& # 39; It's not good enough & # 39 ;: Frank Lampard blows VAR again after Giovani Lo Celso didn't get a red card after a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta
- Frank Lampard dropped his frustration released VAR & # 39; s decision not to show a red card
- Giovani Lo Celso stamped on Cesar Azpilicueta, but did not see it red
- Subsequently, Stockley Park returned later in the competition to say they had done it wrong
Giovani Lo Celso clearly stamped Cesar Azpilicueta & # 39; s leg during the match, but VAR decided not to show a red card after he thought he couldn't put his foot anywhere else.
However, officials in Stockley Park admitted later in the game that a red card was shown, but too late for any action in the game.
& # 39; It's not good enough & # 39 ;, Lampard said in his interview after the match at BT Sport. & # 39; I'm sorry, two VAR [decisions] in two games. It's always harder when you lose and people think you're just crying out for it.
& # 39; But maybe you should shout because that is not good enough. Everyone in the world saw that it was a red one.
& # 39; I hate to ask for red cards, but if you put players at risk, that was a challenge for the legs.
& # 39; I don't say anything about the referee on the spot, it's not easy, but VAR is here to clean it up. I am not surprised that they have done well, but it is not good enough. & # 39;
It is unclear whether action will be taken afterwards against Lo Celso.
It is only five days after Lampard & # 39; s most recent tirade against VAR, because he insisted that Harry Maguire should have been sent to Manchester United in their defeat earlier this week.
He called for the referee on the field to look at the monitor, instead of leaving the decisions to Stockley Park.
Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since they take over their rivals, knowing that if Spurs win they will overtake Chelsea in the race for a place in the Champions League next season.
Lampard was in charge of Derby last season when Leeds was caught spying on their training sessions and Mourinho claimed he knew Chelsea would bet three middle back – as with the reverse arrangement in December.
& # 39; I was told they were back to back five, what they normally do if their results aren't the best & # 39 ;, said he.
When asked how he knew that, he replied: & # 39; In the same way that journalists have a lot of news and you don't tell the sources. & # 39;
To increase the pressure on his former midfielder, Mourinho insisted that Lampard should not change his plans despite the alleged leak.
His comments set fire to a game that could be crucial to deciding who finishes in the top four.
The Blues are in pole position, one point ahead of Spurs, despite having won only one league match this year. But after he had not recruited any players last month, Lampard insisted that his side be underdogs in the Champions League qualifying race.
Mourinho rejected that suggestion with the statement: & # 39; Of course, Chelsea is currently favorite for fourth place. & # 39; He added: & # 39; Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Wolverhampton, Everton – we are the underdogs. Chelsea has an advantage over all of us. That is obvious. & # 39;
Tottenham goes to Stamford Bridge without a recognized striker. Harry Kane (hamstring) and Son Heung-min (broken arm) are not expected to play much this season.
This week Mourinho compared the fate of Tottenham with & # 39; going to fight with a gun without bullets & # 39; and he has since insisted on the other team in Europe facing such injury problems.
Lampard disagrees. & # 39; I'm not sure if many Premier League teams have sustained our injuries. We had big ones at the start of the season, big ones now in the season. Big, big players for us, & he said. & # 39; He has attacking players, let's do well. Dele Alli, for me, his best season in Tottenham played occasionally with Harry Kane.
& # 39; Lucas Moura last year scored a hat trick in the semifinals of the Champions League and is an incredible talent on the ball. & # 39;
Lampard now misses N & # 39; Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, while Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi have doubts.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is this season or first in the team, while Antonio Rudiger and Reece James have also fought for fitness in recent months.
We all feel the same as managers. When you have injured big players, you know how much you miss them. But Tottenham also has a large team, "Lampard said.
" I understand his feelings because you want all your top players to be fit. But it doesn't make me think they're weaker, whatever Jose says. I know we have a tough team. & # 39;
Despite his games, Mourinho tried to downplay the meaning of his return, suggesting that it was no different than a visit to another major side. He rejected suggestions that he likes to be the bad guy and liquidate people.
