Frank Lampard opens up about Chelsea FC’s forgotten man
Frank Lampard opens up about Olivier Giroud's situation at Chelsea FC this season
Frank Lampard has insisted that he has a “good relationship” with Olivier Giroud at Chelsea FC despite the striker’s lack of playing time this season.
Giroud has found his first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge to be few and far between this season under Lampard, with the former England midfielder opting to bring in young players such as Tammy Abraham in his place.
The 33-year-old will be keen to try and force his way into his manager’s plans in the coming weeks after having only been limited to a handful of Premier League appearances so far this term.
Giroud will likely not be happy about his limited role in the Chelsea FC team this season as he bids to try and earn a place in the France squad for next summer’s European championships.
However, Lampard has moved to play down any suggestions of a rift between the pair by insisting that Giroud has been taking the situation very well.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Chelsea FC’s website, Lampard said: “My relationship with Olivier is really good.
“He’s a great professional, trains at a level every day, great in the dressing room and passes on his experience, but everyone keeps asking me about the players that aren’t playing. It’s a difficult one.
“Some players can’t play, whether they’re 32 or at the other end of the spectrum at 21. They have to keep working and be positive within the group.
“I want the club to win and when I choose to select people or not, it’s because I think it’s the best thing.
“Everyone wants to play, I understand that – I was one of the worst, I hated not playing – but all I want to see is positivity.
“I’m seeing that, and that’s something maybe the outside world doesn’t see. We need a big squad to be a successful team.”
Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after the international break when they host Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 19 October.
Lampard has been tasked with keeping Chelsea FC in the top four this season after they finished third last term.