Chelsea Central sources can report that manager Frank Lampard lost his cool with his players at half-time against Aston Villa as his side threw away a 1-0 lead.
The Blues have now dropped five points in their last two Premier League games and had they taken the most of their chances since beating West Ham 3-0, Lampard and his expensive squad could be one point behind champions, Liverpool.
Losing 3-1 to Arsenal, a side that has already lost eight times this season, was humiliating for Chelsea and Lampard has now let his emotions show for the second time in the matter of a few days.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the Arsenal game, the former midfielder said: “It was an opportunity to go second against a team that are having a tough time.
“You either make it difficult for them or you give them a little opening and we did that from minute one and continued for 45 minutes. It was lazy to give away a penalty and lazy to give away a free-kick that he (Xhaka) puts in the top corner.”
While most managers tend to protect their players from criticism in the media, Lampard’s comments were aimed at getting his side to take responsibility on the pitch by taking control of tricky games.
Against Aston Villa, the Blues went into halftime with a one-goal lead but Lampard was in an irate mood as he shouted at his players in the dressing room for showing Aston Villa too much respect when the away side was on the ball.
This is according to sources that have told Chelsea Central that Lampard only spoke for two minutes before instructing Cesar Azpilicueta to organise his teammates.
The second half went the way that Lampard feared as his side conceded after just five minutes, allowing Anwar El Ghazi to score in the 50th minute, earning the Villians a point on the road.