A livid Frank Lampard wants his Chelsea stars to take some of the responsibility for their performance in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.
The Blues were well below-par as they allowed their low on confidence hosts to dominate for large spells of Saturday’s game at the Emirates Stadium, in which the Gunners went 3-0 up through a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka’s free-kick and a goal from Bukayo Saka.
Chelsea did pull one back through Tammy Abraham and also saw Jorginho’s penalty saved by Bernd Leno, but in truth they were distinctly second best.
“In the second half we showed some urgency but it was too late,” Lampard told BBC Sport.
“The first half we gave ourselves too much to do, we were very poor. You can’t lack energy and desire in the Premier League and we did.
“You can prepare as well as you want but if you turn up like that that’s another thing. It’s in the mind.
“If you perform below par things go against you like the Saka goal. That’s life. On another day we could have scored the penalty and come back but it’s not a day for us.
“The teams that win, win, win relentlessly weren’t winning two or three years ago. We are not there yet, that’s clear. I felt it when we are on our long unbeaten run and I feel it now. We got a lot wrong today.”
Lampard went on to demand more of his players.
“It wasn’t good enough,” he added.
“We fought in the second half but in the first half we gave ourselves too much to do. The players who came on added speed energy and intensity.
“I’ll take responsibility on the outside but the players also have to take responsibility.
“The message was clear – Arsenal are a dangerous team. When you go out and play 60 or 70 per cent then you’re not going to win any games
“I am angry because I want us to win games. It was an opportunity to go second. You get what you deserve.”
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