Lampard argued that Chelsea should be happy to be two points above a team as talented as United with five games left. “It’s a very good team,” said the Chelsea manager. “I watched their game earlier. I think they have individual quality when you look across their front line and see players with 20 goals and Mason Greenwood scoring regularly and [Bruno] Fernandes et [Paul] Pogba in the middle of the field.
“The fact that we are two points ahead of them, we must be rather happy. We know they will participate until the end because of the form they are in. So respect for Manchester United and the others around us. At the same time, can we focus on ourselves and try to continue to get results? This is what will be the main importance for us. ”
Lampard expects N’Golo Kanté to miss Tuesday’s trip to Crystal Palace after the midfielder injured his hamstrings in the second period. “We will have to scan tomorrow and see how bad it is,” he said. “We hope it’s small. That’s what I’ve been told so far. After the analysis, we will know. I guess it will be a problem for Palace on Tuesday. ”
Lampard congratulated Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper responded to criticism of his performance against West Ham by making a late save to deny Danny Welbeck of Watford. “I thought we had defended pretty well when we needed to, but by the time we slipped and they came in, he made a very good stop,” said Lampard. “This is what you expect from your goalkeeper. You want them to stay alert and ready to do this type of backup. It’s going to be great for his confidence. “