During recent visits to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho experienced hostile receptions and the Spurs boss said this time he & # 39; the usual & # 39; expected. & # 39; That's football, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; On the street I am approached every time by fans of all different clubs – not just the clubs where I have worked before – with care, respect, great feelings. "
In 2018, while in charge of Manchester United, he raised three fingers to the Chelsea crowd, indicating the number of titles he won as Chelsea boss.
& # 39; I won three Premier Leagues, which is nothing special, & he said before the game. & # 39; I know that if I want to go (to Chelsea), I just have to pick up the phone and I will are treated as I deserve … the way the club respects me and people like me who belong to their past.
& # 39; I have no problem with the club at all. & # 39;
Keown talks tactic: Frank Lampard is too ruthless, and all chopping and changing hurts Chelsea
- Frank Lampard has a chance to finish in the top four with Chelsea
- However, all personnel changes hurt rather than help them
- He has less to complain about the negatives and learns to love his players
I worked for a year with the great Arsene Wenger and he had a golden rule. I remember he told me: & Martin, in life it's always easier to see people's weaknesses than their strengths. Love your players, don't hate them. & # 39;
Lampard must now follow that advice. He has to turn a blind eye to the bad habits, the mistakes, the missed opportunities. Less complaining about those negatives and more looking ahead to what you can achieve together.
After their 2-0 loss against Manchester United on Monday, Lampard said their season & # 39; now starts & # 39 ;. If that is the case, there must be a clean slate. They had their winter break, and the Chelsea boss said last week because it was good to get away from each other, charge and restart & # 39 ;.
Now it's time for them to come together again.
Lampard has been ruthless with his team selections and seemed to take poor performance personally and drop everyone who abandoned him. He shot Kepa Arrizabalaga, the goalkeeper who cost £ 71 million, for 38-year-old Willy Caballero.
He has worked on his defense, using back three and back four. Who are his first choice middle back? Kurt Zouma started with 18 Premier Leagues games, Fikayo Tomori 14, Andreas Christensen 13 and Antonio Rudiger 11.
So many chopping and changing can cause nervousness in the camp. It feels like there is no forgiveness with Lampard, but with a young group you get inconsistency. Christensen and Rudiger have started the last five league games – and managed to score only one out – but I would like to see Lampard stick to those two.
Work with them, make them better. Don't call a problem area a & # 39; weakness & # 39 ;, like their difficulty in dealing with crosses, call it a & # 39; development area & # 39 ;.
Lampard said earlier that his best performance this season was in Tottenham. There was an atmosphere of superiority over the visitors that day, with the side of Jose Mourinho seemingly surprised by the use of Lampard from a back three.
Rudiger was one of the starters and he is perhaps the most natural leader in the defensive ranks of Lampard, but it is true that he must be more dominant in his own profession. Harry Maguire became the last to make him better last week, on his way home to complete the United victory.
That blew open the race for the Champions League. The fourth position remains in the hands of Chelsea – and we do not know what the potential European ban of City could mean for the fifth – but their form is a concern.
They lost their momentum and won only once in 2020. Now Mourinho returns as a Tottenham boss to Stamford Bridge, an area where he previously went to 77 unbeaten league games.
Lampard then manned his midfield, and the high standards that he set himself as a player can disrupt his thinking as a manager. It is great to set high goals, but you cannot expect young people to perform as consistently at the same level as you might have. They need time.
Ethan Ampadu no longer stands out because of his hair, but the talent of Chelsea borrower meant that he appeared when RB conquered Tottenham … Frank Lampard will certainly label him as another young talent for the future
- Ethan Ampadu made his first Champions League start for RB Leipzig on Spurs
- He took the opportunity and impressed when they won the match 1-0
- The Chelsea loan used to have long locks, but had a shorter trim
- It did not stop him from falling out on the field for his talent on Wednesday
Ethan Ampadu never bothered to attract attention to pull. Trademark dreadlocks, huge and bushy, flowing out of his head like inverted tree roots, have always made the teenager stand out even before a ball is kicked.
It is not so easy for him to grab immediate attention. Gone are the dreads, cut off by a famous hairdresser, replaced by a shorter, tighter, trimmed top trim.
