Lampard calls his players ‘lazy’ as he defends his tactics for the game

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It wasn’t a good game for Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, as the Blues put on a lethargic display to lose 3-1 away from home.

A win would have taken Chelsea to second in the league, but goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka were enough to seal a massive win for the Gunners, with Tammy Abraham only scoring a consolation goal late in the second half.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard lambasted his players after the game as he admitted that he was angry with the players and also blamed them for not giving their all. According to Lampard, the problem wasn’t his tactics or system, but their lack of desire on the day.

Asked whether he was angry with the players, Lampard explained: “Yeah I’m angry because I want us to win games and today was an opportunity to go second at a place where they’re having a tough time, and we know how that goes.

“You either make it more difficult for them or you give them a little opening, a crack, and we did that from minute one and continued to do it for 45 minutes.

“And you get what you deserve. Lazy to give away a penalty. Lazy in terms of giving away a free-kick that he [Xhaka] puts in the top corner. I’m very, very disappointed in the way we approached the first half, because some things in football are basics.

“It’s not tactics or systems, it’s: do you want to run? Do you want to back your teammate up? Do you want to sprint? Or do you want jog? Or maybe you want to say, ‘Oh maybe I don’t have to run’. We took that decision rather than the right one.”

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