Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has come under fire in recent weeks as his players have failed to produce convincing results of late in their last few Premier League matches. The Blues are in a rather worrying run of form as they have picked up just one win in their last five attempts.
Before the season began, and even after it kicked off, Chelsea were considered to be serious contenders and were touted to challenge both Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League crown. However, after their recent run of poor results, tables have turned and the team is now being considered as just top 4 candidates.
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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has said that Chelsea should finish in the top six of the Premier League this season, though manager Frank Lampard may be aiming to finish in the Champions League places. The west London side have made a mixed beginning to the season but they have still earned plaudits with the exciting introduction of young players in the first-team squad.
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are some of the young players, who have been introduced this term and they have already caught the eye of the supporters and pundits alike. Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said that the top six is a realistic aim for the Blues, considering they are going through a period of transition.
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Derby County manager Frank Lampard has acknowledged that his team have further injury concerns to worry about with both Craig Bryson and Andy King on the sidelines. Bryson was omitted for the recent league defeat at Nottingham Forest with a foot injury and his absence, King was called upon against Nottingham Forest, only to sustain an ankle problem of his own.
Speaking after the game, Lampard admitted that both midfielders remain sidelined for the next few weeks and this should test the team’s depth, given Mason Mount, Tom Lawrence and Bryson had been pivotal to the success during the first half of the season, he told the Derby Telegraph: “Andy King will be out for at least two weeks, possibly more.
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