Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said some of the club’s new players need to “wake up” after back-to-back defeats to Everton and Wolves.
The London side were flying high to begin the Premier League season but losses at Goodison Park at the weekend and Molineux on Tuesday night have brought them back to earth.
There have already been calls to drop Havertz and Werner and even Edouard Mendy has been scrutinised after a good start to life at the club.
Lampard has expressed his hope that the consecutive defeats can serve as a wake-up call to his team, particularly the players who are still new to the Premier League.
“We need to reflect on the two games we have lost points in, which is disappointing, but also know this is a long season. We have to bounce back; the players have to bounce back,” Lampard told Chelsea’s official website.
“We’re a young group, some players are new to this league, they need to wake up to what this is about right now, because games like the last two prove it.”
In a campaign that will be packed with fixtures, the blues will now have a break of six days before their next match: a home game against West Ham on Monday.
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“They can have a little bit of a rest, hopefully not a happy rest because when you lose games you’re not happy, but physically the players need a bit of a break going into another really busy period,” Lampard said.
“The players must learn lessons because the games are coming thick and fast over Christmas.
“I know what we can do, and I know consistency is another matter. We had been on a long unbeaten run, great, but to really get to where we want to be it has to be longer than that, or if you have a blip you have to bounce back from that.”