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BLUES CAN HAK IT!

Lam­pard purrs at ‘com­plete’ per­for­mance in­spired by new boy Ziyech

- By NEIL MOXLEYM atTur­fat Turf M Moor Sports · Soccer · Chelsea F.C. · Ipswich Town F.C. · Ajax Cape Town F.C. · Russia · Burnley F.C. · Timo Werner · Morocco · Eden Hazard · Burnley · Leipzig · Hakim Ziyech · Morocco national football team · Sean Dyche · Kurt Zouma

FRANK L LAM­PARD hailed Chelsea’s “co “com­plete per­for­mance” asHak as Hakim Ziyech an­nounced his ar­rival in the Premier L League with a bang.

The Blues’ chief was p purring af­ter the fi­nal w whis­tle fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive dis­play with his £33mil­lion signin sign­ing from Ajax grab­bing cen­tre stage. stag

Lam­pard re­turned from the mid­week Cha Cham­pi­ons League trip to Rus­si­aw­ith Rus­sia with a clean sheet and three goals. But he h was just as happy with the manne man­ner of the vic­tory here as the Clarets were never al­lowed to get out of f first gear.

Af­ter a start to the cam­paign dur­ing which Chelsea have been found want­ing de­fen­sively, this was their third shut-out in­side eight days on their trav­els.

Fol­low­ing a slug­gish start they were never in trou­ble af­ter man-ofthe-match Ziyech fired them into a 26th-minute lead.

Lam­pard (be­low) said: “It was a very com­plete per­for­mance from us. It’s a dif­fi­cult place to come to. They make it very dif­fi­cult for teams and they’ve been un­lucky in games. We con­trolled mas­sive parts of the game, so I’m very happy.

“I was al­ways aware at the start of the sea­son that it wasn’t go­ing to be easy. It was ask­ing a lot for us to fly out of the blocks, but per­for­mances like this show that we’re do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive. We need to get our heads down and keep work­ing hard. When you are keep­ing clean sheets and when you are scor­ing goals, it shows you are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. We were pos­i­tive in our pass­ing and move­ment. It’s a nice step for­ward for us.

“So, I’m re­ally pleased. It’s tight every­where. There are games where we’ve been frus­trated and dropped points. It’s hap­pen­ing every­where in the Premier League. This is a good win.”

Ziyech caught the eye – not just for his goal and as­sist for Timo Werner’s third – but he was in­volved in pretty much ev­ery­thing of note go­ing for­ward.

When Lam­pard can find a de­fined role for Kai Havertz, his team is go­ing to be a match for any. But

the stand-out player was the Morocco in­ter­na­tional. Chelsea’s chief pre­viewed the match by sug­gest­ing the 27-year-old could be­come Eden Haz­ard’s suc­ces­sor.

That’s a high bar and there was noth­ing to sug­gest he could match the drib­bling skills of the Bel­gian mae­stro.

But Ziyech showed that in ev­ery other as­pect of his game that he will be a sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tion.

He added: “I’m re­ally im­pressed and ex­cited. I could see his per­son­al­ity and work-rate off-the-ball.

“He has that. You saw that to­day. That bit of qual­ity gives us some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

Burn­ley, with boss Sean Dy­che cel­e­brat­ing his eighth year in the job in east Lan­cashire, came fly­ing out of the blocks.

Matt Low­ton’s di­ag­o­nal ball in the sixth minute caught Kurt Zouma nap­ping and Ash­ley Barnes nipped in. His at­tempted lob went over the bar. But he was caught late by keeper Edouard Mendy, lead­ing to an­guished com­plaints af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle from the Clarets’ chief.

But once the vis­i­tors shrugged the ef­fects of the long trip to Rus­sia out of their sys­tem, they looked a class apart.

Ziyech drilled home the first, Kurt Zouma pow­ered home a header in the sec­ond half – ‘that killed us’ said Sean Dy­che – and the open­ing goalscorer then turned provider, set­ting up Werner who fin­ished with all the con­fi­dence of a man who was scor­ing goals for fun at his pre­vi­ous club, Red Bull Leipzig.

Burn­ley’s boss said: “I think we started well. We should have had a penalty, but we know our record with penal­ties – I don’t know what penal­ties are or aren’t any­more. I’m not re­motely say­ing that would win us the game, but it would have given us a chance. Af­ter that, we’re get­ting pun­ished for ev­ery­thing. That’s how it is, things go against you or feel like they’re go­ing against you.

“It’s a chal­lenge. The feel­ing that win­ning brings, the con­fi­dence it brings, it adds to what you’re try­ing to achieve. I don’t think pan­ick­ing will change any­thing. I think struc­ture, or­gan­i­sa­tion and hard work, they may change things.”

It’s a dif­fi­cult place to come to. They make it very dif­fi­cult for teams.We con­trolled mas­sive parts of the game, so I’m very happy

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