Lampard explains Chelsea’s Bruno Fernandes consideration ahead of Man Utd visit
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says his side must consider Bruno Fernandes' goalscoring record and desire to make an early impact when they face Manchester United on Monday night.
Fernandes made his long-awaited Premier League debut before the winter break, playing a full 90 minutes against Wolves just two days after sealing a big-money move from Sporting Lisbon.
The Portugual international, who has scored 15 goals this season in all competitions after a 32-goal tally last campaign, took on several shots on his debut as he aimed to get off the mark.
Lampard, himself known for his goalscoring exploits from midfield as a player, says they have recognised Fernandes' goalscoring record.
But he says they will "take that into account" and devise a plan to stop him being their undoing in a huge game at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard told Sky Sports: "I think they are strong anyway and will be stronger because they’ve done good business.
"I think Fernandes is a top player, he scores goals, I know all about his record and that.
"We have to take that into account and he will be wanting to make his mark on the Premier League in general. I think they are a top team.
"Again they are gunning for the top four the size of club they are. We won’t be under any illusions, it’s going to be a tough game but we have to trust in ourselves, be confident at home, play well and try and win the game."
Fernandes has been warned he faces a different experience against the Blues compared to his debut at home to Wolves.
Jamie Carragher said: "I always think midfield with Chelsea because Chelsea have got a really strong midfield in Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic in there.
"It’s really strong and they’ve still got people like [Mason] Mount or [Ross] Barkley who could drop in there also.
"With the new signing for Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes, coming in there as well, he made a decent start against Wolves in his first game.
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