Maybe he thought it was time for a change. Switch things on, spark something new. Maybe the chance.
The 19-year-old had not started the Bundesliga competition for RB Leipzig the entire season. He had started more in all competitions for Wales than his club. That was not the intention when he joined Chelsea on the German side in the summer.
You can hardly blame the manager of Leipzig, Julian Nagelsmann. His side is second in the Bundesliga, one point behind Bayern Munich. He has the will of Dayot Upamecano for him. In a 30-minute cameo against Werder Bremen, he won five tackles and all his duels in the air and on the ground. And with injuries that piled up and Upamecano was suspended, Ampadu got his chance to start.
Back in London, from all places. Against Tottenham, the rivals of his parent club, of all opponents. In the Champions League, from all competitions.
A huge opportunity not only at the heart of the defense of Leipzig in their first ever knockout game in the Champions League, but also for his career in Chelsea. Frank Lampard certainly looked seriously at yet another young player who was available to him in the future.
And if he were, he would have liked to see what he saw. Ampadu started in the middle of a back three and was deep in all outfield players in Leipzig. He was composed on the ball and showed the attributes that also thrive in the defensive midfield.
No one on the field had more touches, no one played more passes – almost 100 of them with a completion rate of nearly 95 percent. Most short and tidy, others in midfield. The stranger drives forward with the ball at his feet.
Ampadu is said to be a popular member of the dressing room of Leipzig and has started learning German. Perhaps that is why the youngster sometimes looked like the old pro with his constant applauding, jockeying, and beating teammates when he felt they needed it.
It was from the ball that he bore the most rust. He made a hash of a long, hopeful clearance by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, which made it bounce under pressure from Lucas Moura, and was spared only by the lack of control of the Spurs forward and smart coverage by Marcel Halstenberg.
Not that Ampadu, or the rest of his teammates in Leipzig, were tested too much. The German side dominated the ball, the game and the chances against a tepid, tepid Mourinho outfit.
Ampadu remained focused and, when it came down to it later, stepped out of defense twice to sniff any last reefs of danger while Leipzig secured the victory, a clean slate and the advantage for a place in the quarterfinals . What is it like to stand out?
Frank Lampard & # 39; under heightened control of the hierarchy of Chelsea & # 39; with club heads surprised by his treatment of Kepa Arrizabalaga and feared to miss the Champions League
Frank Lampard & # 39; s position as Chelsea Manager will be under threat, according to elevated reports, if they don't qualify for next year's Champions League.
Chelsea was defeated by United on Monday-evening 2-0 and Lampard & # 39; s side served a great performance that emphasized their recent fight.
According to The Telegraph the Chelsea hierarchy is now beginning to raise questions about & # 39; Lampard & # 39; s management of his team & # 39 ;.
It is claimed that the current Chelsea series of home games, including the defeat of United and the arrivals of Tottenham and Bayern Munich in the next seven days, are considered crucial to the success of Lampard & # 39; s first season. .
Despite the fact that it worked for two weeks on the training grounds, Chelsea again admitted soft targets. It is thought that a failure to correct their sloppy defense also includes & # 39; harmful & # 39; used to be.
It is also claimed that Chelsea bosses are surprised that Kepa Arrizabalaga was not recalled to the starting line-up for Monday's defeat after he had fallen due to a series of bad impressions.
More to follow.
& # 39; The season begins here and we have to fight for fourth place & # 39 ;: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard rallies after defeat by Manchester United
- Chelsea remains fourth in the table but their position is increasingly threatened
- Manchester United claimed 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge to boost hope
- Frank Lampard says & # 39; the season starts here & # 39; & Issued post-game rallying cry
The Blues slipped to a damaging 2-0 loss to Manchester United on Monday night, their fifth Stamford Bridge defeat in the league all this time.
Chelsea could have opened a nine-point lead over the Red Devils with victory, but instead the men of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cut back the deficit to just three points on the fourth-placed Blues.
Jose Mourinho's Tottenham could even jump Chelsea and push them out of the top four with a win in West London on Saturday, giving Blues boss Lampard a rally would give screams to his Stamford Bridge troops.
