Chelsea’s head coach Frank Lampard has admitted his team aren’t proper challengers for the league title following a loss to Leicester City on Tuesday.
Chelsea visited the King Power stadium and lost 2-0. This means the London side have only won once in their last five league games.
The win took Leicester to the top of the league table at least until Manchester United go to Fulham on Wednesday while Chelsea sit in 8th, 11 points adrift of the top.
Earlier in the season, Chelsea were regarded as favorites for the title with Lampard’s team sitting at top of the table in early December.
Since beating Leeds in early December, Chelsea have managed just seven points from a possible 24 and after the loss to Leicester, only Newcastle(52) have let in more away goals than Chelsea(50) since the beginning of last season.
”I don’t think this is the first time, l’ve been asked this a few times in the last few weeks- after 16 unbeaten we lost two on the bounce and I was starting to be asked these questions, and I understand it” Lampard told reporters.
”I took this job knowing that there will be difficult times because it’s not a club ready to compete. We had a transfer ban, we had young players. Now we have new players and we can see that the new players, the younger players are striving for form, to be settled into this team.
”While everything was rosy in early to mid December, it’s not so rosy now. We’re not the only team to suffer that situation and I’m not the only manager to be put under this sort of pressure.
”The lucky thing for me is I’m good at handling the pressure. I don’t like it, I want to win games, I want everyone to be talking about how we are moving towards the top of the league table like we were a month ago, but the reality is for me, I could sense these periods were coming and that’s all I have to concern myself with, how to deal with them and get us out of it.”