Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lampard confirms Kante return is imminent

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said N'Golo Kante will resume training "in the next two or three days" as he steps up his recovery from a groin strain.

Kante missed Chelsea's 2-1 loss to Manchester United in the EFL Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The France international has not featured since injuring his groin during the warm-up ahead of his country's Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland on October 14.

Lampard provided an update on Kante post-match and revealed the Chelsea star is set to return to training before Saturday's clash with Premier League strugglers Watford.

"Training in the next two or three days," Lampard told reporters. "Hopefully [before the international break]. It's important, he's a top player.

"I'd have liked to have given Jorginho and [Mateo] Kovacic a rest tonight because of the work they've put in, but I couldn't today because of N'Golo, Ross [Barkley] and Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] long-term. I couldn't make the changes I wanted to today. It is what it is."

"I saw lot of positive things about us."

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has attempted to put aside the 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United by insisting the club is more focused on other competitions.

The Blues were knocked out of the tournament at Stamford Bridge by the Red Devils at the round-of-16 stage, ending a seven match winning streak, with Marcus Rashford scoring before and after Michy Batshuayi's equaliser.

When asked if it was a blow to be eliminated from the competition, Lampard praised his team's recent performances and made it clear he had rotated his squad with eyes on other matches.

"We've had seven wins on the trot," Lampard said. "We've had taxing games in the Champions League. We want to get into the next stage of that." 

"Our form in the league has been really good. They're the priorities. But we want to win matches and give everything.

"Today, I had to look at my squad and who deserves minutes. The young players. The competition has an element of that for us."

Despite the loss, Lampard was pleased with the performances of several youngsters, as the likes of Marc Guehi, Reece James and Billy Gilmour got a run out.

The English manager admitted his detest of defeats but urged his players to switch their attention to upcoming matches.

"I saw a lot of things that were good for us for the future," Lampard said. "AChelsea coach Frank Lampard has attempted to put aside the 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United by insisting the club is more focused on other competitions.
The Blues were knocked out of the tournament at Stamford Bridge by the Red Devils at the round-of-16 stage, ending a seven match winning streak, with Marcus Rashford scoring before and after Michy Batshuayi's equaliser.
When asked if it was a blow to be eliminated from the competition, Lampard praised his team's recent performances and made it clear he had rotated his squad with eyes on other matches.
"We've had seven wins on the trot," Lampard said. "We've had taxing games in the Champions League. We want to get into the next stage of that." 
"Our form in the league has been really good. They're the priorities. But we want to win matches and give everything.
"Today, I had to look at my squad and who deserves minutes. The young players. The competition has an element of that for us."
Despite the loss, Lampard was pleased with the performances of several youngsters, as the likes of Marc Guehi, Reece James and Billy Gilmour got a run out.
The English manager admitted his detest of defeats but urged his players to switch their attention to upcoming matches.
"I saw a lot of things that were good for us for the future," Lampard said. "A lot of positive things about us.
"I hate losing. We all do here. But there's a big picture here and a lot of big games to come, and a busy fixture list. Now we focus on what happens next."
Rashford's two goals both came from set pieces, with his first from the penalty spot because a stunning free-kick from 35 yards ended up as the match-winner.
Lampard, a master set-piece taker as a player himself, was full of praise for Rashford's rocket and believed his team was on top until the England international struck.
"It’s great technique - we’ve seen Rashford hits balls with a similar technique [previously]," Lampard said. 
"They don’t always go in the top corner, but it was a stunning strike. Take nothing away from him.
"We were in the ascendancy, with Mason and Pedro on with fresh legs, but when they got in front they had a lead to defend. I saw lot of positive things about us.

"I hate losing. We all do here. But there's a big picture here and a lot of big games to come, and a busy fixture list. Now we focus on what happens next."

Rashford's two goals both came from set pieces, with his first from the penalty spot because a stunning free-kick from 35 yards ended up as the match-winner.

Lampard, a master set-piece taker as a player himself, was full of praise for Rashford's rocket and believed his team was on top until the England international struck.

"It’s great technique - we’ve seen Rashford hits balls with a similar technique [previously]," Lampard said. 

