Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has revealed Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was too slow to close down the opposition during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
“When you’re a Chelsea midfielder, going to Liverpool, you have to understand that you can’t affect the game on the ball for all of the game,” Lampard said on BT Sport.
“One thing you can do is be at it without the ball. Close people down, and when you close people down, you’re not just helping yourself.
“You are helping the next person, you are making that pass harder to make — and today he didn’t do it. He was too slow getting there, he let people get their head up and play whatever pass they wanted to. There’s only so long that you can make these sorts of excuses.
“I think he seemingly has the attributes, he has had good games, made some nice passes, and there’s games he looks slightly off it. He’s going to have to realise very soon that he will have to get that level up, again and again. The basic level is getting tight to people and then after that you think, ‘Okay, what can you do with the ball as well?'”