Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that he is frustrated with the club’s current situation. The Blues played out to a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United during their most recent Premier League game last weekend. They looked on course to record their second consecutive victory of the season as they led the game 2-0 at one point after Tammy Abraham bagged a hat-trick but they eventually blew their lead and Chris Wilder’s men showed fortitude to come back.
The Blues have now won just one out of their opening four wins of the new season. They head into the international break in 11th position on the standings with just five points to their name. They are already several points adrift of log leaders Liverpool. Not only will they not be title contenders this season but they are also not even looking like they will even challenge for a top-four spot this season.
“I have to be patient because I’m asking for different things in the way we play and our movement of the ball,” Lampard explained as reported by the official Chelsea website.
“There have been good signs in all our games this season but probably not enough as far as I’m concerned.
“We’re obviously having a few issues in terms of managing games but that’s on all of us and we need to resolve those issues.”
Lampard cannot really be blamed for what is happening
On paper, it may look like Lampard is the problem. This is one of the worst starts to the season that have been made by the West London giants during the modern era. Had it been any other manager, they may have been sacked by now. However, the results must be viewed in context. The Blues lost influential players such as Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and David Luiz during the summer transfer window and were unable to spend big and bring in direct replacements,
A top four finish would have been a realistic good target for Lampard this season. While this should be the aim, a strong finish on the top half of the standings this season would also not mark the end of the World. Lampard has not had the opportunity to spend heavily on new recruits as did those that came before him and people should only judge him once he has had the same opportunity.