A delighted Frank Lampard is more determined than ever after overseeing his first victory as Chelsea manager at Norwich City.
It’s not been an easy life for Lampard since replacing Maurizio Sarri in July as the new Chelsea head coach. With a two-window transfer ban in force, he couldn’t make a single new signing of his own despite losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
The Blues icon instead resorted to using young players for his debut campaign. However, this tactic got off to a rather disastrous start with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United followed up by a UEFA Supercup loss to Liverpool and a frustrating draw against Leicester City last weekend.
But Lampard’s patience with his young guns was finally awarded on Saturday with his first victory in charge of Chelsea.
Despite Norwich coming back twice from behind through Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki, Tammy Abraham’s decisive second-half goal sealed Chelsea a valuable 3-2 win at Carrow Road.
The England U-21 international also scored the first goal of the game, while Mason Mount again impressed by getting on the scoresheet.
Although Lampard, who welcomed his third child last year, won’t be celebrating too much.
“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!” said Lampard, according to Yahoo.
“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.”
Abraham, meanwhile, also gave his reaction after becoming Chelsea’s youngest brace goalscorer in Premier League history.