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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that he was pleased with the opportunity to have a winter break, and for the Blues manager, it just wasn’t a time to relax.
Lampard has admitted that he spent the winter break trying to reflect on how the season has gone thus far, especially with so many dropped points that could have pushed the club into a more comfortable position in the standings.
Lampard also maintained that his main goal now is to lead Chelsea to a top four finish.
The Blues boss said: “I always like to reflect on myself and how I work day-to-day with the players, so there was a lot of self reflection and having a little time away brings a bit of clarity to think we should be happy in fourth position.
“We know we dropped points against Arsenal at home and against Newcastle away and previously before that, and in the moment every point you feel like you’ve dropped really hurts, but at the same time we have to realise where we are. We are in a bit of a transition and the Premier League has never been as competitive as it is now.
“Coming fourth for Chelsea is our aim now, but it shouldn’t be our aim long term. We want to be pushing again to close the gap to the standard, which at the minute is Liverpool. That’s the longer-term vision and sometimes within that long-term vision you need a bit of calmness within the storm. Hopefully I can be that, but stay driven.
“So I think being fourth would have been a plus at the start of the season, but at the same time, I think about how we can get that extra 10 or 15 per cent that I think we’ve been lacking, that if we’d had would have got us a lot more points on the board and would make fourth look a lot more comfortable. So I’ve come back very keen and excited to hit this long run-in to the end of the season.”