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17 October 2020 10:38

Here, football.london takes a close look at how Lampard can squeeze those players into his team against Southampton.

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Sign up to FREE email alerts from Football London - Chelsea Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Saturday, October 17. Lampard reveals 'open conversation' with Ziyech Frank Lampard has revealed that he had an "open conversation" with summer signing Hakim Ziyech before the recent international break. The 27-year-old has only recently returned from a knee injury and is yet to make his competitive Chelsea debut. But Lampard was happy for Ziyech to join up with the Morocco national team, even if he only made one substitute appearance. "I was actually pleased with it," the Chelsea boss said.

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"It was an open conversation going into it where Hakim spoke to me and I know he had close conversations with their manager. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now "If he was going to stay behind I was looking at getting him minutes in a game behind closed doors. Behind closed doors is difficult for us because of the bubble we have at the moment. "So the ideal result was that he played 30 minutes for his country, which was exactly what he needed at that time, and then came back and did some more training with us. It worked out well for us, no problems." How Lampard can fit attacking options into starting XI Chelsea have a slight dilemma heading into today's game against Southampton. The Blues have Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Ziyech all available for selection, with the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham pushing for a starting place, too. That might give Lampard something of a headache, though he will no doubt be pleased with the options at his disposal. Here, football.london takes a close look at how Lampard can squeeze those players into his team against Southampton. Lampard insists Chelsea had to spend to replace Hazard Lampard has suggested Chelsea needed to splash the cash in order to replace Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger was sold to Real Madrid last summer, with the Blues in the middle of a transfer ban. But Chelsea have made up for lost time this summer, bringing in the likes of Ben Chilwell, Havertz and Werner for big-money. "For me, we lost probably the best player in the league," Lampard said, as quoted by Goal. "We couldn't do any business so the work we did was on the pitch last year. How to get our daily Chelsea newsletter Why should you sign up? In each football.london Chelsea bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. We'll also send special newsletters when big stories break or there's a special event happening. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article on the Chelsea section of football.london in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. And that's it, you're all set. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. For more details, click here. "Teams that are striving to be in and around the top six and upwards were spending last year, they were spending again this summer. "They've had the opportunity with the players they bought last year to get them embedded into their teams and we're dealing with teams above us, which is where we want to get to, where we are aspiring to get to, that have been building their squads for a long time. "We want to build our squad. We missed two windows and now we come back in and we've brought players in with a view to improve us."