Frank Lampard acknowledges that his fate is ‘out of his reach’ after Tuesday night’s defeat to Leicester City as pressure builds up on his position as Chelsea coach.
In Leicester, Chelsea were deservedly beaten 2-0, a result which saw the Blues lose badly in the European qualification race as the side of Brendan Rodgers ended the game.
James Maddison, one of the Leicester scorers, spoke about about the particular weakness of Chelsea that his side aimed, in what was Lampard’s side’s fifth defeat in eight league matches.
Controversy is increasing as to whether the former Derby coach is still believed by owner Roman Abramovich to be the right man to lead his expensively assembled team.
“In his post-match media briefing, Lampard stated, “I can’t handle it. I’ve been asked over the last few weeks. I consider it, and whether it’s true or false, it’s the club’s expectation.”
I accepted the job believing that because it is not a club prepared to play, there will be tough moments. We have had a suspension, we have youngsters, we have new players that we can see are striving for form and settling into this team.
“At the moment we have to fight.”
Lampard once more, put the blame on his teams this season for Chelsea’s downfall, saying only they can bear responsibility for their individual effort.
There are players who do not play as well as they ought to do. I was a player and they are the only ones who can handle it.
”We got defeated by the better team because our overall theme of performance was poor, slow with a lack of ability to run and that can come with a lack of self esteem”.
Lampard’s players are still in the process of developing, he said.
If you look at the squad’s composition, you can see that within one or two seasons, there are young players or those who have been in another league or on loan or in the Championship,’ he stated.
You are asking a lot to become John Terry overnight for them. That way, it doesn’t happen.
Next, Chelsea gets a break as they welcome Luton Town in an FA clash at Stamford Bridge, but they will have to encounter Wolves next as the reality of no European football next season may be dawn.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who under Jose Mourinho cut his coaching teeth at Chelsea, said his side had to perform to win the night.
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“Chelsea were an incredible club for me when I was a youth coach for them. I have massive respect for them. They are a talented squad and we had to play well to win.”
“We played against a very talented Chelsea team with outstanding players, but we were very good and ran our socks off without the ball that you have to do in these matches,” Rodgers stated