Frank Lampard has admitted that Chelsea have ‘a lot of work to do’ in order to be classed as a top team after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bournemouth.
Chelsea enjoyed a very decent start to the season following Frank Lampard’s appointment, the West London club winning eight of their opening 13 games in the Premier League and looking like strong contenders to finish in the top four.
However, their recent form has taken a dip, losing four of their last five top-flight games, a VAR awarded Dan Gosling goal condemning the Blues to defeat with six minutes to play of their game against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Reflecting on the game, Frank Lampard admitted his side weren’t good enough to break down an ‘organised’ Cherries side, and suggested his they lack the ‘consistency’ of the divisions best sides.
“A home loss, not good from us, which is obviously the story of the last few games, so we need to be better,” a dejected Lampard told Sky Sports.
“Bournemouth came here organised, defended in a low block, didn’t want to concede. First half was all us but slow, second half they had a few more counter-attacks and they had some great opportunities but didn’t take them and its a similar story to what’s been happening recently.”
Chelsea dominated possession, but were unable to break down the South Coast club, and Lampard said his side didn’t move the ball quick enough.
“More urgency in the pass, quicker passing through the lines, to our wide men, give ourselves one-v-ones, break their lines, because, as I say, they were very organised, and they did that well to be fair. But as much as they did that well, we have to make it more difficult for them and we didn’t.
“[It’s frustrating], but top teams show consistency and that’s what we are striving for. We had a really good patch, wins after wins after wins and now we’ve lost three games out of four where you go, that’s the reality for you lads.
“We need to understand that there’s a lot of work to do and we need to get better.”
Next up for Chelsea is an away trip to face Spurs, Jose Mourinho’s side now just six points behind with a game in hand.