Chelsea star Christian Pulisic lifts lid on Man City problem with Frank Lampard under fire

Chelsea: Lampard insists job isn't under immediate threat

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has admitted that the Blues’ first-half performance in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City “really let us down”. Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne all got on the score sheet in the first-half as City dominated Frank Lampard’s side at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea did get a goal back with a late strike from Callum Hudson-Odoi but the result piles even more pressure on Lampard.

The Blues have slipped to eighth in the Premier League table and won just one of their last six games.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the game, Pulisic said: “We conceded goals with a lot of counter situations and we weren’t prepared to stop that so the first half really let us down.

“They were able to beat us on some transitions where we needed to defend better and be a little smarter and then we allowed them to dictate the tempo of the game.

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“We had to go back out and show character [in the second-half].

“We’re never going to give up, we know we have talented guys and a good team but we just need to show it, which is what we did in the second half. 

“It’s not easy to come back from three goals down but it’s happened before so we gave it everything and managed to get one back.

“Unfortunately, it was just too little, too late.”

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Pulisic also admitted that Chelsea are going through “a tough period” at the moment but the American believes they can “turn it around quickly and start putting together a run of results”.

“We’re in a tough period,” he added. “It’s going to happen to everyone at times and we’ve been in these situations ourselves before.

“We have a game next week where we need to start turning it around because we do need to start getting results quickly.

“We’ll watch this game back, look at it as a team and see what we can improve on. It’s not going to be easy but we need to show character now.

“We have some games coming up where we need to turn it around quickly and start putting together a run of results.”

Speaking after the loss, Lampard insisted he was not worried about getting sacked, saying: “I am not concerned about [the pressure].

“I just spoke to them after the game that I expected periods of difficulty. I know it doesn’t come easy. Whether that puts pressure on me it is regardless.

“A month ago, people were saying ‘when was I going to get a new contract’. Pressure remains constant. My job is to keep working and pick up the players.”

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