Frank Lampard has admitted that Chelsea’s push for Champions League qualification will “be tough” but insisted it will not come down to a test of nerve.
Chelsea moved four-points clear or Leicester City on Tuesday night with a narrow victory over Norwich City, to strengthen their hold over third-place, but face champions Liverpool and high-flying Wolves in two of their remaining three matches.
Olivier Giroud wasted a hat-trick of chances before heading home Christian Pulisic’s teasing cross as Chelsea saw off already-relegated Norwich 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Lampard has rejected the idea that Chelsea’s Champions League qualification will now rest on bravery, however, challenging his players to keep clear heads instead.
Inquired as to whether fixing a best four completion presently comes down to bottle, Lampard answered: “No. I keep talking about mentality, but I don’t like the word bottle too much.
We have two games now against only two great adversaries, so we’ve quite recently got the chance to concentrate on those games individually. We must get ready appropriately and show the correct demeanor, and I figure we did that today around evening time.
“So rather than talk about the bottle I want to talk about focus and attitude, and hopefully we have enough to get through but it’s going to be tough.”
Chelsea was quickly reprieved for Saturday’s humbling 3-0 loss at Sheffield United courtesy of Leicester losing 4-1 at Bournemouth and Manchester United drawing 2-2 with Southampton.
While the Blues were happy to take the let-off, boss Lampard insisted he had not even spoken to his players about the results elsewhere ahead of Tuesday’s west London clash with the Canaries.
“I didn’t speak to them about it today because I think I have mentioned other games around us,” said Lampard.
We as a whole observed the games however I don’t think I needed to express that to them today. We know that the team around you has a moment like that then you have to capitalize. We failed to do that at other times this season.
All I needed to do was ensure we carried out our responsibility this evening. I felt this evening was about us. We were against a group who has quite recently been consigned. With all regard, here at home if we complete our position at home we get three focuses and we did that.
I was charmed with Christian Pulisic’s development to run behind on the little plot for the objective since that is the thing that we weren’t doing what’s needed in the beginning phases in the game.
“Ollie Giroud will always be alive to those in the box. If you’re playing Olivier Giroud you want to get balls into the box, you need to play to his strengths, and he gets a really good goal.”
Norwich was unable to generate any clear-cut chances, but manager Daniel Farke still hailed the commitment of his Canaries, who had seen their relegation confirmed with a 4-0 thumping by West Ham.
“I have to say I am pretty pleased with the reaction of my lads,” said Farke.
We needed to manage the failure against Chelsea’s have to dominate this match.
“And I think we were unbelievably competitive, really compact, and not that far away from winning a point.”
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