Lampard assesses Werner, Havertz impacts; addresses keeper rumours
Date printed: Monday 14th September 2020 10:47
Frank Lampard appeared to throw his backing behind under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, and gave his evaluation on the debut performances of massive cash duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
The Blues noticed off a spirited Brighton facet to kick their Premier League marketing campaign off with a win.
The victory didn’t come straightforward, nonetheless, and required a aim of the season contender from the unlikely supply of full-back Reece James.
Talking after the match to Sky Sports activities, Lampard mentioned: “Reece James’ aim, it had me off my seat and we wanted it, we weren’t at our greatest in that interval.
“Reece has bought that in him, he’s a participant of such high quality. You attempt to get him in areas the place he could be a risk.
“I assumed we had been OK. I favored the work ethic. Should you analyse the truth that we’ve been collectively as a group for 4 days, to anticipate the whole lot to click on on day one is troublesome.
“We confirmed willpower and that could be a sport we’d have dropped factors in final yr.
“I don’t need to pin us down to 1 system. We now have three or 4 gamers who need to play as a ten for us however I would like us to be adaptable. We now have lots of attacking gamers, I would like us to be fluid, I would like that motion.
“We weren’t as fluid as we could be at this time however we’ll work on that.”
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“I favored Kai Havertz. It’s not a sport the place you come away with some classic moments and there’s lots on his shoulders however you noticed glimpses of what he can do. The whole lot I’ve seen from him is spot on and his high quality will come via. He’s massively proficient.
“I beloved the way in which that Timo Werner pops up in numerous areas, he has a starvation to attain objectives and be ruthless.
“We positively need to shut that hole to Liverpool, we now have to have intentions to be up there though it’s a massive ask to win it. We’re behind, it’s step-by-step. Hopefully we are able to make massive strides.
When quizzed on the robust hypothesis Chelsea may quickly be signing a brand new goalkeeper, Lampard mentioned: “I’m pleased with Kepa, I noticed confidence in him, he’s right here, he’s our keeper and I’m pleased with him.”
James guarantees extra to come back
Match-winner James admitted Brighton proved a worthy opponent, however fired a warning to the remainder of the Premier League after stating one of the best of Chelsea is but to come back.
“We knew it was going to be powerful coming right here and we knew we must put in the whole lot to get the three factors and I feel we did that,” mentioned the full-back. “We needed to push up a gear.
“Because the video games go on we’re solely to get stronger. There are new gamers within the group so we now have to gel and get stronger week by week.
“If you herald excessive degree gamers it brings the competitors up and makes everybody work more durable to get into the group.”
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