What's going on with Chelsea? The 250,000,000 euros invested in players previous summers, the arrival of Bundesliga stars Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, are not giving results at Stamford Bridge so far. Under the fire of the media is manager Frank Lampard who walks on a thin wire, looking into the abyss.
If there are no better results soon, there is no doubt that the boss Roman Abramović will cut quickly and thank the young expert for his cooperation. Only ninth place, with 10 points less than the leader Manchester United, is a devastating look at the current Premier League table for Chelsea fans.
Today, the Blues are guests in the neighborhood, at the nearby Craven Cottage against Fulham (18.30) in a small city derby in the 19th round of the Premier League. Fulham is in a series of five draws in the championship. Last week, they draw with Tottenham (1: 1) away.
Serbian national team player Aleksandar Mitrović is in crisis, he has been without a goal in the championship for four months.
He was not in the team four days ago due to a minor injury he suffered in the FA Cup match against Queens Park Rangers, and he will probably not go out on the field today.
How we said above, the 250,000,000 euros invested in players previous summers, the arrival of Bundesliga stars Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, are not giving results at Stamford Bridge so far. Manager Scott Parker was left without team captain Tom Cairney, who has a knee injury, and Mario Lemina is also out.
Defenders Andreas Christensen and James had minor injuries, but they have returned to training and will be in competition for the match with the city rival. Lampard will not be able to count on N’Golo Kante. He had a ligament injury, returned to the training process, but missed the duel with Fulham due to yellow cards.
Apart from the French, others are ready for the duel. Chelsea has an imperative to win. The tradition goes in favor of Chelsea, which has won the last five games against its neighbors in the Premier League. The team from Craven Cottage has not beaten Chelsea since 2006, ie the previous 19 games.
The small derby of the Premier League is played in Leicester, where the great Southampton arrives (21.00). The Foxes are in the game for the Champions League this season as well, while Southampton is surprisingly good. The host was not defeated in the championship in the last four rounds and Southampton in the last three.
Southampton arrives in Leicester without the best player and scorer Danny Ings. He is positive for the coronavirus after the match with Liverpool, so he is in quarantine. Goalkeeper McCarthy and striker Adams have recovered from injuries.