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CHELSEA BEATEN Speculation swirling over Frank Lampard's future at Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel favourite to replace him

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Frank Lampard shows his frustration on the touchline (Rui Vieira/PA)

Frank Lampard shows his frustration on the touchline (Rui Vieira/PA)

Frank Lampard shows his frustration on the touchline (Rui Vieira/PA)

Frank Lampard's position as Chelsea manager is coming under increased scrutiny after his side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Leicester, as the Foxes moved to the top of the table.

Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison scored to beat condemn Chelsea to another defeat and leave the Foxes a point ahead of Manchester United, having played a game more, although Manchester City will go top if they beat Aston Villa on Wednesday.

While title talk is bubbling at Leicester, a very different emotion was rippling through Lampard after his latest defeat, with speculation mounting that he might be running out of time at Chelsea.

Sources close to the club have told sundayworld.com that the Chelsea hierarchy are losing faith in Lampard and may have already reached out to possible successors with a change now imminent.

The defeat was their sixth of the season left the Blues eighth in the top flight, five points behind the top four as the pressure mounts on boss Lampard.

"I can't get caught up in what the reaction will be. I took this job knowing there will be difficult times. At the moment we have to fight," he stated.

"Where things were rosy in December, they are not so rosy now. When you are playing well like we were you relax and settle down and this game kicks you up the backside.

"I’m able to handle the pressure. I could sense these periods would come and that’s all I can concern myself about.

"There are players who are not playing as well as they should be, that’s a simple fact.

"I’m disappointed with both the goals. We know we can compete with Leicester when we are are playing well but when you go 2-0 down and you are in a difficult period of form it affects the game hugely.

"The players know they were beaten by a better team, a team we are behind and one we want to catch. The general theme of our performance was slow and sluggish."

"It's not where we want to be. I am worried. From the form we were in to get so quickly in to the form we're in now, even with the Fulham win [on Saturday] and some other wins in there, we should be better than losing five in eight.

"It's a young team. They won't be feeling nice. I'm not against the lads in the dressing room. They will have learned a lesson.

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

Jose Mourinho's final game as Chelsea manager in 2015 came at Leicester's King Power Stadium and history may well repeat itself now, with a surprise name leading the betting with Paddy Power to succeed Lampard.

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Andriy Shevchenko had few moments of joy at Chelsea (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Andriy Shevchenko had few moments of joy at Chelsea (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Andriy Shevchenko had few moments of joy at Chelsea (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Former Chelsea manager Andriy Shevchenko is the 9/5 favourite to take over and his strong friendship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could put him in position to land the post.

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and ex-Juventus boss Max Alegri are rated as 7/2 shots, with RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers also in the list of contenders at 15/2.

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