Chelsea played under his normal level against West ham, and it can be caused midtugekamp, believes Frank Lampard.
Chelsea are struggling as the other English best clubs on several fronts, and, according to manager Frank Lampard it may be part of the explanation for the team's surprising defeat in Saturday's home match against West ham.
Wednesday was Chelsea on a tough task away to Valencia in the Champions League.
After the 2-2 match, and a late flight to London so Lampard forced to make five changes, he said after West ham's victory at 1-0.
- I still have confidence to the squad. I think we've shown some amazing things in this season. But we played below the normal level today.
- It is time to step a little in character. We must see how we respond against Aston Villa (Wednesday, red.), said Lampard.
The Danish forsvarspiller Andreas Christensen was among the five players who were not recidivists from the showdown in Spain.
Defensive is, however, not Lampards biggest concern. It is up front that the team has dropped a bit of on the.
- We did not do enough in the final third (of the pitch, ed.), and I think it has been the story in the last three matches, he says.
West ham's victory was the first at Stamford Bridge since 2002, and with the three points moves the team up to a 13.-space. At the same time reduced the pressure on West ham's chilean manager, Manuel Pellegrini.
Up to the fight had the English media speculated that he was in danger of becoming the third manager for one of London's Premier League clubs to lose the job in november, after Tottenham ousted Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal sacked Unai Emery.
/ritzau/ReutersUpdated Date: 01 December 2019, 13:01