& # 39; We are at a point in fourth place, so the season starts here and we have to fight to reach fourth place & # 39 ;, Lampard said.
& # 39; We are fourth and it is still in our hands. I don't think many people would have put us in fourth place at this point in the season, so the fight is starting now. & # 39;
Harry Maguire went to United's second at Stamford Bridge, while the Red Devil's skipper was arguably supposed to not even be on the field.
The defender of England kicked Michy Batshuayi, but somehow avoided any punishment, with Lampard deploring the continuous variable applications of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) assessments.
& # 39; Maguire must receive a red card and then score the second goal, and the game changes slightly, & # 39; said Lampard.
& # 39; That is an important part of what VAR was for. The referee cannot see all angles and if you do not use the pitchside monitor, I do not understand. & # 39;
Anthony Martial also found it when United sealed his first competition double Chelsea for 32 years.
Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud had scored goals on a troubled night for Chelsea, who are now facing a crucial series of matches in their search for Champions League qualification.
Lampard insisted that he could not even regret that the Blues could not improve their team in the transfer window of January.
& # 39; I really don't want to talk about the window because it doesn't affect anything now, & # 39; said Lampard.
& # 39; The reality is in what we see before us.
& # 39; Every week we look at the statistics and it is very clear that we have just as many opportunities as anyone other than Liverpool. I do not want to talk about regret, the window is now over. & # 39;
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won a victory that keeps the Old Trafford men in the top four.
"Of course we want to be in the Champions League next year, and we've given ourselves a chance with this result, but we know we need to improve," Solskjaer said.
"We just got as many points as possible and hopefully fourth. & # 39;
& # 39; I don't understand why they don't look at the monitor & # 39 ;: Frank Lampard smokes at VAR for not sending Harry Maguire and insists that Kurt Zouma should have stood & # 39; s disapproved target
- Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire scored to bring the Red Devils to life
- The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 2-0 and moved in three points from Chelsea
- Goalscorer Maguire was lucky enough to escape a red card after he seemed to be kicking
- Kurt Zouma saw an equalizer excluded by VAR for what seemed a debatable error
Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire checked to breathe life into the Champions League qualification of United hopes, while the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comes within three points of the fourth placed Blues .
But Maguire was lucky enough to escape a red card in the first half after he seemed to kick out of Michy Batshuayi before Kurt Zouma saw that an equalizer was excluded by VAR for what seemed like a questionable error by Cesar Azpilicueta on Brandon Williams.
"Harry Maguire should have been sent, that is clear, and that is clearly changing the game," said Lampard, whose side also had an Olivier Giroud goal, thrown out by VAR for a marginal offside.
& # 39; Azpilicueta is shifted so that the target should stand. I do not understand why they should not look at the [pitchside] Monitor It should be used & # 39;
Maguire insisted he did not intentionally bring it to Batshuayi and said: & # 39; I knew d I had caught him, I thought he would fall on me.
& # 39; The natural response was to try and keep him up, it was no kick out, no intention.
& # 39; I caught him, but in the end it's the right decision. I had no intention of hurting him or kicking him. I have studs on the end of my boots, so it makes it worse, but I apologized to him. & # 39;
Meanwhile, US boss Ole Gunnar Solshkaer refused to be signed by Paul Pogba & # 39; s agent Mino Raiola.
Raiola suggested earlier this week that his client wants to leave United and want to become a member of the former club Juventus again.
When asked about Raiola's comments ei Solskjaer & # 39; he is our player and not Mino & # 39; s & # 39 ;.
But the agent hit back last night and claimed that the Noor & # 39; must better inform themselves & # 39; in a furious social media post.
In response to Raiola & # 39; s tirade, Solshka added: & # 39; I don't have to comment on Mino and I will probably talk to him myself. & # 39;
The goalkeeper is not Frank Lampard's only problem at the moment. The shape of Chelsea spatters at home, they are vulnerable at home and the pursuit package closes quickly.
