Lampard pleased by ‘hot topic’ Pulisic, praises Chelsea’s spirit and energy

Lampard pleased

by ‘hot topic’

Pulisic, praises

Chelsea’s spirit

and energy

Christian Pulisic was involved in Chelsea’s match winner against Newcastle, with Frank Lampard declaring himself pleased with the contribution of a player who has been a “hot topic” of late.

He picked out Callum Hudson-Odoi to tee up Marcos Alonso for a crucial strike at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea edging their way to a 1-0 win.

Lampard told reporters afterwards when asked about Pulisic’s 26-minute cameo: “I am really pleased for him. He is a hot topic. Everyone has got a little carried away.”

Chelsea have now picked up five successive wins in all competitions, with Lampard delighted with the collective spirit of his side after seeing them overcome a slow start to the season.

He added: “I saw a spirit and energy of the team, keep picking up the wins and take nothing for granted.

“We had a problem in the game, but solved it. [Mateo] Kovacic was outstanding and Christian got at people. I am pleased, we have to play like that. We got our way.”

The Blues’ impressive run of form has lifted them into the Premier League’s top four, but Lampard insists he will not be getting carried away in an ongoing effort to secure Champions League qualification.

“It is nice, sounds good,” he said on a lofty standing.

“You know your aims, we want to challenge in the right way. All that must be is an incentive. We have to have the hunger to stay there.”

The only negative for Chelsea on another positive afternoon on home soil was the sight of Ross Barkley being forced off two minutes before half-time.

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Lampard said of the England international: “Ross turned his ankle. The doctor wants to have a look at that.”

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