Chelsea fans should point the finger at Jose Mourinho if the Blues fail to win the Premier League this season.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who suggest Chelsea have lost out on a seven point lead in the Premier League table just because Mourinho sold Frank Lampard to Manchester City.
It’s fairly easy to see how the newspaper has come up with the figure - Lampard’s City goals have directly contributed to seven points for the Etihad Stadium club.
He scored the winner most recently against Sunderland on New Year’s Day to secure the three points for the reigning Premier League champions.
But what the report doesn’t take into account is that had Manchester City not signed Lampard, that doesn’t necessarily mean City would not have won those games. In theory they could have claimed nine points from the three games, rather than just seven, and be two points clear of Chelsea right now.
That’s because City would have played someone other than Lampard - they wouldn’t have just ended the game with 10 men.
Anyway, the point remains valid that Chelsea did make something of a mistake when they allowed Lampard to leave Stamford Bridge as he’s now helping a rival in the title race - and his contributions could be crucial.
Chelsea and Manchester City are currently level on points and goal difference at the top of the table, while Lampard personally went to fourth on the Premier League all-time top goalscorer list with 176 goals this week - passing Thierry Henry.