Despite putting in a decent performance on Monday night, the Blues left the door for top-four wide open as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
At the start of November when both these sides met for their first meeting of the 2019/20 season, Chelsea had twice as many points as Manchester United. The Blues’ defeat on Monday meant that the Red Devils are only a win away from Frank Lampard’s men.
What has gone wrong for Chelsea? After all, for the first few months of the season, they looked like a side that could stop the Liverpool juggernaut. There was a time not so long ago when it looked as if the race for the Premier League title would be a three-horse race, one of them being the Blues.
The Stamford Bridge faithful could rightly point to a couple of unfortunate VAR calls that went against their last night. Another one, in which Harry Maguire clearly aimed his studs at the groin area of Mitchy Batshuayi, might have changed the game’s outcome had the decision gone in favor of the home side.
Despite acknowledging all that, one cannot blame those sitting in the Stockley Park for the recent troubles of Frank Lampard. His side has won only four of its last 14 games in the Premier League. Their berth in the top four which once looked bulletproof is now under siege from all sides.