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Blues duo clear the air over manager

Lamps, Luiz converge on the same page

By | 16th March 2012

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and defender David Luiz have both had their say to clarify the confusion surrounding one of the many incidents that led to the sacking of former manager Andre Villas-Boas nearly two weeks ago.

In the days leading to AVB’s axing, Luiz slammed certain media outlets for publishing false quotes that depicted the Brazilian publicly criticizing Lampard and the club’s other senior players for their alleged refusal to co-operate with the young gaffer.

While Luiz continues to maintain his support for Villas-Boas, he has categorically denied that the players plotted the Portuguese manager’s exit, insisting that the unity within the squad is actually a lot stronger than it is perceived to be.

“I’m really sad, as Andre was a really capable professional. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the time to show his true value at Chelsea. He didn’t have the chance,” Luiz was quoted in an interview on Brazilian television.

The defender added: “You cannot doubt a professional like him, who won five titles last season and was feted by everyone. But he didn’t have enough time at Chelsea.”

“We are a united team but, unfortunately, we couldn’t get the results that Andre deserved. There were no problems between Villas-Boas and Drogba, Lampard and Essien.”

Lampard and several others did not immediately comment on the manager’s position upon the dismissal of Villas-Boas but that silence has now been broken.

Although the England international has seconded Luiz’s views about the unity within the squad, he has also agreed with widespread suggestions that despite his unquestionable talent, Villas-Boas was unnecessarily bringing drastic changes to a Blues team that remains strong at its core.

“You’re not talking about old boys whose careers are flitting out. They’re players that want to play, players that want to win. You can’t win these sort of competitions without that (experience),” Lampard was quoted in the Telegraph.

The 33-year old added: “The amount of nights that Didi’s stood up, the amount of nights that John’s stood up, is what Chelsea are all about. If that can get us a result like that then we go with it.

“You need old and experienced boys in the team as well as the young ones coming through with their enthusiasm. We need to be on top form and we need to be playing well but you can see the desire in the players.”

Speaking specifically about the managerial change, Lamps continued: “You see it time and time again: when managers change, the fortunes of the team change. That’s just the way it is. I don’t know why.

“We weren’t performing consistently – that showed in the league – and the owner changed the manager. A lot gets said on the outside but people here just want to win.

“(Interim boss) Robbie (DiMatteo) is a very ‘Chelsea’ man and he’s shown that with his heart on his sleeve. He’s done very well and he’s had three wins out of three, so fair play to him.”

Lampard and the Blues were drawn against Luiz’s former club Benfica in Friday’s Champions League quarterfinal draw as Chelsea continue their journey as the only English representative in Europe this season.

Other fixtures coming out of the draw were Italian champions AC Milan against holders Barcelona, French high-flyers Olympique Marseille against German giants Bayern Munich, and Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia against joint-favorites Real Madrid.

Before worrying about Champions League, though, Chelsea will have to prepare for Leicester City in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.



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  1. patrick says:

    AVB was a mistake from the start and has no business managing a team in a class of chelsea…….i think he should work/ take a job with a secong rated club……

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