Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admits he is wary of managerless Everton ahead of their meeting this weekend, and is predicting a ‘bounce effect’ following the club’s decision to sack Marco Silva.
Chelsea travel to Goodison Park this weekend to face an Everton side who have endured a difficult opening to the season, Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby thrashing at Liverpool leaving the club in the relegation places and costing Silva his position as manager.
Despite their struggles, Lampard is predicting a tough encounter when he takes his side to the North West on Saturday lunchtime, admitting he is expecting a ‘bounce’ from this weekend’s opponents who have placed club legend Duncan Ferguson in temporary charge.
“First of all, any trip to Everton is tough,” Lampard told his pre-match press conference. “I went there as a player many a time. The atmosphere in the stadium and the support of the home fans is big.
“I am sure there will be a bounce effect for them, and for one of their heroes in charge of them in the short term. We will have to be very much on our guard. We slightly had it with West Ham last week. There was a lot of talk about what bad form they were in, and what might happen if they lost another game, and we lost the match. There’s a small reminder for us last Saturday.
“What I tell the players will be exactly the same: this is a dangerous, dangerous team to play at this moment particularly. They will have, certainly in the early parts of the game, and I think throughout, maybe an extra energy to them.
“Clubs rally at these moments, fans rally, and the players will want to rally and show what they can do. It’s going to be a tough, tough match.”