Despite the win against Fulham at the weekend, Frank Leboeuf said Chelsea should be worried about their performance ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Leicester City.
The Blues secured the important three points with a 1-0 victory over their West London rivals.
Fulham who had to play with 10 men after Antonee Robinson’s first-half dismissal made Chelsea really work for the win, however.
It was not a convincing display, but a win is a win, and Chelsea would hope it can help them get back on track.
The question is would they be able to get away with it against third-placed Leicester City?
Former Blues defender Leboeuf thinks Chelsea should be worried.
“If I was a Chelsea fan, I’d be concerned about the future, especially after Leicester City’s win against Southampton,” he told ESPN FC.
“The pace of the game [would] be completely different.”
Leboeuf also highlighted Chelsea’s big midfield problem in the game against Fulham.
“There was no link between the defence and the attack,” he explained.
“I saw a big empty space in between the two lines which was not filled in.
“The players knew what to do with the ball, [albeit] slowly, both Jorginho and Kovacic, but didn’t defend properly and didn’t link the two lines.”
Leicester are on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and Leboeuf made a great point — Chelsea should expect a more intense game at King Power Stadium compared to their last two against Fulham and Morecambe.
Regarding the midfield problem, N’Golo Kante’s potential return would be a big relief.
Lampard also said he had the Leicester game in mind when making the team selection against Fulham which suggests he could field a stronger line-up on Tuesday.