Pressure mounts on Blues boss after humiliating night at King Power Stadium against new Premier League leaders
Frank Lampard admits his future is not in his control as pressure mounts on his job as Chelsea manager.
Chelsea were rightly beaten 2-0 at Leicester on Tuesday night, a result which saw the Blues lose ground in the European qualifying race as Brendan Rodgers’ side led the way.
Goal scorer James Maddison spoke after the game about the specific weakness of Chelsea targeted by Leicester, in what was a fifth loss in eight league games for Lampard’s side.
Speculation is growing as to whether owner Roman Abramovich still thinks the former midfielder is the right man to lead his dearly formed squad.
“I can’t control it,” Lampard said in his post-match press conference. “I’ve been asked for this in recent weeks. I understand that and that is the expectation of the club, be it true or false.
“I took the job knowing that there will be tough times because this is not a club ready to compete. We’ve had a ban, we’ve got young players, we’ve got new players that we can see working hard to form and settle this team.
“The minute we have to fight.”
Lampard has once again blamed Chelsea’s defeat on his players, saying only they can take responsibility for their individual performances.
“There are players who don’t play as well as they should. I was a player and they are the only ones who can handle that.
“The general theme of our performance was slow, slow with a lack of desire to run and that can come with a lack of confidence. We were beaten by the best team. ”
Lampard’s players, he said, are still developing.
“If you look at the composition of the team, you can see that there are young players or players who were in another league or on loan or in the league in one or two seasons,” he said. declared.
“You are asking a lot that they become John Terry overnight. It doesn’t happen like that.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who cut his teeth at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, said his side had to play to win on the night.
“Chelsea were an amazing club for me when I was a youth coach for them. I have enormous respect for them. They are a talented team and we had to play well to win. ”
Rodgers added to BBC Sport : “We played against a Chelsea side who are very talented and have exceptional players, but we were very good and dropped our socks without the ball, which you have to do in these games.
“I was really happy with the way we ended the game. I felt in the second half that our defensive block was much bigger than in the first but we still had a threat. ”