Frank Lampard: Chelsea having a difficult time after one win in five

Frank Lampard admits Chelsea are going by means of a difficult time as they ended 2020 with simply one win from five Premier League video games.

Having gone into the winter interval in positive type, Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa means they’re now six factors off leaders Liverpool having performed a sport extra.

Lampard made six adjustments from the aspect that misplaced 3-1 at Arsenal on Boxing Day, a sport which prompted the Chelsea boss to criticise his gamers, however they may solely take a level as Anwar El Ghazi cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s opener.

Lampard, nevertheless, stated he was proud of what he noticed from his aspect.

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“It’s a draw towards a good group, the efficiency was good, we deserved to win the sport however we do not. We’ve come by means of a difficult patch, that we need to enhance. We noticed a lot of indicators of fine perspective in the group, with out fairly having it in the ultimate third.

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“It leaves us having to do extra of the identical, as a result of the season is tight. We’ve had a little difficult time, and at present I noticed some actually good indicators that I preferred.

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“I had some concepts to make adjustments anyway, as a result of we’ve a squad of gamers able to play. The adjustments had been to try to preserve a little bit of steadiness in the group, and to attempt to clean up. I used to be happy, I’m not disenchanted with something tonight apart from the very fact we conceded that objective, and did not rating one other.

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“I was pleased with the players that came in and pleased with the attitude.”

He additionally instructed Amazon: “It’s a tough little moment, and we have to fight through it, but I can’t ask for more from what the players gave, the way they worked here.”

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Chelsea gamers have fun with Olivier Giroud after he opened the scoring towards Aston Villa

Villa’s leveller prompted complaints from Chelsea; the gamers initially referred to as for a foul on Andreas Christensen from Jack Grealish in the build-up, however after the sport Lampard stated there was a handball from Matt Targett close to the dugout earlier than the objective.

“I think there was a handball, and the fourth official was very close to us. I’m not sure (why) it wasn’t given, it should have been handball.

“I have never seen the Christensen-Grealish incident. I did not suppose there was a lot in it on the time, I’m unsure it was a foul or not. I have never reviewed that referee-wise.”

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Lampard additionally says it’s no coincidence that Chelsea’s drop in type has aligned with Hakim Ziyech’s absence by means of damage, having picked up a hamstring downside towards Leeds in early December.

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Chelsea gamers encompass Stuart Attwell after Villa's leveller

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence. You can’t rely completely on it. But with Hakim, the way he was playing, he was very effective in terms of assists, chance creation, and we were very fluid at the time when he got injured against Leeds.

“Where is he at? There’s a risk he could possibly be match for Man City it if goes forward.”

Chelsea’s subsequent match is scheduled to be towards Manchester City on January 3, nevertheless, their sport with Everton on Monday night time was postponed attributable to a Covid-19 outbreak at City.

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Chelsea host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, January 3 at 4.30pm, dwell on Sky Sports Premier League, earlier than then internet hosting Morecambe on Sunday, January 10 in the FA Cup third spherical at 1.30pm.

Villa now go to Manchester United on New Year’s Day at 8pm, dwell on Sky Sports Premier League, earlier than internet hosting Liverpool in the FA Cup third spherical on January 8 at 7.45pm.

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