Analysis

Lampard on doing everything right to progress, positive individual displays and possible defender departure

Reflecting on a first win in four matches, a happy Frank Lampard praised a professional performance from his side in which they did everything right to progress past Morecambe and into the FA Cup fourth round.

Goals from Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz did the damage against League Two opposition at Stamford Bridge and got the Blues back to winning ways after a difficult festive period. 

Afterwards, the Chelsea head coach admitted the visitors were difficult to break down but he was happy with how his players persevered with the task.

‘It was professional,’ he said. ‘We could have scored more goals maybe but the game was very comfortable, although it wasn’t easy.  

‘Credit to Morecambe because they were very organised, sat deep and in the early parts of the game they covered all the spaces. It took a while to break them down but I was pleased. It was a game we should win with the squad we have and we did because we did everything right. 

‘We’ve had some results we don’t like recently so it was an important part of the process to deal with this game in the right way.’

Lampard explained how he was happy to see Werner get on the scoresheet again…

‘I’m pleased for him because strikers want to score goals. He’s had a few near-misses in that time, he’s been getting into positions but it hasn’t been going in for him. I was pleased to play him today, get him the confidence of scoring a goal. I think it’s important that we understand both Timo and Kai are young lads coming into this league and tough patches are normal.’

There was also praise for Billy Gilmour, making just his second start of the season…

‘Billy is pushing and he has been since he made his breakthrough last season. I always knew he would be a very good player for this club even at his young age. He came in today, his attitude was good and he moved the ball well, which he also did when he came on against Man City last week.

‘When you talk about the Academy players and the youth of this squad, you have to say they’re performing very well for us but we can’t ask for them to absolutely consistent all the time and produce the numbers that other players in the league do. That will come for our lads but at the moment their own contributions are good.’

Hudson-Odoi’s performance was particularly impressive…

‘Callum is playing well - he’s improved, is improving and there’s much more to come from him. His application in training and his desire to look at his game are really good. A goal like today is a fantastic example for him of making a run to break the line and then ending up in a central area like a striker because that’s what the modern-day winger does. He’s making his case, assisting, making goals and there’s definitely been an uplift from Callum and there are even more gears he can go to.’

Finally, there was an update on Fikayo Tomori’s future…

‘The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment. There’s a possibility that he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else but that has to be right solution for him and the club. He was part of my thinking to start today but we’re looking at that. His attitude has been fantastic in terms of training every day and how he is because it’s not easy when we have five centre-backs at the club.’

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