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Frank Lampard admitted that Chelsea gave themselves too much to do in their loss to Manchester City.
Lampard has been under pressure in recent weeks. Chelsea have won just one of their last six games in all competitions despite a promising start to the season.
Given the money they spent on strengthening the team in the summer, Chelsea would have expected better performances, even against teams as strong as City.
They were ripped apart by their opponents, however, and it has put Lampard back in the spotlight.
While reacting to his latest setback, Lampard admitted that he knew there would be tough times this season. Still, he knows there are great lessons to be learned from Sunday’s loss.
He said Sky sports: “For 10 minutes we were good, then they started to play and we conceded two bad goals in a row in the game.
“He knocked us out and we didn’t react well. We made room for Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan for the first goal.
“Serious lessons in the first half, good character in the second half, but then the game was over.
“A month ago everyone said we could win the league. I was pretty sure in terms of rebuilding, [transfer] ban and youth that there were going to be periods of pain that we were going to go through.
“When a team gives you a problem, you have to solve it, but we don’t.”
Different emotions before the defeat of Arsenal
The loss follows another recent loss to a rival for the highest positions in the table, against Arsenal.
Lampard claimed that he came out of both games with contrasting emotions. However, he believes that Chelsea will have to respond to these setbacks to reach the level of City or Liverpool.
He continued: “It’s not the same emotion, the first half against Arsenal was lethargic but today City showed true personality and control over the ball.
“That’s when you get tested and I’m not leaning on the youngsters because I thought they were good – Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi with their goal was positive.
“At this moment we are in a small period, five or six games in which we have fought. If you go back to City and Liverpool in their transition periods, there were periods of pain and you have to overcome them.
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“I sat there and had these days and then I lifted a trophy at the end of the year. So we recovered because we had courage in the locker room and any soccer player will have periods like that.
“Some other defeats from other teams have been painful. We have to take it on the chin, this is football.
“We have character, we have 16 undefeated games. A month ago, people were asking where this is going, when does he sign a new contract and now they say otherwise.
“I’ll be the first to look at myself today, but I know where we are and I know what it takes to reach the level City were at today. It is normal that we receive blows but now it is a test ”.
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