Lampard demands more from Blues


Frank Lampard admits he is “happy” with Chelsea’s start to the season but has still demanded improvement.

Lampard has enjoyed a positive start to life as a Premier League manager following his appointment at Stamford Bridge over the summer.

The former midfielder had to contend with a transfer ban but that may have worked in his favour as he was forced to turn to youth.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James have all benefited from the ban although Lampard will be free to add to his squad in January.

The youngsters, along with some more established members of the squad, have picked up 29 points after 15 games and go into this weekend’s meeting with Everton in fourth.

A top-four finish looks achievable for the west London outfit but Lampard insists they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas.

He believes they have exceeded expectations but knows the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal will all be fighting for a top-four berth in the second half of the term.

“I am happy but I want more,” Lampard said. “We have had a pretty good start because most people probably expected otherwise.

“But I want more all the time and I think that the last week has been a good example of that for us.”

Chelsea returned to winning ways on Wednesday, beating Aston Villa 2-1, after back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester City and West Ham.

Punters using their free bet may want to back them to earn a second successive win when they head to managerless Everton on Saturday.

Recent meetings have proved difficult for the Blues, who have failed to win any of the last three against the Toffees. However, the Merseyside outfit start the weekend in the bottom three after a poor run this season.