Lampard ‘worried about slump’ as Chelsea lose to Leicester

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2021 10:59 - James Holland

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he is ‘worried’ about the team’s form as they slumped to another defeat against Leicester.

Lampard’s men were unable to get into the game and went behind in just the 6th-minute.

The Blues failed to react to a corner, allowing Marc Albrighton to put in a good cross.

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The ball eventually came to Wilfred Ndidi, who smashed the ball home with his left foot.

Leicester pretty much dominated from that point onwards.

James Maddison added a second in the 41st-minute.

He was found by a looping pass as defender Reece James lost concentration. The midfielder swept the ball past keeper Edouard Mendy with a great first time finish.

The loss puts Chelsea nine points behind the Foxes, who are now top of the Premier League table. It also heaps more pressure on Lampard to improve their form.

Speaking after the loss, Lampard said: “[We were] beaten by the better team. They were sharper than us, ran more than us and they looked in form. We looked out of form. Disappointing goal from a set piece and the second goal is just not good enough.

“There were quite a lot of moments where our sharpness wasn’t there, those are moments you have to dig in and the basics are important like running and sprinting and we didn’t do that.

“The most disappointing thing is to come here and lose the game but the basics off the ball are important. The game on the ball was a bit slow at times but it was okay, we created a few opportunities and I thought it was a penalty but I’m not going to lean on those things. We weren’t good enough.

“We won against Fulham without playing brilliantly, from that we come and lose a game so it’s a small step backwards.

“I am worried about the slump – from the form we were in to get so quickly into the form we’re now in. We’ve had some wins but five losses in eight isn’t where we want to be.

“It takes character to get out of that – I’m not against the lads in the dressing room because they’re disappointed. It’s a young team and it’s a big lesson that if you come off it and think you’re fine then you’ve got to get yourself out of the hole.”

Lampard will be hoping for an immediate reaction in their next league match. The Blues face Wolves on Wednesday 27th January.

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