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Arsenal legend sees issues Lampard needs to address at Stamford Bridge

1 month ago  Raphael   Sport News

Arsenal legend, Ashley Cole claims there is no cause for panic at Chelsea just yet under Frank Lampard, but revealed that there are some issues his former teammate need to address at the club.
Lampard has taken in three competitive games as a coach back in familiar surroundings and he is still waiting for his first win, with Premier League and UEFA Super Cup frustration endured so far.
Results have improved steadily, with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United followed by a penalty shootout reversal against Liverpool in continental competition and a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester. Lampard now has a first Premier League point on the board, but had been hoping for more at Stamford Bridge.
Leicester battled bravely to claim a share of the spoils in west London on Sunday, with Cole admitting that the Blues need to find a spark in the final third before serious questions are asked of them.
The former defender, who has announced his retirement at the age of 38, told Sky Sports: "Chelsea's start was very good. From minute one, they had their game plan to press, to make runs in behind and it worked. Then after that, it was a little bit disappointing.
"We spoke a lot about where the goals are going to come so when you take a 1-0 lead, you need to try and get another one because you don't feel like you're going to get enough chances. In this game, they had enough chances but they didn't finish them. That would be the main concern for Frank - are they going to be good enough to take their chances and score more than one per game?
"Chelsea have got the players and everyone expects them to be in the top four or six, but the Premier League has changed. The manager needs time, the players need time and I don't think everyone should panic yet."
The Blues took the lead against Leicester City through Mason Mount after dispossessing Wilfred Ndidi but the Nigerian international made amends for his error by scoring the equaliser in the second half.
Cole admits that the Blues struggled to contain their opponents at times, with more expected of them on home soil. The ex-England international added: "Leicester were a different animal. I think [James] Maddison started to get on the ball further up the pitch and start affecting the game.
"Ndidi was controlling the game from behind, and they just seemed to step up a few gears, and Chelsea didn’t know how to react to that. Chelsea should be happy [with a point], but you’re playing at home and you should be winning these games."



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