Lampard: We prepared well for the Arsenal game

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Chelsea didn’t just show up at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, as the Blues were well beaten 3-1 by the Gunners.

Chelsea had a good chance to go up to second in the Premier League but fell to a defeat to struggling Arsenal, as Frank Lampard’s side has now lost three of their last four Premier League games.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t explain the reason for the loss, as he said that his side prepared well for the game but failed to turn up on the pitch.

Asked for his thoughts on the game, Lampard told Sky Sports: “Not good enough. First half not good enough. Second half, yeah, good enough, but mountain to climb and when you attack a game the way we did – attack is definitely the wrong word – but things like the Saka goal happen, because you don’t deserve luck.

“We fought second half, the people that came on added speed, energy, intensity into our game, but that should be a given from the start.”

Asked why that was not the case, he continued: “I don’t know. That’s one for the players. I’ll take responsibility on the outside, but the players have to take the responsibility.

“The message was clear: this is a dangerous game for us, talented team, back against the wall, London derby. We were in a good position where we could go second, and they’re in a position where they’re maybe looking downwards.

“That’s a dangerous combination, the players knew that, we prepared for the game. But if you go out and play at 60% or 70%, or a few players play at that level, you’re not going to win any Premier League game.”

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