Saturday, 15 February 2020

Kepa need to do more hard work - Frank Lampard

Kepa need to do more hard work - Frank Lampard, Dropping Kepa will make him stronger

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has shed more light on the situation concerning dropping KepaArrizabalaga and has advised the young goalkeeper on what to do to get back to the team.

Kepa was dropped in  Chelsea's last Premier League game which they drew against Leicester City.

However, the 25-year-old is likely to make a return on Monday night when Chelsea face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge as both sides continue the top-four battle.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game, Frank Lampard addresses the Kepa issue and also tells the Spanish international what to do to get back to the team.

'That is the reality of life, of football, of our careers,' Lampard said

'Everyone has these things and you can’t pull the wool over their eyes or be too sweet about it, because it is what it is. The only thing I ever found that got me back into the team or through a moment was hard work on the training ground.'

'If you are going to sulk and if I ever did sulk, I would quickly try to readdress that myself and realize that I can only affect one thing, and that’s how I train to be ready to play.'

'I was fortunate as a player here because I played a lot of games. Probably in my early 30s, it slightly changed, and at the time I didn't like it, I remember the feeling. But then you have to be a team-mate, and you have to be part of the club and you have to accept it, and sometimes you have to find another way, and understand that things are slightly different.'

'That was just my story, everybody is slightly different, but with the competition in squads now I do think you always have to be aware that if your standards drop or if the manager chooses for whatever reason, and that can happen, and handle it in the right way.'

'I don't expect smiley faces when people get dropped, I just expect reactions, I expect support of the team-mates there.'

'It is not easy, I'm saying this as a manager, I know as a player I was not brilliant at this myself, but from where I am sitting now I try and push that, and I think sometimes it can be something that makes you stronger. Most people get it at some point in their career. So it is what it is.'

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