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Frank Lampard pleased with how Chelsea toppled Leeds United.

Lampard wants his Blues to "keep their feet on the ground'



FT: Chelsea 3-1 Leeds


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was pleased his side "created so many opportunities, stayed positive, and defended well" as they beat Leeds United 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.


The Blues started the game in high spirits but were a goal down within four minutes, thanks to a brilliant strike from Patrick Bamford, who spent five years with the west London side without making a senior appearance.


Olivier Giroud marked his first league start of the 2020-21 campaign with his fifth goal of the week [after his four goals against Sevilla in the Champions League during midweek] as he tapped in a brilliant cross from right-back James Reece.


France defender Kurt Zouma made it 2-1 when he headed home Mason Mount's corner-kick before USA international Christian Pulisic rounded up the win by finishing off Timo Werner's low cross with a close range strike late on in the game.


Speaking to Sky Sports after the victory, Lampard said the Blues deserved all three points, acknowledging that they have been working really hard on set pieces, which used to be a problem for his team.


"We started brilliantly in the first few minutes but then they scored so that's a test straight away," he said. "We created so many opportunities, stayed positive, and defended well.


"We had to accept they would probably create chances but I thought we dominated the game in terms of action in the two boxes. I thought we deserved the win though it was a bit nervy until the end.


Lampard celebrates with Zouma. [Getty]
Lampard celebrates with Zouma. [Getty]

"It's our job to get the message across. Even our centre-backs, Thiago Silva, the moments he had to bring his quality through, he did that. There were lots of good individual performances."


When asked if they have improved on set-pieces, Lampard replied: "Yeah. We have been working hard but it's always the playeras. They have to go up with the intention to score. You look at Kurt [Zouma] now. We knew we needed to improve and the players are doing that. If you want to be successful in this league, you usually have to be good at set-pieces."


The win moved Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table, pending when Tottenham and Liverpool play against Arsenal and Wolves respectively. However, Lampard says it is too early to be excited about being table toppers.


"It's early December and there's a long way to go," the 42-year-old said. "But we are a progression. When you bring in new players, have young players and you're trying to integrate... Whether it's this season we get to the heights we want, I don't know. But we are moving in the right direction.


"I'm really pleased. It's work on the training ground and staff behind the scenes. At our level, at Chelsea, people will always question us. Our job is to not get caught up in the chat. We have to keep our feet on the ground. There's a long, long way to go. At the minute we're in a patch."


Asked about Hakim Ziyech, who got subbed for Pulisic, he said: "Hamstring. He felt it go. We will have to see over the next few days."


On the fans returning to Stamford Bridge, the Englishman added: "It was nice to have their support generally. We heard them and we felt them. It was incredile to hear the noise they generated."



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