Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was full of praise for his side after the club returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Tammy Abraham opened the scoring against the side he helped fire to promotion last season, though Chelsea were pegged back before half-time courtesy of Trezeguet’s equaliser for Dean Smith’s side.
Chelsea would retake the lead early in the second period through Mason Mount’s first goal in seven league games, with Lampard’s side holding out for an important victory after suffering back-to-back defeats in their previous two top-flight fixtures.
Following the win, Lampard was full of praise for his side who remain fourth in the Premier League, six points ahead of nearest challengers Wolves in the race to secure Champions League qualification.
”I thought we were great today,” Lampard told Amazon Prime.
”I’m pleased because that was us again, we had a blip against West Ham and today we were back.
“Our character at half-time was important and we carried off where we left off. The disappointment of the day is we didn’t score two or three.
“Villa are stubborn, have picked up results on the road and you can see why. They have good players and are well organised.”
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The fixture saw Chelsea great John Terry make a first return to Stamford Bridge, having left the club to play out the final season of his career at Aston Villa in 2017, later joining the club’s coaching staff and working alongside Smith as Villa secured promotion last term.
Terry unsurprisingly received a warm welcome from the home crowd, though Lampard admits it was a little surreal to see his former teammate arriving as opposition.
“It was a bit strange, I’ve been there myself last year – it is difficult,” Lampard added.
“You are professional and want to to do your job but it is not easy.
“I’m glad John had his moment here and got his applause. John was very humble, didn’t want to make a big deal about it, but he’s a legend, the most decorated captain the club has ever had, and he deserved it.”
Chelsea will look to continue their momentum when they face struggling Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime, whilst Villa will hope to bounce back when they host high-flying Leicester on Sunday.