Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first Premier League goal as Chelsea shrugged off their home struggles with a 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard had seen his team lose three of their past four top-flight matches on their own patch and they had an early scare when a debatable offside call denied Jeff Hendrick the opener.

However, Jorginho's 27th-minute penalty and Tammy Abraham's 15th of the season in all competitions settled nerves.

Hudson-Odoi then got in on the act and only some later wastefulness from Abraham averted a heavier defeat for Burnley, who are four points above the relegation zone in 15th having played a game more than the four sides immediately below them.

Burnley thought they were ahead in the 18th minute, but Ben Mee was flagged offside when he nodded Dwight McNeil's free-kick back across goal for Hendrick to finish.

A VAR review allowed a marginal call from the referee's assistant to stand and the visitors again had no help from the video official when Chelsea went ahead.

Although Matthew Lowton pulled his boot out of a challenge on Willian, who appeared to be anticipating contact, he still clattered into the Brazil winger and Jorginho coolly dispatched from 12 yards.

McNeil's set pieces were causing Chelsea problems, with Kepa Arrizabalaga turning a low attempt to his near post behind before Mee's header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line by Ross Barkley.

Mee's positioning might have inconvenienced Nick Pope when the Burnley goalkeeper waved Abraham's header into his net.

Pope partially atoned for that bizarre lapse with a sharp stop from Reece James, who crossed impeccably for Abraham's goal.

Lax Burnley defending allowed Hudson-Odoi to slide in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross four minutes after the restart, with a VAR check concluding Abraham did not get a flick on that would have seen the goal ruled out for offside.

Abraham misjudged to head over at the near post, having been denied by a reflex stop from Pope, who kept out a Willian piledriver and first-time Mason Mount strike inside the final 15 minutes.

What does it mean? Chelsea keep their grip on fourth

On a day when Manchester United were similarly convincing winners over Norwich City, Lampard's men were able to keep the gap between themselves and the Red Devils in fifth at five points. Chelsea are now unbeaten in three league matches after an uneven run and will hope to relocate their early season consistency.

Dwight a delight for cumbersome Clarets

No doubt Sean Dyche's complaints about VAR, diving and other injustices, imagined or otherwise, will dominate the post-match conversation as far as Burnley are concerned. That is a tedious shame because in England Under-21 winger McNeil they have a wonderful talent on their hands. His left-footed deliveries were devilish throughout, while his probing and powerful running kept Chelsea honest long after the result was a formality.

Lowton and Pope undermine Dyche's best-laid plans

Burnley's gameplan on these occasions is built upon organisation, discipline and not having too much of the ball. While that leaves them feeling the effects of tight calls more than most, it also means they cannot afford errors of the sort Lowton and Pope coughed up to skew what had been an even contest.

What's next

Chelsea travel to Newcastle United next Saturday, with Burnley hosting high-flying Leicester City a day later as they seek to avoid a fifth consecutive top-flight loss.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard insisted he had no plans to sell Pedro despite the forward's lack of game time.

Pedro, 32, has made just five Premier League appearances this season and, with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

But Lampard, whose side host Burnley on Saturday, said he wanted the former Barcelona attacker to stay.

"He is part of my plans and I started the season and Pedro was in the team and unfortunately he got injured at Norwich before the game and I had to make a change to the starting line-up," he told a news conference on Friday.

"He was out for a while and I do have competition in that area so Peds has had some games here and there. I know he wants more games but he certainly has something he can contribute to us here in his experience and his ability to break lines and run behind people and maybe got those goals in and around the box.

"He's here, I know his contract is up at the end of the season but I'm not even looking that far ahead, he's here and I need everybody because football can change very quickly.

"There can be a period of games where you're on the bench, out of the squad, something changes and then that's the moment when you have to come in and produce and I've got no winners in this game, I want the club to be the winner.

"People come in and do well, they'll stay in the team."

Chelsea are fourth in the table – four points clear of fifth-placed Sheffield United – ahead of their clash with Burnley.

