Chelsea cannot rely on Mourinho effect, says Lampard

Frank Lampard has warned his Chelsea teammates that they cannot rely on the influence of Jose Mourinho to deliver the Premier League title, according to the Daily Mail.

Chelsea have not won the title since the 2009-10 season and started the new campaign with a comfortable 2-0 home win over newly-promoted Hull. It was the first competitive game of Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge, almost six years after the Portuguese’s first tenure came to an abrupt end.

In just over three years at Chelsea the first time around Mourinho claimed two Premier League titles and a smattering of domestic trophies, with Lampard a part of the team along with John Terry and Petr Cech, the other holdouts from the original Mourinho years. And Lampard feels Chelsea must learn the lessons of recent seasons to mount a sustained title challenge.

What we have done in recent years is not stay in the race in the early stages and drop down a few points, then it is hard to get back,” Lampard said. “We are determined to stay in the race this time and stay right up there.

What matters is what you do out on the pitch. There was certainly a nice buzz (about Mourinho), but this was his first game and things will settle. What we can’t do is settle ourselves, we have to keep pushing.

Lampard scored in the win over Steve Bruce’s Hull, netting a 25-yard free-kick in the first-half, having already had a penalty saved by Alan McGregor. The game’s opening goal was claimed by Brazil midfielder Oscar.

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