Suddenly he carries signs of fear like some of his predecessors. Where Antonio Conte walked and gesticulated and Maurizio Sarri pulled his cigarette butt tired, Lampard sinks deeper into his padded jacket.
The well-known threat of Jose Mourinho is on the way to Stamford Bridge next to Tottenham on Saturday.
There are problems to solve for the Chelsea boss and they start in the goal.
Lampard has been well aware for a long time, long before this competition when home fans unfolded a brand new banner in the Shed End in honor of legendary keeper Peter Bonetti.
The Bonetti flag attracted attention, green against a blue wall, fluttering in the wind while Kepa Arrizabalaga staggered on the couch.
Kepa was signed for £ 71.6 million and was supposed to be Chelsea & # 39; s number 1 to be for a generation.
When he was left out in the FA Cup and not recalled in Leicester, it seemed like it was a shock tactic designed to bring him back into shape and focus.
Willy Caballero was not particularly impressive against Leicester and cost his team a poorly assessed goal failure, but Kepa & # 39; s continued absence proves that it is something more.
This was a problem that the manager was not sed to have.
But veteran Caballero started again and was defeated by Manchester United's first attempt on goal, a header from Anthony Martial and the second header from Harry Maguire.
The 38-year-old might have expected better protection from his central defenders, but Chelsea failed in all areas.
Targets at the front are hard to find and at the back they are vulnerable. They have only won one in six in the Premier League. They have lost their buzz.
No wonder the manager wore the appearance of a man with the world conspiring against him.
Lampard & # 39; s desire for fresh blood in the winter transfer window was a sign that he knows that the young players who made such an impression in the first weeks of the season made some sense of their effervescence lost.
Perhaps it will be difficult to continue with their first full campaign at the highest level when pressure increases and mental fatigue plays a role. They have found it most difficult for an upcoming audience at home and turn into a fierce series of competitions.
Tottenham and Bayern Munich is the next on Stamford Bridge. Liverpool in the FA Cup and Everton, rejuvenated by Carlo Ancelotti, and champions Manchester City to follow next month.
With Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic all injured, Lampard & # 39; s front-three by Michy Batshuyi flanked by Willian and Pedro came out with a distinct retro feel.
Reece James was the only English start for Chelsea and it is perhaps no coincidence that he started the season late due to an injury.
James has been one of the most threatening players of his team in recent weeks and gave Manchester United an early start with the first serious attempt of the game, with a flashy drive across the goal and narrow wide.
Lampard turned on his heels and threw his hands on his head. Goals are hard to find without center-forward Abraham, who played for the winter minibreak despite an ankle injury in Leicester and still has to recover.
Mason Mount ran out quickly when N & Golo Kante again encountered a setback in a season devastated by injury problems.
Here's another mystery for Lampard to solve. The declining influence of Kante became a big part of the criticism of Sarri last season.
Yet his first season since Sarri has not been more fruitful. There has certainly been no immediate return to the player he was and he is clearly not yet aware of his fitness problems.
He walked out gloomy and confused, unsure why his body would fall back after those incredible years in which he won everything for him.
Mount looked clear and creative. He unlocked an opportunity that Batshuayi could not convert and forced a fantastic save from David de Gea only in the second half to discover that the whistle was blown for handball.
When they needed a bit of luck, they avoided them and the VAR decisions went against them. First a possible red card for Harry Maguire and then the goals of Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud excluded.
These are new tests for Lampard and Mourinho will enjoy the opportunity to put pressure on when he appears on Saturday.
& # 39; It was not a 4-0 match & # 39 ;, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard prior to Monday night's rematch at Stamford Bridge, following his thoughts and the thoughts of many on that August afternoon.
And in the context of what has happened since, with Chelsea in fourth place and about six points ahead of United in the ninth, it was clearly premature to draw too many conclusions from what seemed like an emphatic score .
As Lampard said on Friday that he struggled to make too many mistakes with the performance of Chelsea in what his first Premier League match.
& # 39; I would be the first to criticize myself, or us, or to ask us to look at ourselves, and afterwards I was honest with the players & # 39 ;, Lampard recalled.
