Frank Lampard defended his club and players during a press conference ahead of their FA Cup game against Luton. Chelsea have picked up just seven points from their last eight games after topping the table in early December.
After a great start to the season, Chelsea have managed to score just 4 goals in their last five games, but conceded 9 in the process. Having spent over 250£m in the summer, there were high expectations from Chelsea to challenge for the title. However, the recent run of results have put Lampard’s position under intense scrutiny.
Speaking ahead of their FA Cup match against Luton, Lampard said he isn’t worried about the speculation around his future at the club, and added “I don’t listen to it. It’s only everywhere if you want to go scroll through social media or something. I don’t do that.“
“I’m not stupid, I know the pressure that comes with managing a top football club but I only do my job. So it doesn’t matter to me.“
“The pressure is fine. You’re obviously more happy when you’re winning games. I was more happy in November, October than I’ve been in mid-December onwards but it comes with the territory.”
“You can look around the Premier League and can see teams this season that have had problems, teams now that are having problems that aren’t used to having problems. So I just to get on with the job.”
“Players will always make you a good, bad or in-between manager so you have to have buy-in from the dressing room because my opinion is that football is whatever per cent tactics but a much bigger percentage of environment, drive, positivity and desire which are the basics in football.”
On asked how vital has Petr Cech’s presence been for his confidence shy squad, Lampard said “To be fair, I think their confidence would be shot if they were to read some of the pieces you write at the minute.”
“I read some of them and some of the confirmation bias you always reflect on games with, it’s almost like a social media pundit to try and get a reaction in a negative way.“
“I read the pieces when we were doing well as well and they didn’t go both ways. So for a journalist to be objective would be a big start. Because if the players do read it, I’d feel like that.”