"They don’t always go in the top corner, but it was a stunning strike. Take nothing away from him.
"We were in the ascendancy, with Mason and Pedro on with fresh legs, but when they got in front they had a lead to defend."

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Chelsea 1-2 ManUtd

Manchester United moved into the EFL Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

A penalty and a spectacular free-kick from Marcus Rashford sealed a third away win in a row in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Michy Batshuayi had drawn Chelsea level but Rashford struck in sublime fashion just as the home side looked to be building momentum, inflicting a first defeat on Frank Lampard's side since the 2-1 loss to Liverpool on September 22.

Scott McTominay, booked for an early lunge on Mateo Kovacic, whistled a shot just wide from Daniel James' corner 13 minutes in.

United were growing in confidence and Rashford broke the deadlock with a firmly struck spot-kick in the 25th minute after Marcos Alonso had rather clumsily bundled into the back of Daniel James.

Callum Hudson-Odoi had a quiet first half but should have levelled the scores five minutes into the second, the winger failing to connect properly with Alonso's low cross with the goal at his mercy.
Hudson-Odoi fired over before Batshuayi showed him how it should be done, racing away from Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof and blasting a low shot past Sergio Romero from outside the box.

Solskjaer responded by bringing on Anthony Martial and Andreas Pereira in a tactical shift, but it was Rashford who settled the contest 73 minutes in with a sensational 30-yard free-kick that swerved beyond the helpless Willy Caballero.

Frank Lampard pleased with Chelsea's progress.

Frank Lampard is pleased with Chelsea's progress since a heavy opening defeat to Manchester United as the two teams prepare to meet again on Wednesday.

Lampard's first competitive game in charge of Chelsea ended in a painful 4-0 loss at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League season in August.

The Blues endured a slow start to the campaign but have since found their feet, winning their last seven matches in all competitions ahead of the EFL Cup clash with United at Stamford Bridge.

"It feels a million miles," Lampard said at Tuesday's news conference when reflecting on the last time the clubs faced each other.

"I'm not disregarding it - they hurt us four times in a game we played particularly well in.

"We're improving, that's the main thing. It's what we've been striving for and it's pleasing to see good signs.

"I try not to listen to too much talk about the future. If we do that there would be problems. It's nice we're working in a good direction."
Christian Pulisic Willian Azpilicueta Chelsea Burnley
Chelsea's current winning run started with a 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby Town in the last round and Lampard is aiming for EFL Cup silverware with his young group of players.

"We'll target all the trophies," he said. "We want to win every game but we're up against a top opponent tomorrow. Every game you have to give everything to try and win.

"A day at Wembley should never be taken likely. But not just for the young boys. We'll give it our all."

While Chelsea have improved following a sluggish opening to Lampard's reign, United have struggled for consistency and are seven points behind their next opponents in the Premier League.

Lampard admits Chelsea snubbed transfer interest in Zouma

Frank Lampard admits Chelsea snubbed interest in Kurt Zouma during the transfer window after the centre-half impressed on loan at Everton last season.

The 25-year-old featured heavily for Chelsea in pre-season, with Antonio Rudiger out with a long-term knee injury, and has gone onto become a regular starter under Lampard.

With Rudiger's continued absence and Andreas Christensen having injury issues as well, Zouma has started the last five games in a row ahead of Manchester United's Carabao Cup visit to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Marco Silva's Toffees did push to sign Zouma this summer after his assured performances last campaign but Lampard is happy that Frenchman and home-grown defender Fikayo Tomori have established such a strong partnership at the heart of the defence.

"He has been fantastic," Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre. "There was a belief that I had in Kurt because there was interest in the summer after we all know he had a very good loan at Everton last year.

"But I believed in him as I believed in Tomori – that is why I made the decisions I made pre-season in terms of where we were going to look defensively. 
"It has been nice to get some stability, albeit because of injuries, between him and Fikayo in the last games.

"It has been good to get them playing together to see the little bond they are getting on and off the pitch. It is a nice little story and it must continue, I suppose."

Zouma was singled out for praise by Lampard after Chelsea's 1-0 away win at Ajax. however the France international has had low points too, including receiving racist abuse on social media after his late own goal against Sheffield United consigned his team to a draw.

Lampard offered support to Zouma at the time but added that the player was able to brush off the negativity to continue on with the job.

