Lampard sends message to the players he’s benching

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that it might have been difficult for some of his players who have not been getting a role in the team.

The Blues boss has revealed that the players who are left out should try and show support to those playing.

The likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson Palmieri, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud have struggled for games recently, and Lampard is asking for total support from the entire team.

The Chelsea manager said: “With the competition in squads now I do think you have to always be aware that if your standards drop or if the manager chooses to leave you out for whatever reason, then that can happen and you have to handle it in the right way.

“It happens to most people during their career. I don’t expect smiling faces when people get dropped, I just expect reactions, I expect support for their team-mates.

“It’s not easy. I’m saying this as a manager, but I know as a player I wasn’t brilliant at that myself, but from where I’m sitting now I try to push that and I think that sometimes it can be something that just makes you stronger.

“The group should always support their team-mates anyway. We’re playing at a high level and there’s competition in the squad, you have to respect the player that might be coming into the team at all times.

“I’m there to support the players, they know that I’m on their side, even though I can sometimes make decisions that they don’t like.

“You need a strong supportive group that stays together no matter what, throughout the season, through the 50 or 60 games we play when lots of things are going to happen.”

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