Frank Lampard stated Chelsea’s capitulation to lose 3-2 at relegation-threatened West Ham on Wednesday is an indication of how a lot work he nonetheless has to do to make the Blues title contenders as soon as extra.
Chelsea have been on the right track to transfer third within the Premier League when Willian’s penalty gave them the lead within the first half on the London Stadium.
But the guests didn’t be taught from the reprieve they obtained from VAR when Tomas Soucek had a objective dominated out for offside because the Czech rose highest to degree from one other nook.
Michail Antonio then put West Ham in entrance early within the second half earlier than Willian’s free-kick introduced Chelsea degree as soon as extra.
Lampard’s males then appeared the extra doubtless to declare all three factors within the closing levels however have been caught on the counter-attack when Andriy Yarmolenko fired residence an enormous winner for West Ham’s possibilities of avoiding the drop.
A 10th league defeat of the season leaves Chelsea simply two factors away from Manchester United and Wolves within the race for a spot within the prime 4 and subsequent season’s Champions League.
“I wouldn’t say it’s the story of our season as a result of it’s been a great season, however there have been so many of those moments,” stated Lampard, whose aspect had gained all three of their earlier matches since getting back from English soccer’s three-month shutdown due to coronavirus.
“The gamers in these moments have to present an additional mentality to see a recreation by means of like this when you may have numerous domination.”
After a 2-1 victory over Manchester City final week that sealed the title for Liverpool and the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea have been touted as title contenders to City and Liverpool subsequent season.
However, Lampard believes his aspect have to be much more constant than they’ve proven throughout his first season in cost.
“I’ve seen us play nice video games, however I even have seen alternatives to shut a niche or transfer into third wasted. That’s the distinction on the minute and shows how a lot work we’ve received to do.”
Just a second win in 12 video games takes David Moyes’s males up to 16th, three factors away from the relegation zone.
A much-needed victory for the previous Manchester United supervisor was all of the sweeter after feeling the injustice of a VAR name for the second time in eight days.
Moyes was sad when Tottenham’s opener in a 2-0 defeat final week was allowed to stand regardless of a handball within the build-up.
“Again the VAR stuff, I’m starting to lose religion with it,” stated Moyes.
West Ham’s win was the primary for any aspect within the backside 5 in 30 video games for the reason that Premier League’s restart.
“We’d be mendacity if we stated we weren’t trying on the outcomes (of the opposite sides),” added Moyes. “I didn’t assume we had been as unhealthy as our outcomes instructed.”
The controversial VAR name got here at 0-Zero when Antonio was adjudged to be interfering with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s line of imaginative and prescient from an offside place on the ground when Soucek swept the ball residence from a nook.
“I actually dislike VAR,” stated Antonio. “It’s gone towards us so many instances. Today it didn’t cease us, we maintain going and we received the victory.”
Moments later it received even worse for the hosts as Christian Pulisic was chopped down by Issa Diop and Willian confidently dispatched the spot-kick.
West Ham have been degree earlier than the break, although, as Soucek rose highest at one other Jarrod Bowen nook to energy residence a downward header.
Moyes’s males have been then rewarded for a constructive begin to the second half as Bowen’s low cross was thrashed residence by Antonio.
Pulisic remained Chelsea’s most harmful participant and when the American was introduced down once more simply exterior the world this time, Willian produced one other second of set-piece magic.
But towards the run of play, Chelsea have been punished for some lazy defending by Marcos Alonso as he didn’t monitor Yarmolenko’s surge from inside his personal half and after being picked out by Antonio, the Ukrainian reduce inside onto his favoured left and fired previous Arrizabalaga.