Emotions remain high just as Chelsea’s situation remains dire, but in the cold light of day, Frank Lampard also remains in the job still. It would appear that he’s being given the chance to turn things around, to keep the 3-year project going beyond the halfway point, from arguably its lowest ebb.
Speaking to Chelsea TV after last night’s infuriating, disappointing, listless defeat at the King Power, wherein the gap between the two sides looked as great as any gap has looked in the last several years of decline, Lampard launched a public plea to be given time to bring back the good times.
“I’m disappointed, I’m a Chelsea fan, I’m a Chelsea person no matter what. So I’m disappointed because I want this team to do well. I want the fans that are watching this or at home to be excited by the players that we have [...] like we were a month ago [when] everyone was excited and [we were moving] in a positive direction. Now it feels very different. And I know how quickly football can change.
“So we’re at a halfway stage, where, if we can put results together — and it takes work, takes work in training — in the next three home games that we’ve got, the picture will change very quickly. And it will change for us very quickly.”
These three games include an FA Cup fourth round tie against second division Luton Town on the weekend, then back-to-back league games before the end of the month against Wolverhampton and Burnley, two of the steadily decreasing number of teams still below us in the table. Winning those games would certainly reduce the pressure on Lampard, even if it might not markedly increase our standing in the league.
“But [we] can’t shout about that. We have to get our heads down and work.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea TV
I don’t know. We’ve tried that already. Maybe we should try shouting.