Chelsea: Lampard admits lethargy in Arsenal defeat
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is under more pressure than Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, according to former Blues striker Tony Cascarino. Chelsea suffered their third defeat in four Premier League matches on Saturday when they went down 3-1 at the Emirates. It was Arsenal’s first win in the league since November 1.
Defeat meant Chelsea dropped to seventh in the table after 15 games of the season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are 15th despite the impressive Boxing Day performance.
Speculation has been rife over the future of Arteta in recent weeks.
But Cascarino says Chelsea’s £220million spending spree in the summer means Lampard is more under pressure for his job.
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“Frank’s got a real problem at the football club,” Cascarino said on talkSPORT.
“People will say Arteta’s seriously under pressure – I think Frank’s under every bit and even more pressure as a Chelsea manager. Yes [more than Arteta].
“Think of the history of the football club, think of the owner, how he sacks people quite comfortably, think that he’s spent £220m, think that he’s brought in a young lad from Germany who’s not even in the team and struggling, [Kai] Havertz.
“Think of Timo Werner where they’ve spent a lot of investment, huge wages, struggled.
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“You’re under pressure as a Chelsea manager to challenge because when you’re given £220m, I guarantee you that conversation before the start of the season would have been: ‘What do you need to challenge Liverpool and Man City?’.”
Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley reckons top four is a must for Lampard this season or he will lose his job.
“It’s turn-up time for Lampard and these players because this cut and thrust period can make and break you,” Burley told ESPN FC.
“I’m not suggesting Abramovich is going to sack him in the next couple of weeks, but there is one thing they need to remember – top four.
“If they don’t get in the top four, he’s probably done.
“It’s a big season for him, it looked as if it was going swimmingly and now it looks like they’re sinking a little bit with a weight around their feet.
“He’s going to have to find the reason to put it right.”
Chelsea are back in action on Monday when they host high-flying Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
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