Just when Chelsea fans think that a miserable campaign cannot get any worse, the Blues manage to crash through the ground and plummet to new depths.
Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford at Stamford Bridge marked the first time Chelsea have lost five games in a row in all competitions in 30 years.
All five losses have come under club legend Frank Lampard, who returned for a second spell as manager on 3 April.
The 44-year-old had already claimed the unwanted record of becoming the first Chelsea manager in the club’s 118-year history to lose his first four games in charge with last week’s Champions League loss to Real Madrid.
That loss, though, was against one of the best sides in Europe. On Wednesday they faced a Brentford team who were in only their second-ever season in the Premier League and had not won in six games prior to the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard is Chelsea’s third manager this season, after Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, and the fans’ frustrations at an expensively assembled squad losing while once again barely laying a glove on their opponent was apparent as the few still in Stamford Bridge at full-time greeted the whistle with boos.
“I’ve no problem with that, completely understand it,” Lampard told BBC Sport, of the Chelsea supporters making their feelings known.
“I know these fans very well and they stick by their team. They feel down because they are used to success and they want that success all the time as we all do. I absolutely understand it, we as players and staff have to take it on the chin because they want results.
“I can say to the fans now that the players are showing their application. Brentford had one shot on target and scored two goals, that kind of says it all.” (BBC)