“It’s too early to start talking” – Former Chelsea defender squashes early Lampard criticism

Former Chelsea player Mario Melchiot has said that it is too early to start talking about any criticism of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

Melchiot was impressed with the way Chelsea started the game, and believes that the penalty changed it’s course.

Chelsea were already facing an uphill struggle having to go to Old Trafford on the opening day of the new season.

It’s a hard place to go and get a result for the best of sides, but factor in that it was Frank Lampard’s very first match as a Premier League manager, and he has not been able to make any of his own signings, the odds were against Chelsea before a ball was even kicked.

The Blues made a real case of it though and deserved to be in front at half time. But the home side were far more clinical in their finishing, picking up on a number of un-forced Chelsea errors.

But Melchiot, talking to TalkSport, believes you cannot start making judgements this early:

“I thought they started the game really well.

“When you go to Old Trafford it’s always tricky, but I felt Chelsea were in control in the first 15 or 20 minutes.

“Of course, when the penalty happens, it changed the whole game.

“It’s too early in the season to start talking.

“The only bad thing for Frank is the big games come so quick now.”