Derby County v Stoke City – BBC Sport

Derby County v Stoke City - BBC Sport

Every word from Stoke press conference on Derby, injuries and chance for youth

They will make it tough for us. They will probably sit in, try to hit us on the counter and be quite direct.

Yes, it is a concern. We have to make sure we put player safety at the top of the list. Certainly, I think security can be looked at, to try to stop it, but when you are trying to stop a crowd of 30,000, just to stop one person is difficult.”

He is another one who has to make the most of every minute he gets. Hes at a stage now where he should be playing and should be pushing regularly to get in that team.

It is unfortunate he has lost his job. It is horrible to see anybody lose their job. When fourth, I am sure he would say he would love to have a crack at promotion via automatic or the play offs, and I am sure they will still be in the hunt for that.”

Derby County boss Lampard told talkSPORT – Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer – feels that the 23-year-old deserves to be getting more minutes than he is.

Frank Lampard exclusive: Derby County boss thinks Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be playing more at Chelsea

It’s going to be a difficult game no matter what but we feel we’re getting better at handling back-to-back games in a short space of time. Derby have just moved into the play-off spots. Every game in the Championship is tough.”

He and Callum (Hudson-Odoi) will look at the likes of Jadon Sancho who has gone out of their comfort zone, which I completely respect as well and have done well.

It’s a muscle injury at the good end of the scale for us – should be 2-3 weeks. Probably the best we could have hoped for.”

They are the next generation. Chelsea have invested heavily in the academy and Im sure they are going to want to see the fruits of that.

He hasn’t trained much, so we will have to see how many minutes he can play – but we need him back.”

I thought Grealish handled it very well. His demeanour afterwards was spot on, and how it was dealt with after.

Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan with Crystal Palace where his performances earned him an England call-up for the World Cup.

Security has to be looked at and the deterrent has to be big. We should be very, very strict on it.”

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I’m getting in the right areas, so the chances are there. I used to be a right winger but now my focus is on defending.

I think Ruben has absolutely everything and to be fair hes had a few injury problems this season, he said.

They will make it tough for us. They will probably sit in, try to hit us on the counter and be quite direct.

A few teams have done that against us this season, and it’s about how we deal with that.”

But at Chelsea youve got a little bunch of players who can try and get the minutes in the first-team.

I’ve enjoyed every part of it and could not be more grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.

They are in decent form but whenever you take the lead and don’t win the game, you’re disappointed.

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