Lampard Gives A Candid Response To Drogba’s Chelsea Comments. Following Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid, interim manager Frank Lampard distanced himself from Didier Drogba’s comments.
Chelsea’s difficult season took another severe blow on Wednesday. They were defeated by Real Madrid in the second leg of their quarter-final match. The Spanish side won the tie 4-0 on aggregate after defeating them 2-0 in London.
Drogba, a key member of Chelsea’s Champions League-winning side in 2012, later stated that he no longer recognized the club, challenging the moves made by the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership.
“They’re Didier’s comments, sorry,” Lampard told reporters when asked about what Drogba said.
Speaking on Canal+ about Chelsea’s state, Drogba said: “I don’t recognize my club,”
“It’s no longer the same club. There is a new owner and a new vision. Of course, we try to compare it with what happened during the [Roman] Abramovich era where a lot of players were brought in, but the decisions were very intelligent.
“Bringing in players like Petr Cech, Andriy Shevchenko, Herman Crespo, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, and I go on. It was done to win titles. They are players with a certain experience. The strategy is now different; we bet on young players. But a dressing room of over 30 players is difficult [to manage] for a manager.”
Chelsea will finish the season without a trophy after their defeat on Wednesday. Lampard will very certainly continue in charge for the remaining seven Premier League games. The Blues are 11th in the rankings, 11 points behind the top six and six points behind the top four. They will play Brentford on Wednesday.