Frank Lampard insists Chelsea fans have to accept ‘reality’ they aren’t a ‘top eight’ side anymore – as interim Blues boss urges his players to show ‘an immense amount of pride’ ahead of huge ‘reboot’ this summer
- Lampard has told Chelsea fans to accept that they will not finish in the top eight
- The Chelsea legend urged his players to show ‘an immense amount of pride’ now
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has insisted that his side must accept the fact that they are not going to finish in the top eight this season as reality hits home.
The Blues have lost all six of Lampard’s matches since his return to the club as the interim head coach and face Bournemouth on Saturday.
Speaking to the press ahead of the match, Lampard admitted that it is time to face reality as Chelsea continue to struggle.
‘We at Chelsea have been fortunate for 20 years. When the spotlight is on you, it’s on you. You have to understand and handle that. Even as a fanbase, you can be frustrated and want more but you can also be understanding of the last 20 years at Chelsea,’ he said.
‘It’s not one for me to sit on and feel hurt by too much. More what’s the action to get us out. The action this season won’t get us in the Champions League or top eight. Not all fans want to hear that but it’s a reality I’ve come back into.’
Frank Lampard believes that Chelsea will not finish in the top eight in the Premier League
The interim head coach continued to discuss the pressures on him after taking over the role
Lampard continued to discuss his situation at the club, believing that it has been tough for him to take over as the fourth manager this season following Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Bruno Saltor’s departures.
He continued: ‘I think every situation is different. I’m the third, fourth manager. You can see from that it’s been a tough season all round. Every situation is different. A new situation for me because I’ve been permanent before.
‘It may be more common in the modern day because of the pressures of big business and modern football in the Premier League.
‘If you manage, I’ve had three permanent jobs. Everybody understands the difficulty of the situation I’ve come into, I understood it coming in. Not much time to lay much down. You have to accept that.
Chelsea’s most recent defeat came at rivals Arsenal, a 3-1 loss at the Emirates
‘You have moments where things feel easy and some not so. If you want to list our last four Premier League games, no. They’re not good. That’s the full picture. Our league position is a reality, our points, goals scored are a reality of the season. Four managers through the season.
‘There’s a reality. It’s not my job to focus too much on that or think on stats from the outside.’
Chelsea sit 12th in the Premier League table and could drop as low as 14th if they fall to defeat against Bournemouth this weekend.
The head coach finalised by telling his players to play for pride rather than position towards the end of the season.
‘Everyone from the outside wants to say there’s not much on it but myself and the players have to show an immense amount of pride,’ he said.
‘Will we need a reboot in the summer? Sure.’
While no permanent successor for Lampard has been revealed, Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the hot seat at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard will have five matches to turn things around after losing six in a row after taking over from Potter and Saltor this season.
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