Chelsea struggling at Stamford Bridge
Overall, Frank Lampard’s short tenure in the Chelsea dugout should probably be viewed as a success.
The Blues lost their biggest star, Eden Hazard, over the summer and were unable to sign anyone in the summer transfer window due to their transfer ban.
So, it is perhaps fair to assume people didn’t expect Chelsea to be challenging for a top-four spot this term.
However, with over half of the Premier League season behind us, Chelsea are sat 4th in the PL table.
But while the campaign should be viewed as fairly positive for Chelsea, they do have one big issue to deal with and that is their home form.
For whatever reason, the London outfit are just nowhere near their top level when playing at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have already lost to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton at home this campaign and if they wish to retain a Champions League place, that form needs to improve.
Azpilicueta on Chelsea’s home form
Chelsea defender Cezar Azpilicueta has also recently spoken about his side’s poor home form, stating it is not normal to lose so many games at Stamford Bridge:
“It’s true that when teams see we have not won games, they come here with more confidence because they see they can do it.
“So forget tactics. Everything is about recovering the respect at home, being solid at home, because it is not normal to lose so many games in your stadium.
“I don’t think the pressure of playing at home should be negative. It should be the opposite. We have the players, we have the quality and we have to turn it around straight away. The lesson has been very harsh – losing three [recent] games and scoring zero goals.” As quoted by the Guardian.
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Luckily for Chelsea, their next league outing is away from home.
Lampard will take his side to Arsenal on Sunday as they look to bounce back from that rather embarrassing 2-0 defeat vs Southampton earlier this week.
As mentioned above, Chelsea are currently sat 4th in the English top-flight. But they could have been knocked out of the top-four by the time they kick-off at the Emirates.
Arsenal, on the other hand, began the weekend down in 11th place as Mikel Arteta goes in search of his first win as Gunners boss.