After an even start to the match, the visiting side ran riot in the first half at Stamford Bridge as Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne all netted – though Callum Hudson-Odoi did add a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time of the 3-1 defeat.
Chelsea have now won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions but Lampard is not overly concerned by their current slump and says he experienced similarly bad days during his own playing career.
‘I said to the players at half-time, I’ve sat there and had those days… I sat there and had those days and lifted a trophy at the end of the year,’ he told Sky Sports after the game.
‘I remember getting beat at Middlesbrough 2-0 or 3-0, Viduka and Yakubu up front, and we were sat in the dressing room pretty demoralised.
‘But we bounced back because we had a spirit in the dressing room, we had a quality of player.
‘We’re in a different period now, but any player in football is going to have moments like that, some of the results we’ve seen this season for other teams – Man City, Liverpool, etc – have been harsh for them.
‘But the players, myself, have to take it on the chin and react. This is football.’
Asked if his Chelsea players have the mettle to bounce back, Lampard continued: ‘Without a doubt we have that. Without a doubt.
‘Because we went 16 games unbeaten. A month ago everyone was asking me about where we could [finish], a new contract, now people will be saying the opposite. I can’t control that, we can’t control that.
‘What we can control is what we do tonight, tomorrow and the next day, what we do against Morecambe, and what we do against Fulham. And I have belief in the group, so I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m criticising players.
‘I’ll be the first to look at myself today, but when I look at the squad I know that there is uplift in this team. But I know where we’re at, because I see it, and I know the work it takes to be on the level that Manchester City churned out today – because that’s been a lot of years in the making. It’s normal as a squad we take little knocks along the way, now’s a test.’