Chelsea will not be a membership recognized for giving their managers a lot time to get issues proper, however the progress Frank Lampard has made as far as Blues boss means he’s not ready the place he has to ask for any persistence.
Sure, Sunday’s draw with Tottenham meant Chelsea missed the prospect to go high of the Premier League for the primary time since Lampard took cost in June 2019. That will have been a really seen method of marking their growth.
However even with out discovering a method by Jose Mourinho’s aspect and subsequently reaching the summit, their efficiency quietly underlined the enhancements Lampard has made whereas he has been supervisor.
In his first season, their foremost points have been how they coped defensively, however they’ve appeared way more strong for a couple of weeks now and it was the identical once more this time.
Everybody is aware of how harmful Spurs are on the counter-attack, however Chelsea fully nullified the specter of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. These two didn’t get a sniff at Stamford Bridge.
I am certain Frank will probably be a little bit dissatisfied his aspect didn’t take their possibilities, however the high quality he has up entrance means scoring targets is just not typically going to be an issue for him.
While you have a look at the larger image, Chelsea are clearly nonetheless on course – even when Lampard should wait a short while longer to hit high spot.
‘No-one has any purpose to doubt him as supervisor’
I spoke to Lampard final week and, fairly rightly, he was delighted with the progress his aspect had made and the place they have been at, defensively and offensively.
Sunday’s draw doesn’t change that. Chelsea have now solely misplaced as soon as – to Liverpool – in 16 video games in all competitions in 2020-21 and are already by to the final 16 of the Champions League.
They’re third within the Premier League, solely two factors off the highest, and are joint-highest scorers. Issues are coming collectively properly for them, and Lampard deserves a whole lot of credit score for that.
He’ll let you know himself that he’s a rookie supervisor and nonetheless studying concerning the job, however he has been very spectacular in every part he has executed up to now.
Frank’s achievements as a Chelsea participant, his relationship with the followers and his friendship with the membership’s proprietor Roman Abramovich made him a very good match when he was appointed however with out outcomes to again that up he would nonetheless not have lasted very lengthy.
He achieved his goals final season beneath tough circumstances – Chelsea had simply offered their greatest participant, Eden Hazard, and couldn’t make any signings due to a switch ban.
The Blues needed to rely so much on younger gamers – one of many issues that stood out for me was that Frank gave so a lot of them an opportunity – however they nonetheless completed within the high 4 and certified for the Champions League.
Initially of this season, expectations have been very totally different as a result of they spent so massive in the summertime and there may be most likely extra strain on Lampard. To this point, although, he has delivered.
There’s nonetheless a lot that Frank needs to realize – and win – at Chelsea, however he has made a really robust begin. He has not given anybody any purpose to doubt him as supervisor – removed from it, in reality.
What has Lampard modified about Chelsea?
There was a time when Chelsea have been leaking targets badly on the again however that’s not the case. In all competitions, they’ve conceded solely two targets of their previous 9 video games.
Bringing in Edouard Mendy has made a giant distinction, as a result of they now have a assured goalkeeper who has saved 5 clear sheets in six league video games.
Thiago Silva additionally appears a wonderful signing, bringing expertise and nous to their back-line. He’s 36 so he can not play twice per week, however Lampard is utilizing him correctly too, with a view to handle his performances.
Then they’ve N’Golo Kane again doing what he does greatest – defending the defence. Together with Mateo Kovacic, he did an important job of monitoring Kane and Son and protecting them quiet on Sunday.
It means the Blues are tougher to interrupt down, however they haven’t misplaced their innovative in assault, the place they’ve so many choices to select from.
They didn’t handle a purpose towards Tottenham, however had by far the higher alternatives although Mourinho’s aspect have been reluctant to open up for almost all of the sport.
At occasions, Spurs had Moussa Sissoko taking part in as a 3rd centre-half they usually have been joyful sitting deep in their very own half.
There was not a lot house for Chelsea to use, however they nonetheless ought to have scored. Tammy Abraham had three good possibilities, Olivier Giroud was by late on and Mason Mount compelled a superb save from Hugo Lloris.
A degree towards Spurs within the kind they’re in goes down as a very good results of course however, realizing Frank, he’ll imagine his aspect can get even higher. His problem now could be to construct on this wonderful begin.
Alan Shearer was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.