Frank Lampard: ‘Players must take responsibility’


Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has asked his players to take responsibility for what he describes as a lethargic approach to their defeat at Arsenal on boxing day.

Lampard’s men went into the game with the opportunity to go into second place after both Leicester City and Manchester United dropped points earlier, but the Londoners ended up losing to a struggling Arsenal side.


The defeat at the Emirates was Chelsea’s third consecutive defeat on the road, beginning with the 1-0 loss to Everton and the 2-1 loss to Wolves last week.

Speaking after the game, an ‘angry’ Lampard was critical of his players’ performance and asked them to take responsibility for their poor showing on the night, especially in the first half.

He told reporters: “That’s one for the players. I’ll take responsibility on the outside, but the players have to take the responsibility.


The message was clear: this is a dangerous game for us, talented team, back against the wall, London derby.

We were in a good position where we could go second, and they’re in a position where they’re maybe looking downwards.


That’s a dangerous combination, the players knew that, we prepared for the game. But if you go out and play at 60% or 70%, or a few players play at that level, you’re not going to win any Premier League game.

The Chelsea manager also shed light on why Timo Werner was hauled off at half-time, explaining that the German did not provide enough, on and off the ball, to continue playing.

Timo today wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball and some of it we have to give him time because it is a different league but also we have to get there quickly, so we’ll see about his tiredness.

I will have a conversation with him but it was a decision I just felt I had to make. I had to make changes to try to change the cause of the match.

Chelsea next play host to Aston Villa who defeated Crystal Palace today while keeping their eight clean sheet of the season.


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