It is often far too easy to blame the Europa League excursions for a team’s domestic troubles.
But, with Wolves picking up just three points from a possible 15 after a gruelling European qualification campaign, a combination of an early-season plight and an enlarged fixture list is surely no coincidence.
And Wolves’ season hit a new low on Saturday when they were thumped 5-2 at home by a Chelsea side inspired by hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham.
Yet Nuno Espirito Santo can take some glimmer of pride in knowing that his opposite number was forced to alter his plans in order to stop a Wolves side who beat Chelsea at Molineux last season.
“It’s a tough place to come," Lampard said. "They got good results last season against the top six teams because they defend well and don’t concede opportunities much.
"They are so dangerous on the counter attack too so we changed the system and I thought the players took that on board really well.
"I’m delighted to come here and score five goals because not many teams do that."
Lampard’s decision to play three at the back at Molineux certainly worked wonders with the likes of Mason Mount and Willian thriving in a free role behind an inspired Abraham, who now has seven goals in his last three Premier League games.
And if Wolves were hoping for a return to form after the international break, they would have been left extremely disappointed.
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