& # 39; I said: & # 39; Let's not run away from the little details that made it a 4-0. But don't consider this a big kick in the teeth, because it shouldn't be in terms of performance.
& # 39; So I didn't think the United result was an important moment or I thought & # 39; wow, we've lost 4-0 & # 39 ;. It didn't feel fun on the day and it would be great to correct it on Monday, but at the same time I didn't think it was a huge hurt. & # 39;
The feeling that Lampard could very quickly help Chelsea advance was confirmed by another good performance in a losing cause a few days later against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
It took a while for the results to be consistent, but the position of Chelsea in the top four is certainly not a coincidence, even though they have recently eroded their safety margin by Tottenham and others.
They remain in the FA Cup and have a Champions League final-16 confrontation with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to look forward to.
So what would Lampard do in Old Trafford that afternoon and how has it affected the season since then?
NOT SO OPEN
The reason Lampard didn't believe the 4-0 defeat was a big kick in the teeth & # 39; because Chelsea played well and controlled the game for large parts of the game.
They enjoyed a good portion of the property and created some excellent opportunities that they did not take before they were repeatedly picked during the counterattack.
would have been a different story if Tammy Abraham and Emerson had scored with efforts to reduce the woodwork, while David de Gea had made an important rescue from Ross Barkley.
In the end, Chelsea's openness was exacerbated by the fact that they pursued the game after Marcus Rashford converted an 18th minute penalty.
Once they had taken the lead, United fell back and tried to drop Chelsea on the counter, which they did clinically after the break.
When Chelsea Barkley, Mason Mount and Pedro pushed on that afternoon, effectively changed their 4-2-3-1 to 4-2-4, United had a lot of room to exploit with just a quick pass or two out of defense.
L ampard has learned a tough lesson, but Chelsea has been guilty of being open in other games this season, such as West Ham's 1-0 win over Stamford Bridge in November.
Or when Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli was allowed to run right through their defense to score in the 2-2 draw last month.
LACK OF SPEED IN THE TRANSITION
While United was able to break lightning fast to kill Chelsea & # 39; s odds with targets from Rashford, Anthony Martial and Dan James in the second half, Chelsea was slow in the same process.
In the future, they tried to blow out to stretch United, for whom Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a league debut, but United was organized and good at covering players from position.
Chelsea just didn't have the chance to move the ball quickly with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic at the base of their midfield disconnected from Mount and the others farther forward.
They managed to create their first half opportunities through weight of possession and pressure, but they had nothing at the counter compared to the way United ball worked.
How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should wish that he could bottle this performance, because it is very much the template for how he likes to play his United team and the reality has often been very different this season.
Chelsea has improved, but cannot be considered exactly as a brilliant counterattack.
N & # 39; Golo Kante has been encouraged to take a more advanced position occasionally this season, causing the slow Jorginho to act as the man responsible for changing defense into attack .
Jorginho has been associated with a summer move back to Italy, giving Lampard the chance to draw a more dynamic midfield player.
Chelsea could do with finding a solution to the transition problem on Monday night, because the game could very easily fall in the same pattern as August, with United happily leaning back and jumping on the counter.
CHAOS TO THE REAR
There is no doubt that Chelsea was shabby in defending Old Trafford when United kicked in the second gear in the second half.
Kurt Zouma looked like a rabbit in the headlights when Rashford ran towards him in the run-up to the second goal and Martial came for Cesar Azpilicueta to score from close by.
Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen were split by a simple long ball over the top before Rashford effortlessly made the 3-0.
And while James benefited from a happy deflection for the fourth, the ease with which Kante was sucked out of position and Pogba pulled Azpilicueta out of the pass was scary.
Lampard was enthusiastic about Zouma and Azpilicueta to form an effective central defensive combination, at least until Antonio Rudiger returned from an injury.
But there weren't that many clean sheets early and Chelsea developed an unwanted habit of admitting late equalizers.
It was no coincidence that the positive results started to come more regularly when Lampard put more faith in 22-year-old Fikayo Tomori by the fall.
Christensen has been standing next to Rudiger lately and you wonder if Lampard is closer to know who his best combination is.
