In their last eight league matches, this was Chelsea’s fifth loss and there could be no quibbling about the result at King Power, where the team of Brendan Rodgers was superior in all departments.
Thanks to first-half goals by Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison, Leicester outwitted and outfought the visitors and sealed the victory. A Chelsea team that combined tantalizingly smooth interplay with troubling sluggishness and ramshackle defending should have scored more against them.
They often looked like an enticing work in progress; they often resembled a disenchanted side that went through gestures. Several times this season, Lampard has criticized the behavior of the players. Some may not seem to be reacting.
Lampard went into this game to justify why Chelsea was squatting so far below them, while Leicester had the summit in their sights. To construct a squad of also-rans, Roman Abramovich did not invest over £ 200m. Nor is he known for his tolerance of patterns regarding cycles of adaptation and teething issues.
Given that the club has a much better pedigree of jilted managers than Lampard, he had to prove that, considering his lack of experience, he could lead this team upwards and quickly. The best way to demonstrate improvement will be to defeat high-ranking rivals, a feat Chelsea has yet to accomplish this season in the league.
Lampard made four changes to the lineup that kicked off Fulham’s win on Saturday, snapping a three-match losing streak on their travels. Tammy Abraham started at the front, while Kai Havertz had another chance for the Premier League to come to terms. With Callum Hudson-Odoi on the wing ahead of him, Reece James returned at right-back.