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Lampard backs Chelsea to be ‘stronger’ following ‘tough period’

Frank Lampard has backed Chelsea to be ‘stronger’ following a ‘tough period’ for his side with the west London outfit having won just one of their past five fixtures.

Chelsea have slipped to sixth in the Premier League after an indifferent run of form over the festive period, the club’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Monday leaving Lampard’s side six points behind league leaders Liverpool having played a game more.

Lampard admits his side are enduring a ‘tough period at the moment’ following talk of a potential title challenge earlier in the campaign, but believes Chelsea will improve in the coming weeks as their wealth of summer signings continue to adapt to the demands of English football.

“This is our tough period at the moment. We have to fight for it and we’ll be stronger for it,” Lampard said at his post-match press conference.

“You want to get results at this point of the year. I could feel the players’ disappointment at the end because they want to win. A few weeks ago people were talking about us as title challengers, now it’s a difficult period. The new players are going to get better as they come along.”

Lampard believes his side were unfortunate not to take all three points from an Aston Villa side currently sitting fifth in the Premier League, with Anwar El Ghazi’s goal for the visitors cancelling out Olivier Giroud’s header at Stamford Bridge.

“A month ago, probably we win that game,” he said. “You have to fight through it, but I can’t ask for more than what the players gave.

“We started really well. Villa had some moments but we came through the first-half really good. Second-half, we conceded a goal with a man on the floor, that’s kind of the run we’re on at the minute. And then we pushed, and we couldn’t break the deadlock in the end to get the win. But attitude wise it was really good, against a good team.”

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