Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits his side are in a “tough moment” following their 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa.
Villa denied the Blues a vital win at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, with Anwar El Ghazi putting the ball through Edouard Mendy’s legs five minutes into the second half to cancel out Olivier Giroud’s opening header 10 minutes before the interval.
Lampard’s men huffed and puffed after that equaliser and came close with a Ben Chilwell volley right at the death, but the visitors held firm and ensured they wouldn’t bounce back from a 3-1 defeat away at Arsenal on Boxing Day.
December has proved a miserable month for Chelsea, who have suffered three defeats in six games and taken just seven points from a possible 18.
After their latest setback, Lampard suggested they would have claimed all three points during their 13-game unbeaten run last month – which speaks volumes about their lack of form and confidence right now.
“When you’re in a bit of a tough moment sometimes things don’t go for you,” he said on Amazon Prime Sport.
“A month ago, probably we win that game. You have to fight through it, but I can’t ask for more than what the players gave."
Chelsea finished the first half strongly and seemed to be back to their free-flowing best with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount combining brilliantly.
They deservedly took the lead when Giroud headed home from Ben Chilwell’s cross in the 34th minute, only to be pegged back shortly after the half-time break.
El Ghazi converted Matty Cash’s inviting cross into the box after being left unmarked at the back post, which occurred while Andreas Christensen was down on the floor.
The Chelsea defender was nursing an injury after colliding with Jack Grealish, who quickly returned to his feet to play a part in Villa’s attacking move.
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Lampard said: “We started really well. Villa had some moments but we came through the first half really good.
“Second half, we conceded a goal with a man on the floor, that’s kind of the run we’re on at the minute. And then we pushed, and we couldn’t break the deadlock in the end to get the win.
“But attitude wise it was really good, against a good team.”
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