Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes his players have shown steel to grind out results and developed a knack of converting goalscoring chances in a perfect restart to the 2019-20 campaign.
Lampard, whose Chelsea side booked an FA Cup semi-final spot with a 1-0 win over Leicester City at the weekend, has also guided the team to Premier League victories over Aston Villa and second-placed Manchester City.
While some English clubs have struggled to get going since the resumption earlier this month, Chelsea have scored five goals in three matches as they continue to gather momentum for the season run-in.
“I’m happy to win games and with elements of the games we’ve played, particularly the first two,” Lampard told a news conference ahead Chelsea’s league clash against London rivals West Ham United today.
“We showed steel against Man City, it’s something we must improve and get better at.
“We have had a lot of games where we have had chances but not converted. We have shown a good eye for it (since the restart). We have created a lot. We are scoring more regularly and we’ll strive for more.”
Chelsea’s two new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will officially join the club on Wednesday, with Lampard currently working out a plan to integrate the pair into the first-team squad.
Ziyech and Werner arrive from Ajax Amsterdam and RB Leipzig respectively but are ineligible to play for Chelsea for the rest of the current season.
“Hakim hasn’t played for a while and Timo finished at the weekend,” Lampard added.
“We will formulate a plan for them which will look slightly different individually and I’ll decide how it looks at the training ground, whether that means mixing with the squad or some physical work in the shorter term for themselves.”
West Ham’s top-flight future could be decided on final day, says Moyes
Relegation-threatened West Ham United’s Premier League survival bid could be decided in their final game against fellow strugglers Aston Villa, manager David Moyes said yesterday.
West Ham are 17th in the standings with 27 points with seven games to play, ahead of Bournemouth and Aston Villa in 18th and 19th due to a higher goal difference.
However, the London club are without a win since the season resumed after the Covid-19 hiatus, having lost both their matches ahead of Wednesday’s game against fourth-placed Chelsea.
“I always thought it could, always felt there was a good possibility of that when you looked at the fixtures,” Moyes told reporters in a virtual news conference when asked about a potential relegation decider on the final day. “The big thing first though is to win our next four or five games and make sure we are a Premier League club.”
Moyes said midfielder Mark Noble would be crucial to West Ham’s fortunes with the 33-year-old having had experience in keeping the club up in past seasons.
“Reliable, resilient, a leader, all words to describe him, he’s got it all,” Moyes said.
“There are times where we will have to look after him because he is a bit older, but the situation we are in at the moment we need Mark Noble because he knows what it means, he has been there.
“He can take on jobs that many others can’t, take responsibility when the chips are down and he’s doing everything he can.”
Moyes added that French striker Sebastien Haller, the club’s top scorer with seven goals this season, and Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna were back in training after recovering from hip and hamstring injuries respectively, but were not yet match fit.
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