Interim Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he won’t let the players ‘off the hook’ for the rest of the season.
The players are getting changed in corridors and completing crowded, haphazard training sessions because there are simply too many of them. They can’t score goals and they’ve just been knocked out of the Champions League – effectively ending their season.
Rather than continue to hold them accountable, there’s an argument to be made for just putting them out of their misery.
Without the Champions League, Frank Lampard and Chelsea have nothing left to play for this season. Next season will likely be just the second time in twenty years the club hasn’t competed in European competition.
“Every game you play you have to give everything,” said Frank Lampard.
“I’ve been here now for only two weeks so I’m hungry.
“I won’t let anyone off the hook in terms of seeing this season out. It has to be the opposite.
“It’s not for the want of trying,” he said of the Real Madrid defeat.
“We had lots of crosses and lots of players in good positions so I will never criticise the lads for that – it’s just the fact that if they took any of those chances. If the tie went to 2-1 at any point, you really would have felt the crowd turn.”
“We were playing world-class opposition there and we were, for me, the better team and had chances.
“It’s the first game since I’ve been back that I’ve seen the things and we’ve really been implementing them – and that’s something that we want to continue for the rest of the season.
“Now that standard cannot drop. That’s the one message, once the dust settles on this, in-house.”