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Lampard hits back at Klopp's Chelsea squad claim after the Blues lose

Frank Lampard hits back at Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Chelsea have the Premier League’s strongest squad after the Blues were beaten by Everton to deal their title hopes a blow… and expects the ‘five substitutes’ idea to be discussed again

  • Frank Lampard is perplexed by the Chelsea hype after their unbeaten run ended
  • The former midfielder feels his side are still very much a work in progress
  • Lampard feels the idea of using five substitutes per team will be discussed soon
  • Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic both missed the match at Goodison Park 
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty was the only goal of the game as Everton won 1-0

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said he has been left bewildered by the hype surrounding Chelsea as title contenders as their 17-game unbeaten run ended at Everton on Saturday night.

Lampard’s side have been tipped as challengers after spending £200million on new recruits in the last transfer window, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp last weekend claiming that the Blues were favourites due to the ‘unbelievable’ depth in their squad.

But Lampard claims he is mystified: ‘I keep reading how we had the strongest squad in the league. I don’t understand it.

Frank Lampard disagrees with Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Chelsea have the league’s best squad

‘Teams around us have won titles and have strikers who score 30 goals every year, players who have won the Champions League.

‘We have some players who have won titles but also have some who are new to the Premier League and are young. We are a work in progress and nights like tonight can happen.

‘I don’t like them but they can happen.’

Lampard was missing wingers Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic with muscular injuries and expects the Premier League to revisit the prospect of using five substitutions per team.

‘Everton had James Rodriguez out as well. When you watch Chelsea play Everton, you want to see these exciting wingers,’ said Lampard. ‘I think the five subs will be addressed later in the week.

Chelsea had Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic missing against Everton with muscle injuries

Carlo Ancelotti’s men picked up their second league clean sheet this term to banish the Blues

‘If we are expecting players to fly around the world and then go again on Tuesday and Saturday, you have to look at the big picture. Did we miss the wide players? Yes.’

For Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, who used to manage Lampard at Chelsea, it was an important win that yielded his side’s first clean sheet since the opening day.

‘We needed this performance. We needed these points,’ he said. ‘After a difficult period, we needed to move on and tonight the performance was really good.

Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked home the only goal of the game as the Toffees moved up to seventh

‘Defensively we didn’t concede opportunities, just a couple of set pieces and long shots. We were well organised.’

Everton took the points, with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty after 22 minutes proving the difference after Edouard Mendy had bundled over Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Chelsea hit the woodwork three times, but didn’t register a shot on target in the second half.




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