Lampard fires warning to Chelsea stars after back-to-back Premier League losses

Frank Lampard sent a stern message to his Chelsea players after the Blues squandered their lead to lose 2-1 at Wolves on Tuesday evening.

Chelsea led at the hour mark thanks to Olivier Giroud's opener but were pegged back by Daniel Podence's equaliser and stunned by Pedro Neto's 95th-minute winner.

The defeat followed a 1-0 loss at Everton last weekend, condemning the Blues to back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time in 2020.

Chelsea boss Lampard spoke of how his players must dwell on throwing away their lead after they wasted the chance to go top of the Premier League.

"Maybe it’s for the players to think about the game while they’re resting," he said. "Think about tonight, think about Everton. This is the Premier League and if you don’t perform, you lose games."

Chelsea were rarely threatened by Wolves prior to Podence's equaliser and Lampard lamented how his side allowed themselves to be torn open on the counter-attack as the second half wore on.

He added: "At 1-0 we should see the game out. If you’re not playing that well, which we weren’t tonight, hang on to 1-0. Control the game. Don’t allow counter-attacks. And we did."

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The Blues boss also warned his players they must rediscover the form which sent them on a nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Lampard said: "Performance. Performance is what gives you results, and we had a long run of good performances but maybe the lads think we’re playing well, and when you think you’re playing well this is what happens."

Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted by how Wolves recovered from 1-0 down against Chelsea – and from a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last Saturday.

"We reacted well," he said. "All the game I think we’re always in the game. Well organised. I think second half we played really good. I think in the first half the game was very tight, Chelsea had the ball but we were organised.

"We didn’t start the second half well. We conceded a goal, but the boys believed the game was there to be competitive, and we did well. We were really disappointed three days ago, football is until the last minute. It can happen to any team.

'We had a big disappointment against Villa and we reacted well. Now we’re going to think about the next one. It’s too bad the fans are not here to celebrate with us today."

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