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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard urged to bench star vs Spurs who doesn't fit into 'best system'


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been told to keep Kai Havertz out of the starting line-up when they face Tottenham this Sunday. The German has been missing through coronavirus as the Blues powered on without him. Jose Mourinho’s Spurs sit top of the Premier League in a crucial clash this weekend.

Lampard has been told to keep Havertz out of the starting line-up when Chelsea face Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Blues have been in fine form this campaign and sit third in the table.

But they face one of their sterner tests this weekend when they take on London rivals Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

A win could see Chelsea go top of the league and former Arsenal star Paul Merson reckons Lampard would be better off without Havertz in the side.

The German has been missing in recent times after contracting coronavirus but the Blues have got by just fine.

Chelsea have played four matches, winning all of them after scoring 11 goals and conceding just twice.

And Merson wants Lampard to keep his system the same.

He told the Daily Star: “Chelsea have found the right blend up front without Kai Havertz in the team and he might find himself on the fringes now.

“It’s so competitive there now that if you find yourself out of the team it could be hard to get back in.

“Havertz has missed a few games because he tested positive for Coronavirus, and Chelsea have won them all.

“They’ve had Tammy Abraham up front and Timo Werner playing wider, and it has suited them. It looks like their best system.

“Havertz wasn’t pulling up any trees before he missed those games. He’s a young lad who needs time to settle.

“I wouldn’t throw him back in against Tottenham because they look better without him right now.

“Spurs did exactly what I thought against Manchester City and proved they are going to be contenders. But I actually think Chelsea will test them more.

“City were trying to score the perfect goal. Chelsea will be more direct and have more pace.

“I don’t think Spurs can have 35% possession against them and win.”





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