Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reacted to comments from his youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi about the club’s Premier League title chances, explaining it’s his job to dampen expectation on the team.
After a busy summer transfer window with plenty of quality new signings, the Blues were beginning to kick into gear before the international break with a string of positive results.
Chelsea are going strong in the Champions League group stages and in the Premier League they are fifth in the table, but only three points adrift of leaders Leicester City.
They travel to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon in search of three league points and it looks like the title race is wide open this year.
Chelsea attacker Hudson-Odoi, 20, refused to rule his side out of challenging for the title if they can continue doing what they are doing:
“We’ve started off really well and we wan’t to maintain that. What we’re doing really well is defensively we’re keeping clean sheets and up front we’re scoring a lot of goals which is a good thing,” Hudson-Odoi told talkSPORT reporter Ian Abrahams this week.
“We want to keep building, keep maintaining as a team, keep getting goals, keep getting assists, keep working hard as a team and hopefully you never know we could win the title as well, maybe.
Lampard has given an honest response on Thursday to Hudson-Odoi’s comments by explaining his side still have plenty to do if they want to be in the mix for the league crown.
“He’s a young man, he’s excited I get it. I like confidence, I like the players feeling like that,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference for Newcastle, as quoted by the 5th Stand App (1:45pm, 19 November).
“My job is to dampen what he’s said there and say we know there is long way to go. We are eight games in, we’re in a decent position, recently we’re playing well, but there is so many things we need to keep working on and improving before we can really start getting involved in that conversation.”
Despite the fact Lampard is going to keep a lid on any talk of the title, Chelsea supporters are going to get excited and the rest of the league may take note if they pick up maximum points from their next three league games against Newcastle, Tottenham and Leeds United.