It remains early days, with the season just a third of the way through, but Chelsea have already failed to beat many of the teams around them; also losing to the Premier League champions and being held by Spurs, Manchester United and high-flying Southampton.
In fact, of the 13 games they have played this season, their six victories have all come against teams sitting 12th or lower in the standings, while only a 93rd-minute equaliser saw them snatch a point at lowly West Brom having fallen three goals down.
It’s a concerning statistic for Lampard and one which is brought into starker light considering his £220million summer spending spree, a large portion of which went on attacking talent in the form of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
Werner has four goals in 12 league games thus far, along with a number of memorable misses, while both Havertz and Ziyech’s lack of return have in large part been due to fitness issues.
Up next for Chelsea is a London derby against West Ham, who are enjoying a fine run of form and currently sit seventh, then it’s across the capital to face Arsenal, who are enduring their worst start to a season in a generation. One loss and one win, then?