Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has praised the mentality of manager Jose Mourinho following the club's 2-0 away victory against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
The win was the Blues' sixth successive victory in all competitions, of which the run has included impressive results such as a 3-0 win over Schalke in Gelsenkirchen and a 2-1 home triumph over title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
Lampard, who is the club's all-time top scorer with 205 goals, told Sky Sports that everything was really starting to come together now.
"When you look at our squad, one Premier League title in seven years just doesn't feel right for Chelsea," said Lampard, who was rested for the victory over the Gunners.
"But there is a real feeling that things are fitting into place under Jose Mourinho. We had a mentality from Jose's first time at the club that coming second was a disappointing year. That's the way we regarded it.
"Coming sixth and third domestically doesn't feel good enough. For those of us who are still here from Jose's first time in charge, we know what he is like week in and week out, and you can sense he is bringing that winning mentality back."
Lampard, who has been at Chelsea since 2001, signed a new one-year contract with the club after much deliberation in the closing stages of last season and has figured much more prominently once again with the return of Mourinho, who he worked with in the Portuguese's first spell with the club.
The 35-year-old conceded that trophies would be harder to come by now with the added competition at the top of the Premier League, but saw the Blues as true contenders provided they could keep up their current consistency.
He continued: "The competition is getting tougher, without a doubt. When we won the league for first time in 2005, Manchester United were the biggest threat. Arsenal were there as well, but that was it.
"Now, the challenge of Manchester City is there, and if you look at it this year, you wonder if Liverpool or Tottenham could be there at the end. Even Southampton have spent £30million, so it has become harder.
"And of course, we see ourselves as real contenders - I think with our squad you can't deny that.
"Consistency is everything though and there is the feeling that we have that now. It's very exciting."
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