Chelsea will try to extend their 9 game unbeaten run in Premier League this weekend when they take on Everton. Lampard, who won the league and cup double under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010 with Chelsea has praised the Italian for the impact he had on him both on and off the pitch.
Speaking ahead of the weekend game Lampard said “I’ve been influenced by people and I was influenced by him as a player and as a man at the time. He’s right at the top when I speak about the managers I’ve worked with. His huge success he has had in his career, working at various clubs and one-to-one I found him a great coach and a great man. As I say, he influenced me and I very much at all times look forward to seeing him and speaking to him.”
Although Chelsea are just two points off leaders Tottenham, Lampard has quashed talks about a title challenge and said its too early to discuss about it. He added “I don’t know where I would put Chelsea in the title race. I know that there’s a long way to go. I don’t think it matters too much the rhetoric. Jose Mourinho gets asked about it a lot, I get asked two or three times a week and you have to give an answer. I think with Tottenham they have fantastic players and they’re a really strong squad. The words are not that important at this point and for us at Chelsea, it’s about how much we keep working and understanding. The consistency over a season is what wins titles not matches until the middle of December.”
Lampard confirmed Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi will miss the game through injuries while Christian Pulisic could feature after picking up a knock against Leeds. On Pulisic’s playing chances Lampard said “Christian Pulisic had a tiny bit of an awareness off the back of the Leeds game with one of his hamstrings but he’s training normally. Christian is a work in progress. I don’t want to call it an injury he had in midweek. If the game had been a different type of game, it may have been one where I’d have felt I’d have used him. We know his abilities, that’s very clear. He showed that when he came on against Leeds last week, I just have to find the right way to get the best out of him regularly and consistently.”