June 23, 2024

 

Frank Lampard’s wait for a first Premier League win since returning as Chelsea caretaker manager goes on after Brentford secured a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, has now lost his opening five games in charge after Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-half own goal (37) and substitute Bryan Mbeumo’s deflected strike (78) extended the club’s worst run since 1993 in all competitions

Lampard – who previously led Chelsea between 2019 and 2021 – re-joined the club on an interim basis until the end of the season following the sacking of Graham Potter earlier this month

However, the 44-year-old has overseen Premier League losses at Wolves and at home to Brighton, plus defeats to Real Madrid in both legs of their Champions League quarter-final.

To make matters worse, Chelsea have only scored one goal under Lampard – a heavily deflected Conor Gallagher strike against Brighton.

Brentford made the short trip without a win in six, but having earned their west London derby victory at their rivals in 83 years last season, this deserved success keeps their outside European aspirations alive.

The Bees sit ninth in the table – six points off seventh-placed Tottenham in the Europa Conference League berth – and eight points above Chelsea in 11th.

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