Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has seemingly taken a swipe at manager Frank Lampard after the Blues were thrashed 3 nil by Sheffield United on Saturday.
Speaking shortly after the game whose result put their top 4 hopes in doubt, the forward admitted that Chelsea’s tactics were too attack-minded and left the defense vulnerable.
Although he did not outrightly criticize Frank Lampard’s tactical decisions, his comments insinuated that the way the game was approached contributed to the defeat.
In an interview with Stadium Astro, in quotes by Metro, when asked if Chelsea needed a change in style, he replied:
“Yeah, of course it’s fair.
“We know that ourselves, we throw so many bodies forward.
“We’re very vulnerable when we lose the ball higher up the pitch and that’s something we need to improve on. We’re still a young, learning team.
“If we want to be the best, if we want to win titles and leagues that’s something we’ll have to manage.”
The result meant that Chelsea could be overtaken by both Leicester City and Manchester United. However, Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes succumbed to a 4:1 defeat to a relegation-threatened Bournemouth at the Vitality after leading at half-time.
Therefore, Manchester United who have been in a red-hot form can leapfrog both sides if they beat Southampton at Old Trafford on Monday. The Red Devils are overwhelming favorites for all three points.
Leicester have been poor recently and this could work to Chelsea’s advantage although they must tighten up at the back to avoid a late slip-up.
Among the three sides, Leicester’s remaining three fixtures are the toughest on paper with games against Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United.
Chelsea also have games against Norwich City, Wolves, and Liverpool on the last day. The Blues are not yet there and Frank Lampard must work on his team’s defense if they are to seal a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.