Dean Smith: Aston Villa need more belief

Dean Smith: Aston Villa need more belief

The Villa boss said: "I thought the best team won on the night".

Lampard has guided a youthful Chelsea side to 4th in the Premier League this season.

Lampard had been frustrated with Chelsea's lack of creativity and cutting edge in their shock 1-0 defeat against West Ham on Saturday, so he was encouraged by the way they dominated against Villa.

Jurgen Klopp's side haven't lost in the league since the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City back in January - an unbeaten club record of 31 games.

Lampard, was full of praise for the 22-year-old striker, who now has 11 Premier League goals this term.

"It doesn't seem too bad in there (the dressing room), so I'm presuming he's OK", Blues boss Lampard said.

After getting a well-deserved draw at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, belief in the Villa squad will be high heading into the clash with the Blues, but they will be without a couple of first-team players for the trip. "We have got to be more consistent in our play to do that", he said.

Sooner or later Frank Lampard is going to have to start making decisions over transfers at Chelsea and one pressing problem which needs to be resolved is at left-back.

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Chelsea'sMason Mount (2nd-right) scores his team's second goal against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in London.

Abraham's strike should have been the signal for Chelsea to go for the kill, but instead the creaky defence that has been their Achilles heel at times under Lampard was breached in the 41st minute.

Despite nearly losing his footing, the Egypt midfielder got his head to the ball, diverting it onto his foot and past Kepa Arrizabalaga at the near post.

Chelsea struggled to build on their breakthrough, though, and they were punished shortly before the interval.

Aston Villa could come face to face with one of the heroes of last season's promotion campaign tonight, if Tammy Abraham is fit to lead Chelsea's line at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham netted his 13th goal of the season to open the scoring, before setting up Mason Mount for the victor after Trezeguet had put the visitors back on level terms.

"I'm glad John had his moment here and got his applause".

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