Frank Lampard: Chelsea needs Christian Pulisic and Michy Batshuayi 10/07/2019

Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton take on Chelsea on Sunday

Lampard said: "I think we are a few points short of where we should be, based on our performances and that is not bad luck, just me being self-critical because there are games where we should have gained more points from so that is on us, but I'm pretty happy".

"A lot of the young boys around us have played together for a long time, it's good having these boys around you in the senior team - it's a massive achievement and now we're looking forward to global break". If we can keep that going, we will be challenging right up there I hope.' Abraham opened the scoring with a lob over Angus Gunn after racing on to Callum Hudson-Odoi's 17th-minute through-ball.

But Southampton ultimately offered little in the way of an attacking threat after the interval, with Chelsea instead adding to their tally a minute from time through Batshuayi's composed finish after he had exchanged passes with fellow substitute Christian Pulisic.

Mount struck on 24 minutes for Chelsea - and the Blues fan made an ear-cupping gesture towards the Southampton faithful as he wheeled off in celebration.

After losing 2-1 to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 22, Chelsea have now secured back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time since April, with three first-half goals against the Saints putting them on their way to south coast success.

"That is a pointer for all of us that we are not there, we are nowhere near the finished article".

Danny Ings pulled one back after being set up by Yan Valery but Kante's deflected effort put the Londoners 3-1 up at half-time. Over the course of the season we will need everyone.

There are expectations around Abraham by Chelsea fans and the English International has once again proved his calibre by scoring a sensational goal against Southampton to give an early lead to Chelsea. "Those players, absolutely we need them as the games come thick and fast".

"When people are in good form, things happen for them".