Chelsea manager Frank Lampard urged his side to remain humble despite last night’s win over Newcastle United proving they could challenge for the English Premier League (EPL) title this season.
For a while, the 2-0 win at St James’ Park put Chelsea at the top of the table through an early goal to Federico Fernandez’s own goal followed by Tammy Abraham’s goal with the help of Timo Werner.
By dominating the game – Chelsea recorded 78.9 per cent in the first half with 439 passes compared to 109 by Newcastle before the break — Lampard’s only disappointment was his side not winning the match with a bigger goal.
But considering his team went down without Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, it was a visit to the Tyneside site that was very successful for Lampard.
“It was exciting but I would not be excited to be at the top for five minutes.
“It’s time to continue to be humble when you are on top and need to know that it is still a very long race,” he said.
Lampard’s former Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole believes the manager is building a champion squad at the club.
Speaking in BT Sport, Cole said: “I do not think Frank will thank me but if you look at it, you are looking at a team that will challenge for the championship.
“If you add Pulisic and Havertz to the roster, it’s something that’s too good to be true. It’s well-built: the structure is in the right place, the style of play and the methodology.
“The biggest compliment you can give Frank is because of his personality in the team – work ethic, togetherness, it doesn’t stop there,” he said.
Chelsea have never lost seven EPL games and nine in all tournaments since losing to Tottenham in the EFL Cup.