Lampard defends fans – and points finger at players

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants Kai Havertz

Frank Lampard has dismissed suggestions that a subdued atmosphere at Stamford Bridge has contributed to Chelsea’s poor home record.

Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth was the Blues’ third home defeat of the season.

But manager Lampard has insisted that the fans have a right to be unhappy and that his team need to produce more exciting football.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Lampard said: “In front of our home fans it is clear we are not playing well enough, or getting enough results.

“I will be the first one to say if the fans were flat and we needed them. Today I would never say that. If I am a fan today I would go ‘too slow, too slow, centre-back to centre-back, to full-back, back to centre-back’. I don’t want to come and see that.

“I won’t blame the fans. They come to support the team. Some responsibility is on the players to excite them and have the personality and the balls to take the ball in an area and beat someone or play it forward. It is a joint thing.

“Up until now I think a lot of it was not taking chances. Today we created two or three great chances and need to take them but we didn’t get the fans excited enough. The fans shouldn’t be excited if we play 10 balls across our back four.”

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