Frank Lampard insists that the Chelsea squad ‘care’ about turning the club’s results around.
Chelsea have lost six consecutive fixtures in all competitions since Lampard’s return to the club as interim manager, with a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in midweek extending the club’s torrid run of form.
The west Londoners are 12th in the Premier League table and with five games remaining are not mathematically safe from relegation. Chelsea’s defeat at Arsenal was also just the second time the club have trailed by three goals at half-time in a Premier League London derby, as the Blues produced another poor performance.
Lampard accused his side of being ‘too nice’ in the aftermath of the defeat at the Emirates, but has insisted his squad care about improving results.
“Firstly to be clear, I know they do [care]. They do care, they all have their reasons to care,” he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game with Bournemouth.
“The reality is the action of that. Of course you work on the training pitch but since Arsenal it’s been pretty much recovery, and small prep this morning to play. There’s not the chance to deal with these issues which are more fundamental.”
Lampard reflected on a tough period since returning to take the reins at Stamford Bridge, but insists he understood the nature of the role when accepting a deal until the end of the season.
“I think everybody understands the difficulty of the situation I have come into. I understood it coming in especially in those first two or three weeks where we play five games and two against Real Madrid.
“I haven’t had much time to really lay down. You have to accept that as a consequence of the job. As much as you have your great moments where everything feels easy you have your moments where they’re not so.”
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