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​Chelsea boss Lampard: Why 'big six' dropping points this season

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has spoken about the reasons for teams in the "top six" dropping a lot of points in the Premier League so far.

This season is only a few weeks old, but the top of the table is a lot more disjointed than usual.

Teams such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have been indifferent in terms of performances and results.

The Blues and United played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Asked about the reasons for these dropped points, Lampard had many theories.

"I think it is a hard one to pinpoint as there can be a number of factors," he told reporters, via Goal.

"The fans are a factor, but I don't know why it certainly feels like a factor. My feeling is from talking about ourselves is we went to play to Arsenal in the cup final a week after the season ended.

"A lot of the other teams finished their season when we played Wolves, so I couldn't give the lads a few days [before the final]. Then we went to Munich one week later, so I couldn't give the lads a few days there. Then the lads had shy of two weeks off.

"Then we come back in and we had double figures of isolation for two weeks. So it is not easy, I hate excuses because you only want to move forward but from our point of view, and we had new players coming into the team.

"Football is all about relationships on the pitch. It is always about the timing of the pass one forward wants, whether you go inside, or you come on the outside. Those sorts of things are what you work on the training pitch.

"We are now working on them in game to try and get a lot of improvement in the team. It is normal for results to be affected when you are talking about teams you expect to be at the top.

"We just need to keep our head on and improve, because we have a lot of faith in the squad. Today shows the basis of being able to keep a clean sheet and show resilience. I am less worried [about] relationships at the top of the pitch as that will be down to individual quality and we certainly have that."

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