Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti all regarded Frank Lampard as a first team banker at Chelsea, although the latest man to sit in the Stamford Bridge hot seat appears to have other ideas.
Andre Villas-Boas left the England midfielder out of the team that beat Valencia in the Champions League last week and the 33-year-old was once again warming the bench for much of Monday night’s match against Manchester City.
Lampard eventually came on as sub and his converted spot kick gave Chelsea all three points against the Premier League leaders, although the player isn’t clear on why he has been left out of the team.
“I want to play, simple as that,” he said. “I’m 33 – I understand that – but I want to keep playing regularly because I’ve got a lot to give. I’m as fit as I’ve ever been. I’ve been in a good run of form and now I’ve not been playing. I haven’t spoken [to Villas-Boas] so I don’t know [why], simple as that.
“I missed a penalty a few weeks ago and the next one is always a bit tough,” the midfielder said. “It’s easy to stand aside and let someone else take it but I wanted to win for the team. I want to keep doing well and playing regularly for this club. I know I’ve got a lot to give. I’ve got 18 months left here and I’ll be here for that long and keep trying my hardest.”