Lampard calls for Chelsea to play with ‘personality’

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said his players must show more “personality” at key times to maintain the standards they have shown in spells of all his three games in charge.

The Blues are still searching for a victory under Lampard following Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Leicester, the Premier League loss to Manchester United and the Super Cup penalty shootout defeat against Liverpool.

Lampard said he is confident Chelsea have both “results” and “performances” in them “because we have quality and we have shown that already”.

“There are personality moments in games where we have to be tougher” Lampard told a press conference.

“You have to have game management when the game turns slightly. We are good enough to move the ball better.”

Chelsea dominated long spells of the first half against the Foxes but failed to take their chances and were second best for much of the second period.

“The first 25 minutes was very much what we asked for; energy, quality, closing people down and making them feel like this is a really tough place to come to.

“I know it’s unsustainable as a whole but all those moments were great and it was good to see every player doing their bit. The next stage is that when that goes against us slightly – and it will do because this is the Premier League – that we have other ways.

“I don’t want to be seen as an attacking team that flies out of the blocks but you can give us a little sucker punch – that can’t be the way.”