Sunday, September 27, 2020

Lampard: “We haven’t quite hit our stride”

Tammy Abraham snatched an undeserved draw for Chelsea in the final moments of Saturday’s game against Westbrom but Lampard believes there is room for improvement feeling unsatisfied with the draw.

A shambolic first 27 minutes of the game saw Chelsea collapsed to Westbrom who were leading 3-0 before Mason Mount, Hudson-odoi and Tammy Abraham helped the blues to salvage a point.

Speaking in his post-match conference, Lampard insists his team aren’t quite in their rhythm fitness-wise yet but believes after the October international break, he expects his team to hit their stride.

"We have two big games coming up against Tottenham and Crystal Palace. I expect to see an improvement in our performances," 

"But in terms of team fitness, it won't be until after the international break that I expect to see us up to our real level, especially in terms of on the ball, because we haven't had time to work on that yet."

"It is two points lost at the end of the day - and that's no disrespect to West Brom. 

You come here and you know the transition and any mistakes would be something they would jump on - that and set pieces. You can't legislate for the mistakes that there were today.

"It was mistakes, clear mistakes [that cost us]. You can have as many meetings as you want but with those mistakes you give yourself a mountain to climb. [We lacked] a bit if urgency in the team.

"We created two or three great chances in the first half. I felt we would create more, the only other problem at 3-0 was West Brom were going to protect their lead more. It is a big lesson for us. We will get a lot better, we're still finding our way with new players and a lack of pre-season. Today is part of the process of getting better.

"There is a lot we can keep getting better at. I'm not going to criticise every part of our game, I think they had three shots on target and got three goals. There were genuine mistakes. There was nothing tactically you can analyse again and again - there were just pure mistakes."

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