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Lampard challenges Chelsea stars to bounce back after resounding Man City defeat


Frank Lampard has called on his Chelsea players to quickly recover from their emphatic defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

The Blues found themselves 3-0 down at home after just 34 minutes as they were dominated across the pitch by a professional City outfit.

Callum Hudson-Odoi netted a late consolation goal after coming off the bench, but that will do little to improve the mood at Stamford Bridge.

The result leaves Chelsea eighth in the Premier League with four defeats in their last six games – a far cry from the side who were tipped to go close for the title only last month.



Chelsea’s form has taken a drastic swing for the worse

Lampard hopes the Blues can get back on track by showing the “character” which sent them on an impressive unbeaten run earlier in the season.

The Blues boss told Sky Sports : “We have character – we have 16 games unbeaten.

“A month ago people are asking where is this going to go, when are you signing a new contract and now they’re saying the opposite.



The Blues were thumped in the first half by their visitors

“I’ll be the first to look at myself today but I know where we’re at and I know what it takes to churn out the level that City were at today. It’s normal that we take knocks but now is a test.”

Chelsea showed glimpses of promise in the opening stages but fell behind to Ilkay Gundogan’s opener, with Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne also striking in the first half.



Lampard was critical of Chelsea’s play in the build-up to De Bruyne’s goal

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Assessing his side’s display, Lampard said: “For 10 minutes we were good, then they started to play and we concede two poor goals back to back in the game.

“It knocked us and we didn’t react well, we allowed the space for Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan for the first goal.”

Quizzed on whether Chelsea were taught a lesson in the first half, Lampard responded: “Serious lessons in the first half, good character in the second half but then the game was done.”

He added: “Everyone a month ago saying we could win the league I was pretty sure in terms of a rebuild, the ban and the youth that there were going to be periods of pain we were going to go through.

“When a team gives you a problem it has to be dealt with but we didn’t.”

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