What furious Lampard told Chelsea players after worst 45 minutes of the season


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was unhappy with their first half display against Leicester and told his team that they were ‘not good enough for the Chelsea badge’.

Ross Barkley’s second half goal sealed a 1-0 victory against Leicester to set-up a semi-final match against Manchester United.

However, the midfielder came on after a poor first half performance which Lampard described as the worst 45 minutes of the season.

‘I don’t think we played that badly this season for 45 minutes. We’ve played a lot better and lost games,’ said Lampard afterwards.

Asked what Lampard said at half-time, Barkley said: [He said we were] not good enough for the Chelsea badge to be performing like that.

‘[We needed to] be vocal on the pitch and make things happen. We could have done better with the final pass and stuff like that.’

Frank Lampard’s anger was summed up by the fact he substituted three players after the end of the first half.

Mount, Reece James and Billy Gilmour were all taken off and there was an improvement in Chelsea’s display.

Despite the substitutions, Lampard says he had to make the change and that the three players will all become ‘top players’ for the club.

‘First half is not what we are used to in terms of performance,’ said Lampard.

Frank Lampard and Ross Barkley
Frank Lampard and Ross Barkley after Chelsea 1-0 win over Leicester City

‘We lacked intensity. I could have made more or different subs for more urgency because it was such a lethargic performance. We dragged out of it, to be fair.

‘The second half, there were glimpses of it [Chelsea’s normal play] and I am delighted we came through.

‘If we don’t turn up to games like today, then we have no chance. We were lucky today. The players that came off are young lads and are going to be top players.’


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