Chelsea boss Lampard lays into The Athletic journalist

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2021 2:06

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard criticised the objectivity of one journalist at his press briefing on Friday.

Lampard was posed a question about the importance of having Petr Cech alongside in tough times at Stamford Bridge.

But Liam Twomey from The Athletic was not expecting the response he got from Lampard.

“To be fair Liam their confidence would be shot if they were to read some of the pieces you write at the minute. I read them and some of the confirmation bias that you reflect on after games…it’s almost like a social media pundit to try and get a reaction in a negative way.

“I read the pieces when we were doing well and they did not go both ways. So for a journalist to be objective would be a big start because players do read it.”

When he did answer the question, Lampard said: “His experience is vital. We have been there before, we know what it takes to turn the corner and we work together on that.”

The Blues boss refused to accept the pressure was building on him. Two wins in the last eight matches has seen Chelsea slip well off the Premier League pace.

In a season where champions Liverpool are faltering Chelsea remain 11 points behind the leaders Manchester United.

Lampard has struggled to get the best from his expensive summer signings with Kai Havertz and Timo Werner struggling to get to grips with English football.

Asked whether the results or performances were the most worrying, he said: “They go hand in hand. Results are what you get measured on and recently we haven’t got as many points as we want.”

 

 

Pressure 

A host of names have been linked with Lampard’s job, but the former Derby boss is unconcerned.

“I ignore them. I only do my job.

“The pressure is fine, it comes with the territory. There are teams having problems now that were not, I just have to get on with the job,” said Lampard, whose men face Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday.

“My concern is not the pressure on me, I understand how it goes. The pressure needs to be positive on the players. I don’t mind taking it. The players want to get some form back.

“Players will always make you a good or bad or in between manager. In terms of the banner, I really appreciate it. I think everyone who knows me or watched me as a player understand how I feel about the club.”

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