Frank Lampard warns that Chelsea must go through ‘period of pain’ to reach same level as Manchester City and Liverpool and insists ‘serious lessons’ need to be learned from first half collapse at Stamford Bridge
- Manchester City outplayed Chelsea as Kevin de Bruyne starred in 3-1 victory
- The Blues have won once in six league matches, losing four and drawing one
- Frank Lampard’s side have dropped down to eighth, seven points off the top
- The Chelsea legend says form reminds him of a defeat during his playing days
Chelsea Head Coach Frank Lampard admits that his side are ‘in a little period’, but he’s confident of his side bouncing back as their latest defeat has sent them down to eighth.
The Blues conceded three first-half goals on their way to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City – their fourth loss in six matches.
It’s a far cry from their first 11 league matches – a period that saw them as genuine title contenders after just one defeat throughout. Such is the tight nature of the league this season, they’re now closer to 14th placed Crystal Palace than they are to third-place Leicester.
Chelsea went 17 games unbeaten across all competitions before their sudden drop in form
‘A month ago everyone was saying we could win the league, but I was sure there were periods of pain we would go through,’ said Lampard.
‘At the minute we’re in a little period. If you go back to the first year of (Manchester) City in this regime or Liverpool, they probably had days like this.
‘I remember getting beaten by Middlesbrough as a player and we sat in the dressing room demoralised and we bounced back. The players and myself have to take it on the chin.’
Timo Werner has struggled this season, scoring just four goals in 17 league appearances
Lampard’s side went 17 games unbeaten in all competitions earlier in the season, and he’ll be hoping to see them return to form when they face Morecambe in the FA Cup third round next weekend before a visit to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the league.
‘The first half against Arsenal was lethargic but City were showing real personality on the ball today. For ten minutes we were good, then they started to play and we conceded two really poor goals. There were some serious lessons in the first half. It knocked us and we didn’t react as well as wanted to.
‘We went 17 games unbeaten. I’ll be the first to look at myself but when I look at this squad I know there’s quality but I know where we’re at. Now there’s a test.’
Kevin de Bruyne starred against his former club, scoring and assisting a goal in a forward role
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