Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa: According to Lampard, Chelsea deserved victory after a difficult night.
Frank Lampard’s situation in Chelsea could go badly wrong if they don’t get a victory soon, said former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton.
But Monday’s 1-1 tie with Aston Villa means they’ve taken four points from five games and are now sixth.
Right now they’re a crisis club because they’re not doing well, Sutton told Radio 5 Live.
They are flat and that’s why Frank has to win a few victories, and very quickly, because at Chelsea, as we know, it can get ugly.
I don’t think Chelsea can win thetitle.
Club legend Lampard, 42, led Chelsea to second place and the FA Cup final in his first season at the helm.
He actively supported the transfer market and spent over £200 million on Hakim Zeeh, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy.
But Sutton thinks Lampard hasn’t even gotten into the rhythm yet.
Whether we like it or not, it’s a whole new season for Frank, Sutton said. He’s under a lot of pressure, he’s spent a lot of money. Now the pressure builds up.
I don’t want to bet too fast on Chelsea and Frank, because if they win three in a row, they’ll be in second place and we’ll talk: Can they win the title again… …and they will.
But I don’t think Chelsea can win the title. They need to find a style of play where they can really find their rhythm.
Despite this negative situation, Chelsea lost only one of their 14 home Premier League games and won ten of them, their only defeat against Liverpool in September.
And in the Champions League they won their group and faced Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.
We are going through a difficult period
In Chelsea’s 17 unbeaten games, which ended in defeat at Goodison Park, Lampard struggled to make it clear that his team hadn’t reached the end yet.
Chelsea and Leicester are the only ones who have played 16 games in the upper half of the table.
And after his team was held up by a great Villa side, he reiterated that his players have to fight despite their bad shape and current legs.
We’re going through a difficult time now, he told Match of the Day. We have to fight for her, and we’ll be stronger for her.
You want to achieve results at this time of year. I felt the frustration of the players at the end because they want to win.
A few weeks ago, we were named title candidates. It’s a difficult time. New players get better when they show up.
Werner’s big disappointment
Of the new players signed at their own expense this summer, only Mendy and Chilwell were in the starting line-up against Villa, while Sutton criticized the former RB Leipzig striker Werner.
Only Chris Wood, Patrick Bamford and Ollie Watkins missed more big chances this season than Timo Werner – according to Opta.
Werner scored 34 goals for Germany last season, but only managed four in his first 16 Premier League-appearances – and that was in a period when he was deployed as a full-back.
Timo Werner was a big disappointment, just like Kai Havertz, Sutton said. If you spend a lot of money, the pressure is really on Frank this season – and it wasn’t last season.
I don’t think Frank has anything to say about Chelsea’s policy to sign. I think there’s gonna be some sort of translation committee. To be honest, Havertz is a young man and a really talented player, but we haven’t seen that at Chelsea yet.
I think Werner was a big disappointment. He missed a great opportunity. I know he can play different positions and he can play them well. But I wonder if Werner wouldn’t rather play forward.
As if Lampard wasn’t known enough, there’s also the prospect that Chelsea’s hopes of finding their rhythm and shape may still be shattered by the Corona virus.
Chelsea’s next Premier League game is scheduled for Sunday against Manchester City, followed by another home game against Morecambe in the FA Cup on the 10th. January.
But the game of the city in Everton was postponed because of the outbreak of Covid 19 in the camp, while Morecambe, which plays in Ligue 2, had also cancelled two games.
Asked about the prospect of the game plan moving away from his camp, Lampard said: We’ll have to cross that bridge when he comes.
Covid says we all live in strange times. We all feel that this month will be difficult for all of us with this increase. Football will be secondary.