Lampard accepts Chelsea ‘not all set to complete’ for Premier League title
Chelsea lost 2-0 at Leicester City on Tuesday (January 19), indicating their only win in their previous five Premier League games protested a Fulham side suffering in the transfer zone.
Victory for Leicester put Brendan Rodgers’ side top of the table a minimum of up until Manchester United go to Fulham on Wednesday, while Chelsea will be 11 points adrift of the summit if the Red Devils win.
It was not so long ago that Chelsea were being called favourites for the Premier League title by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with Lampard’s side top of the stack as recently as early December.
Because beating Leeds United to go top on December 5, Chelsea have actually taken just seven points from a possible 24 and Tuesday’s defeat suggested only Newcastle United (52) have yielded more away goals in the Premier League than them (50) given that the start of last season.
Reports began to emerge a few weeks ago about Lampard’s position being in doubt, and it is not likely he has done himself any favours by basically conceding defeat in the title race.
” I don’t believe this is the very first time I have actually been asked this, been asked this a few times in the last few weeks – after 16 unbeaten we lost two on the bounce and I was starting to be asked these questions, and I understand it,” Lampard told press reporters.
” It’s the expectations of this club. Whether I think it’s ideal or wrong … As I stated pre-match, we are not in the position of a Chelsea that we remained in durations when we were winning leagues.
” I took this task knowing that there will be difficult times since it’s not a club prepared to contend. We had a transfer ban, we had young gamers. Now we have new players and we can see that the brand-new gamers, the younger gamers are pursuing type, to be settled into this group.
” While everything was rosy in early-to-mid December, it’s not so rosy now. We’re not the only team to suffer that scenario and I’m not the only manager to be put under this sort of pressure.
” The lucky thing for me is I’m proficient at dealing with the pressure. I don’t like it, I wish to win video games, I desire everyone to be talking about how we are moving towards the top of the table like we were a month back, but the truth is, for me, I could notice these periods were coming and that’s all I have to issue myself with, how to handle them and get us out of it.”