Chelsea’s problems under Frank Lampard: What’s going wrong? | Football News

Adam Bate

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Chelsea’s problems in both boxes were evident against Manchester United are undermining their progress under Frank Lampard.

Last Updated: 17/02/20 11:57pm

Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat at home to Manchester United

Back in November, Chelsea had twice as many points as Manchester United and Frank Lampard had taken the team on a run of six consecutive wins for the first time since the club’s title-winning season under Antonio Conte. The transition season in which progress was the watchword looked like it had the potential to become much more.

Following Chelsea’s 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Monday Night Football, the gap between the two clubs is down to just three points. Lampard’s side were unfortunate with a couple of VAR calls that went against them but it is four wins in 14 Premier League games for Chelsea now. Momentum has been lost and confidence is fading fast.

It is not just United who could catch Chelsea. As recently as last month, they were nine points clear of Tottenham. Now that gap is down to one. Sheffield United, Wolves and Everton are within striking distance. Arsenal will fancy their chances too. Chelsea’s advantage has been all but surrendered and the race for fourth place is well and truly on.

The worry for Lampard is that naivety is continuing to play its part in undermining his work. The opening goal came after…