Frank Lampard: My message to Chelsea players and Jose Mourinho

Frank Lampard says Chelsea players must shoulder most of the blame after the Blues' stuttering start to the season continued at Stoke

Frank Lampard believes that it is time for Chelsea’s players to stand up and be counted after the Blues slipped to their seventh defeat of the season at Stoke City.

The west Londoners were beaten 1-0 by the Potters at the Britannia Stadium in the absence of Mourinho, who served a one-game stadium ban handed to him by the Football Association.

The result left Chelsea 16th in the Premier League table and just three points above the relegation zone after 11 games.

It also marked the first time that Mourinho has seen his side lose seven games in a league campaign.

And former Chelsea midfielder Lampard feels that it is down to the players as much as Mourinho if they are to turn their disastrous start to the season around.

Lampard said on Sky Sports: “He will get to work in the week, but there is only so much he can do in training and tactically.

“He has to be positive because there is so much being thrown at Chelsea, there are players out of form and low on confidence, you can see that.

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“They need everything to be behind them in a positive way and look forward.”

Chelsea’s next game is a home clash with Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 21 November after the international break.

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