Revealing interview from Stamford Bridge star.
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Frank Lampard has given a candid interview to the Sun, stating that Chelsea have lost their aura of invincibility.
“At the moment there’s a bit of a feeling that we’re not sure what’s going to happen when we go out there.
“If we’re honest we all think that. That’s just the way it is. You can’t help that. It won’t change anyone’s determination to want to win but you can’t help but feel it as we haven’t been winning.
“The end of (Luiz Felipe) Scolari’s reign was a bit like this. You lose the feeling of being able to win every week. Once you’ve had that and lose it, it’s hard to get it back.
“We need to work in the same direction, follow the manager and, if we do, I believe it will turn. If we don’t, it won’t.
“This is a bad moment, make no mistake about it. We don’t have to hide it any more. It has been a long enough time.”
It is difficult to argue with anything Lampard has said, but all the same, it is also questionable whether it was advisable to reveal it publicly.
Revealing a weakness may of course prove cathartic to Lampard, but might increase plant a seed of doubt in the rest of the squad.
There have been a number of reasons attempting to explain Chelsea’s recent malaise, but no one seems to be blaming the players, who while clearly appear behind Carlo Ancelotti, it is they who have not performed when on the pitch.
At home, Chelsea’s form is hardly questionable. They have lost just once – and won seven of their ten games.
It is away from home where the double winners have suffered.
Losing five of their eleven games is not the form of champions, and to have only won three times away is staggering.
Indeed, the last of Chelsea’ away victories came in October at Blackburn Rovers.
Perhaps if Ancelotti can harness the steel in his side again in matches away from Stamford Bridge, they will soon be back to their best.
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