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Frank Lampard was asked whether he felt “pressure” on his future as Chelsea manager following a 3-1 loss to Manchester City tonight.
Lampard, a great midfielder who established his legend at Chelsea, admitted that he is not “worried” about that after the devastating defeat, adding that he “expected periods of difficulty” this season.
This comes after Athletic published a damning report on the whistle detailing that the 42-year-old’s position is under “serious threat” after four defeats in his last six Premier League games.
Lampard reiterated the journalist’s question that the site will go through ‘ups and downs’ this year, adding that whether that builds ‘pressure’ on his head or not is ‘regardless’.
Lampard then referenced how the consensus considered him online for a new contract last month after the Blues beat Leeds, adding that the “pressure remains constant” as Chelsea manager.
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“I am not worried at that point, I have been relaxed about whether we can have peaks and valleys, I just talked a lot after the game there about where I expected difficult periods this year.”
“I said it when we beat Leeds and they were all defending us to be title contenders, I know it’s not that easy, I know where we are, regardless of whether or not he puts pressure on me.”
“A month ago, everyone was asking me when I was going to sign a new contract and now people will say different things because in quick succession, during a tight and busy period, we have lost four football games.”
“The pressure is still constant in this job, you know that in the difficult moments that I will be there, I did not get into this job without being aware of it.
My job is to keep working, my job is to try to lift the players, who would have felt that in the first half, they would have felt the differences of City and their reception of the ball, their individual ability to carry the ball into the areas, we are fighting to try and match those levels and I know it takes time. “
Chelsea are now eighth in the Premier League table, tied with Southampton on points but ahead on goal difference, although the Saints have a game in hand, even though it is against Liverpool.
The West London team are also tied on points with Aston Villa, but trailing on goal difference, however the Midlands team have two games in hand, leaving them in a position to push ahead. of the Blues in the fight for a place in the European competition.
A troubling issue with Lampard’s side is his obvious lack of a clear style, identity and focus, as well as the struggles of summer signings like Timo Werner, who was criticized by some fans.
Chelsea’s perhaps tactical naivety was clearly demonstrated against Pep Guardiola’s men, who used frequent high passes in their failed attempt to return to the game, which simply did not suit Werner.