The head coach was angered by his team’s first half efforts as they fell 3-0 behind to the newly-promoted side. Since taking charge at the beginning of last season, Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet away from home in 21 Premier League games.
Petr Cech, the club’s technical adviser, spent some of last week on the training pitch helping the goalkeepers but, asked if he would consider bringing in a former team-mate capable of fixing the defensive issues, Lampard provided a one-word answer: “no”.
Lampard was not sure if Thiago Silva’s lack of English impacted his ability to marshall the defence.
The Brazilian, who is having daily lessons, was given the armband in his first Premier League appearance with Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho on the bench and made a shocking error to gift Albion their second goal but the head coach said that so many of his players are multilingual it should not have been an issue.
“I am not sure how relative it was today but he doesn’t speak the language very well,” Lampard said. “It is something that we will work through because it is what it is.
“He hasn’t had any time. Thiago turns up here pretty fresh and he is in and around us. He will learn it quickly, I am sure, some players do speak the languages that he speaks in the squad.
“He speaks French, being the main one, but we have lads here who speak Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Italian so that one is again, if the language is a slight barrier, we need time to work. That’s what we have in front of us.”
In terms of whether it meant Thiago Silva’s leadership was impacted as a result, Lampard added: “We have seen that [leadership] and people are going to want to talk about the second goal and that’s fair play and that’s the nature of being the top player that he has been all his career but at the same time we saw how he is, his leadership and his qualities and we are going to see more of that.