Frank Lampard criticised the attitude of his Chelsea players after being beaten by the “better side” in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.

“We were beaten by the better team,” said Lampard.

“I thought they were sharper than us, ran more than us, showed moments of quality. They looked like a team in form and we looked like a team out of form.”

First-half goals from Wilfried Ndidi and James Maddison put Leicester in a commanding position and Brendan Rodgers’s men could have inflicted a more embarrassing scoreline on Lampard had they taken their chances after the break.

“We were asleep in moments. I felt like there were quite a lot of moments in the first half where our sharpness wasn’t there,” added Lampard.

“The basics and bare minimums are to run, sprint and cover ground, and too many of our players didn’t do it.”

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