Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was ‘offended’ on the method through which the Blues have been overwhelmed by Arsenal on Boxing Day, and urged his gamers to ‘take duty’ for the half they performed within the 3-1 loss.
Lampard’s males have been outclassed by the Gunners from the primary minute, who took the lead by way of an Alexandre Lacazette penalty after which doubled their benefit earlier than half-time, due to an excellent Granit Xhaka free-kick.
Bukayo Saka’s cross-shot purpose killed the sport early within the second half, and though the Blues pulled one again and missed a late penalty, they have been soundly overwhelmed.
And the way of the defeat left coach Lampard feeling extraordinarily offended and annoyed together with his staff. Talking after the loss, the ex-Chelsea midfielder admitted his aspect has been ‘very poor’ and lacked power, whereas blaming the gamers’ mentality when approaching the sport.
“Within the second half we confirmed some urgency however it was too late,” Lampard mentioned. “The primary half we gave ourselves an excessive amount of to do, we have been very poor. You’ll be able to lack power and want within the Premier League and we did.
“You’ll be able to put together in addition to your need however in the event you flip up like that that is one other factor. It is within the thoughts.
“Should you carry out beneath par issues go in opposition to you just like the Saka purpose. That is life. On one other day, we might have scored the penalty and are available again however it’s not a day for us.
“The groups that win, win, win relentlessly weren’t successful two or three years in the past. We aren’t there but, that is clear. I felt it once we are on our lengthy unbeaten run and I really feel it now. We received loads improper immediately.”
Lampard additionally claimed duty for the defeat, however inspired his gamers to do the identical, saying ‘you are not going to win any video games’ in the event you do not play at your greatest, and Chelsea ‘received what they deserved’ on the Emirates.
“I am going to take duty on the surface however the gamers additionally should take duty. The message was clear – Arsenal are a harmful staff. While you exit and play 60 or 70 per cent then you definately’re not going to win any video games.
“I’m offended as a result of I would like us to win video games. It was a chance to go second. You get what you deserve.”