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After Chelsea were beaten 4-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League second leg round of 16 clash at the Allianz Arena last weekend, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard opted against speaking about the success of his first season in charge of the club.
Speaking after the game against Bayern, Blues boss Frank Lampard chose not to blow his own trumpet and said that he’d leave it to the people outside to judge his first season in charge of the club.
He told the media: “It’s difficult to gauge expectations from within. I will leave that to people on the outside. There were many unknowns at the start of the season – players returning from loans, mostly in the Championship, and we lost the best player in the Premier League in my opinion – and for us to have come fourth, which secures Champions League football for next year, and to have seen the development of some of these young players, there are a lots of signs we can work on.
“We know where we’re at. We want more than fourth next year. We have to be humble, work hard and understand it will take time, but what I’ve seen from within is a really good bunch of players that have worked really hard this year, and will continue to do so next.”
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has now rated Lampard’s season as a success as he was able to guide the Blues to a top four spot. However, Buck admits that the season would have been nicer if Chelsea had won the FA Cup.
“In the round we think it was a very successful season,” Blues chairman Buck said.
“I think obviously we would have been a little bit happier if we had won the FA Cup.
“But I’m sure the manager and the players were gutted not to lift the trophy.
“Frank Lampard is a very positive force for Chelsea. He’s Chelsea through and through and that continues to show through.
“He carries a lot of credibility. It’s an exciting time for Chelsea.”