Lampard insists Everton's Premier League fate is 'not my concern'
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Everton’s Premier League fate is ‘not my concern’ as he has enough on his plate with securing the Blues a top-half finish… but hopes his former club ‘get the job done’ and beat the drop
- Frank Lampard claimed the fate of former club Everton is not ‘in his concerns’
- Chelsea face Forest next, and a win will boost their chance of finishing in top half
- Lampard, who struggled while at Goodison, sympathises with their position
Frank Lampard claimed the fate of Everton is not ‘in his concerns’ but sympathises with their position having had ‘that feeling before’.
His Chelsea side face Nottingham Forest on Saturday, knowing a win boosts their chance in finishing in the table’s top half – a small positive from a dismal campaign.
Though such a result would not be good news for Everton, who currently sit once place beneath Forest in 17th.
Lampard, who struggled while in charge of Everton, said: ‘Everton’s fate is in their own hands at this point, it’s not in my concerns really.
‘I lived that life last year. I have a lot of connection to the club (Everton) in the year that I had there. It was a really enjoyable time for me.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard claimed the fate of former club Everton is not ‘in his concerns’
Lampard, who struggled while in charge of Everton, does hope his former club beat the drop
‘But as much as I would support them from afar, it’s not in my concern as Chelsea manager but of course I hope they get the job done because I know what that feeling is.’
Ahead of Saturday’s match, he admitted a recent slump in form, which has seen the Blues lose 14 of their 34 league matches so far, could build up ‘nervousness among players and fans’.
The west-London also face an injury crisis. Lampard confirmed that at left back, both Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella are not match fit.
It adds to an injury list also including midfielder Mason Mount and defender Reece James.
That has paved the way for Lewis Hall to come into contention.
Lampard said: ‘Lewis has a chance. I was tempted to put him on last week but the experience of Azpilicueta was more suitable.
Lampard is now focusing on securing a top-half finish for Chelsea following a dismal season
‘He (Lewis) is a very good player, a really talented player. He needs to come out of himself a bit more. I have been really impressed and he is in the running for the last four games.’
On the injury situation more broadly, he added: ‘(Chilwell is) not fit. We’re hoping he maybe fit for the last name of the season but that’s a tight call.
‘It’s a similar story to Mason Mount and maybe a bit similar to Reece. I feel for him (Chilwell).
‘Reece, Mason and Chilwell are big England internationals, successful with the club, and I’ve not really had the benefit of them in the short period… but it is what it is.’
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