Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham was disappointing for a number of reasons. Lampard’s former club, London rivalry and the form of the Hammers coming into the game. However, there was an intriguing stat from the game that Lampard was keen to address in his press conference.
His team did not concede a single foul in the entire game against West Ham on Saturday. Some might think this showed an impeccable level of discipline, but Lampard was not so sure.
As reported on the club website, he said: ”I think it is a bit of a freak stat, but one we should not be proud of. Not that we want to commit fouls but if you play with urgency and aggression which is what you need to do, hopefully well channeled, but at times you can cause fouls and that is how we should be.
”So I think it runs a little bit alongside the result and something I would not be happy with.”
It is clear that Lampard will not want a repeat of this statistic, and will likely have worked on the player’s urgency and intensity in the days leading up to the game against Aston Villa.
Saturday’s game was the first league game in which Chelsea failed to record a single foul since records began in 2003/04. Lampard will not be encouraging an ill-disciplined performance against Villa, but expect the Blues to play with an increased intensity on Wednesday night, and get right into the faces of their opponent.