Frank Lampard gives verdict on Premier League top four race
Frank Lampard's wonderkids breathed new life into Chelsea’s top-four bid but the Blues boss insisted: It will be a fight to the finish.
Mason Mount opened the scoring before goals from Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud demolished Everton to leave Chelsea three points clear of Manchester United following the Red Devils' derby win.
But 18-year-old Billy Gilmour shone once again on his Premier League debut and Lampard said: “The younger players have injected energy to the club and the fans. Look at the reaction to Gilmour.
“But also look at the experienced players: Pedro running from virtually inside his own half for the second goal, or Willian today all over the pitch. As a group, everyone showed that energy.”
“There’s still a long way to go. United are in great form. Their impactful acquisitions in January have given them a spring in their step.
“It may look a small cushion from fifth now, but we have to fight to the end. “It’s in our hands. When I said underdogs I was looking it at the big picture. “I’m not going to say we’re favourites now. There’s a lot of work to be done. We have to fight the inconsistencies and get the points so it doesn’t feel to me like we’re favourites.”
Defeat for Carlo Ancelotti on his return to Stamford Bridge was his joint-heaviest as a manager, equalling a 4-0 defeat to Atlético Madrid as Real Madrid boss in February 2015.
But the Italian believes Everton can still make it into the Europa League -despite their second defeat in three and just three wins from their last nine.
He added: “We think we can compete, fight for Europe, next season. We are still there. Of course, with this kind of performance, we have to forget.
“But I think we can come back and we usually do, show fighting spirit and a good attitude on the pitch, and good football.
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