Frank Lampard has come under immense pressure after watching his team fail to win for a third consecutive game. The 1-1 draw at Leicester City means that the blues legend is still waiting for his first victory since taking over as the manager in the summer. Lampard might have seen positive performances from the team over the three games, but the failure to close matches and keep teams out is proving to be a major issue.
There is little doubt that Lampard is having to shoulder a number of issues like transfer ban, exit of Eden Hazard, and a relatively young squad. Furthermore, Lampard has so far been riding on a wave of optimism that stems from his achievements with Chelsea as a player, but he has little experience in the world of management. The lack of experience was quite visible in all three games, as Chelsea committed the same mistake over and over again.
The opportunities that opposition have been yielded in counter-attacking situations have been far too many. Even against Leicester, Chelsea could have lost a match in the second half if not for some fortunate moments.
The blues have been unable to come close to any of their rivals like Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal in terms of spending over the summer. The transfer ban has effectively meant that Chelsea have replaced the likes of Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill, and more with the relatively young names like Christian Pulisic and Kurt Zouma. These players would take time to show their quality, while young players also have the issue of losing concentration from time to time.
The games against Manchester United and Liverpool especially showed Chelsea not being on par with the opposition in terms of quality and experience. Even though the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been able to impress in these three games, they are not the type of players who can produce a magic all of a sudden and help Chelsea out of a difficult situation. The likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard had this magic. In order to get these players, Chelsea have to spend money and this is where the lack of interest from Roman Abramovich – partly forced due to the visa issues – comes in.
The Blues owner has not been as interested in Chelsea as he was in the first five years of his tenure. Ever since winning the Champions League, there has been a declining tendency towards spending money and the visits from the owner effectively came to an end after his visa issues crop up more than a year ago. The likes of United and City have spent more than £100 million on players and they already had stronger squads than the blues. The impact made by Harry Maguire alone is a huge sign of improvements that established players can make to a squad.
It is a tough road for Chelsea from the situation. After three winless games, the confidence will be poor. Lampard is already facing a huge test even as he makes the team prepare for the game against Norwich City.