Lampard names two Chelsea players who caused problems for his Everton side

Everton manager Frank Lampard said he had to “prioritise” his team’s defence after due to Chelsea duo’s threats during Sunday’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park.

Chelsea dominated with 78 percent possession of the ball but in the end, Everton got all they wanted from the game; the win and the three points.

The visitors had a hard time finding a way through Everton’s defence and high pressing.

The fact that Chelsea failed to register any shot on target in the first half suggests Lampard got it right.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s error at the start of the second half played a big part in Everton’s win, but they also had to defend a one-goal lead for the rest of the game.

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Lampard said two Chelsea players, in particular, caused some problems for his team.

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“To do both sides [attack and defence] is hard,” the former England international told Stadium Astro after the game.

“I think you have to prioritise stopping the spaces [that Chelsea had]. In the first half, we did it a lot.

“A couple of times Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] drove through, Mason [Mount] got in between their midfield, trying to get their line up.

“The way they played and how comfortable they were, it was difficult.

“But I thought that we were always a threat. We have to believe in our front players because we’ve got quality at that end of the pitch.

“The first thing was to plug gaps and stop balls from going through.”

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As the Lampard pointed out, Loftus-Cheek did quite well in midfield for Chelsea, completing all of his three dribbles attempts in the game.

Mount, on the other hand, managed to create three chances, joint-most in the game, albeit to no avail.

As Everton put more bodies in the middle of the pitch in the second half, Chelsea relied more and more on their flanks.

Lampard said that he was confident that his centre-backs could deal with crosses which proved crucial to their plans.

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