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Lampard happy with form but targets improvement as Chelsea storm to second

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

04:14 9 Nov 2019


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The starting 11 for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League's lunchtime game this Saturday was the youngest ever league side for the Pensioners.

Second-half goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic secured the three points for Frank Lampard's side as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0.

It marks the sixth Premier League win on the bounce for Chelsea and moves them up to second in the table, at least until Manchester City and Liverpool play on Sunday.

Considering where Chelsea were at the start of the season, and the expectations upon them, their form is nothing short of remarkable.

Lampard was pleased at full-time.

"We're happy with what we're doing. We're working hard. It's great to go into the international break off the back of that. We can sit back and watch the other games now.

"We respect where Liverpool and Manchester City are and that was the gap to try and bridge in some way going into the season, at the minute we're staying close and we're on good form."

Lampard was particularly pleased with his side's second-half performance.

"I was a little bit frustrated, I thought we allowed to let the tempo to drop through the [first] half.

"We started pretty well, if we get the early goal if feels a different game. As the game went on it became a bit broken, we were a bit slow with throw-ins and taking free-kicks and forward passes, I felt if we increased the tempo then the game was there to win clearly so the players went out and did that."

Lampard also spoke of the youth in his side and his decision to start 19-year-old Reece James ahead of captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

"I'm proud of them and I believe in them. Azpilicueta is our captain and I spoke to him before the game, he's a great leader for the club and so important to us, I just felt today was a game we could get Reece in some minutes because he deserves them the way he's been training and playing.

"With Zaha I thought what better a test? I mean every team has players that can hurt you on the counter-attack, Zaha is one of the best but could we hurt him the other way? Could we make him run forward, I know how trusting Reece is defensively so really impressive game and he's only going to get better."

Lampard though was careful not to get carried away and feels there are areas they can target improvement.

"If we're really critical of ourselves, I think there are games that we could have put away quicker at home.

"Certainly, be more clinical in the final third and that's something we can work on.

"Our actual numbers in conceding chances isn't too bad but we're conceding goals out of those chances

"Maybe little individual moments from us throughout the season, I think we're getting better - a clean sheet today certainly helps but it's something we'll keep working on and keep addressing as we go forward."

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