Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insisted his team selection was not to blame for Tuesday’s defeat to Leicester City, as he pointed the finger at his players.
With five defeats in the last eight league games, things certainly don’t look good for Chelsea and Lampard, in particular.
Having finished in the top four last season, the arrival of big money signings were expected to propel Chelsea into the title race.
But in reality, they now sit eight in the table and their recent performances have shown no sign of significant improvements.
To make things worse, several of Chelsea’s summer signings have struggled to meet lofty expectations.
The team selection against Leicester raised a lot of questions, including Lampard’s decisions to bench Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Lampard, however, insisted it was not the reason for the loss but rather the poor performances on the pitch.
“I have to pick the squad out of the players that I have and pick the best squad I felt was the best to win the game,” he explained during his post-match press conference (via HaytersTV).
“I cannot pick every player in the team, it’s my job.
“Today has nothing to do with my individual selections. The individuals that were on the pitch didn’t perform to the level that they can do.
“And that will lose you games.”
In Lampard’s defence, Chelsea should have enough quality in their line-up to at least get a point against Leicester.
A lot of people called for the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz to start, but they just couldn’t deliver when they were given the opportunity.
Yet the players also looked like they had no clear idea on the pitch, and it is down to the manager and his coaching team to prepare the team.
At the moment Chelsea look like a team of ill-prepared, underperforming individuals, and that is a recipe for disaster.