Frank Lampard heaps praise on two Chelsea stars following Watford win
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Frank Lampard heaps praise on two Chelsea stars following Watford win

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard singled out Christian Pulisic and Kepa Arrizabalaga for praise following the Blues' 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday night. 

After watching the closest rivals for a top-four finish all win early on, the London club needed a positive result to keep pace with the pack, and they did it in style against the relegation-threatened side. 

The returning Olivier Giroud, Willian, and Ross Barkley scored the goals, but it was Christian Pulisic who once again ran the show.

The American dazzled, continuing with a fine run since action resumed last month. He won the penalty that resulted in the second goal and was generally miles ahead of the rest as his trickery kept Watford backline busy all night. 

Arribalaga too was brilliant in goal and kept out a goal-bound ball with 10 minutes to go to preserve the hosts' 2-0 lead. 

"He was playing very well, he got injured at the start of January and he’d been injured until the restart," Lampard said on Pulisic.

"But what he looks now is sharp and hungry and his quality is there for everyone to see at the moment. He’s going past players, he’s moving at pace, he always works very hard for the team in all senses to be fair.

"So I’m very happy with him and considering his age, considering what could be coming from him, I’m very, very pleased and we’ve got ourselves a very good player and he’ll get even better,"

Arrizabalaga has come under criticism this season, but the manager had kind words for the 25-year-old.

"It was important and I’m pleased for him. Pleased for the back four in front of him as well, because I thought we defended pretty well when we needed to. But the moment when we slipped and they got in he makes a really good save and that’s what you want from your goalkeeper. You want him to stay alert and make those sort of saves. It’s going to be great for his confidence, the clean sheet, as well,"

Chelsea moved back to fourth following the win, a point behind Leicester City who won 3-0 at home to Crystal Palace. 

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