Chelsea have a great chance to win an eighth game in a row tomorrow, against Manchester United in the League Cup Round of 16. It would be the longest winning run for three years, since Conte’s boys won ten on the bounce (all in the league) through the early winter months in 2016 to light the blazing inferno of our Premier League ambitions. In fact, the only loss that team suffered in 14 games in all competitions was a 2-1 reverse at West Ham in the League Cup Round of 16.
Lampard will hoping to avoid a similar fate, even if (especially as?) his Chelsea aren’t title contenders at the moment.
“We’re improving. That’s the main thing, what we’ve been striving for.
“Pleasing to see good signs. Lots of things we like, lots of things to improve on.
“Don’t want to get carried away but it encourages to keep working and look for more.”
For these Blues, the name of the game is constant improvement. For the first time in a long time, there appears to be a long-term vision and plan, and we just have to continue executing steadily towards it, while picking up wins and challenging for trophies along the way. The ambitions and the aims must remain high, even if achieving them may be out of reach at the moment.
“We’ll target them all. [The League Cup] comes earliest in the year and potentially in the quarter-finals early. 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.”
“[Winning silverware] would [be a big achievement]. A day at Wembley should never be taken likely. But not just for the young boys. We’ll give it our all.”
To achieve such great heights, we will need the entire team to keep performing at a great level — from the core starters, on whom Lampard has relied over the past several weeks, to the game-changing substitutes off the bench, who have made such great impact in the last few games, to those who have hardly played in recent times, who will likely get a chance tomorrow.
“Nothing better than subs at Newcastle winning the game and when it happens against in Ajax. That’s the great message for players.
“To keep their spirits up so they can come in and be a game changer is big. We need a big squad if we are to be successful.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London