"Well, yes [I spoke to him about the abuse], because I do that with all the players," Lampard said. "But it was not as though I had to go to speak to Kurt to pick him up. That would have been reactionary.

"I am always trying to speak about a performance or a day in training. However, I see [racism], so it is not an out of the blue thing. I try to have those conversations.

"But Kurt is one of those players, as I mentioned, who just gets on with it. I think he is well-intentioned. He wants to do well, as they all do, and he is working hard and playing well."
Kurt Zouma, Everton

Lampard believed Manutd have great youths too

Frank Lampard believes Manchester United's young players are comparable to those at Chelsea, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's claims to the contrary.

Both clubs have focused on youth so far this season, with United manager Solskjaer suggesting that Chelsea's youngsters have an advantage due to the Blues' approach to the loan system.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori all enjoyed successful loan spells in the Championship last season, and have gone on to make a significant impact in the Chelsea first team under Lampard so far this term.

Ahead of Wednesday's Carabao Cup fourth-round match at Stamford Bridge between the two sides, Solskjaer suggested Chelsea's youth were more experienced than his own because of the senior football played away from the club.

But Lampard was cautious about agreeing with the Norwegian, insisting that the talent at Old Trafford was comparable.

"[Marcus] Rashford’s a young player. He’s got how many caps for his country?" Lampard said in response to Solskjaer. 

"[Axel] Tuanzebe went on loan last year and did fantastic in the Championship. Dan James has come in and been a fantastic signing for them.

"I think we’ve all got players with relative experience or not. I think Man Utd have got loads of good players.

"In terms of the loan system, there probably is some credit. The loans need to be the right loans, need to be the right clubs.

"I was fortunate to have Mason and Fikayo (at Derby) last year, they were good for me and hopefully I was good for them. That’s how the loan system works at its best when you’re talking about players with really good potential."

Lampard wants the PL to use the touchline monitors

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes Premier League referees must start utilising touchline monitors if they are to implement VAR correctly.
The use of VAR has come under increasing scrutiny as the season has progressed, with the latest round of Premier League fixtures throwing up more questions.

Everton's Michael Keane was on Saturday penalised for what appeared to be an accidental collision with Brighton and Hove Albion's Aaron Connolly, as the referee's initial decision not to award a spot-kick was overturned.

There were similar VAR interventions in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Norwich City and Arsenal's draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

On-field officials are said to have been instructed to use pitchside screens sparingly, which is a stance Lampard thinks must change.

"Yes, I think it is part of VAR. I assumed when it came into the Premier League that would be the case," he told a news conference ahead of Chelsea's EFL Cup clash with Manchester United.

"I think we are at the point now where from my point of view I think they have to. It is difficult. I am not one to bang the drum.

"It is not easy and even with VAR there is a human element involved because they are the ones that are checking it and it is slightly opinionated.

"I think at the weekend we saw it flip slightly from the other way from what it had been already with some decisions being changed. Hopefully we find the right middle ground as soon as possible.

"I think seeing the monitor on the side of the pitch is the way forward."

"We are proving people wrong"

Mason Mount says Chelsea are happy with their start to the season under new manager Frank Lampard and believes they are proving many people wrong.

Chelsea appeared to be in a tough situation at the start of the season after being hit with a transfer ban and hiring the inexperienced Lampard to take over from Europa League winner Maurizio Sarri.

But the introduction of the club’s best young talents has breathed new life into the club, and Lampard has been the ideal manager to bring them through. 

Though the ex-Derby boss has also warned that they need to be good enough once given the chance. So far they have been, and Mount has led the way.

“The manager tells us that we're not going to be given a chance just because we're young, we have to earn it," Mount said.

"But the fans have been calling for young English players for a long time and the backing they've given us makes us all want to give that extra yard on the pitch.
"People wrote us off at the start of the season and said we wouldn't do well without new signings, so we just need to keep proving them wrong."

Monday, October 28, 2019

"Everyone wants an Hazard in the team"

Frank Lampard is delighted to see his Chelsea side sharing the load in terms of goals and assists in the early stages of a post-Eden Hazard era at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard completed a £130 million ($167m) switch to Real Madrid from Chelsea over the summer, bringing to an end a trophy-laden seven-year spell in west London.