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea's Tammy Abraham is more than capable of filling the void Harry Kane's injury will create in the England team.

Tottenham striker and England captain Kane is expected to be out until at least April due to a hamstring injury.

It means the forward will miss friendlies against Italy and Denmark in March. If there are no complications with his recovery, however, Kane should be fit to feature in Gareth Southgate's Euro 2020 squad.

In the meantime, Lampard insists Chelsea's leading scorer Abraham, who has 12 Premier League goals to his name this term, can thrive for the national team.

"I think he should always be thinking that. He's not silly, you know who your competitors are, whether it's trying to get into our team or the England team," Lampard told a news conference when asked if Abraham should be thinking of replacing Kane.

"The thing I love about Tammy is it won't just be Kane – he'll do well to look at Kane and take some markers from his game – but I know Tammy will be watching every type of striker and trying to improve himself at all times.

"That's the only important thing, that he concentrates himself because the rest will fall into place if he does that."

Lampard also thinks Abraham has lived up to the billing as Chelsea's number nine, and is glad he took the decision to hand the youngster the squad number.

"Really impressed. It was my decision to give it to him purely on his personality in pre-season," Lampard added.

"His personality looked like one that was like 'Yes please I want that, I want to be Chelsea's number nine'. That's an easy thing at that point to say and to feel, but to then go and produce like he has done is a great start.

"It's probably at that stage where everyone expects Tammy to play well to affect games in a big way. That brings a new challenge and that's his one now."

Frank Lampard acknowledged discussions have taken place for Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea but insists a decision has still yet to be made amid reports he has agreed to join Inter.

World Cup winner Giroud has found playing time limited at Stamford Bridge this season due to the form of Tammy Abraham, making just two Premier League starts.

It has been claimed the France international has agreed terms with Serie A leaders Inter on a two-and-a-half-year deal, a switch that would see him reunited with ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte.

Lampard said the move is "not necessarily" dependent on Chelsea signing a replacement first and the former Arsenal frontman will only leave if it suits all parties.

"I said it after our last game, with Oli the situation is if it's right for everybody and, first and foremost that's us the club because he's under contract, then we'll look at it he can leave the club," Chelsea coach Lampard said. 

"He's been a great professional and trained well despite limited games, I have a lot of respect for him. I still have to take a decision. 

"Everyone is talking about it so I won't beat around the bush, I think his agent has spoken to the club, but until it's signed it's not done."

Ousmane Dembele has been tipped to join Chelsea in the January transfer window but Lampard is surprised to see the Lyon striker so heavily linked with the London club. 

"He is a player I know, and the club knows. But it is a surprise for his name to pop up so much when it's not as much in my conversations so regularly to be brutally honest," added Lampard, who said nothing is close in terms of incomings. 

"At the moment we are working very hard on the training ground. I don't want to cut and dry on anyone, but it is not one we are talking about.”

Lampard revealed Christian Pulisic is set for a spell on the sidelines with an adductor issue ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley.

"Pulisic is out, he will be out for a few weeks," he said. "It's an injury in the adductor, a tendon injury. 

"It's disappointing for us, we have to see how quickly he recovers, it's quite a nasty injury, he was in pain when it happened. 

"It is a damaging miss because he's a good player and we need competition in wide areas and he was in good form. Before Christmas he reported a bit of tiredness and we relied on him a lot. 

"I was worried about injury, I'm not a mind reader or psychic but it happened. It's disappointing because he's a talented player who can make things happen."

Lampard also said Antonio Rudiger has been in good spirits in training after an investigation by the Metropolitan Police into accusations of racism towards the Germany defender during last month's contest at Tottenham was closed without anyone being charged.

"Toni's been in very good form and spirits this week in training," Lampard said. "He knows I'm there for him. 

"It's been investigated nothing more to say, I support all my players in that situation."

Callum Hudson-Odoi took a significant step forward in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, but Frank Lampard has no doubt there is more to come.

