Lampard warns Chelsea about falling standards
Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea to raise their standards to the high levels of the past after admitting his regret that the side appears to be out of the Premier League title race already, Sky Sports has reported.
Lampard, whose future has been the subject of much debate after Chelsea seemingly confirmed the midfielder would not be offered a new contract once his existing deal expires this summer, added that he wants Chelsea to return to the mindset that saw the club claim three league titles in five years and finish runners-up on four further occasions.
“That's where this club has to be,” the 34-year-old said. “I hate the idea of standards dropping. We have been up there a long time trying to win the league...a bad year was coming second.
Lampard continued: “The minute you drop your standards too far below then you will settle for that and there is a desire and a determination among the players and the staff, from the squad and the club to keep where we want to be.”
Chelsea are currently third in the table, 14 points adrift of league leaders Manchester United and seven behind second-placed Manchester City. Last season Chelsea ended the campaign in sixth place, 25 points off the pace as the Manchester clubs finished first and second, although the disappointment in the league was mitigated by victory in the FA Cup and Champions League.
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