Chelsea suffered their second successive defeat against Wolves after a dismal performance from Chelsea forwards. The Blues couldn’t manage to register a single shot on target in the first half as their front line was guilty of not creating any clear-cut chances. The summer recruits Werner and Havertz had a very quiet game, with the latter not attempting any shots or creating any chances.
Having arrived from Bayer Leverkusen on 72£m fee, the German international has struggled to make any significant impact at Chelsea. Although these are early days for Havertz to get settled in a new league, successive defeats for Chelsea have prompted fans and pundits to question the midfielder’s role and effectiveness. The Chelsea midfielder has been guilty of giving away possession cheaply in numerous occasions, but Lampard has backed Havertz to improve and prove his value to the team.
Speaking after the defeat to Wolves, the Chelsea manager said “Kai can play better, we know that, and he’ll know that himself tonight. He’s going to be a top player for the club, I keep saying the same thing. Tonight wasn’t the best for him, neither the best for some others. When everyone gets excited after Leeds I was the last one to get excited because I understand what the season is and I understand where we’re at.“
“We have some younger players, we have some new players to the league, they do need to understand that these games come and if we want to get to where we want to get to we have to see them through, and we didn’t do it.“
Lampard was disappointed of his team’s performance, and said “I think we had pretty decent control of the game without playing brilliantly until that point we get our goal. For me, then it’s time to ramp it up, keep the ball, control the game, not allow counter attacks which the players knew were their biggest threat, and we started to, so you end up losing the points.“
“We had a couple of moments on the pitch where the players were switching off and that can’t happen. You can get your message across on the pitch and you can do you message before the game, letting them know that these are one of the biggest counter-attacking teams in the Premier League and have pace and a threat against you and players have to deal with that.”