By Riath Al-Samarrai for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:31 GMT, 15 December 2019 | Updated: 08:58 GMT, 16 December 2019
One English manager stopped a clock on a bad run, another might just be driven to distraction by the continued ticking.
What we cannot know at this point is whether this is merely a drama for Frank Lampard, or something more severe.
The worry is that he is now fully immersed in the first serious test of his Chelsea reign and those fresh young things of autumn are looking rather tired in winter.
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Lampard spoke on multiple fronts in the aftermath of a jolting and underwhelming defeat by Bournemouth, touching on issues ranging from fatigue, to conceding too many goals, to not converting enough chances, to needing the 'balls' to take risks.
All points were measured in their delivery and none were what might be termed an attack on those in his charge.
But there was urgency in the message because there is urgency in Chelsea's situation after four defeats in five league games. Narrow losses at Manchester City are easily accepted, but West Ham, Everton and a Bournemouth side who were in danger of their worst run for 25 years? Harder to wash.
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