Frank Lampard’s position as Chelsea manager has come under increased scrutiny after his side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Leicester as the Foxes moved to the top of the table.
ilfred Ndidi and James Maddison scored, condemned Chelsea to another defeat and left the Foxes a point ahead of Manchester United, playing a game higher, although Manchester City will go to the top if they beat Aston Villa on Wednesday.
While headline rumors were circulating in Leicester, Lampard had a completely different emotion after his last defeat, with growing speculation that he might be running out of time at Chelsea.
Their defeat was the sixth of the season, and the Blues are eighth in the first round, five points behind the first four, while the pressure is growing on boss Lampard.
“I can’t catch what the reaction will be. I accepted this job knowing that there will be difficult times. We have to fight at the moment,” he said.
“Where things were rosy in December, they’re not as rosy now. When you play as well as we do, relax and calm down, and this game throws you backwards.
“I am able to cope with the pressure. I could feel that these periods would come and that was all I could worry about.
“There are players who don’t play the way they should, that’s a simple fact.
“I am disappointed with both goals. We know we can compete with Leicester when we play well, but when you fall 2-0 and are in a difficult period of form, it has a huge impact on the game.
“The players know that they were beaten by a better team, a team that we are lagging behind and that we want to catch. The general theme of our performance was slow and slow.”
“It’s not where we want to be. I’m worried. From the form we were in so quickly to the form we are in now, even with the victory at Fulham [on Saturday] and some other wins there, we should be better than losing five in eight.
“She’s a young team. She’s not going to feel good. I’m not against the guy in the locker room. He’s going to learn a lesson.
“The basic and minimum of the minimum is running, sprinting and covering the field, and too many of our players did not do that.”
Jose Mourinho’s last game as Chelsea manager in 2015 came at Leicester’s King Power Stadium and history may be repeating itself now, with a sudden name that led to betting with Paddy Power to succeed Lampard.
Former Chelsea manager Andriy Shevchenko is the 9/5 favorite to take over and his strong friendship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could put him in a position to land on the spot.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and former Juventus boss Mac Allegri were rated as 7/2 shots, and RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers are also on the list of 15/2 candidates.
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