Chelsea’s summer signing is experiencing an 11-game goal drought, and the manager believes it’s partly his team-mates fault.
at Stamford Bridge this Sunday, with the Blues were unable to win their previous four matches.
can bite the Citizens on Counter Attack due to their style of play,
thinks that the Germany international can be effective against deeper defences.
“City will be a different game but we are a possession-based team too,”
Lampard told reporters.
“We generally will have the lion’s share of possession and we have generally found some low block teams against us in the last period, which we have not broken down well enough.
“I think Timo’s attributes can be very powerful on the counterattack but there are lots of things that we need in the game against City, on and off the ball, so we will see.
“He is always a huge weapon on [the counterattack] and I think he will become a huge weapon against low blocks as well. It's not that he can’t play against that. He's sharp, he can finish. Sometimes the onus is on us also to get the ball in the right areas.”
The 24-year-old striker was left out of the starting line-up during
match for the first time this season as he was substituted against
on Boxing Day as well, the 42-year-old manager is confident
will become a key player again by training well behind the scenes.
“Every player goes through tough times in front of goal,”
“The beauty is that he has been getting chances, that is definitely a positive, we know that.
“I found work on the training ground to be the only way to turn that, simple work on the training ground and repetition of finishing, which Timo is doing now.
“When you work like that, it's a matter of time because his natural attributes will get him in front of goal and get him away from defenders and will get him those chances again. If his confidence comes down from missing a couple, that is only natural.
“It's my job to help him with his confidence and be positive and push in a positive direction. The goals will come."
spent most of his glorious days at
, he wore the Citizens’ shirt during a season on loan from
New York City
, where he played alongside City’s legend,
won’t use the 32-year-old Argentine as an example for
, despite admitting he’s one of the best players he worked with.
“He’s an incredible player,” he added. “One of the best players I played with. He certainly showed up on the pitch in my year at City and has done it throughout his career there.
"Everyone has a different way, but I don’t see a direct correlation with Timo on that front and I wouldn’t want to start comparing.”