Frank Lampard admits his side are being nervous after watching the Blues secure 1-0 win against relegating Norwich on Tuesday.
Chelsea are back to winning ways after a superb header from Olivier Giroud helped the 3rd placed side get past Daniel Farke’s relegating Norwich.
Needing just four points from their remaining two games to secure a Champions league campaign spot, Frank Lampard believes to make this easier, his men need to pay more attention on their nervousness as he pinpoints that a major problem.
The Pensioners almost lost out the Champions League spot to Manchester United and Leicester City during the preceding fixtures before last, when they lost 3-0 to highly fired Sheffield United. Luckily a loss from Leicester and a draw from the Red Devils restored Chelsea’s hope of the top 4 as all three teams didn’t witness any major change in points.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s a tough one to call. We know our fixtures are hard, but everyone else also has tough games. This is the Premier League and it’s not easy,” Frank Lampard said to Skysports when asked to assess their race to UCL.
“We take our three points, we focus on ourselves, we can sit down and watch the other teams this week and focus on our FA Cup semi-final at the weekend [against Manchester United], but there’s obviously still work to do,” he continued.
“There’s a nervy feeling for understandable reasons, so I’m pleased. We went a bit slow for about 10 or 15 minutes in the second half. Then we began moving the ball again and there was a bit of personality in our game today, but we can improve.”Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea did light up the pitch with Olivier Giroud’s late first 45 minutes goal helped spark up the dull first half start at Stamford Bridge.
Giroud has netted 6 league goals in his last 8 starts, particular reason Lampard has recently dumped favorite boy, Tammy Abraham for the former Arsenal striker.
Lampard went on to accolade his defense for a pleasant performance during the match as he confirmed of no significant fault was conceded during the game, especially at the first 45 minutes, making it the 4th time their opponents failed to muster a single shot during the first half.
He added: “As we’ve seen in the last 48 hours at this stage of the season, results are critical.Embed from Getty Images
“We didn’t concede any chances of big note for them to score a goal and we created quite a few ourselves. Maybe we could’ve been a bit better with our quality, but it was professional.
“I want more, but that can wait. Where we’re at as a team, and the position we’re in the table, three points is everything tonight. I live the game, so I wanted a bit more quality during the first half. I believe the group has more quality than it showed in those early stages and we needed to move the ball quicker.
“We have to be more mobile which we did here in our last game against Watford, but if we really want to move on longer-term it has to be better, but I don’t want to be too critical as three points at this stage isn’t easy.”