The growing pressure on Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to deliver results reached a head at half-time in their 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Boxing Day, according to reports.
The Blues couldn’t bounce back from that loss with Anwar El Ghazi’s goal cancelling out Olivier Giroud’s header as Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw on Monday night.
El Ghazi tapped home at the far post with the Blues frustrated neither the officials nor Villa had stopped play, with Andreas Christensen out of commission after a heavy challenge with Jack Grealish.
Giroud had nodded Chelsea into a 1-0 half-time lead, the France striker gleefully posting his ninth Blues goal of the campaign in all competitions.
But Lampard’s men could not get back to winning ways after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Boxing Day, to be left instead with just one victory in their last five league matches.
And The Athletic claims that the ‘pressure is starting to show’ with Lampard reacting badly during the game at the Emirates Stadium.
A ‘source’ told The Athletic that Lampard ‘lost it’ at half-time in the defeat to Arsenal which was probably justified given their poor first-half performance.
The report adds that ‘another insider remarked how certain individuals were rebuked in front of the group for their performance in the opening 45 minutes’.
Following their draw against Aston Villa last night, Lampard was confident that Chelsea would come through a “tough period”.
Lampard said: “This is our tough period at the moment, and we have to fight for it and we’ll be stronger for it.
“The performance was good, I thought we deserved to win the game, but we don’t and we continue to go through a difficult patch.
“The attitude of the team was good, without having the final bit of quality in the final third.
“Off the back of a really good run we’ve had a difficult little time, but I saw some really good signs tonight that I liked.”