Lampard admits Villas-Boas was too focused on long-term

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes that his former manager Andre Villas-Boas was too focused on the future, which came at the expense of immediate priorities, The Sun reports.

Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea after less than a season in charge and Lampard enjoyed a rocky relationship with the Portuguese manager. The England international was left on the bench at times by Villas-Boas and Lampard believes that the 34 year old’s attempts to work towards the future allowed him to forget about the present. Lampard believes that with the quality in the Blues squad, they should not be fifth in the league and Villas-Boas would have served better by remembering that.

Lampard said: “The boss was an intelligent fella and very across everything. In his short time at Chelsea, he attempted to do everything right. He was looking to the future and his plan was long-term. But somewhere in the middle of that, the present didn’t go so well – and that’s where the problems came.”

Under interim manager Roberto di Matteo, the Blues have won three from three including a famous 4-1 win over Napoli in the Champions League last Wednesday and Lampard believes he can play a long time for Chelsea, despite reports of a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer. Lampard revealed that he sent a message to Villas-Boas when he left the club and received one back, which was much appreciated by the 33 year old midfielder.

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