Chelsea beat Championship side Forest 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Hudson-Odoi opening the scoring before Ross Barkley also found the back of the net.

Lampard suggested in his pre-match news conference that the Blues may have been expecting too much of the 19-year-old winger, who returned from five months out with a ruptured Achilles in September.

Hudson-Odoi has struggled for form since then, but Lampard was impressed by his display against Forest.

"It was a good performance. I was pleased to see him high up the pitch, pleased to see him being aggressive in how he gets at people, which is what he is there for. He gets his goal with a great strike," said Lampard.

"It has been an interesting 12 months for him considering how young he is, when you take that into account. Last year everyone was talking about him for different reasons. He gets a terrible injury, he comes back very early and when he did come back there were issues getting him tip top.

"This was a nice step forward for him. Next time it will be, 'Can you do more?'

"When you are a player of speed and sharpness, when you have an injury like that it can be slightly held back. There is a lot of strength work he needs to do – stuff on the pitch and in the gym now we're getting him towards the point where he has that acceleration.

"As a player he is 19 and he has had that injury so there is a lot more to come from him."

Danny Drinkwater has returned from an unsuccessful loan to Burnley and Lampard said it was "a possibility" he could head straight back out in another temporary switch.

The future of Olivier Giroud, an unused substitute against Forest with Michy Batshuayi deputising for the rested Tammy Abraham, also remains up in the air.

Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Lyon have been linked with Giroud and Lampard did not rule out the France international leaving the club.

"There's no update on Oli and my answer remains the same as it has done recently," added the Chelsea head coach.

"I have spoken with him. If the conditions are that it is something Oli really wants to do and it works for the club and for me and the squad, then it's something that could happen.

"But it's only when all three bases are covered. So, we're still there."

Callum Hudson-Odoi was Chelsea's star as Frank Lampard's side eased into the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 home defeat of Nottingham Forest.

Hudson-Odoi's sixth-minute opener at Stamford Bridge on Sunday got the Blues off to a flyer and Ross Barkley doubled their lead before half-time.

It was a welcome win for Chelsea, who had lost three of their past four home games in the Premier League.

Second-tier side Forest, who were much changed, were unable to lay a glove on the eight-time winners.

Chelsea, who also knocked Forest out at this stage last year, opened the scoring early on.

Quick build-up play led to Hudson-Odoi being fed on the right, with the England international cutting inside and firing a low finish through the legs of Yuri Ribeiro to beat Jordan Smith.

The Championship side were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute when Alex Mighten was bundled over by Fikayo Tomori, but a VAR check showed the lively 17-year-old was offside.

Chelsea then doubled their lead, Smith parrying Hudson-Odoi's powerful drive, with Barkley arriving late to tuck home the rebound at the back post.

A third almost arrived on the hour-mark, Smith making a great save to tip Barkley's header onto the post after Hudson-Odoi opened up the Forest defence once more.

Ryan Yates then had a close-range header ruled out for offside at the other end.

Teenage defender Tariq Lamptey was given another cameo off the bench in the closing stages, when Chelsea almost got a third through Hudson-Odoi only for Smith to push his try wide with the final act of the game.

 

What does it mean? Chelsea still need to spend

Forest are going well in the Championship's top four, but Lampard may have expected more from some squad players who were given a chance to shine. It has been reported that Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha and Moussa Dembele are among the Blues' January targets after their transfer ban was reduced on appeal.


Hudson-Odoi makes case for starts

One player who did impress was Hudson-Odoi, the 19-year-old providing a regular threat from the right wing.

He has only started three games in the Premier League this season but could have persuaded Lampard to trust him in the XI more often in the coming weeks.


Batshuayi draws a blank

Michy Batshuayi offered very little in a rare start up front and, with the Blues said to be hunting attacking reinforcements, he could not afford to have a quiet day.

