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“Give me more difficult choices” – Lampard reveals plans to keep Chelsea players motivated despite UCL qualification

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Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says that winning the group and getting more first-team minutes will motivate the squad during their match against Sevilla. (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard has asked the Chelsea players to give him “more difficult choices going forward” by impressing him in the game against Sevilla

Speaking in the pre-match interview (h/t football.london) before the game against Sevilla on Wednesday, Frank Lampard revealed his plans of keeping the Chelsea players motivated despite ensuring qualification to the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

Chelsea ensured qualification from their Champions League group when they beat Stade Rennais last week courtesy of a late Olivier Giroud winner in France.

Chelsea lead Group E after being unbeaten in Europe and collecting 10 points in their first 4 matches. Their opponents, Sevilla, are in second place with 10 points as well.

Both teams have ensured qualification to the Champions League last-16 but the top spot in the group is still up for grabs as the two teams go head to head in Seville on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard says that Chelsea players have a lot of reasons to be motivated for the Champions League game against Sevilla. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard says that Chelsea players have a lot of reasons to be motivated for the Champions League game against Sevilla. (GETTY Images)

When asked about his plan to keep the Chelsea players motivated for this game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Lampard said that Chelsea are still targeting to qualify as group winners.

“We want to win the group for different reasons, obviously your pathway through would be the beneficial position.”

Lampard went on to say that the fringe players would also be motivated by the prospect of entering the first-team fray if they continue to impress him in the upcoming games.

“Also in terms of motivation, those players that haven’t played so many minutes, their motivation is to try to show why they should be in the starting XI. I have different choices, and it’s an opportunity for players to give me more difficult choices moving forward.

Frank Lampard hinted that he will rotate the Chelsea squad against Sevilla. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard hinted that he will rotate the Chelsea squad against Sevilla. (GETTY Images)

The Blues manager also underlined the importance of consistency and demanded that the concentration levels should not drop if they are to succeed this season.

Lampard also mentioned in the interview that this will be a chance for him to rotate his squad ‘for different reasons’.

“Some players have been playing a lot, we’ve been talking about the hectic schedule. It is hectic but we can’t say that on the one hand and then maybe not look at rotation for this game. And on the other side of that players who haven’t played as regularly have been training really, really well and part of the group and important to us.”

From the interview, it becomes apparent that Lampard will rotate the squad to feature fringe players and motivate them by offering them a chance at more minutes in the first team if they continue to impress.

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Former defender launches attack on Chelsea dressing room over £72m struggling star

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Kai Havertz has had a slow start to his career at Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)

Robert Huth says Chelsea dressing room might be ‘too nice’ to Kai Havertz

Speaking to Stadium Astro (h/t Express), former Chelsea defender Robert Huth launched a scathing attack on Kai Havertz for his work-rate off the ball, and blamed the Blues dressing room for being ‘too nice’ to him.

Havertz has just 1 goal and 3 assists in his 16 Premier League appearances so far this season. He has also blanked in his last 12 league games. (h/t Transfermarkt)

These are certainly not the numbers that Frank Lampard would have expected from the German playmaker when Chelsea paid £72m to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Kai Havertz has been poor for Chelsea in the last month. (GETTY Images)
Kai Havertz has been poor for Chelsea in the last month. (GETTY Images)

And, Huth says that the reason Havertz is finding it hard in England is that he is a “lightweight” whose body language he does not like “at all”.

“I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight.”

Huth says that Havertz seems like he is not “bothered at times” as he loses the ball and doesn’t put the effort to win it back.

Havertz needs a stern talk

Adding to that, the former Leicester City centre-back compares Havertz’s situation to Riyad Mahrez. He said that the Foxes dressing room took care of him after making him understand that he has to work off the ball too.

“Maybe Chelsea lack that internal leader or leaders where that conversation happens.”

Robert Huth blames Chelsea dressing room for being too nice to Kai Havertz this season. (GETTY Images)
Robert Huth blames Chelsea dressing room for being too nice to Kai Havertz this season. (GETTY Images)

Huth states that Havertz needs to be told to improve off the ball by his teammates, and then goes on to blame the Chelsea dressing who he believes are too nice with the 21-year-old.

“He needs someone to tell him what it takes to play in the Premier League. Maybe the whole changing room is a little bit too nice.”

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Havertz would now be hoping that he could get his season back on track. Chelsea face Luton Town in the FA Cup this weekend, before taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Wednesday.

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“Has a future at Chelsea” – Some fans react as Blues loanee impresses against Man United

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Chelsea fans react on Twitter after Ruben Loftus-Cheek impresses against Manchester United

Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to enhance his reputation while on loan at Fulham.

