Frank Lampard has been told that his situation at Chelsea could ‘turn ugly’ as form goes downhill.
That is the verdict from ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton, who believes his former side are in crisis.
Chelsea could only manage a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after another flat performance.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring only for Anwar El Ghazi to equalise minutes into the second-half.
And the home side had no reply, managing just three shots on target as they chased all three points.
There has been just one win in six for the west London outfit and Sutton believes that the situation could turn ugly for Lampard.
“At the moment, they are a crisis club because they are underperforming,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“They are flat and that’s why Frank needs to get a few wins under his belt and extremely quickly because it can, as we know, turn ugly at Chelsea.
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“Whether we like it or not, this is a totally different season for Frank.
“The pressure is on; he has spent the big money. Now the pressure will build.
“I don’t want to go too early on Chelsea and Frank because if they win three on the spin, they will be up into second place and we’ll be saying ‘can they win the title again?’ and that’s the way it is.
“But I don’t think Chelsea can win the title. They have to get back to a way of playing where they really find their rhythm.”
Lampard has recognised that this has been a poor stretch of results from Chelsea and has told his stars that this is a critical period of the season.
“This is our tough period at the moment,” he said.
“We have to fight for it and we’ll be stronger for it.
“You want to get results at this point of the year. I could feel the players’ disappointment at the end because they want to win.
“A few weeks ago, people were talking about us as title challengers. Now it’s a difficult period. The new players are going to get better as they come along.”