Frank Lampard says new-look Chelsea squad must stay mentally strong during ‘difficult little period’

Frank Lampard by no means anticipated this season to be “plain sailing” however insists his new-look Chelsea squad must stay mentally strong during a “difficult little period”.

Chelsea’s 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Boxing Day was their third consecutive away defeat within the Premier League this season.

Lampard’s facet have been unbeaten of their first 5 away league video games this time period, maintaining three clear sheets, however their current poor type on the highway continued towards a Gunners group who went into the match in fifteenth place and with no Premier League win since November 1.

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Chelsea spent over £200m in the summertime switch window on new signings and regardless of placing collectively a nine-match unbeaten streak earlier than dropping to Everton earlier this month, Lampard insists it was all the time going to take time for his squad to gel correctly.

Asked whether or not he learns extra about his gamers now during a troublesome run, Lampard mentioned: “I feel you definitely do. I be taught concerning the gamers and the gamers find out about themselves. Some of them are younger, a few of them are new to the Premier League and these powerful occasions are issues we must undergo.

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“I did not assume this season was ever going to be plain crusing and successful each week. We acquired assured after we acquired right into a place the place we weren’t dropping video games and successful numerous video games, and issues are fairly simple at that time.

“When you lose a few video games they turn into a lot more durable and the one method out of it’s to battle and to work exhausting, so that is what I will likely be instilling within the gamers as a result of it is the one method you get out of what’s a troublesome little interval for us.

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“It’s a case of staying mentally strong and bringing back the good basics to get you on that run, because we have a talented squad.

“The few defeats we have had just lately are as a result of we dropped off, the gamers have dropped off a stage and my job is to select it again up.”

Lampard not stunned by Villa type

Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge on Monday to face an in-form Aston Villa who’re unbeaten in 4 Premier League matches.

Dean Smith’s facet have saved clear sheets in all of these video games, and Lampard believes his former Chelsea team-mate John Terry is a cause for Villa’s bettering defensive shows.

Aston Villa are unbeaten in 4 Premier League matches, maintaining clear sheets in all of them

“I’m sure John has an influence because in my opinion he’s one of the greatest centre-backs to have played in the Premier League and for England,” Lampard mentioned.

“He has an absolute wealth of knowledge of the game so he will be invaluable to Dean Smith and all the staff. Obviously the team are working hard and you’ve seen a real big uplift in them, and I’m sure there’s a lot of work behind the scenes through John and all the staff there.

“They’re group with superb particular person gamers. They’ve clearly added to their squad in an excellent method within the low season. Good supervisor, good coaches, good gamers which might be enjoying effectively.

“They’re having a really good time at the moment, so I’m not completely surprised by it and it’s obviously going to be a tough match.”

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