10 Nov ‘We respect in which Liverpool & Man City ‘ are’ – Lampard performs down Chelsea name talk
The Blues manager was quick to temper expectations after seeing his side move up to second in the Premier League with a win over Crystal Palace
Frank Lampard played down any suggestion of a name challenge for Chelsea when they recorded a sixth consecutive Premier League win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Blues leapfrogged reigning champions Manchester City from the top-flight standings by beating the Eagles 2-0 in Stamford Bridge, with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic grabbing the aims.
Abraham’s clear finish opened the scoring at the 52nd moment, until Pulisic made sure of all 3 points with a strong header 10 minutes in the time.
Chelsea are currently only five points behind league leaders Liverpool, who host Town in Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Lampard isn’t considering a tilt in the Premier League crown however though, using it his view that there’s still a difference between his negative and final season’s leading two.
“We are just pleased with what we are doing,” that the 42-year old educated BT Sport post-match. “We are working hard. It is great to enter the global break off the rear of the.
“In the beginning of the weekend, we could sit back a bit today and see the other matches, and we admire in which Liverpool and Manchester City are, which has been the gap to attempt to bridge somehow going into this year.
“In the moment we are staying near and we are on great shape. I had been a tiny bit disappointed [at half-time]. We let the pace to fall throughout the half.
“We started fairly well, if we get the first goal it seems another game however, since the match moved on, it turned into somewhat broken, we had been somewhat slow with throw-ins, along with re-taking totally kicks, ahead passes and I felt when we raised the pace that the match was there to win. The players went out and did this.”
Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James all set in powerful changes against Palace, continued to demonstrate a maturity belying their era.
Lampard was rewarded for his religion from Chelsea’s academy celebrities at the onset of his managerial reign, also asserts he understood they had been prepared for a step up into the senior fold with”watched them from afar”.
“I’d think in the younger gamers,” he added. “I have watched them . We all know the academy nicely. Not only myself, Jody, Joe, Chris Jones.
“We don’t believe that the club and we understand them that gave us a small bit of a headstart on there but you never know with young gamers till you set them in and once you place them into a small group, much more so. If you have got two, three, four there that they really have to measure up fast at this level or it will not last.
“They have clearly revealed they have the capacity, the mindset, the urge to play for Chelsea. They are surrounded by a few great experienced gamers.
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“I said Azpi, along with his mindset week-in-week-out and Willian’s work-rate now, folks wish to consider him as a winger and judge exclusively on that however I hugely judge him on what he does off the ball and his continuous running.
“Kante playing there, Kovacic, Jorginho isn’t there now, I really could go on and on. The equilibrium we have got feels great, which is clearly helping the boys”
Following the global break, Chelsea will restart their Premier League campaign with a enormous showdown against City in the Etihad Stadium on November 23.