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Chelsea tasted defeat for the first time in 18 games, as the Blues were beaten by Everton 1-0 at the Goodison Park on Saturday night.
Before that game, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had hailed Chelsea’s squad as one of the best in the league and claimed that the Blues have what it takes to win the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard cooled Klopp’s talks down after the defeat to Everton.
Former Chelsea star Joe Cole was pleased with how Lampard responded to Klopp’s comments, as he admitted that it’s all mind games.
“Chelsea are somewhere in the middle. The way the league is set up, no one is running away with it – this is a bump in the mood road for Chelsea and there will be a bump in the road for Liverpool, for Tottenham, but he is still right to dampen the mood a little bit,” Cole said on talkSPORT.
“I saw Jurgen Klopp named them (Chelsea) title contenders in his press conference last week, but I think Jurgen has been a bit smart. Chelsea will have days like this.”
Lampard had said: “That’s life it’s a long season. If it makes some people who are talking about us winning the league we’ve got the best squad in the league it’s ridiculous stuff.
“When you talk about best squads you have to look at the teams who have won it in the last two or three years their squads are full of strikers and wingers who scored 30 or 40 goals a season.
“Midfield players who have won league titles all over the place, experienced people who have won it and Champions Leagues. We have some, we have some but we also have young players and as a squad we aren’t there.
“If you ask me in a couple of years and I’m still here and we’ve won a couple of leagues I’d say yes but at the moment people want to look at our squad and talk about it.
“It’s gone very quick, I spoke after West Brom and Southampton and we were nowhere near good enough, rubbish, useless now last week we’ve got the best squad and we’re going to win it.
“We’re probably somewhere in the middle that’s the reality of it and we’ll have to work through it. It was a big test for us tonight, we didn’t pass it but we will in the future.”