Missing a good chance from another fine Hudson-Odoi cross epitomised his lack of confidence in front of goal. Batshuayi had scored 10 times for Chelsea in seven domestic cup games against lower-league opposition.


What's next?

Burnley visit Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday, when Forest go to Reading in the Championship.

Olivier Giroud will only leave Chelsea if it is to the benefit of the club and does not leave the Blues short, assistant coach Jody Morris suggested.

France international Giroud has found playing time limited under Frank Lampard this season, racking up just 191 minutes in the Premier League thus far after finding himself behind Tammy Abraham in the pecking order.

Giroud previously stated he may leave Stamford Bridge as he aims to play regular football ahead of Euro 2020 and there have been suggestions the ex-Arsenal striker could be used as a makeweight in Chelsea's reported pursuit of Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

However, Morris – who praised Giroud's professionalism amid the uncertainty – was clear Chelsea will only sell if it makes sense for the squad.

"He still plays for Chelsea. It has got to be for the benefit of the club," said Morris, who was on pre-match media duties for Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest as Lampard battles a bug.

"We can't just let people walk out the door of the club if that means we're left short somewhere.

"Sometimes you have to look at the individual as well and if it is beneficial for them to be here or be happy.

"I've got to say Giroud has been nothing but a class act and top professional since he's been here. I don't envisage there being any problems along those lines."

Chelsea have been tipped to be busy in the January window after having a transfer ban reduced on appeal, with Zaha, Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho among those having been tipped with a switch to Stamford Bridge.

Morris says work is going on behind the scenes but any incomings must be able to improve the squad.

"There's a couple of areas you'd be looking at but it will all depend on what the movements are from within the club as well," he added. 

"I'm not as privy to those conversations as the manager is but I'm sure there's a little bit of work going on behind the scenes. 

"Any movements or anybody brought in or going out the door will need to be for the benefit of the club and improve the squad. 

"There isn't any point in bringing anybody in that isn't going to improve us and I know that the manager and powers that be are looking at those."

Morris was also quizzed about a social-media post appearing to mock now Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho in November.

Then working as a pundit for Sky Sports, former Chelsea manager Mourinho said he had concerns over how Lampard's squad would fare against the Premier League's better teams following a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Morris replied to a clip of Mourinho's comments with the post "Jose is still worried" alongside three laughing emojis, but he insists his intentions were misconstrued.

"A lot of people misread my laughing at Jose's comments," Morris said when asked about the post. "Listen, I've got nothing but the utmost respect for Jose.

"He's an absolute legend and one of the best managers in the game. I personally was just laughing at the fact that he was worried whether we would be winning that much.

"I don't think he's that bothered whether we're winning that much. And neither should he be, as a pundit."

Christian Pulisic would welcome new signings at Chelsea even if it increases competition for places at Stamford Bridge.

United States forward Pulisic was Chelsea's last signing but, after the club's transfer ban was reduced on appeal, they are reportedly ready to splash the cash in the January window.

Jadon Sancho and Wilfried Zaha, who also play wide, are said to be among Chelsea's targets as they seek to add depth to Frank Lampard's young squad.

Pulisic, who has scored five goals in 16 Premier League appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund, is not worried about the prospect of fresh faces at Chelsea.

"It is normal, teams look to improve their team and if players do come in there is competition, that is how it goes," Pulisic told reporters.

"So we'll be ready for that and hopefully we'll have players that come in and want to help us."

Pulisic was speaking after Chelsea's indifferent form continued with a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion to get their 2020 up and running.

The Blues have only won two of their past six league games, remaining fourth in the table despite their stumbling performances of late.

Pulisic feels a lack of cutting edge was a factor in their draw at Brighton, for whom Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored a stunning equaliser with an overhead kick.

"[It's a case of] just being clinical, experience and knowing how to manage a game," Pulisic added. "We said at half-time that we had the chance to kill the game and we just weren't able to. We couldn't get the goal and, in the end, they found an unbelievable goal.

