Frank Lampard says he is determined to stick to his principles as the Chelsea manager bids to arrest the club’s recent downturn in form.
Chelsea have dropped to fifth in the Premier League following a run of just one win in five fixtures over the festive period, with the west London side currently seven points adrift of both league leaders Liverpool and Manchester United.
Lampard’s side had been widely praised following an unbeaten run in all competitions before their recent stutters, though the Blues’ boss has now found himself under increasing pressure following a poor run of results.
Chelsea host Manchester City in a huge clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Lampard has discussed his plans to turn the club’s fortunes around, admitting he will continue to ‘stick to’ his principles and ‘work’ through a difficult period.
“One of my strengths hopefully is never being too excited when we’re going well. For instance, trying to dampen flames after Leeds for when everyone was talking us up,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference.
“And then my job is to not be too down when results go against us. The first person who puts pressure on me is me. I do that all the time, for good and bad, so that doesn’t change much.
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“I’m not stupid, I know that we need to get results. We want to get results. Do I change things? Sometimes, a little bit. I tweak things. I never think I’ve cracked it or that a result had nothing to do with me.
“You have to search, but you also have to stick to your principles. Sometimes the things that get lauded when you do well get criticised when you don’t purely because of the result.
“So some things you don’t move away from, but for sure you change other things to get up there. I do that every day.
“I enjoy pressure. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have got back into this. I would have walked away at the first chance and that’s something I’d never do.
“That doesn’t mean you’re as happy as when you’re on that 16-game unbeaten run and that’s normal. But it does make me focus absolutely. You learn more in defeat and tough moments.
“It’s head down time. Head down and work. And not consider the table too much. We know we’re there or thereabouts.”
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