Cape Town - Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says even if he had signed
players in the transfer window his youngsters would still have been given
Lampard took charge of the Blues in the summer knowing full
well that there would be no new arrivals due to the club being hit with a
However, that presented the opportunity for Chelsea's
talented youngsters to show what they could do, and they grabbed it with both
The likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been a
revelation, but it has been suggested they may not have got a chance, had
Lampard been able to spend in the summer. Something he has dismissed.
"I set out this season to see what these young boys
could do," he said. "If I didn't have a transfer ban and came to this
club and had opportunities to bring players in during the summer, I still would
have trusted the young boys and would have made decisions around that."
Things did not get off to the best start with a 4-0 defeat
at Manchester United on the opening day of the season.
Despite being exposed to criticism following that chastening
defeat, the 41-year-old has persevered with a strategy of blooding young talent
and has been rewarded with a stunning seven-match winning run across all
In-form Chelsea host United in the Carabao Cup fourth round
on Wednesday evening and Lampard says ditching his bold approach based on one
bad result would have left him looking indecisive.
"There is a lot of noise, win, lose or draw; selection,
whatever 11 I pick," said Lampard. "With this big wide world of
social media, we have now it will be dissected, and people will have different
opinions and some people who are ex-players or ex managers will have different
"For me to have thrown that away after one game at
Manchester United and a few opinions, that would have made me a bit of a
Kick-off is at 22:05 (SA time).