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Frank Lampard remains upbeat in the wake of Everton’s narrow home loss to Chelsea

The Toffees started the 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a narrow 1-0 loss against Chelsea, but have already shown improvement in the early doors of the new season


Everton boss Frank Lampard will forever be remembered as one of the best midfielders in the history of the Premier League after spending thirteen seasons at Stamford Bridge, but he was unable to guide his Toffees to an unexpected result as Chelsea fought to a 1-0 win at Goodison Park.

It was hardly an impressive outing from Thomas Tuchel’s Blues on an evening where Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Marc Cucurella all made their debuts under the German tactician, with the potential Premier League title contenders showing they still might be well off the pace of title favorites Manchester City.

But for Lampard, there was cause to be optimistic despite logging zero points in the table and was upbeat in his post-match press conference in the wake of defeat against his former side.

“It was a good performance. I didn’t think we deserved to lose, in terms of both boxes and chances created I think a draw was fair. They didn’t really hurt us, we had a moment of lacking concentration but the penalty was the only real difference.”

“We were creating one v one situations and I think another day we get a goal from them. We probably had three or four good chances and on another day you score them.”

It stands to reason that despite Chelsea dominating possession and the number of shots taken, the need to rely on an effort from the penalty spot from Jorginho would certainly suggest that Lampard’s assessment hit the mark as the Blues failed to truly make Everton pay, despite an xG difference of 0.54 to 2.21 across 90-minutes.

While Lampard praised the efforts of both Alex Iwobi and Abdoulaye Doucouré in the center of midfield, the former England midfielder let loose his excitement regarding the completed deal for highly-rated Belgian international Amadou Onana, with the 20-year-old expected to push the needle for the club on the pitch.

“He’s a fantastically talented young player. We’ve watched and followed him for a long time and I think he’s going to be a really big player for us. He’s an all-around midfield player, we’re delighted to get him here.”

There could be points on offer for Everton in the coming weeks, with clashes against Aston Villa (A), Nottingham Forest (H), and Brentford (A) offering an avenue for an immediate rebound after what was an otherwise decent display in front of the home support.


Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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