‘Nervous’ Chelsea boss Frank Lampard needs to do two things to ensure top four finish

Chelsea have seen their lead over fifth place dwindle in recent weeks as they fail to capture their fine form from the first few months of the Premier League season.

Frank Lampard is aware that results need to improve if they are to qualify for the Champions League for next season, and their next two fixtures could be crucial.

Former Arsenal midfielder and Blues fan Paul Merson reckons that wins over both Manchester United and Tottenham will be enough to hand them a top four spot come the end of the season.

The ex-England man has also revealed his confusion over the decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga, noting at as Lampard’s biggest decision to date.

He told Sky Sports: “If you had asked me five weeks ago if Chelsea had a problem with their goalkeeper, I would have said no, I thought Kepa was good. He has had a bad time.

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“I thought he made a big decision, I think that is one of his biggest decisions since he became a manager in football if I am being honest.

“Willy Caballero made a mistake, which can happen when you change the goalies, but he is a decent person to come in.

“I know he made a mistake, he is probably too keen and he has not played for a while.

“I am all right with Chelsea at the moment, they have two big games coming up – Man Utd and Tottenham at home – if they win both of them, for me they will finish in the top four.”

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Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf remains sceptical following recent performances, mentioning Wolves as another potential threat.

He told ESPN FC: “I have concerns, because you have to respect the other teams.

“They’re not going to give up, they’re going to try and catch [Chelsea].

“I’m happy with what Frank does, the work he has done so far and how the team plays. I’m happy with [Antonio] Rudiger coming back and scoring two goals,…