Frank Lampard reveals he is not surprised by Chelsea's inconsistency this season... as the Blues struggle to find form in Mauricio Pochettino's first term

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By Samuel Draper

Published: 12:22 EDT, 20 April 2024 | Updated: 12:31 EDT, 20 April 2024

Frank Lampard said that he has not been amazed by Chelsea's inconsistent maiden play nether Mauricio Pochettino.

Lampard returned to nan Stamford Bridge dugout connected a impermanent ground astatine nan extremity of past season, pursuing nan dismissal of Graham Potter, earlier Pochettino stepped into nan hot-seat successful nan summer.

Chelsea's run has been a frustrating 1 by nan Blues' accustomed standards, sitting ninth successful nan Premier League table, and struggling to scope Europe via nan league.

However, winning nan FA Cup would springiness Pochettino's Chelsea a European berth adjacent play sloppy of their convention finish, and up of nan semi-final against Manchester City, Lampard told nan BBC he was not amazed by their struggles this term.

Lampard said: 'I deliberation mini steps is right. It’s been a play for mini steps. I’m not amazed pinch nan measurement nan squad has been put together. 

Frank Lampard said that he has not been amazed by Chelsea's inconsistent season

'An eight-game tally of not losing, not getting beaten, is bully for confidence. Within those games you still spot nan inconsistency wherever they can’t power a game.

'Maybe a reliance connected Cole Palmer who has been perfectly outstanding for them. A spot of momentum is simply a awesome thing. The past crippled they won 6-0 and they’ll beryllium emotion bully astir that, evidently immense situation for them today.'

The Blues scored six against Everton without reply connected Monday night, but still managed to create antagonistic headlines pursuing a three-way bust-up complete punishment duties betwixt Nicolas Jackson, Noni Madueke, and Palmer, who yet took it and scored his 4th of nan game.

It continued a bully tally of shape for Chelsea, pinch 5 wins and 3 draws since conclusion successful nan Carabao Cup last astatine nan extremity of February. 

Lampard proved himself to beryllium a nine fable pinch his midfield performances astatine Chelsea betwixt 2001 and 2014.

He was head of nan broadside betwixt 2019 and 2021, earlier returning for nan extremity of past play arsenic nan Blues person seen a carousel of bosses successful caller years.

Lampard added to nan BBC: 'I understood nan difficulties that were coming for immoderate incoming manager. There was going to beryllium a large squad move around. It had to happen.

‘I don’t deliberation there’s immoderate problems pinch cognition successful younger players wanting to do good for Chelsea.

'Bringing truthful galore players together astatine specified a immense nine for illustration Chelsea that has had expectations of winning and winning and winning for 20 years, it’s difficult to benignant of shingle those.

‘He’s [Pochettino] trying to punctual everybody that this is simply a wholly different Chelsea.

‘They don’t person a spine of players that you tin trust on. Cole Palmer has go nan spine by himself successful a way.

‘When you really analyse you sometimes travel to nan conclusion that we request to create these players, truthful that times clip because they’ve been bought developmentally – aliases we request to enlistee players that tin beryllium finishers astatine nan apical extremity of nan transportation because that’s what nan apical teams do,or astatine nan backmost extremity of nan pitch.'

Following nan semi-final astatine Wembley, Chelsea person back-to-back distant games successful nan Premier League against Arsenal and Aston Villa. 

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