Chelsea 7-1 QPR: Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour doubles in friendly thrashing

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on May 9, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Loftus-Cheek has been out for more than a year after rupturing his Achilles while Gilmour continued the impressive form that saw him start in Chelsea’s last two games before the suspension of football.

N’Golo Kante started having made his comeback to training later than the majority of the squad because of safety fears amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea goes to Aston Villa on Sunday, live on Sky Sports and Sky Pick, as the top flight resumes after being halted by the pandemic in March.

QPR host Barnsley when the Sky Bet Championship makes its comeback on Saturday.

Frank Lampard’s methodology, coaching acumen and relationship with the Chelsea fans have obviously provided the hierarchy enough evidence to make him the man for the long-term at the club.

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With transfer riches available and new stars set to join late summer, these last nine games will be a good test of his management mettle at the top level as he looks to steer the Chelsea ship into the Champions League places.

It would be a feat that deserves credit considering he’s had to put faith in some inexperienced members of his squad to play leading roles at various points of the campaign.

But understandably much of the focus at Stamford Bridge will be surrounding plans for Chelsea to spend big in order to break the Liverpool and Manchester City dominance. Lampard might just be the right man, at the right place, at the right time as Chelsea look to storm the top table

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