Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admitted he was “worried” by his side’s continued drop in form after a fifth loss in eight Premier League games to Leicester on Tuesday night.
Despite controlling possession and handling more shots than Leicester, Chelsea were poor and not much of a threat. First-half goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison – the first just six minutes away – decided the game and see Chelsea remain eighth.
Lampard, who comes under increasing pressure amid pre-kickoff rumors that he could be sacked if his team lose, fails to inspire and wake his players up, lamenting that a number of them did not ‘haven’t even done the bare minimum at King Power Stadium.
“We were beaten by a better team. They were sharper than us, they ran more than us, they looked like a fit team and we looked like a team out of shape, ”he told BBC Sport.
“We fell asleep at times. I had the impression that there were quite a few moments in the first half where our sharpness was not there. The basics and the bare minimum are running, sprinting and covering the field, and too many of our players haven’t. “
Chelsea’s only wins in their last eight Premier League games have come against West Ham and Fulham, with losses at the hands of Everton, Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester City and now Leicester.
“This is not where we want to be. I’m worried. From the form we were in to get so quickly into the form we are now, even with Fulham’s victory [on Saturday] and a few more wins in there, we should be better than losing five of eight, ”Lampard said.
“It’s a young team. They won’t feel good. I’m not against the guys in the locker room. They will have learned a lesson.
Chelsea will be next in action on Sunday, although it will be a Premier League respite when Championship Luton travels to west London in the FA Cup fourth round.
All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge to see what happens next.
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