Chelsea on Tuesday night overcame the shock from their 0-3 humiliation by Sheffield United to stay on course in the battle for next season’s Champion League football in Europe
Though uninspiring, the Blues were able to temporarily pull away from fellow contenders, Leicester City and Manchester United, with a scrappy 1-0 victory over relegation bound Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.
And the Blues manager, Frank Lampard captured the mood in a post match comments saying; “We needed to capitalise on Manchester United draw” to remain focus as top four race heats up
The Blues boss is pleased with where his team is currently but knows it will be tough to ensure qualification for Europe’s premier club competition.
According to him, Chelsea knew they needed to take advantage of United dropping points as the Premier League’s top-four battle race heats up.
Despite their nervy display, Chelsea kept their third position on the log, four points clear of Leicester and Man United. Thanks to the Red Devils conceding a 96th minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth on Monday night.
Coach Lampard said his players knew the Norwich match was an opportunity to get some breathing space on their rivals for Champions League places.
“I actually didn’t speak to them about [capitalising] today because I think I have mentioned other games around us,” Lampard said. We all saw the game but I don’t think I had to say that to them today.
“We know that when the team around you has a moment like that then you have to capitalise. We failed to do that at other times this season.”
An elated Lampard further said; “All I wanted to do was make sure we did our job tonight. I felt tonight was about us. We were against a team who has just been relegated.
“With all respect, here at home if we get our job done at home we get three points and we did do that.”
Oliver Giroud scored the only goal on the stroke of half-time against the Canaries as the Blues collected three points before a tough set of matches to come in the league.
Chelsea will face Liverpool at Anfield – with the champions seeking to break Man City’s league points record of 100 – before taking on Wolves at home in their final contest.
Lampard knows it’s a difficult run of matches for his players to ensure they finish in the top four and hopes they can focus enough to get through them. – With additional reports from Goal.com