Sheffield United rekindled their European Championship ambitions with an impressive 3-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday, as the blues suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for the Champions League.
It was another alarmingly sloppy display from Chelsea, whose other defeat since the restart was a defensively shambolic 3-2 loss at lowly West Ham.
Lampard made two changes as Jorginho came in for Billy Gilmour, who had knee surgery after Tuesday’s win at Crystal Palace, and Tammy Abraham started in place of Olivier Giroud.
Frank Lampard’s side were punished for some dismal defending at Bramall Lane as David McGoldrick struck twice in both halves of the encounter.
Sheffield United are now unbeaten in their last four games, with Chelsea their latest scalp after impressive wins over Tottenham and Wolves.
The win takes Sheffield up to sixth place and are firmly in the hunt to qualify for the Europa League at the end of a remarkable first season back in the top flight.
However, the Blues remain third after a second defeat in their last four games, but they will be down to fifth place by Monday evening if Leicester beat Bournemouth and Manchester United defeat Southampton.
With games against Norwich, Liverpool and Wolves left in the league, Chelsea will hope second-placed Manchester City’s two-year European ban is upheld on Monday.
In that case, finishing fifth would guarantee Champions League qualification for Chelsea.