Chelsea v Man City: Match in pictures
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits he is feeling the heat following his side’s 3-1 loss at home to Manchester City on Sunday. Chelsea have lost four of their last six Premier League matches and sit eighth in the table. First-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne ended the game as a contest at Stamford Bridge.
Reports after the match surfaced that Chelsea are already exploring potential replacements for Lampard.
The 42-year-old has stressed this week that patience is needed for his expensively-built squad to perform at their best.
But with owner Roman Abramovich potentially about to sack yet another manager, Lampard didn’t want to speak for the board when asked if they were going to give him the time to sort things out.
“I always feel heat, I even did when we were on our good run,” Lampard said.
“We are not a team that has been churning out results like the likes of City and Liverpool.
“We are a team, maybe take N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva out, there is a lot of youth in the team and new players in the team.
“I am not going to speak for people above me because I can never do that.
“I can’t answer about my contract, the run and the difficult results, I can only speak as the manager of the club.”
Lampard understands the pressure is different this season following the £220million spending spree in the summer.
And he is determined to turn things around at the club he spent over a decade at as a player.
“I am not concerned about [the pressure],” Lampard continued.
“I just spoke to them after the game that I expected periods of difficulty.
“I know it doesn’t come easy. Whether that puts pressure on me it is regardless.
“A month ago, people were saying ‘when was I going to get a new contract’. Pressure remains constant. My job is to keep working and pick up the players.
“I had tough periods last year. They feel tough and rough because I am a perfectionist and I want the best for this club. I want to push and be even better than before.
“I think this season, the 16-game unbeaten run, we cruised through our Champions League group but I didn’t take notice of that.
“At the minute, we are in a tough period, I understand it. We have had a few games in a short period and the expectations are different this year because we have spent the amount of money.”
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