Frank Lampard insists he is ‘absolutely together’ with the Chelsea hierarchy following his decision to drop under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spanish international ‘keeper has come under fierce criticism for his performances this season and has subsequently been dropped for Chelsea‘s past two fixtures, with veteran Willy Caballero having deputised in goal.
Lampard’s side have endured mixed results of late and following Monday night’s defeat to Manchester United, speculation arose that the Blues’ boss could face increased scrutiny from the club’s board should he fail to deliver a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
Amongst the matters of concern is believed to be Lampard’s management of the squad, including the decision to drop the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, though ahead of this weekend’s crucial meeting with Tottenham the 41-year-old says there has been no clashing with the board over his decision.
“Certainly not. That fills a lot of headlines for people,” Lampard said in his pre-match media briefing.
“I’m absolutely together with all the club and the board, because we all want the best. And I’m paid to make decisions.
“So with form, I have to consider the goalkeeper position. Recently it’s just changed, but that’s nothing final.
“All Kepa needs to do is train and show a great attitude, as I demand from all the players. And things can obviously change. But all I want is the best for the team.”