Lampard hails Chelsea’s mental resolve after hard-fought win against Newcastle

first_imgChelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed his squad’s mentality as they broke down a resilient Newcastle side to earn a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.After a frustrating first-half, the Blues upped the ante after the interval with Marcos Alonso’s strike sealing a fifth straight win in all competitions to move Chelsea into the top four of the Premier League. 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? SORRY PAYBACK appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Getty Images – Getty While the Blues picked up a third straight league win, it could have been a more comprehensive scoreline as they squandered several good opportunities in front of goal.And Lampard says that is something his side must improve on if they are to compete at the top with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.Frank Lampard EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea boss on texts from Jose Mourinho, David Silva’s excellence, Prince William and more“My only moan was we didn’t have that clinical edge around the box which would have been it a far more comfortable last 10 minutes,” he admitted.“We’ll try and improve on that. Tammy [Abraham] has been scoring everything he hits before today – he had a couple of headers which hit the bar. Christian [Pulisic] also got through and their goalkeeper makes the save. ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane scrap The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed Lampard celebrates Chelsea’s third straight Premier League victory with match-winner Marcos Alonso latest Getty Images – Getty MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Frank Lampard’s Chelsea eventually broke down Newcastle’s resistance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos TOP WORK 2 Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT after the game, Lampard said: “At half-time the message was to be patient but to take a bit more of a risk with the ball, as we’ve got proven quality in the squad.“Newcastle put a lot of men behind the ball, they were very organised as we’ve seen from many of the results they’ve got this season.“It was a mental task for us. It’s easy to start changing what you should do and start playing balls centrally through areas that are compact.“We stuck to our plan though, and I’m really pleased we did that.” Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “If we want to get to where we want to get too then those are things we definitely need to improve, but in terms of performance, spirit and effort from the group I’m delighted with them today – it’s a huge three points for us.”Meanwhile, Chelsea are assessing an ankle injury that midfielder Ross Barkley suffered against the Magpies.The 25-year-old went off shortly before half-time at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard said after the game he was unsure whether Barkley is likely to be available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash in Ajax.“Ross has turned his ankle and it looks a bit nasty at first glance but the doctor wants to have a look tomorrow, so I’ll know more then,” he explained.last_img

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