Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard says it is critical times for the blues and that his young guns must step up and improve their performance levels as the latter part of the season approaches.
Lampard: “You must always drive yourself and drive yourself and, if there’s times when you’re not necessarily at your best, you need to drive yourself again."
“It’s a critical time for us and I need the young players to do their thing. I think when you come through this academy, you should understand what playing for the first team at #Chelsea looks like.
“The young players have made a great impact this season and we’ve had reliance on them to a degree, because we knew we couldn’t bring anyone in at the start. Through the season I think there are going to be some difficult times”
“There’s been tough little times recently and I think it’s up to them now. They’ve shown they’re part of this first-team squad and they’ve all had their good inputs but I want more and I think I want more now"
“if you look at Tammy Abraham at the moment, and maybe Mason [Mount], I think the break was particularly good for them as they can come back and hopefully show more levels in their game.”
“I always like to reflect on myself and how I work. When you’re a new manager at a club, and I only came in last summer, you always think: ‘What small tweaks can I make to how we prepare and how we train daily?’ “
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"I don't have to play Tammy — he has to show me why, of our three strikers, he deserves it. The ban forced my hand slightly but I knew the fans wanted to see young players. I knew how much the academy put into these players."