Frank Lampard says pressure is part and parcel of his job and he is not worried about speculation he could be sacked as Chelsea boss.
Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City was the Blues’ loss defeat in six matches and boss Lampard admitted they were well beaten.
Recent results have led to reports that Lampard is under pressure – and even that the board are looking at potential replacements.
However, Lampard said at his post-match press conference: “I’m not concerned on that point.
“I expected periods of difficulty this year. I said it when we beat Leeds and everyone was touting us to be title contenders.
“I know that it doesn’t come that easy. I know where we’re at.
“Whether it puts pressure on me or not is regardless because a month ago everyone was asking me when I’ll sign a new contract.
“Now people will be saying different things because in quick succession over a busy period we’ve lost four games of football.
“The pressure remains constant in this job and you know that in tough moments that will be there.
“My job is to keep working and to try and lift the players.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has not been slow to axe managers in the past – including during Lampard’s years as a Blues player.
Lampard was therefore asked if he felt the board understood that patience is needed.
He said: “I’m not going to speak for people above me or the board because I can never do that.
“I couldn’t answer one month ago am I going to get a new contract – I don’t start that conversation – and I can’t answer now what they’re thinking about whatever results.”