Frank Lampard finds Chelsea job more ‘exciting’ and ‘challenging’ after poor run of results

Chelsea briefly moved top of the Premier League table by beating Leeds 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on December 5 as Lampard’s men revelled in a 16-game unbeaten streak.

The Blues have mustered just one win in all competitions since though, to slip to ninth – and heap the pressure on former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard.

The Blues will host League Two Morecambe in Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash at Stamford Bridge with a clutch of academy stars primed to step into a much-changed squad.

Lampard knows he needs a victory, but has no qualms about keeping his players focused and full of confidence.

Asked if his current excitement helps him project an air of positivity and authority to his players, Lampard replied: “It’s my job to be like that.

“I don’t think there was a season I played at this club, for all the success we had over the years, where we didn’t have difficult moments, and meetings, and a defeat, or a double defeat, or whatever a run of bad matches, a bad month, a bad period.

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“It’s part and parcel, so I’m the first one that has to be positive and get excited about the fact that losing games is the biggest chance to improve in football. It’s the biggest chance to get better.

“And when you’re a squad that’s growing and young and new and players that are coming in, those are the moments that test them and make them better players.

“So I can’t sit here and say I have absolute belief that Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic are going to be top-level players as they reach and arrive in the prime of their careers, if I say that it’s going to be an easy run for them. It’s impossible in football.

“So I have to be one that states that to them, that keeps their chin up, keeps them working, understanding that reactions are needed in the tough moments.

“And then the rest is down to them. Because players will always be the ones that get you out of those moments, they have to go and perform.”


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