"It is doing a bit more to keep going, attack and create chances and just have that killer instinct. Just a little bit of that, we are missing that. I can do better with that as well. Just being more clinical in the final third, finding the right pass or shot and scoring the goals."

Frank Lampard believes the past four fixtures have shown "the good and the bad" of Chelsea, meaning they have more work to do in the second half of the season.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion on New Year's Day, having beaten Tottenham and Arsenal away either side of a home defeat to Southampton in a mixed run.

Encouraged by some aspects of Chelsea's performances but concerned by others, Lampard said his side must now "remain humble" and "work hard" as he addressed reporters at a news conference.

"We've got work to do," he said. "The Christmas period has probably been a small showing of our season.

"Tottenham was a fantastic all-round performance; at Arsenal, showed great spirit and fight for a young group; Southampton, we struggled to break a team down and lost a game at home; and then today, from a game where we should have the mindset to kill it, because the opportunity was there in the first half, and we don't.

"It shows the good and the bad of us. And that shows that we must remain humble, we must work hard. We've had two great results over Christmas, but there's a lot of work to do."

Lampard bemoaned a lack of ruthlessness post-match at Brighton, but he added there was no doubting Chelsea's attitude, rather their dearth of quality.

"Sometimes you can excuse a bad period in the game of [being down to] a lack of fight or a lack of urgency, a lack of whatever," he said.

"Today wasn't. Today was [down to] a lack of quality on the ball.

"We had a situation in the first half where we knew the problem for them, we could find our full-backs easily, keep control of the ball easily. And we just decided not to keep doing that, not to keep doing the simple things.

"Then, all of a sudden, you're giving the ball away, and when you get opportunities to score, you're not taking them. If you don't do that at this level, you're not going to win games that you should."

Now able to make signings in January after their transfer ban was lifted, Chelsea continue to be linked with Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, who reportedly have an interest in Blues man Olivier Giroud.

Lampard was not interested in discussing a hypothetical deal on Wednesday.

"I wouldn't talk about Zaha, and the idea of that deal [involving Giroud] is something I haven't even considered," he said. "I wouldn't talk about Zaha because he's not a player of ours.

"If we have to do business, we'll do it in the way that we see fit to try to make us better. That's behind closed doors, as opposed to just announcing who we might want to bring in."

Frank Lampard criticised Chelsea for failing to see off Brighton and Hove Albion before half-time on New Year's Day, as Alireza Jahanbakhsh's sensational late strike earned a 1-1 draw.

The Blues led early through Cesar Azpilicueta and were then comfortable for the most part until they came under increasing pressure in the final 10 minutes.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was forced into impressive saves either side of a stunning overhead-kick from Jahanbakhsh.

Chelsea also could have clinched the points in the closing minutes, yet Lampard did not believe they should have been in a position where the game was still in the balance.

"It was frustrating for different reasons," he told BT Sport. "In the first half, the game was there to be won.

"We weren't ruthless enough. We got the goal and we had the possession. But we just didn't kill the game off. We allowed them to stay in the game.

"In the end, it was a wonder goal. But we were lucky not to lose the game. In the end, the tactics matched up for both teams. But they were better than us. We have to take that on the chin."

Jahanbakhsh had not appeared in the Premier League this season until December and, despite joining Brighton in 2018, only scored his first goal for the club against Bournemouth on Saturday.

A second strike in quick succession brought the Iran winger further delight, as he reflected on "a very tough time".

"It's obviously a great feeling to be involved in such important games," Jahanbakhsh said. "I've been working hard to get my chance.

"I was finally there last game and tried to help the team and make an impact. It had been a long time that I didn't play, but I'm very happy to help the team and make the people happy.

"It's been a very tough time for me, but I'm very glad I've turned it around. It's been two great games, and I'm really happy to help the team to get points."

Real Madrid are already eyeing a move for Liverpool star Sadio Mane at the end of the season.

Mane has developed into one of the world's best attackers, starring for the Premier League leaders and finishing fourth in the 2019 Ballon d'Or.

