Lampard complains of complacency as Chelsea lose

WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – Frank Lampard believes Chelsea have become complacent after the Blues blew a lead to lose 2-1 at Wolves and suffer back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time during his reign in charge.

Twice in four days Chelsea have wasted the chance to move top of the Premier League after losing for the first time in 18 matches at Everton on Saturday.

Lampard himself called into question his side’s title credentials after a 1-0 loss at Goodison Park at the weekend and believes his players may have got carried away with their unbeaten run.

“Performance is what gives you results. We were playing very well, on a long unbeaten run and then maybe the lads think ‘we’re playing well’. The minute you think you’re playing well, things like this can happen,” said a visibly irked Lampard after Pedro Neto broke clear to win the game in the 95th minute.

There was more evidence that Chelsea are still a team in transition after a GBP220 million transfer spending spree as two of their big money signings, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, again failed to sparkle.

Victory was no more than Wolves deserved as they bounced back from two consecutive defeats since losing top scorer Raul Jimenez to a fractured skull.

Other than bursts from Christian Pulisic past the struggling Nelson Semedo, Chelsea created precious little from open play.

Set-pieces caused Wolves more problems as Olivier Giroud headed over when he should have hit the target before Kurt Zouma crashed a header from another corner off the crossbar.

Yet, it was Wolves who looked the more likely winners in the closing stages.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore (C) vies for the ball with Chelsea’s Thiago Silva (R) during their English Premier League match at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England on December 15. PHOTO: AP