Frank Lampard reacts to Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Leicester City
Frank Lampard has his say after Chelsea slump to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester to leave them a point above the relegation zone
Frank Lampard admitted that Chelsea’s players were simply not good enough after they slumped to a 2-1 loss to Leicester City on Monday night.
The west London side lost Eden Hazard to an apparent hip injury early on, before Jamie Vardy volleyed home Riyad Mahrez’s cross in the 34th minute.
Something has to change right now, whether it’s attitude or performance
Man of the match Mahrez then found the top corner for his 11th league goal of the season with in the 48th minute.
Chelsea halved the deficit when substitute Loic Remy nodded in from Pedro’s cross in the 77th minute but the Foxes held on to take the three points.
The result – which was Chelsea’s ninth of the season – left the Blues languishing in 16th place in the Premier League table and just a point above the relegation zone.
And former Chelsea midfielder Lampard admitted that the Blues are now in a serious situation this season.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Lampard said: “The players were not good enough tonight. They certainly didn’t perform.
“Mourinho is not sure where to go with it. He’s tried to be strong with them quite a lot of times, and [after the Tottenham game] he tried to say that they were a bit more positive.
“I’m not sure what he’s saying now. He’s not happy with them and I don’t think he sees a way out. He is questioning the players.”
Lampard continued: “I think they’re good players, but far too many are under-performing and they have been for a while.
“This is Chelsea we’re talking about. Chelsea, in a bad year, should be in the top six or thereabouts. Where they are [now] just above the relegation zone is impossible.
“Something has to change right now, whether it’s attitude or performance.”
He added: “Roman Abramovich is probably looking at this very closely. Obviously, we’ve been here before with Chelsea when managers change midway through the season. [But] I don’t know how many times you can do that.”
The win moved Leicester two points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the table.