Chelsea usually are not 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 able the place he has to ask for any persistence.
Sure, Sunday’s draw with Tottenham meant Chelsea missed the possibility to go high of the Premier League for the primary time since Lampard took cost in June 2019. That might have been a really seen means of marking their improvement.
However even with out discovering a means via 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 seemed 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 positive Frank shall be a bit of dissatisfied his aspect didn’t take their probabilities, however the high quality he has up entrance means scoring targets isn’t usually going to be an issue for him.
Whenever you take a look at the larger image, Chelsea are clearly nonetheless on target – even when Lampard must wait a short time longer to hit high spot.
‘No-one has any cause 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 via 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 loads of credit score for that.
He’ll let you know himself that he’s a rookie supervisor and nonetheless studying in regards to the job, however he has been very spectacular in all the pieces he has accomplished thus far.
Frank’s achievements as a Chelsea participant, his relationship with the followers and his friendship with the membership’s proprietor Roman Abramovich made him match when he was appointed however with out outcomes to again that up he would nonetheless not have lasted very lengthy.
He achieved his aims final season underneath troublesome circumstances – Chelsea had simply bought their greatest participant, Eden Hazard, and couldn’t make any signings due to a switch ban.
The Blues needed to rely lots on younger gamers – one of many issues that stood out for me was that Frank gave so lots of them an opportunity – however they nonetheless completed within the high 4 and certified for the Champions League.
At the start of this season, expectations have been very completely different as a result of they spent so large in the summertime and there may be most likely extra strain on Lampard. To this point, although, he has delivered.
There may be 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 cause to doubt him as supervisor – removed from it, the truth is.
What has Lampard modified about Chelsea?
There was a time when Chelsea have been leaking targets badly on the again however that’s now not the case. In all competitions, they’ve conceded solely two targets of their previous 9 video games.
Bringing in Edouard Mendy has made an enormous 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’t play twice per week, however Lampard is utilizing him properly too, to be able 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 ideal job of monitoring Kane and Son and maintaining them quiet on Sunday.
It means the Blues are tougher to interrupt down, however they haven’t misplaced their leading edge in assault, the place they’ve so many choices to select from.
They didn’t handle a purpose in opposition to 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 instances, Spurs had Moussa Sissoko taking part in as a 3rd centre-half and so they have been completely happy sitting deep in their very own half.
There was not a lot area for Chelsea to take advantage of, however they nonetheless ought to have scored. Tammy Abraham had three good probabilities, Olivier Giroud was via late on and Mason Mount pressured an excellent save from Hugo Lloris.
Some extent in opposition to Spurs within the kind they’re in goes down as results of course however, realizing Frank, he’ll imagine his aspect can get even higher. His problem now’s to construct on this glorious begin.
Alan Shearer was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.