Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed what he said to his players at half-time during their clash against Newcastle on Saturday. The Blues managed to register their fifth consecutive win in all competitions by beating the Toons 1-0, thanks to a late Marcos Alonso goal.
Chelsea endured a tough first half and was unable to breach Newcastle’s defences. Lampard asked his men to be more ‘braver’ in front of goal and take risks to create chances.
“The first-half was tough, it was frustrating. Newcastle had a lot of people behind the ball and were very well organised,” he said.
“I can see why they’ve got results this year like that, with the threat they also carry on the counter-attack.”
“The message at half-time was that we needed to be a bit braver, take a few more risks, show our one-on-ones and the ability we’ve got to take people out of the game. And the second half we did that.”
“The only thing I’d moan about is that it isn’t two or three [nil] to make that win comfortable.”
“But we weren’t even given many chances away in the second half so I’m pleased and it’s a big three points.”
“Ross turned his ankle. The doctor wants to have a look at that,” Lampard confirmed.