The Blues often relied upon the 28-year-old as their main source of creativity in the final third and were unable to bring in a suitable replacement over the summer due to a transfer ban.

Lampard's managerial reign didn't get off to the best of starts, but after seven consecutive wins across all competitions, Chelsea are starting to look like a formidable force once again.

A 4-2 win at Burnley on Saturday saw the Blues tighten their grip on fourth position in the Premier League table , eight points behind leaders Liverpool and four clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.

Lampard's free-flowing outfit have scored 23 goals in their opening 10 fixtures, with the 41-year-old pointing to a combined effort from his squad which has helped fill the void created by Hazard's departure.

"I felt we have options and people have talked about transitions, and obviously there is when you lose a player as impactful as Eden, who scored or created nearly 50 per cent of our goals last year," Lampard told Chelsea's official website.

"You have to accept that and look for where else in the team can we come up with that sort of end product. We have the players to do it. We have attacking players who want to score goals, a team which wants to move the ball quickly and get the ball into wide areas sometimes. We want to be able to cross it, to play through teams and, as a collective, we’re scoring goals. We have to continue in that vein.

"Everyone wants an Eden Hazard in the team, don’t get me wrong, but we haven’t and it was what was in front of me. We’ve got good players and it’s important we try and be an attacking force. The Chelsea fans who travelled up to Burnley want to see a team that’s trying to play attacking football and it’s the way I want us to play.

"Of course, we have to worry about how we defend, but I want us to defend up the pitch if we can. I want us to move the ball really quickly with a view to creating chances and the players are doing that. We work hard on it daily in training, it doesn’t come easily."

Lampard only managed to record two wins from his opening eight fixtures in charge, but he insists he always "believed in the group" and that Chelsea's recent progress is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes.

"We had a tough start, but I believed in the group and I believe in them daily – I’m just really pleased where we’ve got to," he added.

"We’re working hard, but we have to be aware we can improve and if we get overconfident in this moment and start making crazy expectations on ourselves from within – let everyone else talk.
"From within, it’s game by game and how we can get better day by day. At the minute we have that feeling and it’s my job to keep that going."

Tomori happy for Pulisic

Christian Pulisic's superb treble inChelsea's 4-2 win over Burnley on Saturday was a just reward for his "hard work and patience" behind the scenes, according to Fikayo Tomori.
The United States international grabbed his first goals in Chelsea colours since completing a £58 million ($75m) move from Borussia Dortmund earlier this year, on his first start since August.
The 21-year-old opened the scoring with a brilliant individual effort just after the 20-minute mark, before repeating the trick just before the half-time whistle.
Pulisic added a third early in the second period, improvising with his back to goal to head a pinpoint Mason Mount cross past Nick Pope and into the net.

Willian added a fourth for Chelsea before Burnley hit two late consolation goals through Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil, with Frank Lampard's men moving back into the top four after a fourth straight Premier League victory.
The Blues boss has only used Pulisic sparingly since the start of the season, but Tomori was delighted to see the midfielder build on a superb cameo during a 1-0 Champions League win atAjax last week with a hat-trick against the Clarets.
“Everyone is disappointed when they don’t play," Tomori told the Evening Standard. "We have got a lot of talented players, so you just have to be patient and when you get your chance you have just got to take it like he did on Saturday.
“I am really happy for him — that patience and hard work he showed in training has paid off. You have got to be on top of your game, not only in the games but in training as well.
“It is good Christian has come in because everyone has to be on their toes. No one knows their position is safe and that drives the team on and brings the best out of each individual.”

Sunday, October 27, 2019

" 7 wins on the bounce; Another Pulisic party at Turf Moor"

By: Uthman Adebayo
(@uthyadebayo on twitter)
26/10/19



In a late Saturday  premier league kick-off, the blues saw off a combative Burnley side in an entertaining premier league game. So what did we learn?

1) Pulisic scores "perfect" hat-trick: The American was in the starting XI for Chelsea against the clarets for the first time since August 31 and hey, he absolutely destroyed Burnley with a terrific Hat-trick. First, he latched on a loose ball before shifting the ball into his left foot and firing low across pope into the bottom corner for his first Chelsea goal and minutes before half time he buried a rightfooted effort off Ben mee and into the near post. He remarkably completed his hattrick powering in a header from the line of the six yard box.

