Frank Lampard Tells High-flying Chelsea To Be Humble As Joe Cole Makes Premier League Title Claim


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has told his side to “stay humble” after the win at Newcastle United showed they could be in the Premier League title mix this season. (More football news)

For a short time at least, the 2-0 victory at St James’ Park took Chelsea to the top of the table, with a goal against his early side of Federico Fernandez followed by a strike from Tammy Abraham, which was caught by Timo Werner.

Given their dominance – Chelsea held 78.9% possession in the first half and played 439 assists against a meager 109 from Newcastle before the break – the only disappointment for Lampard was that his side did not win by a wider margin.

But considering he was without Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, it was a very successful trip to Tyneside for Lampard.

“It’s nice, but I won’t be excited to be top of the table for five minutes,” he said.

“It’s time to stay humble when you come out on top and know it’s a long, long race.”

Lampard’s former colleague Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole believes the club are building a league-winning team.

Speaking on BT Sport, Cole said, “I don’t think Frank will thank me, but if you look at this you’re looking at a squad of title contenders.

“You add Pulisic and Havertz into the mix and it’s an embarrassment of richness. It was built the right way: the structure that is in place, the style of play, the methodology.

“The greatest merit you can pay Frank is that you can see his personality on the team – that work ethic, that solidarity, that relentlessness.”

Chelsea are undefeated in their last seven Premier League games now, and in nine appearances in all competitions, with their last penalty shootout loss to Tottenham in the EFL Cup.

There was still some evidence about the performance at Newcastle that Lampard felt needed work, but he said he was impressed with the early penetration behind national defense.

“I always felt that the real dangerous moments for us could be the transition and the counterattacks, as Timo showed once or twice in the first half, then he obviously showed it for the goal of Tammy, ”Lampard said.

Newcastle carried very little threat which meant Chelsea seemed to calm down at times.

“I understand that players can get comfortable at times. There are little lessons where we can improve,” Lampard said.

“We played well in the patches and the result is essential in these games because the Premier League is difficult, it is relentless.

“I thought they took up the challenge of the game very well today, guys did, so I’m very happy.”

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