The second-half performance at Tottenham put Frank Lampard in an optimistic mood for the season ahead, believing Chelsea are quickly reaching a level to challenge for honours.

The Blues may have fallen short of taking all three points at White Hart Lane but the vice-captain saw the whole side respond well having been a goal down and second best in the first half on Saturday. It made for an enthralling local derby.

‘The way we started the second half we got momentum , we got our goal and went through and created a couple of chances, and on another day we could have scored and won the game,’ said Lampard.

‘There is a great atmosphere there to be fair, and it was two top teams near the top of the table, two big rivals and no one wants to lose the game. There was some fast football, some tackles and everything you want to see in a game.

‘Tottenham is a very difficult place to play and they have spent a lot of money in the summer so we were ready for a tough game. 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.

‘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.’

With Chelsea and Tottenham sharing a point and Arsenal winning away at Swansea, it gave the Gunners a four-point advantage over us, but that is not concerning Lampard and his colleagues with only six weeks gone in the season.

‘There is a long way to go. 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.’

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