Frank Lampard sets big test for the players after Manchester City loss

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Despite dominating large spells of the game and taking the lead through N’Golo Kante, Chelsea’s mistakes were punished with Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected shot finding the back of the net and Riyad Mahrez netting the winner.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists the big test for his players is how they react to Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad.

Despite the defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, Chelsea are still in the top four, seven points clear of fifth placed Wolves.

“It is hard to explain my expectation at the start of the season,” Lampard said.

“Until you have worked daily with the players, until you bring players who were playing in the Championship last season and younger players here, you don’t know exactly how it is going to drop and how it ends up.

“So, (I’m) really happy with a lot of our stuff this season, so maybe that means we are slightly ahead of the curve.

“But in football the curve will go downhill very fast if you don’t keep on yourself and take a lot of the lessons from Saturday and take them on moving forward.

“Now our test is can we bounce back from a defeat when we are used to winning, because that is another challenge for us all.”

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