The 24-year-old looked to be on his way to making it into the Chelsea first-team before injuries stopped him in his tracks. In fact, his current run at Craven Cottage is the longest since his return to action.

While he has continued to blow hot and cold, the level of performances are picking up.

Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed against Manchester United. He is slowly but steadily returning to his best with Fulham.
Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed against Manchester United (Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Englishman could not stop a United comeback after Fulham had taken an early lead. However, he impressed with some good movement and even tested David de Gea in the United goal. It is fair to say that he caused Fred much trouble in the middle of the park.

While it failed to garner a result, his performance on the night will also come as a welcome sign to Scott Parker. The former Blue, in charge of Fulham, has full faith that the midfielder will reach his potential.

Alongside Ross Barkley and Conor Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek is also beginning to reap the benefits of spending the season out on loan.

We take a look at how fans reacted to the midfielder’s performance against United

Twitter reacts as Chelsea loanee impresses against United

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“No chance” – German giants chip in on Twitter to send Chelsea a message

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RB Leipzig respond to Chelsea fan’s query on Julian Nagelsmann

According to the Express, RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is the frontrunner to replace a struggling Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

The German is one of the best young coaches in world football. He made a name for himself with TSG Hoffenheim and now continues to lead Leipzig with distinction.

Leipzig isn’t just a domestic powerhouse but is also taking strides in Europe. They made it to the Champions League semifinals last season and have also qualified for the last 16 this time around.

A Chelsea fan took to Leipzig’s Twitter account to ask them a favour. The tongue in cheek attempt hinted at the availability of Nagelsmann to take over at Chelsea.

The German side’s social media team took the effort graciously before shutting down the Chelsea fan’s efforts at beating about the bush.

Julian Nagelsmann is on the Chelsea radar (GEPA pictures/ Sven Sonntag)

This did not stop the fan from pointing out that the German side said the same thing about Timo Werner. If it comes to pass, let’s hope Nagelsmann makes more of an impact than the German striker.

Nagelsmann has prior experience of working with Werner. It can be argued that he was the one who turned the 24-year-old into a goalscoring machine.

An abundance of talent?

Werner has struggled to recreate the same level at Chelsea. The same can be said for Kai Havertz, who at times looks lost on the field. The Blues have been touted to bring in a German-speaking coach to get the best out of the duo. (h/t The Athletic) (Subscription Required)

Frank Lampard has jumped to the defence of the players as pressure mounts on them to monitor goal celebrations amid Covid-19 regulations. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

With the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Ralf Rangnick also linked, there appears to be some truth in the news. At 33, Nagelsmann however has excellent potential and could be the right long-term prospect to lead us forward.

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According to The Express, Lampard has been given three games to turn things around. Whether this is a final opportunity for him to save his job remains to be seen.

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Do or die – Lampard told what he needs to do to save Chelsea job

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Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard given three games to save Chelsea job

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.

The Blues legend has come under intense scrutiny following a poor run of two wins in eight Premier League games. Once top, the club is now floundering in the eighth spot.

Having spent a fortune to bring in players in the summer, Lampard has been backed well by the club. With results failing to pick up, patience appears to be wearing thin at the Bridge.

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Lampard living on borrowed time?

Chelsea oligarch Roman Abramovich is notoriously known to disperse with managers when the going gets tough. Lampard is not just a club legend but also a name that is popular among the Blues faithful.

This has made the Chelsea board apprehensive about calling time on the 42-year-old’s stint at Stamford Bridge. However, there is only so much leeway even he can get. (h/t The Express)

The likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Thomas Tuchel have all been linked with the Chelsea hot-seat. The news could gain more traction in the coming weeks if results don’t pick up. (h/t The Express)

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Frank Lampard has three games to save his Chelsea job (GETTY Images)

Chelsea next faces Championship side Luton Town in the FA Cup this weekend. This is followed up by a Premier League doubleheader against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley.

On paper, the Blues should be expected to win all three games. Anything less than that could spell disaster for Lampard.

The Blues boss has shown moments of great promise and could go on to become a top-level manager. For now, his very survival is at stake and he will need to showcase just what he is made of.

Chelsea have given manager Frank Lampard three games to prove he is the right man for the job.
Abramovich losing patience?

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Despite our poor run of form, the Blues sit just five points shy of the fourth spot. A good run of results could see us get back in the mix for a top-four finish.

With more than half a season to go, there is plenty to play for. It remains to be seen if Lampard will be the man trusted to see us through it.

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