Chilwell reveals what Lampard told the team at half-time to spark a brilliant second half display

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The first-half between Chelsea and Crystal Palace was a very cagey affair as the Blues found it difficult to break open the Palace defence despite all the possession.

The first half ended goalless, but it was a very different affair in the second half as the Blues kept creating chance after chance, until four goals went into the Palace goal.

Ben Chilwell who opened the scoring has revealed what the message was from Lampard at half-time.

“The first half was frustrating but we didn’t really create enough,’ said Chilwell. ‘At half time we spoke about being a bit more creative and taking a few more chances in the final third and we came out sharp in the second half and scored four very good goals.

“It’s the same for all team but there’s not really been a pre-season it’s going to take a few weeks for everyone to bed in and in the second half today I think we showed that it is starting to gel together nicely.

“I spoke to the manager before I came and also saw the talent he had brought in and it was just a very exciting opportunity for me to come to a team that everyone thinks should be winning trophies.

“The biggest plus from today – scoring four goals is great but a clean sheet is perfect for us going into the international break. It’s a good sign of things to come.”

For Frank Lampard, the Chelsea manager revealed that his message to the players at half-time was to add urgency to their play.

“At half-time, we’d had a lot of control but our final third play was not as bright as I wanted, which is maybe to be expected at the minute with the period we’re in,’ said Lampard.

“There was not as much movement or penetration but in the second half that changed and we got a very good win.

“We couldn’t allow the Crystal Palace back four to go home and say ‘it wasn’t that hard dealing with that front four’. That’s what the message was at half-time – just change it up, more speed, more movement, change our game up, and they did it straight away.”

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