Benitez mulling over Lampard start

Benitez mulling over Lampard start

Rafael Benitez was today still pondering his starting line-up for Chelsea’s World Club Cup final against Corinthians.

The interim manager revealed he had yet to decide on his starting line-up, particularly whether to hand Frank Lampard a first start since his recovery from a calf problem.

“The good thing about this team, this squad, is I can choose any player and I’m sure that they will perform,” Benitez said.

“Frank is one of these players. He’s a good player, a very good player.

“Still, I don’t have the team in my head.

“After talking with my staff, we will decide.”

Asked if defender David Luiz might keep his place in midfield, Benitez said: “Why not?”

John Terry (knee) Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) were left back in London, as was Oriol Romeu, who has been ruled out for the season following knee surgery.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull.

More in this Section

Manchester City register appeal against UEFA ban with CASManchester City register appeal against UEFA ban with CAS

Griezmann equaliser earns Barcelona draw at NapoliGriezmann equaliser earns Barcelona draw at Napoli

Lampard admits Chelsea were given harsh reality check by Bayern MunichLampard admits Chelsea were given harsh reality check by Bayern Munich

Coronavirus: Inter Milan's Europa League match to be played behind closed doorsCoronavirus: Inter Milan's Europa League match to be played behind closed doors


Lifestyle

I don't remember a lot of shouting in my household growing up, and neither does my twin.Mum's the Word: How did my parents manage to create a calm household?

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards have been revealed. These are the destinations that came out tops.3 emerging destinations to add to your travel wish list – according to TripAdvisor data

The recent death of Caroline Flack has once again brought the issue of internet trolls and cancel culture back into public discourse.Learning Points: The reality is we all play a role in cancel culture

Rita de Brún speaks with Sean McKeown, Fota Wildlife Park director and longtime Cork resident.‘You’ve got to make the changes you want to see’, says Fota Wildlife director

More From The Irish Examiner