Frank Lampard’s reaction to brutal Didier Drogba verdict after Champions League exit
Real Madrid produced a professional performance to beat Chelsea 2-0 in the second leg of their Champions League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has vowed to keep fighting despite losing his first four games as caretaker boss. The club legend saw his team produce an improved performance against reigning Champions League holder’s Real Madrid, built ultimately fell short and crashed out of the competition after a 2-0 defeat.
The defeat follows a 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at home and before that, a loss to Wolves and Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League. The Blues are 11th in the Premier League table and will not be playing in Europe next seaosn as things stand, prompting club legend Didier Drogba to say he doesn’t recognise his former club anymore.
Since Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea to Todd Boehly and Clearlake, they have spent almost £600 million in the last two transfer windows but there is little sign of progress.
Asked what he thought of Drogba’s comments Lampard chose to fix on the upcoming games and let Drogba have his opinion just like everyone else. Lampard said of Drogba’s comments: “They’re Didier’s comments.”
Chelsea battled well and on another day would have at least scored a goal after the often reliable N’Golo Kante, and defender Marc Cucurella were all guilty of failing to cash in on opportunities.
Lampard who has been tasked with seeing out the campiagn said he was looking forward to getting some work in at Cobham and finishing the season with a flourish now that they were out of Europe.
He added: “I know what it takes to get back from being here as a player for a long time and as a coach before in the Champions League. We have to set those standards high again and I keep saying the same stuff but only the work of the group and having a clear direction from the group is the way.
“Let’s see it. In my next seven games, I will do my mini version of that.”
Chelsea’s next game will be against Brentford in the Premier League this weekend.