Villa v Chelsea: Lambert on why front three can hurt Blues
Paul Lambert backs frontmen to fire against Chelsea.
14th Mar 2014
Villa v Chelsea: Lambert on why front three can hurt Blues


Paul Lambert reckons his fearsome frontline has what it takes to rattle title-chasing Chelsea.

The attacking trio of Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann combined to great effect in Villa's 4-1 demolition of Norwich a fortnight ago.

And Lambert has hailed the attributes of his frontmen as they prepare to face the current Barclays Premier League leaders.

With Benteke's power, the pace of Agbonlahor and Weimann's tireless energy, the gaffer believes the Villa triumvirate possess "everything that you love in footballers."

He said: "The three lads have been an absolute credit to us in the time I've been here for their effort and they way they play.

"When they are on song then the three of them are an absolute handful.

"They have got everything that you love in footballers - the pace, power, speed, work-rate. That's what you look for in players."

Lambert refused to get drawn into comparisons between his attacking players and those in the Chelsea ranks.

But he is more than aware of the creative options at the disposal of opposite number Jose Mourinho.

The manager added: "If you look at any of their front lads, they can create.

"Their midfield lads get a bundle of goals as well. They have got some really top players. I don't think it is just the front three.

"It is the team as a collective unit that is really strong. John Terry coming back and playing the way he has gave them a big boost and Gary Cahill has been very consistent all season too."

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