Frank Lampard felt his attacking approach paid off in Chelsea’s victory over Burnley.
The Blues won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Jorginho, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Boss Lampard wanted to see a cutting edge following three recent home losses – and his team produced.
There was an important change in midfield, where Ross Barkley was given a starting place.
Lampard explained: “It didn’t feel like a risk. It felt like a decision that was right for the game.
“I expected us to have a lot of the ball. I’m aware that we haven’t scored enough goals at home in recent games – haven’t scored in the three defeats that we’ve had.
“I felt I wanted to get players on the pitch that can score goals. I put Ross Barkley in there who can score and assist and is a great technician with the ball.
“That was my thinking behind it. The other thing against Burnley is that you have to fight.”
The result was a welcome boost in front of their own fans for Chelsea.
Having seen his team slump to shock defeats at home to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton, Lampard said the win was “just what we needed in terms of the result and performance.”