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Frank Lampard has told his Chelsea players that Christmas will be ‘off’ with all eyes on the Boxing Day clash with Arsenal. The Blues returned to winning ways on Monday beating West Ham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
That result emphatically ended the mini-slump that had seen Lampard’s side lose two games on the spin for the first time in 2020.
The Hammers made the trip across the capital in decent form, but goals from Thiago Silva and a Tammy Abraham brace saw the hosts return to winning ways.
But there’s little time for reflection within Lampard’s squad, as they face another London rival in the shape of Arsenal on Saturday.
The Gunners are in a wretched run of form, but the Chelsea boss is refusing to take anything for granted.
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“We’ll be preparing right and Christmas Day is pretty much off for everyone unfortunately this year,” he said after the win over West Ham.
“It looks very different, it always does for the players.
“Arsenal is a tough game. People might talk and look at Arsenal and the position they’re in.
“For us, those tend to be the toughest of games sometimes so we have to get ourselves right for that, it’s really difficult.”
While it was a night of positives for Chelsea, one negative was Timo Werner continuing his barren run in front of goal.
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Starting on the left-hand side of the front three, Werner fired another blank as his drought stretched to nine Premier League games.
The German was handed a gilt-edged chance in the first-half, but failed to capitalise.
But Lampard is convinced that once one goes in, the goals will start to flow more freely.
“That’s the period Timo is in,” Lampard added. “It’s unfortunate but he’s getting in the positions – when one goes in it will be a run for him.
“Tammy and Oli both bring different things, Tammy did his thing today and that’s what we needed.”
It was a different story for Abraham however, handed a start in place of Olivier Giroud, the England international made the most of his chance, bringing his Premier League tally to five.
“We needed a performance, I need to be in the right places at the right times, we had to stay patient but luckily we got the three points,” he told Sky Sports after the game.
“I need to help the team with either goals or assists, or just being a threat. It’s about keep getting goals, keep being in the right place.
“It’s still early doors to be looking at the table, we have to just keep picking up three points.”
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