FRANK LAMPARD has finally won his first match as Chelsea manager.
The Blues triumphed 3-2 at Norwich on Saturday after a 4-0 opening-day loss to Manchester United, defeat on penalties to Liverpool in the Uefa Super Cup and a 1-1 draw with Leicester.
Here, CHARLIE WYETT takes a look at Lampard’s four competitive matches in charge….
It has been all about home-grown at Chelsea this summer, this was the club’s youngest starting line-up since 1994.
Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount’s contributions have given the fans cause for optimism.
The transfer embargo has meant a total change in Chelsea’s philosophy.
Striker Abraham or midfielder Mount would not have had a prayer of starting under previous regimes.
Abraham has now scored his first senior goals in a Chelsea shirt. Having got his first after three minutes, he took just 65 minutes to get a second, which is vital for the player’s confidence.
He started at United before dropping to the bench against Leicester. But he did well in his second start against Norwich and will surely lead the attack against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Mount has now scored in successive games and has fitted in well.
He has been dynamic, unpredictable and aggressive going forward.
But he fizzled out in the second half against Norwich — although playing wide left — and then hobbled off.
Surprisingly, Chelsea’s fans even sang the name of Jorginho.
That was the biggest shock of the day and will help the midfielder. Jorginho suffered some nasty criticism last season as he was closely associated with former boss Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea fans had the hump that Sarri played him in a defensive role — with N’Golo Kante placed a few yards ahead — yet Lamps (right) feels the Italian was right and has stuck with that system.
Jorginho has done OK and is growing into this role, although he was torn apart by Emi Buendia for Norwich’s first goal.
But it is still the right decision to keep playing him there. Emerson Palmieri has also done well at left-back. He’s not been afraid to get forward and could have scored.
Mateo Kovacic also delivered a better display, arguably his best for the club. He now needs to start scoring.
A BIT WOBBLY
The defence. This is the potential nightmare of Chelsea’s season — and could cause Lampard untold damage.
The squad is paper thin so Lampard has not been helped by Antonio Rudiger’s injury and the fact there are few options. Getting rid of David Luiz to Arsenal was an odd decision, regardless of the reasons.
Young centre-back Fikayo Tomori, on loan with Lampard at Derby last season, has only featured once and that was as an 85th-minute substitute in the Super Cup loss to Liverpool.
The current central pairing is Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma. While Christensen looked OK, Zouma is struggling and was caught out at Norwich. Right-back and skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is steady without being spectacular.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
American Christian Pulisic has shown signs there is more to come from him.
The £58million ace struggled as a sub against United, was terrific for an hour against Liverpool in Istanbul and then was hit and miss against Leicester.
But it will be October — when he has got used to the pace and power of the Premier League compared to the Bundesliga — when we can start to judge.
He is only 20 but given time, the winger could prove to be a hit. Keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who cost a club-record £71.6m from Athletic Bilbao, can still raise his game.
He needs to make big saves and while he has done a few times, top keepers find a way to keep out Teemu Pukki’s leveller for 2-2. Ross Barkley was initially on the bench and started because of Pedro’s injury.
He played quite well but it looks as though Lampard will still take some convincing.
Lampard has not been helped by fitness issues — his luck has actually been rotten.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is some way from returning to training, defender Reece James — who Lampard really rates — is also out until next month.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is just back in training, Rudiger has also been sidelined, while Kante missed out on Saturday.
His ankle is in pain and he could also be rested against Sheffield United.
Mount came off, while Pedro has a hamstring problem and will probably miss the next game.
It was vitally important for Lampard to get this first win out of the way.
Chelsea fans — despite being massively behind their club legend — are not exactly famed for their patience.
There are some really promising signs but it would be foolish to say everything is all rosy.
They could still be taken apart by stronger teams — and they definitely need a favourable Champions League draw.