Lamps: Blues in a ‘bad moment’

The Blues claimed the Premier League and FA Cup double last season

and appeared unstoppable earlier this campaign. However, since the

defeat of Fulham on November 10, Chelsea have won just one league

game and lost four, a run that has seen Carlo Ancelotti’s side drop

to fifth, nine points off leaders Manchester United who also have a

game in hand. Wilkins left Stamford Bridge in November but Lampard

insists his departure is not the reason behind Chelsea’s slide.

Lampard told The Sun: “We won the double last year, all of us

together including Ray. Ray is no longer here. “But the club makes

the decisions and, if Roman Abramovich wasn’t here, we wouldn’t

have won three Premier League titles. “Things are important off the

pitch but we’ve been putting out a side good enough to beat teams

we’ve lost against. “What we can’t do as individuals is use what

happened to Ray as an excuse. We have to perform regardless.” He

added: “At the moment there’s a bit of a feeling that we’re not

sure what’s going to happen when we go out there. “If we’re honest

we all think that. That’s just the way it is. You can’t help that.

It won’t change anyone’s determination to want to win but you can’t

help but feel it as we haven’t been winning. “The end of (Luiz

Felipe)Scolari’s reign was a bit like this. You lose the feeling of

being able to win every week. Once you’ve had that and lose it,

it’s hard to get it back. “We need to work in the same direction,

follow the manager and, if we do, I believe it will turn. If we

don’t, it won’t. “This is a bad moment, make no mistake about it.

We don’t have to hide it any more. It has been a long enough time.”