A furious Frank Lampard criticised Chelsea’s performance after the side’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves and accused his players of believing their own hype and getting complacent after their impressive unbeaten streak.
Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the lead just after half-time at Molineux but Daniel Podence levelled things up in the 66th minute and Pedro Neto’s late goal secured all three points for the hosts.
It’s the first time the blues have lost back-to-back matches this campaign and Lampard cut a frustrated figure on the touchline.
Asked how disappointed it was to come away from the Premier League game with nothing, Frank Lampard told Amazon Prime Video: ‘Yeah, very. ‘At 1-0 we should see the game out.’
Pressed on whether he saw enough from his team after going ahead through Giroud, Lampard said :’No and not just pushing on for a second, but if you’re not playing that well – which we weren’t tonight – then hang on to 1-0.
‘Play and control the game, don’t allow counter-attacks and we did.’
Lampard also suggested his players may have got complacent after their remarkable 14-game unbeaten streak in all competitions which stretches from October to December.
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On what had changed, Lampard said: ‘Performance. ‘Performance is what gives you results and we were playing very well, long unbeaten run, and then maybe the lads think we’re playing well. And the minute you think you’re playing well, things like this can happen.’
The Chelsea manager urged his players to use the next week to think about what went wrong after two defeats in four days.
‘Yeah, that’s important [the rest before Chelsea’s clash with West Ham next Monday] but maybe for the players also to think about the game while they’re resting,’ he said.
‘Think about tonight, think about Everton. ‘This is the Premier League and if you don’t perform you lost games and we’ve got another game on Monday.’