Frank Lampard has suggested he will deliver some ‘home truths’ following Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.
Goals from Richarlison and a Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace secured victory for a struggling Everton side in what was Duncan Ferguson’s first game as interim manager, the Merseyside club condemning Chelsea to a third defeat in four Premier League fixtures.
The Blues’ poor run of form has seen their lead over fifth-placed Manchester United slashed to just five points in the race for Champions League qualification, and Lampard admits his side must improve as they bid to arrest their recent decline in results.
“Hurt is not the word. I want to win. If I was here smiling and saying how well we played you would think I was crazy. We should be better than that,” Lampard said in his press conference at Goodison Park after the defeat.
“There are home truths all the time, whatever game you play. The players need to consistently hear that. We have got a good bunch and good group in there. In the Premier League, the competitive nature of it, there are going to be times where you have difficult patches or you lose games.
“It is certainly not the end of the world, but it is important that we take on board the lessons of games like today and West Ham. We have had a week where we were poor, fantastic and poor again. That lack of consistency is not going to get us where we want to be.”
Chelsea were out-fought and out-muscled for much of the contest on Saturday, the Blues seemingly struggled to cope with the Everton‘s physicality in a feverish atmosphere.
Lampard says his side must toughen up and quickly, admitting his inexperienced outfit must learn to deal with the threats posed by more robust opponents.
“They have to get used to it quickly. You can give them a tiny bit of room maybe for the fact of the youth of some of the team, but at the same time they might be young but they are not silly. They know that physical contact happens in games like this,” Lampard added.
37 – Everton made 37 tackles against Chelsea; the most they've made in a Premier League game since February 2014 (v Tottenham) and the most at Goodison Park since March 2007 (v Arsenal). Grit. pic.twitter.com/7UOJ0D5kUl
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“Games get broken up, balls go direct into you box. It is another thing to deal with it better. There are teams who play that way. They all knew it was coming. We are not slight physically, especially if you look at our centre-backs and Tammy [Abraham] up front, for instance. We should have been aware.”
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back when they host Lille in the Champions League tomorrow night, Lampard’s side needing to win to be sure of their qualification to the knock-out stages.