Chelsea boss Lampard backs Canaries to cause Premier League rivals big headaches
PUBLISHED: 16:39 24 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:42 24 August 2019
Frank Lampard insisted Norwich City will cause plenty of problems in the Premier League this season after sealing his first win as Chelsea boss in a 3-2 Carrow Road victory.
Lampard was the last visiting manager to take all three points as Derby County chief and saw his new club pegged back twice before Tammy Abraham struck a second half winner.
"I knew how tough this would be. Norwich City is a top side. They will take plenty of points home and away in this league," he said. "For me, I am happy, very happy with the result. We want to win games, I want to stay in contention.
"I didn't want a slow start. We had a tough start and I have got to say I am happy with a lot of the performances.
"But you can't shout that too loudly if you aren't winning games. So it changes it for me, today. So I am very happy.
"It gives me more determination to work. I saw a lot of good things, things we can improve but a real good belief in the players, the way they played today. I am happy, but determined, I suppose."
Homegrown products Abraham and Mason Mount have been given a big chance under Lampard at Stamford Bridge, and Mount also notched in the first half after Abraham opened the scoring in the third minute.
"I think it's the age-old story, fans like to see players that really feel the club," said Lampard, who pledged to savour his first win as Chelsea boss in under-stated fashion.
"They are not necessarily local boys, not in the modern way of football because players are from all over the world.
"But I think they enjoy seeing something because if you come through the academy here you should feel the club, if you work daily and come through at a young age your absolute desire is to do that.
"If celebration means a couple of glasses of wine while watching the baby monitor this evening and watching Match of the Day, then that will be it. That's the way life is these days."