FRANK Lampard has spoken of the 'top class' boost Jose Mourinho has given to his Chelsea side since his return to the club.
Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge yesterday, amid triumphant scenes, with the Blues putting in an impressive first-half performance that resulted in a comfortable 2-0 win.
Lampard, who had a penalty saved before scoring with a long-range free kick, says Mourinho has re-energised Chelsea after last season's challenging turn of events.
“The lift has been great, pre-season has been top class,” said the 35-year-old.
“Young players and players who have been here before have all reacted well to the new manager – his training, his enthusiasm, his relationship with players individually. You can’t ask for more than that.
“We were all ready to go against Hull as you could see from the first whistle. That’s great but what matters now is Villa come on Wednesday after beating Arsenal with a very quick and young team, so we can’t rest on our laurels now. We have to keep kicking on.”
Asked about the reaction from the stands, as the homecoming hero was greeted by scenes of adulation, Lampard said: “We enjoyed it, it was nice and gave all of us a bit of a boost.
“It was an enjoyable game for the fans, but now we move on and stay professional.”
Chelsea left the blocks at full speed, putting in a highly impressive first half hour in which the game was all but won.
Later in the match they seemed to tire and, without much of a challenge from the opposition, played out a perfectly satisfactory combination of three points and a clean sheet.
On Wednesday they welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge – in a game rearranged due to the Blues' involvement in the European Super Cup at the end of the month.