Frank Lampard reflects on professionalism and penalties after victory over Rennes and updates on Havertz’s condition

There was discussion about our penalty takers after Werner stepped up…

‘It wasn’t an easy decision because Jorginho has been pretty faultless for us. He missed two recently, then Timo came in and scored one in our last game. I had a conversation with Jorginho and his answer was perfect for a professional in that he doesn’t care who takes them as long as we score.

‘That’s how he approaches it so Timo took them tonight. He’s our taker at the moment and he took them very emphatically so I’m happy.’

Frank was also happy with a fifth consecutive clean sheet, the first time we’ve achieved that in a decade…

‘I’m pleased because it’s work, it’s the team, it’s players that are in there confident and fit. We’re working as a collective, with individuals within that performing really well at the back-end of the team and that’s good for us. These stats are great but we cannot come off it at all and that’s why I’m pleased we saw it through at the end of the game.’

Abraham scored and received praise for his all-round game…

‘I’m very happy with Tammy. I’ve had numerous conversations with him and we have a good relationship. We brought in attacking players in the summer but players that are versatile in their nature. I know the qualities he brings to the team when he’s at his best, like tonight and at Burnley. He got his goal, stretches teams, sets the press and gets the team up the pitch. Those are all things that are maybe slightly unseen but they’re really important for me.’

There was more information on Kai Havertz after he tested positive for Covid-19 this week…

‘He showed up in UEFA testing on Monday so we retested yesterday when we found that out. Thankfully everyone else tested negative, which is good. Kai is at home isolating and he’s disappointed because he just wants to play. He had minor symptoms yesterday which escalated a bit today but he’s fine.’

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