Chelsea has struggled to turn up in games this season and today was no different. They started in the worst possible manner going one goal down to a wonder strike from Wilfred Ndidi before James Madison doubled the lead later in the half. With that loss, Chelsea has failed to win in a game when they play any team above them, and that is a problem. The team played slow and unorganized football and the breakdown in defence that troubled them last season seems to rear its head once again. Tammy Abraham was selected ahead of 50 Million man Timo Werner, and Kai Havertz who has had a rough start to life in Chelsea was selected alongside Mount in midfield. A partnership that doesn’t seem to work well.

Through the year there have been excuses given to explain Chelsea’s poor run of form in the league, but at this point, there is very little to say in Lampard’s favour. He has moved Timo Werner around the formation in a bid to get the best out of him but the German who scored 28 goals for Leipzig last year can’t seem to find the back of the net often. Kai Havertz has also been rotated around in midfield and also has played as a makeshift striker yet the production he was lauded for in previous years seems to be lacking. Even Edouard Mendy who seemed to be the much-needed fix to Chelsea’s defence has failed to keep consecutive clean sheets. That clearly is not just on him but also on the defence in front of him, including 36-year-old acquisition, Thiago Silva. So that is where the problem lies for Frank Lampard. He had a really good season last year, bringing in the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and they played well enough to finish in a Champions League spot having just lost their best player at the time in Eden Hazard.

This year with over 200 Million spent on players, a significant amount of improvement was expected and right now that hasn’t been seen. There is constant change to the starting line up as Lampard tries to find the right way to make his stars mesh. From the outside looking in Lampard looks confused, and a little frustrated. He went out in the summer to get the best available players in the market, he put them into the team, and it hasn’t clicked. What we all know is the tolerance span for the Chelsea “higher ups” is thin. We are now at the halfway point of the season, and there seems to be very little to look forward to for Chelsea at least not now and certainly not under Frank Lampard.

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