Lampard blames home pressure after 2-0 loss to Southampton

LONDON (AP) — Playing at home is giving Chelsea the blues.

Coach Frank Lampard blamed the pressure of expectation at Stamford Bridge for inhibiting his players after a 2-0 home defeat against Southampton on Thursday.

Chelsea had not lost consecutive league games at home since 2011.

“We have to mix up our game and break defensive lines, because teams aren’t stupid,” Lampard said. ”You can’t have near on 70% possession and not do more, not hit better crosses and final passes and create more shots on goal.”

The defeat to Southampton — a modest side which only two months ago lost at home to Leicester 9-0 — was a sixth at home for Chelsea in 15 games overall.

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