Lampard reveals the discussion he had with Hudson-Odoi and the Chelsea players

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It was sad news for the Blues family when it was confirmed that Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive to the coronavirus.

For Blues boss Frank Lampard, he has revealed that he has been talking with the players while everyone keeps self-isolation. The Chelsea manager also revealed how he encouraged Hudson-Odoi when the youngster first contracted the virus.

Lampard said in an interview with the official Chelsea app, the 5th Stand: “It’s tough in the current climate.

“We’ve been at home for a long time now, self-isolating and showing concern for everybody but we are doing the right thing.

“I’ve been in touch with the players. They all know that I’m there for them, both individually and collectively, and these are tough times both physically and emotionally. So we have to be there for the players and that’s what we have been doing.

“I’ve spoken to Callum and it’s great that he’s fully recovered. I spoke to him throughout that first week when he first got the illness and it was a strange time. Thankfully he didn’t suffer too much and we are happy he’s come through this. Now it’s just about taking the necessary precautions with the rest of the squad, which we have been doing since he first tested positive and everyone is doing well in the current climate.

“It’s a difficult and strange time for everyone and no matter how much we all love football and all love Chelsea, sometimes other things have to come first. This is one of those situations and my message to the players throughout this has been to put your family first. Look after them, and yourself, and keep the motivation that way.

“I have no concerns with the players losing motivation and I know they will be doing the basics right at home in terms of their fitness and looking after themselves in these times.”

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