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Frank Lampard has admitted that his Chelsea side received a “lesson” during their 3-1 loss to Manchester City, and also asked for patience during the club’s ongoing rebuilding.
City were irresistible in the first half at Stamford Bridge, scoring three goals to put the game past their hosts in just over half an hour.
Ilkay Gundogan grabbed first, spinning over the edge of the box before firing a shot into the bottom corner, while Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne would not do it before the break either. Callum Hudson-Odoi took comfort in the closing minutes of the second half.
The loss was Chelsea’s fourth in six Premier League games and shortly after full time it was reported that Lampard’s job was in jeopardy.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, he admitted City’s result and his team’s recent poor form has been difficult to accept.
“The players felt a real lesson on the field in that first half,” Lampard said (via Telegraph).
“I had difficult periods last year. Perhaps there were extenuating circumstances so that people did not see them the same … and for me they felt hard and tough because I am a perfectionist and I want the best for this club, so the first person to exercise Pressure [on me] it’s me and there were times last year where I felt pressure. “
Despite spending more than £ 200 million in the summer, the result leaves Chelsea seven points behind joint leaders Liverpool and Manchester United, who have a game in hand. They are also worse, in terms of points, than after 17 games last season.
Lampard added that Chelsea’s losing streak could be partly explained by the influx of new talent this season, insisting the club would have to endure a bit of “pain” before returning to the top of English football.
He said: “I was real after Leeds said that we are not title contenders, I am real now in saying that this club has to take some pain to get where we want to go because any rebuilding and the [transfer] Banning us from having the players we brought in is painful. It means pain behind the scenes, pain on the field occasionally, and struggle and character, and that’s how it’s built. “