Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has already cemented his name as both a club and Premier League legend, he may even further his reputation by becoming our highest ever goal scorer and you’d fancy him to do this at the rate Eden Hazard is winning penalties/making assists.
So, many weren’t happy with the treatment Lampard received from Andre Villas-Boas whilst the Portuguese manager was at the club. No player has a god-given right to walk into the side and Lamps played 49 games last season, so couldn’t really complain about a lack of playing time, but he’s lifted the lid on the rift between the two and said it wasn’t much to do with being left out, it was the complete lack of an explanation after being left out that irked the England midfielder.
Lampard was quoted in the Daily Mail:
“Looking back, we were slightly different personalities.
“What I found hard to handle was not so much the not-playing side, it was the communication – or the not talking about it.”
But Frank insists that he holds no grudge against Villas-Boas, now at Spurs:
“There are no hard feelings, certainly not from me. We sent messages after he left. I wish him all the best.”
At 34 years old, Lampard hasn’t lost any desire and is always keen to play every game as any footballer worth his salt would be, but I’m sure he’d expect to sit out a few more games than he did during him pomp. Chelsea are moving away from the 4-3-3 formation that was built around Lampard & Didier Drogba, but the latter has since departed and Lamps is occupying a new role.
He didn’t have the best of performances during the Reading game but we know he can play there as he bossed a few games in a deeper role alongside John Obi Mikel towards the back-end of last season. We’ve recently signed Oscar, who plays in the number 10 role for Brazil, but I can see him eventually lining up in Lampard’s position as Chelsea’s midfield pass master.
In 49 appearances last season, Lampard scored 16 goals and made 10 assists. He’s also started this season with two goals, albeit via the penalty spot, do you think he’ll break Bobby Tambling’s goal record at Chelsea?
Source: Daily Mail