Frank Lampard tells the Chelsea squad ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival that the club’s future is ‘in their hands’
The Blues boss is entering his final week as caretaker manager at the club after temporarily replacing Graham Potter in April but has struggled to make any significant improvement from the squad.
Sunday’s defeat at Manchester City gave the west London giants their lowest-ever points tally in the Premier League.
Even if Chelsea beat Manchester United and Newcastle this week, they will only be able to pick up 49 points this season, fewer than the 50 they accumulated in the 1995-96 and 2015-16 seasons.
Lampard was critical of parts of the squad ahead of the Etihad trip, suggesting only a few players were committed to the cause.
Pochettino has verbally agreed the terms of a transfer deal ahead of next season and Lampard has fired something of a farewell to the players.
“You have to take personal responsibility and say, ‘That’s what I want to be.’ [Erling] Haaland or [Kevin] “De Bruyne, I have to do the work that they have,” said the blues legend.
“It’s something they must strive for. It is up to you. I can’t say how long it will take.
“It’s up to the players and the direction of the club. This Premier League is getting harder and harder.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/frank-lampard-chelsea-fc-squad-pochettino-premier-league-2023-b1082700.html Frank Lampard tells the Chelsea squad ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival that the club’s future is ‘in their hands’