“The season starts here and we have to fight to get fourth place”: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard calls rally after defeat by Manchester United
- Chelsea remains fourth in the table, but their position is increasingly threatened
- Manchester United claimed a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge to increase hope
- Frank Lampard says “the season starts here” and rallied after the game
Frank Lampard has declared ‘the season begins here’ in an attempt to start Chelsea’s deeper air fight for a finish in the top four of the Premier League.
The Blues slipped to a damaging 2-0 loss to Manchester United on Monday night, their fifth Stamford Bridge defeat in the league all this time.
Chelsea could have opened a nine-point lead over the Red Devils with victory, but instead the men of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer narrowed the deficit to just three points on the fourth-placed Blues.
Frank Lampard called out his players after the 2-0 loss on Monday
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham was even able to jump Chelsea and push them out of the top four with a win in West London on Saturday, causing Blues boss Lampard to rally for his Stamford Bridge troops.
“We are in fourth place with one point, so the season starts here and we have to fight to reach fourth place,” Lampard said.
“We are fourth and it is still in our hands. I don’t think many people would have put us in fourth place at this point in the season, so the fight is starting now. “
Harry Maguire went to United’s second at Stamford Bridge when the skipper of the Red Devils might not even have been on the field.
The defender of England kicked Michy Batshuayi, but somehow avoided any punishment, with Lampard complaining about the continuous variable applications of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) reviews.
The grip of the Blues in fourth place is less after the victory of Manchester United at Stamford Bridge
“Maguire must get a red card and then he scores the second goal, and the game changes,” Lampard said.
“That’s a big part of what VAR was for. The referee cannot see all angles and if you do not use the pitchside monitor, I do not understand. “
Anthony Martial also thought it was right when United sealed their first competition double over Chelsea for 32 years.
Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud had goals on a troubled night for Chelsea, who now face a crucial series of matches in their search for Champions League qualification.
Lampard insisted that he couldn’t even regret the Blues who couldn’t improve their team in the transfer window in January.
It was a night to forget Chelsea and N’Golo Kante had to suffer an injury
“I really don’t want to talk about the window because it doesn’t affect anything now,” Lampard said.
“The reality is in what we see before us.
“We look at the statistics every week and it is very clear that we have just as many opportunities as anyone other than Liverpool. I don’t want to talk about regret, the window is over now. “
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won a victory that keeps the Old Trafford men in the top four.
“Of course we want to be in the Champions League next year and we have given ourselves a chance with this result, but we know we need to improve,” said Solskjaer.
“We just have to get as many points as possible and hopefully be fourth.”