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Lampard’s Chelsea team is becoming “infectious”, says Redknapp

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 12:34, 3 November 2019

Jamie Redknapp has labelled Chelsea a “joy to watch” under Frank Lampard and believes the good football they are playing is becoming infectious.

The Blues ran out 2-1 winners at Watford which meant they registered a fifth consecutive Premier League win as well as a seventh on the road in all competitions.

Lampard’s turnaround: Five key things to know…

  • Lampard succeeded Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager in the summer.
  • The club’s all-time leading scorer began with a humbling 4-0 loss away to Manchester United.
  • He oversaw two wins across their next five league outings which included a 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool.
  • Since then Chelsea have gone on a five-match winning steak; registering 13 goals and conceding five times.
  • Following their recent 2-1 win at Watford, Redknapp praised Lampard’s impact at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham, who bagged goal number nine, and Christian Pulisic were on the scoresheet with the result leaving the Blues on 23 points after 11 matches played, with only Manchester City (25) and Liverpool (31) ahead of them in the table.

After a tentative start under Lampard, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career at Stamford Bridge before returning as manager in the summer, the 41-year-old has got the west London club playing an exciting brand of football.

What has made this even more impressive is the situation the club found themselves in heading into the 2019/20 season. Chelsea were handed a transfer embargo, which is now widely being referred to as a blessing in disguise as Lampard has been able to bed in youngsters who may have otherwise been overlooked.

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It has subsequently won them plenty of admirers and Redknapp believes Chelsea were not only deserving of their latest victory but is adamant there are very few teams around which get folks off their seat in a similar fashion.

“It’s a joy to watch, the young players are bedding in so well,” he said. “They look so comfortable and they’re playing such good football.

“It becomes infectious. They’ve got a nice balance. The two midfielders were at times magnificent.

“And nobody’s talking about [N’Golo] Kante. I can only imagine what it’s like in training trying to get the ball off those two [Jorginho and Kante].