Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Monday, November 9.
Lampard explains how Chelsea have solved key problem
Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Sheffield United has left the Blues within three points of the top of the Premier League, and represented one of their more coherent overall displays this term.
It was a significant result, considering the London club’s failure to beat the Blades in either of last season’s meetings.
Manager Frank Lampard has been determined to improve on some of last season’s weaknesses, not least his side’s struggles with set pieces, and spoke after the game about the improvement in that department.
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“Last year we weren’t happy that we conceded too many goals from set-pieces in games and they are a crucial part of the modern game. Teams with blocks and plans to score and to stop your scoring,” Lampard said.
“We looked to see over the course of the off-season and the personnel certainly helped, we’re bigger and more aggressive naturally through the personnel in the team in the early part of the season.”
Chelsea went behind early on as David McGoldrick scored his third goal against the Blues in two games, but goals from Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner gave the hosts all three points.
Chelsea fans react to what James did
Reece James’ reaction to Thiago Silva’s goal didn’t go unnoticed, but the right-back’s activity before the goal was also warmly received by Chelsea fans.
James was spotted repeating the chant “Oooh, Thiago Silva” while celebrating with the Brazilian, who scored his first Blues goal in the 4-1 win.
However, it was the 20-year-old who won the free-kick to begin with, and pundit Graeme Souness pointed out a moment which caught the eye in that passage of play.
“There’s an incident if you see the third goal…