Hard lesson for LampardSports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 13 Jul 2020
Frank Lampard warned his Chelsea flops he "won't forget" lessons from a 3-0 loss at Sheffield United that hurt their chances of a Premier League top-four finish.
Chelsea were punished for dismal defending at Bramall Lane as David McGoldrick struck twice either side of an Oli McBurnie goal.
It was Chelsea's second defeat in their last four games. The other defeat since the restart was a defensively shambolic 3-2 loss at lowly West Ham.
And Lampard was furious with his team's lack of desire.
"They were better than us physically, in the mind and with the ball," he said. "You feel and hear every noise, and all I could hear were Sheffield United voices ... I learned a lot, and I won't forget that."
With games against relegated Norwich, Liverpool and Wolves to come, Chelsea face a tough task to secure Champions League qualification.
Wolves added to the pressure, their 3-0 win over Everton last night taking them to sixth place, just five points back of Chelsea.
And Liverpool, following a 1-1 draw with Burnley, will be motivated to beat Chelsea despite already clinching the title.
For Jurgen Klopp's men need to win their remaining three games to surpass the record total of 100 points in a Premier League season.
For the first time since January 2018, Liverpool failed to win a Premier League game at Anfield as Burnley 'keeper Nick Pope stepped up and Jay Rodriguez canceled out Andy Robertson's first-half header for the Reds.