What is clear is that Lampard, now unrestricted by a transfer embargo like it was last summer, is definitely looking for a new middle half this summer.
TAKING YOUR OPPORTUNITIES
Lampard already knew this, but during his Derby County season before coming to Chelsea, you might get away with missing a few chances in the championship and not be punished. It is another matter in the Premier League.
That is why the missed opportunities in the game at Old Trafford, and their timing, were so frustrating. They had a total of 17 shots that day, with seven on target, and yet they couldn't score.
It has become a well-known story as the season unfolds – Chelsea is eighth in the Premier League when it comes to converting their chances, with 43 goals out of 188 attempts or a 22.9 percent ratio .
There is also legitimate concern that too much of the scoring burden lies with Tammy Abraham, who scored 15 of their 68 goals in all competitions this season. Jorginho is the second highest with 7.
It has been particularly acute in recent weeks where Abraham struggled with an ankle problem but could not get a rest because Lampard does not trust Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi to take the lead .
Fatigue begins to affect even the younger player and creativity dries up, with Chelsea not scoring out of open play in their last three league games.
Chelsea also failed to lend someone in January, despite Lampard requesting a new attacker, even on loan, and so the problem is still not resolved.
Lampard even went so far as to say that their lack of business last month now them & # 39; underdogs & # 39; made in the top four race.
We will certainly have a clearer picture if they played at United on Monday evening.
& # 39; It didn't feel good in the day and it would be great to correct it tomorrow & # 39 ;: Frank Lampard out to show how far Chelsea has come since the 4-0 defeat by Manchester United to the beginning of the season
- Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to show how far his team has progressed
- The Blues lost 4- 0 from Manchester United during the opening weekend of the season
- Lampard said he saw encouraging signs in that game despite the heavy defeat
The Last Time Chelsea faced Manchester United in the Premier League, manager Frank Lampard left convinced that his side would make the top four. Let alone that he had just seen how his team was beaten 4-0.
It was quite a fire baptism for Lampard. Opening day of the season, Old Trafford, his first game as Chelsea boss – the club where he is idolized.
"I saw enough to suggest that we could make the top four," Lampard said. & # 39; I saw it again in the Super Cup against Liverpool . I told the players after both games that I felt that we had enough here to have a successful season.
& # 39; So I didn't think it was a real moment or thought "wow", we lost 4-0. It didn't feel good on the day and it would be great to correct it tomorrow. & # 39;
Even with one of the youngest squadrons in the Premier League, Chelsea is in fourth place, facing Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round and preparing for the final 16 clash against the Champions League against Bayern Munich.
Lampard is of course not satisfied. The ultimate test of his first season at Stamford Bridge comes at the end of the season. At least Lampard was used to finish the job as a player.
In the race for fourth place, Monday's win will extend Chelsea & # 39; s lead over United to nine points – certainly an insurmountable lead on scale for Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer & # 39; s team.
Lampard, however, will not take anything for granted.
& # 39; Not on nine points, not with the number of remaining points and the way the Premier League is, & # 39; said Lampard.
& # 39; The landscape is more difficult in terms of picking up points, as you can see from the point totals in and around ourselves.
& # 39; This year it looks very different with points that are taken from different teams. It's a change from the Premier League, a little bit. Teams can now invest a lot of money. You can be promoted to the Premier League, spend £ 100 million and it guarantees no success.
"That is the kind of challenging time we are talking about. Challenge is a good thing. & # 39;
Solskjaer has meanwhile denied that United & # 39; s deadline date for 30-year-old Odion Ighalo was an act of despair. Indeed, he is open to the possibility that the Nigeria striker makes his loan move permanent.
Ighalo will be in the United squad to meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening after training with his new teammates for the first time on Sunday.
United has been criticized for leaving it until the last hours of the January transfer window to sign a player who has spent the last three years since leaving Watford in China.
& # 39; Hopefully he will prove to you what I think he will do. He is a proven goal scorer, so he will do well, "Solskjaer said.
And that could make the Shanghai Greenland Shenhua loan permanent." When you stand at the door, and when you make an impression, gives it a chance, "said Solskjaer.