FRANK LAMPARD’S voice is not being heard by his players — odd when all the stadiums are empty.
He has talked and talked and talked but nobody out there on the pitch just a few metres away is listening.
Lampard would have been embarrassed to walk off a pitch wearing a Chelsea shirt after a performance like that.
It was bad enough for him to take as the boss.
Every team is capable of a collapse but Lampard’s team is not learning
as the weeks fly by.
Two defeats and one win in the last three away games, with eight goals
conceded, is the most alarming aspect.
Seven clean sheets in all in the Premier League.
And Burnley in ninth are the best-placed team that Chelsea have managed to shut out all season.
The top four and Champions League football next season is now in serious jeopardy.
There seems only one way the Chelsea defence in particular is going to get the message about what is required to satisfy the club’s ambitious young manager.
Money talks louder than anything at Stamford Bridge.
With cash to spend and Lampard now seriously concerned about the long-term limitations of his squad, there is a clear way out.
He has shown that by spending more than £80million on a striker and a
winger for next season.
Those two look set for a busy time up front battling to undo the damage at the back.
One thing Chelsea’s hard-of-hearing players should listen to is the quietly sinister way fuming Lampard hissed “I won’t forget this” as he sloped out of Bramall Lane.
He added: “If you want to be in the Chelsea team and squad and fight for the Premier League, to fight in Europe and to fight for trophies, you have to focus on yourself.
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“I know the feeling as a player. It was a horrible game for the players and none of them played well.
“I would love to have consistency in the back four, or back two or three or whatever you want to call it.
“Unfortunately we have made mistakes. That is the position we are in.
"The only way out of it is hard work with the individuals involved to
get through this season as we’re still in a good position. Then we’ll
Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick scored twice to end his 11-month
wait for a Premier League goal, either side of Oli McBurnie's header.
Most disturbing for Chelsea was the failure to respond.
Lampard's team take on Norwich tomorrow having tried pretty
much every combination they can at the back.
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Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta admitted: “We have conceded a lot of
goals and in every game there have been difficulties.
“Chelsea always have very good players, world-class players and new signings.
“The standards are high and you have to aim for the maximum. This has
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