Frank Lampard singled out Timo Werner for special praise after the German starred in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Werner’s breathtaking second-half surge over the halfway line set up Chelsea’s second goal for Tammy Abraham after an early Federico Fernandez own goal had put the Blues on their way to a fifth straight win.
Lampard said: “He [Werner] had a couple of chances and sometimes it doesn’t go in for you, but I thought he was a real threat for us throughout.
“You need players of that quality to win game and the pace he travels with the ball is something special. He was so unselfish, and you rely on those players who are top-class.”
The victory lifted Chelsea top of the Premier League – for a few hours at least – for the first time under Lampard, but the Blues boss refused to get carried away with his side’s increasingly impressive run of form.
Instead, he pointed to their defensive display as another reason why they may be in better shape to launch a title challenge.
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Edouard Mendy has registered seven clean sheets in his nine appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, with Saturday’s shutout at St James’ Park his fourth in five Premier League games.
“It’s nice to be in the position we are, and to have gained confidence from the clean sheets, which were a problem for us earlier in this season and parts of last, but we need to keep working and be consistent,” he said.