FRANK LAMPARD is preparing for his first game as Chelsea boss and it is the clash of the weekend as they travel to Manchester United.
Following a busy pre-season, the Blues legend will have a good idea of his first-choice team, but with a transfer embargo and his best player leaving in Eden Hazard joining Real Madrid, it could be a difficult first season in the dugout.
Many of the positions pick themselves but the new Blues boss does have a number of problems to solve.
Lampard will be sweating over the fitness of star midfielder N’Golo Kante who will undoubtedly be in his starting XI if fit.
The Frenchman has not played since the 4-1 Europa League win over Arsenal and is unlikely to feature on Sunday.
Young midfield ace Mason Mount could get his first competitive start for the Blues after impressing in pre season but the question will be who gets left out.
Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic might be worried about their positions as the Chelsea academy product looks to make his mark.
And the issue of their first-choice striker remains unsolved.
Tammy Abraham could get the nod if Lampard decides to go with youth but Olivier Giroud is tried and tested in the Premier League.
Following the completion of their pre-season plans, Lampard said: “We have a huge start to the season with Manchester United and then Liverpool in the Super Cup, so these games are good for us but we still need to improve.
“It will be very difficult going to Old Trafford, with the atmosphere as it will be for the first game, a quality team, a competitor every year with ourselves for Champions League places and above.
“So it is even more important that we are prepared. We are a team that has worked very hard but we need to be absolutely focused because it is going to be a tough game.”