Chelsea’s poor run of form appears to be getting to Frank Lampard after the manager ‘lost it’ in the dressing room when addressing his players at half-time against Arsenal, according to reports.
After an encouraging start to the season, the west London club have hit a blip recently, winning just one of their last five Premier League matches – a 3-0 victory over West Ham before Christmas.
From being title contenders just a few weeks ago, Chelsea could slip nine points adrift of Liverpool if the reigning champions win their game in hand.
Undoubtedly the nadir of their recent run of bad results came on Boxing Day against Arsenal when they lost 3-1 against the struggling Gunners.
Prior to that victory, Mikel Arteta’s side had not won in seven league games and were closer to the relegation zone than the top four, but they were two goals up at half-time against the Blues in what was a lacklustre and lethargic showing.
According to The Athletic, Lampard ‘lost it’ with his players during his half-time team talk at the Emirates, raging at their performance.
His mood was not improved when Bukayo Saka added a third goal just after the restart and, despite threatening to mount a late fightback, Lampard could not hide his fury at the performance in his post-match media duties.
Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards he said: ‘I’m angry because I want us to win games and today was an opportunity to go second at a place where they’re having a tough time, and we know how that goes.
‘You either make it more difficult for them or you give them a little opening, a crack, and we did that from minute one and continued to do it for 45 minutes.
‘And you get what you deserve. Lazy to give away a penalty. Lazy in terms of giving away a free-kick that he [Xhaka] puts in the top corner. I’m very, very disappointed in the way we approached the first half, because some things in football are basics.
‘It’s not tactics or systems, it’s: do you want to run? Do you want to back your teammate up? Do you want to sprint? Or do you want jog? Or maybe you want to say, “Oh maybe I don’t have to run”. We took that decision rather than the right one.’
Chelsea gave a better performance against Aston Villa on Monday evening, though sacrificed the lead and ended up drawing 1-1 meaning they have only picked up four points from the last 15 available.
Having spent over £200million on new players over the summer, the pressure is starting to mount on Lampard – particularly with new arrivals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz struggling so much.
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