Paul Merson criticises Frank Lampard’s tactics in Chelsea FC’s defeat

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is critical of Chelsea FC's tactics in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Bournemouth

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has criticised Frank Lampard’s decision-making in Chelsea FC’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat by the Cherries despite the south coast club’s losing run in the Premier League.

Chelsea FC were looking to build some momentum in the Premier League ahead of the visit of Eddie Howe’s side after losing three of their last four top-flight fixtures.

However, Lampard’s side were unable to build upon their success of reaching the Champions League round of 16 last week thanks to a 2-1 home win against Ligue 1 side Lille.

Dan Gosling netted an 84th-minute winner for the visitors after Lampard brought on Callum Hudson-Odoi and Michy Batshuayi to play alongside Tammy Abraham.

Sky Sports pundit Merson felt that Lampard had a poor day like his Chelsea FC team after some questionable tactical decisions in the second half.

“With Frank, it’s not a good day at the office for him. It was 0-0 and sometimes you have to swallow the pill and settle for a draw,” Merson told Sky Sports News on Saturday evening.

“He takes off Jorginho and brings on Hudson-Odoi and Batshuayi. Tammy Abraham was already on so he has all these forwards on, everyone is bumping into each other.

“I think Chelsea will need to go into the market next month. This is a crisis now. If other results go the wrong way for them, their lead [over the top-four] could be down to two points.

“They’ve got Tottenham away next. It’s hard for them now. I think they have to go in the market. This squad, for me, doesn’t get into the top four.”

Chelsea FC are in fourth position in the Premier League table but Manchester United and Spurs have managed to erode the west London side’s advantage.

The Blues finished second in their Champions League group after ending up ahead of last season’s semi-finalists Ajax.

Chelsea FC appointed Lampard as their new manager in the summer after Maurizio Sarri’s departure to take over at Juventus.

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