Winners of four straight in three different competitions — against opposition ranging from bad to decent — Chelsea certainly appear to be moving in the right direction as we resume proper football after the latest international timewaster.
But head coach Frank Lampard is vary of getting too comfortable — or comfortable even in the slightest. The work never stops, after all, especially with a young team just beginning what will hopefully be a very long and successful journey together.
“I feel like we are moving in the right direction but I always get nervous saying it because it is a catalyst for over confidence.
“The last month was good and we had some good results. The international break always worries you slightly because will we forget the good things we were doing that made us get good results and we can’t forget the fact we can do much more and we need to believe in ourselves that we can do much more.
“There’s a lot of work to be done and I don’t know what success looks like at the moment.”
Other than Liverpool, no team of truly high quality has emerged so far in the Premier League. Already sitting on an eight-point lead ahead of second place Manchester City, the long-overdue title could already be Jürgen Klopp’s to lose.
For Chelsea, the focus should be on staying in the chasing pack, which remains tightly bunched. Only two points separate the rest of the top six, while Spurs and Manchester United follow an additional three and five points behind, respectively. There’s certainly plenty to fight for.
A top four finish would probably constitute a successful season, especially if accompanied by potential Cup-glory.
“It’s competitive at the top of the league and I don’t think the league has given itself and real form yet other than Liverpool who are deservedly right up there and City but the rest of us are trying to bridge that gap.”
-Frank Lampard; source: talkSport
Lampard, who also talks about the text exchanges he’s had with the likes of José Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, (Uncle) Harry Redknapp, and especially with his dad, Frank Sr, in this talkSport interview, will be hoping Chelsea pick up on Saturday right where we left off two weeks ago.