Tony Cascarino claims that Chelsea will become just another stage team in the Champions League unless Lampard balances his acts and works on the defense with urgency. Lampard may have earned pleasures in his first season as Blues leader in the top-four finish and qualification to the Champions League, but that applause is only possible if his team can not compete at the top table in Europe.
Chelsea are a mess
That was Cascarino ‘s ruling on Sunday after the retired Chelsea striker watched the Bayern Munich humiliate his side by being booted out from the last sixteen with 7-1 aggregate. The German champions humbled the Blues in a 3-0 loss at the first leg at Stamford Bridge in February, though Robert Lewandowski scored twice on Saturday for Bavaria’s second leg.
The way the defeat happened caused questions about Lampard’s tactics and competence, The Blues’ coach. The former midfield man was highly lauded and was also recommended for Premier League Manager of the year for his success with this youthful Chelsea side. There are so many problems that have been illustrated by his European exit and his last FA Cup loss to Arsenal and Cascarino has questioned who is the coach of his players exactly and said that they are an unorganized mess behind him and that it is “like Groundhog Day.”
In response to the results over the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the talkSPORT ‘s pundit said: “I don’t know who is coaching the players at Chelsea – they ‘re a mess!
“Defensively, they are a total mess.
“Watching them last night, they give up space all the time, which is one of the worst things you can do, because people expose you and exploit what you give them, especially a team like Bayern.
“I keep seeing the same things, it’s like Groundhog Day, like déjà vu – a player gets out wide, crosses it in the box, Chelsea’s center-backs are both looking at each other, and someone heads it in or finishes it off quite simply.
“They have got quality, they have world-class players in their team and have got some of the best youngsters around – there are a lot of strings to Frank Lampard’s bow.
“But if he doesn’t get this defensive side right and make Chelsea much tougher to beat, they are not going to do anything.
“In the Champions League they’re going to become just another group stage team, no more.
“Whoever the personnel is, and he’s changed many center-backs throughout the season, the same thing is happening.
“Reece James, he’s terrific going forward, but he can’t defend for toffee!
“These clichés that are being thrown around with Frank and how he’s doing, yeah he’s made the Champions League, yes he’s got this young squad, but I’m just looking at what I see… and even Chelsea fans know, the team is an easy side to play against more often than not.”
Lampard criticized his team after Bayern loss
He was just a nonsense player, Frank Lampard, who gave everything to him on the hill. A legend of Chelsea, he ‘d never been afraid to talk and pick a spade.
He did precisely that after the 4-1 humbling against Munich in the post-game press conference, according to the Metro.
The Blues did not get to the best of the beginnings as they were 2-0 down before half an hour. When he hit Manuel Neuer ‘s error, Tammy Abraham reduced the deficit.
The defeat put an anti-climactic end to his successful debut at the Bridge. It was always a tough question to overcome a three-goal lead with some of his best players missing.
“I’m not happy. You don’t want to lose a game here.”
But it was as good as Chelsea did. Bayern scored twice more in comfort to end the night and tie.
Lampard hadn’t been happy for his part. He felt that his side had donated three of Bayern’s goals and that the team was doing well.
Chelsea ‘s great ambitions are to push forward and compete next season for great honors. However, players will have to reduce individual errors to be able to do so.
Players will be on their feet in front of international managers and top teams. These sides are willing to ensure that any compromise they render is enforced.
“We have individual errors that gift them goals, and at this level, that will finish you off,” Lampard said.