Chelsea suffered their fifth loss in eight games
The pressure is on Chelsea manager Frank Lampard after his expensively assembled team fell to eighth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City Tuesday.
Lampard conceded that Leicester, who went top of the table with the victory, were simply the better side and there was little in his team's performance, their fifth loss in eight games, that indicates the West London side are progressing.
The Foxes have a clear style of play and they know how to launch their fast breaks effectively while still doing the basics right at the back.
Too often against Leicester there was a lack of intensity about Chelsea's play.
Frank Lampard insists Chelsea's players won't turn on him after the dismal run that threatens to derail their season.Sports Tribune on Saturday, 9 January 2021
There was also a worrying lack of attentiveness in defence with fullback Reece James jogging back and failing to stick with James Maddison before the Leicester midfielder scored the second goal.
Maddison noted after the match that their first goal had come from a short corner routine they had practised in training, in the knowledge that Chelsea have a tendency to switch off at set-pieces.
Lampard's hope that their weekend victory at Fulham marked a turning point was short-lived and he is understandably concerned about the team's form which has seen them fall out of the title-chasing pack.
Chelsea's hierarchy are not known for showing great patience with their managers and questions will intensify about whether the club's popular former midfielder is the right man for the job.