This morning, Chelsea suffered a 4-1 defeat against Manchester United, officially granting the Red Devils a ticket to the Champions League next season. Manchester United surged ahead with a commanding 4-0 lead through goals from Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford before Joao Felix scored a consolation goal for the Blues.
In his statement after the eighth loss in ten matches as interim manager of Chelsea, Lampard admitted that his team’s training hadn’t been up to par.
“That’s the question I think anyone in the highest level as a professional footballer would ask you in a period like this where you’re not playing well. And the only way to answer that is through your performances on the pitch, and it starts with the way you work, the way you train, and the way you prepare. And to be brutally honest, I see that short at the moment.
In a short space of time, you can see, if a group of players train together and push each other, good things come. But at this moment, we don’t have that motivation to do it.”
The former English midfielder also praised Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag: “I remember when Erik ten Hag came at the start of the season, people talked about his discipline, his punishment, his rules. And now, everyone can see that he was right.”
Furthermore, Lampard acknowledged that as an interim manager at Chelsea, he couldn’t learn much: “If you ask me what I’ve learned in this short period, in terms of coaching, not an awful lot.
This job will challenge you at different times, and I’m certainly not a victim because I love working here. That never changes.
But have I learned much about the football side in this period? As I said, I don’t think so at this moment. I’ve managed Chelsea before, and then Everton. But in this period, it’s more an experience for me.”
At the end of this season, Lampard will bid farewell to Stamford Bridge to make way for Mauricio Pochettino. Hopefully, the Chelsea players will show their gratitude to the English manager with a strong performance in their final match against Newcastle.
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