Every word Frank Lampard said on West Ham defeat, Chelsea’s defending and Christian Pulisic



Do you feel let down by defenders this evening?

No, not let down by the defenders. We made mistakes in the build up to the goals, not just defenders, which cost us the game.

Is it a wake up call? Danger could miss out on Champions League with another performance like this?

I wouldn’t call it a wake up call. Every game is different. We have six games ahead of us now and this wasn’t a huge surprise. If you play in the Premier League and make mistakes, if you boss possession but don’t do quite enough with it at the top of the pitch, then it can happen. That’s something we already knew.

We have to accept it, this evening. Now it’s done and we have to move on to the six games ahead of us.

Concerned if a mental issue?

It’s something that has happened a few times this season. We’ve had opportunities to close gaps and jump over teams because of other results or whatever situation.

But we haven’t done it and that’s a sign of where we are. We know we have a lot of hard work to do to get where we want to be and the reason the rest of us are chasing Liverpool and Man City is because of the consistency that develops over time. That’s what we have to work towards.

It’s obviously frustrating but if we’re in that position it’s how you bounce back, how you move forward. We have Watford now at the weekend and games after that to try and carry on. We have to realise the position we are in in terms of fighting for the Champions League places and move forward.

Another goal from set piece. How do you solve it?

When a team is bigger than you, as they were today, you can work all week… if someone is much taller than the opponent and outjumps them then they are going to score goals.

That’s what happens, so we were aware they were bigger than us today and they were going to try and score goals or win the game. But the players have to deal with that on the pitch.

Pulisic performance a positive?

A big positive. He’s playing really well, as we can all see. Him and Willian as well. Willian gets his two goals. But with Christian I think it’s more like earlier in the season when he had a patch in the run up Christmas where he was playing towards his level.

Then he got injured and has been out for a long time. It’s nice to see him back, fresh and hungry, and playing with the quality he has. He’s a young player with great talent.





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