‘Giroud looked rusty’, ‘This is on Lampard’- How some Chelsea fans reacted to shock West Ham defeat

It wasn’t pleasant being a Chelsea fan yesterday. A surprise 1-0 defeat to West Ham left fans frustrated. Form at Stamford Bridge has not been great this season, but even so the Blues were expected to come through the encounter with the points. 

Credit must go to the Hammers for frustrating Chelsea for long periods of the game. However, poor finishing and a lack of urgency played a huge part in the defeat.

Understandably, Chelsea fans were perplexed by a number of decisions made by Frank Lampard. Starting with Pedro and Giroud proved a costly mistake. It was a decision the Blues all-time top goalscorer had to make though.

A busy week had already seen trips to Manchester City, and Valencia. There’s also busy schedule ahead. Aston Villa are the visitors on Wednesday. Then the Blues travel to Everton next Saturday lunchtime, before the vital champions league tie with Lille the following Tuesday. And that’s all before the particularly Christmas run.

You also have to consider that Giroud and Pedro are seasoned professionals who have won trophies for Chelsea, and elsewhere at their former clubs. If anything they’re suffering from a lack of games, and rust has set in. If anything yesterday was a missed opportunity for them to prove themselves to Lampard.

Here are some reactions to the defeat…

On the plus side there was praise for a few. Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, Kepa Arrizabalaga all singled out for their performances.

The important thing now is that Lampard takes time to regroup, and get a reaction from the squad. They’ve performed brilliantly, beyond expectations this campaign. Yesterday was merely a blip in what was always going to be a rollercoaster of a season.

 

 


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