Brighton star fires Frank Lampard warning ahead of crucial Chelsea clash
Chelsea will hope they record their first win since Frank Lampard took over when they face Brighton and Hove Albion in the league this weekend.
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The Seagulls lost 2-1 to Tottenham last weekend in a blow to their European ambitions and face a Chelsea side who have not scored a goal in their last four games in all competitions, they also just lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The game at Stamford Bridge this weekend is the first time returning manager Frank Lampard will take charge of a home match since replacing Bruno Saltor, but Seagulls midfielder Pascal Gross expects his team to take all three points.
He told the Argus: “Probably the fans will be very loud at the beginning and try to support them as much as they can. We need to be even better then, so the crowd is not too loud.
“It depends on us, how we play and then hopefully we can use our chances and we also have a fair game.”
In what has been a remarkable season Brighton have been incredibly impressive under Italian Roberto De Zerbi, but there had been signs of a steep upward curve under former manager Graham Potter who moved to Chelsea and lasted only seven months.
Asked if he was surprised it didn’t work for his former boss at Stamford Bridge, Gross said sometimes football is quite unpredictable.
He added: “Whenever I can, I watch the games and they are a really good side, have a lot of quality players and it will be a tough test for us.
“Maybe yes, because they’re a good club, they have a lot of quality players.
“But football is not always easy.I don’t know all the circumstances he had to deal with.
“It’s unfortunate for him and all his staff because they’ve been good people, but now he’s not the manager there.There’s a game on Saturday. We have to prepare.”
Chelsea lost 1-0 to Wolves last weekend in what was Frank Lampard’s first game in charge, the defeat to Real Madrid has intensified the need to get all three points or at least score some goals.