Now, another one of Europe's biggest clubs are making initial moves for the 27-year-old.

 

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Real Madrid have spoken to Mane's representatives about a possible move, according to Le 10 Sport.

Mane is contracted at Liverpool until 2023, but appears to be attracting interest from the LaLiga giants.

The Senegal international has scored 14 goals and provided eight assists in 27 games in all competitions this season.

ROUND-UP

- The January transfer window will see Chelsea and Manchester City enter a bidding war for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, according to The I.

- Similarities between Moussa Dembele and Didier Drogba have made the Lyon striker a target for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, according to Sky Sports News, with the 23-year-old having scored 10 goals in 25 appearances for the Ligue 1 side this season.

- Mikel Arteta is keen to assess all of his options as he aims to lift Arsenal back into the top half of the Premier League table, and he is considering a recall for £27million centre-back William Saliba from his season-long loan at Saint-Etienne according to The Mirror.

- Also on Arsenal's to-do list is a bid for promising RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who is also a target for Tottenham and Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.

- Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce wants to bolster his midfield with the addition of Burnley pair Danny Drinkwater and Dwight McNeil, and reports in The Telegraph say Genk striker Mbwana Samatta is also on his radar.

- Carlo Ancelotti said he will wait until January 5 before discussing potential transfer targets with the Everton board and when he does El Desmarque has suggested Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez could be one of the names on his list.

Frank Lampard hopes Chelsea will be able to take a huge leap to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next season but acknowledges recruitment will be key.

Chelsea served a transfer ban ahead of the current 2019-20 campaign, which was then reduced to ensure the Blues can make signings in January.

Lampard, appointed at the start of 2019-20, will get the opportunity to influence Chelsea's involvement in the transfer market for the first time, but he already has the team in a healthy position.

Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League table, inspired by academy stars Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, and Lampard hopes their talented prospects can be boosted by new recruits before 2020-21.

"I definitely don't want to declare [a title challenge] at this point," Lampard told reporters ahead of facing Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.

"Liverpool might have something to say about it - they're 20 points more than us. That has to be the aim.

"The transfer ban was one thing. It gave us a chance to look at the players, see what we've got, look at the youth, and I think that's been good.

"The more and more I see us play, the good and the bad, you change your feeling about how you want to go forward, but the end game is the same. Once we can start bringing players in and the young players hopefully mature, we want to bridge that gap to go up there.

"Whether that can happen next year, I don't know. That'll depend on the work we do and how quickly it hits home, but I'll certainly not leave any stone unturned in how I work to get us there.

"There are too many variables. We'll have to get recruitment right - that'll be a huge deal. It's not just whoever the individual is who comes in but can they help influence the way we want to play and improve the way we want to play.

"Because I've got a clear idea of what that is and it didn't look like the first 30 minutes [against Arsenal]. But we've shown at times this year that we've got a chance."

Lampard is confident Chelsea's transfer plans will be effective as he works with director Marina Granovskaia, technical director Petr Cech and head scout Scott McLachlan amid links to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.

"We are certainly joined up," he said. "I know we haven't done anything yet, so there's no proof in that, but we are joined up in that I have very close conversations with Marina, very close conversations with Petr Cech and Scott, the head of our recruitment department.

"They know what I want and I'll be fundamentally in the middle of who and what we bring into the club. As it stands, we're very, very open about that.

"So if it feels right from my side on a footballing point in January, from the club's side on a club point, then we'll make the moves we make. But it is a joint up effort."

Frank Lampard suggested Chelsea may be asking too much of Callum Hudson-Odoi but vowed to stick with the 19-year-old and protect him against criticism.

The England winger sparkled in his early senior appearances but has struggled to make an impact of late, failing to impress as he started a Premier League match for the first time in over two months in a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat to Southampton.

While head coach Lampard acknowledged Hudson-Odoi is yet to find the consistency required to be a Chelsea regular, he is determined to stay patient with the teenager.

