Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a four-goal showing in the second half against Crystal Palace and so it was a pleased Frank Lampard who spoke after the game about his team’s performance.
The boss reflected on a first half in which his players were too slow and lacked urgency but praised their response after the interval, when goals from Ben Chilwell, Kurt Zouma and a penalty brace from Jorginho secured all three points for the Blues.
‘At half-time, we’d had a lot of control but our final third play was not as bright as I wanted, which is maybe to be expected at the minute with the period we’re in,’ said Lampard.
‘There was not as much movement or penetration but in the second half that changed and we got a very good win.
‘We couldn’t allow the Crystal Palace back four to go home and say “it wasn’t that hard dealing with that front four”. That’s what the message was at half-time - just change it up, more speed, more movement, change our game up, and they did it straight away.’
Lampard had particular praise for Chilwell on his 100th Premier League appearance, who scored and got an assist…
‘I thought Ben Chilwell was fantastic in his contribution in all senses. He gets his goal, he gets an assist and he was always ready to join in. He’s Premier League ready, we know that having played in this league as well as he has for Leicester and he looked like he’d played for us for a long time.
‘I admired him before because of his ability to be so high up the pitch when you want him, not that he’s being reckless by being there. He just arrives, he’s got the capacity to get up and back, great quality on the ball, and he’s a great lad.’
There was some confusion when Tammy Abraham appeared to want to take our second spot-kick…
‘Tammy with his youthful exuberance and performance that he’d had in the game, which I thought was very good, he made a mistake and wanted to take the penalty.
‘We have a designated penalty taker as you saw with the first penalty and it’s been dealt with in the dressing room. There are no problems.’
Frank was also asked about Hudson-Odoi’s future amid declared interest from Bayern Munich…
‘Callum’s performance, particularly in the second half when he got more aggressive and wanted to take on his full-back and go on the outside, was very good. He’s absolutely part of my plans here.
‘We have Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech but we need options on the wings and what Callum showed today and when he came on against West Brom was exactly what he needs to show so I’m very pleased with him.
‘There is no definitive answer [about his future] but by Monday, we will have one. If Bayern have declared an interest then that’s one thing but as I’ve said before, everything that happens by Monday will be things that are firstly good for us as a club because Callum’s our player and also what Callum wants will come into consideration but it has to be right for everybody. At the minute, I want Callum part of my squad.'