Under pressure Chelsea manager Frank Lampard's team selection for the loss to Manchester City reportedly raised the eyebrows of the board.
The Blues were convincingly beaten by Pep Guardiola’s side 3-1 on Sunday evening as the visiting side put away three goals in the opening 35 minutes.
The defeat was Chelsea’s fourth in six matches, which has seen them slip down the Premier League table.
Rumours have been floating around that the Stamford Bridge board are lining up Lampard’s replacement.
And the Sun claim that they were surprised by the inclusion of winger Hakim Ziyech, who had missed six games with injury before starting against City.
The £36.7m man from Ajax has been one of a number of big-money signings who has not fired this season, with the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz also failing to hit the ground running.
This has also not helped Lampard’s case, with the £200m summer splurge seemingly fruitless so far.
The former midfielder insists that he can turn things around, and has tried to invoke a group mentality within his squad.
And that was shown by comments from American winger Christian Pulisic, who has the stand out performer for Chelsea in the City defeat, who urged his team-mates to get themselves out of the hole they find themselves in.
“We’re in a tough period. It’s not going to be easy but we need to show character now,” said Pulisic.
“We have some games coming up where we need to turn it around quickly and start putting together a run of results.”
Chelsea are next in action on Sunday when they host League Two minnows Morecambe.
That is followed by a west London derby against Fulham the following Friday.
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