Frank Lampard is a three-time Premier League champion as a participant, so he was in no rush to make any grand statements or anoint his Chelsea facet as title contenders following Monday’s season-opening victory away to Brighton & Hove Albion.
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Certain, Chelsea appeared fairly snug at occasions whereas en path to their 3-1 win, however the Blues nonetheless have miles to go earlier than reaching their sky-high potential. Lampard’s official evaluation of his facet’s efficiency? “We had been OK.”
“I assumed we had been OK. I preferred the work ethic. For those who analyze the truth that we’ve been collectively as a crew for 4 days, to count on every little thing to click on on day one is tough. We confirmed willpower and that could be a recreation we would have dropped factors in final yr.
“I don’t wish to pin us down to 1 system. We have now three or 4 gamers who wish to play as a 10 for us however I need us to be adaptable. We have now loads of attacking gamers, I need us to be fluid, I need that motion. We weren’t as fluid as we will be at the moment however we are going to work on that.”
“Reece James’ objective, it had me off my seat and we wanted it, we weren’t at our greatest in that interval. Reece has acquired that in him, he’s a participant of such high quality. You try to get him in areas the place he could be a menace.”
An enormous a part of Lampard’s job this season might be to handle expectations for a facet filled with younger and new faces up and down the squad — not a lot for the skin world, however extra so contained in the membership each step of the way in which. Whereas followers and pundits rush to make judgments, Lampard is aware of he has to stay the good character and maintain the group grounded in actuality if they’re to realize their objectives this season.
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One participant who will undoubtedly assist Chelsea sooner fairly than later is Christian Pulisic, although the American famous person was unavailable for the sport towards Brighton. After struggling a hamstring damage within the FA Cup last simply six weeks in the past, Pulisic felt a little bit of discomfort over the previous few days and was held out accordingly, Lampard mentioned after the sport.
Lampard says Werner acquired a lifeless leg within the penalty incident, however needs to be positive for subsequent week. He provides Christian Pulisic had a little bit of discomfort in the previous few days and his progress might be monitored within the coming days.
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Lampard assesses Chelsea win – ‘We were OK’; Pulisic injury update initially appeared on NBCSports.com