Lampard sends warning to Chelsea players and fans after 2-0 victory over Newcastle United

Chelsea find ourselves in third thanks to a run of seven unbeaten matches following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

Chelsea are just two points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea fans are already dreaming about a title challenge this season.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea players and fans that ‘we can’t get carried away with ourselves at this early stage’.

Asked if Chelsea can win the Premier League title this season following the victory at Newcastle United, Lampard said: “I’m certainly not going to go there with that one after nine games.

“It would be very easy to get excited about being in a lofty position. But we are improving. The first port of call was to close the gap on the top two. So we can’t get carried away with ourselves at this early stage. We have to try to reach the levels of consistency set by Liverpool and City. I’m just happy with where we’re at now.”

Meanwhile, Lampard gave his verdict on Antonio Rudiger’s performance against Newcastle United. It was the Germany international’s first Premier League start of the season.

“I was pleased with his performance it’s not easy,” the Chelsea boss said.

“I talked before the game about having five centre backs a lot of managers would say I’d love five centre backs but it brings difficulties because you can only pick two if you are playing a back four.

“Three are going to be unhappy and it’s not easy to ask them to come straight into the team if they aren’t playing regularly and ask them to perform and that means they have to have good attitude through the week, good attitude in how they prepare and I’ve got confidence in Toni.

“He came in and I thought his performance alongside Kurt they were very strong. Anything that came in the box they dealt with it very well. They had a lot of the ball and moved it well.

“I’m very happy and it’s a hugely important to have a strong squad this year with the schedule as it is so for Toni to come in and play and keep a clean sheet is brilliant for him and brilliant for me.”

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