Frank Lampard has called for ‘trust’ from the Chelsea faithful as his ‘transitional’ side continue their pursuit of a top four finish this season.
Having been tipped by many to finish outside of the top four this season, Chelsea’s inexperienced and developing side remain firmly in the hunt to secure Champions League qualification, yesterday’s 2-2 draw at third-placed Leicester leaving the club fourth – four points clear of nearest challengers Spurs.
However, despite seeing their transfer-ban lifted ahead of the winter window, the Blues would endure a frustrating month in the transfer market as Lampard failed to secure new additions, and the Chelsea boss has now called on the club’s fans to remain ‘positive’ as his side bid to finish the season strongly.
‘When we lost against Liverpool, I have never seen a reaction to a home loss like that because the fans were saying we get it, we are young, there is a transitional feel about it, and we need that trust even more than ever for the next four months,” Lampard told chelseafc.com.
‘As we have seen in recent games there are times when all elements aren’t coming off for us, finishing being the main one, and with young players, as much as I want to drive them and be strong with them at times, we have to accept that sometimes with players who are very young and were in the Championship last season or playing youth football or whatever, coming into the first team there are times that are tough for them. I know the fans will give us that trust and we will certainly need it to keep pushing this season.
‘A lot of the Chelsea fans I meet in London saw us when we lacked a stand or cars were parked at the back of the stadium or we were dropping down the divisions, and now they can’t believe it so they are very realistic.
‘So if there is effort and drive from myself and from the players I think they will accept pretty much everything. So after the talk and this window has gone, that is all we can concern ourselves with, and being positive.’