Chelsea’s next five league games: Make or break for Lampard

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Chelsea have given chance to other sides contending for top four after the Blues were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United late on at the St James Park.

Chelsea had dominated the game for 90 minutes only for Isaac Hayden to score a stoppage time winner following Newcastle’s only corner kick of the game.

Chelsea’s upcoming Premier League games are difficult ones against direct rivals.

Up next for the Blues is a home game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Following that game is an FA Cup clash against Hull City next weekend. Chelsea will then face Leicester City in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium on February 1.

After going away to the King Power, the Blues will then host Manchester United at the Bridge on February 17 before another home game against Tottenham five days afterwards.

The Champions League second round tie against Bayern Munich will come before our fifth league game as Chelsea host the German champions in the first leg on February 25.

Chelsea will then go to the Vitality Stadium four days after meeting Bayern Munich for another tricky away tie. The Blues lost to Bournemouth 1-0 in the first leg and have been beaten by the Cherries in back to back Premier League games.

After the defeat to Newcastle, Blues boss Frank Lampard conceded that his side must be strengthened in the January transfer window and points out the striking area as the major area he needs signing.

Lampard told reporters: “We can’t absolutely rely on Tammy Abraham. We have to have goals from across the frontline if we want to bridge the gap upwards. Tammy has been fantastic this season – it didn’t quite come off for him today but that’s football.

“I can’t complain about anything from the team really. Of course we don’t want to give headers away in our box, they’re big and that happens but other than that, we gave everything we could to try to win the game.

“You address on it on the training ground with the players but we can’t practise finishing or entering the final third any more than what we do. We have to be more clinical and the players know that.”

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