English Premiership

Lampard stands behind Chelsea's young players

2019-10-30 09:58
Frank Lampard
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Cape Town - Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says even if he had signed players in the transfer window his youngsters would still have been given first-team opportunities.

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 transfer ban.

However, that presented the opportunity for Chelsea's talented youngsters to show what they could do, and they grabbed it with both hands.

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 competitions.

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 opinions.

"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 flip-flopper."

Kick-off is at 22:05 (SA time).

 

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