Frank Lampard ‘doesn’t like his players’, says Gary Neville as Chelsea’s miserable goalscoring stat emerges
Gary Neville thinks Frank Lampard doesn’t even like his Chelsea players after yet another Premier League defeat.
And while Manchester City secured another league title after winning 1-0 at the Etihad on Sunday, Chelsea’s shocking form against them continues after the 2021 Champions League final.
On that occasion, Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the match which saw the capital prize head towards Stamford Bridge.
But it’s still the last time the Blues score against City, who have faced each other six times since that night in Porto.
And as Chelsea limped to yet another defeat to Pep Guardiola’s men, who have outscored them by 11 in that span, Sky Sports pundit Neville had a scathing review.
Speaking on a co-comment, he said: “Every time I watch Frank Lampard he looks like a manager who doesn’t like his players.
“Chelsea really need the end of the season.”
It’s been a miserable campaign for Chelsea, who languish in 12th place in the Premier League.
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Despite spending more than £600m under new owner Todd Boehly, the west London outfit have been in shocking decline.
Only two years ago they won the Champions League but fell behind their rivals and are now a shadow of their former selves.
Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter have both been sacked this season while Mauricio Pochettino looks set to step up and try to fix the gaping issues that have arisen.
As for City, Julian Alvarez handed them victory against Chelsea despite Guardiola naming a heavily rotated side.
Nine changes have been made in total, with rare appearances for fringe players such as Kalvin Phillips and Sergio Gomez.
But even with such a different line-up, the Blues couldn’t put their finger on the champions and came out with a whimper.
After forming a guard of honor before kick-off, that level of respect seemed to continue throughout the 90 minutes.
City celebrated their victory in front of their fans at the Etihad, who sang their favorite Blue Moon song to them.
But Guardiola will want to keep the celebrations to a minimum with an FA Cup final and a Champions League final to come.
They are favorites to win both competitions and clinch the treble, becoming the first English side to do so since Manchester United in 1998/99 if they pull off the feat.