Lampard on our ‘best performance this season’, the edge Ziyech gives us, and Kante and Kovacic’s class

The Blades caused us plenty of problems last season and they were at it again early on at Stamford Bridge today, taking the lead through David McGoldrick, but the Blues roared back. 

Once Tammy Abraham equalised we were dominant and got our rewards in front of goal, with Ben Chilwell putting us ahead before half-time and Thiago Silva and Timo Werner each finding the net in the closing stages. Ahead of Sunday’s games, the result moves us up to third in the Premier League table and extends our unbeaten run to eight…

‘It was our best performance of the season in complete terms,’ said Lampard. 

‘Sheffield United are a really strong team. They’re very good at taking momentum in games and they did that in the early stages. We didn’t deal with it brilliantly and of course the goal we’re not happy with. The reaction was important, and the reaction from the team in the rest of the game was spot-on.

‘We are in a good place, but the level that has been set by City and Liverpool in the last few years means we have to be in that good place every game and every week. That’s the gap we have to close. I certainly won’t jump ahead of myself, albeit I’m really pleased with a lot of the signs from today.’

Match report: Chelsea 4 Sheffield United 1