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Tony Cottee reveals the mistake Frank Lampard made during Chelsea’s shock defeat to Southampton


Frank Lampard’s Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to Southampton (Picture: Getty)

Tony Cottee says Frank Lampard got his tactics wrong during Chelsea’s shock defeat to Southampton in the Premier League.

Lampard’s young guns stunned Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham at the weekend but were brought back down to earth on Boxing Day by relegation-battlers Southampton.

Chelsea fell behind at Stamford Bridge to Michael Obafemi’s superb strike and struggled to create chances, having fewer shots than in any game since Lampard took over in the summer.

Southampton stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

Lampard changed Chelsea’s formation at half-time but Nathan Redmond added a second for the Saints on 73 minutes and the visitors held on for a much-needed victory.

Reacting to Chelsea’s defeat, West Ham legend Cottee said: ‘I don’t want to be too critical of Frank because he’s a young manager and he’s learning his job.

‘But he might look back and think he shouldn’t have played three at the back. It limited the options and meant Tammy [Abraham] was playing up on his own basically.

‘He didn’t play badly but there was no support. It caused Chelsea problems. He [Frank] changed it up at half-time but it was very flat. The atmosphere was very flat.

‘It was very quiet in the stadium and Chelsea never got going. You cant take a anything away from Southampton because they did a great job.’

Cottee added: ‘With so many young players you’re going to get inconsistency.

It was a frustrating afternoon for the Blues (Picture: Getty)

‘But Chelsea are still in the Champions League positions which Frank will be delighted at. He would have taken this when he took over all day long.’

Lampard, meanwhile, said: ‘Teams are making it difficult here. We are not making enough chances, we were at the beginning of the season.

‘We are being asked a different question at home. I think we have enough to be better than we were today. It needs to be a quick learning process now.’

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