Chelsea playmaker made difference - Lampard

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has praised Juan Mata after the playmaker came off the bench to help the Blues earn a point against Tottenham on Saturday.

The Spanish playmaker, who has failed to hold down a first-team place since Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer, provided the assist for John Terry's equaliser and generally looked lively in the second half of the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane.

"We didn't win but in the second half the speed of our game was brilliant and we upped our level from the first half for sure," Lampard told Chelsea's official website. "We all changed. Juan Mata came on and made a difference and the other 10 players on the pitch, we upped our level as well from the first half to the second."

Lampard believes Chelsea's best form is just around the corner following an inauspicious start to the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

The Blues have taken 11 points from a possible 18, winning three, drawing two and losing one of their opening six matches.

"There is a long way to go," Lampard added. "We did want to win the game but a draw is not a terrible result away from home there and now we will wait and see what the others do.

"We have had a tough start to the season.We went to Man United and drew, came to Tottenham and drew and with a few new players and the manager having come in, I think we are really going to start to find our form. On Saturday, particularly in the second half, we saw the spirit and the desire and a lot of quality in the team."

Chelsea travel to Romania to play Steaua Bucureşti in the Champions League tomorrow night, before Sunday's trip to Carrow Road in the Premier League.

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