19 Jan Leicester’s win over Chelsea rekindles dream of one other title run, whereas piling stress on Lampard
They are saying that lightning would not strike twice in the identical place and Frank Lampard will definitely be hoping that previous maxim rings true after his Chelsea team have been crushed by a Leicester aspect which moved to the highest of the Premier League after a 2-Zero victory on the King Energy Stadium. Brendan Rodgers, in the meantime, can be pondering in another way.
Again in December 2015, Leicester’s exceptional title success was sparked by a 2-1 win at residence to a struggling Chelsea aspect. Claudio Ranieri’s team by no means regarded again from that time and would go on to win the Premier League later that season. As for Chelsea, the defeat signalled the tip for supervisor Jose Mourinho, who was sacked three days later.
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5 years on, Leicester have as soon as once more claimed prime spot with no one actually believing they are going to find yourself as champions and Chelsea have one other supervisor who’s starting to wonder if his subsequent defeat will show to be his final.
“They [Leicester] have been sharper than us and ran greater than us,” Lampard stated. “The naked minimal is to run and dash and canopy floor and too a lot of our gamers did not do it.
“We have been crushed by the higher team. Particular person battles have been misplaced. The gamers wish to do nicely, they’ve the appropriate intentions, however this needs to be a giant jolt to them.
“It’s clearly regarding. It’s a interval we’re not pleased with and different golf equipment have been in that interval. The essential factor is the gamers bounce again. That is the cut-throat nature of what it’s.”
Whereas clearly demanding extra from his gamers, Lampard didn’t go so far as Mourinho again in 2015 — when the Portuguese accused his team of “betraying” his techniques — however the similarities are there nonetheless when it comes to a supervisor being unable to get the very best from his gamers.
Lampard can not less than level to his team nonetheless being in contact — if solely simply — with the highest 4 after Chelsea’s sixth defeat of the season.
Chelsea are eighth, 5 factors adrift of the Champions League spots, whereas Mourinho’s aspect have been 16th, one level above the relegation zone. The dangerous information for Lampard is that 2015-16 was the one time Chelsea have made a worse begin to a season within the Roman Abramovich period.
Lampard is below rising stress, not simply due to dangerous outcomes however as a result of the membership’s huge summer time signings — Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell — are all failing to carry out to anticipated requirements. Werner, who began on the bench, has not scored a league purpose since November and his solely purpose in 15 video games got here in opposition to League Two minnows Morecambe within the FA Cup. The German’s distress was compounded by a late purpose being dominated out for the tightest of offside selections.
However Lampard is struggling to show he’s the person to take the membership ahead as supervisor and his shortcomings have been uncovered by Rodgers who, allied with Leicester’s glorious participant recruitment, has made the Foxes title challengers once more together with his teaching capability and man-management.
The truth that Rodgers was as soon as a member of the Chelsea teaching workers below Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari won’t assist Lampard both, together with his bosses unlikely to get pleasure from seeing their expensively assembled team crushed so simply by a coach who left to additional his profession elsewhere.
Those self same Chelsea administrators could have questioned the place their present team could be within the Premier League desk if Rodgers was supervisor.
The previous Liverpool and Celtic boss has confirmed his fame as considered one of Britain’s greatest coaches since returning to the Premier League two years in the past and each Rodgers and Leicester should be taken significantly on this season’s title race. Ever since Rodgers left Celtic to take the Foxes job in February 2019, Leicester have been a power to be reckoned with.
However can they flip the clock again to 2015-16 and win the title once more?
Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United and Liverpool usually tend to end as champions as a result of their larger depth, however make no mistake, it is a excellent Leicester team and so they shouldn’t be discounted.
That they had already crushed Metropolis, Spurs and Arsenal this season earlier than claiming all three factors in opposition to Chelsea, so that they know tips on how to carry out in opposition to the most important golf equipment and there’s sufficient expertise and expertise within the team to maintain a title problem.
Regardless of dropping Harry Maguire and Chilwell to United and Chelsea, respectively, because the begin of final season, Leicester have unearthed gems to exchange them and bolster the squad in different areas, with Lee Congerton, Rodgers’ sporting director at Celtic, following the Northern Irishman to the King Energy and serving to recruit the likes of Wesley Fofana, Youri Tielemans, James Justin and Timothy Castagne, who have been all spectacular on this victory.
Rodgers has blended the brand new recruits with the surviving members of Ranieri’s champions — Kasper Schmeichel, Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy — to make Leicester a team able to beating anybody on their day.
However they did not even should be at their greatest to beat Chelsea, who began terribly and didn’t recuperate.
Poor defending by Christian Pulisic at a nook enabled James Maddison to cross for Wilfred Ndidi to attain a sixth minute opener and it may have been 2-Zero 9 minutes later when Maddison hit the crossbar from 20 yards.
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And it was clearly not going to be Chelsea’s evening when a penalty resolution was overturned by VAR on 39 minutes after Jonny Evans had tripped Pulisic. Replays confirmed the foul to have been outdoors the penalty space and Mason Mount despatched the free kick excessive over the bar.
Two minutes later, extra shambolic Chelsea defending led to Leicester’s second, when the ball bounced to Maddison after Antonio Rudiger had made a large number of a problem on Vardy, leaving Maddison to attain from shut vary.
Regardless of steadying the ship within the second half, Chelsea hardly ever regarded like combating their means again into the sport and Leicester deservedly held on for the win that took them prime of the desk.
“We’re on the prime of the league as a result of we work onerous,” Maddison stated. “We’re not there by fluke. We’ll do our enterprise within the background, allow them to speak about Liverpool, Man United and Spurs, we’ll simply maintain doing what we’re doing.
“You may get side-tracked. An important sport is the subsequent sport, as cliche as it’s, that is how we have now to work as a result of we have now that mentality.”
United and Metropolis can each return above Leicester with wins in opposition to Fulham and Aston Villa, respectively, on Wednesday, however this efficiency underlined the energy of Rodgers’ team.
The flip aspect additionally highlighted the issues that Lampard is battling to beat, however in contrast to Mourinho in 2015, he could get time to search out a solution. Nonetheless, he will not get lengthy.