Chelsea reportedly have faith that Frank Lampard can turn things around in west London in the wake of last Sunday’s 3-1 defeat against Manchester City. The Blues have endured a difficult time in the past month and it was an unhappy festive period for Lampard and his players following defeats to Everton, Wolves and Arsenal.
Yet despite his side’s embarrassing display against City at Stamford Bridge, Lampard remains confident his team can end the season with silverware.
He cited recollections of memories of a defeat at Middlesbrough during his playing career, after Chelsea were destroyed by Mark Viduka and Yakubu.
The Blues would still go on to lift the title that year under Jose Mourinho and Lampard is hungry to spark a reaction from his demoralised players.
Reports emerged on Sunday that Lampard’s job was under threat following the concerning performance.
“If top four starts to look unlikely, then a change could be made.”
Lampard has made it clear that he is not fearing the sack, which would suggest he has been reassured that the club are committed to their long-term project.
Despite talk of the sack, Lampard was in a defiant mood after Chelsea’s latest setback against Man City.
“I’m not concerned on that point [about the sack],” Lampard said.
“I expected periods of difficulty this year, I said it when we beat Leeds and everyone was championing us to be title contenders – I know that it doesn’t come that easy, I know where we’re at.
“Whether it puts pressure on me is regardless. Because a month ago everyone was asking when I’d sign a new contract, and now people will be saying different things because in quick succession, over a tight, busy period, we’ve lost four games of football.
“So the pressure remains constant in this job and you know in tough moments that will be there. I didn’t get into this job being unaware of that.
“My job is to keep working, my job is to try and lift the players who would have felt that in the first half, they would have felt the differences of City and their receiving of the ball and their individual ability to take the ball in tight areas.
“We’re fighting to try and match those levels and I know it takes time.”