Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted that the side cannot just rely on the Jose Mourinho factor as they hunt for yet another Premier League title, but the Englishman reveals that the side are more motivated than ever.
The Blues started their season in comfortable fashion after picking up a 2-0 win against new-boys Hull City.
Goals from Oscar and Lampard himself were enough to give Mourinho three points in his Premier League return, and the English midfielder insists the side are determined to win another title this year, especially after finishing 6th and 3rd in the last two campaigns.
‘What we have done in recent years is not stay in the race in the early stages and drop down a few points, then it is hard to get back,’ Lampard said.
‘We are determined to stay in the race this time and stay right up there.
‘What matters is what you do out on the pitch. There was certainly a nice buzz (about Mourinho), but this was his first game and things will settle.
‘What we can’t do is settle ourselves, we have to keep pushing.’
‘The Premier League is very difficult these days, the games come thick and fast and consistency is difficult,’ he added.
‘What the manager did last time he was here was to keep us on the ball so we won week in, week out and that’s what we have to do again.
‘What matters now is Aston Villa come on Wednesday after beating Arsenal with a very quick and young team, so we can’t rest on our laurels. We have to keep kicking on.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt