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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has now been in charge of the Blues for three games, and we can begin to make assessments of his team’s performance and the progress made and work that still need to be done.
While Chelsea’s attack may be fluid, the Blues also tend to miss a lot of chances, as seen in games against Manchester United, Liverpool and in the first half against Leicester City.
More disturbing is the fact that Chelsea’s backline tends to be overly exposed to attacks from the opposition, and Lampard has revealed that he’s disappointed with how his side keeps getting prone to counter attacks.
Lampard said after the game: “You can attack, but still be in positions to not allow the counter-attack.
“I’m not here to play great attacking football and then concede counter-attack goals.
“We need to show more than we did. I was under no illusions that there would be moments like this. We have to work on the pitch on the things we can improve.”
Speaking in his post-match press conference after the game, Lampard admitted that his side played into the hands of the Foxes, especially after failing to capitalise on a banging start to the game.
“The first 25 minutes was how we want to play but the rest of the game wasn’t quite how we want to play,” Lampard said.
“Credit to Leicester for that, they put us under pressure and we weren’t good enough in possession after the first period. We gifted them possession back and gave them the feeling they were still in the game because we didn’t score that second goal.
“In the second half, we left far too many spaces for them. They’re a very good team on the counter-attack, they have good attacking players who can really hurt you and that was the disappointing thing for me, the fact we couldn’t sustain the period in the early part of the game.
“I don’t expect that 100-miles-an-hour energy for 90 minutes but I do expect that we keep possession of the ball better when we rest.”