Lampard: Best so far

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea’s 5-0 victory at Middlesbrough is their best performance since Luiz Felipe Scolari became manager at Stamford Bridge.

Salomon Kalou opened the scoring early in the first half but it was after the interval when the Blues’ dominance was translated into goals.

Juliano Belletti, Kalou again, Lampard and Florent Malouda – thanks to a mistake by Boro keeper Ross Turnbull – all got on the scoresheet. Nicolas Anelka had the ball in the net shortly after the fifth goal but was flagged offside.

Lampard told Sky Sports 1: “Our football, our movement, our passing – that’s the best we’ve played (under Scolari).

“At the moment we are full of confidence.

“We came here after an international break and some people might have expected us to be a bit dodgy with an early kick-off but we played fantastic.

“If we keep up the way we played today over the season we’ve got a great chance.”

Scolari paid tribute to his team's spirit and togetherness in the light of their injury crisis which ruled out the likes of Petr Cech, Ashley and Joe Cole, Didier Drogba and Ricardo Carvalho.

He told Sky Sports 1: “They play as a group, as a team. They all played very well.

“I think I have a group. I lost five or six but the other players did very well. It showed we have 23, 24 players that we need to believe in.

“They have a spirit. They want to play every game, if injured or not. They showed this to the other players.”

However, the Brazilian refused to be drawn on their prospects for the title, adding: “We have a long way to win the Premier League.

“We were working very hard in pre-season with these players, they all know what they want.”

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