Frank Lampard claims fatigue was to blame for Chelsea’s defeat to Wolves

Frank Lampard claims fatigue was to blame for Chelsea’s defeat to Wolves

- Chelsea have already played five games in December’s first 16 days

- Their latest game ended in a 2-1 defeat to Wolves, who turned the game on its head in the last minute

- Lampard blamed the defeat on fatigue and a series of injuries in his side

- The defeat leaves Chelsea in fifth place but they could go lower depending on other results

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has attributed his team’s sudden slump in form to fatigue after their 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday, December 16.

Frank Lampard discloses what is to blame for Chelsea’s defeat to Wolves
Lampard says his side were fatigued when they faced Wolves on Tuesday, December 15. Photo by Jon Super
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Wolves came from behind to stun Chelsea 2-1 at the Molineux as Lampard’s men succumbed to a second successive defeat.

Speaking after the game, Lampard refused to shift blame to anyone as he analysed that fatigue was catching up to his players.

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"There could be some fatigue," Lampard said. "I hate to say it after a defeat because it feels like an excuse but even in the first 60 minutes when we were the better team, we didn't have a zip about us,”

As at December 16, Chelsea have already played five games since the start of the month, which puts their average outings to a game every three days in the month.

Aside from fighting for a last 16 place in the Champions League, Lampard has also had to juggle the Premier League while trying to find a balance for his key players.

For the Wolves game, he was without Hakim Ziyech who also missed the defeat at Everton through injury and decided to start with the in-form Olivier Giroud.

Giroud found Chelsea’s opener for his seventh goal in as many games in all competitions but the Blues capitulated when the game was coming towards and end.

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Lampard added:

"We've travelled up to Everton, came back and then travelled to Wolves but everyone is in the same boat. We have a couple of injuries in areas which means I can't make too many changes so I understand that side of it.”

Prior to the game, Chelsea had a brilliant chance to go top of the table with a win against Wolves.

But a second straight defeat leaves them in fifth place with Everton, Manchester United and West Ham all having a brilliant chance to overtake them on the log.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Paul Scholes has claimed that Chelsea are still one-season away from winning the prestigious Premier League title, Daily Mail.

The Blues suffered their second consecutive league defeat of the season following their 2-1 loss to Wolves at the Molineux.

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