Frank Lampard explains why he wants owners to continue visiting dressing room after games
Chelsea host Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge later tonight needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.
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Co-owners Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali, and Hansjorg Wyss are reported to have stormed the dressing room after the 2-1 loss to Brighton that has left them 11th in the league table and needing almost a miracle to qualify for next year’s Champions League.
The new owners are also consistently visiting the training ground in Cobham where they are always seen holding talks with players and staff since buying the club from Roman Abramovich last year.
Both goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and boss Frank Lampard confirmed some words were exchanged after the Brighton defeat over the weekend. Still, both had no problem having them around as it showed their interest.
Manager Lampard said: “I am comfortable with that.
“For me, there was maybe some criticism of our old owner [Abramovich] of not coming to the games and not being around. That wasn’t always true, to be fair.
“But I think when an owner is very invested in their interest in the team and want to help and improve, it is their prerogative to have the input that they want.
“I remember the moments as a player of owners first coming into dressing rooms, it actually happened here at Chelsea, it never really happened to me before.
“I remember being really happy that you could touch them, you could high-five them, you could listen to them and feel them. So I don’t think it is a bad thing in terms of the identity of the club and where you want to get to.”
Chelsea have lost 12 league games already and Lampard is their fourth manager this season, they also have to turn around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of the Champions League tie if they are to progress to the last four.
Club legend Lampard has lost all three games he’s been in charge of so far and will be desperate to kickstart his caretaker role against Madrid later tonight.