Lampard excuses Chelsea displays: ‘We’re in pre-season mode’

Frank Lampard says his Chelsea side are suffering from their late finish to last season and are still in “pre-season” mode.

The Blues succumbed to their second defeat of the season on Tuesday as they lost on penalties to Spurs.

Lampard’s side finished last season later than most, with the FA Cup final and their Champions League loss to Bayern Munich coming after their last Premier League game.

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The club have brought in a number of new players who have had little time to adapt and Lampard feels his side are still struggling to get up to speed following a short pre-season.

“Games at the minute, it is unfortunate to say it because the season has started, but we’re not in full mode, we’re in pre-season mode,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.

“We’ve got new players and not fit players. We had one week’s pre-season going into [the first game of the season against] Brighton. We’re in that position and it is difficult.

“I think you’re seeing that with all the teams which stayed in Europe for those extra weeks, we had the FA Cup [final] and then Europe and we had to start like everybody else. I think you could see that a bit in the second half.”

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