Norwich boss Daniel Farke has praised his counterpart Frank Lampard, and claimed success is a matter of time for the Blues boss.
The big news coming from the team announcements then is the omission of N’golo Kante from the Chelsea line-up.
Kante has been struggling with injury after the Blues’ draw with Leicester last week, and does not even get a spot on the bench.
The Canaries are hoping to build on last week’s 3-1 win over Newcastle with another positive result, but Farke is wary of facing a Chelsea side determined to earn their first victory.
“When I judge the first games it is not a question if Frank is going to be successful. It is when, Farke said as cited by the Mirror
“Hopefully not this weekend. They caused Liverpool an unbelievable amount of problems, in the first half against Leicester they played them off the park.
“There will be a moment when everything comes together and they produce an outstanding result and then I expect a few results like that in a row. That is the danger when you face such a side in this moment.”
Speaking of his opposite number in the dugouts, Farke added: “It is a bit surprising on one level to be managing such a big club so early in your coaching career but on the other hand it is not a surprise.
“Frank is a Chelsea legend who has done a really good job in his first coaching year at Derby.
“It might be harder not to have 10 years experience to draw on but I like his style and his work at Derby.”
Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of football has been ditched for good at Stamford Bridge as confirmed by the club’s defender Emerson Palmieri.
According to the Italy international, Frank Lampard has been teaching them a direct approch and gradually showing in their recent outings.
Speaking to the club website, the Brazilian said: “With Frank, we’re trying to play very direct football, always trying to attack and be as close to the goal as possible.
“We’re looking to get our centre-forwards into the game so that means lots of crosses into the area and balls into them.
“We’re creating chances and I’m sure the goals will follow. Against Leicester, in the first 15 minutes we had several shots on goal and against Manchester United we had both Tammy Abraham and myself hit the frame of the goal.
“Frank is always looking for us to play in that way.
“The message is all about intensity and direct, offensive football so we’re working on improving that because we know we have quality in our team.
We have so much potential to improve going forward with a manager who’s always working with us on the offensive aspect.
“I’m really enjoying the fact we’re playing this way in such an offensive style and I’m sure the results will come.”