Manchester City’s 3-1 Premier League defeat by Chelsea has raised the pressure on manager Frank Lampard – the PA news agency questions why.
– What’s gone wrong? Chelsea’s recent slide (Adrian Dennis/PA)Chelsea have lost four of their last six Premier League games and fallen to eighth in the table. Why is manager Lampard under pressure? With a £ 220m summer initiative to revamp the squad at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea sponsored boss Lampard. Although the Blues hierarchy knows that it takes time for a big shake-up to yield the best results, Lampard is still expected to keep the club on track for at least a top-four league finish.-. And why did Chelsea avoid winning? An honest review from the manager. Pic.twitter.com/8DI4tL7Ub4- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2021Apparently, the Blues have lost all rhythm, momentum and trust, resulting in the crushing home loss on Sunday. As Chelsea coach, Lampard suffered the worst half of his career – what needs to change? In order to get rolling, Lampard urgently needs costly summer additions and German stars Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. After a good start, Werner is without a goal in 12 matches, while Havertz continues to struggle with the coronavirus after-effects…. When will the Blues be able to return to winning ways? Wingers such as Christian Pulisic (pictured) and Hakim Ziyech need Chelsea to get forward beyond the center to make their tactical march pay off (Adrian Dennis/PA) A tightening of the tactical march might be appropriate. With offensive balls between the midfield lines, Chelsea need to be bolder and use more players outside the central striker, both wingers and advanced midfielders…. What reasons are there for optimism? – Will Lampard be given time to turn things around? Roman Abramovich, pictured, has high expectations of every Chelsea team and manager (Jed Leicester/PA)Time is the one commodity Chelsea’s board doesn’t usually grant its managers. Lampard’s case is different in that the club has brought back ex-goalkeeper Petr Cech as a technical adviser in a bid to strengthen the synergy between the coaching staff and board. So far, there has been a greater sense of unity, but now the new constellation faces its first major test.