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Chelsea headlines: Can a Mourinho-esque Lampard get Chelsea firing again?

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An angry Frank Lampard did not hide his frustrations over how his side performed against Arsenal on boxing day.

Just like in recent defeats against Wolves and Everton, the Chelsea players did not come to the fore as they suffered their third consecutive defeat within a short space of time, to the disappointment of their boss.

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The former England international held an emotional conference and used a methodology that he was yet to use, a methodology that resonates very well with his former boss: Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has been known over the course of his career for criticizing his players in the press, and most importantly getting the best out of them. A recent beneficiary of that tactic is Ndombele who has become a better player since Mourinho criticized him.

And Lampard will be hoping that the tactic will work in his favor when the team faces Aston Villa this evening at Stamford Bridge before playing Manchester City.

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But if that strategy backfires then Lampard could end up losing the dressing room and consequently losing his dream job.

If Lampard thus wants to be Mourinho-esque then he better hopes that it works for him.

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Werner to be axed from lineup?

Frank Lampard has indicated that changes will be made ahead of their game against Aston Villa and could see Werner dropping to the bench.

The German international’s poor run of form continued on Saturday and was hauled off at half time and with Lampard expected to make changes, Werner might not return to the starting XI.

Lampard said:

There will be some changes. I knew that anyway and I am certainly not going to bang the drum about the quick turnaround [between the games] after our performance at Arsenal, it is not the important point, but playing two days later we have to make changes anyway and some of those will now happen as well because of how that game went.

People have to come in and inject the energy and personality that is in our performances normally.

The reason we went so many games unbeaten was because of that, and we have come off that, and we have to get back on it quickly.

Chelsea can only sign one player in January

According to The Athletic (The Express), Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia will permit Frank Lampard to make just one addition to his side in the January transfer window.

The Blues are coming on the back of a lavish summer that saw them invest heavily in the first-team squad. Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy have all experienced varying levels of success at the Bridge.

However, Lampard still believes his side lacks a key component. That missing piece appears to be West Ham United star Declan Rice.

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