Frank Lampard insists he is ‘ready for the fight’ as Chelsea’s poor form continues

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is prepared to steer from the entrance after Manchester City condemned his aspect to a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge to lengthen their poor run of form.

The Blues had been prime of the Premier League at the begin of December following a 3-1 victory over Leeds, however now sit eight factors off Liverpool following a run of 4 defeats of their final six video games.

Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne all struck in the first half as City shook off a clutch of optimistic coronavirus instances and Benjamin Mendy’s breach of social-distancing protocols to stun the Blues with three first-half targets inside the first 35 minutes in west London. Lampard was requested afterwards if he was starting to really feel the strain.

The Chelsea boss stated: “I had robust durations final 12 months, and possibly I had some mitigating circumstances the place individuals did not view these dwelling defeats right here in the similar approach. To me they felt robust and tough as I’m a perfectionist for this membership and the first individual to place strain on myself is me, so I felt the strain right here final 12 months.

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“I needed to push and end even higher than fourth, despite the fact that I really feel it was an enormous achievement given the ban and the youth in the squad. We cruised via the Champions League group and went on a 16-game unbeaten run, which was one thing I at all times tried to mood as it went on. I performed right here for a very long time so I perceive the membership, and if you happen to lose 4 video games in a time frame then individuals will ask questions.

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“The expectations are completely different this 12 months, as individuals are speaking about how a lot cash we spent. We’ve spent some huge cash however the actuality is the gamers are younger and haven’t performed collectively.

“It’s the first time we have been in a position to play Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner in the similar workforce… and if we’re anticipating the relationship between the three gamers to be the similar as Silva, De Bruyne and Sterling at this time then these expectations aren’t actual.

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“I’m the man who has to be real and I was real after the Leeds win when I felt we weren’t title contenders. I’m real now when I say any rebuild takes pain, and I speak for other managers.

“I keep in mind Pep Guardiola went via it in his first 12 months at City, and now we all know their story. You solely construct via battle and character.

“We know the stories of City and Liverpool and I’m not comparing myself to them. I can only talk about us, and the first half showed us why this is a difficult period for Chelsea. We have to keep fighting and I’m the first one who has to keep fighting.”


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Chelsea have three factors fewer after 17 video games than they did final season, while in the Premier League period, the Blues have by no means completed increased than sixth when amassing a most of 26 factors at this stage of a marketing campaign.

The Blues have suffered as many defeats of their final six Premier League video games as they did in the 23 matches beforehand, however Lampard says he is not involved for his place as his aspect look to bounce again in the west London derby towards Fulham every week on Friday.


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“I’ll always feel the heat,” he added. “I felt the heat when we were on our good run as I knew that round the corner could’ve been the negative. We’re striving to get to the level of the teams that won things here during the Roman Abramovich era.

“We’re not at that stage but. If you are taking N’Golo Kante and Thiago out, there’s a whole lot of youth and new gamers in the workforce who’re making an attempt to settle and take issues on board. I can not converse for these on the board. I can not reply what they’re excited about the tough run of outcomes like I could not reply for them when there was discuss a brand new contract a month in the past.

“There’s never going to be an absolute trajectory that was going to be up and up and up. I saw flaws in my team even during the 16-game run. I can’t think of what the board are thinking as it would just distract me, so I can’t do it.”

Pep: We acquired our tempo again


Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola says their 3-1 win away at Chelsea was an unbelievable end result for his aspect after a tough few weeks

Since their 2-0 defeat to Spurs in November, Manchester City have gained 5 of their seven Premier League matches, with solely rivals Manchester United (20) selecting up extra factors than Pep Guardiola’s aspect (17) since then.

There are indicators that City are slowly clicking again into gear, now simply 4 factors off Liverpool with a sport in hand. Guardiola hailed his gamers for sticking to the rules which have served them properly throughout his tenure.

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“In the first minutes we suffered a little bit because we didn’t concede almost anything except the goal in the last minute but we played really well,” Guardiola informed Sky Sports. “The result is excellent at Stamford Bridge but the way we played was really great – you can’t win titles without playing like that.

“Chelsea are one among strongest groups and they’re affected by final sport however you see the high quality of their gamers and the bench. We had a plan we tried to play like we’ve got in the previous and it labored.

“The players were excellent in every way, especially with the ball. We cannot play like other teams, we have to play in our rhythm, play 1,000 passes and attack in the right moment. We won titles in that way, more patient. We missed a bit of this tempo and today we had it.”

Analysis: De Bruyne returns to his greatest


Kevin De Bruyne performed as a false 9 in Manchester City’s win towards Chelsea and the Belgian feels that his aspect took their possibilities and are beginning to discover their rhythm in the Premier League.

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness:

“Kevin De Bruyne is on another level. No one talks about David Silva anymore – they talk about him. He’s super-intelligent, seeing a picture that no one else does. Once City got the first goal… Chelsea were good for 10 minutes without threatening. De Bruyne gets cockier, doesn’t he?

“We’re privileged to have him in our league.”

Sky Sports’ Roy Keane:

“De Bruyne is world-class. What we noticed from him at this time was soccer intelligence. He was taking part in in a special function to what he’s been used to, however it was simply the approach he discovered area and his choice making. He’s not been at his greatest this season, however he was again to his greatest at this time.


Roy Keane and Micah Richards described Kevin De Bruyne as ‘world class’ and one among the greatest the Premier League has seen after an excellent efficiency in Man City’s win over Chelsea.

“De Bruyne knows the game, he can read the game. He knows what’s going on, and can smell that Chelsea aren’t up to it. He was picking out pockets. It was easy for him, but he still had to produce. He is aware of what’s going on around him. The two Chelsea centre-halves didn’t know what to do. They didn’t put a tackle on him.”

Sky Sports’ Micah Richards:

“I’ve talked about Kevin De Bruyne for so long and he’s just incredible to watch. He played in the false nine today, we’ve seen him pop up on the left and right and he’s just the complete footballer. We talk about players who are offensive and defensive but he can do both. He’s a gem of a player and one of the best I’ve seen in the Premier League.”

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Chelsea now host Morecambe in the FA Cup third spherical on Sunday at 1.30pm, earlier than going to Fulham on January 15 in the Premier League on Friday Night Football, dwell on Sky Sports Premier League at 8pm.

Manchester City now go to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, dwell on Sky Sports Football at 7.45pm, earlier than internet hosting Birmingham City in the FA Cup third spherical on Sunday at 1.30pm.

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