Frank Lampard on Rennes Win, Penalty Taking Duties & Kai Havertz

Nov 5, 2020, 9:30 AM GMT
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard's Chelsea impressed against Rennes | Pool/Getty Images
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Chelsea's hot run of form continued on Wednesday as they waltzed to a 3-0 win over Rennes in the Champions League.

Two first-half penalties from Timo Werner got the ball rolling, and Tammy Abraham fired home a deserved third after the break as Chelsea cruised to victory without ever really needing to get out of second gear.

Here's what the boss had to say after the game.

On Penalties

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Werner took Chelsea's penalties | Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Jorginho had been Chelsea's regular penalty taker, but the Italian has missed twice from the spot this season - against Liverpool and Krasnodar - and duty was handed over to Werner for this game.

"It wasn’t an easy decision because Jorginho has been pretty faultless for us," Lampard said (via the club's official website). "He missed two recently, then Timo came in and scored one in our last game.

"I had a conversation with Jorginho and his answer was perfect for a professional in that he doesn’t care who takes them as long as we score. That’s how he approaches it so Timo took them tonight. He’s our taker at the moment and he took them very emphatically so I’m happy."

On Tammy Abraham's Performance

Abraham has adapted his game this season, operating as more of a facilitator instead of an out-and-out goalscorer, and he played that role with devastating efficiency against Rennes.

"I’m very happy with Tammy. I’ve had numerous conversations with him and we have a good relationship. We brought in attacking players in the summer but players that are versatile in their nature.

"I know the qualities he brings to the team when he’s at his best, like tonight and at Burnley. He got his goal, stretches teams, sets the press and gets the team up the pitch. Those are all things that are maybe slightly unseen but they’re really important for me."

On Kai Havertz's Health

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Kai Havertz has tested positive for COVID-19 | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Kai Havertz was a surprise omission from the starting lineup, with Lampard confirming ahead of the game that the German had tested positive for COVID-19, and he offered an update on the situation after the full-time whistle.

"He showed up in UEFA testing on Monday so we retested yesterday when we found that out. Thankfully everyone else tested negative, which is good. Kai is at home isolating and he’s disappointed because he just wants to play. He had minor symptoms yesterday which escalated a bit today but he’s fine."

On Yet Another Clean Sheet

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Edouard Mendy has 6 clean sheets in 7 games | Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea have now kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions - a feat they have not managed in a decade.

"I’m pleased because it’s work, it’s the team, it’s players that are in there confident and fit. We’re working as a collective, with individuals within that performing really well at the back-end of the team and that’s good for us. These stats are great but we cannot come off it at all and that’s why I’m pleased we saw it through at the end of the game."

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