Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has hailed midfielder, N’Golo Kante for his ‘outstanding’ display during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.
He also said that Chelsea must not ‘absolutely rely’ on striker, Tammy Abraham alone to get the goals for the team.
Chelsea wasted the chance to go clear in fourth place, as they lost, thanks to Isaac Hayden’s late goal at St. James’ Park.
It was another frustrating afternoon for the Blues, who had 70 percent of the ball and 19 attempts but could not score.
“We can’t absolutely rely on Tammy Abraham,” Lampard said after the game as quoted by Metro UK.
“We have to have goals from across the frontline if we want to bridge the gap upwards. Tammy has been fantastic this season – it didn’t quite come off for him today but that’s football.”
“I can’t complain about anything from the team really. Of course we don’t want to give headers away in our box, they’re big and that happens but other than that, we gave everything we could to try to win the game.”
“Sometimes we can [switch to two in attack] if a game feels that way but in that case it would have meant bringing off N’Golo Kante – who was outstanding all game – or Jorginho at the base of our midfield and you have to be careful with their counter-attack.”
“We were creating a lot so the Michy change was to change the feeling of the striker. Can he come on and make something happen because he’s very dangerous around the box so it was just like-for-like.”
Chelsea will host Arsenal on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League fixture.