2) A Bad Day for Ashley Barnes: The big forward will be absolutely gutted for missing an header from six yards out before Pulisic went on to score Chelsea's second goal. He hit a shot that bounced wide on the goal and as the game progressed, he cut a more frustrated figure until Vydra came on for him. Had he taken his chances, Maybe the game could have gone more close.

3) Plenty of Options for Lampard: The blues have got plenty of options in the wide areas and in such impeccable form. Pulisic started and got an hattrick, Willian got a goal and assist, CHO came on and looked to have got a penalty but it was overturned and there is a certain Pedro who is sitting on the bench and Loftus-cheek who isn't far off. Frank Lampard would hope to keep his wide men grounded and good to go.

4) Fantastic game of Football to Watch: The game was energetic, Aggressive, combative and entertaining to watch. In as much as the blues won 4-2, but it could have gone either way. Burnley gave the west Londoners a good game and what more, it was a game with a lot of chances with both teams having more than 20 between them.

It was a seventh win on the bounce for Frank Lampard and Chelsea ahead of a Carabao cup tie against Manchester United to come on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.

"Pulisic showed the full package today."

Christian Pulisic "showed the full package" withhis perfect hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-2 victory against Burnley, according to head coach Frank Lampard.
United States international Pulisic scored with his left foot, right foot and his head to give Chelsea a three-goal lead in Saturday's Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

Willian added a fourth goal before Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil pulled a couple back for Burnley in the final five minutes, but the Blues saw out a seventh successive win in all competitions.
Lampard lavished praise on Pulisic after the match and is hopeful his hat-trick hero will take confidence from scoring his first goals in English football.

"The way that he's trained over the past few weeks and the impact he's had when he's been playing has said to everyone 'here I am' and what talent he does have," he said at his post-match news conference.

"I'm really pleased for him today, it's what we need from all our attacking players - to be a threat, to play like that, to have a ruthless edge about how they finish. He showed the full package today.

"The first goal, where he waits, then a step over, then moves away from the players. That sort of thing is brilliant and I hope it gives him the confidence that it should do. I'm pretty sure that it will do."

Pulisic's treble in Lancashire was even more special given it was his first Premier League start since August, the 21-year-old even failing to make Chelsea's matchday squad for a Champions League clash at Lille earlier this month.

He featured for USA at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June and Lampard said he was keen to further manage the youngster's playing time on the back of a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund during the close season.

"I'm absolutely delighted for him," Lampard said. "A lot of talk around Christian for the big price tag, for the fact he's quite rightly a star in his country and plays for the USA so well.

"From my point of view, I'm delighted to see him do that today because I know the backstory, I know the pressures of a move like that.

"I also know he played for his country through the summer and had a one-week break this summer. Then you get the pressure of 'can you settle in the Premier League' so I've tried to deal with it in the way that I see best, which is to give him minutes.
"He fully deserved his start today and it was a fantastic match-winning performance."

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Lampard defends Odoi after dive claim

Frank Lampard defended Callum Hudson-Odoi over claims that he dived during Chelsea’s 4-2 win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The striker was awarded a penalty for the visitors but the decision was overturned by VAR which resulted in a yellow card being shown to the England player for diving.

It was one of few negatives for the Blues in a game in which they raced into a 4-0 lead before conceding two late consolation goals to the hosts.

And afterwards, Blues boss Lampard hit out against claims from Burnley manager Sean Dyche that Hudson-Odoi sought to con the referee.
"If I feel like it was a dive I would speak to Callum and say that's not what we're about,” Lampard said.

"When you're moving into the box at pace and cutting across defenders, whether VAR decides if it's a penalty or not is one thing.

"I thought there was a lot of things going on in the game with people going down under no real contact. Their bench wanted everything that was happening.

"Ashley Barnes, every time he has a contest in the air he falls to ground to get a free-kick to stick it in the box."

“Unreal. What a day for me,”

Christian Pulisic admits it feels “unreal” to be Chelsea’s youngest scorer of a Premier League hat-trick, although the United States international almost forget to claim his match ball afterwards.
The 21-year-old made history on Saturday during a 4-2 win for the Blues over Burnley.

