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Lampard: First Champions League win feels really good

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Frank Lampard was delighted to grab his first Champions League win as a manager after Chelsea overcame Lille OSC 2-1 on Wednesday.

After losing his first game to Valencia last time out, Lampard delivered at the second time of asking as Willian’s brilliant second-half volley gave Chelsea all three points against Lille in Group H.

Tammy Abraham, who turned 22 on the night, got a birthday goal in the 22nd-minute to put Chelsea ahead. Therefore, the young striker has now scored eight goals already for this season alone.

But Chelsea’s early lead proved to be short-lived as Victor Osimhen equalised just 11 minutes later for Lille.

It set-up a tense ending for the Blues, with Lille proving themselves to be a threat throughout the match. The hosts even came close to taking the lead on a few occasions during the second half.

However, Willian fired home substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross in the final 13 minutes to hand Lampard a first Champions League win.

“It feels really good,” the Chelsea boss told BT Sport.

“This was a really hard place to come, added to the pressure of not beating Valencia. And it was the first time for a few travelling in Europe.

“Fikayo Tomori was outstanding again. He has to keep on with that.

“Now Ajax have set their stall out in the group. This gives us confidence and points. Now the hard work begins.”

Chelsea, who now sit third in Group H on three points, will return to Champions League action on October 23 away to Ajax in Amsterdam.

For now, though, Lampard will keep his squad focused on domestic matters with a tricky trip to Southampton awaiting them on Sunday.

The Blues are hoping to make it four wins in a row across all competitions to improve on their seventh-place spot in the Premier League table.

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LILLE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Willian of Chelsea celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Lille OSC and Chelsea FC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 02, 2019 in Lille, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)