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Lampard & Cole in agreement on concerning issue affecting Chelsea

Frank Lampard and former Chelsea star Joe Cole believe a “lack of belief” among the players is one of the biggest issues affecting the Blues at the moment.

Chelsea are 11th in the Premier League table and are facing huge battle if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League, having lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

It was just Lampard’s second match since returning as interim head coach after Graham Potter was sacked and Chelsea have not won any of their last five games in all competitions.

They have also failed to score in four consecutive games for the first time since 1993 and have now lost more games this campaign than they have won.

Much has been made of Chelsea’s struggles in attack, with Kai Havertz their top scorer with nine goals in all competitions.

And Cole, who won three Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, feels Chelsea’s attackers are lacking confidence.

“You look at some of the players and names they’ve got, in the forward line, all of them top players – Raheem Sterling, Joao Felix, Kai Havertz,” he said on BT Sport.

“We’ve seen them have big moments and won multiple trophies between them but you’ve got to get them some kind of belief, only a result can do that.”

And Lampard echoed Cole’s comments in his post-match interview, saying they need to be more positive in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.


“It’s been a difficult period for [the players] and there’s a little bit of a lack of belief,” Lampard told BT Sport.

“I think the players have got to understand how good they are and what they can do. Maybe we’re a bit short on that at the minute and it’s not easy to come here like that. There was some good in there with the spirit, but the result is a fact so next week it’s going to be a big fight.

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