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Lampard sends Chelsea 'sloppy' warning after sixth win in a row

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 23: head coach Frank Lampard of FC Chelsea gestures during the UEFA Champions League group H match between AFC Ajax and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on October 23, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty

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ByJames Gray
23/10/2019 at 19:35 | Updated 23/10/2019 at 20:40

Frank Lampard has cautioned his players against complacency after racking up their sixth consecutive victory with a 1-0 win over Ajax in the Champions League.

Ajax appeared to have taken the lead in the first half through Quincy Promes only for VAR to rule out the goal for offside, much to the relief of Cesar Azpilicueta who was caught out at the back post.

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Lampard brought on Christian Pulisic and then Michy Batshuayi to try to break the deadlock and they combined with four minutes remaining, the Belgian finishing from close range to take a valuable win in Group H.

The Blues have now won six in a row in all competitions since being beaten 2-1 by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge but their manager is keen for them to remember how quickly things can change in football.

"When you come into a new club, you do make changes and maybe the message is different from before, and you rely on the whole squad taking that in and working with that," Lampard said.

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“The signs are good at the moment, the signs are good.

"But I said to the players before the game that five wins is really dangerous because it can make you sloppy, it can make you switch off, and six wins is even more dangerous. So that’s the message."

He added: "The great thing I see is a desire, a desire for improvement, a desire to take in information, the desire to follow a game plan, all those things and I think we are moving in the right direction.”


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