Rio Ferdinand reveals the statement Lampard made in the FA Cup final against Arsenal

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It’s been a season of highs and lows for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, and it has also been a learning experience for the young manager.

The Blues boss has made some big decisions this season, as he hasn’t been scared to use youngsters in the first team and has also dropped some big names when necessary.

The Blues boss dropped first choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for the final, and Rio Ferdinand hailed him after the game, insisting that he made a statement with that decision.

“I think it puts a marker down and tells you Frank Lampard is a manager who isn’t scared to make big decisions,” the former Manchester United and England defender told BT Sport.

“A £70million goalkeeper, huge money outlay for this goalkeeper and that adds pressure to a manager that you have to play him more or less and Frank has said I don’t care what you say he is not for me.

“That sends an absolute message down to the rest of the squad no matter who you are and what level you think you are, if you don’t do a job on that pitch you will not play.

“Me and my staff will not pick you and we will be looking elsewhere for replacements.

“It is a huge statement and I think it is great from Frank. As a young manager making big decisions, he ain’t scared.”

Ferdinand added: “Lampard has made his big decisions in terms of recruitment early. Werner, Ziyech… this is where I want to improve.

“He’s set his stall out early and for a manager so young into his career I think it bodes well for the future for him.”

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