Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chelsea's Response to United Loss Delights Lampard

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chelsea's Response to United Loss Delights Lampard

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FRANK Lampard was pleased by Chelsea's swift response to the debacle at Newcastle in Wednesday night's Champions League victory over Schalke, which edged Jose Mourinho's men towards a place in the knockout stages.

Lampard dropped to the bench as one of six changes for the Group E clash following a 2-0 defeat at St James' Park, as the Blues claimed a second successive 3-0 win over Schalke to consolidate their position at the top of the standings ahead of matches at Basle and home to Steaua Bucharest.

Mourinho was critical of the attitude of his players after the Newcastle loss, but praised them after a third straight Champions League win.

Asked about morale this week, the 35-year-old Lampard said: "It's been okay. When you're longer in the tooth you realise you have to take defeats and blips and bad performances on the chin and come back quickly from them.

"There's no point in sulking too long. It's a case of getting over Newcastle, we're still in a healthy position in the league.

"We need to learn from those kind of games and react and we did that."

First Chelsea had to overcome a lacklustre opening when Schalke had chances to go in front.

Andre Schurrle's free-kick, saved by Timo Hildebrand, galvanised the Blues, who took the lead when the Schalke goalkeeper's clearance was charged down by Samuel Eto'o.

Lampard added: "Sometimes you need a bit of luck.

"It wasn't great, the first 20 minutes, but that can happen off the back of a defeat as well.

"Maybe some days you deserve a bit of luck and when you get your noses in front the game changes."

Eto'o has made a slow start to life at Stamford Bridge following his move from Anzhi Makhachkala.

He scored his first goal against Cardiff last month in a match remembered for his controversial, and illegal, steal of the ball as their goalkeeper David Marshall bounced it. …

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