Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has lambasted his home side for their poor show against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Arsenal kept the Premier League title fight alive by beating up (3-1) on a Chelsea team that seems to be in need of life support under Frank Lampard.
Arsenal returned to the top of the standings — for a day at least — by dismantling Chelsea 3-1 to end a four-game winless run that saw its control of the title race slip away.
“I think we saw two different sides,” Fabregas told Sky Sports. “One was really well-drilled, very well-coached with clear ideas, patterns of how they want to press – especially in Chelsea’s half – how they want to attack, how they’re going to find their movement. They were fluid and Chelsea allowed that.
“I felt sometimes Chelsea, we used to have a coach when we were little and it was like we have eleven olives, you throw them on the table and this is the tactics that sometimes we’re looking at. Sometimes I couldn’t believe it, the tactical and technical mistakes we’re seeing from Chelsea players,” he said.
With the loss, Frank Lampard became the first English manager to lose 10 successive games in charge of a top-flight club for 35 years on Tuesday. Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer has lost all six of his matches since returning to become interim manager in the wake of Graham Potter’s sacking.
“We are not used to it. Especially from individuals, in midfield, for example, you have a World Cup winner, World Cup winner, World Cup finalist. [In defence you have the] captain of Brazil, an international English player at left back – it’s such an experienced team. Sometimes it doesn’t prove anything to have that experience.”
Having also lost his last four games in charge of Everton he has now matched the sequence Arthur Cox endured as Derby County manager in 1988, albeit with two different clubs.