Frank Lampard
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Chelsea won their seventh game in a row yesterday, the latest impressive performance in a run that has seen them beat teams in Europe and in the Premier League, home and away.

The whole team has been excellent through that period – you don’t pick up a record like that by chance – and everybody has done their bit along the way. Fikayo Tomori, Christian Pulisic, Kurt Zouma, Tammy Abraham, Willian, Michy Batshuayi. Those are the 6 MOTM winners from our last 7 games. Different players are chipping in from all over the pitch and sharing the burden of getting us to maximum points in each game.ews

It’s a far cry from this time a year ago, when after a strong start under Maurizio Sarri, the team lost its momentum and became increasingly reliant on Eden Hazard to make the difference in every game.

Now Frank Lampard has the opposite problem, with a squad that some feared wouldn’t be good enough. He’s being forced to keep in-form players on the bench, and when he gives the replacements the chance to sign, they shine off the bench – like Pulisic yesterday.

All this is without N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek featuring regularly in the first team. When they’re all back and fit, the quality all over the pitch is really impressive. We have the strength then to fight on several fronts, and compete in every competition we’re in this season.

As we continue this strong run, the top 4 stops looking like a distant possibility, and our aims get higher. We’re not going to win the Champions League, but we can make a decent splash without a doubt. Leicester came very close to a semi final not long ago, and we can do similar things with this squad, this season. The quality is there, and the depth is growing stronger all the time.

Lampard had the likes of Reece James and Emerson Palmieri fit and watching from the bench, and there are even youth players like Billy Gilmour waiting to burst onto the scene. There’s no shortage of bodies, that’s for sure, and at the moment those bodies happen to be pretty universally putting in good performances.

Thanks to the returning loan players, we’ve managed to create addition by subtraction this summer. And Frank Lampard the alchemist isn’t finished yet. Since he arrived, people have been trying to give him a free pass for this season thanks to the circumstances around the club. But he’s not accepting it, and he will be focused on winning things now, not just building for the future.

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