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Frank Lampard relishing Christian Pulisic’s return to fitness and heralds his ‘breakthrough season’

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Frank Lampard has hailed Christian Pulisic for fighting his way to Chelsea‘s number 10 shirt.

Pulisic fired 11 goals and laid on 10 assists in a fine first term with the Blues but ended his debut season on a sour note by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

The 22-year-old excelled after lockdown in the protracted tail-end to the campaign and was duly handed the coveted 10 shirt after Willian joined Arsenal.

Frank Lampard has hailed Christian Pulisic for fighting his way to Chelsea's number 10 shirt

Frank Lampard has hailed Christian Pulisic for fighting his way to Chelsea's number 10 shirt

Frank Lampard has hailed Christian Pulisic for fighting his way to Chelsea’s number 10 shirt

Pulisic fired 11 goals and laid on 10 assists in a fine first term with the Blues last season

Pulisic fired 11 goals and laid on 10 assists in a fine first term with the Blues last season

Pulisic fired 11 goals and laid on 10 assists in a fine first term with the Blues last season

Pulisic came off the bench for his first appearance of the new campaign in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, and now boss Lampard is excited to see the USA winger finally inch towards full fitness.

‘I think Christian had a breakthrough season for us in the goals and assists, the highest he has made in his career,’ said Lampard.

‘So I think we are all excited about the levels Christian can go to.

‘He had a bad injury. It was a grade two hamstring, which is difficult to come back from.

But his debut season ended on a sour note by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final

But his debut season ended on a sour note by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final

But his debut season ended on a sour note by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final

Pulisic came off the bench for his first appearance of the new campaign against Crystal Palace

Pulisic came off the bench for his first appearance of the new campaign against Crystal Palace

Pulisic came off the bench for his first appearance of the new campaign against Crystal Palace

‘He is champing at the bit and desperate to get back in the team.

‘We managed to get 10 minutes today and we really want these next two weeks to be a real time to build up his fitness and get him ready for the next two games.

‘He has earned the number 10 shirt for how he has played.’

Ben Chilwell fired Chelsea into the lead at Stamford Bridge after a goalless first half, before teeing up Kurt Zouma’s header with a smart cross.

Jorginho then netted two penalties as Chelsea took total control to claim their first home win of the new season. 

Now boss Frank Lampard is excited to see the USA winger finally inch towards full fitness

Now boss Frank Lampard is excited to see the USA winger finally inch towards full fitness

Now boss Frank Lampard is excited to see the USA winger finally inch towards full fitness

England left-back Chilwell enjoyed a stellar Premier League debut for the Blues following his £45million summer switch from Leicester.

And the 23-year-old revealed his excitement as Chelsea’s new-look squad starts to click.

‘At half-time we spoke about needing to be a bit more creative and taking a few more chances in the attacking third,’ Chilwell told Chelsea’s official club website.

‘We know we have quality there and the second half we came out a bit sharper and scored four goals.

Pulisic was duly handed the coveted 10 shirt after Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer

Pulisic was duly handed the coveted 10 shirt after Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer

Pulisic was duly handed the coveted 10 shirt after Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer

‘I like the way we kept going at the end, we wanted more goals and showed a hunger to press for the whole 90 minutes.

‘There hasn’t really been a pre-season, players are coming back from injuries and there have been a lot of different factors, not just for ourselves for all the teams, and it is going to take a few weeks for everyone to bed in together.

‘We are working very hard on the training pitch and in this second half especially we showed that it is starting to gel together nicely.’

Roy Hodgson insisted he is already happy with his Palace squad ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline but did admit he is hoping to complete a deal for Nathaniel Clyne, who has trained with the Eagles after leaving Liverpool.

New signing Ben Chilwell revealed his excitement as Chelsea's new-look squad starts to click

New signing Ben Chilwell revealed his excitement as Chelsea's new-look squad starts to click

New signing Ben Chilwell revealed his excitement as Chelsea’s new-look squad starts to click

‘It’s not something that we are desperately seeking at this moment, we think our squad is pretty much a squad that can see us through the season, and see us through the season well,’ said Hodgson.

‘There’s always a bit of anxiety because bids that are going to come in will be for players we absolutely do not want to lose.

‘With Nathaniel, now it’s a question of meeting with his representatives and Nathaniel himself and seeing if there’s some sort of deal that will suit both sides.’

Roy Hodgson insisted he is happy with his Palace squad ahead of Monday's transfer deadline

Roy Hodgson insisted he is happy with his Palace squad ahead of Monday's transfer deadline

Roy Hodgson insisted he is happy with his Palace squad ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline

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Burnley vs Chelsea LIVE: Stream, score, TV channel as Ziyech smashes Blues ahead – latest Premier League updates

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Sean’s opinion on the Blues boss.

“Well it’s all part of a learning curve for Frank I’m sure. He had a really strong first season and he spent a lot of money.”

“He’ll know with the different teams he’s worked in and managed that moulding periods to get all the players to align, pick your best team and the ones who work together on the pitch and the ones who find a blend that works and is successful, are all the challenges of any coach or manager in the Premier League.”

“Individually, I think we all know, they have got some very high level individuals so it’s about trying to find that mix that works for him on a regular basis.”

He then dismissed any advantages they could have going into this match.

“I think with the journey times and travelling etc etc, possibly but as you rightly said they can make changes and there’s a number they could make.”

“We’re certainly not using that as some kind of angle to make sure that means we win, we are not naïve. It might be helpful but you never know until the whistle blows.”

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Wales vs Scotland rugby LIVE: Kick off time, TV channel, stream FREE, teams for Six Nations clash in Llanelli

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WALES welcome Scotland to Llanelli for their Six Nations finale TODAY.

The Welsh returned to action for the first time in seven months last weekend, going down 38-21 in a Paris friendly.

  • Kick-off: 2.15pm GMT
  • TV/ live stream: BBC One
  • Italy vs England (4.45pm), France vs Ireland (8.05pm)

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Chisora vs Usyk odds: Get a massive 80/1 on Dereck Chisora to win tonight with William Hill

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WILLIAM HILL are offering boxing fans a huge 80/1 special for Dereck Chisora to win tonight against Oleksandr Usyk.

Chisora will be out to defeat Usyk who has made the move up to heavyweight after dominating the cruiserweight division.

Dereck Chisora beat David Price in the fourth round in his last fight

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Chisora is Usyk’s toughest test since the Ukrainian stepped up to the heavyweight division for his last fight when he beat America’s Chazz Witherspoon.

Chisora will be out to end Usyk’s heavyweight dream as Usyk aims to fight either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua in the future.

The Zimbabwean-born British boxer is a veteran in this division and heads into this bout following a victory over David Price.

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