Despite spending more than £ 200million on new recruits that summer, it was left to academics Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi to get Chelsea out of jail against West Brom in the Premier League.
Abraham needed a stoppage-time equalizer to save the blushing Chelsea megastars after they drew a thrilling 3-3 draw at newly promoted West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea lost 3-0 at halftime thanks to a defensive horror show in the first half that included a mistake from Thiago Silva, the Brazilian summer newcomer who was named captain on his blues debut.
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Chelsea struggled with Abraham’s equalizer in the second half, but the West London side had made the same old defensive mistakes against Albion, a team that many pundits have recommended for an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.
Lampard will come under increasing pressure after his dearly-built team battled for the second game in a row after being beaten well by Premier League champions Liverpool last weekend.
Lampard said: “There were clear mistakes [that cost us]. You can have as many meetings as you want, but making these mistakes will give yourself a mountain to climb. [We lacked] a bit of urgency in the team.
“At the end of the day, two points are lost – and that’s not disrespect for West Brom. You come here and you know the transition and any mistakes would be something they’d jump on – that and set pieces. You cannot legislate for the mistakes that were made today. “
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Chelsea were 3-0 down before the half-hour after Callum Robinson passed goalkeeper Willy Caballero with an impressive result, who started in place of £ 71m goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Robinson doubled Albion’s advantage before Kyle Bartley shocked Frank Lampard’s side with a close-range shot.
Mount gave Chelsea hope with a 20-yard hit to narrow the deficit and Hudson-Odoi continued the comeback in the second half with a smart finish to set up an exciting final.
Over time, Abraham, who started a top game for the first time this season, tipped home to make sure Chelsea didn’t leave the Hawthorns empty-handed.
Lampard added: “We created two or three great chances in the first half. I felt we could do more. The only other problem at 3-0 was that West Brom would protect his lead more. It’s a great lesson for us.
“We’re going to get a lot better, we’re still finding our way with new players and a lack of preseason. Today is part of the process to get better.”
“We have two big games against Tottenham and Crystal Palace. I expect our performances to improve.”
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One fan made mocking comparisons after the game between Lampard and England coach Gareth Southgate, saying they both lacked tactical acumen.
“Here we go again With his redesign of Southgate, Frank Lampard has once again created ‘no tactics, no game plan, just mood’. Cheers Southgate, ”he tweeted.
Another supporter tweeted, “Chelsea’s Academy players come to the rescue.”