Lampard breaks record to become all-time top goalscorer!
As if it was ever in doubt before, Frank Lampard has ensured his name will be remembered in Chelsea football club long after he has hung up his boots. Lampard scored both of Chelsea’s goals in a challenging and hard fought 2-1 victory over relegation strugglers Aston Villa. Lampard’s record equalling 202nd goal was a stereotypical edge of the box smash, while his 203rd was the kind of poacher’s finish that has become synonymous with Lampard. Beating Bobby Tambling’s 43 year old record, Lampard can finally get that particular monkey off his back and focus on his future.
The victory against Villa, while vital in securing top 4 spot and automatically Champion’s League spot for next season, did not come without a price. Ramires was sent off for two bookable offences and will miss 1 game, while Hazard was substituted off with a visible limp. Most worryingly, however, was the sight of John Terry being stretchered off in the 75th minute. Terry appeared to be suffering with an ankle injury, and he was very clearly distressed. The contrast between the fortunes of two of our old guard was stark today; Lampard’s euphoria versus Terry’s on-going struggle to win back his place. This new injury might have been more painful than it was damaging, but either way it does not look good for JT.
The win all but guarantees our top four position, and all eyes will now turn towards Wednesday’s Europa League Final clash with Benfica. It is desperately unlucky that Terry seems set to miss out on yet another European final one year on from his Champion’s League final absence, but there is no doubt that JT will be giving his absolute full support to our lads. Hazard would be a huge loss for the game if his injury keeps him out, and although Moses is a perfectly able replacement, he lacks the spark of ingenuity that allows Hazard to consistently create something from nothing. This means that others will have to play their part and contribute. Here’s looking at you, Nando…