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Chelsea suffer another defeat during ‘testing period’ for Lampard’s side

Frank Lampard lamented a lack of creativity as Southampton sprung a shock on Chelsea this afternoon with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

It was only two months ago when the manager’s charges made a statement with their dominant 4-1 win over the Saints, but on this occasion, they were made to look very ordinary by a team desperate to avoid a relegation battle.

The Blues had twice as many chances as their opponents, but could not make any of them count. Irish teenager Michael Obafemi opened the scoring with a fabulous finish in the 33rd minute, before Nathan Redmond doubled Southampton’s lead following a terrific team move in the second-half.

Southampton, who surprisingly dropped Danny Ings to the bench, held on for all three points to lift them up to 14th in the Premier League table. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s outfit have now won three of their last five matches in the league, a remarkable turnaround considering they lost 9-0 to Leicester City just two months ago.

As for Chelsea – who won at Tottenham Hotspur by the same scoreline just last weekend – they now have seven league defeats for the season, with five of those coming in the last seven fixtures. Excluding Manchester City, all of those losses have come against clubs struggling in the bottom half of the table.

Speaking after the final whistle, Frank Lampard suggested that his team are finding it harder to win at home due to a combination of a lack of creativity and the opposition’s tactics.

“Teams are making it difficult here,” he told the BBC’s Match of the Day programme. “We are not making enough chances, we were at the beginning of the season. We are being asked a different question at home. At the moment we are not answering them. We do not manage to pick up that final pass.

“Against Tottenham we had space to make runs and today we had none. It changes things. We did not do it right today. I think If at the start of the season we would have been happy where we are. We are good away but we have to make it difficult to come here.

“We controlled the game but we are not getting anything in the box. It’s a testing period but we have to deal with that.”

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