‘A huge challenge’: Lampard warns Chelsea FC of West Ham threat
Frank Lampard discusses Chelsea FC's home clash against West Ham United on Saturday
Frank Lampard has warned his Chelsea FC players to prepare for a “huge challenge” when they take on West Ham United in the Premier League this weekend.
The Blues suffered a 2-1 defeat by defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening as their six-game winning run in the top flight came to an end.
Lampard’s side have been earning lots of praise for the performances they have been producing this season following the former midfielder’s appointment as the club’s new manager back in July.
Chelsea FC currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table, after having taken 26 points from their first 13 games in the top flight.
The west London side are currently preparing for a trip to Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
After that, they will switch their focus back towards Premier League affairs and their home clash against London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
And Lampard has warned his players not to underestimate the threat posed by Manuel Pellegrini’s men at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Chelsea FC’s website, Lampard said after Saturday’s game: “I know this Premier League is hard and next week against West Ham will be a huge challenge, different to this, but we have to try and win it.
“I don’t want to jump ahead of ourselves. We’ll just go back to the training ground, back to our work and see where we can get to.”
He continued: “I’ve been really happy with a lot of our stuff this season, so maybe that means we’re slightly ahead of the curve.
“But in football, the curve will go downhill very fast if you don’t keep on yourself and take a lot of the lessons from this game and move forward.
“Now our test is: can we really bounce back from a defeat when we’re used to winning? That’s another challenge for us all.”
Chelsea FC finished in third place in the Premier League table and won the Europa League under Maurizio Sarri last term.