A round-up of news and views relating to the Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho has indicated that Frank Lampard will be used sparingly next season, with the Portuguese manager admitting he will not be able to rely on the 25-year-old as much as he did in his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
"With Frank, before, we didn't have to analyse - it was simple: every match, he plays. I believe he is the same player but there is a difference. He is 35 and the time needed to recover from match to match is not the same for a man of 25 as a man of 35. That's the only point,” said Mourinho.
Chelsea’s Premier League match with Aston Villa has been moved to the 21st August due to their Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich on the 30th. The move means Chelsea will head to Manchester United on the 26th August having played a game more, and possibly open up a significant early lead over their title rival.
Chelsea thrashed Indonesian All Stars 8-1 in the final friendly of their tour of Asia, with the Blues now set to move onto the USA next week. Romelu Lukaku scored twice from the bench in a match Chelsea where Mourinho tried out a 4-3-3 system.
Lucas Piazon is being targeted by both Crystal Palace and Liverpool after being told by Mourinho that he needs another season out on loan before he is ready to compete for a first place at Chelsea. Piazon spent six months on loan at Malaga last season, but is expected to stay in the Premier League this year to gain experience of English football.
Another Chelsea youngster likely to head out on loan is Wallace, and the player’s agent, Federico Moraes, has described Serie A as an ideal destination for the 19-year-old. Inter, Napoli and Roma have all been linked with a move for the right-back, but no official contact has been made.
Wesley Sneijder has said he is in contact with Jose Mourinho, but rubbished speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea this summer, saying that he is just good friends with the Blues manager.
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