Chelsea were beaten at home by Manchester City with attackers including Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech struggling again.

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness had suggested clashes with Chelsea’s top four rivals would show whether Frank Lampard’s front-line have what it takes.

Werner and Ziyech have found life tough since signing for the Blues in the summer, while Christian Pulisic is yet to return to top form.

Chelsea couldn’t make the most of an early in-direct free-kick in the box with City netting three quick-fire goals shortly after.

Pep Guardiola’s side controlled the game from there with the Blues creating little at Stamford Bridge, though they did grab a stoppage-time consolation through Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Timo Werner has struggled since joining Chelsea in the summer
Timo Werner has struggled since joining Chelsea in the summer

Liverpool icon Souness had questioned the ability of the Chelsea front-line, though believed the clash with City was the perfect chance to show what they can do.

Ahead of the clash, Souness had told Sky Sports: "You pay big money for players for these games.

“This is a game that decides whether you're going to be a winner, or just an also-ran. You've got to beat the teams around you.

"We'll see if Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech are consistent performers at this level, and that's what you have to be. We'll find out today.

Graeme Souness questioned the ability of the Chelsea front-line
Graeme Souness questioned the ability of the Chelsea front-line

"I wouldn't say Werner is a silky finisher, he doesn't strike me as someone who is a really silky, clinical finisher. He gets there a lot, but he misses too many.

“Maybe this is just his first year of learning, but he's got to be a regular scorer at this level against big teams."

Lampard had insisted Werner will reach his potential following his move from RB Leipzig.

The boss said: “Every player goes through tough times in front of goal and I always found that work at the training ground was the only way to turn that.

Frank Lampard is confident his Chelsea front-line will come good
Frank Lampard is confident his Chelsea front-line will come good

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“It’s about simple work, repetition of finishing, which Timo is doing now, and when you work like that then it’s a matter of time.

“His natural attributes will get him in front of goal, get him away from defenders and get him those chances again. The beauty is that he’s been getting chances because that’s definitely a positive.

“If his confidence is low from missing a couple, that’s only natural and it’s my job to help push him in a positive direction. I feel the goals will come.”