Frank Lampard has urged his ‘quiet’ Chelsea players to be more ‘vocal’ on the pitch ahead of a crucial run-in to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
Chelsea‘s hopes of a return to Europe’s elite were dealt a blow following a disastrous 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last weekend, though the west London side still have their fate firmly in their own hands ahead of the final three fixtures of the season.
Lampard described the defeat as one of the club’s worst days of the season and admitted he was ‘concerned’ by the Blues’ performance and the lack of voices in comparison to their South Yorkshire counterparts.
The Chelsea boss has now called on his side to be more vocal as they look to guarantee a top-four finish, starting with this evening’s clash against already-relegated Norwich at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s something I picked up before, something I talk about with the players and one of the easiest things to do on the pitch – to help your teammates by being vocal,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.
“We don’t have enough of it, for sure. We have to get better and it’s something I drill into the players, particularly now where you can hear it because the stadiums feel different.
“You can be as quiet as you want off the pitch – we have some quiet players who keep themselves to themselves – but they must come out of that on the pitch. They must demand the ball, otherwise the game can pass you by.
“They must have character to talk to people around them and where we are young we have to improve. Maybe as the players grow into themselves a little bit, I keep telling them, the staff keep telling them, hopefully that message will hit home. But sometimes it’s not that easy when players are generally quiet.”