Chelsea manager happy with team performance despite Aston Villa draw

On Sunday night Chelsea could only manage a point and get a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa after another sloppy performance.

Frank Lampard has backed their players to come back stronger from the recent defeats after only won one of their past five Premier League matches.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud headed his team into a half-time lead against Aston Villa at but later Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi scored to seal a 1-1 draw.

Hailing Chelsea’s application and attitude, Lampard said:

“This is our tough period at the moment, and we have to fight for it and we’ll be stronger for it.

“The performance was good, I thought we deserved to win the game, but we don’t and we continue to go through a difficult patch.

“The attitude of the team was good, without having the final bit of quality in the final third.

“Off the back of a really good run we’ve had a difficult little time, but I saw some really good signs tonight that I liked.”

Chelsea manager Lampard one more time criticised the officials for not getting a foul call against Jack Grealish and Villa get away with it.

But the Chelsea boss thought there was a handball in the build-up to the goal and officials were sloppy with the decision.

“I think it was handball and the fourth official was very close to it, so I’m not sure why it wasn’t given,” he said.

“I haven’t seen it again, the clash between Grealish and Andreas.

“I didn’t think there was too much in it from what I saw, but I was just concerned that we had a man down on the field.”

Aston Villa’s draw brings them in 5th position just ahead of Chelsea who are currently sixth.