Chelsea’s tricky run extended to a win in their last five games on Monday as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
Olivier Giroud took the lead of the Blues at the end of the first half, but Anwar El Ghazi quickly leveled things. Chelsea took advantage of a number of good chances but failed to really test Emiliano Martinez in Villa’s goal.
While the final product was not there, Lampard admitted he was proud of his team’s reaction to the recent 3-1 loss to Arsenal – a game after which the team’s attitude made the subject to scrutiny.
“It’s a draw against a good team, the performance was good, we deserved to win the game but we don’t,” he said (via Sky Sports News). “We went through a difficult period, which we want to improve. We saw a lot of signs of good attitude in the squad, without really having it in the last third.
“It forces us to do more of the same, because the season is tight. We had a bit of difficulty and today I saw some really good signs that I liked.
“I still had ideas to make changes, because we have a team of players ready to play. The changes were to try to keep a little balance in the team, and try to cool off. I was happy, I am. I wasn’t disappointed with anything tonight other than the fact that we conceded that goal and didn’t score another. I was happy with the players who came and happy with the attitude. “
It was then suggested to Lampard that the absence of Hakim Ziyech, who has missed all of these last five games with a hamstring injury, could be the cause of Chelsea’s inconsistent form in front of goal.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence,” Lampard confessed. “You can’t completely trust it. But with Hakim, the way he played, he was very effective in terms of assists, creating chance, and we were very fluid when he got injured against Leeds.
“Where is he? There is a possibility that he will be fit for Man City if that works. ”
Chelsea are set to face City and Morecambe in their next two games, but with both teams being forced to cancel upcoming games due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the squad, it remains to be seen what the future holds for. the Lampard team.
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