By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Frank Lampard has claimed Chelsea are in a full-blown crisis and that Jose Mourinho is in desperate need of a win to save his job.
The club’s record goal-scorer was impressed by some aspects of the Blues’ play in their 1-0 defeat at Stoke tonight but says there are question marks over the Mourinho regime.
“I don’t know what the answer is there,” Lampard said. “This is not a blip now, it’s far from a blip now. Chelsea should not be where they are, they’re losing games regularly.
“They need to turn the corner very quick. We can keep saying that every week, but it comes to the point where they need to get results.
“Tonight I will say I saw glimpses of what they need to turn the corner. Bright, sharp, working together. I couldn’t really fault their performance tonight.
“They just didn’t get the result to win the game. But they need to get results now, simple as that.”
Lampard’s fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp is convinced Mourinho is fighting for his job as the champions stay rooted at 16th in the Premier League table.
“You only need to look at their form,” said Redknapp. “Last year after 12 games, they had not lost a game. This year they have lost seven games.
“Something is dramatically wrong. They win the league by eight points last year, they absolutely breezed it. This is unprecedented. I can’t remember a team ever performing like this after winning the title.
“Jose has to take a lot of responsibility for that.”