Derby boss Lampard plays down talks of Chelsea return

Aubrey Yates
February 12, 2019

A win for City moves them back top of the Premier League table while the manner and margin of the defeat sees Chelsea lose ground in the race for the top four.

Frank Lampard has played down speculation linking him with a return to Chelsea, insisting he is only focused on Derby County despite being viewed as a candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea's next Premier League match is at home to Tottenham Hotspur on February 27.

Sarri conducted training with his assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, a Chelsea icon, on Monday and meaning Zola is well placed to lead the club until the end of the season should the club's results continue to decline.

Carragher made the remark at half time of Chelsea's 6-0 humiliation against Man City at the weekend when the score was already 4-0, with Sarri's men conceding four goals in 19 first-half minutes at the Etihad.

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"It's not nice and it doesn't happen to Chelsea much, so when it does it's a shock", he added. The reason I said it was that in the last few years, Arsenal have been rolled over in big games.

"What we are seeing from Chelsea now is very similar".

Chelsea's players are said to attribute their fragility to a lack of leaders in the squad and believe some senior members of the team are keen to blame others for their own mistakes. Still, it's like he's in a cage, there are five players around.

"There's talk that with Sarri-ball they want to press high and press from the front". I don't have to stay that too much because the people that are living it now - the players, the staff, the fans who travel and follow the team - will be feeling it. "They can't do it".

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