‘Not good enough for the Chelsea badge’: Ross Barkley reveals Frank Lampard’s angry half-time team talk before making three changes in FA Cup quarter-final win at Leicester
- Ross Barkley scored the winner as Chelsea beat Leicester City 1-0 on Sunday
- The result sees the Blues reach the FA Cup semi-finals at the Foxes’ expense
- Barkley admitted Lampard was unimpressed with his side during the first-half
- The Chelsea boss said his players were ‘not good enough for the badge’
Ross Barkley revealed that Frank Lampard told his players at half-time that their performance was not ‘good enough for the Chelsea badge’ before they went on to beat Leicester 1-0 win in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Barkley came off the bench to net the winner in the 63rd minute to send Chelsea to the last four of the competition, but the west Londoners were going through the motions during the first-half of the match at the King Power Stadium.
The Chelsea manager did not hesitate to rip into his players at the interval, before making a triple substitution for the second-half which included bringing on match-winner Barkley.
Ross Barkley said that Frank Lampard blasted his side before they went on to beat Leicester
Lampard said his team were ‘not good enough for the badge’ during the first-half of the game
When asked about what Lampard said at half-time, Barkley told BT Sport: ‘[He said we were] not good enough for the Chelsea badge to be performing like that.
‘[We needed to] be vocal on the pitch and make things happen. We could have done better with the final pass and stuff like that.’
Barkley admitted that Chelsea fell short of Lampard’s standards throughout the game, despite going on to secure their semi-final spot.
The midfielder’s goal means the Blues have won every game since coming out of lockdown and have extended their winning run in all competitions to five games.
The Blues were underwhelming in the opening period of their FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester
But Lampard made three changes at half-time including Barkley, who scored the winner
Barkley added: ‘We weren’t at our best today. There were a lot of things we could have done better.
‘We needed to keep the winning motivation. We haven’t lost since we have come back. But getting into the semis was the most important thing.’
Barkley steered home Willian’s cross from the right-wing to give the Blues the lead just 20 minutes after coming off the substitute’s bench.
The England midfielder revealed Lampard had instructed him to make runs into the box before bringing him on.
He added: ‘The gaffer said to get into the box and make things happen. We work on it a lot in training. Midfielders get in the box and the rewards are there.’
The England midfielder swept home Willian’s cross after 63 minutes to secure the 1-0 victory
Barkley said that he has been working with Lampard to improve his movement in the final third
Talking about Barkley’s movement for his goal, BT Sport pundit Joe Cole said: ‘Frank was the best in the world at that. I am pleased for Ross, he is fighting for his place.
‘He has played over 30 times for his country and people are talking about Grealish and he has been forgotten.’
Fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand added: ‘He needs to listen to frank about the timings of when to get into the box.
‘He’s got the experience and know-how of getting into the box. He needs to kick on and this is his moment now.’
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