Frank Lampard was pleased as his Chelsea side made it three wins in a row in all competitions with a 3-0 win over Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Lampard made just one change from the side which was so impressive against Burnley at the weekend, with midfielder Jorginho coming in for summer signing Kai Havertz who it was confirmed has tested positive for coronavirus.
Havertz’s German colleague Timo Werner is beginning to find the net with greater regularity after a somewhat slow start to life at the club and the former RB Leipzig man put his side ahead after winning and converting a penalty inside 10 minutes.
The forward had been fouled by Rennes defender Dalbert to win the spot-kick and the Brazilian full-back was again involved as the hosts were awarded a second penalty just before half-time. The defender, on-loan from Inter Milan, was harshly adjudged to have blocked a Tammy Abraham shot with his arm inside the penalty area and was subsequently handed a second-yellow card.
Werner was the man on hand to to once again convert from the spot, before fellow forward Tammy Abraham also got on the scoresheet just after half-time, the England striker netting from close range after a whipped cross from full-back Reece James to all but seal the three points against their beleaguered opponents.
That win was the Blues fifth successive clean sheet in all competitions and puts them in a solid position in Group E with two wins and a draw from their opening three fixtures. Former England international Lampard believed his side were worthy winners on the night, while he also explained the decision to replace usual penalty-taker Jorginho with new man Werner.
“I think we deserved that,” Lampard told BT Sport.
”The red card and penalty to 2-0 makes it easier. We kept the ball moving early in the second half, there were professional elements to our performance today. They were tough opposition and we won pretty well.
“It was not an easy decision (on penalty taker) because Jorginho has been pretty faultless. He had missed two recently and Timo came in and scored. I had a word with Jorghino and his answer was perfect, he said he didn’t mind who came in to take them he just wanted to score. Timo came in and scored so I am happy.
“I am pleased I got some players to rest and pleased for some to get minutes. It ticked a lot of boxes for us.”
Chelsea host Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.