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Frank Lampard says Chelsea have to deal with the pressure from the top four

“Changes are sometimes for freshness and other times for tactical reasons”: Frank Lampard explains why he knocked out Marcos Alonso, Tammy Abraham and Antonio Rudiger for their win at Watford because brutality pays off

  • Frank Lampard dropped three players after a frustrating 3-2 loss to West Ham
  • The boss dropped Marcos Alonso, Tammy Abraham and Antonio Rudiger
  • Chelsea recovered on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win over Watford

Frank Lampard showed his relentless side by dropping three players for their win over Watford and says Chelsea are now facing the pressures of a top four race.

The Blues moved back into fourth place for Manchester United as they missed an opportunity to finish third last Wednesday when they lost in West Ham.

Lampard responded by dropping Marcos Alonso, Tammy Abraham and Antonio Rudiger and was rewarded with a 3-0 win over Watford over what he described as a ‘comfortable night for us’.

Frank Lampard dropped three players and was rewarded with a comfortable 3-0 win

Frank Lampard dropped three players and was rewarded with a comfortable 3-0 win

Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring Chelsea's third goal in their win over Watford

Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring Chelsea's third goal in their win over Watford

Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s third goal in their win over Watford

He said, “What I liked most was a clean sheet, three goals and a reaction after losing to West Ham.”

He says he will be under pressure until the end of the season. “We have to accept that pressure. I think every game will get busy now.

“West Ham was under pressure because we knew we could finish third. It’s a different kind of pressure, but it’s still the same in how you focus on the game and the track.

“You can’t get too caught up in what everyone is doing right now. We did that tonight. There was no nonsense. The mentality was right.

“We started bright and we went on and got the little details of the game at both ends of the field, which I was happy with.”

He also said he’s willing to make changes where necessary, with Kurt Zouma replacing Rudiger and keeping Troy Deeney and his Watford teammates out. “I am satisfied with the overall team performance,” said Lampard.

Tammy Abraham was one of three players Lampard dropped for the Watford clash

Tammy Abraham was one of three players Lampard dropped for the Watford clash

Tammy Abraham was one of three players Lampard dropped for the Watford clash

Changes at this point are sometimes for freshness and other times for tactical reasons. It gave us a little bit of both today.

“I found the team performance very strong. Defensively, we knew there would be long balls and game pieces would be a problem, but we handled them well tonight. ‘

And he is delighted with another exciting performance from Christian Pulisic, who is finally filling Eden Hazard’s boots.

He said: ‘When he came in at the beginning of the season he needed a break and had to get acclimated to the league and it’s physical and it’s hard for some of the best players we’ve seen in this league since the beginning.

Lampard says his team must be prepared for a fight to qualify for the Champions League

Lampard says his team must be prepared for a fight to qualify for the Champions League

Lampard says his team must be prepared for a fight to qualify for the Champions League

“He quickly got the hang of it today and he played really well. He was injured in early January and was injured until the start of the restart, but he looks sharp and hungry now.

‘The quality is currently visible to everyone. He passes players, he moves at a pace and he always works very hard for the team in every way, so I’m very happy for him.

“I think that given his age, what could become of him, I am very satisfied. We have a very good player and he can get even better. ‘

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