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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised Chelsea fans for applauding the players following the defeat to Liverpool on Sunday but Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football.
“Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football,” Lampard said, according to Chelsea’s official website.
“The older fans have seen a lot and those from the more modern era have seen a lot with different managers and different styles, but they are certainly now in a position where I think they are really behind us in terms of where we are at.
“That is a club with a ban that has lost Eden and two strikers from what we had last year in terms of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.
“Now we have younger players who I think the fans are very ready to be patient with.
“And they will need to be, but at the same time the rules always remain the same, if you show passion and fight and desire to play for the club, as we showed, then fans will respect that whether you win, lose or draw.
“That is why the performance was appreciated and when you lose, sometimes that is when you need it even more.
“It is that feeling of togetherness and now the players must take that on and show that every week.
“The same desires, the same passion, keep improving all the time and move forward.”