Amid the Blues struggling form that sees them falling into ninth in the Premier League table after losing five of their last eight league matches, Lampard said that although his team's identity hasn't changed, the lack of results means they must get back to basics.
“It’s interesting, because when you’re playing well and winning, your identity is really clear and it’s something you want to shout from the rooftops,"
“And when you’re not playing well, people question your identity, especially when you’re a relatively new manager.
“So it’s important that I am the one who holds that dear and says, ‘Hey, lads, the things that we were doing well, the identity we had that was winning games for us, it has not changed, but we have to go back to something because we have lost some of the basics.'"
Tuesday 2-0 defeat at
and based on his post-match talks with
, the Blues’ boss confessed he is hoping to instil the same attitude in his side as Leicester appear to have.
“I thought it was a really important thing when I listened to James Maddison speaking after the Leicester game and he spoke about Brendan Rodgers, a coach I have a lot of admiration for,"
“It was the message that, ‘If you don’t run, you don’t play.'
“If I want to start my identity, that’s how I start it. From the minute I came into this club it was, ‘Can we run and be really good and effective off the ball and on the ball? Can we have energy in the team?’
“That’s the first thing I want to see and it’s something we’ve definitely dropped off on, there’s no doubt about that.”
took the chance to offer some perspective despite his rattling position.
"It’s a very important point. I’ve mentioned before that I’m the manager of Chelsea and a Chelsea fan, and who wouldn’t get excited about that prospect?"
“So I’m doing that in these tough times and can come to work and put on this tracksuit and feel proud to wear it, whilst a lot of people are suffering up and down the country, around the world, people have been dying, daily the numbers go up.
“And when I see that and feel that, we all hopefully have compassion to look round clearly and see that people are losing their jobs. People are struggling with their livelihoods and that’s massive perspective to the so-called pressures or struggles.
“I genuinely mean that. I want to be a success, so when we go through a run of games and we don’t win, I look for the solutions and answers, and I’ll fight for them.
“And then I expect that from the players on the pitch. But that’s not the worst pressure, that’s a good pressure, I enjoy doing that with my life and the perspective of what is going on in the world is a huge one.”
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