Frank Lampard on what he told the Chelsea players at half-time to beat Newcastle United
Frank Lampard watched on as his team went into the top four on Saturday.
However, at half-time it didn’t look certain that Chelsea would take all three points.
Steve Bruce had Newcastle set up in his usual very defensive and negative formation and the home side struggled to break them down.
Indeed there were a few early scares for Chelsea as Allan Saint-Maximin’s pace in closing down defenders saw them panicking at the back, only for Newcastle to fail to take advantage . Chelsea have scored for fun this season, with 29 goals in all competitions before Saturday but they had also conceded 19 goals in those same games, with only one clean sheet in the Premier League.
The likes of Norwich, Sheffield United and Wolves had all scored twice against Chelsea and if Steve Bruce had relaxed his ultra negative mindset then Newcastle may well have had some joy.
However, Frank Lampard told his players that after the break they had to up the tempo, show more urgency and take risks.
From that point on it looked only a question of time before they scored.
It did take until the 73rd minute but it had taken the crossbar, wasteful finishing, great saves from Dubravka and class blocks/interceptions from the likes of Clark and Schar to delay the inevitable.
Despite still playing with five defenders and four midfielders right on top of them, Newcastle found themselves with problem after problem as the likes of Willian and Hudson-Odoi ran at them, with no answer to the dribbling and quick one-twos.
Speaking at the end of the match, Frank Lampard summed it up: ‘We want to score goals and you can see the fans….I think that they are happy with what they’re seeing at the moment.’
A team trying to score as many goals as possible, whilst Newcastle fans watch on the usual tactics of trying to defend for 90 minutes and rely on the odd break. Saturday just reinforcing why Newcastle are by far the lowest in the Premier League when it comes to creating chances, having touches in the opposition box, possession and efforts on target – on Saturday not a single corner or shot on target for NUFC.
Steve Bruce needs to change things quickly as you can’t survive a season when having such minimal goal threat.
Frank Lampard talking after the 1-0 win over Newcastle:
“In the first half we were a little safe and slow, there was not enough urgency or risk.
“That was the message at half-time, to be quicker in the passing and thought and you saw that, the urgency, get the ball moving (faster) and get momentum up…getting one-on-one and should get goals.
“Saw a spirit and energy in the team, keep picking up wins and take nothing for granted.
“We had a problem in the game but solved it, Kovacic was outstanding and Christian (Pulisic) got at people.
“I am pleased, we have to play like that (like we did in the second half), we got our way.
“It was a good test for us today and e changed things a little in the second half and we showed a little more flexibility and creativity.
“We were upbeat, we had urgency, the tempo was good, that got us the win.
“We want to score goals and you can see the fans….I think that they are happy with what they’re seeing at the moment.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 19 October 3pm
Possession was Chelsea 71% Newcastle 29%
Total shots were Chelsea 16 Newcastle 5
Shots on target were Chelsea 8 Newcastle 0
Corners were Chelsea 11 Newcastle 0
Referee: Andre Marriner
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Gayle 85), Almiron (Carroll 70), Joelinton (Atsu 83)
Darlow, Dummett, Shelvey, Krafth
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(Match ratings and comments on all players – Read HERE)
(Watch the Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0 official match highlights HERE)
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