Chelsea's return from Lampard is ruined when Leicester earns a draw


Frank Lampard climbed the tunnel steps and emerged with extreme applause from Chelsea fans, a flaming show and a giant banner at one end of the Stamford bridge that read "Welcome Home Super Frank".

"The stuff of dreams", Lampard described his homecoming Sunday.

He couldn't score it with a win, however.

Lampard's winless game as club manager where he is top scorer and one of his biggest players has expanded to three games after Leicester reacted to earn a 1-1 Premier League tie.

"It's very early for us," Lampard said after his first home game at Chelsea. "We must be patient while we are working for something."

After a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United on the opening weekend of the Premier League and then a penalty shootout against Liverpool on Wednesday, Chelsea failed to maintain the advantage of the young Mason Mount's seventh minute goal.

The midfielder in possession of Wilfred Ndidi was at fault for that goal after being expropriated by Mount on the edge of the Leicester area, but he made amends by scoring the draw.

James Maddison turned the corner and Ndidi climbed higher than the marker Cesar Azpilicueta to plant a sure header in the corner.


Chelsea struggled in the second half, perhaps due to the fatigue that was brought to bear by Liverpool in the Super Cup, which ended after midnight local time in Turkey.

Leicester wasted a clear chance of taking all three points when Maddison overcame Chelsea's static defense in the 73rd minute just to escape the limit.

"It's a business of results," said Lampard.

"It's strange because the performance against Manchester United in general made me happier than today, even though it was a 4-0 result. We need both.

"There have been frustrations. If there were frustrations in the crowd, there were frustrations in the team and on the bench. "


While Chelsea started the season disappointingly under Lampard, Leicester – strongly imagined to break through the top six under Brendan Rodgers – is also without a win after opening with a 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"The first six will always be difficult," said Rodgers, "but we must be aggressive and dominant, whatever the arena in which you are playing, at home or away, and you saw it today from my team" .

Sheffield United is resting comfortably in the Premier League after its return to the top flight after a 12-year absence.

A 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday followed a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on the opening weekend.

Only Liverpool and Arsenal have passed the four points of Sheffield United in two games.

John Lundstram was the winner of the team, the midfielder closed at close range in the 47th minute after the Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita managed to bring down a cross in the penalty area.

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The Palace has not yet scored a goal this season, having started with a 0-0 draw against Everton.