Lampard: AVB And I, Not Ideal


Frank Lampard scored the goal to help save his manager’s job but admitted: “My relationship with AVB is not ideal.”

The England midfielder’s 150th league goal helped Chelsea batter Bolton 3-0 in weekend’s EPL tie.

But Lamps said: “I think you can probably see that it’s not been ideal. There have been certain issues. Certain players, we don’t like not to play.

“I’m sure we’re all frustrated at the minute. Everyone who’s involved, especially people who have got Chelsea in their hearts, who have been here a long time and want to see us performing as we should do.

“It doesn’t mean I want to play every game and, if I sit on the bench, I want to see Chelsea win.

“It’s never a case of players throwing their toys out of the pram to the detriment of the club.”

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Lampard’s goal, after strikes from David Luiz and Didier Drogba, eased the pressure on AVB.

But the manager warned the midfielder could be back on the bench against West Brom on Saturday.

He said: “Players can be disappointed. We need to make decisions which will benefit the team. There are six players competing for those three positions in midfield.

“Lamps had his chance today and played fantastically well.”

But when asked if the England star was a shoo-in to face West Brom on Saturday, he added: “That is not the way it works.”

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