Lampard on a sluggish Chelsea performance, dealing with poor form and handling the pressure

The boss pulled no punches in his assessment of the 2-0 loss, with goals at the beginning and end of the first half condemning us to a fifth defeat in eight league matches. 

After the game he answered questions about the manner in which we conceded, the recent drop in confidence and his own future…

‘We were beaten by the better team,’ said Lampard. ‘The general theme of our performance was slower, was more sluggish, was lacking confidence but also lacking a bit of desire to run. That comes down to confidence at times. When a team is confident, they look like Leicester, like we did a month ago. 

‘They were sharper than us, they ran more than us and they showed real moments of quality. They looked like a team in form, we looked like a team out of form.

‘I’m disappointed with both the goals. It’s pivotal when you come to a team in good form you stay in the game early. We know we can compete with Leicester when we’re playing well, but when you go 2-0 down and you’re in a difficult period of form it affects the game hugely. 

‘The first is a set-piece that we need to deal with better when people don’t do their jobs. The second is poor defending on the right-hand side of our defence. They were clear individual errors that will give goals away.’