“I trusted in Tammy at the start of the season. I felt it was his time to come back to Chelsea. I know people will talk about the circumstances [of the transfer ban], but he also has Olivier Giroud, who’s a World Cup winner, and also [Michy] Batshuayi who’s a top-class Premier League striker in my opinion as well.
“He’s made the position his own in the short-term now. He has to keep that going because competition is key and over the course of the season we’ll need everybody.
“But he has deserved the great week he has had. He has deserved the great start to the season he has had and I will keep on him, because I want more.”
“He’s fine,” said Lampard. “He took a bang on the back of the knee, but I think he wanted a round of applause.”
Lampard’s praise for Willian
It was another fine day for Chelsea’s young players, with Mason Mount and Hudson-Odoi also involved in the goals, but Lampard’s most effusive praise was reserved for the more experienced Willian, who led by example with and without the ball.
“He was a standout for me,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “His work ethic off the ball. If we talk to the wingers about what we want from them, we’ll show them that video of what Willian did today. His quality and burst of pace on the ball. The last four or five games he’s been our best player.”
‘We’re in a nice position’
The result moves Chelsea level on points with fourth-placed Leicester heading into the international break and Lampard believes his side can be “challenging right up there.”
“The expectations were hard to say, because we knew there were challenges and you can’t always assess where everyone else is going to be,” he said.
“I feel we’re a few points short of where we should have been on our performances. I’m not saying that as bad luck, just being self-critical: there are games we should’ve won more points in, and that’s on us.