Frank Lampard warned Chelsea to not get complacent after they took management of the race to qualify for the Champions League with a Four-Zero demolition of Everton on Sunday.
Lampard’s aspect received for simply the second time in seven league video games because of objectives from Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud in a masterful show at Stamford Bridge.
Fourth-placed Chelsea are in pole place to qualify for the Champions League with 9 video games to play.
However Lampard doesn’t need his stars to relaxation on their laurels simply but.
Conscious that inconsistency has been the Achilles heel of his promising younger workforce, Lampard mentioned: “We are able to’t get forward of ourselves. I’m skilled sufficient to know we go to Aston Villa subsequent week, they’re preventing for his or her lives and we have now to duplicate this efficiency.
“There’s nonetheless an extended option to go. It’s nonetheless shut. Even when it appears to be like like a cushion as I sit right here now, it doesn’t really feel that method.
“It’s in our arms, however I’m actually not going to leap in and say we’re favourites. Now we have had inconsistency at occasions this season.”
Whereas Lampard struck a cautious notice about Chelsea’s Champions League ambitions, the Blues boss was fast to reward his gamers for delivering their largest league win of the season.
It was precisely what Lampard demanded after Chelsea acquired again on observe with their FA Cup fifth spherical win over Liverpool on Tuesday.
“At home yes, it was our best performance, because of the goals and the clean sheet,” Lampard mentioned.
“By way of efficiency we have now been near that quite a bit. We haven’t acquired the arduous bit, the objectives. In the present day we reached that.
“The ending, the power within the workforce, the pace of the cross, getting after the ball. We noticed some actually good things.
“It’s encouraging. You’ll all the time want your squad. Now we have a number of accidents. The one option to deal with that’s to work arduous, play with power and belief both different.
“I assumed the entire perspective and focus of the workforce felt robust after Liverpool.”
Too typically this time period, Chelsea have dominated possession with out killing off defensive opponents at Stamford Bridge.
However they tore into Everton from the beginning, with Mount and Pedro particularly full of life as they constructed on the platform offered by 18-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour.
Gilmour was making his first Premier League begin after a tremendous show in opposition to Liverpool and the Scot did every part Lampard requested of him.
“In the position where he plays, receiving the ball under pressure, he has to show balls. He’s done that, then when he played further up the field later in the game, he immediately took that on as well,” Lampard mentioned.
Everton’s revival underneath Carlo Ancelotti has hit the buffers, with a run of three video games with no win exposing them as frauds within the Champions League battle.
“Everything went wrong. We were too open defensively. We lost a lot of duels and with the ball we did a lot of mistakes,” Ancelotti mentioned.
“It is not difficult to analyse this game. It is the first game when we did not compete. We have to learn from this.”
Defeats in opposition to Arsenal and Chelsea, together with a draw in opposition to Manchester United, have left Everton to concentrate on a Europa League berth as a substitute.
“We never said we could qualify for the Champions League, but we can fight for the Europa League,” Ancelotti mentioned.
Requested if he was happy with Everton’s dedication, Ancelotti gave a pointed pause earlier than saying: “There are things I can analyse with you, and things I can analyse with my players.”