Benoit Badiashile will miss Sunday’s game against Manchester City due to a groin injury, according to Frank Lampard. This is one of up to eight injuries the Chelsea manager must deal with.
No of what happens with Arsenal’s game against Nottingham Forest the day before, City will win the Premier League if they defeat Chelsea at the Etihad. Mikel Arteta’s team losing at the City Ground would transform Sunday into a coronation because first place would already be secured.
As Chelsea’s interim manager, Lampard had a disastrous start with six straight losses in all competitions before winning four of his last two games. But center-back Badiashile has joined up to seven other players at Stamford Bridge who are out this weekend due to a growing list of fitness concerns.
When asked about injuries, Lampard said to the press that “we’re pretty much similar to where we have been recently.” “Marc Cucurella, Mason Mount, Reece James, Chilly (Ben Chilwell), N’Golo Kante, and are not fit.
Despite practicing this week, Kalidou Koulibaly is not prepared for a match like this. To be fair, he is ahead of schedule. Benoit will not play in the game after suffering a groin injury in practice two days ago. We are currently evaluating it.
The health of Mateo Kovacic will be Lampard’s
eighth worry, despite the fact that he was not mentioned. The Croatian international left last week’s 2-2 draw with Forest limping off in the first half with what appeared to be a muscular issue; he has not been seen in first-team training.
Lampard would have a difficult time stopping City’s title bid even with a completely healthy squad given Pep Guardiola’s team’s uncanny form. The Blues have won 17 of their past 19 games, with the two draws coming in their separate Champions League matches against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on the road. They currently appear to be on pace to win an illustrious treble.
Despite being aware of the magnitude of the task ahead, Lampard, who played one season with City in 2014–2015, refrained from claiming that his opponents are the best team in the Premier League.
“I’m not familiar with the best. Regarding Man City, Lampard stated, “I believe that’s a difficult debate. But they seem like a terrific team, in my opinion. They have been consistently doing so for a considerable amount of time.
“They continue to perform at those levels year
after year. They are on the verge of becoming the best squad in history. The Champions League victory would undoubtedly be the icing on the cake. Given their current form, you wouldn’t want to wager against them in any situation, thus the club deserves enormous praise.