Lampard reacts to claims Everton loss has prompted January reality check

Date published: Monday 9th December 2019 2:59 - Jonny Whitfield

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has called for calm over his plans for the January transfer window after a recent slump in Premier League form.

Having put together a win of six straight wins in the top flight earlier in the season, the Blues have now lost two of the last three following the weekend’s 3-1 loss to Everton, who had Duncan Ferguson in interim charge for the first time.

Chelsea were previously banned from signing new players until a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday halved their two-window suspension, meaning the club again are free to splash the cash.

Previous reports have suggested that Lampard has been given £150m to spend in the winter window but while addressing his club’s drop in form, Lampard called for there to be caution over their situation.

“You have to be careful not to be too reactionary,” the manager said in a press conference. “Ban lifted, lose at Everton it might be easy to come to that conclusion. As much as at the start of the season that we have got these young boys, we don’t need anyone.

“As a club like Chelsea there has to be a balance. We have a strong squad, but we have to look at can we strengthen?

“There will be times going forward, whether it’s January or next summer there will be times and opportunities to strengthen.

“You do learn as you go along with the players, every day in training and at games but it certainly hasn’t changed my mindset right now.”

Lampard was previewing his side’s Champions League clash with Lille on Tuesday, in which his side can secure progression to the last 16 with a win.

The Blues are yet to win at home in the competition this season, however, and Lampard said: “I am aware of that. I think it would be a good achievement.

“It is a tough group, we have had some difficulties. There is work to be done.



“Of course it is a big game, it is a knockout game. I think the players are okay physically. It’s not easy with a lot of games.

“They are fit boys. We do everything we can around them. We have to keep fighting.”

Chelsea follow up their clash with Lille with a Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.

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