Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes Jose Mourinho’s return to the club has created a feel-good factor that can carry the Blues to success this season.
Lampard scored in Mourinho’s first game back at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager as the West London side beat Hull 2-0 in their Premier League season opener on Sunday.
And the England international hopes the positive vibes around the club will bode well for the campaign ahead.
“There is a lovely buzz around the place,” Lampard told the club’s official website. “I am happy myself to be here and I was very excited in the morning to get going again and the whole stadium was buzzing with the manager returning.
“It was brilliant [against Hull]. The crowd loved it and Jose loved it, I would have thought. He was obviously very professional and concentrated on the game but it was a great atmosphere.
“We know what the club means to him and what he means to the fans. You can also see what it means to him. All it needs now is for us to go and perform consistently and keep getting results.”
Lampard conceded there was room for improvement after Chelsea’s win against newly promoted Hull, as they prepare for a second home game of the season against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
“It was a great start, we were very bright, particularly in the first half when we moved the ball very quickly and created a lot of chances, and we have been working on that pre-season,” he said.
“It was nice to see it come out in our game and at 2-0 at half-time we were comfortable. The second half was a little bit down but the game was won. We were so bright in the first half that maybe sometimes there is a bit of a come down in the second half but we were very comfortable.
“We will work on that and we will take the positives of the first half, look how we can improve and try to keep up a good start.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed that they have sent a fifth player out on a season-long loan, with teenage Croatian striker Stipe Perica joining NAC Breda.
Cristian Cuevas and Lucas Piazon were both loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem earlier this month, joining Patrick van Aanholt and Gael Kakuta, both also on loan at the Dutch club.