Lampard on Pulisic, Chelsea’s win at Southampton


SOUTHAMPTON — Frank Lampard was a happy man as Chelsea secured a fourth-straight win in all competitions by beating Southampton 4-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

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USMNT star Christian Pulisic came off the bench for his first PL minutes since Aug. 31 and the Pennsylvanian playmaker grabbed an impressive assist in his cameo display.

Asked by Sky Sports about the contributions of Chelsea’s entire squad, Lampard reserved special praise for Michy Batshuayi and Pulisic as they combined for their fourth goal at St Mary’s.

“It is and I get asked weekly ‘why is he not in the squad?’ and ‘why is he on the bench?’ when it comes to certain players. We need all of the players. You need the contribution of Michy coming on and getting his goal. He’s been training really well. Christian coming on with a great assist for the goal. Those players, absolutely we need them as the games come thick and fast. At the moment we are going well and keeping a similar core of the team. But we are going to need everyone and that means training at a level and being happy as a complete group when we come away and get a result like this.” It is a long old season and Chelsea are in the League Cup, UEFA Champions League FA Cup and will be pushing for a top four finish in the PL. Lampard will need his entire squad and he needs to keep as many of them happy as he can.

Pulisic and Batshuayi performed well when they came on and that’s great news for Lampard and Chelsea, as he has so many options in attacking areas.

Willian, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham have the starting shirts for now, but Pulisic, Pedro and Batshuayi are banging on the door.

Chelsea are gathering momentum under Lampard and this young side are growing up fast as we enter the winter months.

They are fifth in the PL and are back on track in Europe as early defensive struggles haven’t quite evaporated, but this Chelsea side are looking well suit compared to Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United in terms of pushing for a top four finish this season.