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Chelsea and Mourinho would 'love' for Lampard to rejoin club

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea would "love" Frank Lampard to work for Chelsea again in some capacity as he prepares to play for Man City at Stamford Bridge today.

How will Lampard fare at his old club today? Credit: PA

The Blues legend left Chelsea after 13 trophy laden years last summer only to surprise everyone by joining Premier League rivals Man City on loan.

Speaking to Soccer AM, Lampard admits he would also love to rejoin the club one day.

Jose Mourinho and the club from the top have said they’ll love for me to be involved, whenever I want to go back. Chelsea is like going back home and it feels such a big part of me. When you are part of Chelsea, I’ve seen it with people like ‘Chopper’ Harris and Peter Bonetti, they’re still there to this day. It’s a club that really looks after its players.

If the opportunity was there to go back, I would love to, as I had such a long career there. It’s a part of me – and that never changes.

– Frank Lampard speaking to Soccer AM

Man City boss: Chelsea striker Costa needs to change

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Diego Costa needs to adjust his style on the pitch.

The Chelsea striker will be banned for the Premier League champions' visit to Stamford Bridge, following his stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Diego Costa is absent. Credit: PA

"He is a great player, a very important player," Pellegrini explained.

"He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment - and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow - it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn't need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player."

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Chelsea's Costa to contest three match ban

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association's charge for violent conduct - a move which has the full support of the club.

The Spain international is facing an immediate three-match ban for his apparent stamp on the Liverpool's Emre Can during Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Costa has until 6pm to respond to the charge of violent conduct and Press Association Sport understands the striker will be contesting.

Chelsea have also cancelled their pre-match press conference ahead of the table-top clash with Man City.

Mourinho ready to get Chelsea back on the horse

Jose Mourinho is ready to take on Liverpool. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho is hoping to banish the blues of Saturday's shock FA Cup defeat by beating Liverpool on Tuesday night.

After drawing 1-1 in the first leg at Anfield last week, Chelsea are favourites to progress to the final.

It's the good thing about playing consecutive matches without many days in between.

When you lose, you have to focus immediately on the next game. You don't have a lot of time to be moaning or analysing what happened in the bad one.

We don't go to Wembley to play the FA Cup final, that's for sure. The FA Cup is finished for us.

To go there - and I think that should mean a lot to everyone - the last chance we have is this one, to play there in the Capital One Cup final.

We are one victory away from playing a final.

– Jose Mourinho
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