Chelsea fell to a disappointing defeat against Newcastle on Saturday evening. The Blues dominated but could not find the cutting edge they needed to break down a resolute Magpies back-line. Frank Lampard was understandably frustrated after the game and identified a problem with his side.
The Blues enjoyed 70% of the possession against Steve Bruce’s side. They also had 19 shots to Newcastle’s seven but could not make their dominance count. ]Lampard’s side did not create enough clear cut chances and were made to pay late on.
Isaac Hayden scored in the final moments and condemned the Blues to a bitterly disappointing defeat. It is the latest in a string of defeats to teams that sit deep and defend compact against Chelsea. This team does not seem able to break down sides that do this and are often caught out on the counter or late on when pushing for a winner.
After the game, when speaking to Sky Sports, Lampard expressed his disappointment and highlighted a problem area. He said: ”We have problems at the top end of the pitch because we don’t get enough front-line goals if we want to bridge the gap. That’s something we have seen a lot this season at home and today was like a home game. If you don’t score you are always liable for a sucker punch and we got it.”
Chelsea have been linked with several new attackers this month. This defeat could be the catalyst for some new additions. The Blues are clearly lacking something upfront and could struggle to get top four if this issue is not addressed.