Frank Lampard singled out Timo Werner for particular reward after the German starred in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Werner’s breathtaking second-half surge over the midway line arrange Chelsea’s second aim for Tammy Abraham after an early Federico Fernandez personal aim had put the Blues on their method to a fifth straight win.
Lampard stated: “He [Werner] had a few probabilities and typically it would not go in for you, however I believed he was an actual menace for us all through.
“You want gamers of that high quality to win recreation and the tempo he travels with the ball is one thing particular. He was so unselfish, and also you depend on these gamers who’re top-class.”
The victory lifted Chelsea prime of the Premier League – for a number of hours no less than – for the primary time underneath Lampard, however the Blues boss refused to get carried away together with his aspect’s more and more spectacular run of kind.
Instead, he pointed to their defensive show as one more reason why they might be in higher form to launch a title problem.
Edouard Mendy has registered seven clear sheets in his 9 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, with Saturday’s shutout at St James’ Park his fourth in 5 Premier League video games.
“It’s good to be within the place we’re, and to have gained confidence from the clear sheets, which have been an issue for us earlier on this season and elements of final, however we have to maintain working and be constant,” he stated.
“The worldwide break was difficult however we got here right here in opposition to a crew we misplaced to final 12 months, we dominated possession and we scored our objectives, and we might have scored extra.”
Magpies boss Steve Bruce bemoaned his aspect’s lack of ability to profit from their alternatives and admitted conceding early objectives is turning into a worrying behavior.
Bruce stated: “That’s the fifth time we have been one down with 5 or 10 minutes performed and now we have to handle that.
“We have been higher within the second half and we went increased up the pitch and had some massive moments, however sadly we could not take one and Chelsea punished us with a poor aim that we gave away.
“I’m pissed off as a result of we will not get a outcome. I make no excuses however we have performed three of the highest six in the previous couple of weeks. It’s been tough however there was quite a bit to love about that second-half efficiency.”
Bruce revealed he had determined to not threat prime scorer Callum Wilson as a consequence of current hamstring points, however hopes he will probably be again within the squad for the busy festive interval.
“I could not threat him immediately due to the chance of a hamstring and lacking [him] for the subsequent six weeks,” stated Bruce. “We’ve erred on the aspect of warning and we hope he’ll be obtainable for us subsequent week.
“One of the the reason why we purchased him was so as to add some objectives for us, which he is clearly performed, and we have now bought two or three getting again to assist that scenario, and clearly Callum being one among them.”