West Ham legend reveals where Chelsea missed it against Southampton

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Chelsea were again beaten at home as the Blues lost 2-0 to Southampton in the Boxing Day clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard used the 3-4-3 system that served him well against Tottenham, but it didn’t work out against the Saints.

West Ham legend Tony Cottee believes that Lampard used the wrong tactics for the game against Southampton, and it made it difficult for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

Reacting to Chelsea’s defeat, Cottee said: “I don’t want to be too critical of Frank because he’s a young manager and he’s learning his job.

“But he might look back and think he shouldn’t have played three at the back. It limited the options and meant Tammy [Abraham] was playing up on his own basically.

“He didn’t play badly but there was no support. It caused Chelsea problems. He [Frank] changed it up at half-time but it was very flat. The atmosphere was very flat.

“It was very quiet in the stadium and Chelsea never got going. You can’t take a anything away from Southampton because they did a great job.”

According to Cottee, Chelsea are going to have a lot of inconsistencies this season because of the youngsters.

Cottee added: “With so many young players you’re going to get inconsistency.

“But Chelsea are still in the Champions League positions which Frank will be delighted at. He would have taken this when he took over all day long.”

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