FRANK LAMPARD crushed his former boss Carlo Ancelotti as Chelsea stuck four past Everton.

Mason Mount opened the scoring early on before Pedro finished Ross Barkley’s exquisite pass to double the lead.

Willian and Olivier Giroud continued the rout in the second half to ensure they remain in fourth.

Chelsea 4 Everton 0 – at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso, Mount, Gilmour, Barkley, Willian, Giroud, Pedro

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Tomori, James, Broja, Anjorin, Batshuayi

Everton XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Sigurdsson, Andre Gomes, Davies, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Mina, Iwobi, Walcott, Kean, Gordon

THAT’S A WRAP

What a fine day for Frank Lampard and for Chelsea.

Four goals, a clean sheet, a top performance and three points.

But the final word must go to Billy Gilmour who once again stood tallest and shone brightest with his quality in midfield.

8th Mar 2020, 17:07

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And finally, back to coming through that rough patch and if it is now behind them.

Lampard added: “I don’t think we’re there yet. I’d rather say that we’re there in May!

“We are improving. We have a gap upwards to Liverpool points-wise which is big.

“We don’t want to be overconfident, we have to keep working. We are working in the right direction.”
8th Mar 2020, 17:06

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More tactics talk from Lampard: “I’m not trying to be anyone but look at how Man City play, you have offensive No8s who want to work off the ball.

“I won’t lie but I was aware I picked a pair that could easily be No10s but they work off the ball.

“Can you be focused and use your energy, maybe not always spending it going forwards but also backwards and you need to protect Billy?

“That was one of the most pleasing parts of the performance. When we did have the ball we did have the players who could create and the players got the balance on the pitch right.”

8th Mar 2020, 17:02

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On Gilmour’s position, starting as a holding midfielder and then moving further forwards.

Lampard said: “Billy is receiving the ball in difficult areas of the pitch where if you don’t move it quickly, firstly you don’t get rhythm in our play and secondly if you give it away in those areas, it’s dangerous.

“You need… I was going to say I rude word then! You need confidence. [Laughing] Balls, yes that word! Jorginho has it and Billy has it.

“One of the most pleasing things with Billy today for me was that he showed those balls in the first half and then stepped up as one of the higher midfield players and instantly took it on board, played balls higher up the pitch and got into the box.

“He showed he can do both. That is great for me when I’m thinking about how the midfield works.”
8th Mar 2020, 16:57

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Lampard on the race for the Champions League: “There is still a long way to go. Man Utd are on great form.

“Their January acquisitions have given them a nice spring in their step. They will challenge, it might look like a small cushion but I don’t feel that way.

“It’s in our hands – when I said we were underdogs that was from the big scheme.

“It doesn’t feel like we are favourites. There is a lot of work to be done. There is too long to go.”
8th Mar 2020, 16:54

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Lampard on the players coming back into the team and showing character: “Kepa is not experienced at plus-30 but he has been out of the team and shown character.

“He had come in for two games and made two clean sheets and made a brave save at the end today.

“Ross Barkley and Marcos Alonso have had big periods out of the squad but have come in and performed. That is football. When you come in you have to try and contribute.”
8th Mar 2020, 16:51

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Plenty of praise for goalscorer Olivier Giroud from Lampard.

The Frenchman netted his second Prem goal of the campaign to wrap up the victory.

Lampard added: “When you have Oli, you work around his attributes. We had Oli playing well with his selfless self and he got his goal. And then you have the others working around him.

“He’s playing really well, he is fantastic in the dressing room. We had a difficult time in January when no one knew where he was going.

“He was brilliant and I’ve got complete respect to him for that and now he is playing really well on the pitch. He is a personality and we need that until the end.”
8th Mar 2020, 16:48

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Lampard on the energy the youngsters bring: “The younger players have injected an energy to the squad and to the club and to the fans.

“You can see how they react to Billy Gilmour.

“But Pedro ran almost from his own half for the second goal, Willian today. Everyone can bring that energy.”
8th Mar 2020, 16:46

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Lampard added: “I’m a bit wary to say we’ve had a second wind. The last two performances look like that.

“We got to Aston Villa in our next game, they’re fighting for their lives, they’ve got good players.

“We need to replicate that. We had a strong start and then struggled for consistency – who hasn’t in this league except Liverpool? I don’t accept it but it is understandable. We can get better and better.”

8th Mar 2020, 16:44

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More from the Blues boss: “You’ll always need your squad through the year. We’ve got a lot of injuries.

“We need to play at a high intensity. You need to work and trust in each other.

“Billy is 18 and comes in but that is not a problem for me, I’ve seen in training. It was pure focus in the group today, the application was spot on.”
8th Mar 2020, 16:42

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Asked if that was Chelsea’s most complete performance of the season, Lampard said: “At home, yes because of the goals and clean sheet.

“We’ve reached levels but today it all came together, the energy, the passing, the speed of pass, getting after the ball and winning it back. There is a nice tempo.

“There is a lot of work to be done and it is even better to say that after a good performance because we need to keep our feet on the ground but today we saw some really good stuff.”
8th Mar 2020, 16:39

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Both managers have been in for their press conferences.

Ancelotti was first and admitted: “Everything went wrong.”

But here is what Lampard had to say…
8th Mar 2020, 16:17

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‘Proud dad’ Giroud is buzzing for Gilmour

Giroud said: “For an 18-year-old he has got great maturity. He is listening to all the advice.

“Well deserved, bro!”

Hear what the pair had to say about his performance to Sky Sports…

 

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8th Mar 2020, 16:07

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Billy Gilmour was officially named man of the match – for the second game running.

And to think today was his first Premier League start – rather impressive.

He got everywhere this afternoon, starting off as the middle man getting the team ticking and then

pushing on when James slotted in. His touch map shows just how much ground he covered.

Of his 80 passes, 74 were successful at 92.5 per cent, with 37 of those coming in the opposition half.

Even when Jorginho is available, the Italian might not walk into this team…

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