Lampard hints he’s ready to wield the axe

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said he “learned a lot” about his players during the 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

Lampard’s comments come amid speculation that he will look to offload players this summer.


His reaction to Saturday’s loss is bound to lead to more reports that Jorginho has no future under him.

With N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour out injured, Jorginho was restored in midfield and his inability cope with the pace and determination of the Blades was evident.

Lampard said: “I learned a lot. You tend to learn more in tough moments and tough games – and that’s for me to work with and deal with as we go forward.


There must also be question marks over the future of Antonio Rudiger, who was recently dropped by Lampard.

The German defender was poor after coming on as a substitute and his mistake led to the third goal.

There have been reports Lampard is keen to bring in a centre-back this summer – and the performance at Bramall Lane highlighted Chelsea’s shortcomings in that area.

Rudiger has his critics and their opinion will have hardened after another shaky display.


“We made mistakes that led to goals. Individual errors. And if you make mistakes like that you’re going to lose football matches,” Lampard admitted.

“They were stronger than us. You feel and hear every noise and all I could hear was Sheffield United voices.

“They are a good team. If you come here and perform below par this is what will happen.”




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