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FRANK LAMPARD must pick up his side after a sobering 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.

It was a disastrous start to the campaign for the Blues – who are currently under a transfer ban and must now look ahead to a trip to Istanbul for the Super Cup final in midweek.

Follow ALL of the latest Blues news, updates and gossip below…

  • GIANFRANCO ZOLA believes that Tammy Abraham may find it hard to adjust in the Premier League after spending most of his career in the Championship.

    The Chelsea striker was on loan to Swansea in the top-flight two years ago, but netted just five times in the Prem.

    Abraham started against Man Utd at Old Trafford, and was unlucky not to score having hit the post early on.

    Speaking of the youngster, Zola told beIN Sports: “Maybe in the beginning he might suffer because you know the difference from the Championship and the Premier League is huge.

    “He will have to adapt but he has a lot of energy, he’s positive.

    “I think in the end he will get to the level he needs to be.”

  • CHELSEA are reportedly considering rushing defender Antonio Rudiger back ahead of schedule after the thumping at Manchester United.

    The German international, 26, was forced to undergo knee surgery earlier this year that ruled him out of the end of last season.

    The Blues’ clash with Wolves on September 14 was believed to be the date pencilled in for his return.

    But the Daily Mail claim Chelsea will considering bringing forward the comeback amid the late defensive collapse at Old Trafford as Frank Lampard lost 4-0 in his first game as manager.

  • FRANK LAMPARD has revealed he is feeling optimistic going into the Super Cup clash against Liverpool.

    Speaking at a press conference, the Chelsea boss said: “I’m optimistic because I believe in the players and the fact that we are here in the final because we deserve to be.

    “I’m very understanding of the quality of the opposition in Liverpool, the team that deservedly won the Champions League, who have a fantastic manager and group of players, but if we play to our maximum we can win the match”.

    He added: “I’m very proud to be managing this team. But we know it’s going to be a big test”.

  • CHELSEA confirm squad for Super Cup final.

    Chelsea's 23 man squad for the Super Cup Final includes Willian, Kante and Rudiger. Billy Gilmour also travels with the team, but is not included in the squad.

    Full Chelsea squad to face Liverpool: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming, Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta, Fikayo Tomori, Kenedy, Mateo Kovacic, N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Billy Gilmour, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian, Christian Pulisic, Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham.

  • PEDRO talks about Abraham and says "I really trust him".

    Speaking at the press conference ahead of the Super Cup final, Pedro said: “I've known Tammy for a long time from when he was in the academy. I saw him training and on loan saw his improvement. His strength was to be in the Chelsea first team. He got a chance to be here because he deserves it. In pre-season, he has worked very hard. He was very close to start very well”.

    Pedro added: “He is a player who has a great talent, work rate and that goal could have helped for the confidence, but I really trust him.”

    Abraham started Chelsea's first premier league game of the season, but was substituted after 66 minutes, without scoring.

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