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‘We Play Too Safe’, Lampard Lashes Chelsea After Shock Loss

Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard gestures through the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on December 14, 2019.
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Frank Lampard urged his Chelsea gamers to show they’ve the braveness to deal with adversity after Bournemouth snatched a shock 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Lampard’s facet have been overwhelmed for the fourth time of their final 5 Premier League video games as Dan Gosling netted a VAR-reviewed winner with simply six minutes left.

It was a bitter blow for Lampard after Chelsea as soon as once more did not take care of a workforce, intent on defending deep and attacking on the counter.

Not for the primary time this season, the Blues dominated possession on residence turf with out displaying the leading edge wanted to interrupt down cussed Bournemouth, who had arrived in freezing west London on a run of 5 consecutive defeats.

Lampard believes the foundation reason behind Chelsea’s malaise is their incapability to kill groups off, and he places that all the way down to an absence of conviction within the remaining third.

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Questioning the character of a younger workforce on the rocks for the primary time following their wonderful begin in his first season in cost, Lampard mentioned: “Now we have the reality. If we are not at our best, if players can’t find the quality to beat teams that are organised then we have to find another way.

“We didn’t get the fans excited enough. If we play 10 balls across our back four that’s not surprising; if I’m a fan sitting there today I would say ‘too slow’. I don’t want to blame them for that.’

“Some responsibility is on the players to take the ball and have the balls to excite the fans.

“We have to have some personality. When a team wants to defend against you, that’s another test. We haven’t done well with that.”

Nerves And Stress

Chelsea have scored solely 11 objectives at residence this season and Lampard acknowledged his gamers are struggling to take care of the stress that mounts the longer a sport goes with no purpose for his workforce.

“With that comes nerves and stress in the team and the stadium. We need urgency in our play, transfer the ball quickly, gets at people, do things that are positive, don’t play safe, we generally play too safe during games,” he mentioned.

“I don’t know about fear but in front of our home fans it’s evident we aren’t playing well enough. We aren’t taking our chances and we have given away some silly goals.”

Chelsea stay in fourth place regardless of their current droop however they must enhance dramatically to remain there.

With London derbies looming at Tottenham and Arsenal over the Christmas interval, Lampard might be forgiven for giving his gamers an intensive coaching interval in a bid to shake them out of their lethargy.

But the previous Chelsea midfielder insisted he couldn’t fault their effort.

Asked how he would have responded to this type of droop in his glittering enjoying profession, Lampard mentioned: “I don’t want to talk about my days. I’m not going to get the players in for training tomorrow and go over the video.

“I can’t find anyone wanting with how they apply themselves but what we do on the pitch is being found wanting at the moment.”

Bournemouth supervisor Eddie Howe hopes the consequence can rebuild his facet’s confidence after a dismal stretch of 1 win in 10 video games.

“We certainly needed it. A lot of soul searching has gone on. This was the best we’ve fought and competed,” Howe mentioned after Gosling’s hooked effort survived a prolonged VAR test for offside.

“We needed a slice of luck, something to bounce our way. That could be the moment that turns our fortunes and gives us belief.”

AFP

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