Having endured a difficult start to his time at Stamford Bridge, the talented playmaker came of age at Turf Moor.

His three efforts put Frank Lampard’s side in complete control of the contest, as they secured a seventh successive win in all competitions, while re-writing the record books in the process.

“Unreal. What a day for me,” Pulisic told Sky Sports.

“Happy with the result. I wish we could have got a clean sheet but in the end it was a special day for me.”

Pulisic had never previously recorded a hat-trick in his career, and that showed as he went to walk off the field at the final whistle without collecting his memento from the match referee.

Pressed on whether that is because he is unaccustomed to being in such a position, the American star said: “That is exactly why. I honestly didn’t think about it. Thankfully my team-mates reminded me!”
Christian Pulisic Willian Chelsea Burnley

Burnley FC 2-4 Chelsea FC

Christian Pulisic plundered a hat-trick as Chelsea made it seven consecutive wins across all competitions with a 4-2 Premier League win over Burnley on Saturday.

Pulisic – a close-season arrival from Borussia Dortmund – had not started a league game for the Blues since August but repaid manager Frank Lampard's faith in selecting him over Callum Hudson-Odoi with a stunning display.

He opened his account for the club with a fine solo effort in the 20th minute before adding a second goal with a deflected strike on the stroke of half-time.

The 21-year-old completed his treble 11 minutes after the restart, with Willian adding a fourth soon after against the sorry Clarets, who scored late consolations through Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil.

Both sides attacked with intent in the opening stages, but it was Chelsea who struck first.

Pulisic powered towards the Burnley penalty area after Matthew Lowton slipped just inside his own half. The American waltzed past James Tarkowski and slid a fine left-footed effort past Nick Pope.

The Burnley goalkeeper denied Pulisic a swift second, while at the other end Kepa Arrizabalaga kept out a deflected Erik Pieters effort and Ashley Barnes inexplicably headed wide at the back post.

There was little Pope could do to deny Pulisic on the stroke of half-time, the winger's low strike from 15 yards taking a wicked deflection off Ben Mee on its way into the net.

Pulisic completed his treble in the 56th minute when he converted Mason Mount's cross with the top of his back after missing with his head.

That was followed just two minutes later by Willian's second league goal of the season, the Brazilian collecting Tammy Abraham's pass, surging into the area and drilling a low strike past a helpless Pope.

Chelsea thought they would have the opportunity to make it 5-0 but Michael Oliver's decision to award a penalty for a trip on Hudson-Odoi was overturned after a VAR review. The substitute was instead booked for a dive.

The hosts ended the game on the front foot, with Rodriguez hammering home from 25 yards and McNeil seeing a deflected effort fizz past Kepa inside the final five minutes, but it was too little, too late for Sean Dyche's side.

Burnley vs Chelsea: Match facts

By: Uthman Adebayo (@uthyadebayo on twitter)
26/10/19

1) Chelsea have lost one of their 10 Premier League games against Burnley (six wins, three draws), a 2-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of 2017/18.

2) The Blues have won four of their five Premier League away games against Burnley, scoring at least twice in each victory.

3) The blues are unbeaten at Turf Moor since losing there in April 1983 in the Second Division.

4) The Blues last lost a top-flight encounter at Turf Moor in August 1973 when they were beaten by an 80th-minute Frank Casper goal.

5) Chelsea are hoping for a seventh successive win in all competitions for the first time since April/May 2017.


6) Frank Lampard’s side have the third best away record in the Premier League this season with nine points from four games. Liverpool (13) and Man City’s (12) points total are from five matches.

7)
The Blues have netted 19 goals in the Premier League this term with only Man City (29) and Liverpool (21) scoring more.

8) Lampard is looking to win four successive league games for the first time in his managerial career, with the Blues last winning four Premier League games in a row in September 2018 (during Maurizio Sarri’s first five in charge of the club).

9) Chelsea are unbeaten in our past 13 Premier League games against ‘non big-six’ teams, since a 0-2 loss at Everton in March (nine wins, four draws).

10) Lampard’s playing record for Chelsea against Burnley was two wins and one draw.

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