Frank Lampard claimed Chelsea are ‘not ready' to challenge for the top prizes as he faces mounting pressure on his job following a fourth away defeat in five matches.
Luck was not on Chelsea's side as first-half goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison lifted Leicester to the top of the Premier League — nine points clear of Lampard's men.
But with Roman Abramovich, who spent £230million in the summer on the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell, rarely an owner to show patience, Lampard backed himself to handle the heat.
He said: ‘I am good at handling pressure. I took this job knowing there would be difficult times as it's not a club ready to compete.”
The pressure on Lampard is higher than ever with Chelsea eighth in the table, without a win against any of this season's top six and stuck on just 29 points at the half-way stage in their Premier League campaign.
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