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Frank Lampard admits he’s ‘been there before’ and lists two major issues that must be addressed after Chelsea lose at Wolves

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Interim manager Frank Lampard admits Chelsea need to get into the habit of winning and scoring goals once again after losing 1-0 to Wolves.

The former Blues midfielder is now back at the club after the sacking of Graham Potter. He inherited a side languishing in mid table and would have been hoping for a winning start at Molineux. However, Matheus Nunes thumped home a stunning strike on 31 minutes to ensure the points stayed in the West Midlands.

The result sees the west Londoners remain in 11th place in the standings. The hosts were good value for the win but Lampard confessed that there were a few positives for Chelsea despite the result.

“I thought the performance in the first half was 70% or so,” he told BBC Sport. “It was enough for it to be an even game and there was a rocket from them out of nowhere.

“In the second half there was more energy, more chances and we got more people in the box.

“Maybe it was that feeling [missing on if] we could score. We have been working here for one or two days and it’s about getting an understanding of that and the mindset of the team.”

Lampard eyes return to winning ways

Lampard was sacked as Blues chief in January 2021. He then lasted a year at Everton before being shown the Goodison Park exit door.

The 44-year-old now has an opportunity to prove his credentials back at his old stamping ground.

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And he hopes to instil the confidence that might help the players start to put some points on the board.

“There has been a lot of change and that’s not an excuse but things need to improve and I think that performance summed it up,” he added.

“I have to get an understanding of it. When I say mindset, it’s not necessarily a negative. You have to get used to winning and make it a habit.”

Lampard admits goalscoring issues hampering Chelsea

Chelsea drew a blank once again on Saturday. They have scored just 29 goals from 30 top-flight games this term.

That is despite Todd Boehly spending vast sums of money on player recruitment since arriving at the club.

Lampard admits it is a concern. But the former Derby County boss is determined to get to the bottom of the issue.

“We will work and recreate. We will get into those positions and repeat it,” he continued. “Maybe there’s a feeling you won’t score. I’ve been there before and as a club we need to address it.

“It’s not where the club wants to be but it’s the reality and we have to work through it. You have to get to a point where you can move forward. We need to lift it more than we did today.”

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