Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted he is ‘worried’ by his team’s continued slump in form following a fifth defeat in eight Premier League games at the hands of Leicester on Tuesday night.
Despite controlling possession and managing more shots than Leicester, Chelsea were poor and weren’t much of a threat. First half goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison – the first coming just six minutes in – decided the game and sees Chelsea remain eighth.
Lampard, who is under increasing pressure amid rumours before kick-off that he could be sacked if his side was to lose, is failing to inspire and rouse his players, lamenting that a number of them didn’t even do the bare minimum at the King Power Stadium.
“We were beaten by a better team. They were sharper than us, they ran more than us, they looked like a team in form and we looked like a team out of form,” he is quoted by BBC Sport.
“We were asleep in moments. I felt like there were quite a lot of moments in the first half where our sharpness wasn’t there. The basics and bare minimums are to run, sprint and cover ground, and too many of our players didn’t do it.”
Chelsea’s only wins in their last eight Premier League games have comes against West Ham and Fulham, with defeats at the hands of Everton, Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester City and now Leicester.
“It’s not where we want to be. I am worried. From the form we were in to get so quickly in to the form we’re in now, even with the Fulham win [on Saturday] and some other wins in there, we should be better than losing five in eight,” Lampard said.
“It’s a young team. They won’t be feeling nice. I’m not against the lads in the dressing room. They will have learned a lesson.”
Chelsea are next in action on Sunday, although it will be a respite from the Premier League when Championship Luton visit west London in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
All eyes will be glued on Stamford Bridge to see what happens next.