Lampard injury latest.
Frank Lampard will again miss out when Chelsea take on Blackburn at Ewood Park this afternoon. The midfielder has missed the last ten games and according to Sporting Preview.com, he has now set his sights on playing a part in next Sunday’s trip to Anfield. Alex, who has recovered from a thigh problem, is set to start against Sam Allardyce’s men and his inclusion will see Branislav Ivanovic move to right-back. Ramires is still absent but he could be ready for a return against Spartak Moscow. Blackburn have Chris Samba back after a one game suspension and he will return to centre-back alongside Ryan Nelsen. Midfield duo Steven Nzonzi and Vince Grella are out with hamstring and groin injuries respectively.
Ancelotti wants ruthlessness.
Carlo Ancelotti has called for his Chelsea side to be more ruthless when they take on Blackburn. Although the Blues have a five point lead at the top of the table, the boss feels that they underperformed in their recent away fixtures against Manchester City and Aston Villa. Chelsea failed to score in either of these clashes and Ancelotti wants this put right at Ewood Park.
He declared: “We have started the season well but I think we can play better because we played very well in some parts of some games but not continuously. We have to play 90 minutes how we want to play. We have to improve our play and our intensity. We can’t just play for 45 minutes like we did against Wolves. We want to play well for the whole of the match and we haven’t been able to do that so far this season. We had a good away game in the Champions League at Spartak Moscow but it is strange for us not to score away in two consecutive games in the Premier League. Man City, Man United and Arsenal are interested in our results and they would like us to lose some points. For this reason it will be an important game.”
Cole like Maldini.
Ashley Cole may have failed to make the Ballon d’Or shortlist but Carlo Ancelotti is adamant that the Chelsea defender is ‘the best left-back in the world.’ Only four defenders made the 23 man list and striker Didier Drogba was the only Blues star to feature.
Ancelotti, however, compared Cole with Italian defender Paolo Maldini who he also believed deserved to win the award but never managed to do so: “’Everyone can say now that Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world but also every year it is difficult for a defender to be in that list because usually in that list will be the strikers or the midfielders. In his career, in some years Paolo Maldini deserved to win this award but the only reason he didn’t win was because he was a defender. For these kind of players, Cole and Maldini, they had a lot of appreciation from the players, from the coach and from their own fans and I think that for this reason they don’t need to have this award. If the award arrives it is good but they don’t need to have more motivation.”
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