Lampard accepts Chelsea ‘not all set to contend’ for Premier League title
© Leicester City Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is under pressure with a Premier League title challenge seemingly beyond the Blues
Under-pressure Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard accepts the Blues are “not prepared to contend” for the Premier League title following another defeat.
Chelsea lost 2-0 at Leicester City on Tuesday, implying their only win in their previous 5 Premier League games was against a Fulham side languishing in the relegation zone.
Triumph for Leicester put Brendan Rodgers’ side top of the table at least up until Manchester United go to Fulham on Wednesday, while Chelsea will be 11 points adrift of the top 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 pile as just recently as early December.
Considering that beating Leeds United to go leading on December 5, Chelsea have actually taken simply 7 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) considering that the start of last season.
Reports started to emerge a few weeks ago about Lampard’s position being in doubt, and it is unlikely he has actually done himself any favours by basically conceding defeat in the title race.
” I do not 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 2 on the bounce and I was starting to be asked these concerns, and I comprehend it,” Lampard told reporters.
” It’s the expectations of this club. Whether I believe it’s right or incorrect … 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 due to the fact that it’s not a club ready to contend. We had a transfer ban, we had young players. Now we have brand-new players and we can see that the brand-new players, the younger players are pursuing form, 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 group to suffer that situation and I’m not the only supervisor to be put under this sort of pressure.
” The fortunate thing for me is I’m great at dealing with the pressure. I don’t like it, I want to win games, I want everybody to be discussing how we are moving towards the top of the table like we were a month back, but the truth is, for me, I might pick up these durations were coming and that’s all I need to concern myself with, how to handle them and get us out of it.”
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