created a terrible commence to the season.
Which players have shone brightest in the opening month?
Mount has been a breath of fresh air in attacking midfield. He’s got brilliant power and chases down each and every defender.
His ambitions this season have all been truly nicely-taken and I feel he’s got the excellent mentor in Lampard to truly create into a amazing footballer.
I’ve been most shocked even though by Abraham—if I’m sincere, I didn’t count on as well considerably from him this season and believed he would be restricted to cup competitions.
Absolutely everyone knew he was a superior finisher, but he has shown that there is a lot extra to his game.
His third aim against Wolves final weekend showed excellent strength and a fast alter of pace, which are qualities I hadn’t related with him.
What is your realistic aim for the campaign?
Prior to the season began I anticipated us to finish fifth and perhaps have a decent FA Cup run. I am sticking with that.
I feel absolutely everyone can see this group is far from the completed write-up and there is a lot of operate to be carried out if we are to challenge Man City and Liverpool once again.
That stated, I’m not convinced we are considerably worse than our other rivals from what I have noticed so far this season.
Champions League qualification would represent a superior campaign, offered our circumstance.
How do you price Liverpool’s commence to the season? Title favourites?
I have been shocked at Liverpool’s potential to choose up from exactly where they left off final season and didn’t count on it.
It has definitely been a incredibly impressive commence and they can advantage from some essential injuries City have picked up in defence.
That stated, I am nonetheless tipping City to win it primarily based on the strength of squad out there to them.
I often really feel like Liverpool are a essential injury to a large player away from their title challenge becoming derailed.
If Roberto Firmino gets injured for a extended period of time and Divock Origi has to commence in his location, that is going to have a dramatic effect.
I was truly shocked that Liverpool didn’t increase the squad drastically more than the summer time to compete with City’s—fans are entitled to criticise that selection, based on how the season goes.
Who do you worry most from the Reds on Sunday?
I often attempt to feel of a clever response when responding to this Q&A, but the answer is often the exact same.
The front 3 are just devastating and I feel they are going to truly love playing against our defence on Sunday.
The way they can combine with each other or score ambitions from an person piece of play is unique.
More than the final couple of years I’ve gone from watching Liverpool on a regular basis to love their struggles to now actively avoiding their games due to the fact of how superior they are.
These 3 players are the major purpose for that.
Exactly where will the essential battles take location?
We will concede in the game at some point, so it is important we take the probabilities we get.
For that purpose, I feel the battle involving Abraham and Virgil van Dijk is the most significant battle on the pitch.
If Van Dijk dominates then that is our most significant aim threat gone, and with Mount most likely to be injured, I’m struggling to see who else is going to step up with ambitions from open play.
I’m truly nervous for our defence, to be sincere.
We’ve attempted a variety of combinations of players at the back and formations, none of which have worked.
Attacks from the left wing against Azpilicueta have been helpful against us.
Lastly, hit us with your prediction…
I’m going for a two-two draw.
We played truly nicely against the Reds in the UEFA Super Cup and will be desperate to get a superior outcome following the disappointing defeat at residence to Valencia.