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Chelsea had a good opportunity to climb up to third position in the Premier League, but it was lost after Chelsea were beaten by West Ham 3-2 on Wednesday night at the London Stadium.
Chelsea’s defending was blamed in that game, with the defenders coming under fire from analysts. Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso drew the wrath of Gary Neville, who slammed him for not tracking back to help as Andriy Yarmolenko went on to score a late winner for West Ham on the break.
Lampard has responded to Alonso’s critics and believes it was a bit unfair on the Spaniard.
Lampard said: “They have a responsibility to do both [attack and defend] and that’s important. We try to play football and be progressive but of course we don’t do that with the idea of wanting to concede goals. Recovery runs are a huge part of football and the players must do them whether it’s the first minute or the 90th minute.
“I don’t think it’s quite fair to just look at Marcos in that isolated incident – he can recover and we can recover better as a team but that has to be something fundamental to the team. You have to run backwards as much as you run fast forwards and you have to have that desire to make difficult runs to help the team.
“I can’t complain about the team with that this year because generally we have a desire to press very well off the ball and when it goes beyond us to recover and get there.”