Frank Lampard has drawn a plethora of positives to build upon from Chelsea’s opening Premier League win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Blues manager was pleased with his side’s performance, before also addressing the need to improve.
Lampard proceeded by hailing the performances of debutant Timo Werner, captain Jorginho and goal scorer Reece James.
He then concluded by providing an update on Christian Pulisic ahead of Liverpool on Sunday at Stamford Bridge for the first home game of the season.
‘We will be better’
Lampard was aware that his side’s performance in their win over the Seagulls was far from perfect but claimed, under the circumstances, he was pleased.
“We will be better,” evaluated Lampard. “This is our first game and circumstances mean we have only been together as a group for four days. We had two players making their debut and we showed a lot of good stuff.
“We weren’t where we want to be in the end, that will take a bit of time. The first game of the season is certainly about getting a win when you come to a place like Brighton and we did a lot of good things to get that.
Werner and James making their mark
Werner impressed on his competitive Chelsea debut winning the penalty that put the Blues ahead after 20 minutes. The German’s sharpness, raw pace and willingness to press won the hearts of Chelsea fans all over the world.
Lampard was pleased with what he saw from his new signing from RB Leipzig.
“I was really pleased with Timo,” insisted Lampard. “I know the qualities he is going to bring; we saw that with the speed to get the penalty. He is going to be a real threat. He is a very mobile centre-forward who can do so many things for us.
“He is one who has had some games, he has a bit of fitness, and you could see that.
“He took a knock when he won the penalty which we hope is a dead leg. I would like to think if it is that we have a bit of time to get him back [for the Liverpool game]."
James’ firecracker from range revitalised the Blues comeback efforts. Lampard, a former player who saw countless drives from range fly in, paid his appreciation.
“The goal did not surprise me,” vowed Lampard. “I know he can catch hold of shots and we try to get him in those positions to get shots away. It was so clean, but I know he has that in him.
“For the young players, the opportunities are there if the lads train well and perform well, and Reece does that for us. Right-back is a position where I have two quality players I can pick, with slightly different attributes, and that is a good problem for me.”
Pulisic was not named in the travelling squad meanwhile Jorginho ambled off in the closing minutes of the clash.
Lampard addressed the pairs potential injury woes:
“Christian was training with us last week, but he had a bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to be in contention for today. It would have been a big ask for today and he has had to take a few steps back and we will have to see.
“Jorginho is just tiredness. A lot of players are not fully fit at the moment and that is just the way it is. I thought they dealt with the rigors of the game very well in terms of how tough it is to come to Brighton when you are not quite there.”