Frank Lampard rates Christian Pulisic display after Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham

Christian Pulisic impressed as Chelsea were beaten by West Ham

Christian Pulisic impressed as Chelsea were beaten by West Ham (Getty Images)

Frank Lampard has praised Christian Pulisic’s performance following Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Wednesday evening.

Chelsea squandered the opportunity to overtake Leicester City and move into third place as David Moyes’ side registered their first win since the Premier League restarted last month.

Pulisic had been in excellent form ahead of Chelsea’s trip to West Ham and the United States international registered another fine performance as he won the penalty and free-kick which led to both of Willian’s goals.

But poor defending by Chelsea in the second half enabled West Ham to seal a much-needed win in their battle to avoid relegation.

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Speaking after the match, Lampard was impressed with Pulisic’s performance but insists the 21-year-old can get even better.

‘It is a big positive, he is playing well as we all can see, plus with Willian as the two wingers, Willian got his two goals,’ said Lampard.

Frank Lampard has backed Christian Pulisic to get even better for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has backed Christian Pulisic to get even better (AP)

‘But Christian had a patch running up to Christmas when he was playing towards his level as well and he got injured and was out for a long time.

‘So it is nice to see him back, fresh and hungry and playing with the quality he has. He is going to get better. He is a young player with great talent.’

Lampard added to Chelsea TV: ‘He’s going really well.

‘He’s quick, he’s got talent, we know that here.’

Frank Lampard, has refused to solely blame Chelsea's defence for their defeat to West Ham

Frank Lampard, has refused to solely blame Chelsea’s defence for their defeat to West Ham (Getty Images)

Lampard also refused to pin the blame solely on Chelsea’s defence following Andriy Yarmolenko’s late winner.

‘We made mistakes in the build-up to the goals, not just defenders, which cost us the game,’ said the Chelsea manager.

‘I would not call it a wake a call, because every game is different. We have six games ahead of us now and this was not a huge surprise as if you play in the Premier League and you make mistakes, if you dominate possession but you don’t quite do enough with it in the top end of the pitch, then it can happen.

‘That is already something that we knew and we have to accept it now it is done and move onto the six games ahead of us.’

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