Tensions are reportedly raising behind the scenes at Chelsea between Frank Lampard and some of his players amid a slump in form.

The Blues suffered their fourth defeat in seven matches as they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City at home on Sunday.

Chelsea were barely in the game as City scored three goals in the first 35 minutes to all but wrap up three points.

According to The Athletic, Lampard is now under serious pressure in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

It is claimed that Chelsea bosses are ready to act if the poor form continues, with plans set to be put in place to find a replacement.

Frank Lampard knows there will be plenty of pain for Chelsea this season
Frank Lampard is struggling as Chelsea manager this season

Lampard’s case has been made worse by tensions that have arisen from fringe members of his squad who are unhappy.

The situation is said to have been going on for some time now, and may well factor in to the board’s decision when it comes to giving Lampard the boot.

The former midfielder underlined his belief that his players could turn the tide on their season after the defeat to City.

Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne ruled the roost for Manchester City against Chelsea

"I have belief in the group," Lampard told Sky Sports. “Any rebuild takes pain — pain behind the scenes and on the pitch. This is a difficult period.

“City have top players that are Premier League greats, which De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling now are. We are not that.”

"I hope this doesn't sound like I'm criticising players, I'll be the first to look at myself today.

“When I look at the squad, I know that there is an uplift in this team, but I know where we're at – because I see it, and I know the work it takes to be at the level that Manchester City churned out today."