After Chelsea’s 2-Zero defeat to Manchester United, Frank Lampard sounded nearly bemused in his post-match interview at how his facet had contrived to lose the sport.
Targets both facet of half-time from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire condemned Chelsea to yet one more disappointing defeat at Stamford Bridge, and gave additional hope to the ever-growing chasing pack aiming for Champions League soccer.
The Blues’ prolificacy on the night time was evident, after taking 17 photographs on purpose however solely recording one on course, whereas United scored with two out of their three.
There may be additionally little question that VAR performed a key half within the sport, with two Chelsea objectives being disallowed, whereas Harry Maguire was lucky to remain on the pitch after a kick-out at Michy Batshuayi.
However the overriding evaluation from Lampard gave the impression to be that his staff want to enhance their productiveness within the opposition’s field.
There have been mitigating components, such because the absences of prime scorer Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, however the Chelsea head coach was in no temper for excuses.
“I don’t like dropping video games, the best way we’re dropping video games,” Lampard mentioned.
“Shedding video games, notably at house, the place now we have had massive chunks of possession, massive probabilities at purpose, round purpose however not ending. It’s a actuality that’s getting clearer on a regular basis. We’re not getting sufficient objectives within the striker areas.
“Tammy had his interval at the start of the season, now we’re not getting sufficient. Sufficient from extensive areas. That could be a reality. It’s exhausting to win video games.”
His evaluation was maybe pure, given the poor performances from Batshuayi and Pedro on the night time, however talking throughout Sky Sports activities’ protection of the sport, Roy Keane believed Lampard must take a more in-depth take a look at the alternative finish of the pitch.
“I feel it’s powerful on managers while you get crushed in a sport, Lampard was very sincere, clearly pissed off, he retains speaking about scoring objectives however they should cease conceding daft objectives.
“It’s a troublesome run for Chelsea in the mean time they usually’ve misplaced that momentum from the beginning of the season, while you lose that it’s exhausting to get it again.
“He mentioned about getting objectives and taking probabilities however you have to hold clear sheets.”
Chelsea’s defensive issues, particularly at Stamford Bridge, have been properly documented. Residence defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton have been masked by spectacular wins on the highway to Wolves, Tottenham and Arsenal, however there’s a feeling Lampard continues to be not sure of his finest again 4.
Fikayo Tomori seems to be out of favour regardless of the stable begin to the season which noticed him win his first England cap, whereas the return of Antonio Rudiger from harm has not had its desired impact, with the German nonetheless not sure of his companion from week-to-week.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are successfully battling for one spot, however the uncertainty has not benefited the unit as an entire. Kepa Arrizabalaga’s struggles haven’t helped, both.
It begs the query of whether or not Chelsea ought to have saved maintain of David Luiz in the summertime, given his pretty dependable partnership with Rudiger final season.
The Blues conceded 39 league objectives final season, the joint third finest with Tottenham. This marketing campaign, they’ve already shipped 36, with 12 video games to go. In the meantime, solely Aston Villa have conceded extra objectives than Chelsea from corners this marketing campaign – the newest approaching Monday night time in opposition to United.
In the summertime, the Brazilian was bought to Arsenal for £8million with little fanfare, regardless of signing a brand new two-year contact in Might 2019. The 32-year-old departed having performed a key position within the Blues’ third place end underneath Maurizio Sarri, and the Europa League triumph in Baku.
Luiz initially struggled to seek out his finest kind on the Emirates, with the Unai Emery drama having an influence on the staff’s performances.
However since Mikel Arteta’s arrival, Arsenal have began to look way more settled defensively, and stay unbeaten in all competitions in 2020 with Luiz the undoubted lynchpin on the again. His presence has allowed Shkodran Mustafi to flourish in current weeks – a sentence which no Arsenal supporter would have believed a number of months in the past.
The previous Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain centre-back has admitted that his departure from Stamford Bridge was as a consequence of ‘variations’ of opinion to Lampard.
However there have to be a touch of remorse from these in west London that an skilled and standard title winner was disbursed of so rapidly – and to a rival whose trajectory appears to be like on the right track to threaten Chelsea’s place within the prime 4 if Lampard can not clear up their evident defensive deficiencies.