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Frank Lampard wants patience from Chelsea fringe players as he insists large squad is an asset not a weakness


helsea’s fringe players have been told not to jeopardise the club’s trophy ambitions for personal gain.

Frank Lampard is presiding over one of the strongest squads in Europe after a £220million transfer spree.

But it means he is having to leave top-class talent out of his side on a weekly basis, with Olivier Giroud considering his future and Bayern Munich monitoring Callum Hudson-Odoi’s situation.

But Lampard is adamant his squad will have to be patient and warned them against destabilising their dual pursuits of the domestic title and Champions League by being disruptive influences. 

The Chelsea manager said: “I said it at the start of the season to the players. Most of the big teams in the Premier League have big squads.

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“For example, Tottenham had (Gareth) Bale on the bench at the weekend and Dele Alli wasn’t there. It has to be seen as a strength not a weakness. It has to be seen as a strength when players are not playing a lot.”

Hudson-Odoi failed to even make the bench against Tottenham, despite scoring in his last two starts. The winger was a target for Bayern last season and the German giants remain interested in taking him to the Allianz Arena.

“I have to leave out four or five players per game,” he said. “If I speak about all the permutations of all of them and considered the risk of it, then I wouldn’t be able to make a decision or do the job.

“I am aware of Callum and where he is at. He will get his opportunities. He will get minutes tomorrow. It is up to him then to show when he plays that he deserves to start because there is competition in that area. That’s the reality of playing for Chelsea.

“I am not worried about the noise around it or the permutations of what not being in the squad will be down the line. He is still a young man so unfortunately for him, I have to see the bigger picture. It is unfortunate when he is not part of the squad, but there’s hundreds of games ahead of him and progression to make.”

Chelsea can guarantee top spot in Group E with victory in Spain. 

Despite planning to make a host of changes, Lampard added: “We want to win the group for different reasons, obviously your pathway through would be the beneficial position.

“Also in terms of motivation, those players that haven’t played so many minutes, their motivation is to try to show why they should be in the starting XI.

“We’re on a good run, we haven’t lost since Liverpool, which was a difficult game for us because of circumstances that happened in the game.

“In football, my experiences are that if you’re going well and you decide you want to flick the switch off and flick it back on again, it doesn’t work that way.”

Source: Evening Standard Business News

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