Step one of Chelsea’s three-match recovery plan has been completed successfully as the Blues dismissed Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round earlier today. Yes, it’s just a mid-table Championship side and yes, it’s just a cup, but a win’s a win especially when it’s a must-win — can you even imagine if we had lost this one? — and especially when there is a good performance behind the win itself.
The scoreboard flattered the visitors in the end, even after Tammy Abraham found the back of the net three times for the Blues, but Lampard was happy to see the individual and collective improvement after what was a rather lackluster outing (in both effort and quality) against Leicester City midweek.
“We had to get our game right which we pretty much did, except for two sloppy moments to give them a goal and another chance. But, other than them, everything was nailed on and Tammy gets three goals which is great for him and us because it keeps his confidence up and the overall performance was really good.”
“When you are off it slightly, which we have been, the focus can only be on changing the form and I thought today the individual uplift in form and the collective uplift was a big positive. I’m very happy for that side.”
We could focus on the few negatives, but while they should not be ignored, Chelsea do have three wins in our last four in all competitions and if we can turn FA Cup progression into success in the league as well, the mood will surely shift back towards the positive.
Chelsea have two home games in the next seven days, first against Wolves (Wednesday) and then against Burnley (next Sunday). Two more must-wins to complete the three-match plan, and then focus on Spurs away. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
“Of course I wanted the result today because it gives a nice air positivity around us and gets us into the next round. We’re still in two cup competitions, Champions League and FA Cup, and we want to win more points in the league.”
“[Chelsea] fans have shown me huge support as a player, and now as manager here as well. So I appreciate it very much. All I want to do is repay that with being successful at the club, and working through a tough moment to bring long-term success to the club.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London
So say we all.