"Maybe [it is about consistency], and maybe we're asking too much," Lampard told reporters ahead of the New Year's Day trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.

"Because at 19, there's not many in the Premier League that are playing every week, especially at a club like ourselves.

"He has competition in those areas, so his consistency needs to be in how he works, how he trains every day, how much pressure he puts on me to play him. That is one thing he'll strive for.

"From all the conversations I've had with him, he understands what he needs to do on and off the pitch, and I will certainly stick with him."

Hudson-Odoi was reportedly concerned by social media criticism after the Southampton game, but Lampard is confident Chelsea fans will back their player.

"I've not spoken to him about that, and unfortunately, with social media, that's par for the course," he said.

"It doesn't make it right or wrong. I haven't seen it, but that's something you have to have a very thick skin about.

"But I said it after the Southampton game: he's a young player, he's just 19, he's had a lot of talk about him for different reasons, which is not all of his doing. There's been a big microscope on him.

"I think we have to give him time and have patience with how young he is. I've got no problems with him. I thought he did well when he came on [against Arsenal], and I think that should be a nice little boost for him.

"I think Chelsea fans will be absolutely behind him. They want to see passion, they want to see those things as well as his ability to go by people.

"He needs to understand what's needed, and he's working on that constantly, and I'll back him and work with him on that."

Hudson-Odoi had been widely linked with Bayern Munich in January 2019 before agreeing to a new Chelsea deal, and Lampard is content the academy graduate has proven his commitment to the club.

"I'm not sure [if the Bayern reports are related to the criticism], but if that is the case, I think that will quite quickly go away," Lampard said. "It's up to him to put that to bed.

"He signed a really long contract here, declared he wants to be here. We're happy but now he has to produce."

Frank Lampard was delighted with the way Chelsea rallied from an "awful" first-half display to beat Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Blues' inconsistent form continued with a 2-1 victory after late goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham, having looked set to lose for the second match running following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's opener.

As in a Boxing Day defeat to Southampton, Chelsea were unrecognisable from the team that dominated Tottenham in an away win a week ago.

But Lampard saw his side's "lethargy" give way to a spirited second-half display, with the coach refusing to take credit for the triumph despite a tactical tweak, ditching the 3-4-3 system that proved Spurs' undoing.

"We were so awful for 30 minutes; slow, lethargic, nervous, the opposite of against Tottenham," he told BBC Sport. "We gave Arsenal everything they wanted.

"We made the change early, felt it had to be done. In the second half, we dominated.

"After 10 minutes or so, it was clear that Arsenal had seen us play against Tottenham and made us into a back five instead of a back three.

"They were on top and there was a lack of balance to our team. The sub gave us another man in midfield and gave us more urgency.

"From my point of view, you can accept a missed pass but you can't accept lethargy in a London derby. The players were told that [at half-time] and they delivered.

"The second half was nothing to do with tactics, it was all to do with spirit and desire."

The dramatic victory still was not enough to distract from Chelsea's failings against Southampton at Stamford Bridge for Lampard, though.

"I still haven't bounced back from Boxing Day mentally," he said. "In our next home games, we'll do everything we can to turn the corner.

"We're still in fourth and want more, and the home games have been different so we have to focus on them when they come around."

Mikel Arteta suffered his first defeat in charge of Arsenal after late goals from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham earned Chelsea a dramatic 2-1 victory at Emirates Stadium.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second goal in as many games put the Gunners ahead and it looked as though Arteta's arrival had rejuvenated the Arsenal midfield as they dominated large spells of Sunday's game.

But a mistake by Bernd Leno allowed Jorginho – arguably fortunate not to have been sent off – to equalise with seven minutes of normal time left on the clock and Frank Lampard's eventful first season in charge of the Blues took another twist when Abraham scored a breakaway winner four minutes later.

The victory is only Chelsea's third in their past eight Premier League matches but relieves the pressure on Lampard, while Arteta has taken just one point from his first two games as Arsenal boss.

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