Frank Lampard has revealed his main ‘gripe’ with his Chelsea squad after the shock Premier League defeat to West Ham.
The Blues have largely impressed under Lampard this season but were beaten 1-0 by London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Aaron Cresswell’s second-half strike was enough to separate the sides as West Ham eased the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini with their first win at Chelsea for 17 years.
Reacting to the defeat, Lampard said: ‘We didn’t have enough quality in the final third. My gripe this season is that we are not converting enough chances.
‘This is not the time for harsh reactions or judgements. It is just time to look for a bit of character from the players.’ Midfielder Jorginho also bemoaned Chelsea’s lack of potency in front of goal, telling BBC Sport: ‘I think we were not clinical, we need to be more clinical when we create the chances. ‘We weren’t and then we conceded. Then it is difficult.’
Asked whether the Chelsea players were tired after playing Manchester City and Valencia in a hectic week, Jorginho responded: ‘Maybe. ‘But we created some chances but didn’t score. That’s the problem.’ Chelsea, currently fourth in the Premier League table, face Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.