Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has taken aim at his players following their second straight Premier League defeat, suggesting they may have become complacent after a strong start to the campaign.
Chelsea took the lead just after half-time through Olivier Giroud before Daniel Podence found an equaliser for the home side midway through the second half.
As Chelsea pushed for a late winner, they were undone on the counterattack as Neto took advantage of space to beat Kurt Zouma and finish low pastEdouard Mendy.
Lampard believes his side may have taken their foot off the gas following a strong run of form that saw them near the top of the table.
“Performance is what gives you results, and we had a long run of good performances but maybe the lads think we’re playing well, and when you think you’re playing well this is what happens,” Lampard told Amazon.
“Maybe it’s for the players to think about the game while they’re resting. Think about tonight, think about Everton. This is the Premier League and if you don’t perform, you lose games.”
Lampard also lamented Chelsea’s inability to geta result after they took a second-halflead, saying they left themselves too exposed as they chased more goals.
“At 1-0 we should see the game out,” he said. “If you’re not playing that well, which we weren’t tonight, hang on to 1-0. Control the game. Don’t allow counter-attacks, and we did.”
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante also felt Chelsea were too open near the end of the match, as their pursuit of a late winner instead left them with no points at all.
“Always disappointed to lose. The first half was not so great,” Kante said. “We were a goal ahead and could have managed the game. When they scored, we tried to win. By trying to win the game we conceded a counterattack.
Source : goal.com