The scoreboard might have read 3-0 at the end of 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge last night, but the game itself was much closer than that. Until Tammy Abraham’s brace sidelined the visitors in the final ten minutes or so, the outcome was far from certain.
And it wasn’t just we expected a nervous end to the tight competition, as head coach Frank Lampard reflected on afterwards.
“… What they do up to the minute with the quality in the attack zones and the way they play, [West Ham] are a very efficient team. I don’t mean to say the performance was bad. It was really good when you think they can cross you.
“Our defensive game was excellent. I was not sure it would be a good game today because there is pressure and they are a good team. The guys handled this aspect very well.
West Ham had the ball in the back of the net twice, but Declan Rice’s effort was rightly ruled out for offside and Jarrod Bowen’s arrival was called off for a foul on Thiago Silva, who certainly did put his body on the line. this one with several big blocks and a strong aerial presence (including a goal on the other end to get Chelsea early on the board).
That’s seven clean sheets for Chelsea now in the league (in 14 games); we had nine last season in 38. Maintaining that wall will be particularly important in the crisis of the festivities to come. With every team struggling for consistency – with the exception of Liverpool and Arsenal, to the opposite effect – Chelsea should have a chance to solidify our top-four standings with all nine points at stake by the news. year.
“The league is so tough because we are seeing results every week that might surprise some. It is difficult for most teams to maintain the form or the expected results in different seasons. There are a number of reasons for this.
“I don’t want to jump the gun, the games in front of us are tough. We have Arsenal on Boxing Day and Villa two days later with no turnaround. Then we have City at the start of the new year. It’s really hard, so it’s on us rather than saying too much.
« […] You have to take each game at face value. With Arsenal I see him as a great quality team and a class manager going through a tough time and it’s a really dangerous combination to face, so we have to prepare well.
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.Londres
Incidentally, City and Villa are the only two teams with better defensive records than Chelsea, although both have at least one game in hand. And that might just put an even greater premium on goals – both scoring them and preventing them.