Lampard says issues with Chelsea left him fearing he couldn’t ‘bulls*** players’

Frank Lampard has opened up about his spell as Chelsea manager and the problems of dealing with a squad full of talent.

The Blues' strength in depth is the envy of most Premier League sides, but according to Lampard, it has its problems too.

The former Blues boss was dismissed in January 2021, to be replaced by current gaffer Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel led the side to a Champions League success, and his side are currently top of the Premier League.

But, Lampard told Gary Neville on The Overlap that he couldn't 'bulls***' players when it came to discussing their game time.

Lampard said: "We had a big squad and were leaving out players. We needed the squad to be, for me, less at that point.

"Don't get me wrong. They went on to win the Champions League last season so it sounds a bit naff.

"It's tough because we had three left-backs, and you can only play one generally, and five centre backs.

"Fikayo [Tomori], who had been brilliant for me at Derby and very, very good for us in the first year at Chelsea, I could see and feel he was going to be a very good centre back for Chelsea for years to come.

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"But he was in that development age where you will come out of a Chelsea team at 21 when there's that sort of competition for places.

"When you've got five it's Fikayo or [Antonio] Rudiger, or [Andreas] Christensen, two of those are at home for a game.

"It's not nice and you can't bulls*** players, saying 'okay I'm leaving you at home but don't worry you'll be back next week' if that's not the case. I wouldn't have wanted that as a player and it's really hard.

"The squad was big and it's tough. As time goes on, and the new manager is there now, you can make changes and trim but that's just how I felt at the time."

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Lampard is currently out of work, and he hasn't picked up a new management job since he left Stamford Bridge almost 12 months ago.

However, he has been linked with a number of jobs, including the recent vacancies at Norwich and Aston Villa.

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