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Chelsea’s defeat to Everton showed one thing – one side was clearly eager to win the game than the other side.
The Toffees were puffed up playing for their new manager Duncan Ferguson and had the more desire.
The 37 tackles Everton made on Saturday was their most in a Premier League match for nearly six years, and it showed the kind of intensity that they applied in that game.
Lampard has now urged his young side to get used to the physical side of the Premier League.
“They have to get used to it quickly,” Lampard stated. “I can give them a tiny bit of room maybe for the youth of some of the team but at the same time, they might be young but they are not silly.
“They know physical contact happens in games like the Everton one. The game gets broken up, the ball goes direct into your box, it is another thing to deal with and we just have to deal with it better.”
Lampard also revealed that he made his players aware that Everton were a very physical side.
He went on: “I think there are teams that play that way.
“They [the Chelsea players] were all aware that was coming. We are not slight physically, especially if you look at our centre-backs and Tammy up front for instance, so they should have been aware.”