Frank Lampard has discussed Chelsea’s continued struggles against compact sides after seeing his team beaten 2-0 by struggling Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea‘s recent poor form continued with a home defeat to the relegation-threatened Saints on Boxing Day, goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond condemning the Blues to a fifth loss in their last seven Premier League fixtures.
Despite enjoying the vast majority of possession Chelsea once again found it difficult to break down defensively-minded opposition, and Lampard admits his side must find a way to solve their creative problems as they bid to navigate a difficult period.
“We beat Villa here but that was wedged between West Ham and Bournemouth. It’s been difficult for us,” Lampard told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Teams have obviously been organised, we wouldn’t expect any different. We control a lot of the ball, but we do not do enough with the ball around the box.
“I think it’s been the story for us for a while, not just in recent times. We need to get better because we need a better home record.
“What we need to do, the players on the pitch, whoever they are need to make goals and score goals. It’s the hardest thing to do in football.
“It’s a challenge for all of us. We knew this was not going to be easy road. We have found now that when teams make it difficult for us and do not give us space, we are finding it tough and so it clearly needs to improve.
“We need to tough it out and get over it quickly. Personality is a huge thing in football – you cannot let that beat you.”
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from their Boxing Day disappointment when they face London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.