Bolton 1 Chelsea 5: Lampard’s talent was ‘never in question’

Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas insists Frank Lampard's sparkling display at The Reebok came as no surprise

Premier League, 2 October 2011, Reebok Stadium
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André Villas-Boas insisted Frank Lampard’s ability to continue performing at the top level was “never in question” after the midfielder’s hat-trick helped Chelsea thrash Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.

The 33-year-old’s treble and a brace from former Bolton loanee Daniel Sturridge gave the Londoners a victory which hoists them up into third place in the table. Dedryck Boyata headed home a second-half consolation for the home side.

The Chelsea manager said Lampard’s sparkling display came as no surprise to him, despite questions having been raised of late over whether the midfielder can still hold down a regular place in The Blues’ starting line-up.

“It was good for him [Lampard] because he had a good solid performance along with the rest of the team,” said Villas-Boas. “He arrived at the perfect time in the box, as he has been doing for many years.

“It is just a question of timing, and he has this. Today he found it to perfection, so I am happy for him, for his individual performance, but I am extremely happy with the team performance. All the team performed for each other and this gratifies me a lot.

“His talent was never in question. As I said before, it is not a question of age, it is a question of confidence. This squad is full of confidence and the talent of the players is never in question.”

Villas-Boas was delighted with his team’s cutting edge and urged his players to begin displaying a similar ruthlessness on a regular basis.

“You could stay here all day talking about the good things we did, finally we had a good game with clinically finishing,” continued the Chelsea boss.

“This is the sort of thing we are looking at as this is what we try for all our games. We deserved it and created chances in all our games but today we found the net easier.

“Everybody has been fantastic, we have been putting the effort in training and working hard and we knew it was would eventually happen for us.”

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