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Emmanuel Petit: 'I prefer watching Chelsea to Arsenal'

Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has admitted his love for watching Chelsea as the blues get set to face his former te...

Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has admitted his love for watching Chelsea as the blues get set to face his former team, Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

The Frenchman said in a report by The Mirror that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has made Chelsea good entertainers, and hails the work his former teammate has done so far.

“Frank has made such a huge ­improvement since he left Derby. The results for Chelsea are so-so – they win, they draw, they lose" Petit said.

 “But I’ve been very impressed by the way the team are playing, when they have the ball, when they don’t have the ball.

“And, if he keeps on doing that, he can do great, great things as a ­manager. I’m not surprised.

“He was one of the most intelligent players I’ve played with on the pitch in terms of his movement, decisions, spirit, mentally, his efforts on the training pitches and his diet.

“You could see that and feel it when he was there, the way he was preparing himself all the time. He was such a professional with such desire and ambition – and he always wanted to win."

“He has no problems in terms of self-confidence – he is a proud guy. He wants to do great things, he has great ambition and he has the quality to do what he wants to do.

“I’m enjoying watching Chelsea again and that hasn’t been the case for a couple of years. Honestly, this season I ­really enjoy watching them and that hasn’t been the case with Arsenal. It’s a pity to see what’s going on now with Arsenal.”

Petit continued: “Frank has the good vision, he’s an intelligent guy. He knows very well the quality of the players and he took strong choices straight away.

“With the striker Tammy ­Abraham, but also with other young players in the team.

“When I look at the lack of Pedro in the team and those kinds of players who lose their position in the first XI. From the start, he knew what he wanted to do. He can change the ­system with the players, by using them in different ­positions, ­especially the midfield players.

“Sometimes he plays with two or with three, it depends on the ­opponents and the way he is ­wanting to play.

“I’ve been very impressed by the way the team are playing – when they have the ball, when they don’t have the ball. The face of the team is ­completely different to what I saw last season with Maurizio Sarri.

“It’s not the fact Sarri didn’t do a good job, he did a good job. He won a trophy with Chelsea at the end.

“But what you’re looking at on the pitch are not the same things. With Frank, he brings some talented ­British players with him.

“We were all fearing the fact that, with the transfer ban, it would be very difficult for him with all the young players.

“I was very surprised, but the way they played altogether, they showed so many qualities, individually and collectively, on the pitch.

“Of course, they are responsible for that, but Frank is the momentum for everything.”

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