Lampard on Calvert-Lewin, transfers and Chelsea

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Joe Bradshaw, BBC Sport

Frank Lampard has been speaking to the media before Everton’s opening game with Chelsea on Saturday.

Here are the key lines from his news conference:

  • Lampard is expecting a “really tough game” against Chelsea, adding: “It’s nice to be at home in front of our fans. They will always be a difficult opponent because of the quality of squad and manager they have.”

  • He confirmed Dominic Calvert-Lewin faces six weeks out with injury and said: “He was looking really fit and really strong in training. It’s a knock for everyone.”

  • He would not be drawn on transfer targets but admitted there were a number of areas where he was “looking for solutions”.

  • On Everton’s summer business so far: “I’m pleased with the players we have brought in. They have showed glimpses of what they can do and hopefully will get better.”

  • His job is “not to predict the future” and he refused to give aims and expectations for the season: “We finished where we did for a reason last season and we’ve lost Richarlison who was a big player. The next game is always the most the important and to try to get ahead would be to take our eyes off the ball.”

  • On a rollercoaster summer at Chelsea: “They’ve still got a really strong squad and I do not think we can feel like we’re getting in there early by playing them. It’s a team full of internationals and we’ll have to be at it.”

Follow the rest of today's Premier League news conferences here